Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Amusing Ads Archive: Premier Rides 1996

When the Outer Limits Flight of Fear opened at Paramount's Kings Island and Kings Dominion in 1996 the rides were a pretty big deal. LIM launches were the latest thing on the block, and these coasters featured zero to 55 m.p.h. launches in less than four seconds, as the ad makes perfectly clear.

The rides were coupled with Paramount's theming abilities to create a pretty unique indoor coaster experience. Premiere went on to sell three more of the rides (two to Six Flags, and one in Japan) and then the model's popularity sorta fizzled.

The original Flight of Fear rides received a great update when the over the shoulder restraints were removed some years back, replacing them with comfy lap bars.

Not from the original ad, but nice to include