Monday, October 19, 2015

Storm Chaser's Inverted Start Looking Good at Kentucky Kingdom

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Kentucky Kingdom's Storm Chaser is going to start off with a bang, as immediately after the lift hill the trains will navigate a tight 180 degree turn as they begin to roll upside down.  The element was used previously on Medusa Steel Coaster at Six Flags Mexico, but that won't make it any less fun at Kentucky Kingdom!

The fluid motion of navigating the turn and having the bank increase until being fully inverted is just one of the many tricks that the Rocky Mountain design will incorporate when it opens next year.

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This closer view of the top of the lift, turn, and inversion resembles a bird's head from this angle, much like has perpetually been pointed out about Mantis, errr, Rougarou at Cedar Point.  I'm continually surprised by how fast track is installed on the coasters that are renovated by Rocky Mountain - these two are dated the 14th.  Just a day later the full drop was nearly complete, as seen in this gallery.