Kong (roller coaster)

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Kong
Kong Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.jpg
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Coordinates 38°08′24″N 122°14′02″W / 38.139902°N 122.233785°W / 38.139902; -122.233785Coordinates: 38°08′24″N 122°14′02″W / 38.139902°N 122.233785°W / 38.139902; -122.233785
Status Operating
Opening date May 1998 (1998-05)
Opryland USA
Coordinates 36°12′23″N 86°41′44″W / 36.206505°N 86.695676°W / 36.206505; -86.695676
Status Relocated to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Opening date May 1, 1995 (1995-05-01)
Closing date 1997
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Vekoma
Model Suspended Looping Coaster (689m Standard)
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 109 ft (33 m)
Length 2,261 ft (689 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 5
Duration 1:36
Capacity 1040 riders per hour
Height restriction 52–78 in (132–198 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 10 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.
Flash Pass available
Kong at RCDB
Pictures of Kong at RCDB

Kong is a steel Suspended Looping Coaster, made by Vekoma, located at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.

History[edit]

Opryland USA[edit]

Kong was previously located at the now-defunct Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee where it was known as The Hangman. Opened in May 1995, the ride was notably the last major attraction to be added to Opryland before the park closed at the end of the 1997 season.

The Hangman was located in the American West area of the park, in an area formerly occupied by the Tin Lizzies antique car ride. Upon Opryland's closure, The Hangman was disassembled and sold to Premier Parks. Soon afterwards it was relocated and rebuilt at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom as Kong after Premier Parks acquired the Six Flags chain.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom[edit]

Kong debuted at The New Marine World Theme Park, later Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, on Memorial Day Weekend of 1998. At that time Kong became the tallest and longest inverted roller coaster in Northern California, missing the speed record by .3 miles per hour (0.48 km/h) and achieving the length record by only 6 inches (15 cm). Today, V2: Vertical Velocity and Medusa, hold the height and speed records in Discovery Kingdom and Northern California.

Kong previously loaded near the iWerks theater (Also known as the "Dino Sphere"). In 2007, the park moved the attraction's entrance to Oasis Plaza. Guests now walk under the ride to get to the loading platform.

Ride experience[edit]

Kong starts with a 115-foot (35 m) lift hill. Followed by that is a 108-foot (33 m) drop, a heartline loop, sidewinder, and back to back inline twists. Despite dislike from the coaster enthusiast community for this type of coaster, Kong is typically one of the busiest coasters in the park and well liked by park guests. SLC coasters are commonly referred to as "Hang-and-Bang" coasters by enthusiasts, referring to your head hitting the over the shoulder restraints during the ride. However, Kong has been said to be one of the smoother, more enjoyable SLC coasters in the US.

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