Premier Rides LIM Catapult Coasters

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The first Premier LIM Spaghetti Bowl coasters were the Flight of Fears at both Kings Island and Kings Dominion, which opened on June 18th, 1996.  They were the first coasters to ever use an LIM launch system, speeding riders up from 0 to 54 mph in 4 seconds.  Both rides are indoors, and share the theme of the crash landing of a UFO, similar to Area 51.  Reaching top speeds of 60 mph, the Flight of Fear coasters are the second fastest indoor coasters behind the Rockin’ Roller Coasters in Orlando and Paris.

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3 year later, Premier came out with 2 more of the LIM Spaghetti Bowl coasters. Both Joker’s Jinx at Six Flags America and Poltergeist at Six Flags Fiesta Texas opened withing 3 weeks of each other in May of 1999. All rides begin with the namesake LIM launch into, what is known as a spaghetti bowl of track. They all contain the same inversions: A cobra roll, sidewinder, and corkscrew.

Unlike the original Flight of Fears, neither Joker’s Jinx or Poltergeist have a mid course break run. On Joker’s Jinx, where the break run would be placed, there are instead a series of rings that the coaster passes through.54409961

Poltergeist, unlike any of the other coasters, has no mid course scenery or brake run, and just continues as a coaster. Joker’s Jinx also has a faster launch than the other three going 0 to 60 rather than the original 54.  All of the coasters opened with over the shoulder restraints, but were all replaced with lap bars sometime between the 2001 and 2002 seasons after many complains of riders that hit their heads while flying through all twists and turns at high speeds.poltergeist-qLkx

4 Replies to “Premier Rides LIM Catapult Coasters”

  1. I’m a little surprised that SFMM never installed one of these. It would have been a popular ride (in my opinion), not to mention that it would up their coaster count. Thank goodness they finally did get a Premier coaster (Full Throttle) and it’s a lot of fun.

    However, I still think that if Six Flags continues their ride rotation program, a spaghetti bowl at the Mountain would be a good choice.

    1. Especially as the mountain’s first indoor coaster. I can see the lines already. We thought of either Deja Vu’s old spot (tight fit) or the stunt theater area, with the spaghetti part being inside the arena of course. That would be great for the line-up, and competition, no other CA park has an indoor coaster similar to it.

  2. There’s one more in China named Mad Cobra. It’s still using the original OTSR’s. Judging from Riders’ camera, I decided to skip this credit forever unless they change the restraints.

    1. We know of it’s existence, but wanted to keep it in America because most haven’t been to China. You’re right, it looks very pretty, but it needs to update its trains. Do you think they care enough to eventually install lapbars?

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