Specific Type: Suspended Looping Coaster
Amusement park enthusiasts living in the Midwest have reason to celebrate as Kentucky Kingdom has announced that it will reopen in near Louisville, Kentucky. Not only are they jumping for joy about the park reopening, but the famous T2 roller coaster is going to be completely renovated and reopened for the 2015 season. The history of this famous coaster goes all the way back to 1992 when suspended coasters were a major hit. Bollinger and Mabillard were coming up with some wicked inverted coaster concepts that had the industry in a buzz. Not to be outdone, competing Vekoma coaster company decided they would begin designing their own Suspended Looping Coasters (SLC). Vekoma opened up their first SLC in 1994 in Holland. In 1995, Vekoma announced that nine more parks would receive an SLC and Kentucky Kingdom would be one of them.
The SLC that would come to Kentucky Kingdom was the same exact model and layout as that in Holland except the color scheme would be red. In 1998, the park was bought by Six Flags and the coaster was re-themed and renamed to fit the DC licensing the park had. The ride became a Batman SLC and was painted black to fit the theme. T2 operated as a black coaster until the 2009 season when Six Flags lost the least with the Kentucky state fair board and the park ceased operations immediately. After many attempts to get the park reopened, it seemed doomed until 2013 when former owner Ed Hart bought the park back and began redevelopment plans. Ed hart included in those plans a complete makeover of the T2 ride that will include a new name. It was announced that the new name would be T3.
T2, as it stands now, reaches a height of 101 feet and reaches speeds of up to 49mph. The train started out with three trains, but has never operated more than two at one time. The coaster spans 2,171 feet of track and has a capacity of 900 riders per hour. Below you will find a written POV of the ride so please enjoy.
As riders enter the station, they see the bucket seats suspended from the track. You enter the seat and pull the standard OTSR over you. As the train leaves the station and is immediately pulled to the top of the 101 foot lift hill. The train races down the hill at a right bank where it enters straight into an Immelman Loop directly followed by a Dive Loop. The train leaves the loop and heads up a hill, quickly turns and enters into a sidewinder element. The train leaves the sidewinder and immediately goes into a helix. The train finishes with a double inline twist before hitting the brakes.
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