It is common for small, regional parks to take inspiration from the most successful theme parks, like those of Disney and Universal. However, it is less common for a park such as Disney to be influenced by a regional park. This is exactly what happened, though, when Kings Island in Ohio and Kings Dominion in Virginia built The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear in 1996. An indoor launched coaster, it was the first ever to use linear induction motors and magnets to launch a roller coaster. As can be seen in the second picture, the train shoots down a long corridor and into an indoor “spaghetti bowl” of criss-crossed tracks in a large building. Disney definitely noticed this when they built the Rock n’ Roller Coaster in 1999, featuring a very similar launch and spaghetti bowl, as can be seen in the first picture. The exact layout of Rock n’ Roller Coaster was duplicated, but outdoors, at Walibi Holland in 2000, and this ride, Xpress: Platform 13, can be seen in the third picture.
If you’ve ridden them, which ride do you like best? Flight of Fear, Rock n’ Roller Coaster, or Xpress: Platform 13? Let us know!