In 1984, Kings Island was standing room only as King Cobra made its way into the spotlight of the Adventure Village area of the park. The ride opened to rave reviews April 22, 1984, as guests finally got to experience this new sensation of standing while reaching a top speed of 50 mph. In the industry, parks must make sometimes difficult decisions if they want to continue to be in-touch with their guests and deliver on the most current, “best of the best” thrills they can offer. Thus, the decision to remove King Cobra at the end of the 2001 season was made. Many guests today still remember its incredible and unique sensation.