Kentucky Kingdom: A Great RMC Coaster, Storm Chaser Isn’t To Be Missed
Storm Chaser at Kentucky Kingdom is an A+ coaster. Yes, it’s really that good. While maybe not as strong as some other RMC’s I’ve done such as Goliath and Lightning Rod, I really believe this is one of the best and most underappreciated coasters in North America.
Let’s start off with the basics. Storm Chaser is an I-box track coaster from Rocky Mountain Construction. It features three inversions and reaches a top speed of 52 mph. The track length is 2,744 feet with a ride time of 1:48.
The standout element to Storm Chaser is its Barrell Roll drop. I’ll admit that it might not seem like much at first, but after riding this coaster 4 times, I can safely say this is one of the better opening numbers of a coaster I’ve experienced. It’s similar to the new RMC Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion, which will also feature this Barrell Roll drop.
You’re going to get air time on Storm Chaser. While not as much as other coasters, this is a real selling point for this RMC. I counted around 5 airtime hills, which included three (?) camelback hills at the end of the ride.
Unfortunately, you don’t get the infamous zero-g stall that RMC has made famous
(And if you do, it’s definitely not noticeable ). That’s probably my only real complaint with this coaster, as I loved that element on Goliath. And seeing how Storm Chaser has inversions, it would make sense for this to be a part of the coaster.
As with all RMC’s the restraints are a bit rough. The lap and leg bar which you’re seated with makes for a lot of discomfort, especially on airtime hills. I’m not going to let that affect my opinion of the coaster, but it does hurt. And if you’re riding in the back of the train, it’s a tad worse.
I said after my 4 rides on Storm Chaser that it was in my top-five coasters. It still would be had I not been on Fury 325 and Lightning Rod that same week. I’ll definitely say this is a great coaster, and it’s worth coming out to Kentucky Kingdom to ride it. RMC doesn’t make bad coasters, and Storm Chaser is no exception.