XLR-8 opened in 1984 as the first working suspended coaster in the world. Although there are numerous suspended coasters that pre-date XLR-8, it was the first to stay up for an extended amount of time. The ride features 2 lifts and is a rather tame ride. In 2002, the rear half of the train was turned around so it faced backwards for Fright Fest. The ride has continued to operate in this manner since then. In 2004, the ride recieved a new teal and orange paint scheme to replace its aging light blue color scheme.