Now, now. We all know what PKI will have next year: a new owner. Given Paramount's track record (SOB, TR:TR, IT:ST), maybe their next coup will be selling to Burke and Co. :) *** Edited 5/15/2006 2:05:00 PM UTC by BogeyMon***
PKI's new attraction is the dismantling of SOB. Heh.
No really, we've been begging for a steel non-looping coaster for years at PKI. It's bound to happen eventually, especially since such a ride also would fit into the "family" atmosphere PKI wants (loops = no good for families; hills = FAMLIY FUN!!!1!!1one).
You said, "I'm gonna run you down." I heard, "I'm an orangutan."
"Well, since PKI is hosting the ACE Coaster Con in 2007, I'd be willing to be they get a new thrill ride. Seeing as how their focus this year is mainly on the kids section of the park."
The ACE convention will have no effect on what is, or is not, added to KI in 2007.
PPI is being sold.
What the parks get in 2007 depends upon what deals are, or are not, on the burner with ride manufacturer(s) right now.
Should the parks get sold to a new owner, then the new owner would likely continue with any previous scheduled installs. If there is not a new product agreement with a manufacturer, I would suspect that the new owner would refrain for the first season, or pursue something on their own.
A classic example of this is the install of Top Gun when KI was first branded PKI. The coaster was already set to be installed, and when Paramount took controlling interest, they continued with the addition and simply branded it with a Paramount theme.
Makes sense to me a new owner would spend the first year re-branding the park and developing their own infrastructure rather than immediately signing on for a major install. A perfect example of this is Geauga Lake. Didn't CF spend the first season re-branding (or de-branding as is the typical case with CF?)
After speaking with park representitives for several of the Paramount Parks, they all seem to be of the consensus that park opperations and current scheduled projects should not be adversly affected by any change in ownership.
These parks vie to have the Coaster Con at their park. They already know out as far as 2009 where the Con's will be. I could be completely wrong here, but if I were a park offical and I knew 3+ years in advance that the largest Coaster Enthusiast Club in the world was coming to my park, I think I'd try and plan to have a decent park addition that year. On top of everything else, it is Coaster Con XXX.
"After speaking with park representitives for several of the Paramount Parks, they all seem to be of the consensus that park opperations and current scheduled projects should not be adversly affected by any change in ownership."
Well, that's what they are supposed to say. The underlying idea they are stating is, the park will continue to operate for the guest.
However the shuffling of execs at PPI has already begun. Heck it started quite a while ago in order to lure buyers. That tells me that a change in ownership may result in a complete overhaul.
Re: the ACE thing...
See, I look at it this way.
We'll be very generous and say that the ACE Coaster Con draws 1,200 atendees.
PKI in one season can average 3.2 million guests.
It's my general thinking that the park would lean towards something that could be highly marketed to their target 3.2 audience throughout the entire season, rather than consider adding a coaster to gain limited press for 1/2 week event. (ACE Cons share the week with another park.)
Perhaps their target audience does want a thrill ride. However I doubt the desire to host an ACE event even begins to factor into new product decision making.
Shaggy *** Edited 5/16/2006 4:56:07 PM UTC by Shaggy***