It seems to be Paramount's flagship park. I live in Chicago and have already made two trips to this park this year. I love the place. *** Edited 7/21/2004 2:19:20 AM UTC by Chitown***
But with the coasters, I found Vortex to be the best Arrow megalooper, FOF to be a great ride, and Beast at night to be intense and cool. Adventure Express is a lateral intense mine train. SOB with my hands protecting my knees isn't to shabby. Face/Off is also fun and it actually operates consistently (Unlike Deja-Vu)
For the flats, Delirium and Tomb Raider are a blast. *** Edited 7/21/2004 3:30:09 AM UTC by Chitown***
I enjoyed the atmosphere, and their collection of coasters and flats. My favorites other than the Beast were Vortex, Top Gun, and Adventure Express.
Being closer to PKD its nice to go to a different park, but I prefer PKD.
Now they need a giga or whatever u call one like TTD..
as for the coaster collection Backwards Racer is hidden gem for no wait, Face off i seem to love but i love inverts and FoF is okay but they do need a new coaster
I would say that PKI is underrated, simply because I don't think it get's the credit it deserves. I agree that it probably get's overshadowed by CP, which I think is just as good but in a different way.
It delivers an experience comparable to just a few parks in the U.S., imho.
Ohio's other two parks don't have a lot to say about unique non-coaster experiences included with admission. That doesn't mean they're not a blast to visit and wonderful parks. Maybe some people here don't care about anything other than coasters and if that's the case, ignore my notes on why I think PKI is cool. ;)
Then again, I don't have kids and have never been to the park with kids, so the impact of the kids zone is basically 1/3 of the park that's nothing more than a wlak-through for me. I also have never been there when Drop Zone was actually open (2 tries) and haven't been back since they built Delerium. Maybe my opinion will change based on those two, but as for everything else, I have to give Kings Island an "overrated" mark, at least within the enthusiast community (and I'd say exactly right-rated with GP).
However, PKI does have an outstanding collection of flat rides, and I feel they have the best "kiddy land" in the county. Like Camrider88 said, if they would add one big, smooth, steel coaster to the mix, like a MF type ride, then I would consider getting a season pass since I only live 2 hours away (compared with 5 hours away from CP). But alas, The Beast keeps me coming back. That night ride is my favorite overall experiences.
I love everything about the place. The 80's were a wonderful time to be at PKI as a kid. The first few years after the Paramount ownership were pure hell, and the park really took a downturn, but right now I really think the park is in another golden age.
PKD was modeled after PKI (seeing as how it opened 3 years later)& even though some things have changed for the better while some have not the park still just has that extra something that really makes you feel as if you've enjoyed your experience....I was so pleased with mine that I'll definitely be returning to PKD next season new ride or not.
The atmosphere & fantastic service of the Paramount chain are reason enough to return time & time again.
For it: Next to BGW (and maybe HW, sorry Paula!), PKI is one of the most pleasant parks to walk through IMHO. Especially in the Rivertown section, there are plenty of trees around, and throughout the park the landscaping crew does a great job. The park is laid out well, everything centering around the Eiffel tower and radiating from there. The layout is not too crowded like CP, but not extremely spread out either. They have a good selection of flat rides and shows, and an award winning kids area, so they make a good effort at entertaining beyond the coaster. I also think they made a wise choice with Delirium, which happens to be my favorite non-coaster ride at any park right now.
Against it: I think one of the actions PKI has made that hurts its reputation the most is their selection of coasters/rides to add in the past decade. They have a WONDERFUL park that would be a nationwide destination if they would add rides that make it worth the trip. I've noticed the park doing one of two things, both poor choices IMO: 1) they add a ride from a genre that is either worn out or an exact copy of others (Top Gun, Adventure Express, Face/Off), or 2) they add a first-of-its-kind ride that just doesn't cut it (FoF, SoB, Vortex). I admittedly have a bias toward Intamin and B&M rides, as many on this site do, and that also hurts my opinion of my home park as it lacks both. The park lately has made more mistakes with category 2 above it appears. They wowed the nation in 1996 with FoF's world-first LIM launch, but it beat the tar out of people's heads, including mine. I will, however, give the park props for the lapbar retrofit. The ride is now VERY enjoyable and not painful, but the launch is at the low end of the industry standard for power. The park's next adult coaster addition was Face/Off, which albeit is a fun ride, is short and a copy of others, which will not make PKI a destination park (same goes for FoF as it has a clone at PKD). SoB in 2000 was an attempt at rectifying the clone problem, but in a manner that backfired. As most here know, SoB is a very painful ride, and since the opening season, I have yet to see a long wait for the ride. Most park patrons are not willing to pay for their thrill with a day-long headache. I think PKI should have stuck with the idea of a looping wooden coaster, and forget the hypercoaster part. TR:TR was a fun addition, but as with most rides that rely on theming to a movie, the novelty wears down over time. The ride, IMO, has moved from the category of 'interesting' to 'painful and boring'. Now we find ourselves with no new PKI coaster since 2000, and hoping that the rumoured 2005 coaster comes true!
As mentioned, the bright spot on PKI's recent record is Delirium, which I find to be a wonderfully addictive ride! Obviously, all these opinions are ones held solely by me, and can be trumped by anyone who loves any of the rides I have just put down! I feel that PKI has GREAT potential, if they would make wiser choices in ride additions, and concentrate on bettering the park's interests and not almost solely advertising/complimenting their movies and television shows.
With KECO mgmt, the park began to be neglected and the massive ride removal began. Under Paramount, things were spruced up, but ride removal continued.
What Paramount has done to the park as far as "theming" has almost entirely ruined the atmosphere of the park. Since their priority is to promote their low-grade, non-timeless movies, almost everything new that has been added has went toward that aspect. While at the same time runining the continuity of themining of the park. Rivertown is a great example. It used to have a great isolated frontier theming. Now it has a giant warehouse sitting in the middle of it with a jeep and jungle theming.......Action Zone is a non-theme section which is just bascially rides on concrete.........Oktoberfest used to be full of rides and had a nice German feel. Now its a pirate ship and a jungle themed mine train.........
The number of rides at Kings Island is approx the same it was in the 80's. Other than the water park, this park has not increased in rides at all over the last 2 decades.
A lot of people praise the kiddy section, but its just that....a kiddie section filled with kiddie rides that adults and children cannot ride together. In my opinion, this park needs more total family rides like the Scooby Doo Castle, Antique Cars and Train. Fortunately, they have not removed the train yet as other Paramount parks have to make their short-term profit goals by decreasing ride costs.
The park is not horrible, there are some good rides and a handful of nice coasters. The park still lacks in flat rides, and lines are very long on a busy day due to the lack of additions in the total ride lineup over the last 20 years. Way too many pay-attractions which also take away from the atmosphere (the skycoaster and slingshot ride are VERY carny like). Its just if you were lucky enough to see this park in it's glory days, you would feel it is just a messy version of its former self now...... *** Edited 7/22/2004 1:24:49 PM UTC by super7***
A lot of people praise the kiddy section, but its just that....a kiddie section filled with kiddie rides that adults and children cannot ride together.
Nickelodeon Central is what receives so much praise, and last time I checked, parents can ride Wild Thornberrys River Adventure and Rugrats Runaway Reptar with their children.
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