Kings Island may partner with company for new Resort

Tuesday, March 23, 2004 9:28 PM
From Dayton Daily News- "The Great Lakes Companies Inc., a nationwide resort company, is looking to partner with Paramount's Kings Island by bringing a rustic, wilderness-theme log resort hotel to the amusement park in Mason in Warren County."

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Who said Kings Island would always just be a regional park? ;)


Wednesday, March 24, 2004 12:55 AM
Didn't Kings Island already own a Hotel?

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 1:00 AM

Koasterking's alter ego said:

Who said Kings Island would always just be a regional park? ;)


T'was never a regional park in my eyes. Heck I travelled 600 miles to get there!

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 1:03 AM

Antuan said:

T'was never a regional park in my eyes. Heck I travelled 600 miles to get there!

But do many people travel that far. Its still mainly a regional park.

Good for PKI and Cinci. (They need something after their basketball team got upset early again.)

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 1:37 AM
I can really see a family from England, when given the choice of a holiday in Orlando or one at some park with a resort in the middle of nowhere really scratching their heads over that one.

Then again, Cedar Point does pretty well having its resorts and whatnot.

There's such a thing as a regional resort. Where I am I'm an hour from the good beaches to the north and an hour from the good beaches to the south. I have holidays of varying lengths at either of them many times a year. I say PKI will do fine with a resort. :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 3:02 AM
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Get your swimsuits ready! I'm going to take a little dip into the deep end... ;)

We have the Kings Island Resort and the campground right now. An (additional) resort like they're planning on here would be much, much nicer and attractive to visitors IMO.

I talked to people last year that were non-enthusiasts (most said they came for either the world's "Best Kid's Area" or something they had heard on travel shows, etc.) who came from Missouri, California, Texas, Georgia, Maryland, and yes, even Germany and England. Now did all of them come just or mainly for PKI? I highly doubt it.

In addition, if PKI is becoming a real all-out movie theme park like Universal Studios (remember all of the *other* new for 2004 things at the park like The Beast gone Hollywood, the Nickelodeon Parade, the new movie-style show in the remodeled Paramount Theatre, etc.?), wouldn't that be all the more attractive to new visitors? They're calling their "new" waterpark, Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay Water Park Resort. That tells me they're trying to take a step in a direction bigger than what they had before. Of course the park is huge on season pass sells and this will do that, but I think this may help people even further away buy passes or come check out what all the talk is about.

This has probably been in the plans for a few years. If you look at their 30th Anniversary 2002 addition Tomb Raider, that's one of the biggest and most ambitious attractions I've seen come out of a seasonal park. They added a multiple record-breaker in 2000, turned a section of the park into the "Best Kid's Area" in 2001 and won the award three years in a row, and in 2003, added another one of the longest and most elaborate dark rides from a seasonal park and the biggest thrill+flat ride I've ever seen.

It's hard for me to say that I don't think they want or are trying to attract from outside the region. I think a "regional resort" works as well for them, but it seems to me that PKI wants you to spend more than just a day with this new waterpark coming in and with the way they're marketing it. It sounds like they want you to spend 2 or 3 days here. A day for the rides, a day for the waterpark, and maybe an addition day for the families that want to take all of the shows and kiddie attractions in as well. And btw, while you're planning your vacation to PKI, how about staying at our luxurious new resort? Sounds like a plan to me. Are you wet yet? :)


P.S. Antuan iz teh r0x0rs

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 6:24 AM
Hmmm, no comment Danny. ;-) But you will be the first one to know when I am, um......yeah. ;-)

I think all parks are *regional* parks, excluding places like Disney World or Universal. Some are more well known than others, especially to enthusiasts.

As far as attacting attention outside their region I am sure PKI won't mind. ;-) The more the merrier. I am surprised Paramount haven't already released a nationwide advertising campaign like Six Flags has.

I am glad to hear about the new resort and think it will fit well with the park's whole atmosphere, especially with the new waterpark.

How much of that woodsy land surrounding the park does Paramount own?

See ya at Delirium....;-)


Wednesday, March 24, 2004 8:12 AM

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