Kings Island reopens without the Paramount brand and other changes

Posted Monday, April 21, 2008 8:03 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Kings Island management knows Sunday’s season opening won’t be all praise, glory, hoots and hollers. They’re expecting some long faces as well. Guests this year will find all traces of the Paramount connection stripped away. There are no new rides, but five have new names and adjusted theming. There’s one new eatery, but two old restaurants have morphed into something new. Four live shows have been added, and two theaters have been re-named.

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Monday, April 21, 2008 9:00 PM
Interesting how they're handling the re-fronting of Racer. To the locals they're billing it as getting back to historical roots and nostalgia and all that. But to everybody else, it's about bringing Kings Island in line with their other parks.

I certainly don't have a beef with preserving history, obviously. It's one of those elements that constitute... what's the word? Oh yeah, 'charm'. And I don't mind that Racer's running forwards only again.

It's just interesting how management is citing two very differing reasons to justify its actions.

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Monday, April 21, 2008 10:21 PM
Perhaps they are citing both because they are both valid reasons. (Quasi-valid at the very least)
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Monday, April 21, 2008 10:33 PM
I was at the park Sunday and I was impressed. It was very clean, the landscaping was beautiful, there were trash cans everywhere, all the employees were friendly, the re-tracking done on the Racer has improved the ride noticeably, and there is construction going on in Rivertown. It is clear that Cedar Fair is committed to constantly improving the park.

I just felt really happy to be there on Sunday. The fact that it was opening day probably was the main reason for that, but I also was extremely excited to see my home park in such good shape, and with a new ride on its way.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008 1:24 PM
Does this mean the Racer will actually race again on a regular basis?
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Monday, April 28, 2008 1:03 PM
^^I agree. I was there on Sunday as well. My only complaint was that it seemed half the merchandise in the Emporium gift shop had bad bar code stickers...all three of my friends had delayed purchased while the cashier called Inventory Control to look up a bar code. Otherwise it was a great day, and everything seemed to be operating smoothly.

Oh yeah, (steps onto soapbox) another low spot on the day was the annoying kid behind me that was telling everyone in line that "Cedar Point owns every major amusement park in America," and who got pissed at me when I kindly mentioned that "Cedar Point" doesn't own any park. Come to find out, he'd never heard of Cedar Fair, and even when I corrected him on that, he was still convinced that they bought out Six Flags a few years ago...GRRRR...I don't mind stupidity, but don't act like you know all, when you really know nothing! (steps off soapbox) :)

^The racer was racing most of the time on Sunday...I did see a few trains go solo, but that was just when one side had problems loading.*** This post was edited by Tennessee_CP_Fan 4/28/2008 1:05:02 PM ***

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