Latest "spy photos" taken from Kings Island reveal activity

Posted Sunday, January 28, 2001 7:10 PM | Contributed by Shawn Wehrley

Though the park is still tight-lipped about the changes taking place for the 2001 season, new aerial photos taken of the park on January 22nd show that changes are being made. A site is being cleared for what is rumored to be a Junior Vekoma Inverted coaster by Splat City. There is also evidence of a theme change to the James Bond 007 action theater.

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Monday, January 29, 2001 3:56 AM
The park is not being tight lipped about 2001. They're getting a Vekoma junior inverted and a rethemed log flume, both being centerpieces in their new Nickelodeon Central themed area.

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Scott W. Short
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Monday, January 29, 2001 4:02 AM
I would call not making a public announcement yet being tight lipped, BTW "tight lipped" is a figure of speech. How do you know they are not being tight lipped? Do you have an official press release in your hand from Jeff Siebert? If so, why don't you post it so we can all see that your right and I'm wrong.

Shawn

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*** This post was edited by Shawn Wehrley on 1/29/2001. *** *** This post was edited by Shawn Wehrley on 1/29/2001. ***
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Monday, January 29, 2001 5:14 AM
To answer your questions, yes I do have an official release from the PKI and yes it was from Mr. Siebert. All that attended No Coaster received one. To be honest, the only park that they were being tight lipped about was PGA. I'll post it when I get home.

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Scott W. Short
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Monday, January 29, 2001 5:41 AM
You tell him Tim! :)
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Monday, January 29, 2001 7:18 AM
Here are the fact sheets on the two new attractions:

The Rugrats Runaway Reptar Roller Coaster

The Rugrats Runaway Reptar is the first inverted kids' coaster in the world. Kids (OK, parents too) are suspended beldow the track with legs dangling giving the sensation of flight while riding. This is the park's fourth kids' coaster, earning Paramount's Kings Island the title of "Kids Coaster Capitol of the World!"

Manufacturer: Vekoma International, The Netherlands
Year Opened: 2001
Hourly Capacity: 650 guests
Height: 52 feet
Length of Track: 1,129 feet
Maximum Speed: 25 mph
Ride Length: 1:30 minutes
Helix: 540 degree
Number of trains: 1 train, 10 cars per train, 2 guests per car
Train Capacity: 20 guests
Location: Nicelodeon Central


The Wild Thornberrys River Adventure

Adventurers board dugout boats and cast off for a surprise-filled excursion through the "jungle" of Ohio. There's a unique encounter around every corner guaranteed to tatnalize the eyes, ears, and imagination during this ride the entire family can enjoy together.

Manufacturer: Arrow Dynamics - 1968, OD Hopkins - 2001 reconstruction and rebuild of existing structure
Year Opened: 1968 at Coney Island, Cincinnati, OH and moved in 1972 to Kings Island, Cincinnati, OH. Reopened in 2001 with new theming
Last year of Operation: 1999
Hourly Capacity: 1000 guests
2001 Theming: Paramount Parks Design and Entertainment, Charlotte, NC; THe Webber Group, Louisville, KY
Length of Trough: 1387 feet
Number of riders since opened: 36,176,741
Ride Length: 3:05 minutes
Number of Logs: 23
Capicity per log: 4-5
Lift One Height: 30 feet
Lift Two Height: 40 feet
Maximum Water Depth (trough) 18-20 inches
Reservoir: 5 feet
Location: Nickelodeon Central


Now if you still don't believe me, go to http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com/No_coaster_2001_video/ and check out the logos, renditions, and layouts.

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Scott W. Short
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http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com *** This post was edited by ShiveringTim on 1/29/2001. ***
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Monday, January 29, 2001 7:39 AM
Tim, the announcement has not been made on their website yet, nor has the media been informed. I don't care if you have pictures of concept boards and designer drawings. We all know what is coming, but until PKI makes the official public announcement and passes out media kits, as far as I am concerned they are tight lipped. Geez dude...take a pill.

Shawn

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Monday, January 29, 2001 7:53 AM
I guess your definition of official public announcement differs from mine. When Jeff Siebert presents specific info such as this to a group of people, coaster enthusiasts at that, I would think that they want everyone to know about it. There will be no engraved invitations to the grand announcement of these attractions.

For crying out loud, I'm all upset about an inverted roller skater and new plastic figures around the log flume :)

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Scott W. Short
scott@midwestcoastercentral.com
http://www.midwestcoastercentral.com
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Monday, January 29, 2001 7:56 AM
Are you two gonna stop bickering, or do we have to call you parents? LOL!! Sounds to me like the park is not afraid of people knowing about their plans, but they just don't plan on making a big spectacle of the 2001 plans. *** This post was edited by VOLLEYGUY on 1/29/2001. ***
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Monday, January 29, 2001 8:36 AM
ShiveringTim is right about the Vekoma.But about the Arrow I don't know.

Thuur Crompvoets

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Monday, January 29, 2001 8:45 AM
Shawn Wehrley wrote: Tim, the announcement has not been made on their website yet, nor has the media been
informed. I don't care if you have pictures of concept boards and designer drawings. We
all know what is coming, but until PKI makes the official public announcement and passes
out media kits, as far as I am concerned they are tight lipped. Geez dude...take a pill.


LMAO dude, you asked if he received a press kit from Jeff Siebert, and when he posted it, you're still talking. Even I have one of those press kits. They must not be tight-lipped if they gave one to me, knowing that I'm the biggest blabber out there! Get over it, you lost.

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Monday, January 29, 2001 8:46 AM
I don't know if Arrow is actually involved with the flume or not. They made the original, but Hopkins is doing the work on the new version. Kind of like how Arrow made the Steel Phantom and Morgan is updating it. Maybe we should start calling WTRA Kings Mills' Revenge? :)

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Scott W. Short
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Monday, January 29, 2001 11:47 AM
Legendary...There was no winning or losing here. His definition of announcement and Mine are different. Whe the general public gets a crack at the story (via the media), I consider that to be releasing the info. In the imortal words of Rodney King...Why can't we all just get along??? LOL

Shawn

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Monday, January 29, 2001 12:04 PM
Just for your information...
Shiviring Tim said: "The Rugrats Runaway Reptar is the first inverted kids' coaster in the world."

Actually, it'll be the 2nd. Paramount Canada's Wonderland will be the official first. They announced theirs back in November, and judging from the specs, it appears it'll be a clone at PKI with the only possible changes made is the themeing.
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Monday, January 29, 2001 12:20 PM
A little off the primary subject for a moment. Chris Rettig...if you make it to this story, I went back up today (1/29), and got a couple of nice shots of the white water canyon area just for you. I will email them to you tonight.

Shawn

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Monday, January 29, 2001 2:04 PM
The only thing at the website is that they are redoing the James bond area. Which everyone expected anyways. So no big news on that front.

Something called the 7th Protal or something like that.

you can visit the park link at: www.pki.com
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Monday, January 29, 2001 3:34 PM
This definition business sounds all too familiar.

"Could you tell me what the definiton of is, is?"
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