Looks like PKI is looking to expand Nick Central...

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 12:20 PM
I got an email today for a survey, which I did, for Paramount Parks. After I was finished, there was another survey about expanding PKI's Nick Central, asking all kinds of questions about what you'd like to see.

Looks like HB is leaving and Nick Central is taking over, much like a lot have stated. Will it be next year? The Next?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 12:23 PM
I guess my hopes of KI bringing back the smurf ride keep fading and fading... ;)
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 1:46 PM
Why do they want to keep expanding Nick Central? Isn't the best kiddie area in the world enough?!? Why won't they build a new "adult" coaster? They have to be making tons of money, as the park is always crowded anymore. I have visited the park only 3 times this year because I am just tired of waiting in long lines. Heck, I've spent more time in Cedar Point than Kings Island this year. Oh well, I guess they are making money through the family rides, so whatever.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 1:58 PM
Why all the kiddie expansions for PKI? Because a family of 2.3 kids (or whatever the average is today) and two adults spend a whole lot more money in the park than your average coaster enthusiast. More family and kiddie rides mean more kiddies with families in the park.
*** Edited 8/10/2005 5:59:18 PM UTC by ShiveringTim***
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 3:41 PM
They just frikkin built a coaster! Dang...
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 3:54 PM
Boo frickin hoo.

The kids area was packed when I was there on the 4th weekend so it is no wonder they want to increase its capacity. A long wait makes kids cranky.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 4:34 PM
PKI hasn't built a $25 million dollar coaster yet--and still keep pace with (and outpaces) CP with dark rides, themed kiddie/family coasters and waterpark expansions.

The question we should all be asking: When will the park up north catch on?

Or better yet--why doesn't GL run after that market? They could tap Vekoma for a kiddie suspended coaster or better yet, twin racing out-and-back versions of the Roller Skater. Go after the booger-eaters and they'll drag Mom and Dad into the park with them.


*** Edited 8/10/2005 8:43:49 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 5:38 PM
But they just added a waterpark at GL. Isn't that all they need?
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 6:03 PM
Apparently, more than the coasters they're selling off. If you want to see grown-folk coasters fail to draw people, look no further than GL.


*** Edited 8/10/2005 10:08:37 PM UTC by CoastaPlaya***

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 9:41 PM
While I kind a knew Nick would expand next year. I wonder if PKI will get any new rides or just retheme some and add the old fashion cars back into the park.
Friday, August 12, 2005 10:16 AM
The antique cars are looking rather shiny as they sit behind Delirium...at least when they aren't covered by tarps...
Friday, August 12, 2005 10:41 AM

CincyDJ said:
I guess my hopes of KI bringing back the smurf ride keep fading and fading...

Actually, with Paramount recently acquiring the film rights to the Smurfs that very well may happen...



Friday, August 12, 2005 11:52 AM

CoasterKrazy said:
The antique cars are looking rather shiny as they sit behind Delirium...at least when they aren't covered by tarps...

I have noticed that also. They seem to be waiting for something. I doubt they would keep the cars in good condition and sit them in the middle of the park if they weren't going to use them ever again. *** Edited 8/12/2005 3:53:18 PM UTC by PKI discodude***

Friday, August 12, 2005 8:17 PM
Of course, the King Cobra trains were (are still being?) kept for at least three years, seeing as how there was the slight chance of a sale. Why throw out the antiques when PKI can make some cash off them, if they won't be used in the future?
Friday, August 12, 2005 8:33 PM
The trains are still there.
Friday, August 12, 2005 8:46 PM
I posted this a few months ago, so rather than typing it again. I will just copy it. This is what I think they will be getting.

5/28/2005 6:33:18 PM

Now that the Italian Job is officially open, it is time to speculate on what is in store for next year. The direction of the park is to make more of a theme park, with movie based attractions.

The most common rumor is to see some type of Nick Central expansion. The park has won the best kids section the last few years in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket awards. The most recent Paramount Park Survey featured a few possible attractions that could fit into a Nick Central expansion. The following were those listed on the survey, and considering how rides such as the Italian Job were on a similar survey the past year, they sometimes can be a good indication for what is in store.

Nickelodeon Car Wash:

At the Nick Car Wash, all of your favorite characters are on hand to get you, sopping wet-each in their own special way! Riders explore a series of indoor/outdoor scenes, each featuring a different Nick character in a wacky cartoon car wash. And this car wash is interactive, allowing riders to control their own speed through the scenes.


The ride could use the antique cars that were removed this year. Sounds like an interesting addition and could be a likely replacement for the water maze because you get wet.

Sponge Bob Square pants: Crash Course Boating School:

Climb aboard a boat with Spongebob Squarepants at the wheel, and you're in for a completely wacky ride! The rip-roaring indoor family coaster ride will put guests on a twisting, turning, underwater crash course with all of the creatures of Bikini Bottom! With Spongebob behind the wheel, surprise are sure to be around every corner, as guest whiz through a cartoon environment full of spectacular sights, silly sounds, and crazy "underwater" special effects! Buckle up and take the wheel with everyone's favorite sponge at Mrs. Puff's Driving School for a wild, wet, and whacked-out underwater adventure with SpongeBob and Friends!


Another family coaster similar to perhaps in thrills of Rugrats Runaway Reptar Roller Coaster. Water and other effects, and it are themed to a popular kid cartoon. Seems like it is a likely addition. Feel free to respond and predict what ride you think they are getting for next year. It does not have to be either of these two, but just seems like these were the ones on the survey and the more likely choices. *** Edited 5/28/2005 10:35:17 PM UTC by Beast Fan*** *** Edited 8/13/2005 12:47:40 AM UTC by Beast Fan*** *** Edited 8/13/2005 12:48:06 AM UTC by Beast Fan*** *** Edited 8/13/2005 12:49:27 AM UTC by Beast Fan***


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