New constuction photos of Kings Island junior Vekoma posted

Posted Sunday, February 11, 2001 7:28 PM | Contributed by Shawn Wehrley

Progress is evident at Paramount's Kings Island. One of the park's 2001 attractions, Rugrats Runaway Reptar Coaster (a junior Vekoma inverted coaster), is being assembled at the park. has been following the construction of the coaster very closely and has now added new photos of the coaster components arriving at the park to their photos of of the construction site from the air. The photos can bee seen at this location.

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Sunday, February 11, 2001 8:46 PM
When will the tracks arrive at the park? Looks like the supports are in though.

Bill Yost a.k.a. THE BEASTmaster

Can you take me higher? (CREED)
Monday, February 12, 2001 5:03 AM
I am not sure yet, I am keeping my eye out for the tracks, as soon as they show up, I will get out there and get shots of them, I work next door to the park and pass it every day). *** This post was edited by Shawn Wehrley on 2/12/2001. ***
Monday, February 12, 2001 12:27 PM
Is this coaster just going to be a small kidde type inverted?

X-Flight @SFWoA!
This flight won't be cancelled!
Monday, February 12, 2001 1:30 PM
it is supposed to be the world's first junior inverted from what I understand. Picture a normal Vekoma inverted, get it wet, and throw it in the dryer and watch it shrink. Just Kidding, I think it will only be 50 feet tall, max speed 25 mph, I will have the stats up in the next couple of days.
Monday, February 12, 2001 2:38 PM
I suppose Pteradon Flyers would be the first junior inverted, assuming you accept a single track as an inverted.

I think Caripro already has made one of these, as well.
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 3:12 AM
I would have thought that the Pteranadon Flyers would have been suspended given that the cars swing freely.
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 5:11 AM
Shawn Wehrley,
I like the pictures! Have they started actually building the coaster yet? Also, your new site, looks like it is going to be an excellent site! when do you plan on getting it totally online? Also, does anyone know when PKI will officially release the information regarding their 2001 attractions (specific details)?
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 5:40 AM
Another Kiddie coaster?!?

That brings the total up to...


Geez, that's a cheap way to bring up your coaster count... ;)
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 6:30 AM
Someone predicted this.

Best Coaster: Millennium Force
Worst Coaster: Project Stealth
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 10:33 AM
Nate said: Another Kiddie coaster?!?
Geez, that's a cheap way to bring up your coaster count...

Well as for cheap, after spending over 40 million in the past two seasons on Drop Zone, Face Off, and Son of Beast PKI had to cool it down a bit for 2001.
Also PKI is big on kid's, and families. I think it is great they are getting children interested in coasters by building some for the kids.

Tuesday, February 13, 2001 11:16 AM
Hi coastersrz...Thanks for the kind words about the guide to the island site, I hope to have it done with a month. It is a project I have been slowly working on since last June, I am just now getting around to having the time to do something with it. I won't be as spectacular as, but it should be nice notheless. I have all the material now, just still putting the pages together. As for the "Reptar", they have poured the concrete foots, and the uprights (is that the official term for the supports?), are being moved into the park, they are laid out in a clsed off section of the parking lot right now. I imagine they will start having track show in the next few weeks, the park's first day is April 7th, so they don't have much time to work. The announcement will come towards the end of this month. As soon as they make the official announcement, I will try to have some kind of story on here.
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 3:01 PM
Why do we treat kiddie coasters with such disrespect? As if were the only one's allowed to have fun. A kiddie coaster(no matter how many)is a wonderful addition to any park.

Thank you Disney, thank you...
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 4:51 PM
I think that Kings Island is doin a great favor for all kids out there. I remember going to Kings Island when I was young (is 15 old?), and seeing those coasters and wishing i was tall enough to ride them. Now, future generation will be able to ride coasters sooner.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2001 5:10 PM
Seeing the joy in a kid's eyes, when they see all the neat and fun stuff around them, is a magical experience. Remember the feeling of awe the first time you ever watched "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"? Just like me, you probably thought "WOW!" Kids are such a delight. Amusement Parks are magical places to them. That's why Disney is such a special place for them.

Let them have their fun.
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 9:13 PM
"Kiddie" coasters are a great way for children to be introduced to coastering without scaring them to death on their first rides. Some of them can even be a lot of fun - but I too loved Willy Wonka...
Thursday, February 15, 2001 1:29 PM
Have you ever watched a child wait in a station while the taller kids and adults enjoy a coaster? They LOATHE and DESPISE put it very, very mildly.

Now imagine them sitting in stations at least 10 times in a day while their families trot through a major-league amusement park. What's the fun of that?

'Kiddie' areas aren't the answer if their older sibs and adults are out of place. Same difference--somebody's bored out of their mind.

I congratulate and APPLAUD PKI for their collection of family coasters. I only wish CP would follow their lead, as they only have 1 legitimate family coaster (Junior Gemini even bored my 3 year-old). I will most likely pass up CP -- where I get in for free -- to pay for PKI's more complete family experience. Everybody's happy!



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