Paramount's Kings Dominion announces Italian Job Stunt Coaster
Posted Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:54 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Paramount's Kings Dominion formally announced the Italian Job Stunt Coaster for the 2006 season. The coaster will be manufactured by Premier Rides and features the same stats as the rides at Paramount's Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland.
A question regarding the Mini Cooper special effects...
The fact sheet mentions that each car features in-car audio, and the "power slide" effect. The coaster at PKI (and I assume the one at Wonderland) were both announced with these same features.
Well, as far as I can tell, the power slide effect was never present at PKI, and the in-car audio was on for the rides I took early in the year, but was shutoff sometime after that. Does anyone know why these effects (as well as the "subway stairs" effect) were never implemented/turned off?
Either way, PKD is getting an excellent addition in my opinion. I love the ride at PKI, and always look forward to a lap when I visit.
Been wondering the same thing. The slide 'effect' is still questionable for what it really is doing or supposed to do. Could just be the set you go through with the police cars.... Also the jackhammer has been non-existant and may not. I heard that the cars get power when sitting at the station and then use it up as they traverse the ride. Sort of recharging the batteries for each run from what I hear. But I have never ridden it yet where all effects were running (except maybe media day).
Actually if I remember correctly, some of the headlights wern't working durring at media day (even less were working two weeks later). Also, the very first day IJ:ST opened at PKI there was a large amount of fog in the last tunnel, something that I have yet to personally see again and something that I wouldn't mind seeing again as it made the tunnel all the better. I also belive that the jackhammering was supossed to be on the ride, but has never been used in normal operation due to the vibrations cracking the car shells. The fishtailing is supossed to get "more extreme" as time goes on and the springs loosen up.
PKD really needs a coaster with a decent drop. Drop Zone is nice (really nice) and some of the launchers (XLC in particular) do have some decent air, but that park is noticably lacking in the first drop department.