Posted Wednesday, February 14, 2001 1:36 PM | Contributed by Shawn Wehrley
Paramount's Kings Island posted the list of 2001 attractions on their website. The new attractions
include the world's first inverted junior coaster (built by Vekoma), a rethemed Kings Mills Log Flume, now called the Wild Thornberry's
River Adventure and The 7th Portal, a motion simulator adventure replacing the Iwerks attraction "James Bond 007: A License to Thrill." A rethemed, and possibly renamed Outer Limits coaster announcement was expected by many
in the coaster website community, but as of yet, there has been no official word from the park. The press release can be seen on PKI's official site.
I think they are going for the family angle this year. I want to see what they do next year, it will be the 30th anniv. of the park and I was told to "look for large cranes between seasons", by the park's media office.
I hope we don't start with the kiddie coaster thing. As I said before, you just can't build enough family and kids rides as far as I'm concearned. After the SOB fiasco, the park is making the right move here. ------------- Thank you Disney, thank you...
This proves my theory correct. Germans lov.... I mean, Hyper wooden coasters DON'T WORK. If SOB had been a hit, we may see another big adult ride. Because it didn't (well, anyway) they have to spend a lot of money to redo the rough parts, and sue Premier.
Well, they're doing what CP did in 1999, and if it works out like Camp Snoopy did, it'll only be a great thing.
I'm probably one of the few people that actually liked the SoB. I thought it was actually a great addition for them. When we say "it was to rough", were basically saying that wooden coasters should be smooth. It takes after its father with the roughness, and people love that coaster. Im not trying to start an argument here but i had to say something after what genuinecynic said.
Parks do have to cater to the young guests out there and round out all of the choices a family can experience while at the park. I say it's a good move on PKI's part to expand those offerings after giving us thrillseekers SOB last year (though I personally have mixed reviews of that ride) as well as Drop Zone and Face/Off in '99.
Worlds First Inverted Junior Coaster!!!! I don't think so... Paramount should know this well since one of their parks has one. I think the Super Saturator would qualify as a Junior inverted!!! Made by Vekoma though.. didn't expect that. I wonder why they didn't get a setpoint one. ------------- #1 Steel-Incredible Hulk #1 Wood--Timber Wolf
That's excellent that PKI cares about the family so much. I personally really liked SOB and I still can't get enough of the two other great additions from '99:Fave/Off(world's only face to face invert) and Drop Zone(one of the tallest drop rides in the World). It does show that wood wasn't meant to be that tall, but it is not rough to the extent of losing comfort.
And Runaway Reptar will be the first junior invert. Silver Streak at PCWo is a suspended coaster as well as Flying Super Satuator at PCWi.
I think PKI is one of the best family theme parks in the US now(besides Disney). They had another addition for kids in 98 or 99 when they added several rides and theming to brighten up Hanna Barbara Land and then a couple years before than Nick was added. And did anyone notice how different these coasters are(steel, wooden, suspended and invert)? Cool!
So, they have it going to become a top 10 or maybe even top 5 park. Even I'm excited to go back this year. Keep it up! :)
*** This post was edited by Koaster King on 2/14/2001. ***
Face/OFF was the fourth installation of the Vekoma Invertigo *in the US*, so I can't see how you say it's the "world's only"?
Also, Runaway Reptar and Silver Streak are exactly the same (from what was said by PKI at NCC, from what I remember). Hard to be a world's first when there are others opening. I guess I don't count FSS as a junior suspended though. The two new Parmamount juniors are pretty original. If PKI's opens before PCW's then it'll be world's first, I guess.
*added "in the US"
------------- Millennium is spelled with two N's ;)
*** This post was edited by Legendary on 2/14/2001. ***
The name of the ride has been changed. It is no longer Outer Limits: Flight of Fear... it is now just Flight of Fear... don't expect much retheming. Paramount's contract for the name Outer Limits ran out and they failed to renew it. This probably explains why we haven't heard those awesome voice recordings in the loading station in the past couple of years (I don't know if this is the case at PKI, but it sure is at PKD). The name will change to Flight of Fear at PKI and at Paramount's Kings Dominion.
Actually, if you look closely the layout of PKI's and PCWo's new Vekomas are exactly the same layout at Woodstock Express at CP, but only inverted. I've got a layout on my site under No Coaster Video Caps. I would say this is far from pretty original, Joe :)