Posted Thursday, September 22, 2005 9:54 AM | Contributed by Jeff
(Ed. note: Press release follows. -J)
Paramount’s Kings Island, long ranked as offering the “Best Kid’s Area in the World,” Amusement Today Golden Ticket award winner 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, is excited to premiere the most elaborate collection of Nickelodeon-inspired rides and attractions in the world opening in the Spring of 2006. Nick Universe includes a total of 18 rides and attractions bringing to life Nickelodeon’s most popular character celebrities and adventures including Avatar™, The Backyardigans™, Blue’s Clues™, Danny Phantom™, Dora the Explorer™, The Fairly OddParents™, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius™, LazyTown™, Little Bill™, The Rugrats™, SpongeBob SquarePants™, and The Wild Thornberrys™.
The largest Nickelodeon area in the world boasts six all-new attractions including:
Thrill-seeking families take a whirlwind ride with Avatar on this first-of-its kind family roller coaster
Kids can enjoy a free-fall ride in the hopes to escape the menacing wrath of Plankton, SpongeBob SquarePants’ nemesis
Families fly with Danny Phantom as they spin through the air like a superhero
All aboard Azul™ the train! – Passengers join Dora the Explorer and Boots™ on a storybook train ride adventure
Kids join Blue for a jumping journey around her house
Guests enter the adventures of Bikini Bottom through a pineapple under the sea to experience SpongeBob SquarePants’ underwater world.
Nick Universe also features two new neighborhoods containing a variety of Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants - inspired rides and attractions. In addition, this area has new dining, shopping and celebrity encounters with kids’ favorite Nickelodeon stars.
“Thanks to our incredible partnership with Nickelodeon, we are creating the next level of family entertainment. We are excited to offer a collection of new attractions that parents and kids can enjoy together, in conjunction with new family-friendly amenities such as spacious shaded walkways and additional shaded seating,” said Craig Ross executive vice president and general manager for Paramount’s Kings Island. “The Nickelodeon Universe area and attraction detail, along with other new 2006 attraction information, will be announced after the conclusion of our long anticipated WinterFest holiday event.”
This kind of family fun is what brings in the BUCKS! Familys spend money food shopping ect. Yes a new world class record breaking coaster would have better for me....but this addition will have me taking a family of 5 and instead of a one day mega drive and ride from Chicago costing me a couple of hunded buck it will turn into a $800 family weekend...PKI will get my money next year.....
The sad thing is I watch each and every one of those shows on a daily basis and know all of the above mentioned charecters. At least I can say I watch them with my 2 1/2 year old. Good addition, I'll be there with the family.
Man, PKI is the best. Nickelodeon Universe is the perfect addition for 2006. Not only will it target families with toddlers to preteens, but us adults will be allowed to enjoy most of the new attractions as well. It Just Doesn't Get Any Better Than This - PKI will always be the #1 family freindly theme park!
I think this is awesome! Of course, I have two little ones, but still, this will be great for us! Most of the rides needed to be revamped or replaced anyway. There are a handful of those rides that were aging when I was a kid...and I'm 35 now.
But even as an adult I'm excited! PKI is dumping a ton into the park next year with this, as well as, Great Wolf Lodge. Looking forward to it!
Hmmmm. Wonder who'll have the Best Kids Area in 2006?
I guess we now know the third coaster to be built around the Louisville area (as Shaggy hinted at about a month ago). Wish I'd gotten the Ghoster Coaster credit at BeastBuzz '04, but it was closed then.