Sunday, August 18, 2002 2:13 PM

I have some questions about the history of Paramount's Kings Island.

1. What family/company owned Paramount's Kings Island before Paramount bought it.

2. What was the fisrt roller coaster that Paramount added to the park?

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 2:25 PM

1. KECO (King's Entertainment Company?)

2. Top Gun

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 2:57 PM

I actaully have another question. What year did Paramount purchase King's Island?

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 3:01 PM
I think Paramount bought KECO in 1994.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 3:32 PM
1992
linder family

Top gun

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 4:01 PM
I know it first went by the name Paramount in 1993 when they opened Top Gun, which means they probably purchased the park at some point during the '92 season.

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Sunday, August 18, 2002 4:04 PM

Actually King's Broadcasting owned PKI

Top Gun was the first Paramount added coaster.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 5:31 AM
Top Gun was actually purchased before Paramount bought the park, but fortunatly for us, the coaster was indeed built.

When SF bought Fiesta Texas, they had just purchased their Vekoma Looper. SF decided to install it anyway and turn the trains around backwards since they believed it would make the ride more thrilling.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 6:41 AM
Paramount bought Kings Island in the fall of 1992. As stated above, Top Gun was already bought, the only changes that Paramount made to this ride was of course the name and what was some great theming under the station (all of which is now gone).
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Monday, August 19, 2002 6:46 AM

I'll throw my two cents in here...

King's Island was originally opened as a division of Taft Broadcasting. Cincinnati's Coney Island had been purchased a few years prior from the Wachs family. When the park closed up shop and moved to Mason, most of the managment team from Coney moved as well.

Immediately therafter, Taft began to plot other parks and plans were laid out for King's Dominion. Plans, as early as 1973, were in the works for additional amusement centers/parks in Toronto and Chicago. Chicago never happened, but Toronto eventually premiered years later as Wonderland. Once King's Island was complete and attention moved to KD, Kings Entertainment Corporation, or KECO, was formed to help emcompass the growing amusement park division of Taft.

Paramount always had an investment in Taft parks as a large shareholder.... hence Paramount television shows filming at KI.

By the 1980's KECO had basically become it's own entity as Taft Broadcasting faltered. By the late 1980's the lions share of stock was purchased by Carl Linder of Procter and Gamble fame. Mr. Linder's coprporation ran the parks for a few years, and although they made huge ride investments, the parks were rapidly loosing steam and money. Paramount stepped in and opted to purchase the lions share from Mr. Linder (Who still remains a shareholder) in order to brand the former KECO parks as "Paramount Parks." This aquisition included King's Island, Carowinds, Wonderland and Kings Dominion. Great America was also purchased in this deal as well but prior had only been managed, not owned, by KECO.

Non-the-less Paramount took owenership in late 1992.... the same year Phantom Theater premiered at KI. Arrow had already been contracted prior to the buyout to build KI's second suspended coaster... KI has always (even to this day) worked on future additions two or more years prior to the season in which they will premier. Although it has always operated as "Top Gun," the coaster originally was planned to be called "Thunder Road." Paramount continued with the deal and the coaster opened in 1994.

If for that reason you do not count it as a Paramount addition, then Outer Limits was the first coaster that Paramount added to the park.

Shaggy

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Monday, August 19, 2002 7:06 AM

Shaggy KNOWS his PKI (KI) history....but aren't two cents and two cents four cents.....

bill, who has NO "sense"...;)

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Monday, August 19, 2002 9:33 AM

That what happens when you double click ;-) Now the second is deleted...

Shaggy

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Monday, August 19, 2002 10:43 AM
If i'm not mistakin, wasnt PKI originally in Kings Mills. I thought Mason bought the land sometime around when Paramount bought it. I'm not sure if this is true, but i think i remember hearing about Mason extending their land to include PKI. I go to Kings High School ( Which is in Kings Mills ), and our school is gettin pretty small for a highschool. Its very crowded. Mason HS on the other hand is GIGANTIC. I wonder if PKI had anything to do with the extra $$ for MasonHS.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 11:32 AM

Shaggy,

Was it always going to be called Thunder Road before Paramount took over? I was at KI late in 1992 and I remember seeing a sign over by the old monorail station saying something like, "Look for 'Swoops' coming next season!"

I always figured "Swoops" was going to be the original KECO name for the coaster. And the name fit since it's a suspended and it was going into the former safari area.

Oh, and probably just a typo, but Top Gun opened in 1993. Days of Thunder was 1994.

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Monday, August 19, 2002 12:01 PM

Yes, sorry... typo. Top Gun at PKI did open in 1993.

Not sure about the "Swoops" sign. I did not attend the park late in 1992 so I never saw it. I did attend that season, but only a couple of times in the heart of summer.

I know of "Thunder Run" because PKI marketing has told me that factoid. The name change came when Paramount decided to brand the Park with movie names/theming. I have heard a rumor that the old KI had also considered calling it the Raven, but I have never had that authenticated by and PKI personel.

There's lots of fun stuff about what almost was, or could have been at PKI. Sometime I'll bestow you with info about "Movierail."

Shaggy

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Monday, August 19, 2002 12:43 PM
Where does Wonderland Sydney fit into the KECO plan?

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