PKI officially announces Delirium

Posted Thursday, September 26, 2002 5:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: Press release follows. The ride described appears to be a Huss Giant Frisbee. -J]

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio (Sept. 26, 2002) – de·lir·i·um (Dĭ-lîr’ē-um) n. A state of uncontrolled excitement or emotion.

Imagine being caught in the heart of a storm, hurtling through the air out of control. One moment suspended upside down, the next moment rushing face-first toward the ground then nearly upside down again … all in seconds. Experience the power of Delirium, one of several new attractions to debut at Paramount’s Kings Island in 2003.

Delirium is a powerful ride that will send 50 outward facing riders seated on a continuous ring with their legs dangling free in the air – spinning madly at the bottom of a giant arm that swings back and forth rocketing riders up to 137 feet in the air…more than thirteen thrilling stories! Riders will spiral in a 120-degree arc between 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock as the park races by on one of the most hair-raising escapades on the planet. Developed by Huss Rides of Germany, this blue, yellow and silver monster will be the largest of its kind in the world and be located in the Paramount Action Zone section of the park.

As previously announced, also new in Hanna-Barbera Land in 2003 is the imaginative “Scooby-Doo™ and the Haunted Castle.” Park guests will join Scooby-Doo and the entire Mystery, Inc. gang of Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy on the case to explain the mysterious activity of a green ghost haunting an ancient castle.

The animated adventure will begin as guests board their very own Mystery Machine that travels through ghostly graveyards, creepy corridors, and down into dingy dungeons. While winding through the castle, riders are equipped with Fright Light ghost blasters to zap ghosts and collect points. Points are tallied at the end of the experience to see who has the best ghost-zapping ability.

“For the first time in Paramount’s Kings Island’s history thrill-seeking guests and families with kids will be able to enjoy two multi-million dollar attractions designed specifically for them,” said Craig Ross, executive vice president and general manger. “There is something new for everyone in 2003… and we are not finished announcing new attractions yet.”

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 5:33 AM

I would never say that I'm tired of coasters, but these kinds of rides are absolutely awesome and add great variety to the park. The sheer visible impact and the fact that these things eat people make them a great choice (and they're less expensive than coasters).

Can't wait for PKI 2003!

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 5:46 AM
What really intrigued me and goes along with some other rumors we have heard about PKI is where they said “There is something new for everyone in 2003… and we are not finished announcing new attractions yet.” Sure makes me wonder what else they have up their sleaves. Not meant to diminish what they have announced already as I think those 2 rides already announced are intriguing enough!

And I am wondering if they may add something to their waterpark this year too since that has not had an addition in a while!?!??!

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 5:54 AM
Sounds massive! So will PKI get every one of the giant rides? Then they can call themselves the 'Land of the Giants.' :)
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Thursday, September 26, 2002 5:58 AM

I think it's great to see more and more park feature rides that suit both the thrill-seekers, and the families alike!

-mikey

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 6:09 AM
While I'm still hoping for a permanent intallation of an Afterburner somewhere near me, this sounds like a great addition. As much as we all love coasters, there ARE worthy flatrides, something that some larger parks seem to forget about. Not PKI, apparently :)

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 6:15 AM
Taipan said: "Sounds massive! So will PKI get every one of the giant rides? Then they can call themselves the 'Land of the Giants.' "

Wouldn't "ISland of the giants be better suited ;-)

I would expect Delirium to be the only Huss giant ride they will install next season.

I am so happy for PKI. For years I have wanted them to re-up their flat ride qulity. With TR:TR and now Delirium my prayers have been answered. Coasters are great, don't get me wrong, but I do love flat rides. Now I'll have two of the best very close by!

Shaggy

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 6:35 AM
Lol. Good one. I meant would they get them over time not all for next season! Is the 'net literal or what?
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Thursday, September 26, 2002 6:37 AM

My question has always been this though, wont outward facing inverted seats be more "puke prone" than other versions? I get the most dizzy (borderline sick) on flats when I watch the moving surroundings or close my eyes. To combat this, I usually look straight across or down at the floor at something spinning with me.

Great addition for PKI, but it seems like another one that I may only ride once :)

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 6:57 AM
It sounds like it's a larger version of the Mondial ride at Canada's Wonderland, eh? On that one, the rotation rate is one full rotation for each full cycle (two swings) of the boom. That's really slow; there is very little outward force induced by the rotation. It's not like the Afterburner, where the thing spins fast enough that the outward rotational force counteracts the headbanging of swinging sideways with shoulder bars. The ride at Wonderland proved to be a whole lot of fun with a fairly low puke factor, so I expect the Giant Frisbee to be even better.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 7:38 AM

If I can survive ST Chic and the Drummer Boy, I certainly can survive this! Really looking forward to it!!

And Scooby's Haunted Castle sounds like a blast. I hadn't paid much attention to previous reports and didn't realize guests can shoot at ghosts! I think this option alone will help draw more people to the ride.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 7:44 AM

You know, a part of me wonders why more parks haven't picked up on the Huss giant rides. They're massive (anyone else say "Holy ****" when they first saw Tomb Raier?), less expensive than coasters and killer capacity. I don't know, sounds like a good way to add to your park to me, especially if you do 3 million+ visitors a year.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 7:49 AM
The press release is ALL WRONG! None of you can read. Its a Huss Delirium, dammit! Sawblade5 said so!

OK...enough sarcasm. Great addition to the park. I gotta hand it to PKI, they continue to add a good variety of attractions that keep the peeps coming back. Six Flags could learn a few lessons from them ;-)

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 7:54 AM

I CAN'T WAIT! I'll be there opening day, possibly media day! The real question is what are the attractions they aren't done announcing yet?!?! Haha. I know Scooby Doo is just gonna be awesome and now with this. It's gonna get better?!?! I can't wait.

For the other attractions, I'd like to see a new Action Theater film. I doubt that'll happen, and I'd also love to SoB get tunnels.

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 7:59 AM
I think they are adding to the waterpark next year along with the announced rides. They were doing a photo shoot out there for marketing. Why else do this unless you would advertise for people to come out there and see the new attraction.
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Thursday, September 26, 2002 8:09 AM
Arghhhh Paramount is getting these huge Delirium rides and we got stuck with the little one in California

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 8:17 AM
I don't suppose they'll get a Delirium next & name it 'Frisbee?' :)
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Thursday, September 26, 2002 8:18 AM

I'm sooooooo confused.

First off, the link above to HUSS giant Firsbee doesn't seem to work for me (my PC does have a mind of its own)

I will second GregLeg's wish for an Afterburner "at a park near me." Just as thrilling as many coasters... even more thrilling than some.

Every September, the second reason why I go to the York Fair (York PA), is Reithoffer Show's Aferburner called Wild Claw (the first reason is that my wife "makes" me go). Looking up this ride (while trying to find what a Giant Frisbee looks like), I find that it is made by a company called KMG (or is it KGM). I always thought it was Zamperla... but I see Zamperla has a ride called Discovery which looks very close to an Afterburner. I can't keep these names straight!

Just a question about Giant Rides. Are the seats and restraints any different than on the "portable" models? I mentioned Wild Claw (Afterburner) above. This is the only ride I have an uncomfortable fit on. The OTSR's pin my shoulders and upper chest very tightly (kind of hard to catch my breath unless I sort of "slump" before the op closes the OTSR... or should I say "staples" the OTSR... so it will lock). Are the seats and restraints any different on permanent versions of these types of travelling rides?

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 9:20 AM

You guys got a grand ride!!

When I first saw Psyclone at PCW, it blew me away how big it was! It's an amazing ride!!

Is the Huss version bigger then the Mondial version though?

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Thursday, September 26, 2002 9:55 AM

Not that much bigger I believe. It is wider, and occupies a more narrow stretch of land. Maybe a few feet taller and seats like 10 more people.

Shaggy

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