PKI Opening weekend and X-Flight construction tour pics posted to Midwest

Posted Monday, April 16, 2001 4:48 AM | Contributed by ShiveringTim

Big update for Midwest Coaster Central this week. For starters, the Ohio coaster season has begun with PKI opening weekend. I was there and took several shots of their new Nickelodeon Central themed area, including the new Runaway Reptar roller coaster. Oh, I also have some shots of the refurbished Flight of Fear trains. Talk about a worst to first coaster!

Secondly, time for yet another X-Flight update. The park invited enthusiasts to attend a hard hat tour of the construction site. Being only 15 minutes away, I decided to take a long lunch that day. Included with this update are pics of the station, transfer switches, lift and up close and personal shots with the trains.

Link: Midwest Coaster Central

Monday, April 16, 2001 4:49 AM
Once again, great pictures! I mean, EXCELLENT pictures.

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Monday, April 16, 2001 6:08 AM
The site loaded, but the X-Flight pictures didn't. It said in the left frame that the page wasn't available.
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Monday, April 16, 2001 7:14 AM
I went to Kings Island on Easter and noticed the log flume ride closed down, it wasn't on the park map either, and their were signs saying "A New Adventure Awaits in 2002" or something like that? Any idea what it is? Also, are they closing the flume as well?

Otherwise, Kings Island was a really great place to visit and because it was raining and Easter, there was practically no waiting in lines at all.
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Monday, April 16, 2001 8:26 AM
So, how was the Thornberry's River Adventure?

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Monday, April 16, 2001 8:53 AM
Folks,

Just going to answer a few questions that you have posted so far.

Intamin Fan:
The problem you are having is related to using Netscape as your browser. Not sure why, but if you run the site in IE 5.5, it works just fine. I have both browsers on my machine, so that's why I know this.

Zar:
From what I've been told, the other log flume is suppose to be torn down this season to make way for whatever is going to be new in 2002. Sorry, I don't remember the name of the other one, but I know which one you are talking about.

Chad:
I was out at the media event for both the new kiddy coaster and the Thornberry's River Adventure. My 3 year old son loved Thornberry's ride. In fact, we rode it about 9 times that morning. It's a good family flume ride, with a good "surprise" at the end. I won't spoil it for those that don't already know, but Elephants will no longer be your friend! :-) Good theming as well on this one.

I'm heading out to the park this weekend to finally ride SOB, and to check out the new FOF lapbars. I'm looking forward to both!

--Brian

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Brian A. Plencner
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Monday, April 16, 2001 8:53 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar Yes, I am aware that there is a problem with the new galleries. Probably an IE-Netscape issue. Hope to have it corrected tonight.

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Scott W. Short
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Monday, April 16, 2001 9:07 AM
Notice the OTSR's on Runaway Reptar, they look very soft. Looks like a good solution for headbanging.

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Monday, April 16, 2001 9:49 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar They are also widely spaced. It's almost more of a lapbar that comes down from above than and OTSR, at least for the intended audience :)

On the other hand, it's still a Vekoma invervted, complete with SLC shuffling around one of the turns. Still a good ride worthy of "I want one in my backyard" status. :)

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Scott W. Short
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Monday, April 16, 2001 11:35 AM
Jeff's avatar I agree! That is such a fun little ride. Like I said... where were these when I four feet tall?

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Jeff
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Monday, April 16, 2001 12:30 PM
The pics where great! I'd love so much to ride SOB, but I'm way out here in CA!
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Monday, April 16, 2001 1:04 PM
I went there, but it said it couldnt load up, anyone know why?
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Monday, April 16, 2001 2:44 PM
How did you get the shot of the KCKC drop from that angle? I havent been back there in awhile but unless ya took the train, there is no way to get that shot.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 4:13 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar The train goes right by the KCKC drop, and that's where I took that shot.

Repeating - There are problems with the site and Netscape. It looks like it works with Netscape 6, but not with Netscape 4.x.

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Scott W. Short
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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 10:20 AM
So, they're no longer going to have a main log flume?
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Tuesday, April 17, 2001 10:28 AM
Zar
They rebuilt the former Kings Mills Log Flume and the Wild Thornbeerys River Adventure will be there main Log Flume. Rumors of what is replacing Kenton`s Cove keelboat Canal (big logflume next to The Beast) are varied. Some rumors say a new water coaster others say a brand new roller coaster. What ever the case is I`ve heard they`re scheduled to anounce the new ride(s)fairly soon!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 4:56 AM
That's to bad if they're getting ride of the lof flume, because it looked more fun than the Wild Thornberry one. If anything, they should put in some kind of water coaster with effects like Escape from Poempeii or Journey to Atlantis; since the park is run by a Paramount, they should be able to come up with a cool movie themed ride.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 7:17 AM
The only thing I can say about what is going in next year where KCKC is its going to be Indoor.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2001 3:50 PM
I don't think the 2002 attraction will be indoor. The land has been cleared from the Kenton's Keelboat Canal, under the Beast, to the Racer. The new attraction will go under the Beast. There is also a land clearing behind and around the area where Flight of Fear is. Next year is PKI's 30th Anniversary, whatever's going in, it's gonna be big. I don't think they'll put in a themed water rides two years in a row. I think either an Intamin giga coaster or a B&M inverted coaster will go in the area from the KC to the Racer. I think either a flying coaster, wildmouse, or Thrustair 2000 will go in the area around the FofF. These are just my predictions.
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Thursday, April 19, 2001 5:23 AM
I was just stating what a Head Electrical told me when we wore working on Face/Off on Sunday. After working at PKI for 5 years now, I know that PKI will not be getting a B&M. It sucks but I know that PKI is very tight with Vekoma, and Intamin. I ease dropped on a conversation with some big executives and they said that they do not want a B&M because there are already too many in Ohio, and too close together :(.

This is coming from a Future Roller Coaster Designer.
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