In an article that appeared in a local, Cincinnati newsapaper (Forest Hills Journal)there was an article about PKI`s new 2001 rides. The last paragraph, Jeff Siebert said that the rides are expected to open in the spring but may not be ready for opening day on April 7!
These late construction starts might be something we'll have to get used to based on recent history. For me, last year is was Superman Ride of Steel at SFA and this year it's Batwing, also at SFA. I'm just happy they're building something. They'll just have to extend the season into November to make up for it:)
Some of us who spent the early season at Kings Island last season know only too well what it's like to see a coaster only half-built...
Not to worry...Kings Island has a long, long history of not having their new attractions all ready for opening day. This is nothing new for them. They're usually not as late as they were last summer, but that was a special case...
john peck is right. Vekoma has had quite a busy winter fabrication wise. With all the Super Invertigos and Flying Dutchman going in this year, who can blame them for bumping back production of their inverted Skaters.
I hate when the new rides are not ready when the new season will begin. Parks must decide earlier what kind of ride they want and place the order early in the year, so that the construction work can start in August and that the ride can be tested before the winter.
SOB was completely built opening day last year. It just had some small problems. And all the rides you two mentioned were new advances in rides. PKI does not have a bad rep for this. Whoever said Reptar was supposed to open opening day anyway? Maybe it won't. Maybe it will. I don't think you guys would want anyone to be hurt or killed on these rides for opening too early would you?
Koaster King, while Son of BEast may have been built by opening day, it was not ready for its scheduled April 8th debut to ACE, and April 9th to passholders and April 14th to the general public. BTW, the rides are not advances in rides, 7th portal and Rugrats Runaway Reptar are, but Wild Thornberry`s River Adventure is a very old ride that is being renovated and having lots of theming introduced to it. My point is that, PKI should have started construction on Nickelodeon Central sooner than they did, especially since the log flume was closed all last year and construction on it did`nt start untill late July or August. PKI can`t open any ride untill it passes Ohio Departement of Agriculture inspection.
Er, sorry, Koaster King, but Son of Beast was NOT completely built on opening day last season. Some of us who were there that day have some interesting photos of incomplete bits of the ride. That said, Kings Island's season starts extremely early in the spring, and ends very late in the fall. The short off-season is often combined with bad weather. They frequently schedule their new attractions to be open in mid- to late-spring rather than at the beginning of the season. Sonny is the only ride in recent memory I can think of that was actually significantly late. Sure, Ghoster Coaster, Outer LIMits and Drop Zone were all late, but they were also announced for 'late spring.'
Flight of Fear opened in late May or early June, and had a lot of problems its first year. Actually, when I talked to a PKI spokesperson last spring about the SoB troubles he said that The Beast was down a lot its first year too.
So RideMan, we were testing the trains on the track without it being completed? No wonder we could never figure out why all the trains weren't working on the track. Too many were falling off. (all sarcastic)
PS-I was an operator on Top Gun since the beginning of the season and I know it was completed. I have a video from April 6th testing to show it. Sorry RideMan.
Coasterz, you two didn't mention the Wild Thornberry ride to begin with. But, like I said, no one has set a date for these rides yet. Therefore, they're not late.
Well, Zero-G, I found a few things wrong with your info. First, The Bat was complteted on schedule. Second, SoB was just barely late, but then closed due to a lightning strike severly weakening the already weak structure. Third, you can't say Reptar is late untilit actuall is.
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The issue is why didn`t PKI start construction earlier. The Log Flume was closed all last year, and the area where Rugrats Runaway Reptar is at was available after August. Why did they wait to start building the coaster untill after October?