PKI starts 2004 hype machine with announcement of WaterWorks removal

Posted Thursday, August 14, 2003 8:40 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Paramount's Kings Island today announced the removal of WaterWorks, the park's 15-acre water park. Its last day of operation will be September 1. The press release quotes general manager Craig Ross saying, "Our guests are in for a real surprise next season."

Read more from the official PKI site.

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 8:44 AM
And so it begins. Given the park's track record, I have a real hard time guessing what's next. However, if I had to guess, I think it's just going to be a better water park, because it's such a huge draw as it is. If they get really ambitious, perhaps they'll start going next level on us and build a hotel.

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DELETED! What time does the water show start?

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 8:45 AM
This fact alone will explain a big jump in '04 HW attendance...
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Thursday, August 14, 2003 8:50 AM
Holy cow. Has a park of WW's size ever been REMOVED before? They have a dozen slides, lazy river, buildings, etc.

I always thought the slides there paled in comparison to those at The Beach, but they were still fun, and some were unique, like the tube slides that twist around each other.

Could they be building a new themed section to the park?

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:01 AM
Hmmmm this is VERY interesting...

I was expecting TOTALLY the opposite and expecting them to DOUBLE the attractions at Wateworks.

PKI's waterpark has a TON of room...almost too much room. There is a lot of walking between their attractions for a waterpark, espcially for those with bare feet.

I don't see them adding any type of hotel over there due to all the other room they have around the park and easy transportation routes. They could build SOOOoo many things over there it's hard to even suggest what it might be or become.

I find it strange they are removing it since it has been so popular, but the BEACH is even better and right next door (I bet they are jumping up an down...unless PKI buys them out).

Maybe they just might build another parking lot ;) Lord knows they need it during the summer...it's amazing how PKI's fan base is (and not just enthusiasts.) PKI's park is the ONLY park I've been to where people don't care or don't leave the place when it's raining, so when it stops raining, the place is still busy. Even on it's last weekends it's like the middle of summer!


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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:04 AM
Could PKI have purchased "The Beach"? It's a nice place, and just across the street. I'm very interested to hear what their plans are now!

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:09 AM
Sounds like anticipointment is ready to rear its ugly head. Shades of Tomb Rader: The Ride.

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:11 AM
I certainly would not have expected that one! WOW! Either they are going to rebuild and rename it. Or maybe they will move it somewhere else in the park. There is still the possibility that maybe they did purchase The Beach. Oh the possibilities are endless with what they could have up there sleaves for us in 2004!

I am honestly stumped on what it (they) could be.


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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:32 AM
OMG, whatever they have up their sleeves is going to be quite a big venture. That's a *huge* area for development- 15 acres isn't exactly just somebody's backyard.

Of course, they could be replacing the waterpark (unlikely) or any number of things (new midway, hotel, parking deck, etc) so speculation at this point is stupid.

Whatever is happening over there, I'm glad to hear some hype from my home-away-from-home park. Especially when the park is saying "it is going to be amazing."

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:37 AM
Yes, speculation is pointless, but speculation is what they want us to do. Why else would they make an announcement like this?

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:38 AM
I honestly don't know the answer to this, but how have Paramount's parks been doing lately? Have there been large capital expenditures or has it been flat rides? Not to say that TR:TR and Drop Zone towers are inexpensive, but if attendance has been sky-high, and capital spending has been low for a few years, perhaps a new themed area is in the works? But what kind of area? Maybe the Paramount surveys with "Star Trek: The Flying Coaster" have something to do with it - TV show land or something like that?

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:39 AM
I'm a little confused on why they are taking things out. That park owns alot of unused land as in the woods behind beast, down to the river (as I asked when taking a helicopter flight they have). The only reason I could see in removing that waterpark is if they have lots of room to add onto the waterpark across I-71. Whatever their plans they are long overdue for the hyper or giga coaster. Or let me say long overdue for some steel.

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:44 AM
Does anyone seriously think that they're just going to piss-away revenue and give it to The Beach, people leaving the park or just outright skipping a day at PKI so they can go across the street? If they did that, it'd be without question the dumbest decision they've made in a very, very long time.

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DELETED! What time does the water show start?

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:46 AM
I was thinking they may have bought the beach because a couple years back there was rumors that the beach was going to shut down, but it seems to be doing ok now.
Also I was thinking it would probably be a B&M because they tend not to be terrain coasters and they take up a lot of room so maybe they are putting one back there
I think it they could theme the water park which would be cool too but i hope for a big coaster
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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:47 AM
Read it closely...

It says 2003 is the last season for WATERWORKS waterpark.

Don't read too much into that. It is what it is.

Hotel? C'mon, if they wanted to be in the hotel business, they why did they (smartly) unload the King's Island and Resort Hotel complex years ago?

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:52 AM
I think an overhaul of PKI's water park would be a good idea. It is my least favorite water park that I've been to. My main complaint is that the attractions were too spread out.
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Thursday, August 14, 2003 9:56 AM
Shaggy, why don't you just tell us what it is? 'Cause if you signed a confidentiality agreement, it's probably cheating to keep giving hints until someone guesses it... (a la the hints from the people who knew about TTD early this year).

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 10:03 AM
Jeff said

"Does anyone seriously think that they're just going to piss-away revenue and give it to The Beach, people leaving the park or just outright skipping a day at PKI so they can go across the street? If they did that, it'd be without question the dumbest decision they've made in a very, very long time."

Ah, Jeff, I thought PKI owned the beach across the road. Then since they don't own that (that is my guess now), new waterpark and hotels is a guess, but then again, that parks adds things you never really think they will add. Whatever they do we will wait and see.

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 10:13 AM
Er - if PKI had owned the Beach, why the heck would they have built WaterWorks in the first place? ;)

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 10:28 AM
Den said: "Shaggy, why don't you just tell us what it is?"

Now where's the fun in that? LOL

Trust me... PKI will let everyone know REAL soon. After all, they have 2004 season passes to sell.

"A day is a drop of water in the ocean of eternity. A week is seven drops."

What an ironic sig line. Hmmmmmmmmmm.......

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