PKI to open Happy Days Diner with Mrs. Cunningham

Posted Thursday, March 17, 2005 3:15 PM | Contributed by supermandl

Paramount's Kings Island is adding a new serving of retro to the menu for its 33rd season. The park's former Preston T. Tucker's Roadside Café, which was themed to the Paramount movie "Tucker: The Man and His Dream," debuts as the Happy Days Diner with a celebrity appearance by actress Marion Ross (known to the sitcom's fans as Mrs. Cunningham, or Richie's Mom).

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 3:54 PM
Well, this is fitting. Not only did I never know that the previous cafe was themed to a movie, but now this falls in line with the grand PKI tradition of re-theming an existing attraction and calling it "new". Not that I am against the Happy Days theme, but it's not very newsworthy.

Still excited for Italian Job though.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:40 PM
Good heavens! Did someone at Paramount finally get smart? Nothing against the film "Tucker," it's a fine film... but why theme a restaurant after a film that was not a runaway hit when it came out, when you've got such popular properties as "Happy Days?"

Two gold stars for Paramount Parks.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 8:19 PM
My question is why call it the Happy Days Diner. Shouldn't it really be called Arnold's?
Thursday, March 17, 2005 8:48 PM
They probably aren't calling it Arnold's because people who aren't big fans of the show probably wouldn't recognize the association. Also it would save them from having to replicate the Arnold's set which if it didn't look like would surely cause much whining from those who are Happy Days fans. I may not be one of them but I still liked the show and think this sounds like a fun idea and give PKI kudos for its effort. Now I just wish I could actually go to Ohio to visit PKI but with my current college budget of $0 I don't see it happening soon. Oh well someday I will ride The Beast and on that day I will be very very happy.
Thursday, March 17, 2005 9:57 PM
Where's Ralph "Mouth" when you need him. Maybe they could get Fonzie to jump over a shark at the opening. That would rock ;-)

Have Fun

Paul Drabek

Thursday, March 17, 2005 10:11 PM
Well Paul, PKI has jumped the shark since they got rid of the flyers......
Friday, March 18, 2005 2:06 AM
Is P.K.D. going to get one too? I read somewhere it was. Being from the "left" coast, Kings Island is FAR superior to Paramount's Great America out here!
Friday, March 18, 2005 3:44 AM
You know what would be even better? If there was sill a Bisch-Rocco 10-tub Flying Scooter still next to it!

It is nice to see them using an existing structure in the re-theme.

Friday, March 18, 2005 7:13 AM
PKD got a Happy Days Diner last year.
Friday, March 18, 2005 12:51 PM
Aaaaaaay! Thumbs up! ;)
Friday, March 18, 2005 3:28 PM
koasterkav, it isn't so much that PKI is FAR superior to PGA, it's that PGA is WAYYYYY inferior to all the other Paramount Parks...;)

Besides, PKI jumped the shark, so to speak, when Sonny was announced...;)

Friday, March 18, 2005 4:53 PM
Mrs Cunningham?!?!?!?!?!?!? That will surely sell burgers... I agree w/ the Arnolds idea.
Why didn't they use Joanie? or even Pinky Tuskadello.
just kidding...
Saturday, March 19, 2005 11:13 AM
I believe PKI jumped the shark on Tomb Raider! Though I like it as a ride, I think they took a big chance with the huge cost in theming the attraction.
Sunday, March 20, 2005 5:46 AM
I agree with Shivering SHOULD be called "Arnold's". :-D


Sunday, March 20, 2005 7:44 AM
'Gator I've been only to PGA and PKI and none of the other Paramount parks, the basis for my comment. I'll take your word that PGA is the worst of the worst of all the parks in that chain. Not very many parks are spoken about badly. PGA always seems to come up in that group.

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