PKI to remove Phantom Theater

Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2002 4:38 AM | Contributed by Jacob

Phantom Theater, PKI's haunted dark ride attraction, will be closed for good early next week. The ride, which opened in 1992, is housed in a show building formerly occupied by "The Smurfs Enchanted Voyage," and "Hanna-Barbera's Enchanted Voyage."

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 4:54 AM

It's always sad to see a ride go. I'm glad I got to ride it before it went, but I wasnt terribly impressed with the effects. Its probably because I miss the Smurf's Enchanted Voyage.... Memories.

I guess all we can do is hope that a better ride lands in its place.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 4:59 AM

"Want some heat?" "You'll be baaaaaack!!"

I for one am very disappointed to read this! Sure, it was NO Disney haunted mansion but you must admit, the line was always very fast, and on a hot day, that place was SO nice and cold! I can proudly say that my kids and I knew EVERY SINGLE line of the entire "show" by heart

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 5:02 AM
Shock! Horror! I never would have guessed!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 5:58 AM

I don't know why the park wouldn't wait until the end of the season to shut it down, unless there were major maintenance problems. You can't tell me that whatever they are going to do to the ride couldn't have been done between October and April.

That said, perhaps they have a great concept on the way.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002 6:15 AM
What a surprise lol, A paramount park removing ANOTHER ride. And ANOTHER family ride taken out. dThese parks never grow in size, for everything they add, they take something out. Whats going here, ANOTHER upcharge attraction? Thats 2 rides taken out at kings island this year, plus the one taken out last year for the one added this year. No wonder this park has poor capacity, theres not much to ride. *** This post was edited by super7 on 7/10/2002. ***
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 6:16 AM
I heard they were moving the Scrambler in there. It's going to be a totally immersive ride experience.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 6:28 AM

Wahoo Skipper,

My guess is that it will be used for FearFest before it is completely renovated.



Wednesday, July 10, 2002 6:39 AM
Den, if that's true, that would be awesome! I love indoor Scramblers. :)
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 6:48 AM
Are they demoloshing the building or are they going to make something diffrent in the building?!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 6:53 AM
Bring back the Smurf ride!!! Bring back the Smurf ride!!! Bring back the Smurf ride!!! And bring back the Smurf ice cream.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 7:19 AM
Well, if that spot isn't used for a Scooby Doo dark ride next year, I'd be pretty surprised.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 8:20 AM
super7, don't blame just Paramount for this practice or you must have been in a hole for the past 10 years. And you don't know it will be replaced by an upcharge so don't make absurd comments. Quality over quantity. Have you ever heard of parks that wants to use the space they have to the fullest? Or are you used to parks that build up and build up number of attractions just so they can hold a record or something and then use all of their space up? When that park has 2 or 3 lines of 2 hours and several lines over an hour, I don't see that build-up as helping much especially when they have even less attendance in a year than Kings Island.

The park doesn't have poor capacity. You don't fill a park with rides that cost money which people aren't riding constantly(like Phantom Theatre and KCKC), so again, please don't make absurd comments. Thank you. Both of the rides taken out should be getting a replacement next year. I've never seen the park randomly remove rides, so I assume that's not the case.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002 8:23 AM

I'm really glad I slipped in for a first/last/only ride during the CPlaya 100 before it was too late. Okay, a second ride as I did board in '78 for the H-B adventure.

I gotta admit I never noticed the 'cold blasts' as effects at all....I just silently thanked God for A/C.


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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 8:33 AM
I took a ride on it yesterday, all the effects were working except for the Heat blast, but the door wasn't open on us. Sad to see it go, this will make alot of kids angry, stupid kids get a room, but anyways I bet whatever goes in there next year will be great and very well detailed and themed. I doubt they will use it for Fearfest, as they used it once and they haven't use any area twice yet.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 8:39 AM
Teenage Ninja....

I assume you mean the furnace doors? Just because the furnace doors were not open is not why you did not feel the heat.

Hee Hee! PKI had you fooled. The hot air actually is emitted from a vent above your buggie not from the furnace. They just did not have the "heat" turned on.


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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 8:45 AM
Super7 - PKI has a HUGE family/kids area, so even w/o Phantom's Theatre there is a ton of stuff for them to do. My gut instinct tells me the building and ride will stay and be rethemed.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2002 8:47 AM
Why are they closing it?
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 8:52 AM
RubberDucky, I would assume they're closing because over time it has become a lot less popular than it used to be, they change the ride inside this building once every decade, and they want a new and improved dark ride to come in which will be a lot more reridable as a shoot-em-up like the Scooby Doo Haunted Mansions at PC and PCW(I hope). It is time for a change, but PT will be missed very much.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002 9:03 AM

Yes Mamoosh....

I think the original subject and article can be misleading. PKI is closing the ride after this Sunday (that is fact folks, ride it soon) although the building that houses it will remain. The ride itself is closing and immediate removal remains to be seen.

I would suspect that we may see the gates permanently shut, the sign removed and a sign placed there immediately announcing the new attraction.... Perhaps even prior to the closure..........

The closure early in the season leads me to believe that the theming of the new attraction will be great and warrants an extended period of time to construct. Also, I know for a fact that the mechanics used on the current attraction that operate the mechanical characters are quite extensive. All that must be removed... and will be... delicately.... for preservation. However, you will not see these components at another park.

I will miss Phantom Theatre a great deal. But, I expect the park is doing their part in preserving the attraction via photos and perhaps videos etc. PKI is pretty good at keeping records of former attractions. It may show up again in some nostalgia book or videos about the park.

Jinkees, wouldn't that be cool?

Oh and by the way, I do not expect it to be used during Fearfest as I expect the super groovy new attraction's construction will be underway. Like wow gang.

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