Posted Thursday, April 5, 2001 4:50 AM | Contributed by Shawn Wehrley
Paramount's Kings Island held their media day Wednesday April 4. The staff of Coasterguide and Guidetotheisland had the chance to ride PKI's newest coaster, Rugrat's Runaway Reptar, four times. We love the coaster. It offers a great view of Nickelodeon Central. It is a real smooth ride, just like a Baby Vekoma should be! The new Reptar gallery is now online with photos, stats, and aerial shots of the finished ride, and as always, we also have a complete construction gallery.
Isn't "Runaway Reptar" just a clone of the new "Silver Streak" that is opening up at Paramount Canada's Wonderland??
Yeah, I am saying Reptar is a clone, because I remember Wonderland announcing their "new for 2001" back in September (and PKI announced later). The only problem is that the park isn't open yet the weather is still cold... so it waits until May 6th.
Since they are both Paramount Parks, aren't they one of the same?
BTW...You have to watch your feet on the lift hill of this one too, you scrape your shoes at the bottom of the lifthill on the yellow tarp cover for the stairs. The park told me that the tarp is there to keep visitors from catching their feet on the lift hill structure.
Why doesn't vekoma use a similar track design for their SLCs? The short tie track just looks so much better, and if B&M, Intamin, and Giovanola coasters are any indication, the short ties would make for less deformation of the track over time, and perhaps maintain a smoother ride for longer. Chalk me up as another one who really doesn't like SLCs very much. Don't get me wrong, it's a coaster, and a coaster is still a coaster, if you know what I mean. But I just think they're not particularly comfortable, and they're too small. Unlike the small B&Ms, though, they don't pack much of a punch. Also, considering that every single SLC with the exception of 2 or so is the exact same ride, it's not very original either.
CoasterGod said: "So you don't like SLCs? Not even Serial Thriller at SFWOA? They're great fun! Why else would Thrillerman ride it over 2,000 times or is that more like 5,000???"
That ride in particular is just terrible. I haven't met an SLC that I liked. That guy with all the rides is insane. I don't care what cause he was working for, anyone who thinks an SLC is better than any B&M inverter needs their head examined.
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If you want an constum desinged SLC in a park that's possible.The're now are two costum SLC's.One in Korea and one in Italie.But if no one wants one.That's there problem.Next year vekoma builds there new SLC in England.It will be 80 M (264.80 ft) high and have a loop of 60 M (198.60 ft).A cutback of 50 M (165.50 ft).
I must say Runaway Raptor looks an excellent Kiddie Coaster and I am actually looking forward to ride it in June, but can we be absolutly sure that PKI wont enforce a low height limit on it like SFMM have done with Goliath Jr???????
Really really, cant wait till I visit Ohio in June now, its gonna be the best trip ever for me:):)
Minimum and maximum height requirements are posted. Note that there is no maximum height limit on Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster, which can carry about 096 PPH. Rugrats Runaway Reptar Roller Coaster can move more than 600, in theory, so I doubt that there will be any artificial 'keep the big kids out' restrictions on this one.