Thursday, March 8, 2007 5:23 PM
I know that a lot people enjoyed the antique autos while they were at KI. I just wanted to let you know that all of us at WOF want to thank you for your donation of almost the entire fleet to our park for the 2007 season. I got to see the fleet first hand yesterday when I took an off season tour of WOF and they were all lined up just outside the main gate.
Question though: Is this the entire fleet or is there more out there somewhere since there were two tracks at one time at KI was there not?
I know a lot of you guys are dying to know what is going on in the park -- well now you can see for yourself.
You can see the cars in the first 5 photos
Thursday, March 8, 2007 5:30 PM
Nice to see that they'll actually see some use now.
There were two tracks. One was closed around 1997. I believe the cars from them were used for parts/integrated into the others. So that should be the entire fleet of cars.
Thursday, March 8, 2007 5:37 PM
Brandon Stanley did not know if they will be integrated into, replace the current, or be cannibalized as they (the park) had not decided yet.
Thursday, March 8, 2007 5:44 PM
I thought that they may have sent some of the cars to geauga lake. Geauga lake has the same style cars, but need more.
Thursday, March 8, 2007 5:45 PM
Q: "Where in the WORLD is Kings Islands Antique Autos?"
A: Ask Carmen Sandiego! ;)
Thursday, March 8, 2007 5:57 PM
^I wondered if anyone would catch that. Leave it to Bill to be first to say it. ;)
Thursday, March 8, 2007 6:50 PM
I was going to if Bill didn't. ;)
Thursday, March 8, 2007 7:14 PM
I hope some of them go to VF. They have the worst car ride I've ever ridden.
Thursday, March 8, 2007 9:20 PM
I agree that Valleyfair's autos are terrible. The car I was in ran very rough and limped along the course. I was somewhat surprised it made it through.
Thursday, March 8, 2007 9:40 PM
Not to mention the poor kids have to stand up to even be able to push down the foot pedal -- not the safest thing in the world for the little ones.
Friday, March 9, 2007 9:20 AM
I thought that KI was going to reinstall them? I guess that plan changed at some point?
Friday, March 9, 2007 9:57 AM
I thought that the other set ended up at Lake Winnie a few years ago...
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Friday, March 9, 2007 10:13 AM
I didn't know that Lake Winnie had antique cars. I was there in 2003... or maybe it was 2004. I didn't notice them then. Was I blind, or were they added after that?
Friday, March 9, 2007 10:40 AM
Kind of funny seeing Kings Island's antique cars in the same photo as a B&M coaster...
Friday, March 9, 2007 11:10 AM
I worked at KD, and I was the Sup for the cars there. I love working this ride"
"No seat switching, No stopping, and No bumping - have a great ride"
I was told the cars are crazy expensive, and realy not worth replacing.
Friday, March 9, 2007 11:16 AM
Really? They seem as though they'd cost no more to maintain than go-karts, which most parks and pretty much all FECs have in abundance. Unless there's something I'm missing?
Friday, March 9, 2007 11:17 AM
^ Go-karts are upcharges, so they're generating their OWN income. Just a thought...
Friday, March 9, 2007 11:24 AM
Still... it's a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. It's not like the thing uses complex sensors and some kind of crazy restraint system. Heck, the ride ops advance the vehicles by standing on the running boards and pressing the gas pedal! I could be missing something, but antique cars seem as though they'd be cheap to maintain compared to many other rides.
Friday, March 9, 2007 11:35 AM
There's also the cost of gas you have to consider. Electric cars that run on a track (like Dollywood's or Lake Compounce's cars) would probably be cheaper to run on a daily basis. Plus, you get music!
Friday, March 9, 2007 11:50 AM
That is true, I didn't think of that. I didn't realize that LC was adding electric cars (thought they were gas).