Every time I think PKI is finally going to step up to the plate with a major steel coaster they slap us in the face with a Hannabarbarra or waterpark expantion......I mean Delirium is great it rocks but I am Jonesin for a B&M in my back yard and for this to be the "FLAGSHIP" Paramount park I can't believe I have to drive up to the point or down to SFKK to get one.
Paramount called me up once about three years ago and asked what I wanted them to do. I said, "Whatever you do, don't pander to trends; don't do it just because everyone else is doing it. . .don't get a B&M coaster. In five years, they'll be like the California Raisins of the coaster industry. Nobody will admit to loving them like they did."
Disappointing, yes. But PKI is trying not to be its neighbor to the north. It's the nature of competition - either be better at what you do than your competitor(s), or bring something else to the table. And since CP is in the business of building the biggest and fastest, it makes sense for PKI to invest in other things like cutting-edge flat rides, a great kiddie section, and a waterpark.
I hate when good business sense rains on my coaster parade, though...
Whether it's B&M or Intamin, PKI definately needs a new, SMOOTH steel coaster. Delerium is cool, but Tomb Raider is lame and their last 2 steel coasters don't hold a candle to anything at CP (though FoF is much better with the new restraints). Bottom line, they are way over due.
I agree, I thought for sure this would be the year. Can I hope for next year or is the new water park going to cost them to much to even have a chance at a new coaster for 05? Im ready for something with good capacity(3 train operation), see CP for an example, a smooth re-rideable ride that finds a spot among the greatest steel coasters ever.
Maybe I'm just wishing a little too hard, or have been out in the Ohio heat too much, but I saw this statement in the waterpark announcement at PKI.com, and it keeps me hopeful. "The news is out that we are getting ready to announce "ONE" of our exciting 2004 additions at PKI." I don't know, I'm trying to stay optimistic.
Mamoosh said: You should be thankful for what PKI has done the last few years...every decision has been spot-on right.
I feel as though I'm slowly being brainwashed into believing that PKI can do no wrong.
If their recent track record shows anything (extra attention to guests and their wants-building quality, family oriented, people moving attractions- cleaning up the park hardcore) I really think they might be on the track to get to the coveted "perfect" status.
PKI is listening to what people want. Their profits will continue to rise if they continue to do this. In time, the big thrill rides that their surveys say the people want will continue to come. Besides, who said that PKI is done with announcing stuff for next year?
PKI- keep doing what you do best. Listen to your guests and build what works, not what doesn't.
------------------ - John Homepark: Cedar Point Home-away-from-homepark: Paramount's Kings Island
In 2003 Delirum played up as the second attraction as Scooby was the main people getter this year. Maybe there just playing the old trick of watch one hand while the other does somthing else for 2004. ------------------ Hi.....whats your name again?
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I too am frothing at the mouth for some smooth steel to find its home at PKI... however, it seems like every time a discussion begins about this particular park there is wide agreement that something special exists here. Something special, not so much in the rides themselves but the overall atmosphere and presentation of the park to its guests. I'd want the new coaster to reflect that... not something overly huge or niche, or something uninspired*, but something special and significant. I could see the next big coaster sharing the spotlight with the Beast as the park's signature ride if it is executed correctly (in the vein of most PKI's decisions in recent years). So if it takes a handful of years to produce something like that... I'm definately willing to wait for it.
*My least favorite major coaster is Face/Off because it just strikes me as below the park's league, not in ride quality, but in character.