Archive for July 2009

High-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda to take thrills and chills to new heights at Kings Island

Legendary high-wire acrobat Nik Wallenda to take thrills and chills to new heights at Kings Island

Seventh-generation member of world-famous Wallenda family of daredevils to perform awe-inspiring, death-defying 262-foot high walk August 15

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – As a seventh-generation member of the world-famous Wallenda family of daredevils, Nik Wallenda is known for performing death-defying stunts.

On August 15 at Kings Island, Wallenda will push the limits of what his great-grandfather, Karl Wallenda, started more than 100 years ago with a spectacular high-wire walk on a cable about the diameter of a nickel suspended 262 feet in the air from the park’s front gate to the Eiffel Tower – a distance of more than 800 feet – with no safety nets or harnesses.

“I’m very excited about my walk at Kings Island,” Wallenda said. “This is going to be the highest walk I’ve ever done. I’ll be taller than the new Diamondback roller coaster!”

Wallenda has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records twice.  His first record came in Kurashiki, Japan in 2001 when he was part of an eight-person pyramid. In October, 2008, he broke the record for the longest distance and greatest high-wire height ever traveled by bicycle, riding a distance of 150 feet 20 stories above the ground in Newark, New Jersey.

The 30-year-old Sarasota, Florida native will become the third member of the Wallenda family to perform at Kings Island (family patriarch Karl Wallenda was the first 35 years ago in 1974 and Rick Wallenda last year).  His walk will be performed at a height that is three times higher than the previous Wallenda walks at Kings Island.

Wallenda’s history-making walk is scheduled for 7:00pm and included free with park admission.

The walk at Kings Island is part of the Nik Wallenda Walk Across America Tour this summer at Cedar Fair parks.

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.”  In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels.  Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.


Diamondback Reaches One Million Riders

On July 20, Diamondback reached it’s first major milestone, 1,000,000 riders.

MASON, Ohio – Jim McDonel from Buffalo, New York was the 1,000,000th rider on the new Diamondback roller coaster at Kings Island Amusement Park since the $22 million ride opened April 18, 2009.  The 43-year-old McDonel was accompanied on the ride Monday by Kings Island’s manager of park operations, Tony Carovillano.

Attached photo provided courtesy of Kings Island.

Diamondback One Millionth Rider Jim McDonel

Diamondback One Millionth Rider Jim McDonel

Busch Gardens to Remove Big Bad Wolf

Busch Gardens has unfortunately announced what has been to date just a rumor.  What most describe as the best suspended coaster ever built, the Arrow designed Big Bad Wolf will be removed.  You have until September 7, 2009 to pay your last respects.  The official press release follows along with a link to the FAQ they have setup.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (July 24, 2009) – After 25 years traveling at the speed of fright, The Big Bad Wolf will take its last trip through Busch Gardens’ Bavarian village Sept. 7. “We hate to see The Big Bad Wolf go,” said John Reilly, Busch Gardens’ general manager. “We realize The Big Bad Wolf is a guest favorite. We’re making the announcement now so coaster fans can ride one last time before it closes after Labor Day.”

The world’s first suspended roller coaster took coaster design to a new level when it opened in 1984. And while it cannot claim to be the fastest or the tallest, more than 29 million guests have ridden what has become one of the park’s most beloved thrill attractions. Legions of fans—young and old alike—often cite it as their introduction to the coaster experience.

“The Big Bad Wolf offers a thrilling ride experience coupled with aggressive ride dynamics. While it remains a safe attraction, it has simply reached the end of its service life,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering and design. Park officials are reviewing several design concepts for a new park attraction to replace The Big Bad Wolf, but no announcement is planned at this time.

Zoom & SOAR Information

Adam Wasiljov, who is spear heading this event will be at Kings Island this Saturday, July 25th if you want to bring your registration to him.  He can take cash or check. We need 50 people min to have the event.  If we do not have 50, the event will be cancelled.

Events Events

This is just a reminder that the deadline for ZOOM & SOAR is approaching.  As of right now, we do not have enough registrations to have the event. If you intend to go to Zoom & SOAR at Zoombezi Bay, please get your registration in by early next week.

We are in the planning stages for the fall event at Kings Island, which will be held on October 24th. Details and registration will be coming in the next few weeks for that.

Be sure to check out the main ACE site for other regional events happening.

Kings Island and Ohio Lottery offer KI Discount

Bring any non-winning Ohio Lottery ticket to Kings Island and receive $15 off adult general admission (limit 6) on any 2009 public operating days.

“Roller Coaster Mama” takes 500th ride on Diamondback!

From Kings Island:

A jubilant Darlene Bell (front seat, left) takes her 500th ride on Kings Island’s Diamondback roller coaster Saturday, accompanied by a Diamondback rides associate, Bryan Miller. The Dayton, Ohio native has visited Kings Island 28 times this season, averaging more than 18 rides per day on the park’s new $22 million steel coaster. The self-proclaimed “Roller Coaster Mama” is the first park guest to ride Diamondback 500 times.

Pictures courtesy of Kings Island.

Darlene Bell on DiamondbackDarlene Bell on Diamondback

Coastermania Survey

For those in this region who attended Coastermania at Cedar Point a month ago, they would like us to fill out a survey about your visit.  This will help them to plan out next years event.  The survey is at

Thanks from Cedar Point!