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Kings Island is Coasting for Kids

The thrill of a roller coaster will have a whole lot more meaning July 24 when Kings Island hosts “Coasting for Kids 2011” to raise money for Give Kids the World.


Shoot The Rapids coming to Cedar Point in 2010

A Whitewater Family Adventure Begins!

Cedar Point Announces New Water Ride for 2010 Season

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Grab your paddles and climb aboard the newest river-ride adventure this side of the Appalachians! Shoot the Rapids, an all-new family water ride, will rise above Cedar Point’s rustic Frontier Trail when it makes a splash on Opening Day 2010.

During the 2,100-foot-long journey, adventurers will travel through a wooded area and around an illegal still used for brewing sweet-tasting elixir, all while encountering surprise water elements and special effects. Guests will navigate the waters aboard a 10-passenger boat. Riders will be seated in five rows of two and will be secured by individual over-the-head lap bars.

The excitement builds when the boats ascend one of two lift hills. The first and largest hill will be 85 feet tall and will drop riders down onto Millennium Island at a 45-degree angle. The second hill will be 49 feet tall and will end with a dramatic “shoot” through water rapids and rockwork.

Guests on the Frontier Trail can keep their feet planted on dry land and watch as riders complete their wet and wild trek down the final drop.

“Shoot the Rapids will instantly become a family favorite,” said John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. “Our guests wanted another option to cool off on warm summer days. We listened, and Shoot the Rapids will deliver the perfect combination of refreshment, thrills and new memories at Cedar Point.”

Shoot the Rapids will cost more than $10.5 million to build and will be the most expensive water ride ever built at Cedar Point. It will have a capacity of approximately 1,200 riders per hour. The ride will last three minutes. A rider height requirement has not yet been determined and will be released at a later date. The ride was designed and manufactured by IntaRide LLC of Glen Burnie, Md., the same company that built the Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force roller coasters and the Thunder Canyon river-rafting ride.

Ready to take a ride? Please visit for a computer animation of Shoot the Rapids, plus construction updates and photos, a live construction webcam, video blogs and more.

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.


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.

Top X Games Skateboard, BMX and Motocross Pros to showcase their talents May 23-24 at Kings Island


Contact: Don Helbig
April 21, 2009
(513) 754-5797

Two-day event fourth stop on 2009 ASA Action Sports World Tour

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – High-flying thrills will abound when the ASA Action Sports World Tour, one of the industry’s oldest and most elite action sports circuits, makes a stop at Kings Island for two days of intense competition May 23-24.

As the fourth stop on the 2009 Tour, this event will feature the world’s top X Games pros in Skateboard, BMX and Freestyle Motocross (FMX) and offers a chance for competing athletes to gain valuable ranking points necessary for qualification into ASA Entertainment’s season-ending Action Sports World Championships.

Each day, park visitors will witness heart-stopping action from the sport’s top athletes such as 2008 X Games and LG Skateboard Vert World Champion Pierre-Luc Gagnon (Montreal, Canada), former Skateboard World Champion Sandro Dias (Sa Paulo, Brazil) Skateboard Vert Superstar Danny Mayer (Omaha, Nebraska), 2008 X Games and LG BMX Vert World Champion Jamie Bestwick (Nottingham, England), 2008 X Games BMX Big Air Champion Chad Kagy (Gilroy, CA), and BMX Vert Superstar Simon Tabron (Newquay, England).  Revving up the intensity will be the Freestyle Motocross pros whose back-flips and whips will leave spectators in awe.

As part of this action-packed event, Crooked X will take to the stage May 23 and Collective Soul May 24 for a full concert featuring their latest and greatest hits.

The two-day event, including the concerts, is included free with park admission and season pass.

“This special event reflects our commitment to providing our guests with one-of-a-kind thrills and fantastic family entertainment,” Kings Island vice president and general manager Greg Scheid said.

“Events such as the ASA Action Sports World Tour along with our new $22 million steel roller coaster, Diamondback, will ensure the economy of Greater Cincinnati continues to benefit from tourism in 2009, as it has since the opening of Kings Island in 1972.”

Each ASA Action Sports World Tour event is televised nationally on a variety of networks, including CBS Sports, Spike, VERSUS, Fox Sports Net and FUEL TV.  International fans will also enjoy the action in more than 180 countries around the globe.

For more information about ASA Action Sports World Tour please visit or contact Denise M. Abbott, ASA Director of Media Relations & Marketing at (310) 410-3020, ext. 309 or via e-mail at

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.

Gravity Group Unveils Next-Gen Wood Coaster Train

Not content keeping busy with designing new coasters, our friends have added to their repertoire.

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Cincinnati, Ohio —- The engineers at The Gravity Group started with a blank sheet of paper and ended up with the next generation of trains for wooden roller coasters.

“Timberliners incorporate new technology – such as magnetic braking and restraint monitoring – that wasn’t even imagined when wooden coaster cars were first developed,” says Michael Graham, lead engineer for the project. “When it comes to wooden coasters, The Gravity Group has more experience designing rides than anyone. We’ve applied that expertise in designing trains that addresses every facet of roller coaster performance and function – from maintenance and safety to rider enjoyment and capacity.”

Timberliners are designed to be compatible with existing wooden coasters, allowing a park to upgrade their roller coasters with Timberliner trains.

Key features of the trains include:
• Single-bench design
• Shock absorption and ergonomic styling
• Unparalleled ability to smoothly navigate the track for decreased train & track maintenance
• Innovative restraint system for unsurpassed safety and security
• Restraints designed for higher throughput
• ASTM F2291 Class 5 restraint with integrated monitoring
• On-board sound system capable
• Magnetic braking capable