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Postby Ed » Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:59 am

These cars are very similar the old ones on the Vampire.. But I think they had alot more body work on them, and a larger bat..

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1981 Kings Island introduces "The Bat"

Postby montezooma » Mon Dec 24, 2007 8:58 am

Kings Island - The Bat

As a follow up to the post of some old magazine ads, here is some good stuff from Kings Island I found, the year they introduced the Bat.

The year is 1981, after riding high on the success of the nationally recognized Beast roller coaster the park is about to introduce the "next generation thrill ride".

Before I get to the Bat, get caught up on the park the way it was in 1981. There is quite a bit of reading but it is all interesting stuff and a good way to brush up on Kings Island history.



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See Vekoma's version of the suspended coaster here...
Vekoma's Swinging Turns

click here to see footage of The Bat in action.
Bat Logo.jpg
This is the official Press Release for "The Bat" 1981
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The Beast was a huge success and even appeared in national magazines such as People. Notice the capacity of the ride when it first opened.
Scenes from the park circa 1981. The Beast in it's prime!
The other big thrill ride at the time was "The Demon" aka "the Screamin' Demon"
Boy the racer looked good back in it's hey day. What happened to painting the rides red, white and blue? So much better than faded and flaking white and grease.
Kings Island 1.jpg
A history of the park in the 80's with a description of each themed areas and the rides and games at that time.
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park map 1.jpg
Here is the way the park laid out. Park Map from 1981
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The big new addition..."The Bat"
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very small themed sections of the park. Safari is now gone and little remains of Oktoberfest
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eifel tower sky ride.jpg

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Postby montezooma » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:13 am

Here are some of the News releases and photos from the park that introduce and describe the experience of "The Bat"

Also is some interesting stuff on coaster history and Arrow Development, the company the built and disassembled the ride.
BW Logo.jpg
What a great logo. Everything about this ride was done right, well except for the ride. The Logo was great, the station fit the theme and the trains were some of the coolest trains ever to ride the rails...or hang from the rails as the case may be
Bat fact sheet 1.jpg
Coaster History.jpg
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Coaster History 3.jpg
Originally the ride was designed to have two corkscrews but Arrow was not able to perfect the swinging, so they were omitted. Probably a good thing.
Overhead view.jpg
Innovator of rides 1.jpg
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Innovator of rides 3.jpg
testing begins 1.jpg
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This release talks about Arrow Development and all it's accomplishments at that time.
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Press Release 1.jpg
another press release about the ride. When it opened it was "the toast of the town" all that is left is some footings that can barely be seen beneath the Vortex.
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Postby PKI Jizzman » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:38 am

Wow, thanks alot, dude! I really wished they kept Kings Island as Kings Island... :cry:

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Postby alpengeist04 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:38 am

Very cool, thanks for sharing the old magazine ads. It really brings back good memories. I can't help but think of Great Adventure and Kings Dominion from the early 80's when viewing these pics.

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Postby coastercrazed49 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:39 am

Wow great pictures!

The Bat looked awesome. One question what ride tooks it place?

I was looking around and I found pictures of the train:
The Bat themed cars looked amazing.

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Postby tptimes » Mon Dec 24, 2007 9:40 am

Cool find Montezooma, I really enjoyed reading that!

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Postby montezooma » Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:12 am

coastercrazed49 wrote:Wow great pictures!

The Bat looked awesome. One question what ride tooks it place?

The Bat was replaced by the Vortex. I believe Arrow basically gave them the ride as an apology for the whole Bat mess.

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Postby Sunfire » Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:34 am

Ahh, Marriott's Great America. The good days that I never got to see. How I wish I was alive in that era. Is there a nostalgic smiley somewhere ?

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Postby coasterman7 » Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:51 am

Thanks for these! I wish I could have gone to SFoG back then.


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