Next stop is my favorite Ohio park, Kings Island. These photos are from 1987 and 1991 respectively. I've also added a few extras to this update.
This view has now been ruined with the addition of three flagpoles right in front of the fountains. I was quite disappointed.
A brand spanking new Vortex debuts.
The orange rails glistening in the sun.
First drop from the Beast area.
Now for a few defunct rides. King Cobra's first.
This photo is from 1991.
Screamin' Demon. I think it was just The Demon at this time. I'll never forget waiting on the stairs when the whole ride shook as the train returned to the station. A little unnerving for its time.
Skylab. Never got to ride it during its short time at the park.
Skylab from the Eiffel. The perfect ride at the perfect spot. I'd take this over the basketball game and Coca Cola Cool Zone that has since replaced it.
The Beast from Keelboat Canal's lift hill.
Quite a few defunct attractions in one shot. Skylab, Flying Dutchman, King Cobra and Der Spinnen Keggars.
Two things. 1. The Racer still somewhat sports the patriotic color scheme, which I wish it still had and 2. if you look closely the line for Vortex almost goes all the way down Coney Mall.
The former Wild Animal Habitat, now Action Zone. Screamin' Demon is in there somewhere.
Amazon Falls and Wild Animal Habitat as seen in 1991.
Keelboat Canal from the Eiffel. Replaced by Tomb Raider, which I liked. The Crypt is pure crap.
Kings Mill Flume and Rivertown.
My favorite view of the Eiffel Tower from Rivertown. Now a giant snake has come and made itself a home here.
Winterfest 1987. The only time I ever visited this event. From what I remember it was quite nice.
The decor near the skating rink.
Winterfest guide cover
1987 park guide cover
BONUS: The 1992 souvenir map celebrating the park's 20th anniversary. Also the last map before Paramount. I would have scanned it but it's still in great condition and I didn't want to risk tearing it. Thanks for viewing.
Nice pictures. Brings back a lot of memories of the park.
I remember waiting in line for the demon as well. The whole staircase shook, and when the train was launched, it sounded like a loud fart...lol
I remember watching the safari ride, but I don't ever remember riding it. I could never figure out why they got rid of the sky lab ride, or the beer barrel ride. The sky lab was a great ride, and the barrels fit in perfectly in it's spot in octoberfest. I remember the sky commander ride(think that was the name) and the triple wheel as well.
I agree about tomb raider. If I were cederfair, I would be imbarased about the shape of the ride today.
I thought the park used to have a himalaya ride at one point. Anyone remember if they did?
^ Yes, they had a himalaya ride, or a bayern curve. I can't remember exactly where it was, but I want to say close to where King Kobra was. As far as Skylab, it was great and in a great location.
Flight Commader was awesome!! So much fun. If my memory is right, a drunk lady fell out and died on it the same day one or two other people fell into the lake by the beer gardens and got electrocuted.
Demon was great, except for the walk up the stairs. I remember thinking how cool it was at that time.
The Monorail ride was great, but was an upcharge. Nice to sit in AC for 30 mins or so and see some animals. They did a really god job of hiding the "caging" of the animals and looked liked they were just roaming around.
And the Zodiac (i think) was where the swings are now, I think.
^^^ If I remember correctly,Skylab was removed due to ongoing mechanical issues.It was a Giant Enterprise and had a lot more issues than the standard model.I can't remember which year it was but the park dismantled the ride and sent it back to Huss for repair and it came back to the park a season later. I do remember hearing that the final accident that caused it's removal was when the wheel stopped spinning when in a vertical position causing some injuries when the people were tossed around in the cars.I'm not completely sure about that last part but I did hear it from multiple friends that were working at the park.
IIRC the Zodiac was further back along Coney Mall where Flight Commander eventually was built.
Skylab was a very cool looking Enterprise. I'd like to see a new Enterprise return to the park as I feel the park, Coney Mall in particular, could use more flats. If they could build a second suspended coaster I don't see why a second Enterprise couldn't be considered (maybe as part of a multiple flat ride package).
This is a great update and I really appreciate the shout out too. Thank you for that and some great pics of the park. If they haven't been added already, the DF pics would be great for the Theme Park Index.
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