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Sure, Robb, bring up a touchy subject...... (just kidding)
Yes, I am really sad to say, these ARE the flyers from PKI and I am pretty ticked (and so were a lot of other people from what I heard/read) about it. These were the original "flying scooters" that came to Kings Island from the original Coney Island park down by the Ohio River. They were a classic, and held a special place in my heart because they were one of the few rides left that I rode as a child with my late father, and that I now ride with my little girl.
They removed the flyers along with the antique auto turnpike to make way for "Italian Job". There were a lot of ticked off people because these are two rides that almost anyone can ride, and they were "classics". The arguement was that there are plenty of places at PKI where the flyers could have been moved, in particular, the circle that has stood empty for years where Flight Commander was. (Rumor has it the autos will return to the Nickelodeon Central area in '06.)
Shari "I miss the days before "Paramount" Shoufler
^ True, and Delirium is a blast, but it all depends on your POV. My husband has done nothing but complain that we haven't gotten a hyper-coaster like Millenium or TTD, and even though they are touting Italian Job as a "family" coaster, it's going to have a 48" height requirement.
PKI is definitely behind on the mega-coaster craze, and they seem to take pride in the "family park" moniker, but they keep removing "family rides" and put in either mediocre thrill rides, or worse, pay to play attractions.
Shari "despite my complaints PKI is still home" Shoufler
Thanks for the pics Robb! I can see they've already done a few touch-ups to the Flyers before starting work, like the structure which has been painted from blue to white, they've done a nice job of putting this up it will be interesting to see how it turns out.
I think it will also be interesting to see the theme of the ride and how this thing runs, how they operate it if they work it like Kings Island did (I wasn't one of the few who got upset when they took it out, but I do find most flyers fun).
Well, however this goes you and I both know well that this will turn out better than Cypress Garden's "geometry project"
Having never been on the Flyers, I can't share the simpathy. But one thing I am not happy about is the fact that they are themeing them after a crappy Nick cartoon. They are painting the character all over them and, it just makes me mad, just touch up the paint and leave them as the Flyers.
2005 Magnum XL-200 Ride Op / Top Thrill Dragster Ride Op / Shivering Timbers Team Leader
2004 Shivering Timbers Co-Assistant Team Leader
2003 MIA Games Attendant
I would have to assume the show they are themeing them after is "Danny Phantom" which is a cartoon about a teenage boy who is also a ghost, or something. I think he's a crime fighter, like Disney's Kim Possible.
Shari "Nickelodeon plays at my house daily" Shoufler
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