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Kings Island, Ohio -- The world's first junior inverted coaster, an exotic river adventure and a place to meet and greet everyone's favorite blue puppy, are the main attractions in an imaginative new themed area opening this spring at Paramount's Kings Island.
Today, Paramount's Kings Island officials announced the details of a variety of new rides and attractions that immerse guests in the imaginative world of beloved Nickelodeon properties including the Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and Blue's Clues.
"Working with Nickelodeon, we've taken some of the most wildly popular animated adventures and brought them to life in a variety of one-of-a-kind attractions," said Tim V. Fisher, the park's executive vice president and general manager. "Kids, and parents too, can now be a part of the action that they were previously only able to enjoy on a television or movie screen."
New Rides For Kids Anchor New Nickelodeon™ Central Area
Rugrats Runaway Reptar™ Roller Coaster -- The First of its Kind in the World For Kids
Based on the popular Rugrats episode, Runaway Reptar, the world's first inverted junior coaster takes riders on a high-flying adventure in ski-lift style seats that are suspended below the coaster track. The giant green dinosaur personality known as Reptar, looms 32 feet above the ground and beckons riders to climb aboard the green and yellow scream machine, with cars that feature his buggy dinosaur eyes. With their legs dangling below them, riders are whisked up, up and away to a height of more than 50 feet. Soaring over treetops like birds … swooping side to side … then hurtling into a scream-evoking nosedive … it's non-stop Rugrats-style action as riders race around the track and attempt to steer clear of the larger-than-life Reptar.
Rugrats Runaway Reptar continues Paramount's Kings Island's long-standing tradition of introducing innovative, record-breaking roller coasters at the park.
The Wild Thornberrys™ River Adventure
The park will also introduce a new, splash-filled water adventure based on one of the most watched shows in kids' television, The Wild Thornberrys. The popular Nickelodeon show follows the adventures of 12-year-old Eliza Thornberry, a courageous girl with a big secret -- she can talk with animals.
Kids riding the new Wild Thornberrys River Adventure are in for an amazing journey. Seated in dugouts, brave explorers cast off for a surprise-filled excursion through the wilderness. Floating through the forest, adventurers encounter a dark cave filled with mysterious explosives, a wacky homemade coconut irrigation system and a creepy snake bridge, sure to rattle even the most seasoned explorers. As if that isn't enough … their adventure continues as they navigate their way over a thrilling 40-foot waterfall and meet the explorer extrordinare herself, Eliza Thornberry who is perched high on top of a water spraying elephant. Get set to get wet on this one-of-a-kind adventure.
Blue Joins the Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys in Nickelodeon Central
After conquering the rides, kids can meet their friends from Nickelodeon at a new home in Nickelodeon Central. Blue, the lovable blue puppy from Nick Jr.'s Blue's Clues, joins Tommy, Chuckie and Angelica from the Rugrats; and Eliza and Donnie from The Wild Thornberrys to greet kids, give hugs and grin for photos with star-struck park guests.
Nickelodeon Central is 3.5 Acres Chock-full of Fun for Kids
Rugrats Runaway Reptar, The Wild Thornberrys River Adventure and the Nickelodeon character meet-and-greet facility are new attractions inside the new Nickelodeon Central area at Paramount's Kings Island. The new area encompasses and expands the section of the park dedicated to the world of Nickelodeon. Located between the park's other popular children's area, Hanna-Barbera™ Land and Rivertown, Nickelodeon Central also features:
Green Slime Zone™ - a bucket-dumping, water-spraying, walk-through maze, complete with a 31-foot tall refinery geyser that's perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.
Krusty Krab Snack Shack - dishes out a variety of tasty snacks for kids.
Nicktoons™ Summer Jam - brought to life several times daily and back by popular demand, Nicktoons Summer Jam is an energetic, song and dance revue for kids in the Nickelodeon Theater.
"At Nickelodeon Central, kids are in charge," said Fisher. "The characters kids know and love from Nickelodeon come to life around every corner as young guests explore everything there is to do in this new, action-packed land. It's all part of our commitment to provide families fun-filled experiences they can enjoy together."
Nickelodeon Central opens this spring.
Paramount Action FX Theatre™ to Feature A Cyberspace Adventure in 3-D!
The Paramount Action FX Theatre in the Coney Mall area of Paramount's Kings Island will also feature a new, action-packed film and motion spectacular in 2001.
7th Portal™ -- A 3-D Experience Unlike Any Other in the Midwest!
From Stan Lee, the legendary co-creator of Spider-Man™, X-Men™ and the Incredible Hulk™, comes a new, 3-D ride simulator adventure for the digital generation, 7th Portal. Combining precise computer animation and state-of-the-art motion simulation technology, 7th Portal will transport riders across cyberspace to Darkmoor, the most dangerous universe of all. They'll battle villains in an effort to return safely to life as we know it. It's a classic tale of good versus evil set in the world of Internet gaming.
Riders wearing 3-D glasses will live the 7th Portal adventure as their motion-base seat moves in synch with the action on the giant screen in front of them.
2001 Season Schedule and Company Information Paramount's Kings Island opens on April 7 for the 2001 season. The park is open Saturdays and Sundays, April 7-May 20. Open daily (except June 3) May 25-Aug. 20. Closed June 3. Open Aug. 24-26; Sept. 1-3; Sept. 23; Sept. 30 and Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 6-28. Closing times vary. WaterWorks open daily (except June 3) May 26-Aug. 19 (weather permitting).
For more information about Paramount's Kings Island, guests should call the park at (513)754-5700 or toll free at (800)288-0808 or visit the park's web site at www.pki.com.
Paramount's Kings Island is owned and operated by Paramount Parks. Paramount Parks, a unit of Viacom, Inc., is a leading developer and operator of regional theme parks and location-based entertainment attractions. The company currently manages: Paramount's Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio); Paramount's Kings Dominion (Richmond, Va.); Paramount's Great America (Santa Clara, Calif.); Paramount's Carowinds (Charlotte, N.C.); Paramount Canada's Wonderland (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); and Star Trek: The Experience™ at the Las Vegas Hilton, (Las Vegas, Nev.)
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