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KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – Another Hollywood big-screen spectacular comes to life at Paramount's Kings Island with the addition of THE ITALIAN JOB: Stunt Track™, a new multi-million dollar fast-track coaster experience for 2005. Based on the high-action finale of Paramount Pictures' The Italian Job (2003) starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, Mos Def, and Donald Sutherland, this new wild ride takes families on a high-speed stunt car adventure through movie sets and scenes inspired by the film's climatic chase sequence.
Park guests will experience what it's like to be a Hollywood stunt driver and go behind the scenes of an action movie. Guests board their very own MINI Cooper S tricked out with audio special effects adding to the multi-sensory sensation of the experience. Once strapped into their custom stunt car, rubber meets the road as the MINIs peel out to begin their chase sequence. Drivers twist through a parking garage, dodge near-collisions, race down stairs, chase through tunnels and narrowly escape massive explosions triggered by gunfire from a menacing helicopter. Tires skid out one last time as the stunt cars crash through a billboard and splash down into an L.A. aqueduct concluding the chase sequence and their trial as a stunt driver in this screen test!
"This new stunt concept offers the perfect combination of Hollywood special effects and coaster thrills," mentioned Paramount's Kings Island's executive vice president and general manager, Craig Ross. "THE ITALIAN JOB: Stunt Track is an interactive family thrill ride designed for everyone that craves high-speed, hair-raising excitement."
THE ITALIAN JOB: Stunt Track is scheduled to open in 2005.
Paramount's Kings Island is the best of Hollywood Entertainment – Now Playing! The park is open daily though August 29, then for post-season operation including August 28 – 29 and September 3 – 6. Paramount's Kings Island reopens in the month of October for FearFest™ weekends (Saturday and Sunday), beginning Saturday, October 2 – Sunday, October 31, 2004. For more information about Paramount's Kings Island, guests can call the park at (513) 754-5700, toll free at (800) 288-0808 or visit the park's web site at www.pki.com.
2005 Season Passes are now on sale and are available by calling (800) 952-PASS , online at www.pki.com, and at the park on select days and times. Discounted park tickets are also available when purchased in advance by calling (513) 754-5700, (800) 288-0808, online at www.pki.com and at Blockbuster locations.
Paramount's Kings Island is owned and operated by Paramount Parks, which is a unit of Viacom.
Paramount Parks is a leading developer and operator of world-class theme parks and location-based attractions, entertaining more than 13 million guests annually. The company currently owns and operates five of the most popular theme parks in North America including: Paramount Canada's Wonderland (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Paramount's Carowinds (Charlotte, N.C.); Paramount's Great America (Santa Clara, Calif.); Paramount's Kings DominionKings Dominion (Richmond, Va.); and Paramount's Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio). The company also developed and manages the award-winning STAR TREK: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton (Las Vegas, Nev.) and manages Bonfante Gardens horticultural theme park (Gilroy, Calif.); CBS Television City at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.); and Terra Mitica theme park (Benidorm, Valencia, Spain). More information about Paramount Parks is available at www.paramountparks.com.
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