Press Release

New Nickelodeon™ Universe Premieres in 2006 at Paramount's Kings Island™

Multi-million dollar area features the world's largest collection of Nickelodeon rides and attractions.

9/22/2005

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – Paramount's Kings Island, long ranked as offering the "Best Kid's Area in the World," Amusement Today Golden Ticket award winner  2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, is excited to premiere the most elaborate collection of Nickelodeon-inspired rides and attractions in the world opening in the Spring of 2006. Nick Universe includes a total of 18 rides and attractions bringing to life Nickelodeon's most popular character celebrities and adventures including Avatar™, The Backyardigans™, Blue's Clues™, Danny Phantom™, Dora the Explorer™, The Fairly OddParents™, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius™, LazyTown™, Little Bill™, The Rugrats™, SpongeBob SquarePants™, and The Wild Thornberrys™.

The largest Nickelodeon area in the world boasts six all-new attractions including:

  • Thrill-seeking families take a whirlwind ride with Avatar on this first-of-its kind family roller coaster
  • Kids can enjoy a free-fall ride in the hopes to escape the menacing wrath of Plankton, SpongeBob SquarePants' nemesis
  • Families fly with Danny Phantom as they spin through the air like a superhero
  • All aboard Azul™ the train! – Passengers join Dora the Explorer and Boots™ on a storybook train ride adventure
  • Kids join Blue for a jumping journey around her house
  • Guests enter the adventures of Bikini Bottom through a pineapple under the sea to experience SpongeBob SquarePants' underwater world.

Nick Universe also features two new neighborhoods containing a variety of Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants - inspired rides and attractions. In addition, this area has new dining, shopping and celebrity encounters with kids' favorite Nickelodeon stars.

"Thanks to our incredible partnership with Nickelodeon, we are creating the next level of family entertainment. We are excited to offer a collection of new attractions that parents and kids can enjoy together, in conjunction with new family-friendly amenities such as spacious shaded walkways and additional shaded seating," said Craig Ross executive vice president and general manager for Paramount's Kings Island. "The Nickelodeon Universe area and attraction detail, along with other new 2006 attraction information, will be announced after the conclusion of our long anticipated WinterFest holiday event."

Paramount's Kings Island reopens for weekends beginning Oct 1st – November 6, 2005

Discount Tickets On Sale Now

FearFest tickets are on sale now at all Cincinnati and Dayton Blockbuster, Kroger and Meijer locations for only $26.99 (a savings of over 40%).  Guests can also purchase tickets online at pkifearfest.com for $26.99.

Best Deal - Don't miss the chance to purchase a 2006 season pass at the lowest price of the season.  Buy now and get free 2005 FearFest admission, free parking for the rest of the 2005 season, and free parking in 2006.  Visit www.pki.com or call 1-800-288-0808.

Paramount Parks (a unit of Viacom Inc.), 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.) and CBS Television City at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.).  More information about Paramount Parks is available at www.paramountparks.com.

Nickelodeon, which is in its 26th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, magazines and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in 89 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for ten consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

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