Published: June 8, 2011 at 7:57 AMWow...I agree 100% on doing something with atlantis...the park is weak with rides..Of course, its meant to be a park with sea life and shows, but, with Manta and Krakken, the park is just a ride or too away from being really, really good. As for hotels, the area is teeming with them. Not a bad idea if they used universals idea of a room key fast pass all day and maybe a neat theme...Back to atlantis,you really cannot ride it during the cold months as you do not want to get soaked...some change is needed.
Published: June 8, 2011 at 8:06 AMI've experienced both coasters, and Primeval Whirl is both a masterpiece of ride design and a gentle massage next to the Marquis de Sade designed Mike Tyson beating that is Son of Beast.
Published: June 8, 2011 at 8:09 AMTurning itself in to a media conglomerate with hotel and restaurants will be a stretch. I wonder how they can best manage it. The theme parks will also need to change from a show based park and into Disney-like theme parks, sort of like Animal Kingdom.
They probably shown have paired with Legoland. How about another property that needs help like Busch or Six Flags or Cedar? Create a destination.
Published: June 8, 2011 at 9:25 AMI know I said this the other day, but Sea World needs to get their parks theming back on track. Fix up Atlantis, restore Darkastle to where it used to be and for the love of god get rid of Europe in the Air. I think they're doing a good job at BG Tampa, maybe add a dark ride or simulator? The hotel thing is interesting. I don't know how well that will work. If BG Tampa was in Orlando instead they'd be golden.
Published: June 8, 2011 at 1:05 PMPrimeval Whirl has to be living on borrowed time. I'd be shocked if the ride sees double the life span it's already seen at AK. Poor Joe Rhode, every time I see him in an interview where he has to talk up this section of the park, I have to believe deep down inside he wants to hurl a verbal missile (and a real missile for that matter) at the whole premise of that area. I'm sure is Disney could, the whole section would be torn out of there for relatively little cost, it's the price of filling that space with something of quality that most likely keeps chester and hester the current occupants. As it was, when Primeval Whirl was working, it was an eyesore of a ride. Now that it's static, it's just an eyesore.
Published: June 9, 2011 at 4:25 AMPrimeval is incredibly poor in terms of both enjoyment for the guest and operation for the theme park itself, especially considering it's fairly low capacity in a park which suffers still from a lack of major attractions.
Hopefully the closure of the ride can be the catalyst for a complete overhaul of the whole Dino-Rama area. it could be put to much better use, such as for a new e-ticket or at least two d-tickets to more evenly spread crowds at AK.
Published: June 10, 2011 at 12:45 PMI think describing Primeval Whirl as a "masterpiece" of design is an over statement. It is a spinning mouse coaster. And, I rode Son of Beast 2 weeks before it closed with the new heavier cars and it wasn't nearly as rough as I had remembered with the loop in place.
I will buy the fact that the rides have been plagued with problems, injuries and sometimes less than stellar ride reports.
However, I would describe Son of Beast more of an "e-ticket" (if you will) attraction costing millions and very vital to the landscape of Kings Island at the time although less so with Diamondback on the scene. I like PW, but it's not an e-ticket ride.
Published: June 12, 2011 at 3:16 PMAm I the only person in the world who really likes Primeval Whirl? I think the theming could have been better, (it would be great as a dark ride as is or with good primeval theming), but as an enthusiast of thrill rides I think this one has plenty of nice G force moments above the typcial carnival type ride. I hope that they fix any dangerous areas, of course, but I've never understood all of the negative vibe about the ride itself. Why?