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Readers’ Mailbag: Whatever happened to the Kings Island Hall of Fame?

Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig 

  

Happy Monday! I'm in Charlotte this week for the annual Cedar Fair PR and Social Media Summit. It's always a great opportunity to talk with the other parks and gain some new ideas as we get ready to begin a new season of fun. While waiting for other parks to arrive I thought I’d answer some more of the questions we’ve received from our readers.

Did Banshee beat Vortex at the record for most rides given by a new attraction at Kings Island? How many rides did Banshee and Vortex give in their respective debut seasons? – Carolyn R., Xenia, OH

The Vortex still holds the record for the most rides given by a new attraction at Kings Island with 2,183,642 in 1987. Banshee challenged the mark but fell short in its debut season in 2014, giving 2,000,305 rides.

I would like to know whatever happened to the Kings Island Hall of Fame and if there will be any more inductions. – Steve Brokamp, Dayton, OH

The Kings Island Hall of Fame is now on display in the Human Resources building for all of our associates to see some of the notable people that came before them. We are planning more inductions.

I love what you’re doing with the Beast cars and going back to the original colors. Any chance of going back to how it used to be without all of the trim brakes? – Mike S., Milford, OH

Glad to hear you’re excited about the return of the original “flamed-themed” color scheme on the trains. They look great! In regards to the trim brakes, The Beast has always had brakes to regulate the speed of the trains in the same spots along the ride’s course since its debut in 1979. The type of braking system has changed over the years, from the skid brakes used from 1979 to 1990, to mechanical trims to magnetic trims.

Can we expect a Coaster Campout this year? – Charlie Haas, Carmel, IN

Coaster Campout will return this summer. The dates for this year’s campout will be announced soon. Money raised for this event will benefit The Boys and Girls Club through Cedar Fair Charities. For those who have wondered what it would be like to spend the night in the park, this event is your chance to find out.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia. The cost of the Eiffel Tower was in total, $1.4 million. Imagine what it would cost today! – Chris S., Hebron, KY

With the U.S. inflation rate in 1971 to 2019, the cost to build and paint the Eiffel Tower today would be $8,701,000, a difference of $7,301,000 over 48 years.

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