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Readers’ Mailbag: Is it Racer or Racers, Dodgem or Dodgems?

Don Helbig

Area Manager, Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig

Happy Friday! Can you believe we’re already halfway through March and just five weeks away from the start of the 2019 season, which begins on April 20 (April 19 if you’re a Gold or Platinum Passholder)?

Our readers continue to submit some great and interesting questions. Keep them coming!

With Cedar Point hoisting their Winter Chill Out recently, are there any possibilities for Kings Island to hold a similar event in the future? – Erik E., West Chester, OH

We’ve had a number of discussions about hosting a winter event over the past several years and it is something we want to do. However, it has been difficult to find a date to host an event without there being a conflict with other winter events taking place in the region in January and February, such as the American Coaster Enthusiasts No Coaster and East Coaster Cons. 

When a roller coaster is dismantled, where to do the train cars go? Like King Cobra, Son of Beast or the old Flight of Fear trains? – Micah P., Cincinnati, OH

The majority of the time they’re sent to another park that has a similar ride where they may be put into service or stripped down and used for replacement parts, or they’re demolished along with the ride if there is no future use for them.

Was the Eiffel Tower originally designed for Coney Island, as some long-standing myths suggest? – Daniel, G., Cincinnati, OH

It’s no myth. The Eiffel Tower was originally planned for Coney Island but was put on hold when plans to build Kings Island began to develop in the mid-1960s.

What are your thoughts on RMCing The Beast? – Rory G., Lancaster, OH

Rocky Mountain coasters (RMC) are great rides. I’ve enjoyed my rides on the RMC coasters that I’ve experienced, including Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point and Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion. In regards to an RMC conversion for The Beast, there's no reason to go that route. When you talk about The Beast, you're talking about arguably the greatest wooden roller coaster ever built -- the holy grail of wooden roller coasters. Our guests and roller coaster fans around the world absolutely love The Beast. It is one of only two roller coasters that have been on every top 10 list Amusement Today has published since the inception of the Golden Ticket Awards in 1998 and its No. 5 ranking in 2018 was the highest The Beast has ever placed, so it's not losing any ground to the more modern wooden roller coasters that have been built in recent years. Forty years after it debuted it's still a great ride; still a marquee attraction. 

Is it Racer or Racers, Dodgem or Dodgems? – Ian K., Louisville, KY

The official names of the rides are The Racer and Dodgem.

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