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Don Helbig just released to media that in 2014 flight deck will be renamed to The Bat.

 

The new color scheme will be orange track with shades of charcoal for the columns and supports. Black will be the featured color's of the trains.

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Official Press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 29, 2013

 

The Bat flies again at Kings Island

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – Thirty-three years to the day it was first introduced in 1980, The Bat will fly again at Kings Island. The 364-acre amusement and waterpark is changing the name and colors of the Flight Deck roller coaster to The Bat. The change will take effect for the 2014 season. “There was a lot of passion and enthusiasm around this name change by our guests,” Kings Island’s vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid said. “They told us this is a name they wanted us to bring back. We listened and we’re excited our guests will again be able to fly The Bat at Kings Island in 2014. “The name also fits the characteristics of the ride. Similar to a bat in flight, riders soar through the air, swooping, circling and diving unexpectedly as they enjoy this ride.” The newly named Bat is similar to its predecessor as a suspended roller coaster with the tracks above the trains. When the coaster train turns a corner, the cars are designed to swing out to the side, sometimes swinging the riders parallel to the ground. The new color scheme for The Bat will feature orange track with two shades of charcoal for the columns and structure. Black will be the featured color of the trains. Designed by the Arrow Dynamics Company, The Bat was custom designed for Kings Island when it debuted as Top Gun in 1993. Riders soar over the tree tops and through a hilly wooden terrain and a series of sharp turns on this seventh generation steel roller coaster. The attraction celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013, giving its 20-millionth ride in June. The Bat is one of 15 roller coasters at Kings Island, including the new world record-breaking Banshee set to debut in 2014. The original Bat operated for parts of three seasons from 1981 to 1983, giving 1.8 million rides.Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, an indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

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I, for one, will welcome the return of The Bat - and the new colors. Maybe the whole area could have an autumn/haunt theme of some kind........Skycoaster could become something to do with owls.....Flying Owl, Night Owl, Flight Owl......just meandering thoughts. Skycoaster isn't an actual coaster to me. Have never liked the Flight Deck name personally. Just looked into the history section; there's some great old pictures of the original Bat. Thanks for posting this so quickly, Gentlemen.

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My most anticipated new ride at KI next season! With all the orange I will be wanting to go to hooters after riding it. I guess the arrow suspended is here to stay for a while.

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This makes a good Halloween trick, Mr. Paramount4ever - now they're stuck in my brain along with the very very old Banana Boat song. But it's a lot more fun than some of the things that won't "unstick." Maybe a trick or treater will show up in a banana costume.............

 

Mr. YS, you're right, the logos do seem similar.

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Be bad if they have to change it at the last moment due to copyright infringement. Whn I look at the new logo I automatically think of batman.

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I like the original bat logo the best. I wouldn't mind if they brought that logo back.

 

They could at least use the same logo but modernize it.

 

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