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The Racer: Something Old Is New Again At Kings Island

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KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – Something old is new again at Kings Island, as the backward traveling trains on the Racer roller coaster will run forward again when the park opens for the 2008 season on Sunday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m.

 

The decision to run both sides of the Racer forward again after 26 years with one side facing backward was made in an effort to be consistent with other Cedar Fair parks. The Red Racer trains will be on the former backward side, with the Blue Racer trains on the other side.

 

The Racer has been a mainstay at Kings Island, and with good reason. A lot of facts and figures have been bandied about concerning the coaster – top height is 88 feet, the course is three-fifths of a mile long, speed is 53.3 miles an hour and the angle of the first drop is 50 degrees.

 

And if all that means nothing, the Racer is credited for re-igniting the coaster building boom in the early 1970’s, thus beginning the second golden age of the roller coaster. More than 91,000,000 guests have taken a ride on the Racer since it opened in 1972 with the park.

 

In addition to being considered an important part of the coaster renaissance of the 1970’s, the Racer was the site of several world record riding attempts and is notable for its appearance in the Cincinnati Kids episode of the Brady Bunch, filmed at the park in 1973. On May 28, 1982, it became the first racing coaster to ever run trains backwards on one side of its tracks. In 2007, the American Coaster Enthusiasts named the ride an “ACE Roller Coaster Landmark,” making it one of only 14 roller coasters in the world with landmark status.

 

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, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also owns and operates Star Trek: The Experience, an interactive adventure located in Las Vegas , and operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy , Calif. under a management contract.

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BOOOOO!

 

Oh well...there's little kids in poor countries that have never seen a coaster...and I'm disappointed by having to ride one forwards the way it was intended...As long as it still races, that's fine with me

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Aww shocks... I will miss the backward ride. I like riding backward on racer than going forward.

 

This is still not good news for Shox since he is racer hater! Hey it rhythms and I'm Deaf! LOL. :nerd:

Edited by CoasterWarriors

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Well, to me this might be a start of an improvment to the Racer. If they turned the trains around, who knows who else they might have done to improve its ride experience. Maybe then I wouldn't hate the Racer as much...

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The decision to run both sides of the Racer forward again after 26 years with one side facing backward was made in an effort to be consistent with other Cedar Fair parks.

 

That is a horrible excuse. I'm amazed that this is the excuse they came up with...

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What's lame. It was a good coaster the way it was.

 

Just another reason to not like CF. :rolleyes:

 

The other reasons are the bad ride names.

Edited by coasterking912

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funny how pre Cedar Fair, we were all counting down the days til they took over and couldn't wait to see what they did, now no one's happy with them it seems...personally I'm down with whatever they do, names I can get over, I hardly ever use the name anyway...the Racer thing will be a little more difficult to ignore, but we'll get used to it in time...prices? I just go eat outside at mickey D's or whatever...

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At least Paramount didn't mess with our Backwards Racer.

 

 

But on the continuum of inexcusable crimes against KI, Paramount's removal of the Flying Eagles is far worse than this............

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At least Paramount didn't mess with our Backwards Racer.

 

 

Paramount's removal of the Flying Eagles is far worse than this............

Fling Eagles doesnt look all that great in many pictures of it that I have seen. Although it was a KI ride so I can see it being an ordeal.

 

But this it to. B)

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I only got to ride the Eagles once...by myself...I was always the odd person out of the group that let the others go and stayed behind since I didn't have a buddy...So one day I finally just hopped on, good thing I did, I imagine it would've been more fun if I had a friend...

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I really liked the way the Racer was before, which was frontwards and backwards. Whenever I went into the Old Coney section of the park, I always rode the backwards racer in the front car, which was just the back end turned around to face the front. I also just hope this is just an idea they are trying out for the new season, and not a permanent change.

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