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Bob O
04-01-2003, 02:37 PM
Tim O'Brian - Amusement Business
April 1st, 2003


In a move today that stunned the amusement industry and roller coaster
enthusiasts around the world it was announced that four U.S. Paramount
Parks will blast into the coaster wars at warp speed by building
421-foot tall roller coasters. Themed around a common link found in
four Star Trek series produced by Paramount/Viacom during the last 4
decades, the Starship Enterprise, these four identical coasters will
simultaneously open on April 4th, 2004, and claim the world's record
for Tallest Coaster from Cedar Pointís Top Thrill Dragster.

"We're very pleased to be announcing this exciting new coaster," said
Craig Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of
Cincinnati-based King's Island. "A ride of this stature is the
perfect addition to our collection of world-class rides and the Star
Trek theme is cherished around the world. Airtime junkies will
finally have a reason to rejoice next year!"

Tim Fisher, executive Vice President and General Manager of
Paramount's Great America in Santa Clara, California, summed his
excitement in one word: "Finally! We've waited for years to be able
to add this kind of coaster to our arsenal. It's taken years of
working in tandem with the city of Santa Clara and the San Jose
International Airport to be granted clearances for such an addition
and we can't wait to break ground."

"This is what our fans have been waiting for," exclaimed Richard
Zimmerman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of King's
Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. "Over the past few of years we've been
polling guests in the park and reading various roller coaster fan
sites such as Coasterbuzz. The number one comment is always about
Apollo's Chariot, at our neighbors down in Willamsburg, and why we
don't have something like it...or better. Well, when the plans are
officially released at ACE's 25th Anniversary Coaster Convention this
June enthusiasts better be prepared to be blown away!"

"We've been working with corporate headquarters for a few years now on
getting a coaster of this magnitude for our park," said Watt Burris,
Executive Vice President and General Manager of Paramountís Carowinds
just outside Charlotte, North Carolina. "They've always said, 'Its
coming, but we want to do it right.' Well, let me tell you they've
got it right! After adding family-oriented rides and attractions for
the last couple of years thrill seekers better prepare themselves for
an experience like no other!"

Riders will begin their journey at Star Fleet Academy where they will
train to be starship commanders. Training is interrupted by a Borg
attack and each guest must board a starship to escape. Each pre-show
building will feature a short film staring Patrick Stewart, revising
his role as the popular Captain Jean Luc Picard.


The four coasters, designed by Wichita-based Chance-Morgan, are all
421 feet high and over 6,000 feet in length. Like Steel Dragon 2000
at Nagashima Spa land in Japan the lift will feature two individual
chains. Each will feature custom-designed trains sporting a round,
saucer-like lead car and warp engines mounted at the rear. The
Enterprise's ship number, NC1071, will grace each sleek white train.
Track and supports have been in production at their Wichita plant
since January and parts should be arriving at the three east coast
parks first in order to get a jump on the winter weather later this
year. Construction, testing, and extensive theming is estimated to
take approximately nine months.


Now this sounds great, other parks are uping the ante while disney just fiddles and burns!!!
And not vekome either which is great!!!

HB2K
04-01-2003, 02:52 PM
The other nice thing about this is the fact that a pre-show is being included. Not just a standard queue line....but they're making these rides into attractions.

Not everyone will ride them because of the height, but I'll tell you this....I'd be more interested in riding that I would be without the story.

It's intruiging. Is this the next hybrid that will bridge the Thrill park / Disney divide further? Parks such as Six Flags, et al folding in story elements to their thrill rides?

KNWVIKING
04-01-2003, 03:01 PM
Which park is already drawing up plans for a 422 ft high coaster ?

BrianD
04-01-2003, 03:06 PM
421 ft eh? That's impressive!

Nice job, Bob O! ;)

crusader
04-01-2003, 03:12 PM
Who knows maybe ME is slated to be visible for all to see.

crusader
04-01-2003, 03:30 PM
re: Expedition:Eisnerme

Don't forget that all inclusive gift shop complete with lifesize plush to help treasure those memories of a lifetime.

mojo-jojo
04-01-2003, 03:33 PM
Nice job everyone, you have been prank'd. Thats a good article but im not gonna believe it. April Fool's everyone!!!

raidermatt
04-01-2003, 03:53 PM
Have just heard about another Disney ride in the works...

In this one, you listen to Joan Rivers whine while in the queue, then you ride around in a "car", looking at cardboard cutouts of B-list Hollywood celebrities like Drew Carey and Whoopi Goldberg. Even though the ride is only 2 minutes long, when you are finished, you have actually had 2 hours removed from your life span, and sacrificed over 2 million brain cells.

Wait.

That's Superstar Limo.

Must be an old rumor...

teknodave
04-01-2003, 09:11 PM
Sounds awesome

But they better check the tapes again

Its NCC-1701, not 1071.

And if Picard is gonna be there, it should be NCC-1701-D.

Sorry, just being nitpicky, but if you are gonna do a ride like that, catch the errors now, or beware the wrath of the die-hard Trekkers! :p :)

Bob O
04-01-2003, 10:13 PM
From what i have heard this very well maybe a April fools day prank. The heading by Tim OBrien made it seem like it could be legit as he works for Amusement Business magizene.
But nonetheless it is something disney should strive for!!!

WDSearcher
04-02-2003, 09:16 AM
Originally posted by Bob O
From what i have heard this very well maybe a April fools day prank. The heading by Tim OBrien made it seem like it could be legit as he works for Amusement Business magizene.
But nonetheless it is something disney should strive for!!!
I would think that the mere inclusion of the line "In a move today that stunned the amusement industry and roller coaster
enthusiasts around the world ..." would put you on guard. Especially on April Fool's Day! :p

KNWVIKING
04-02-2003, 09:43 AM
It's April 2nd.... is it legit,or just a good prank ???

WebmasterCricket
04-02-2003, 11:15 AM
Originally posted by crusader
Who knows maybe ME is slated to be visible for all to see.

Be carefull with what you say around here, you might give them an idea :eek:

Coming soon!!!! Top Thrill Ei$ner!!!!

<font color="blue">Yes, you too can travel at high speeds in one ear and out the other like many of the ideas presented to the "Master".</font>

http://www.imagestation.com/picture/sraid58/p9741fe38ab20dd4be13d6add2f3b5ff9/fc675241.jpg

HB2K
04-02-2003, 11:24 AM
Mr Cricket....


You've outdone yourself with that one....Too funny.

Anyone else think Ei$ner's ego will cause him to install some type of memorial to himself similar to Walt (Partners) & Roy (just inside the MK)....seems like constructing his face on a 400 ft monstrousity fits that.... :)

WebmasterCricket
04-02-2003, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by HB2K
seems like constructing his face on a 400 ft monstrousity fits that.... :)

422 foot monstrousity! Let's get with the program here 2k :)

HB2K
04-02-2003, 11:44 AM
There's an update for your 422 foot monstrosity Cricket....


Every Disney ride needs a sponsor (It ain't getting built without one). Add a GIANT VISA logo on the tower under Ei$ner's head and you've got a complete visual of what it will look like....

WebmasterCricket
04-02-2003, 11:59 AM
I can see it now..... a huge animatronic arm swiping the "VISA" card through a ZON terminal. ;)

DisneyKidds
04-02-2003, 12:48 PM
You are too much Cricket. Too funny!

WebmasterBarry
04-02-2003, 09:26 PM
Originally posted by KNWVIKING
It's April 2nd.... is it legit,or just a good prank ???

I think it's bogus. There's no information on Amusementtoday.com, Amusementbusiness.com, Screamscape.com, Startrek.com, or PKD's website. You'd think something this big would be on every major roller coaster website.

Bob O, where did you find this article?

rangebob
04-03-2003, 09:13 AM
Thanks Barry I was going to ask where he found the article. I think I was fooled by this April Fools joke.

ChrisFL
04-03-2003, 06:54 PM
Originally posted by Mr. J. Cricket
I can see it now..... a huge animatronic arm swiping the "VISA" card through a ZON terminal. ;)

ZON Terminal! That's scary...I know exactly what the whole history of that is! (I work for the company)

Bob O
04-04-2003, 12:39 AM
I found this on rec arts roller coaster.
I also think it is fake but i wasnt thinking of april 1st when i first saw it and hoped with paramounts tomb raider ride they would now try to enter the big time with well themed rides.