Saturday, November 27, 2021

Antique car ride returns to Kings Island in 2019 following 15 year absence

 

One of Kings Island‘s most beloved attractions, the antique cars ride, is returning to the park in spring 2019. In the new Kings Mills Antique Autos family ride, guests will board replica classic touring cars and take a leisurely drive around a scenic track equipped with a small rail to keep the car on the path. The ride will be comparable to the original Les Taxis antique car ride (pictured above), combining nostalgia with new enhancements. Today’s announcement comes exactly 14 years after the park closed the popular ride.

“When we ask guests what they would like to see return to Kings Island, the most popular response, by far, is the antique cars,” said Mike Koontz, vice president and general manager, Kings Island. “For so many, it’s an attraction they remember riding with family or it was their first ‘driving’ experience as a kid. That’s why I think it holds such a special place in their hearts.”

Kings Mills Antique Autos will be located in Coney Mall, across from the Juke Box Café and alongside The Racer roller coaster. The ride will be a quarter mile in length and last approximately three minutes. The cars are 2/3 scale replicas of the 1911 Ford Model T; though all-new, they will retain the vintage feel of the original Les Taxis. The ride’s name, as well as theming throughout the attraction, is expected to enhance the nostalgic experience for riders.

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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