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Despite Economy, Ohio Theme Parks Adding New Rides
PKI, Cedar Point To Include New Attractions
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Despite worries about the economy, Ohio's two biggest amusement parks are not holding back on spending for new attractions this summer.
Cedar Point is spending $25 million on a roller coaster that will top 400 feet, while Paramount's Kings Island is building three multimillion- dollar attractions.
In general, most amusement parks have been cautious in spending during the last couple of years, said Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services in Cincinnati.
He said the economy or the threat of war shouldn't hurt attendance, he said.
"Our business has always has done well in times of war and recession," Speigel said. "People want to escape and get away from their problems."
Construction is well under way at Kings Island and Cedar Point.
At Kings Island near Cincinnati, the park is adding a thrill ride and a family ride.
The thrill ride, known as Delirium, is sort of like a giant pendulum that will swing riders back and forth as the seats rotate in a circle.
"You're almost upside down," park spokesman Jeffrey Siebert said.
The other new attraction, Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle, will be an interactive attraction in which riders travel graveyards and a haunted mansion while zapping ghosts and ghouls with laser guns.
The ride is based on the television series that debuted in 1969.
"Every ride is different," Siebert said. "It looks like you're riding through an episode of Scooby Doo."
A third ride being built at Kings Island will be announced before the park opens on April 12.
Siebert said that even though the economy has been sluggish, the park will continue to improve.
"The biggest question we ask, regardless of the economy, is what do our guests want," he said. "We are a place where you go to forget your worries."
Cedar Point is finishing construction on Top Thrill Dragster, which will top out at 420 feet and reach speeds of 120 mph.
Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, in Aurora, won't announce its plans for this summer until next month.
While its two competitors drew more than 3 million people a year ago, attendance at the Six Flags park declined.
Six Flags Chairman Kieran Burke said in August that combining Six Flags Ohio and Sea World of Ohio did not work out as hoped. He blamed the northeast Ohio economy for a decline in group sales, which provide about 30 percent of a park's revenue.
The state's amusement parks may face a new tax on tickets this year. Gov. Bob Taft on Thursday set out to expand the 5 percent state sales tax on items including amusement park tickets.
Cedar Point spokeswoman Janice Witherow said, "The impact would be in the millions of dollars."
The amusement park already pays an admissions tax to the city of Sandusky.