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The Bat flies again at Kings Island


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Thirty-three years to the day it was first introduced in 1980, The Bat will fly again at Kings Island. The park is changing the name and colors of Flight Deck to The Bat. The change will take effect

I chose today to announce the name change to coincide with the date the original Bat was announced in 1980.

I was bored, so, here is my render.

I agree with you on the Haunted House at Camden Park, Interpreter. It has a chain lift and even a first drop. After that, it meanders downhill gradually. The only difference I can think of is that it doesn't have what many would call traditional coaster cars, as it seats only two. Now that I think of it, there are several that have low capacity cars, so that's not really an argument either.

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That coaster opened as Demon. It later was renamed Screamin' Demon, then relocated to Camden Park as Thunderbolt Express.

Bumping an old thread here, but this is backwards: the ride opened as Screamin' Demon in 1977 and by the time it closed in 1987 it was referred to as just Demon. Here is a page from the 1978 brochure and here is one from 1987, both showing the ride's names. I believe the ride was renamed in 1982, but I think there may be cases of the park still calling it Screamin' Demon past that point.

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Side Note -->  As someone who lives near Camden Park, even when the coaster was here and operating pretty much everyone still called in Screamin' Demon, I honestly didn't even know that they renamed it to Thunderbolt Express

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And it's a shame what happened to that coaster. How it was left to rot to pieces. That was a good addition for Camden because it had a small footprint and was not so an intimidating coaster that it frightened their demographic.

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I like the current state of Camden, at least as far as the ownership goes. Hopefully, they will get some much needed TLC that it needs. I'd like to see them raze the bathrooms and get new ones. Those always seem to smell horrible. And some general painting could really help with the Big Dipper. And do something about the horrible smell that is in their water for the log flume and swan boats. Although, methinks that having fish in your swan boat water does not help that smell at all. I would love to take a lap on the log flume, but I don't want to deal with the smell afterwards.

And something, anything, needs to go where the spider was. A fence blocking the view of what once was is not attractive at all. Flats seem to be their forte', so put something else in its' place.

I give them great credit for adding the Rattler. Pretty thrilling ride and nice lighting package.

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The bad things going for The Bat is mainly it’s location and being a short ride (The walk to the station is longer than the ride itself.) Otherwise, The Bat is a very underrated coaster.

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I don’t see The Bat going anywhere soon, the park isn’t going to take out several rollercoasters so close to one another, I get I said the same thing about Vortex but I just don’t see it happening. Canada’s Wonderland  maintenance team sounded like they were committed to keeping The Bats brother supported so I can only hope Kings Island maintenance team feels the same way.

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