Jump to content
Guest KingsIslandPR

The Bat flies again at Kings Island

Recommended Posts

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.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The coaster needed repairs that were beyond the budget of the then owners--the Roberts.

They were too busy milking the park to put much back into it.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
24 minutes ago, Fitzcoasts14 said:

I don’t think they will remove The Bat because that would be way too much space left open

That space is in the corner of the park so I'd imagine if it were ever removed, they would just block off that area entirely.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...