Woodstock Express (Kings Island)

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This article is about a roller coaster at Kings Island. For other roller coasters called Woodstock Express, see Woodstock Express (disambiguation).
Woodstock Express
Fairly Odd Coaster overhead.jpg
Overhead view of Woodstock Express
Previously known as Scooby Doo (1972–1979)
Beastie (1980–2005)
Fairly Odd Coaster (2006–2009)
Kings Island
Park section Planet Snoopy
Coordinates 39°20′35″N 84°16′09″W / 39.343180°N 84.269267°W / 39.343180; -84.269267Coordinates: 39°20′35″N 84°16′09″W / 39.343180°N 84.269267°W / 39.343180; -84.269267
Status Operating
Opening date 1972
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Designer John C. Allen
Track layout Figure Eight
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 38.6 ft (11.8 m)
Drop 30 ft (9.1 m)
Length 1,350 ft (410 m)
Speed 35 mph (56 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:30
Capacity 1200 riders per hour
Height restriction 40 in (102 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
Must transfer from wheelchair
Woodstock Express at RCDB
Pictures of Woodstock Express at RCDB

Woodstock Express is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island designed by John C. Allen. It is located in the children's rides area of the park which is currently known as Planet Snoopy. The coaster has gone through four different names as the children's area in which it resides has been renamed and rethemed multiple times since the park opened. The coaster has also been painted a number of different color schemes during its many years of operation.

History[edit]

Woodstock Express was designed by John C. Allen of the Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (PTC). It is based on the first three roller coasters he designed shortly after becoming the company's president in 1954. These coasters opened in 1956 at Hunt's Pier, Angela Park and the Gooding Zoo (now the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium).[1] Allen modified the original design, making Woodstock Express a little taller and longer. He eliminated the curved loading station as well, opting instead for an in-line station that precedes the curve to the lift hill. This modified design was then used to build two nearly identical models at Kings Dominion and Carowinds.[1] A third copy at Canada's Wonderland was also based on this design but is taller and slightly longer, and it was designed by Curtis D. Summers.[2]

The coaster was originally named Scooby Doo and opened with the park in 1972 as part of "The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera". Paying homage to The Beast after its successful launch in 1979, Scooby Doo was renamed The Beastie, and a tunnel was added to the bottom of its first drop in time for the 1980 season. In 2006, a decision was made during the Nickelodeon Universe overhaul to remove the tunnel and rename it to Fairly Odd Coaster (based on the Nickelodeon TV show The Fairly OddParents). Although Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. had the rights to continue using the themes through 2016[3] following its purchase of the park in 2006, it was decided to remove all remaining Hanna-Barbera and Nickelodeon themes from the kids area in time for the start of the 2010 season. As a result, the ride went through another name change to Woodstock Express in line with the new Planet Snoopy makeover.[4]

Woodstock Express was awarded ACE Coaster Classic status, but that status has since been rescinded as a result of recent changes to the coaster.[5]

Layout[edit]

The layout of the ride is the basic figure 8 roller coaster. It is identical to the junior wooden coasters found at Kings Island sister parks – Kings Dominion's Ghoster Coaster, Canada Wonderland's Ghoster Coaster, and Carowinds' Woodstock Express – along with Zach's Zoomer at Michigan's Adventure. It also shares many similarities with the Sea Dragon (roller coaster) at Jungle Jack's Landing in Columbus. An on-ride photo camera is located at the bottom of the second drop.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Torrence (1996). "John Allen: The Coaster Renaissance Man". RollerCoaster! Magazine 17 (4): 22–27. ISSN 0896-7261. 
  2. ^ Ruben, Paul (1990). "The Coasters of Curt Summers". RollerCoaster! Magazine 9 (1): 18. ISSN 0896-7261. 
  3. ^ Sloan, Sam (2006-06-01). "Paramount Parks Sold to Cedar Fair". www.sliceofscifi.com. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  4. ^ KI Mobile
  5. ^ "ACE Coaster Classic". American Coaster Enthusiasts. Retrieved August 26, 2012.