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09/20/14 at 11:07pm in Paramount Master Plan & Never-Built Attractions (Latest Edit: 09/21/14 at 01:32pm by Joe.)
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I think there is a legitimate discussion to be had about the Paramount master plan map that mwhinva posted in the Safari Stage thread. I am putting this here so as not to derail the aforementioned thread.
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Because Flight of Fear (opened 1996) is shown as an existing attraction, and Volcano is not, this map has to be from either 1996 or 1997. A few attractions listed actually came into a fruition, like Volcano, Drop Zone/Tower, and James Bond. However, the majority of attractions were never built and we can only imagine what they would have been like.

Here are some of the attractions that never were:

Stealth Coaster - What: Vekoma Flying Coaster - Year: 2000 - Where: Old Virginia, Former Old Dominion Line area/current Dinosaurs Alive area

California's Great America opened a Vekoma flying coaster named Stealth in the year 2000, which makes me wonder if plans changed and that ride was originally supposed to go to KD. The ride now operates at Carowinds as Nighthawk.

200' Morgan Coaster - What: Hypercoaster - Year: 2004 - Where: Old Virginia, behind Shenandoah Lumber Co. and White Water Canyon

Though it is a shame this never became a reality, I find the location quite interesting and frankly it gives me hope about future coaster locations. A B&M could fit beautifully in the space.

Go Kart/Mini Golf Complex - Year: 1999-2001 - Where: Current Dominator location

Turns out there really was a plan to build a mini golf course at the park at one point. The karts and golf would have made up a complex behind Nickelodeon Central in the current Dominator location. It is worth noting that the park did open Thunder Raceway Go Karts in Old Virginia in 2006.

Starfleet Academy - What: Star Trek-themed attraction - Year: 2002 - Where - Congo, former Lion Country Safari/Intimidator 305 area

Based on the large, rectangular footprint of this ride, this appears to be a Star Trek-themed dark ride. Given the outer space theming and location beside Flight of Fear, this may have been step in tying Flight of Fear into an outer space-themed area, a bit like Kings Island's X-Base.

Balloon Ride - Location: Grove/Wayne's World area, current Windseeker location

I can't tell much from what is shown, but given the size this seems to be a large flat ride in Windseeker's current location.


Water Rides Expansion Year: 2001 - Location: Behind Rebel Yell, beside WaterWorks.

It is hard to tell what this is about, but it seems like dry park water rides would have been built here, separate from WaterWorks. I would assume this was part of WaterWorks, but there is already a WaterWorks expansion clearly considered a water park expansion. Who knows.

Thanks again mwhinva for finding this. There is some truly fascinating info to be found about the park's history in here!

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09/20/14 at 11:21pm in Paramount Master Plan & Never-Built Attractions (Latest Edit: 09/20/14 at 11:22pm by Jonquil.)
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And what of "James Bond Conversion 1998"? Was this some sort of half-baked plan to re-theme Old Virginia into James Bond land? Some ideas were much better left in the planning stage.
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I'm rather vaguely disappointed the Starfleet Academy didn't become a thing. But at the same time, I'm rather glad it didn't.

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I like the 2 coasters in Old Va. Obviously this is the 'squeeze em' in' mindset that Paramount was famous for, but I think two coasters through the trees in this area is still a win win situation.

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^ As if any trees would have survived a Paramount coaster build in Old Va!
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I believe "James Bond Conversion" refers to converting the Days of Thunder attraction into the James Bond: License To Thrill film in the Action Theater, which really did happen in 1998.

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(09/20/14 11:21pm)Jonquil Wrote:  And what of "James Bond Conversion 1998"? Was this some sort of half-baked plan to re-theme Old Virginia into James Bond land? Some ideas were much better left in the planning stage.

That was the conversion of the Action Theater from the NASCAR theme for the "Days of Thunder" motion picture simulator to a James Bond movie themed simulator ride. This DID happen in the late 1990's. The James Bond Movie succeeded DOT. After about another 3-4 seasons, a DC comics 3D movie took over that spot. I think it featured Stan Lee's voice in it (DC comics creator).
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(09/21/14 07:30am)mwhinva Wrote:  I think it featured Stan Lee's voice in it (DC comics creator).

You are going to make some comic book geeks very angry, mwhinva. Tongue

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09/22/14 at 09:22am in Paramount Master Plan & Never-Built Attractions (Latest Edit: 09/22/14 at 09:24am by netdvn.)
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Stan Lee is Marvel, not DC. Six Flags owns the DC license. He's not the creator of either company either, just one of the writers/artists. I'm 100% certain both companies were founded long before he took office.

Paramount purchased three flying coaster prototypes. Stealth ended up being a failure so Six Flags decided to pick up the remaining two. I believe KI was supposed to get the third one (and they eventually did).

As for the Morgan hypercoaster, CGA was supposed to get a prototype elevator lift coaster. Looks like KD wanted to pick up the concept after it fell through in CA. CGA also planned to build a Citywalk-style venue right outside park entrance at one point too.

I'm really curious about the Starfleet attraction. Shame it never got built. Would've been interesting, although I'm pretty sure it would've been butchered after CF took control.

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CGA had a lot of things planned that never really went through during the 2000s. In fact Gold Striker was in the works since like 2004, and Canada's Wonderland almost got it instead in the meantime.
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Well this is how the story for Stealth went. CGA was supposed to get Hyper Sonic XLC. KD was supposed to get a flying coaster. And SFA was supposed to get a mouse. CGA got the mouse. SFA got the flyer. KD got Hyper Sonic XLC.  CGA got a mouse. Paramount had so many ideas to make CGA like Uni but they all fell through sadly.

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