Eiffel Tower (Six Flags)

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The two Eiffel Towers in Six Flags parks—one at Kings Dominion and one at Kings Island—are replicas of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. They opened at Kings Island in 1972 and Kings Dominion in 1975, each when the park originally opened.

Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower at Kings Island
Kings Dominion
AreaInternational Street
Coordinates37°50′24.07″N 77°26′43.66″W / 37.8400194°N 77.4454611°W / 37.8400194; -77.4454611
StatusClosed
Opening dateMay 3, 1975 (1975-05-03)
Kings Island
AreaInternational Street
Coordinates39°20′36.12″N 84°16′1.21″W / 39.3433667°N 84.2670028°W / 39.3433667; -84.2670028
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 29, 1972 (1972-04-29)
Ride statistics
ManufacturerIntamin
ModelEiffel Tower
Height314 ft (96 m)
Capacity2000 riders per hour
Vehicle typeElevator
Vehicles2
Riders per vehicle35
Fast Lane available at Kings Island

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Both of the replicas at Kings Dominion and Kings Island are one-third replicas of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. They were both constructed by then-owner Taft Broadcasting. Each tower stands 314 feet (96 m) tall with the observation floors at 278 feet (85 m) and 264 feet (80 m) high.

Kings Dominion

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The Eiffel Tower at Kings Dominion was built by Bristol Steel.[1] It was modeled and built at Kings Island three years prior to construction. It is the centerpiece of the park, located in the International Street section of the park, just beyond the fountains at the main entrance. It is currently the tallest attraction at Kings Dominion if measured by the top of the structure. It is the 4th tallest if measured by the observation platform with Drop Tower, Project 305 and WindSeeker being taller. It is constructed of 450 tons of steel. Elevators in the replica were installed by Haushahn Elevator of Austria with subsequent modernizations and upgrades in recent years.

Kings Island

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The Eiffel Tower at Kings Island was built by Southern Ohio Fabricators, and designed by Intamin Inc.[2] It is the centerpiece of the park, located in the International Street section of the park, just beyond the fountains at the main entrance. It is currently the second largest attraction at Kings Island, it is one foot shy of Drop Tower for being the tallest. 15,000 bolts hold together the structure with 410 steps leading to the top. Unlike Kings Dominion, Kings Island features Fast Lane which enables visitors to get to the front of the line without waiting. It is also a 1/3 scale of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. During the 2021-2022 off season the ride got repainted for the park's 50th anniversary celebration.

References

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  1. ^ "Eiffel Tower replica at Kings Dominion". Virtual Globetrotting. 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
  2. ^ Helbig, Don (2009-02-27). "Kings Island Insider: Kings Island's Eiffel Tower a regal landmark". Kingsislandinsider.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-01-24.
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