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Kings Great Escape is an amusement park located in Hennespin, Minnesota. It is currently owned and operated by Cedar Fair.

History Edit

The park opened in 1978 under the ownership of Taft Broadcasting. In 1984, it along with it's sister parks were sold to Kings Entertainment. In 1992, Paramount Parks purchased it and renamed it Paramount's Kings Great Escape. In 2006, after Paramount Parks went out of business, the parks were sold to Cedar Fair who gave them back their old names and renamed the rides.

Areas Edit

  • International Street
  • Action Zone (formerly known as "Paramount's Action Zone" (2001-2006) and "Great Escape Midway" (1974-2000)).
  • Candy Apple Grove
  • The Lost Jungle
  • Planet Snoopy (formerly known as "Nickelodeon Universe" (2005-2009) and "The Wonderful World of Hanna-Barbera" (1978-2004))

Rides Edit

Roller coastersEdit

Name Year Opened Description Section
Beast Reborn 2017 An RMC wood/steel hybrid roller coaster. It has a similar layout to the defunct "Son of Beast" at Kings Island with the loop. Lost Jungle
The Beastie 1978 A John C. Allen wooden kiddie coaster. This is currently the only ride in the Planet Snoopy section that is not Peanuts themed. Planet Snoopy
Cosmic Coaster 1998 An E&F Miller kiddie coaster. Formerly known as "Top Cat's Taxi Jam" (1998-2004) and "Little Bill's Giggle Coaster" (2005-2009). Planet Snoopy
Flight Deck 1994 A B&M inverted coaster. Formerly known as "Top Gun: The Jet Coaster" (1994-2006). Action Zone
Python 1987 A TOGO stand-up roller coaster. A clone of the now-defunct "Shockwave" at Kings Dominion. Lost Jungle
Racer 1978 Dueling PTC wooden roller coasters. The left coaster (AKA "Blue Racer") went backwards from 2001-2006. Candy Apple Grove
Ricochet 2004 A Mack Wild Mouse roller coaster. Action Zone

Flat ridesEdit

Thrill Edit

Name Year Opened Description Section
The Crypt 2002 A Huss Suspended Top Spin ride. Previously had fire and water effects, but they were removed after the 2016 season due to budget cuts. Formerly known as "Tomb Raider: The Ride" (2002-2006). Lost Jungle
Volcano: Blast Off 2000 An S&S drop tower complex themed to a volcano. Lost Jungle
Windseeker 2011 A Mondial Windseeker ride. Action Zone

FamilyEdit

Name Year Opened Description Section
Aurora Borealis 1980 A Mack Calypso ride. In 2013, it was enclosed with special lighting and music and formerly fog. Formerly known as "Calypso" (1980-2012). Action Zone
Bad Apple 1978 A Huss Troika ride. Candy Apple Grove
Jungle Buggies 1978 A Bumper Cars ride themed to a jungle tour. Lost Jungle
Updraft 1978 A Wave Swinger ride. Candy Apple Grove

KiddieEdit

Name Year Opened Description Section
Charlie Brown's Windup 1978 A miniature Wave Swinger. Formerly known as "Backyardigans Swing Around" (2005-2009) and "Top Cat's Swing Time" (1978-2004). Planet Snoopy
Great Pumpkin Spin 2005 A Zamperla Mini Tea Cups ride. Formerly known as "SpongeBob's Pineapple SpinPants" (2005-2009). Planet Snoopy
Kite Eating Tree 2005 A Zamperla Jumping Star ride. Formerly known as "Plankton's Plunge" (2005-2009). Planet Snoopy
Peanuts Junction 1978 A hand-cranked miniature train ride. Formerly known as "La Adventura de Azul" (2005-2009) and "Quickdraw's Railway" (1978-2004). Planet Snoopy
Snoopy vs the Red Baron 1978 A miniature plane ride. Formerly known as "Timmy's Airtours" (2005-2009) and "Yogi Bear's Sky Tours" (1978-2004). Planet Snoopy
Woodstock's Airmail 2010 A Zamperla Samba Balloon ride. Planet Snoopy

Defunct Rides Edit

Name Year Opened Year Closed Description
The Beast 1978 2016 A PTC wooden roller coaster. Replaced with Beast Reborn.
The Flintstones Boulder Dash 1978 2004 A miniature Whip ride. Replaced with Kite Eating Tree.
Teenage Robot Roundabout 1978 2009 A miniature Scrambler ride. Formerly known as "Smurf Swirl" (1978-2004). Replaced with Woodstock's Airmail.
Ranger 1983 2001 A Huss Ranger ride. Replaced with The Crypt.
Wildcat 1978 2002 A Schwarzkopf Wildcat roller coaster. It became SBNO in 2000 and was demolished in the 2002-2003 off-season. Replaced with Ricochet.