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March 18, 2003

Paramount's Kings Island Premieres SpongeBob SquarePants In 3-D

Kings Island, OH -- Lights, camera, underwater action ... for the first time in the history of the world, the highest rated kids' show on TV magically transforms into a dazzling new ride... "SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D". The attraction opens May 10, 2003 exclusively at the Paramount Parks including Paramount's Kings Island near Cincinnati.

"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?" SpongeBob SquarePants! SpongeBob SquarePants is an enthusiastic sponge whose good intentions and overzealous nature usually create chaos in his underwater world. Park guests join SpongeBob on his 3-D adventure as the newest batch of frycook recruits at the Krusty Krab (SpongeBob's place of employment). They are on a quest to create the ultimate Krabby patty in the undersea world of Bikini Bottom (SpongeBob's hometown).

Through the use of magical viewing goggles and moving seats, guests are strapped in for the blockbuster ride of the summertime. This motion-simulator movie experience combines eye-popping 3-D effects, non-stop edge-of-your-seat movement which is synchronized with the action projected on the gigantic silver screen and hilarious hi-jinx for a one-of-a-kind family adventure.

More than 17 million kids watch "SpongeBob SquarePants" on a weekly basis earning the show the distinction as the No. 1 kids' program on TV today.

"SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D" is produced by Paramount Parks Design and Entertainment, Charlotte, N.C. in conjunction with Blur Studios, Venice, Calif. and opens in the Paramount Action FX Theater beginning May 10, 2003.

"We are excited to host the world premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D," said Craig Ross, executive vice president and general manger. "This one-of-a-kind cinematic adventure will prove to be a huge hit with our park guests and will become a must-ride attraction for moms, dads and kids alike."

As previously announced, also new in 2003 is Delirium, a powerful ride which sends 50 outward facing riders seated on a continuous ring with their legs dangling free in the air - spinning madly at the bottom of a giant arm that swings back and forth rocketing riders up to 137 feet in the air...more than thirteen thrilling stories! Riders spin and swing in a 240-degree arc between 2 o'clock and 10 o'clock as the park races by on one of the most hair-raising escapades on the planet. Developed by Huss Rides of Germany, this blue, yellow and silver monster will be the largest of its kind in the world.

Also new this year is Scooby-Doo™ and the Haunted Castle, the first interactive ride in the park's history. Park guests join Scooby-Doo and the entire Mystery, Inc. gang of Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy on the case to explain the mysterious activity of a green ghost haunting an ancient castle.

The animated adventure begins as guests board their very own Mini-Mystery Machine that travels through ghastly graveyards, creepy corridors, and down into dingy dungeons. While winding through the castle, riders are equipped with Fright Light ghost blasters to zap ghosts and collect points. Points are tallied at the end of the experience to see who has the best ghost-zapping ability.

Paramount's Kings Island opens for weekends beginning Saturday, April 12 for the 2003 season. For more information visit the park's web site at