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  2. I'd love to attend, but I have plans to be in Missouri that weekend. Have fun!
  3. jcgoble3

    Park closes at 5:00 today (7/20/18)

    Just like rain, heat can drive crowds away. Once you break 90°F, most lines in the dry park start getting shorter, though water rides and the waterpark get more crowded as people look for ways to stay cool. Above 95°F, the water rides in the main park get quiet, as people stay exclusively in the waterpark. And when you approach or even exceed 100°F, even the waterpark crowds go down as people decide that it's better to stay home in the air conditioning. One of the best summer visits to Kings Island I ever had was on a day that broke 100°F. There were hardly any lines anywhere that day.
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  5. Is SV the only ride that they're taking this approach with?
  6. I like the idea of putting pouches on the trains similar to what Tomb Raider/Crypt had. Maybe even an advanced version that locked upon dispatch and wouldn't unlock til back to the station. Then you just have a sign with a pouch saying if your items do not fit within this pouch you may not proceed past this point, items larger must be placed within a locker before entering line. In future train designs manufacturers could create little glove compartments to hold your smaller items, phone, keys, wallet, etc. Then add to that enforce the rules more ruthlessly. If someone disregards the loose article policy kick them out of the park without question and ban them upon secondary offenses. Perhaps even go to legislature to create large fines for those breaking the rules perhaps even creating law (if it doesn't exist already) that a rider that disobeys loose item policies may face charges for assault or worse if their item injures another rider.
  7. As a usually single rider, the inability to entertain myself on my phone in a multi-hour line has completely removed the urge to make any attempt to visit Sandusky this year. I've heard so many great things about Steel Vengeance, I had been considering trying to get up there this fall, and stay at the Breakers no less, for my husband's and my 20th anniversary. He's not into coasters, so I would be standing in line alone most likely. It is extremely irritating to me, because if they bothered to be hard nosed against people who take out their phones on rides (removal from the park, or at the very least having security waiting for them at the exit to have a little talk), they wouldn't have to ban cell phones in the queues from people like me who secure my phone in a closed pocket on rides religiously. But if they don't want my money so they can make a few extra bucks on lockers, so be it *shrugs*
  8. chad_1138

    Park closes at 5:00 today (7/20/18)

    Definitely agree. We typically wouldn't go to the park on the 90+ degree days, but after getting back from Florida, it was kind of like, might as well. Some of those almost 95 degree days were some of our best of the season in terms of crowds.
  9. Winterfestguy

    Park closes at 5:00 today (7/20/18)

    KI announced on twitter today shortly after 330pm announced that Soak City was closed for the remainder of Saturday due to the rain. The weather definitely has to be one of the impacts for lower attendance and profits this season.
  10. King Ding Dong

    Park closes at 5:00 today (7/20/18)

    I suspect the Tornado Watch for the area plus the rain and low crowds were the driving factors in the decision to close. The tornado watch thing has me thinking however. What is the parks responsibility to the safety of its customers that it has activly encouraged to visit the park knowing full well that inclement weather was forecast? Many travel good distances to get there and if the park closes they have little choice but to brave the elements in their cars, some for over 100 miles. I understand closing rides and such safety but if there was a tornado surely one would be safer in the park with storm shelters than rolling their dice out on the highways. If you were hosting a party at your house and a tornado watch was implemented would it be ethical for you to declare, “Party is over folks, get out now, I don’t want to be responsible for your safety anymore. Good luck.”
  11. In my case, all my ICE numbers are on my phone and my health can take a nose dive in the blink of an eye on a whim.
  12. Hey KIC members! If you are interested in attending Southern Ohio Summerfest next weekend (July 28 and 29) at Coney Island and Stricker's Grove, you are invited to attend as a guest! You will not need a "sponsor" ACE member, just select "guest" for your registration type and enter your KIC username where it asks for your sponsoring member information. This is a rare chance to experience Stricker's Grove on a non-public day and there are LOTS of goodies (such as free soft drinks and snacks all day at Stricker's!) and a meal at each park included in your registration. You can register for just one day of the event, or both days of the event at a discount. To view the itinerary and what is included with your registration, check out the event flier at http://www.aceonline.org/fliers/ConeyIsland2018.pdf Online registration is open through Thursday, July 26 at midnight. Sign up now at https://ace-soar.ticketleap.com/southern-ohio-summerfest/ and I look forward to seeing you there!
  13. BoddaH1994

    Park closes at 5:00 today (7/20/18)

    11:00a: Park tweets out how days like today (yesterday) are the best days to visit because the rain makes for minimal waits 1:00p: Parks IG does a “rain day Q&A” including fun things to do at KI on rain days 5:00p: Park closes due to rain I get what happened, but from an outsider’s standpoint it looked a lot like, “What a great day to visit Kings Island! LOL JK we’re closing.”
  14. This is the natural progression of not including bins for stuff on the newer rides. Are they going to wand people for phones? That would be the only way to enforce this.
  15. King Ding Dong

    Yelling at ride ops??

    Savage.
  16. A phone may not be a medical device on its own, but maybe a rider would have an app on the phone that syncs with a device such as an insulin pump, and they'd need to access said app at all times.
  17. In my opinion, this is putting a full body cast on a papercut. I agree that they need to be more proactive with loose articles, cell phones in particular, but this is a little harsh. I have ridden many rides with my phone in my pocket and never have had a problem. I do get a little disgusted when I get on a coaster and I see 3 phone pop out on the lift hill. Cameras on the lift hill and a security guard at the exit would self police this very quickly. The cameras can be very inexpensive and can be installed quickly. The security wouldn't need to be there long, either take the phone that was out for the rest of the day and return it to them when they leave, or remove them from the park. A couple of these happen, the word will get around and will take care of the issue. I prefer to have my phone with me in line, not that I need it, but it is nice to pass time while waiting. I don't wear a watch either, so it is nice to keep up with time since there are very few clocks if any to be found in the park. (There may be, but with a phone or watch, I would never search for them)
  18. MDMC01

    Park closes at 5:00 today (7/20/18)

    I was there yesterday from 11-3 and it was dead. Rode Diamondback, Beast, Backlot, Vortex, Adventure Express (in the rain!), The Bat, and rode Delirium twice. The only major wait was for The Bat, as it was down for weather (I chose to wait it out); everything else was a few cycle wait or less. I left after the 3 PM Cirque as I was raining and I didn't feel like waiting it out to ride Mystic (I had orginally planned to ride as it was down in the morning; also I was still tired from Warped the day prior). Even with the weather, it was still a great day!
  19. Unfortunately lots of stuff coming out - basically anything in a back pocket is fair game to be tossed - phones/wallets/etc. Lots of wallets have been lost despite Velcro back pockets! Maybe this is baby steps in the big picture to address it and will get more stringent as time goes on. I think the ride ops are going to hear a lot of "I could have my phone with me last time I rode it"...(cross threading from the yelling at ride ops thread number one complaint with kids measurements)
  20. NJFTP doesn't let you have anything in your pocket though... CP is just going after phones... Is the problem objects in general coming out of pockets on the ride, phones coming out of pockets on the ride, or people taking their phones out on the ride??? If this is their solution to objects coming out of pockets, it's a poor one... If this is their solution to people taking their phones out on the ride, it's a poor one...
  21. chibul

    Park closes at 5:00 today (7/20/18)

    I mean, I agree with them. We were there from open until 3 and it was one of the best trips we've ever had. Virtually no lines at all and rode everything, with most rides being rode multiple times. It was great.
  22. chibul

    Park closes at 5:00 today (7/20/18)

    That's what happens when I read a post after a long day, lol. Whoops! Sorry about that.
  23. Six Flags Great Adventure uses this policy for El Toro, Kingda Ka, and Joker. The ops at the line entrance would have you both show your pockets to them and if you have cargo shorts, have you pat yourself down. They were actually quite effective in spotting phones, I have to admit. SIX does $1 lockers near all those rides as well.
  24. Just curious as to how a phone is a medical device
  25. Magenta Lizard

    Yelling at ride ops??

    I witnessed somebody yelling at one of the ushers at Gravity soon after she opened the doors for a show the other day. The woman was unloading her stroller and complaining the whole time about how somebody should have come out and told her before the doors opened that it wasn't allowed inside, she was at the front of the line right next to the door and now look at all these people going past her, she could have unloaded it while she had been waiting if somebody had just come out to tell her that it wasn't allowed inside! The usher was being very calm and just taking it, but as I went past I said quietly "well, there /are/ signs saying it..." If the woman had been standing there right next to the door for as long as she was saying in her rant, she had plenty of time to notice the sign /right next to the door/ that says strollers must be left outside. Or to look around and notice all the other parents parking their strollers outside the doors... Don't know where she thought she was going to be able to park it if it was allowed inside with her. Blocking access for other guests, I assume.
  26. My phone is a medical device. Do I need to present a letter of medical necessity to GS? Or do I just leave it in my pocket as always and ride on?
  27. People who break the "Don't take out your phone rule on the ride" rule are going to also break the "Don't take your phone in line rule" If they actually enforced the first rule, they wouldn't need to make the second...
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