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  1. 24 points
    Shaggy

    "The Bat's" complete history

    There's a TON of myths, questions, rumors and mis-information about Kings Island's most notorious ride "The Bat." In honor of the 37th anniversary (to the day) of it's announcement, my latest blog is live on Kings Island's website. A true labor of love for me to write, click here if you'd like to read the true, fascinating story of the legendary, original suspended coaster... "The Bat." Happy Halloween! https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2017/october/the-sporadic-erratic-flight-of-the-bat
  2. 19 points
    Kings Island has hired a new Director of Communications, Chad Showalter. I have been in contact with Chad to get to know more about him and introduce him to KIC. Below is what Chad had to say about his new role at Kings Island. Don Helbig is still at Kings Island with the position of Area Manager, Digital Marketing. Don states, "My position has evolved into two distinctive different jobs between PR and social media. The majority of my time had become on the digital side since 2014, so it has made for a very easy transition for me." 1. Can you tell us a little about yourself? I grew up in the Cincinnati area, and as a boy my family would visit Kings Island about once a year. My parents weren’t roller coaster riders, so my first major roller coaster was the Magnum XL 200 at Cedar Point when I was 11 years old, which I rode on a trip with friends. From that point on my theme park visits focused on thrill rides. In high school I worked at Rivertown Pizza for multiple seasons doing everything from working the line to grating cheese. During college I was the supervisor of the seasonal Human Resources team and managed the Group Volunteer Program. I have had a Kings Island season pass for nearly 20 years. These days I spend a lot of my time in Planet Snoopy with my family, but still find time to take in the coasters and other attractions. 2. How long have you been in Public Relations? I’ve worked in public relations, communications and marketing for nearly 20 years, from agencies to small and medium-sized businesses. Most recently I served as the Senior Marketing and Communications manager for Newport Aquarium, just across the river from downtown Cincinnati. 3. What drew you to apply for the director of communications position at Kings Island? The Kings Island marketing team has a reputation for being one of the best in the industry, and the chance to possibly join that team was a once-in-a-career opportunity I couldn’t pass up. 4. What are you most excited about in your new position at Kings Island? I’m most excited to help tell the stories of the people who experience this incredible park and what’s happening here. 5. How does it feel to go to work at Kings Island with coasters and rides outside your office? It’s incredible. Knowing that less than a hundred feet away from my office there are kids, families and thrill seekers entering the park for the first time, and others walking down International Street who have been coming to Kings Island for years, reminds me of how important our job is- to help them create memories together and make Kings Island a place they want to return for years to come. My office looks out at one of the employee behind-the-scenes paths, and on Fridays during Halloween Haunt I’ve enjoyed watching a parade of hundreds of scare-actors passing by my window on their way to work. 6. Are there certain types of rides you don't like? No. I always ride trying to understand the intention of the ride. Is it for Thrills? Family moments? Nostalgia? There are some rides I love because my kids like them and I love watching their reactions and sharing that experience with them. Other rides I love because I grew up riding them, and, of course, some because of the speed and thrills. If there’s one ride I don’t care to ride at Kings Island, it would be Boo Blasters- but only because my wife gets a higher score than me every single time. 7. What is your favorite ride at Kings Island? The Beast, but Mystic Timbers is a close second. Like so many others in this area, Flight of Fear was my first LIM launched coaster, so it’s also near the top of my list. 8. Before taking this position, did you visit or have an account on KICentral? Yes. KICentral welcomes Chad to Kings Island and we look forward to working with you in the future!
  3. 17 points
    medford

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    A Ferris Wheel would most likely be circular
  4. 14 points
    JubJester

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    Here's two pictures of the Eiffel Tower I just took (all taken in legal locations). Seems the lights on the back of the tower are the only ones on as of now. They also have some lights on the poles leading up to the entrance. Also saw reindeer on the top of the entrance building.
  5. 13 points
    beastfan11

    Oktoberfest Area Facelift?

    The current state of the glockenspiel should be considered a crime. Edit: I'll be constructive instead of just complaining. I think the following could bring a much need facelift for Oktoberfest. 1. The Festhaus- Rip out the crappy, overpriced cafeteria food and replace it edible, overpriced German style cuisine. Have you ever been to the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY on a weekend? The place is packed and it's wonderful. A very entertaining and different experience featuring good beer, delicious food, and live German music. This could be the seemingly absent sit down restaurant in Kings Island's food lineup. This would require serious management and training in order for it to be successful. But with the current state of things... Eh. Who knows. Also, as noted above, give the building some TLC and restore the glockenspiel. Sheesh. Show a little pride. 2. Hanks Burrito Hack (err... Shack.)- One of the great mysteries of the universe is why Kings Island seems hell bent on dropping restaurants in Oktoberfest that have nothing to do with Oktoberfest. I mean you have Chinese, Mexican, and so forth. But no German food. It's like walking around the World Showcase at Epcot and except it's not because it's horrible. This would be a prime location for a nice German style bakery that could sell baked goods and pretzels that weren't warmed in a microwave earlier in the week and left in one of those spiny glass cases. 3. The *whoever sponsors it* Beir Garden- This wouldn't need too much of a change. Just keep a nice rotation of beers going with a nice menu of shareable German inspired appetizers and items from the above mentioned bakery. 4. Flat Ride Expansion - Time to say bye to the Slingshot and hello to a big ol' Ferris Wheel with an awe inspiring lighting package. On the chopping block next would be the ladder game. Replace that with a mild to medium, family friendly flat ride with a festive German theme. If this would requires sacrificing the Coney Mall Basketball Challenge, I won't lose sleep. 5. Adventure Express - I think AE is the most underrated coaster in the park. It deserves some love. As much as I enjoy the original ride concept (purely due to nostalgia) I'd be fine if the ride was re-themed and updated because it really needs it. It could be as simple as, "Black Forest Adventure Express." The existing architecture could be updated to reflect a more German/Barvarian feel as well as the tunnel theming. I don't think you'd have to go to crazy to make it work. It would just be nice to see the ride get some TLC and reflect its former glory. 6. Music and Atmosphere - Simple. German music and cool light packages, Maybe have some kind of interactive light show with the pond, fountain, and the (hypothetical) Ferris Wheel. Thats all, Folks!
  6. 13 points
    This site is here to enjoy our favorite park and other info about the park industry. There is a wealth of knowledge between all of us. Even if that is a new member that is excited to tell us about their last visit. What we don't need is do is get upset about who knows more and who is (hiding) information. These is a simple solution if you don't like what or how someone posted their information. Send them a personal message and tell them how you think their post came off on the boards. (It may not have been intentionally written that way. It is hard to express what you are trying to say sometimes.) If you don't feel comfortable doing that, use the Report button, and in your report tell the mods why you reported it. Then we can talk to that person about rewording it or whatever action we feel is appropriate. We want you to share your opinions and share your passion about the park. We can do that in a civilized way without taking things personal. If you feel that something has gone too far please use the tools I mentioned above. I would also like to address the comment about the admins getting perks. Whatever perk you think we get you are probably wrong. We are spending hours a week reading every single post that is made. We are working in the background to making sure the site is up and running efficiently. We spend time posting to Twitter, FB, Instagram using pictures we personally took at the park. The Blood Drums Interview I did was canceled due to rain the first time it was scheduled. I had already driven to the park when cancelled. I went back the following week to do the interview. That was 8 hrs of driving and my gas money for me to bring you that interview. I do this without hesitation for I love doing it and bringing you the information. We are just like any other news media in the park. If the news media comes in and wants to do a spot on MT they are not allowed to just roam the park and ride whatever when done (unless they have their personal season pass they purchased.) We do not know any more about what is going on in Coney Mall than any of you. The park does not call us up and whisper info into our ear about their 5 year plans. Yes, we occasionally talk to Don, but he is good at his job. He is not going to share with us info that he is not allowed to just because we are KIC admin. The only thing KIC admins will get as a "perk" would be an invite to a media event that is a once or maybe twice a year event. I hope this gives you a better understanding of what we do and the "perks" that come with it.
  7. 12 points
    If I may, Canada's Wonderland - for nearly 20 years now - has been a near perfect model of additions and capitol expenditures season to season. It is easily one of the most well-balanced parks in the world. They have continually upped the flat offerings, while still doing the 3-year mega coaster cycle. As with most of the original KECO parks, the theme has long been compromised. However as far as rides, it is the epidome of "something for everyone."
  8. 12 points
    CoastersRZ

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    There have been years where KI hasn`t added new attractions. Keep in mind that Cedar Fair has announced all attractions and general improvements that they are doing to the parks. While KI hasn`t mentioned anything specifically, in a Cedar Fair press release they stated that KI (along with other parks) would be getting enhanced food options for next year. They do not necessarily need to have a new ride to market every year. They can still push Mystic Timbers, and the second year of Winterfest. Personally, I am super excited to experience Winterfest in a few weeks.
  9. 12 points
    Here’s your answer: ”The company said its 2018 capital expenditures budget also includes funds to upgrade restaurants or add new ones plus catering at California’s Great America, Carowinds, Kings Island...” http://www.toledoblade.com/Retail/2017/10/31/Cedar-Fair-reveals-remaining-plans-for-18.html
  10. 12 points
    I had always wanted to create a podcast for KIC when I ran the show. Never got the job done. I was listening to an unnamed coaster podcast that made me feel a little out of the loop. It has devolved away from discussions about the amusement industry and focuses more on immature bragging about drinking. This leaves a void in the market. KIC has a treasure trove of content that would be great for a monthly or weekly podcast. Topics on the forums could be discussed, as well as having guests, discussions through social or the forums, etc. I think the staff has it in them! What do you say, boys??
  11. 12 points
    scoriell

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    I took these around 6:30 today, the frame of the old building is now completely gone.
  12. 11 points
    JubJester

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    Drove by again due to having nothing else better to do. The big tree in front of the gate is now lit up:
  13. 11 points
    I think it would be cool if they put a big present or two underneath the tower/tree and the announcement included them unwrapping it.
  14. 11 points
    I have no doubt that they have plans for the area. Sure, I agree that it wasn’t going to last forever, but why remove it now? There most certainly is a reason. I’d be surprised if we didn’t see definitive action in that area next year. Perhaps even to start the season. Maybe checking out what’s going on will be a good incentive to ride WindSeeker next year.
  15. 11 points
    jdf21972

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    Thanks to Lance Heal for the photo. The newest member to star at Winterfest. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 11 points
    Dinosaurs Alive is now extinct at KI. A large group showed up for the final walk-through at 7pm, and we were treated to a very nice tour from the area supervisors. It was hard to see much without proper lighting, but I did get a video of the tour which I'll share later today.
  17. 11 points
    We ended the night and season on the last train of Diamondback. I should be thawed out by opening day 2018
  18. 11 points
    Nothing there! (Peeking through the crack just now!)
  19. 11 points
    stashua123

    Kentucky Kingdom

    I visited Kentucky Kingdom for the first time this year and in total three times this year and it is one great park. I truly loved the place. Its such an oddly quirky place that feels all great and awesome. Has a nice theme park and a great waterpark and a park that if I am doing both parks that I may run out of time before the end of the day trying to ride everything. Ed Hart has done some great things with this place and I cant wait to come back. Here are some pictures I took on 7/5, 7/23 and 8/7/2017
  20. 10 points
    So who was saying KI couldn’t serve Smokehouse offerings in the dry park? Looking forward to the upgraded serving baskets at Hanks.
  21. 10 points
    jcgoble3

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    ^ Well, if you want to see every show, it's going to take multiple visits. There ain't no way to do them all in one day. QuickEdit: Do you like blue ice cream? If so, then Chef Nate would like to introduce you to his latest creation: Blue Hot Chocolate! No, really:
  22. 10 points
    chad_1138

    Education Days 2018

    Recieved this in my classroom yesterday. Thought I’d go ahead and share for those of you that either plan for or to avoid these days.
  23. 10 points
    Hmrapp

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    That Eiffel Tower reminds me of something down south... Hmm... Yes! Here it is!
  24. 10 points
    JubJester

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    Here's another photo of the lights, this one looking all the way up.
  25. 10 points
    Old people are the greatest, they're full of wisdom and experience!
  26. 10 points
    We were checking out the tree as we left on Sunday. For those not at the park this past weekend, this is outside the park entrance, right before security as you walk in. I was trying to figure out why it would need plugs (white things on the inside of the tree) as i couldn't see any lights. Then thinking maybe the bulbs light up. Nope! I'm pretty sure it's a fiber optic tree. This is going to be one large tree and (I think) a great way to welcome people into the park. I'm excited to see it all lit up at night!
  27. 10 points
    FoF96"

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    Yes. Someone does FoF96” filling in for a friend
  28. 9 points
    Shaggy

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    The ice rink has always been built on temporary platforms above the fountains. It was always a popular myth in the early years of Winterfest that they froze the fountains. But that is simply impossible since the fountain is not built to be frozen - even if it had feezing coils and piping installed, the concrete would crack, electrical fail, fountain plumbing would be compromised etc. Personally, I'm curious to see where the staging platform will be (where you put on/take off your skates.) In the original years of Winterfest, it was at the end nearest to the main entrance. For the 1-year return during Paramount, they installed permanent access walkways and placed the staging area at the end nearest to the bandstand - opposite the previous set-up.
  29. 9 points
    I have been thinking about a speculation fence a LOT lately. My coaster enthusiasm was truly started at Kings Island and I will forever cherish the sacred land, no matter the coaster lineup. On August 8th, 2013 Banshee was announced, a record-breaking B&M invert that would establish KI's dominance in the Midwest. However, I had solidified the thought that Kings Island would be receiving a B&M Giga, similar to what Canada's Wonderland had received only a year prior. I was slightly disappointed but was ecstatic that my home park was getting some 24 million dollar TLC from Cedar Fair (Cough, Cough, Michigan's Adventure).Three years past only to be once again surprised with another good ol' fence. Again, my early enthusiasm Deja Vu struck hard and was once again believing that Kings Island was going to be receiving a Giga in 2017. These thoughts were quickly spoiled as a GCI was leaked to wreck havoc in Rivertown. Don't get me wrong both Banshee and Mystic Timbers are both Fantastic coasters, and fit Kings Islands lineup needs greatly. I don't want my statements to have come across as greedy or ungrateful, I'm so thankful to have a home park filled with like-minded individuals, as well as, great coasters and flats. However, Banshee and Mystie aren't a Fury. A seemingly reoccurring thought hits me as I roam Banshee's Plaza, Kings Island has steadily grown in the last ten years and Cedar Fair has refurbished the coaster lineup exponentially. A B&M Giga with a dedicated and well-drawn out plaza would make the atmosphere of Kings Island feel like a clean, utopian wonderland. Metaphorically speaking, Kings Island is sleeping giant, a B&M Giga would wake up the coaster world. Take the addition of Fury 325 to Carowinds and Intimidator 305 to Kings Dominion as prime examples. I have a feeling that the fourth gold ol' fence since 2014 will be the largest, tallest, fastest KI gem.
  30. 9 points
    Windseeker might be the ride to be on next season.
  31. 9 points
    KIghostguy

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    Apologies for the horrendous quality, but here is the best photo I could take from my upstairs window of the Eiffel Tower lit up!
  32. 9 points
    chugh43

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    I am not gonna lie, I cracked myself up with this response to the original tweet
  33. 9 points
    rcwizard13

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    I've been fairly confident for a couple months now the only thing new to KI next year will be the new Coney restaurant. However, as far as 2019 goes, I'm suspecting something much larger than a couple flats. As you say though, time will tell.
  34. 9 points
    SonofBaconator

    Ideas For Better Thrills!?

    The Demon (Location: Action Zone between The Bat and Banshee) The Demon reigned supreme, striking fear in the hearts of many park guests for years. Then in 1979, a force of nature arrived in the form of a Beast who sought to take the land from the Demon's reign. The Demon fought The Beast for eight long years until 1987 when it was defeated and sucked into a Vortex. Knowing that a retaliation was inevitable, The Beast sent his son to guard the area where the Demon once stood. Retaliation came many years later in 2012 when a creature in the form of a Banshee descended upon the park and killed the Son of Beast with an ear piercing scream. With the Son of Beast gone, the Banshee could finally resurrect her long deceased brother- the Demon. Now bigger and stronger than ever before, the Demon is back with a vengeance.
  35. 9 points
    chugh43

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    Per the map, it looks like the snow tubing will be at Skyfler.....hmm. Edit: Also, looks like lights are being tested per the webcams...I grabbed these screen shots!
  36. 9 points
    Day 1: October 20 Since the beginning of the school year, I have been able to go to Kings Island one day per weekend. However, an exception was made during my Fall Break allowing me to go Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! With that came a great balance of work and play. I spent the entirety of Friday's visit as a guest, worked all day Sunday, and did both on Saturday. Friday was my first guest visit since Labor Day, and my first full-length guest visit since August 13. I felt super-excited, especially since Friday night would be my designated "binge-ride night" on Vortex and WindSeeker, as I wanted to boost my count on Vortex as part of my special plan and get a few more flights in on WindSeeker since I don't ride it often enough. I arrived at the park just after 6, headed through the group of monsters roaming the entry plaza inside the gate (and watching my back, as one or two had their eye on me should I let my guard down) and went straight for the back of the park. The perks of your favorite ride being at the back of the park? No line for at least the first hour after opening! I began my night with a great early-twilight ride in the front row, as there literally was no line for that row! This happened on my second ride as well. Since I rode on the different trains, I figured it would be fun to see how many times I would ride each train, so the Notes app on my phone became very handy tonight. I noticed WindSeeker was at the point where several of my favorite tracks were playing, so I mixed a few 'Seeker flights into my already fun binge-riding. After my third ride on Vortex, I headed over there and rode in Seat 58 to the tune of "The High and the Mighty." I don't think I had that song play on any of my rides since 2013! Needless to say, I LOVED hearing it once again as I soared 256 feet above Coney Mall and the park. I returned to Vortex and rode it a few more times, all while a beautiful sunset painted the sky and the line began growing to almost a full station wait. Meanwhile, Train #3 and I apparently had a five-ride streak, as Rides #6-10 tonight were all aboard Train #3, which in my opinion is a bit smoother than the other two trains. It may be a small difference, but I noticed. I returned to WindSeeker to fly again, this time in Seat 51 to "Test Drive." The sun had just set and it nicely complemented the view, breeze and soundtrack for a fabulous twilight ride. I always seem to underestimate twilight rides, as I always appreciate them! Back to Vortex. The wait was now five minutes. On my way back around, I noticed the "Sliders" were making an appearance down at our end of Coney Mall. One of them tried to sneak up on me from behind but I was watching. After several more rides, I returned for my third and last 'Seeker flight for the evening. I flew in Seat 12 to my still-favorite track, "Flying." But "Cody's Flight" and "Ollo" aren't too far behind; they're my favorites too. In addition, this was a full-blown night ride. Do I even have to recap why night flights are so cool?!?!? The fog in the park below, and the chill that had me shivering, added to that effect! Vortex's line kept growing, so I returned and kept riding. I made the most of the photo opportunities during the ten-minute wait, especially since I have no idea when I waited up on the bridge last! What better game to play than RCT Classic while waiting in line at an amusement park?!? I rode my way to my fourteenth ride of the day in various sections of the train. By the time 9:30 rolled around, I still had not yet reached 18 and with a fifteen-minute wait, I wouldn't be able to before I had to leave at 10:00. That is, if I didn't walk all the way to the front of the park to purchase a Fast Lane, which is actually exactly what I did! With fifteen minutes to spare, I used it to ride Vortex several more times before leaving. And it obviously goes without saying from my perspective, but I definitely got my fill of dark, chilly, and wild night rides, for one of which I decided to keep my eyes closed. It was really fun, but the sensory conflict made me feel queasy, as I was feeling and hearing everything but saw only the inside of my eyelids! Fortunately, with fifteen minutes in between that ride and my next one, I no longer felt queasy in a matter of minutes. I had just learned (thankfully not the hard way) how easily I could get motion sick, even with my stomach of steel, if I rode with my eyes closed enough times and closely enough together! By the end of the trip, I had tied with October 14, 2012 for most Vortex rides in one day (18). It is safe for me to say I may break it next year. For the individual trains, I rode Train #1 seven times, Train #2 five times, and Train #3 six times. +Vortex: 18 YTD: 171 Total: 488 +WindSeeker: 3 YTD: 35 Total: 115
  37. 9 points
    Kenban

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    Here you go, this is from closing day so it is likely one of the last looks at the site we will have until Winterfest.
  38. 9 points
    SonofBaconator

    The Giga Speculation Thread

    Sorry for the double post but I thought I'd share my thoughts on a possible giga location. This is based off of Fury 325 so I wasn't really accounting for a specific layout. Sorry @chugh43, I had to get rid of the maintenance buildings.
  39. 9 points
    We all know? They "have" to? Echoing a past poster... I learn the darnest things here.
  40. 9 points
    Gannersdaddy

    Haunt 2017

    @Magenta Lizard @MDMC01 KIC is in the park
  41. 9 points
    I honestly don't think people would really care which is better, they'd be happy to just have the antique cars back. Just saying.
  42. 8 points
    JubJester

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    Guess what? I went back up just now again hoping to see the Eiffel Tower fully lit up...and it was! International Street looked awesome too. I saw some cool lights flashing purple and blue. I think it was the Boo Blasters building but I couldn't tell.
  43. 8 points
    CPFoodBlog

    Coasterstock 2018

    We've attend all three Coasterstock events with our three kids (now ages 8, 6, and 4). They have LOVED every single Coasterstock event despite not being able to take advantage of all the benefits (ERT). Now attending Coasterstock is like a huge family reunion, as we have met the most wonderful people, which we happen to think is the biggest benefit of all. The ERT, swag, food, tours, etc. are all great, and doing it with hundreds of close friends makes it all the more memorable!
  44. 8 points
    My last walk through of Dinos (around 6 PM) was fun; walked and talked with @XGatorHead 8904, one of his Slaughterhouse crew mates and another KICer (not sure the name) and took some final pictures. I think I will miss the unique views of Firehawk, but other than that, I'm ok with Dinos being extinct. For me, it had its moment in the sun, but I'm totally ok with it being gone (and this is coming from a guy who doesn't handle change well). This picture pretty much sums it up: EDIT: However, that being said, I'm curious to see what goes here, especially since Dinos' extinction was so publicized.
  45. 8 points
    Gannersdaddy

    Haunt 2017

    This popped open on the KI app today LOL
  46. 8 points
    This is my 26th season working in the park. Needless to say, I enjoy it. Sure, there are tough days just like any other job but overall I've found it to be a fun environment or else I wouldn't have kept coming back. I've worked in a variety of departments there, in both line and management: 1989: Food Service - Bakery (La Patisserie Francaise on International Street) 1990: Food Service - Rivertown Karts (Frankfurter Factory, Depot Sundae Shop & Thelma's Soft Frozen Lemonade) Winterfest 1990: Food Service - Bakery 1991: Food Service - Rivertown Karts 1992 - 1993: Food Service - Oktoberfest Gardens (formerly Bier Gardens, now Outer Hanks) 1994: Merchandise - Leather Shop (in Rivertown, now the Olde Time Photo shop) 1995: Admissions 1996 - 1998: Admissions & Ecology 1999 - 2004: Admissions 2008: Halloween Haunt - Club Blood (The Bouncer) 2009 - 2017: Halloween Haunt - Slaughterhouse (Sam the Butcher) Winterfest 2017: Entertainment Dept... but not saying where or in what capacity yet! Details to come next month... (I also got to work in Rides for a day on Dodgem & Monster when they needed help on a Math & Science Day sometime during the Paramount years.) I've had fun in all my jobs there and look forward to my new experiences at Winterfest this year!
  47. 8 points
    Proudly representing the Rides Department and particularly the WindSeeker/Vortex crew, I agree with both of you! I’m probably going to cry on the last day, but at least there’s WinterFest! And call me crazy but I’m already really excited for next year’s location training day because I will actually be able to make it! Working in Rides is very fast paced and sometimes high-stressed, but I still highly recommend it...especially if you want to learn more about how your favorite ride works. I have learned so much more about Vortex just by working there!!
  48. 8 points
    About once a year I search for this and fail. I mainly would like to see photos inside the coney arcade (specifically the pinball area) over by where the monster was. But I would love to see the skeeball arcade or the rivertown? arcade. I suppose the lack of photos is due to it being dark in there and tough to get a good photo. Plus they were “just” video games and pinballs. I’d also love to hear from anyone that remembers any of the pinball machines they had there. The only one I remember for sure is Bugs Bunny Birthday pinball for some reason. It’s not a great game but I remember it vividly. I also remember playing the Dragons Lair video game there. Not sure if it was the original or timewarp. The other game I remember playing at KI was that stupid hologram game “time traveler” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Traveler_(video_game) I’ve always been a pinball fun and I spent many hours playing pinball at KI from 1984-1994. I’d just always wanted to see some pics. I would also love to see a photo of the skeeball redemption items. I still have a BUNCH of tickets. Would love to see what junk I could have had. If anyone remembers any of the pinball machines there I’d love to know what games I was playing back then. I could probably guess at many of them… like I bet they had lots of amusement park themed machines like Comet and Funhouse. I also played quite a bit of pinball at Forest Fair mall in the early 90s. I remember they had a Star Trek: next generation and Rocky and Bullwinkle. They had at least 10 games. Maybe 15-20. I think KI had even more. They were on the back wall I believe. I loved all the games at KI. Recently I keep thinking about the roller bowler game. I loved that game. I don’t think I ever won anything. They were this model I believe or very similar. https://fineartamerica.com/featured/1-bowler-roller-steve-harrington.html Sorry if posts like these are annoying. Especially for a first post. I’ve been lurking on this site from time to time for years. I rarely get to KI these days. But I am due for a visit. I got a pass about 9 years ago and probably used it 3 times all year. But every year I consider it again. heh. Ok since this is already a crazy rambling post I’ll quickly list off other things I loved and miss. The music video place. Never did it but always stopped by. Was fascinated. I am sure at the time I thought it was too expensive. But dang if I had a music video from 1992 featuring me and my friends and sister. That would be priceless. The Eagles. Why was this so fun? Simple ride but a staple for me. I got to ride the screaming demon a few times before they tore it down. No lines, ever and a good 30 seconds of excitement. I miss the moat around The Beast. The only time I ever ice skated was at KI. I got blisters in about 5 minutes and had to stop. ha. The shows were great back then too. I remember giant puppets in the festhaus at winter fest one year. On der flying dutchman the people on one side would yell “tastes great” when it got to the top and the people on the other side would yell “less filling” in reference to the miller light commercials of the time. Out of all the carnival style games the one I got to play most often was the cups. For some reason my dad let us play that one. I think it was because there was a good discount if you bought 20? balls and it took a while to play. I also loved to watch people play the game where you threw a softball? at plates or these fuzzy looking creatures. I also loved the small of the yellow UV ink re-entry hand stamps. Lemony. I know I bought at least one keyhole photo keychain. I’d love to know what happened to it. But almost every visit I’d get my pic taken and look at the photo and not buy it. If you read this far. wow! Thanks for listening to my rambles. I figure finding photos of the arcade is still a long shot, but I had to finally make an effort. Oh and if anyone is looking for an arcade these days… There is a nice one in Forest Fair Mall! Arcade Legacy! They also have a barcade in northside and are opening an arcade in Newport. Downtown MOTR pub has 4 pinball machine in the basement. For a long time this was the only place to play pinball in the city. And there is 16-bit downtown but it’s always crowded and their games are not very well maintained. The Cone - ice cream shot in west chester has a bunch of nice pinball machines but it’s seasonal. And if you like pinball come to a tourney at Arcade legacy in northside. Currently held 2nd and last Fridays. You too can be a world ranked player! Thanks again for listening.
  49. 8 points
    And beer. BBQ is much better with a beer. Not that I care personally as I am pretty sure I have only purchased alcohol in a park one time my entire life, but it should be available. And a dozen Freestyle machines but given that they yanked them from SC the odds are not favorable for that.
  50. 8 points
    Ellie

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    We jokingly thought they could do Easterfest because we both thought they looked like Easter eggs at first.
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