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  1. The show quality on Mystic Timbers and Orion is embarrassing. The broken Shed music is just one aspect. The plaza music for Mystic Timbers also isn’t playing, and the last TV before going up the stairs has half of its screen burnt out. Over at Orion, the music doesn’t play in the station or above the lockers any more (although the speakers above the lockers DO still play the Kings Island Live app announcement). The light in the meteor doesn’t work anymore either. I understand if things like these have problems for a day or two, but there’s no excuse for these things having been down/broken for a month at this point—especially on two showpiece rides for the park.
    11 points
  2. Found something cool while packing to move. Flight of Fear's announcement article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, January 13, 1996. I'll post the article in there at some.
    10 points
  3. It was a $31 million budget. You should really read Kings Island: A Ride Through Time. I think you would find it enlightening!
    10 points
  4. Great, great, great news!! The plaza and Shed music are both back at Mystic Timbers! Unfortunately, still no music in Orion’s station and locker area.
    10 points
  5. Great pictures! That’s me on the stilts in the background!
    8 points
  6. Could they be building the rest of Adventure Express?
    8 points
  7. Awesome to see you guys there tonight. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you to the KIC Podcast for publicizing the book, and thank you to this site and its members for all the support for this book!!
    8 points
  8. Per their social media channels, the park has announced that the third party carnival rides previously slated for Ballon Glow will not be appearing due to a scheduling conflict. If only there was a way they could have rides available to the public during large events like these… It’s almost as if they make these decisions using a blindfold and a dart board.
    8 points
  9. It was redesigned from scratch. The layout we have is 100% a Kings Island layout.
    7 points
  10. Why would they nerf Haunt when they can have a family friendly event during the day and do a full turnover at night? There’s a reason why Haunt Saturdays do the numbers they do. They’re essentially two days packed into one. Plus, how many parents will take their toddlers to a late night event? How many teenagers would went to spend their Saturday nights at a family friendly event? By attempting to please everybody you will please nobody.
    7 points
  11. Would that make someone a season assholder?
    7 points
  12. 7 points
  13. Our own @KIghostguy is our first guest speaker tonight at Coasterstock! So proud of you Evan and I hope KIC and the podcast helped you get going!
    7 points
  14. I think the point others are trying to make is; you see markers, some brush cut down, and some holes in the ground and jump to it's a new coaster. There is no entertaining any other ideas being a possibility. Then you go and write an article representing said work as a coaster coming as fact. People start sharing the misleading information thinking it is coming true. Next the news starts calling the park, looking on KIC and contacting admins to see what is actually going on. Then the park and KIC are forced to do damage control. There is a reason why KIC has a general discussion forum, a rumors forum, and a newsroom forum. Until we know something as fact from the park, I will never put an article out that is not true or misleading in the newsroom section of the forums.
    7 points
  15. I don’t really collect park stuff but this was something I wanted for a long time. It was an online exclusive until today. I’m really happy with it Here is the finished product.
    6 points
  16. The announcement event was super cool, too:
    6 points
  17. I think Kings Island has five standout coasters: Orion, Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and The Beast. If you were to put any one of these coasters at ValleyFair, Michigans’ Adventure or probably over 90% of the amusement parks on the planet, it would be their best coaster and would surely standout. Leviathan is a standout coaster for Canada’s Wonderland and most that feel Orion is slightly superior to Leviathan. But Orion doesn’t stand out at Kings Island the way Leviathan does at Canada’s Wonderland due to the fact that Canada’s Wonderland doesn’t have near the supporting cast that Kings Island does. In fact, Leviathan is the standout attraction in all of Canada and Orion is still a tad better. The fact that Kings Island has five coasters that are very close to each other in terms of quality doesn’t allow for any single coaster to standout on it own. I actually like that Orion doesn’t completely overshadow all other rides like some rides do at their respective parks. The other coasters get to keep their appeal. There’s now just more variety. Orion was a very good fit for the park I would even venture to say that the majority of park goers would rather have an Orion over a Veloicoaster, SteVe, Maverick, X2 or The Voyage. The size, the speed, the looks, the drop. It’s just more attractive to more people. Nothing you put at Kings Island is going to standout with the lineup they have anyway, not SteVe, not Veloicicoaster, not The Voyage. It’s just people’s preference for what they prefer. Not everyone prefers the most intense ride. Intensity does not maketh the most superior experience.
    6 points
  18. Went yesterday with a co worker. He has not been to KI in 25 years, so he was like a kid in a candy store. He's also a theatre person and wow, was he impressed with the event! He was explaining to me the technical aspects as well as the time commitment they performers have to put into this event....wow! I loved the Spain float. I loved that during the show and parade, performers make eye contact and smiled. Wonderful showmanship. I loved the ode to Cirque and the drummers were great. King Carl was really into the drum show. The parade seemed shorter this year and I do miss the decentralized country shows. However, the Germans on stilts doing the Chicken Dance at my request was a great touch! Thank you, Kings Island for a wonderful day, event and lifting of spirits. If my gold pass just covered one day of this and one day of winterfest, it would more than have paid for itself with the value I received.
    6 points
  19. What I read is people so passionate about Kings Island they want to see it's full potential reached and kept. I don't see any disrespect happening. I am sure most understand that funds have to be allotted to do so, and not always possible/approved from corporate and not a particular departments fault. I see nothing wrong with having dreams for the park, as long as we understand most of the time it is just that, a dream.
    6 points
  20. It's been a long time since i've seen The Sign Shop, that was cool back in the day....so I would also be up for that again. I have always wanted to get a closer look at the buildings along the train route. I doubt it could happen because of safety issues, but I would like to go up to the lower level observation deck on The Eiffel Tower...just for old times sake. The "graveyard" (with the discarded park items) would be fun. I like coasters...but I would classify myself more of a overall park fan...so I love seeing anything that is something behind-the-scenes that the general public doesn't usually get a chance to see.
    6 points
  21. Visit the Emporium from now till 3 to get your copy of Kings Island: A Ride Through Time signed by @KIghostguy
    6 points
  22. @malem, @pianoman, @acole5292 and myself in queue for Racer. With the new track work it is a must do!
    6 points
  23. Got a photo with @Kyle Kruthoffer!
    6 points
  24. 6 points
  25. He can't, they close the doors when @King Ding Dong scans his pass at the turnstiles.
    6 points
  26. So will the penny smashing machines be converted to smash credit cards?
    6 points
  27. Assuming it's a similar situation to what happened at GaleForce in 2019, then no need to worry. Unlike humans, the water test dummies don't have the same rigidity (i.e., bones). If they weren't fully filled before riding (or, as happened with GaleForce, there were any leaks), then they can lose their form and won't retain the right shape and dimensions to stay in the seat. Even if a human was to pass out on Orion and their body became limp, their body would still be held in place by the restraint thanks to their legs... which is also why Orion (and practically all roller coasters) require you to have at least one full leg, or to have leg amputations below the knee.
    6 points
  28. Kudos to Chad for addressing this. Rumormongering by uninformed folks can really do social damage.
    6 points
  29. Please, no… just stop with the gate coaster. It’s not needed at KI.
    5 points
  30. The pool is wider than it appears from this angle Saturday they gave out Popsicles for the fireworks. Not a bad view if you want to get kids to bed afterwards. Funniest item for sale at the shop, only $119 lol I'll post pics about the sites around us later. Back to work boooo
    5 points
  31. Ok, I made this up as I went along so please bear with me, but here’s the tour I promised in these three videos. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 So there you have it, thoughts? I posted this while at the park.
    5 points
  32. With that large of group and being budget conscious it may be advantageous to pack coolers and eat in the lot. If hot meals are important one or two could leave and pick up food outside the park (even pizza) and bring it back to the lot for the group. This is not abnormal, many people eat in the lot just no grills (open flame). This is what I would do if on a limited budget and save the money for snacks or ice cream in the park.
    5 points
  33. Saddened by this news. I met Paul in 1981. We did a couple of TV shows together talking about roller coasters in the 1980's and I enjoyed working with him on stories he was writing for industry publications. The last time I saw him was about a year ago when he visited Kings Island to ride Orion. He'll be missed by many.
    5 points
  34. I spent a few days at Doe River Gorge in June. The Crown is getting its final brake piping (I painted most of it as they finished it) and modifications to the ashpan. Sanders and bell ringer also need to be piped. The boiler jacket has been added and is powder coated dark blue. The sand dome and bell are yet to be mounted, but the handrails are polished and installed. It currently has a round electric headlight, but someday a box may be made to put around it. The big ugly green regulator next to the pump has been replaced. The smokebox had been extended for the installation of a Lempor front end, but time, money, and manpower have put that on hold and it will have a standard blast nozzle for now. It has been fired up twice and run a quarter mile through the first tunnel. The limiting factor now is the spiking and tamping of 200+ brand new added crossties to convert the gorge from an 8 ton Plymouth line to a 25 ton Crown line. The early Crowns had very narrow tires, so holding the gauge will be critical. Pardee Point is not a place you want to derail. From their calculations, it should have just enough power to pull two coaches on the 3%. That is based on the fact that it has 4000# TE versus 5700# TE at Kings Island and we pulled six coaches on 1% at KI. The weight of the early Crowns was not much less than the 5700# TE version, so the Factor of Adhesion is above 4 and should be good for dry rail. Also we used power and traction references from a reprint of a Porter catalog that has a similar sized engine code name HADRIA. The coaches that will be used were home built at Dry Gulch and are slightly shorter than the Crown coaches with longitudinal benches that should be lighter. Since the last narrow gage steamer on the ET&WNC was #14 (there was no #13 - tradition!), this one I believe with be given #15. The hope is to have it fired up and at least doing short demonstration runs at the end of August for the National Narrow Gauge Convention. I plan to be there for that and will let you know how it went.
    5 points
  35. The clip at the top of the blueprint reminds me of this roof shape. It’s called a “Monitor” style roof. It’s not uncommon for any variety of buildings, not just barns.
    5 points
  36. Well we know who is not in the park today... @King Ding Dong
    5 points
  37. Mike confirms Winterfest and Haunt at Coasterstock.
    5 points
  38. Someone posted this elsewhere where Chad explains what happened. Chad is reaching out to people posting this and providing this statement:
    5 points
  39. You're supposed to use echolocation to navigate the queue after dark. I figured that was pretty obvious.
    5 points
  40. What a crazy year...even if this were a good deed it doesn't make it right. https://www.yahoo.com/news/man-climbs-six-flags-roller-170219955.html
    4 points
  41. I'd say so, haven't seen the park that crowded yet this season. I've definitely never seen that many people watching the parade!
    4 points
  42. So preliminary things to note with a Hickory cabin so people can plan ahead. Shower is 6'6" floor to ceiling, I didn't notice until I realized how easy I can reach the shower head. If you're tall chances are you'll be sitting on the bench to get water on you. 432 does NOT currently have blinds at the bunk beds. Some cabins around us do though. Having only 3 of us, daughter chose the loft. None of the lofts have blinds. We took the fitted sheets from the bunk beds and was able to drape them over the windows for privacy. A fitted crib sheet would cover them well if you have a large group. Bedroom, the side away from the door you've got about 20" between the bed and wall. The upper window above also has no cover, lofts in the cabin next to you can see in. I'll say the privacy thing is a bit annoying personally. If you plan to use the sofa bed there is very little room to walk between it and the kitchen island, maybe a foot. So put whoever is going to wake up first there lol. Kitchen has pots and skillets, but no pans for the oven. Considering they sell biscuits in the shop, a bit surprising. The is is not flat, and depending on your cabin you may have a steep slope vs flat land to play on. The booking page says there is an electric fireplace, there isn't. Maybe they plan to put them in during colder months? Shuttle to the park is decent and A/C who doesn't enjoy that. They run until 10:30pm. The driver said there are two of them running consistently. If one pulls off, the other with be by in less than 10 minutes. Ironwood Grill breakfast this morning started at 8am and ran until 10am. Decent prices and serving sizes. Hashbrown casserole is a favorite, servers are friendly and food maybe took 10 minutes. The pool is deceptively larger than I expected from pictures I'd seen. Decent amount of chairs, pool towels are provided as well. When I get home tomorrow or Monday I'll get pictures uploaded and notes about other sites around us. We are beside the interstate, if you're a light sleeper, you'll want background noise.
    4 points
  43. It also looks somewhat like Carowinds' Harmony Hall as well. I do think a Harmony Hall style dining location where the current Peanuts Meet and Greet / former Petting Zoo is would be a great location for an indoor dining area on that side of the park. Especially with a lot of the rides in Planet Snoopy being open during Winterfest it makes sense as all of the dining locations in Planet Snoopy are outdoor locations. It would also give them another indoor show venue for Winterfest.
    4 points
  44. Couldn’t agree more. If the theming was there to begin with you’d think there’d be a plan for upkeep! It’s an unfortunate situation that tends to repeat itself.
    4 points
  45. I asked an associate about the Squashmellow Store. They said it was closed because because they were having trouble sourcing the product. I think that makes much more sense than a pop up, since it’s such a bad location.
    4 points
  46. My daughter wanted a small snoopy and they ran out early this season. Kept coming back to park and no avail as no new stock. Well I saw that the number online to call for SpringDot is 513-542-4000 (ask for Halanna). They said you can order online for this at CP online store or Carowinds as they have them. FYI, Springdot is the store and in cincinnati that sells them. So I asked if I could just order one and pickup since close and not pay shipping. Yep. Went there, got it and no problem. So if you live local, Springdot office is near downtown cinti and you can call directly and get online stuff there. Going back again for a couple CP pins and one more KI pin .
    4 points
  47. We now know how The Beast gets a haircut.
    4 points
  48. A little off topic, but in the recent video on KI's YouTube channel, it looks like Jamie Gaffney is going through some large papers and they have them blurred. Probably means nothing, but kinda interesting. https://youtu.be/iedoKPfY8aA
    4 points
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