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  1. 24 points
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    I love the look of Orion poking above the clouds.....
  3. 19 points
    My apologies if this isn’t down to the exact track piece, but we’re nearing the home stretch! (Photo originally taken from the King’s Island website)
  4. 17 points
  5. 15 points
    Taken during Winterfest yesterday.
  6. 15 points
    I took this one on Wednesday night, which was either the first or second night that the large red crane was finally taken down. I also found out how to export my photos on mobile with a watermark and I’ll test the waters to see how posting here goes.
  7. 13 points
    well now we have some sort close up picture of the turn around. Taken from the article above. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. 13 points
    Well, they are working today.
  9. 12 points
    Webcam Update&smudge-inator.
  10. 12 points
    Guess these are dated at this point. I expect track first thing again tomorrow morning.
  11. 11 points
  12. 10 points
  13. 10 points
    Reviving an old thread can sometimes be the most entertaining. Seeing what people said years ago compared to now is very interesting.
  14. 10 points
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 10 points
    As of me posting this you are correct that you can see some of Vortex at the top left corner... I will say the angle they moved the camera to is pretty sweet. It's the first time we can see how far Orion spans from brake run to turnaround.
  16. 10 points
    It is disappointing that people jump to conclusions due to stats. Would it have been cool to say we have the tallest/longest Giga at our park, sure. We obviously need to ride it first to make a complete assessment, but if it rides as good or better than Fury, I will be ecstatic. This is going to be an awesome addition to KI regardless of stats over other CF parks. There is only what 2 coasters taller at a SIX park, and they have no Gigas. Just something to also consider. Back on Topic. Here is a pic I took last week coming down Tylersville Rd. It sure adds to the skyline really nice!
  17. 10 points
    I don't think that Orion is much appreciated by coaster enthusiasts, such enthusiasts are trolling and doing too much of a comparison to the likes of other giga-class coasters. The first drop is 300-feet, but the trains will be coasting it at an angle of 85-degrees, which if you would like to compare, that is the same angle of descent on Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion. Also, I, myself, extremely appreciates the curvature of Orion. A steep first drop followed by a side-way airtime element reaching heights taller than the Banshee roller coaster, is insanity and all-out thrilling. The g-forces the ride will pull will be insane. This reminds me of 07' back when Maverick was introduced to Cedar Point and how coaster enthusiasts trolled it and the ride turned out one of the greatest of all time without the reputation of breaking world records. All world record-breaking coasters aren't good coasters, take Kingda Ka at Great Adventure for example. Kingda Ka is the tallest roller coaster in the world, has insane stats but isn't even in the top 10 in the annual Golden Ticket Awards. Correct me if I'm incorrect, but I don't think that the world's tallest, fastest and longest coasters even make the top 10 on Golden Ticket Award lists. If I'm correct, that speaks VOLUMES. People should stop complaining and start appreciating what a good coaster we have here.
  18. 10 points
    What they really need is an Oktoberfest addition. Period. That area hasn't recieved a new ride since Adventure Express in the early 90's.
  19. 10 points
    Sounds like The Vortex Station Historical Preservation Society needs to start a gofundme or sell candy bars or something.
  20. 9 points
    Credit: Warren County Recorder I know a Notice of Commencement document was leaked a year or so ago where we first found out that Kings Island was working with B&M, but today there is a new Notice of Commencement dated to only about a week ago. This document contains some interesting information for sure! In addition to the companies listed previously for the Orion project, other companies that were absent before are now listed like SkyHigh Erectors. More interesting, however, is the mention of new companies the park has contracted for next year including O’Rourke Wrecking Company (probably for Vortex’s demolition), Great Coasters International (most likely for more Racer retracking), and waterslide and pool restoration companies (maybe for slides in Soak City). There are many other companies listed too that I have not had the time to look into, but I hope you find this interesting!
  21. 9 points
    If we learned anything from Firehawk it's that this isn't a slow process. Vortex is a more substantial structure, but Firehawk went from standing to laying on the ground in a matter of a few days. I think that once any physical demolition starts it'll be very apparent from the Diamondback cam.
  22. 9 points
    Looks like the speed hill has been topped off!
  23. 9 points
    Meanwhile, at corporate offices, the dark hooded webcam guy spies on the DB cam discourse at KIC, grins and presses his fingers together ominously. "Everything is going according to plan. MuhahahahahahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
  24. 9 points
    Just wait a few days. I'm sure we'll get a 240p video of some demolition crew member laughing while the lift hill crumbles to the ground.
  25. 9 points
    Here are some photos I took on NYE.
  26. 9 points
    I'm at Winterfest currently and I got some shots of Orion!
  27. 9 points
    Not my biggest moments but my daughters. She was able to take her first steps in the park this year.
  28. 9 points
    Here is an interesting tidbit: the menorah display lights up in conjunction with that day of Hanukkah.
  29. 9 points
    Some nice info regarding Vortex
  30. 8 points
    It's gonna look just like that, storm and meteor included.
  31. 8 points
    Man they have made a lot of progress this weekend. I count six large supports up. Only one more large one based on the rendering. We should see a lot of track go up this week!
  32. 8 points
    Me... Banned.... Never! Except TPR I'm banned from their Twitter for posting a photo of my Starbucks
  33. 8 points
    It can be seen, I stand corrected once again.... Middle of the hills barely jutting above the tree line. I am surprised at where this is in relationship to the second hill. I think the perspective really through me off at first as I though it would be seen toward the beginning of what we can see of the wave turn which should put the helix to the right of the drop and maybe even the lift from this angle.
  34. 8 points
    Double pic post Track is going up for air time hill! EDIT** The track is in place and going on up the air time hill!
  35. 8 points
    Agreed looks like it's about to go back up for the speed hill. That turn looking much more aggressive than on the POV videos.
  36. 8 points
    I visited KI 5 times this year. Had a blast every time. Vortex was a favorite growing up. I'm happy I got to ride it during the final season again. That was cool. Before this year I hadn't been on a coaster in 22 years because I wouldn't fit. Dropped half my weight and changed my life. Also visited KD, Kennywood, Hersheypark, CP, Carowinds, SFoG, KK, HW, Knotts, Strickers, Lake Winnie, Dollywood, SFMM. What a year. Fit on everything without a problem. Can't wait for 2020 and Orion. And many others.
  37. 8 points
    [insert cliche "where do I begin" response here] 2019 was an extraordinary end to a decade, an era, and arguably the best chapter of my whole life. I rode Vortex a whopping 536 times in 2019, including six milestones. Compare that to 2018 when I rode *only* 192 1/3 times and 2017 when I rode just 176 times. My third and final season as a WindSeeker/Vortex ride op was amazing as I got to live my teenage dream of driving Vortex for one more season, and of course test ride countless times. I ended up breaking two records - highest documented ride total on Vortex at 1221 1/3 (emphasis on documented as I know people have ridden it many times more but didn't keep count) and highest single day ride count on Vortex (93 rides on August 9, 2019, up from the previous record of 66). It's pretty cool when considering the ride held two world records when it first opened, and it closed with me holding two records of my own! I'm so blessed to be able to say I was one of Vortex's final riders, on both the last public train with the original crew and second-to-last train EVER alongside my crewmates (go give my Closing Day TR a read if you haven't already!)! At the same time, many things began, from my 5-year-old nephew's and 3-year-old niece's first visit ever to Kings Island, to the start of my current job in Tech Services -- a major step closer to my next "dream job" of working in Rides Maintenance -- which was not easy to attain. To cap it all off, I and several dozen fellow fans were standing right next to Vortex when the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve. We watched the fireworks and said one last goodbye to Vortex as part of our saying hello to a new year. I hope I remember 2019 for as long as I possibly can. -BFF, who did her absolute best to condense this into a short-and-sweet tip-of-the-iceberg post instead of a novel. You're welcome.
  38. 8 points
    The 2010s were probably one of the best decades ever for Kings Island. The Kings Island of 2010 vs. the Kings Island of 2019 are two completely different parks, and I mean that in a good way. Mystic Timbers, Banshee, the International Street renovation, and everything in between this decade has mostly been incredible. It's also worth noting that the 2010s were the first decade since the 1970s that Kings Island did not change ownership!
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  41. 8 points
    I love it! I wonder what the feeling of the track being actually on the ground will be like! Here is an embedded version:
  42. 8 points
    I think they should keep the station open next season, and ya'll that love it can visit and stand in line for 30 minutes to an hour to enhance your park visit while I hop on Orion! :-)
  43. 8 points
    Y'all...the station is not historic. It was built in what, 1983? It has an appeal to us as enthusiasts, and to a lesser degree, the locals. But my house that was built in the 70s could be deemed historic if we go by how many years it's been there. That being said, I wish it would stay. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  44. 8 points
  45. 7 points
    This was my first NYE at Kings Island; however, I was not on I-Street when the clock struck midnight. 2020 began with me and a bunch of other people watching the fireworks from in front of Vortex. We celebrated the New Year while saying one last goodbye. Definitely a unique New Year's celebration and literally once-in-a-lifetime. This is without a doubt my favorite NYE and one I'll never forget.
  46. 7 points
    I couldn't agree more that Kings Island in 2010 is drastically different from Kings Island in 2020. As nostalgic as I am for the Paramount's Kings Island of my childhood, I love the direction the park has taken this decade, especially since 2014. Cirque, theming and attention to details in theming, Haunt's houses becoming higher quality, Carnivale, Banshee, Mystic Timbers, Orion... It's been a good decade for the park. I don't feel like it's living in the shadow of the de-Paramounting like it did 10 years ago. It's also been such an interesting decade in the amusement industry, period. Ten years ago, enthusiasts mostly didn't know who RMC was--they were just very curious to see this new red steel track design being installed on Texas Giant. Wooden coasters didn't do inversions. Six Flags went from bankruptcy recovery to new rides at every park every year. The Kinzel era of Cedar Fair mercifully ended and the Ouimet/Zimmerman eras began. China and the UAE exploded with parks. We had *zero* operating Harry Potter areas at Universal parks and *two* operating giga coasters in the world this time ten years ago. I'm excited to see where the next decade goes.
  47. 7 points
  48. 7 points
    Here is another perspective of the fireworks. I Street had Disney-like energy all night. This is something that truly must be seen!
  49. 7 points
    Vortex pic I snapped Monday night
  50. 7 points
    To get to Kings Island, I pass by a shopping center called Liberty Center, and there is a spot where you can see The Eiffel Tower and Orion all the way from there if you have a good eye. It looks amazing!
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