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  1. I can’t wait for everyone to read Kings Island: A Ride Through Time in spring 2021, when it will be published by Rivershore Creative! The book is moving full-steam ahead once again now that I have a contract signed with the new publisher. I promise that the wait will be worth it, as I’ve been spending this time filling the book with more content, more interviews, and more incredible stories.
    17 points
  2. I rode Vortex all 33 seasons it operated. I'm sure I took thousands of rides. I even had the pleasure of operating the ride back in 2001. So many memories. Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
    11 points
  3. 500 feet of track on both sides.
    10 points
  4. Hey all, I thought this would be a great place to drop recent links and discuss the recent blog posts from the Kings Island Blog. That way every time a new blog is posted a separate thread need not be created, unless the conversation can be expanded upon and talked more about. After all, there are some pretty cool and intriguing stories as we get closer to the park's 50th Anniversary in 2022. Plus, why not share some of your favorites? I believe they go back as early as 2017, and there have been many hidden gems. Speaking of new posts, yesterday Chad Showalter dropped a new story re
    10 points
  5. I have followed the legacy of "The Bat" ever since I saw it operate on my first trip to KI as a kid. I seemingly learn more about it every few months. Here's what I've been able to put together re: the original topic of this thread... As far as any information I've ever seen, the operational design for "The Bat" at Kings Island was never seriously intended to have inversions. The design in question could likely be an early layout concept presented to the park in when they first held serious meetings with Arrow about the idea. Arrow had been developing the concept of the suspen
    9 points
  6. With an original opening date of April 11th, everyone was excited and on the edge of their seats to experience the biggest investment in park history with the unveiling of Orion. As we got closer and closer to that opening day, the more likely that anticipated day was not going to come. Obviously we know that Kings Island did not choose to just be open for just 65 days. Kings Island and parent company Cedar Fair was put in a position that no entrainment company (or any for that mater) has dealt with in our lifetimes. With the weigh of the pandemic, CF management had to figure out how to best
    9 points
  7. ^ This. There are two members here. One who likes to make wild claims (and hey, if they're right, many here love to read about it, just show some work) and another who has to come around after to say why they're done with this site (yet keeps showing back up) or hint that they have some exclusive information. We get it. Someone slid you some behind the scenes stuff. I, for one, find this little tidbit about The Bat to be fascinating. However, in a day and age of misleading content all over the internet (especially on social media), I want to ensure that what I'm reading is true. It's g
    9 points
  8. Official KIC assessment. There was a 15-ft section and has been repaired/retract. There are some new LED lights in the final tunnel on the tiki guys. The ride does not seem to ride any different or faster than it did before. Don't go expecting the whole ride to be retract and faster as reported earlier by another member.
    9 points
  9. I don't think it's unreasonable for users to ask for evidence and more information, especially when there's been a lot of content created without any evidence / sources provided whatsoever. I also don't see any benefits for users to be coy or super secretive with the information they share. Regarding what @Oldschool75 is referencing, there are blueprints for the original Bat tucked into the Orion queue. You can see them in the below screenshot, from this video. It's a little hard to tell, but there are are corkscrews overlaid where the two helices are.
    8 points
  10. I went back and forth over whether or not to do a section on COVID, and ultimately I decided not to. It's still an ongoing situation, so I feel that writing a section about it and its impact would be premature. Additionally, I want to end the book on a positive note. Right now, the narrative ends with Orion's opening, and that's what I want the book to end on, not on COVID. There will be a portion within the Orion section talking about how coronavirus impacted the construction and opening of Orion, but there will not be a dedicated COVID section in the book.
    8 points
  11. Where do I even start?!? Like with most coaster-related matters, I have multiple favorites, so here are my favorite Vortex moments: September 30, 2007 - my first ever Kings Island visit. As soon as I laid eyes on Vortex I wouldn't stop watching it for a solid 15 minutes. It looked so cool, yet I was too scared to ride it. I promised myself I would eventually ride it with my saying, "Someday I'm going to ride this...just not today." July 23, 2010 - after enjoying familiar favorites Diamondback and Troika, I felt just adventurous enough to take the first of many steps into Vortex's que
    8 points
  12. Here it is, my full review of Orion... In what may be the most divisive roller coaster in the industry, since it's announcement Orion was split down the middle with the GP and enthusiasts that had excitement and dissatisfaction. Many aspects of the ride was critically dissected from it's theme, layout, height and overall experience. I made my own interpretations but knew when it came to my first ride I would clear those preconceived notions and go into the experience with an open mind. That being said on a cold windy day on its final operating day of its opening year of 2020 I finally was
    7 points
  13. This is an interesting fact. Out of the 16 mine trains built by arrow since 1966, all are still operating except Dexter Frebish Electric Roller Ride/Excalibur at Astroworld. And that coaster was removed to be replaced by an SLC, not because of ride age or mechanical issues. AE appears that it will have a VERY long life if the park chooses.
    7 points
  14. Brass Ring was a really cool concept - it was themed to look like a merry-go-round, and all the food was originally on a large revolving platform, akin to a carousel. No indoor seating, just a covered open-air patio to the side (similar to today's Juke Box Diner). Here's a better picture of it, from KICentral's photo gallery / Reggie Zippo: Based off park guides, articles, and photos, it was added with the Coney Island expansion in 1975 and its last year was 1981. In 1982 it became Cafe Mexicana, though it retained its carousel appearance.
    7 points
  15. One year ago today on 10/27/19 KICentral members, KI fans, and Arrow Dynamics enthusiast descended on Kings Island to celebrate and mourn the last operating day for Kings Island's Vortex Roller Coaster. Vortex was a staple roller coaster coaster at Kings Island sitting at the end of the Coney Mall Midway. It dominated the skyline at the back of the park standing 148ft tall. Vortex set a world record when it opened on April 11th in 1987 by being the first coaster to feature six inversions. In those 33 seasons of operation Vortex gave 46,030,684 rides, the 7th most in park history. Its record
    7 points
  16. Congrats to @WhatTheBlazes for winning the "We Are Missing Haunt" photo contest. We will send you a PM with your free t-shirt info this week.
    7 points
  17. I think most of us in the last few years were getting excited for Winterfest. With all the fun we are going to miss this year, post your Winterfest memories and favorite pictures! This is one of my favorite pictures that I took at Winterfest in 2017.
    6 points
  18. https://www.indianabeach.com/ Here is the first ride: It looks like this might be the coaster they are getting. Not 100%? https://rcdb.com/825.htm
    6 points
  19. Winterfest is my favorite Cincinnati-area christmas attraction. They go into serious detail in every corner of the park, changing all the restaurant and shop names. The lights display beats the zoo! There’s just magic in the air. Here are some of my fav pics I’ve taken, from the last two years!
    6 points
  20. (November 17, 2020 BLOG) In today’s blog post, Area Manager of Digital Marketing Don Helbig takes us through some of the offseason work being done on The Racer, with more than 500ft of track being replaced. BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/november/more-than-500-feet-of-track-being-replaced-on-the-racer-roller-coaster
    6 points
  21. In-house. Let’s not forget that Kings Island is home to a world-class wooden coaster maintenance team.
    6 points
  22. As folks know, Kings Island has officially stated there will be no Winterfest 2020. There are rumors circling that there may be a limited KD event and we know that Carowinds has officially posted theirs. Today, whether for doing it for the community or for a possible future limited event; Kings Island has started to pull the lights for Christmas tree on the Eiffel Tower. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHQLnfVB2N0/?igshid=yt4kar7o1uqb
    6 points
  23. Brand new theme. I don't think they'll use a name that was used in the past. I think they'll come up with an original name. For coaster, I don't want a dive. If I had my way, I'd go for a ground up RMC or an Intamin multi launch. While I think The Vortex plot is a very likely spot for a coaster, part of me thinks they should focus on Action Zone next since it's been 6 years since they did anything with that area. Plus Action Zone doesn't really have a theme and I think an update to Action Zone in the style of what they did with A72 with a new name would be nice.
    6 points
  24. I hope that everyone is having a good day today. As we know, the coronavirus has impacted all of our plans for amusement parks, and I am among the ones who was impacted. When the news came during my spring break that I would have to move out of my dorm for the semester, I knew things were serious, and I also understood at that point that it would be horrible if my parents got it (they are near the age range where it could be dangerous). I felt like at that moment I could never go to an amusement park again for the year, but thankfully things have worked out for me, and it started late June e
    6 points
  25. I don't see anyone saying @gforce1994 is inaccurate in his information. I think people are asking for an explanation of where and how he got his information. That is part of the TOS. A simple explanation would go a long way for members to understand where he is coming from. If the easter egg in the Orion queue is all that was used, just state that. I think members appreciate his creations, but to give the thread credibility he needs to give context and explain the sources beyond a picture in a queue.
    6 points
  26. Did you ever experience The Bat? Read more on the KIBlog by @Kyle Kruthoffer https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2018/october/on-this-day-40-years-ago-the-bat-let-out-of-the-bag
    6 points
  27. Vote your favorite new attraction for 2020. Orion is currently #1. https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-amusement-park-attraction-2020/
    5 points
  28. Here’s some good news, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine candidate has shown to be over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 in trial participants so far in its Phase 3 trials. I agree it’s probably to take a while to distribute, and COVID restrictions will probably be in effect at the parks for much of next year, but we might finally have a light at the end of the tunnel. https://investors.pfizer.com/investor-news/press-release-details/2020/Pfizer-and-BioNTech-Announce-Vaccine-Candidate-Against-COVID-19-Achieved-Success-in-First-Interim-Analysis-from-Phase-3-Study/default.aspx
    5 points
  29. https://www.cleveland.com/business/2020/11/cedar-point-cedar-fair-preparing-for-another-pandemic-focused-season-in-2021.html?fbclid=IwAR2LG82p6xmgiTkZWgo65FRnVyqbT85VqMAF1LaSmZfnpx5ktssTK0SEJBc Cedar Point, Cedar Fair preparing for another pandemic-focused season in 2021 SANDUSKY, Ohio — A strong ending to the shortened seasons at Cedar Point and Kings Island is giving parent company Cedar Fair confidence heading into 2021, even though it’s likely the coronavirus pandemic will affect operations for at least part of next year. In a call with analysts Wednesday, Cedar Fair CEO Ric
    5 points
  30. My traffic to this site has lowered (I know for a fact multiple other users have lowered their traffic to this site too) because of certain users on this site. Now I'm not saying this site needs me (I know it doesn't, I do not contribute that much), but I do know it is problematic if many users (especially good, quality users who contribute informative content) stop coming here daily. I hate to say it but this site has mirrored the tone of our country. Decisive. Hostile. A you vs me mentality. I know the moderators do not want that. I also know they are trying their best. Its a sa
    5 points
  31. It seems like multiple members have voiced their complaints about the same general issue. Many people have went out of their way to address what's annoying them. It seems like the majority of members are called wrong while the individuals who are causing the complaints are not. We have members who contribute meaningful and accurate content to this site. Allowing other members to continuously talk about inaccurate information does@KIghostguy , @TombraiderTy, and other credible members a disservice. Immunity must be nice.
    5 points
  32. Very good post, @IndyGuy4KI! You managed to summarize the season, yet place emotion into your writing. Thank you!
    5 points
  33. I don't want Racer touched by RMC.
    5 points
  34. A very Happy Halloween to everyone!
    5 points
  35. Yes, those are two corkscrews originally designed for The Bat’s layout. I have seen the actual physical blueprints (and more that I can’t even discuss here) with my own eyes and can confirm this.
    5 points
  36. This is one of the things that I did not really like about the Scheid/early CF ownership years. While areas of the park were revamped with new ride additions, often it felt half a**ed. Rivertown getting a refresh but losing its charm, Festhaus getting de-contented, Coney Mall getting pavers but losing signage, and Action Zone becoming an even more confusing amalgamation of themes. I mean, they repainted Delirium to remove the "checkered flag" patterns, but didn't even touch Drop Tower. The last few years have been a huge step forward. Under Mike Koontz, the park has focused heavily on atmosphe
    5 points
  37. My first ride on Vortex in 1987. I'm sure I've shared it before--but my friend and I saw the line was "3 hours from this point" (somewhere near where Coney Skyline is) so we ate some Pizza, got in line and it took 30 minutes, not three hours. I had never been upside down before. I barely made it to the bathroom before I threw up my pizza---we laughed it off and got back in line and rode again. I remember then sometime during the Paramount years when I visited (I was not an enthusiast then)--I rode it and swore off it forever. I became an enthusiast in 2014 but did not want to ride
    5 points
  38. I could sit and watch Vortex just cycle all day long. It was such a beautiful coaster to look at and photograph. That first drop was my favorite in the park. It just hit your stomach in a way no other coaster has ever done for me, especially in 7-2. I always thought it had the coolest looking trains.
    5 points
  39. This was kinda hard to do, but this was the best I could do at an RMC concept on The Vortex plot of land. Source for background photo: https://www.google.com/maps/uv?pb=!1s0x88405801b48c9003%3A0x64f9f426e5e19765!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNga4Wyi-VEqe9Sn1cGcFo0GnmG5_bh-5Ingre_%3Dw213-h160-k-no!5sKings Island - Google Search!15sCgIgAQ&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipMfLEotTpTfr4xfYJXdwVzL-jZiGYvcKqab3SJn&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi20o7v_pbtAhUyTjABHS2LD4UQoiowHnoECCsQAw Concept:
    4 points
  40. I enjoy the Batman inverts. I would also give some love to The Bat (Top Gun version) and Vortex at Wonderland. They do a great job of providing a different experience with The Bat being more secluded and Vortex making good use of the mountain.
    4 points
  41. @DeltaFlyer has done a great job with the next KICentral video highlighting Orion. This includes ride stats, and other info.
    4 points
  42. Have to disagree on the RMC part. RMC introduced a host of new elements and continues to do so. For example only Storm Chaser and Twisted Timbers have the inverting drop, Goliath has it's great stall out of a half loop and Outlaw run has a double corkscrew that is unique to RMC. While certain elements are repeated I think they have done an excellent job of differentiating their rides.
    4 points
  43. Even though I don't want a dive coaster, I drew up a concept of one. It fits quite nicely. Photo credit: CoasterBob62
    4 points
  44. The ghosts of Winterfest paitently awaiting their time to shine in 2019.
    4 points
  45. He always does a great job. Thanks for the history flash-back, and the rare pics Kyle!
    4 points
  46. You will want to read this blog post! https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/october/one-year-ago-today-we-said-goodbye-to-the-vortex-roller-coaster
    4 points
  47. I agree with what you are saying. Racer started a new boom of Wood coasters and we may not have the amount of wood coasters across the globe without it. I think The Beast ignited a spark to the industry of what a wood coaster can do besides just being an out and back.
    4 points
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