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Countdown to Opening Day for the 2021 Season: May 15th 11:00 AM!

Kings Island is now open for 2021.

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  1. As much as I enjoy and appreciate Orion, Diamondback, and Banshee, I do not want a B&M in Vortex's space. I personally hope for Vortex's successor to feature a handful of inversions with a lower height requirement (48") as I know from my experience working at Vortex that a lot of young thrill-seekers set foot inside Kings Island. Dare I say that it MUST be as photogenic as Vortex was, in its own way. Bonus points if it breaks a record! Right now, a Mack multi-launch has my vote. Granted, I have not yet ridden one, but Copperhead Strike looks fun (and photogenic) and I hope to visit Ca
    11 points
  2. You are right. They see a new coaster and say, "Hey Kings Island (or any park) has a new coaster, lets go try it out." They don't care what type it is or which manufacturer it came from. They get off of the Coaster and say, "I loved that my feet dangle there, it was so scary." They got the adrenaline rush the coaster provided and they want to ride another. All the little details are really not on the GP's mind, nor do they care.
    11 points
  3. Due to members requests, you may have noticed by now that we have added a new Kings Island History forum. I have went back through the Kings Island Forum to the start of 2014 and moved any thread that was about KI history. I hope this helps keep all of the awesome history of our favorite park a little more organized.
    10 points
  4. Don't count on that. As I understand, Hart is taking a back seat and will be a financial partner only. I have heard he will no longer be involved in daily operations or management of the park. Well... you asked... ;-) Let me qualify... what follows is my general perception. I don't have any formal insight or first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the park. That being said... Kentucky Kingdom continues to be viewed by locals in much the same way it was under the Six Flags leadership. There still exists a negative connotation among many in Louisville. Some perceive
    8 points
  5. https://news.yahoo.com/kings-island-parent-company-strongly-024500684.html And for those who need to hear it: no one cares about your opinion on the vaccine.
    8 points
  6. Usually in jail for trespassing on various Cedar Fair properties.
    8 points
  7. I think we have beat the mask debate to a pulp. The purpose of this thread was to ask if the park was going to require masks. The answer seems to be yes right now. I am going to close this thread.
    8 points
  8. I really am not sure we need another B&M right now. I think it is time to bring in Gerstlauer or Mack for that plot of land.
    7 points
  9. There is this big forum site called KICentral. It takes up a lot of my pre-season, regular season, post season, and off-season. I am glad you guys are apart of it.
    7 points
  10. "B&M is too expensive..." ...so let's buy Intamin to appease some ACERs and spend infinitely more on maintaining it the next ten years while getting less in return?
    7 points
  11. The thing I don't understand is why the people who don't care for B&M are so hell bent on it that they want to see them out of business. And its not a select few of them either. Almost every person I've come across that prefers Intamin to B&M are on that kind of extreme.
    7 points
  12. Kings Island is probably either filling Diamondback with additional sand or repainting it. Either way, likely nothing major is happening to the ride or to other rides. However, I can’t stress enough how AMAZING a Diamondback repaint would be. It needs it!
    7 points
  13. Seriously. I can't believe it's been a year and people are STILL complaining about wearing a thin piece of fabric over their faces.
    7 points
  14. BUMP! And here we are, ft. the wonderful MultiQuote feature, in January 2021. Let's see how this topic aged! And yes, it was just a rumor at that time. Thankfully. Soon is a subjective term... Vortex lived for 7 more years. Close enough We Vortex fans thankfully got that chance, with a month's notice. Hey look, my own take on it! Yes, Vortex operated for at least a few years to come; yes, I worked on Vortex (for three years, 2017-2019!); and yes, I was crying when we lost Vortex, albeit in varying degrees since the e
    7 points
  15. Cinema 180 (also referred to as Cinema 180 Theatre) opened in 1986 and had a different film every year. It appears to have last played a film in 1995, and was briefly re-purposed as an upcharge laser tag game in the early 2000s. It was then storage through its removal before the 2009 season. Here's a (I think) complete listing of its movies with brief descriptions, pulled or re-worded from old park guides, newspapers, etc. 1986 - Flight 747 - airline pilot landing a Boeing 747 when chaos ensues 1987 - Block-buster - clips from a helicopter ride around Seattle’s Space Needle, a mot
    6 points
  16. Kings Island has announced its 2021 Season Operating Calendar The park will officially open its gates to the general public on Saturday, May 15. A Gold and Platinum season passholder preview will happen the weekend prior on May 8 and 9. Key Park Opening Dates: Gold and Platinum Season Pass Preview Weekend: May 8 & 9 Kings Island Opening Day: Saturday, May 15 Soak City Water Park will open on Saturday, May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend) The complete Soak City Water Park calendar and hours will be announced soon! Fall and Winter operating days and hours will be
    6 points
  17. There is always something going on with the Webcam and always a "reason" it's offline. If you are not caught up on the craziness of the Webcam fiasco I recommend searching old topics and posts on its questionable history of being online and offline at all the right/wrong moments. I'm not even sure if the posts are still there so many were deleted. To be honest, it would make a great Netflix mystery Documentary.
    6 points
  18. As far as the announcement day, I was there and the whole event was basically a mess from an organizational standpoint. It was so bad that the (then) brand new GM (Tim Fisher) fired the park's Head of Public Relations following the announcement event. There was a bit of "chatter" online about that because, quite frankly, she was very unkind to enthusiasts in her history at the park. As far as the reactions of SOB from enthusiasts... It was pretty evenly mixed. Opinions online were not nearly as volatile as today's web-based "opinions," but there were definite hip-hoorayers and n
    6 points
  19. I remember watching the coverage of the announcement that day and following the coaster forums that were around then. Overall, most fans were absolutely thrilled at the size, scope, and theme. It seemed like a perfect “Kings Island” addition, and one that would dominate the park for the next few decades. I do remember a few comments and concerns about the manufacturer, and about the long term maintenance of a wooden coaster that large. I saw their point, but figured that KI’s maintenance would work out any bugs eventually. As for myself, I was pretty pumped, but a little
    6 points
  20. I still think Mack or RMC are the way to go because one thing I think also needs to be in play, even if this an inversion centered coaster, is that it should keep Vortex's 48" height requirement. I think Vortex more or less worked as a stepping stone coaster for people who were too short for Banshee and Diamondback.
    6 points
  21. I finally have the 1977 Kings Jester Memorybook scanned and stitched together. I will have an enhanced version sometime in the future, Please enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1002769133589901&type=3
    6 points
  22. For posterity, here's grainy concept art for the Festhaus, as well as a pic of how it actually looked when it was first built. Trivia: For 1983, the existing Beirgarten was remodeled and the bridge that extended over the Octoberfest pond was added - as to drive traffic between the two venues.
    6 points
  23. Good example! I always use the "car windshield" explanation. Put something on your dashboard and then look at the windshield... the item appears as a transparent reflection. Going by memory... In the peppers ghost scene the characters included... 2 audience members in an upper seating box stage right. They turned and looked at the box next to them when Garbanzo landed in it. Houdelini was levitating above stage right. I believe Bosco was on lower stage right. Hilda was center stage on top of a large "castle tower" Garbanzo slid in and out of a large cannon
    6 points
  24. Pepper's ghost is basically like seeing your reflection in a department store window while still being able to look inside.
    6 points
  25. a surgeon does heart surgery with a simple mask for over 10 hrs. There is really no reason a person cannot wear a mask. It is mental imo.
    6 points
  26. A thousand times yes. Vaccinated people can still carry and shed the virus. The importance of vaccines are to build herd immunity, which takes time. The vaccine is not a magic pill, despite what our politicians tell us. It's one piece of the puzzle.
    6 points
  27. I'm tired of people complaining about being required to wear masks at the park. They aren't a violation of your constitutional rights. Yes, it is your choice not to wear it, but it is also their right to deny you entry. We are currently in a pandemic and requiring masks is what the park is required to do to be able to open and STAY open. They won't be required forever. Eventually once around 70-80% of the population hopefully gets vaccinated and we reach herd immunity, they'll be allowed to lift the restrictions and return to a "new normal" (there will likely be things that stick just like sec
    6 points
  28. My favorite spot in the park. Mod Edit: sorry you can see Diamondback supports in the picture.
    6 points
  29. How is anyone in anyway surprised by any parks requiring masks this season?
    6 points
  30. Would you like some cheese and crackers with your whine?
    6 points
  31. good, shorter lines for the rest of us
    6 points
  32. You should have showed them a pic of the ground now, and told them the wet ground from the snow sank it like quicksand, I bet they would have bit.
    5 points
  33. Key words being: "to me."
    5 points
  34. Bump: Had a person ask me the other day if Vortex is sinking.
    5 points
  35. We’re finalizing the last couple details right now. Expect a formal announcement very soon! The book will be very narratively-driven. There are photos, concept art, and maps, but the focus is on the personal stories of the 41 executives I interviewed from throughout the park’s history.
    5 points
  36. I would rather Kings Island bring back an old more beloved ride like Der Spinning Keggars, Phantom Theater, or Enchanted Voyage in some form or another. I know Kings Island used to have a Ferris Wheel for a few years, but I don’t think it is missed too badly by longtime fans of the park. Also, in my opinion, Ferris Wheels are not really worth riding that often with their terrible capacity and lackluster ride experience. If you want good views, the Eiffel Tower has you covered with much better views than any Ferris Wheel could provide at Kings Island.
    5 points
  37. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005222/en/Cedar-Fair-Reports-2020-Fourth-Quarter-and-Full-Year-Results This MAY explain the later opening.
    5 points
  38. My take on a Mack multi launch on the Rivertown side:
    5 points
  39. Lately, I've been on a big baking kick thanks to The Great British Bake Off. I recently tried my hand at knitting, but I'm not sure it's the thing for me. In previous off-seasons, I've tried skiing. In general, winter tends to be the time when I try new things. Over the last handful of years, I've gotten back into video games after a decade-plus long hiatus. I'm wanting to finish playing through Undertale, Final Fantasy IX, Super Mario Sunshine, and Horizon Zero Dawn, but mostly I tend to play whatever I feel like playing at the time. And, of course, I wouldn't be a true coaster nerd if
    5 points
  40. Tear it down and bring back Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal. A guy can dream right?
    5 points
  41. Can't wait to get back. CP opens May 14. No indication of Passholder days there, yet.
    5 points
  42. I think the premise of the question is flawed, as there is still a chance that the park could re-install the attraction as it was in a modern take. The layout would have to be restored, and major restoration of the original cars and figures would have to occur, but the park and chain has been on a nostalgia kick for some time now. I don't think it's too far to say that BBoBH is aging, rapidly. It is a new take on a system built in 2003, and we are now in 2021. The history is there, the enthusiasm of the attraction, is there, it is a cheap investment and would have a large ROI with families who
    5 points
  43. Past Showplace performers having fun at the 2019 Live Entertainment Reunion
    5 points
  44. A 'end of B&M' topic coming from a self-identified B&M basher is pretty precious.
    5 points
  45. Thanks to a several-minute-long station stop, my highest score on Boo so far is 6240, on August 23, 2020. Part of this may have to do with the fact that part of my job is maintaining and testing the blasters...
    5 points
  46. To quote the late great Robin Williams "What year is it?". I feel like this was posted a year ago. I had to check the date.
    5 points
  47. So many to choose from. I'll start with this!
    5 points
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