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  1. The view of the Royal Fountain from the band stand on July 4th 2020
    12 points
  2. 2 years, 2 publishers, and 43 interviews later, I sent the final manuscript into the publisher today! One step closer to its release this spring. There’s a lot of amazing things going on right now with Kings Island: A Ride Through Time, so stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!
    10 points
  3. I have multiple other favorites for various reasons, but Orion has already proven itself as a favorite. I started working in maintenance as it was being built and I got to put sound equipment on it, so basically I helped build Orion! I had wished for a B&M giga to come to KI for some time, so Orion was literally a wish come true. When I felt sad over Vortex's demo, I could look over at Orion and see what was new, and watching its test cycles was a reminder to me (and later a lot of us) that things were going to be all right. Orion became so special to me even before it opened. As for
    9 points
  4. 9 points
  5. You know how seeing your Facebook memories can be cringey? We don't speak of 2008 TombRaiderFTW.
    9 points
  6. Second dose completed 1/5. This is not political. The more people that get vaccinated the quicker parks can go back to being fun again.
    8 points
  7. You mean EVERY Cedar Fair park, including Michigan's Adventure, is getting a Mack looper?! What a time to be alive!
    8 points
  8. The best Camp Snoopy, by far, is the original at Knotts Berry Farm. What makes the version at Knotts so great is that it is heavily saturated with big full trees, and the overall theme is woodsy (camp) and rustic. Its been overhauled a number of times - but the current version is superb. If KI must stick with the Snoopy theme, I too would love it if KI took the time to do a similar overhaul to their current kids area. It would require KI to completely gut the entire area, but if they did... it would be spectacular. Also, replicating the theme at Knotts would definitely compliment the
    8 points
  9. Edit to add location: I took this picture by The Bat a couple years ago. This little guy popped out of a hole under the walkway near the station and was very curious about my phone camera.
    7 points
  10. the story goes that some guys made an amusement park in the 70s and it kinda snowballed from there Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
    7 points
  11. Is IT almost done with the software upgrade for the cameras?
    7 points
  12. And finally, the infamous Kenny Van Meter standing in the cab of "his" engine, the "Tecumseh". Again the wood is horizontal but the whistle was moved from behind the bell (where it showered everyone in boiling water, turned the blue paint into orange stripes, and screeched and gurgled whistle signals). I'm guessing it was taken in May 1972. Hey, what happened to Mystic Timbers and the White Water Canyon? It sure was nice and quiet in the enginehouse back then.
    7 points
  13. I found a few slides from 1972 and had them scanned. Quality is pretty bad (anyone remember Instamatic cameras?), but hey, it's history. Here is the ORIGINAL Fort Mc Hale on the loop where the waterpark now stands. It looks pretty new and I don't see the exploding Gatling Gun, so this was probably around June 1972. I took it from the top of the mountain that we circled before the 1989 track relocation.
    7 points
  14. 6 points
  15. Kings Island is one of those parks that's extremely successful and historic throughout its existence. Its success can stem from it's perfect placement near big midwestern and southern cities like Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Lexington, and Louisville. As of 2019 these cities have a combined metro population of 12,583,076 people and are experiencing 5.5% growth. To top that off, with exception to the 2020 covid season, Kings Island regularly breaks over 3 million visitors a year as a seasonal park. Concerning their rides, I don't believe there's a single defunct attraction
    6 points
  16. In case anyone’s interested and likes watching quality vlogs (with POVs!), I had the trip of a lifetime with my best friend Sean Flaharty. Mr. Jeffery Siebert is SFFTs Park president, and you may remember him from all his awesome public relations work he did for Paramount’s Kings Island from mid-1999 to pre-CF era (SoB Blair Witch spoof and National Geographic Tomb Raider may ring a bell) WATCH HERE Jeff was kind enough to invest in me on my career journey in this industry, and invited me to come down to see how he did things and check out the park. I loved picking his brain on how
    6 points
  17. "I also think Drop Zone is a really fun ride. Hi I am new I love PKI." - July 2nd 2005
    6 points
  18. Vortex. Not that I’m biased or anything
    6 points
  19. Keep the structure as is. Get rid of the banners, replace the shingles, add accent pieces and international flags (i think they were there originally). Renovate the ticket building to emulate the architecture of International Street. Return the classic logo to the bank on the south side. Add some trees. Bring back decorative lamp posts. But don't demolish it and pull a Carowinds.
    6 points
  20. I definitely think WWC should get a Calico River Rapids/Mystic River Falls upgrade in the future. Definitely should tie it into the Mystic Timbers/Rivertown storyline. Maybe call it "Miami River Rapids"
    6 points
  21. As someone who delights in accruing unconventionally high ride counts, I took Orion's 300-foot plunge 219 times. I don't have all-season Fast Lane, for those of you who may be wondering, though every once in a while I buy it if I have friends visiting and getting it too. 60 of those times were in the same day, as I did a day-long marathon on August 10 to pay homage to my previous day-long marathon on Vortex on August 9, 2019. Dare I say it, but Orion could be the first ride to match my Vortex ride count (1221 1/3), if my 334-ride WindSeeker count doesn't get there first!
    6 points
  22. Here's a freaky Winterfest picture from X-Base (aka Area 72):
    5 points
  23. The Racer is the obvious choice at KI. With all the attention to the area formerly known as Coney Mall and Area 72, it sticks out like a sore thumb. And the peeling paint and rotten wood is shameful on a coaster this important. After that, repaint Diamondback.
    5 points
  24. Little did 2003 KIC know that they had nothing to worry about as there were still 16 more years for them to enjoy Vortex. Not to mention, Vortex was only 16 years old and people were already worried about its future?! While there is nothing wrong with speculation, I prefer to not worry or think a lot about a ride’s future because that undermines my enjoyment of that ride in the present.
    5 points
  25. Ik this probably has been shared before, but I really like this concept:
    5 points
  26. If you look on the right side slightly below the center line, you can see one of Blue Racer's cars
    5 points
  27. Be sure to check out the latest KIC Podcast: Episode 12- KIMVRR: The Early years, with special guest, Denis Larrick (kimv1972) here.
    5 points
  28. Last I heard, it was sent to South America.
    5 points
  29. Paramount made decisions that would best fit their brand and not necessarily the parks and because of this, a lot of the old charm left the park. Great rides like Phantom Theater, the original Antique Cars, the eagles, and Kenton's Cove were all sacrificed for the brand. Again they were a movie company so they saw the parks as ways to promote their brand but it did damage that Cedar Fair had to fix. Unlike movie parks like Universal Studios and Disney, Paramount wasn't necessarily able to start off with a clean slate so they had to work with parks that had their own identity. I wouldn't call i
    5 points
  30. Public domain and Shutterstock have not served them well... Of all the rides on the list, Valravn is the only one with a matching picture! It's almost like they shouldn't rely exclusively on stock photos!
    5 points
  31. I would say not if they can avoid it. The extra step of making a reservation possibly slows down ticket sales.
    5 points
  32. This one was taken very early in 1972 since the wood on the tender is still horizontal, though we had moved the whistle to the rear dome in May. This shows Lew Brown in overalls (left) and his sidekick Dick Carmell on "Lew's" engine, the "Simon Kenton". They were adding aluminum strips to the roof so rain didn't waterfall over the edge and down your neck if you stuck your head out to see where you were going. I wonder how OSHA would feel about their techniques today?
    5 points
  33. Missed it so much this year. Hoping very much to return in December 2021.
    5 points
  34. I also migrated over from PKIUnlimited...my first post here was a smart a$$ comment about Son of Beast...and how the park came to their decision of where to place the on-ride camera.
    4 points
  35. Here is a comparison for DB. This is the best similar photos that we have. It is amazing what the sun does to paint. 2009 2017
    4 points
  36. I am eager to be vaccinated. Just have to wait until I am able to get one. I am a 36 year old and do not work in the healthcare field. I might be waiting a while. My sister in law already was vaccinated, my sister who is a RN is going to be vaccinated this week. Hopefully supply increases, and people trust the vaccine. I know of several people that will not get the vaccine because they do not trust it.
    4 points
  37. Here's a topic where you can express your opinions on what YOU think is the "worst roller coaster you've ever ridden". And of coarse, like all opinion related discussions, please be respectful of everyone's answers, no matter how negative they are, or if they're against your favorite roller coaster. Anyways, enjoy!
    4 points
  38. 4 points
  39. I have 3 personal things I want to return Phantom Theater The Keggers King Cobra I know people will think I'm nuts for wanting KC to come back but I like to keep an open mind. The Surf Coaster is coming out so it might prove to be a comfortable alternative to the stand up model. I don't want anything huge, just something close to KC's stats. Georgia Scorcher is a pretty small stand-up and apparently people love it.
    4 points
  40. Cedar Creek Mine Ride. It would be enjoyable if the restraint wasn't trying to reassign my gender.
    4 points
  41. I would like to see them do something with the roof shingles and replace it with something more aesthetically pleasing. Right now those give it a run down look. I think that would be a good start.
    4 points
  42. I have no clue how feasible this is but it would be absolutely awesome of we saw a large scale log flume return to the park.
    4 points
  43. I agree that they shouldn’t demolish the entrance building but rather update and refurbish it. Something like this concept I found online would be nice because it keeps the same building and the International Restaurant, but it makes the entrance more grand and appealing and ties it into the international theme of the park. http://matthunterross.com/kings-island
    4 points
  44. Take a look at this article, especially the pictures that go with each coaster. I think they better stick with finance.. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/25-tallest-rollercoasters-world-162257016.html?guccounter=1
    4 points
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