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  1. Photo #8 - Evel Knievel Bus Jump
    8 points
  2. I'd NOT skip Flight of Fear. It often doesn't even slow down on the midcourse brake, though this can vary from season to season and sometimes even day to day. My favorite ride in the park is Volcano: The Blast Coaster. Very fun, with incredible hangtime. Don't miss Avalanche, it's a rare Mack bobsled ride, a great deal of fun in the front. And note the many differences in the Royal Fountain, compared to the one at Kings Island.
    6 points
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  4. ^BGW also has some of the best food as well.
    4 points
  5. And, I'll say it. If you get even the slightest chance, head over Williamsburg way, too. One of the best parks in the business, incredible landscaping, theming, beauty and shows. And Colonial Williamsburg, too.
    4 points
  6. No trip to Kings Dominion is complete without a ride on Dominator, Volcano, I305, Blue Ridge Tollway, Flying Eagles, Triple Spin, Shockwave, and The Crypt. The Crypt has the best theming of any Top Spin named The Crypt IMO. Oh and Berserker is more painful than it is fun. You should definitely skip it.
    4 points
  7. I'd rather be depressed than watch basketball.
    4 points
  8. If anything, Make sure you ride Dominator, Its one great coaster.
    3 points
  9. One is in VA & the other in OH...... My first trip to KD was terrible, I don't know if we were just in bad moods, or expected a similar experience to KI, but we actually left early. We were happy BGW was close by- opening year for AC too! We did go again, and had a better experience. Volcano is a must, and does typically have the longest line. You should have no problem getting on the major rides at least once.
    3 points
  10. I've been once (2 days) and had a blast. Liked the atmosphere and didn;t really have complaints, though they were not prepared for opening day. Dominator opens early and is a great start to the day. Volcano is a must and is known for having a long line all day. I rode front and totally understand why Terpy puts in in it's own class. I've heard many people advise to start at Dominator and get to Volcano when it opens. I adore i305 rode it 20+ in a day. Apparently it usually has a pretty short line so no worries there. Grizzly was closed. Hurler was fun but noting special in my book. Anaconda wasn't worth the credit and was a real headbanger. Wasn't really impressed with their Crypt but the themeing was great. Didn't do their Flight of Fear or BLSC because I had so much fun on i305 and Dominator I didn't feel like riding them. Oh, I;'ve hateed every wild mouse I've been on but loved their. Re-rode it several times. Glad to hear your going. You'll have a blast!
    3 points
  11. I can usually find something to occupy my mind, even the smallest of adventures can be fun. One of the best things is when you find a box of Tasty Kakes so big that you need help carrying them
    3 points
  12. ^^ I just wish he would have passed on the cigarettes so he wouldn't have passed so fast! More on topic, I would really love to see some more piles of removed concrete in Action Zone. Seeing the pic of the defunct AT has really gotten me excited for an AZ facelift.
    3 points
  13. http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=57333 I'm a little surprised someone not with the last name of Koch is in the CEO's seat, but I agree that Matt's probably the best one for the job if Dan wants to return to his lawyering. The times I've seen him in the park, he's been just as enthusiastic and warm as the rest of the Koch family.
    2 points
  14. I second Terp. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a fantastic park with a great collection of rides, not to mention the fantastic landscaping, theming...pretty much what The Interpreter said. Snowman, take lots of pictures and tell us about your experiences!
    2 points
  15. Take a look at the posts in a similar topic that I started in July of last year. http://www.KICentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/25914-kings-dominion-tips/ . Kings Dominion is so far my favorite park and home to several of my favorite rides including my #1 I-305. Also check out my trip report about the trip for some more information.http://www.KICentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/26108-kings-dominion-trip-report/
    2 points
  16. Given Matt Eckert's leadership when the Russians invaded in 1984, I'd say he's a great choice!
    2 points
  17. I was at KD this past spring, in 2012. -Anaconda, actually, can be a very fun ride. Just make sure you relax and stay open-minded during the ride - it really helps lessen the chance of a so-called "headache." (the ride is going on 22 years old this year; so, out of common sense, you should expect it to be "bumpy." ) If you want some Arrow ejector air, ride in the last car. You'll literally be whipped over the top of the first hill - it's an awesome feeling! -Shockwave has incredible ejector air on every single hilltop and good-feeling positive G-forces in the loop. (In my opinion, I actually like it better than Mantis @ CP) -FoF is very similar to KI's. A fun ride it is, indeed. -I305 has A LOT of positive Gs on the turn at the bottom of the first drop. Relax and try not to gray out! -Volcano has incredible hangtime (as Terp said) in it's three in-line twists. The launch out of the volcano is really fun! Another note: Quite a few of the rides had fairly long dispatch times (about 5 minutes) when I was there last year, on April 10, 2012 (only its fifth operating day of the season...). Try not to be surprised if you discover that that is the case when you go. Hope this advice helps!
    2 points
  18. It is a smart move. Too often, entitlement will determine succession in a family business, and the next in line may not be ready. It is also good for a business to "refresh" itself with a different set of "eyes". Rest assured, an "outsider" does not achieve this position without support of the family.
    2 points
  19. I don't know how much help I'll be as I didn't ride much the one time I went. That being said, I do remember enjoying Volcano, Anaconda and Avalanche.
    2 points
  20. Do not stay at the Best Western in the parking lot, it was one of the worst hotel experiences I have ever had. The park is lovely though, it has many trees and the arch tunnel still.
    2 points
  21. I think the bird poop covered ledge on the Soak City cam should be repositioned. Yes I'm ready for the coasters to roll.
    2 points
  22. Cedar Point: Gatekeeper coaster construction 'on schedule' http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/277161/110/Cedar-Point-Gatekeeper-coaster-construction-on-schedule I find this news interesting. CP/ Sandusky area usually gets the same, if not better, weather than where I live in Erie, PA. We are still over a foot less than normal for snow accumulation, and the temps have been above average for the most part, and GK is only "on schedule"? This winter has been more significant than last year (by comparison, I only used my snowblower 3x last year and have already reached that amount this winter) but it is still mild by our standards. Although, they may actually be ahead of schedule, but report to be "right on" in case something unexpected comes up.
    2 points
  23. This is the kind of attention Hart wants. Knowing he is the only interested party, it's seems it will come down to a "staredown" between political figures that keep saying opening KK is important & they only person coming forward willing to run it- even on someone else's dime.
    2 points
  24. Metro Council President Has Re-Opening Park As A Top Goal, Louisville Considering Incentives: http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130107/NEWS01/301070089/Jim-King-re-elected-Metro-Council-president
    2 points
  25. And I`d have to assume that Disney see the potential to more than earn back the initial upfront cost of the program. In order to facilitate this initiative, Disney has installed free WiFi at the Walt Disney World complex, a 40 square mile area. I have to admit that the idea of having a Disney character say your kids name and wish them Happy Birthday is beyond cool and will certainly sell the magic and create a memory to last a life time. And as the article points out, it will allow Disney to collect information about their guests and their patterns, which will be useful in so many ways. From future park attractions, to amending show times, to park operating hours, staffing, and so much more. It will be cool to see what comes out of this. My one fear is that in the future, when you plan a trip to Walt Disney World, you will schedule your entire park visit, before even stepping foot in the park. That takes some of the spontaneity out of a visit to an amusement park if the entire day is all mapped out before even walking into the place.
    2 points
  26. I read through my somewhat modest collection of amusement park related books every offseason. One of my favourites is The Great American Amusement Parks: A Pictoral History by Gary Kyriazi. Although it's hilariously outdated when it comes to "modern" parks (what do you expect; published in the 70s), it does have a rather nice section on New York's Coney Island. Not to mention it holds a special place in my heart as the book that turned me into an enthusiast.
    2 points
  27. Its been gone for about 15 years.
    2 points
  28. Took me five minutes to realize "Nevermore" wasn't a reference to The Raven (coaster or poem). This site has me reading between the lines too much!
    2 points
  29. Well, good morning everyone. I was just playing Majora's Mask on my N64 and came back to... this. What the hell guys? Go to your corners for a time out. I was gone for a few hours and look what happened. This was not what I expected after beating the Woodfall temple (again more Majoras Mask stuff). Did you all really think I was leaving the site for good? I will admit, what I said in my post before this I was 100% genuine, I was done. Was I done for good? No. I was just done for the night. Yes, Terps post about "uncle crying" put me on edge because UncleHenry happens to be a very good friend of mine who I have known since 2005 and was nice enough to allow me to stay at his place this past November while I was in LA and take me to all the local parks, he even took a day off work to allow time for that. He even showed me around the city and brought me to the famous Hollywood sign. So yeah, I was a little upset my Terps comment. Many times I am annoyed by some posts many of you make on this site, but lets be honest, who at one point or another isn't put on edge by someone else's post? We all need to realize that this community is made up of different people of different opinions and ages. Yeah, johnnyilikecoasters (made up user I came up with to make a point) may be a eccentric fanboy who dislikes anyone who talks badly about the park, and I'll be honest, someone like me will probably avoid talking with a user like that and dislike most of what you say. That's why I use the block feature (it's there people, use it! It will make your time on this forum oh so much nicer). Now, I really don't feel like going into a multi-paragraph speech about what we can all learn from what happened. Plus. I REALLY need to get back to collecting more masks in the game (again, Majora's Mask), the 72 hours is almost up and the moon is about to crash. While I save the land from certain destruction, why don't we take this time to start over. Hi, I'm Captain Nemo! You guys ever been to this park called Kings Island? It's pretty legit. Edit: Well, I forgot to pause my game and the moon crashed, Look what you did!
    2 points
  30. i just realized, i said "downing"
    2 points
  31. 1. A wise choice in Indiana. Terp, strong believer in merit based promotions.
    1 point
  32. ^ That's a good point, and I do agree. Most other members of the Koch family seem to have their own businesses, careers, etc., which they'd obviously like to continue. That in turn means that the next in line would be Will's children, and I think they're a little young to step into the position of CEO, if I remember correctly. I'd rather see the family have someone they trust work as CEO than have the park pass into the hands of some third party. (Cue a Terp post about the next of Kinz working at Carowinds in 5, 4, 3, 2... )
    1 point
  33. I assume you meant to say the pic of the defunct "TA"? I think it is time for Action Zone to get an update in the coming years. Short of International Street (which has received some new pavers and general sprucing up the last couple of seasons), Action Zone and Oktoberfest are really the two areas of the park that Cedar Fair hasn`t really touched since they took control of the park. And Action Zone is definitely needing something new. The last new attraction to open up there was Delirium, and that is now ten years old! Hard to believe how quickly time flies. I remember looking at construction pictures for that ride online and riding it on opening day!
    1 point
  34. JayZ reference there at the end, Birdy, or am I in too deep?
    1 point
  35. Hey, gonna say this once: 1) This is a topic about Thunder Alley 2) Discuss Thunder Alley or don't post about anything else here. ...Yes, it's that simple.
    1 point
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  38. Happy New Year to you, too. (If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem)
    1 point
  39. *Pops his head in* Oh, still arguing and fighting change. Glad to see I'm not missing anything here. *Goes back into not caring about this site*
    1 point
  40. Sounds like you said to look in the queues!
    1 point
  41. Nick who? Terp, being snoopy.
    1 point
  42. Revenge is a dish best served cold!!! HAH! I GET IT! cuz... your snowman.... and snowmen are.. cold......thats funny. your not serious right...... lol
    1 point
  43. I saw a dollar bill get stapled to the strangest thing there last year.
    1 point
  44. Great question! In my humble opinion, though it's not a pleasant subject, It does add a measure of depth and perspective to the vast variety of subjects discussed on here. It helps in the weaving of the fabric of understanding this beloved park of ours. There might be readers who aspire to work in law enforcement, or behavioral sciences, who want to examine this darker aspect of human nature in the context of a place they're familiar with; to see when and how a fight might erupt in a place designed for amusement, and most importantly how the situation got dealt with. I think such discussion is healthy in that it breeds innovative ideas on how to prevent such things from happening. My two cents.
    1 point
  45. Surprisingly, I don't want one. It would ruin the fun of going to Kings Island!
    1 point
  46. I see Vortex going , i have no life, i am literally jumping up and downing !
    1 point
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