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  1. What intelligent questions. I wouldn't expect anything else from this board. lol. Normally a forum would be flooded with a ton of yes or a ton of no's and reasons they won't be getting a shirt. Also, I love how immediately wordplay is thrown into the mix. Just a few reasons I love this site.
    6 points
  2. That's one way to make an entrance....
    5 points
  3. Ninja? I left it in Georgia. And it broke its chain. Or so I'm told. Not unlike Chang on its very own media day. Terp, who also likes riding in the night row (quite the maverick, he)
    5 points
  4. There's no one in line at Americana or Geauga Lake. Enjoy.
    5 points
  5. I'm not conflicted... I flat out do not want KK to reopen. As a Louisville, Kentucky resident, I don't want my taxes to be used to re-open a park that has proven over and over to be nothing but a hands-off babysitter for uncontrollable west-enders on the busline. It was, and will be, a park heavily attended by troublemakers. We've heard how it will be bigger, better & wetter from Ed-no-so-smart-Hart. But he's not said one thing about how much "safer" it will be. Why? Because he's not focused on that. At least when HW was involved, they were inent on improving the reputation and ensuring safety. Hart hasn't even acknowledged there was a safety issue to begin with. The whole thing is a joke - the reason local people avoided KK was that it held a bad perception. Seriously - in latter years there were at least 3 cases of rape/molestation that took place inside the park!!! Mark my words - if re-opened, it will hold that same reputation within 1 season. It's ridiculous to see this as anything but the 3rd time at the rodeo. Fool us once - shame on us... fool us twice... Astroworld had the same issue - and Houston bulldozed it. They were smart... Shaggy
    5 points
  6. Did anyone else read this in George Takei's voice?
    3 points
  7. In fact, some people can't get all the air they need.
    3 points
  8. KI can now boast world's largest Dinosaur......and world's longest walk from a coaster to a bathroom.
    3 points
  9. Well, I. B. Crow. There's more than corn in Indiana.
    3 points
  10. You mean stuff that works briefly then sits broken for years? I think Paramount and Cedar Fair did lots of that.
    3 points
  11. Not very. I'm much more concerned how much family discord, distraction, and legal battles will harm Holiday World.
    2 points
  12. 2 points
  13. I hate going to Kings Island during the summer weekdays and expecting low crowds, then seeing the opposite. But, honestly, I agree with you. I love seeing the park crowded. That way I know it's successful.
    2 points
  14. How would less people at KI ever be a good thing?
    2 points
  15. The way Backlot Stunt Coaster (previously Italian Job Stunt Track) is set up, I was under the assumption that that might've been themed to SpongeBob. Replace the helicopter with a giant robot monster thingy manned by Plankton, have the dark portion resemble that of what's inside Boo Boo's Blasters, and boom. Anyway, most people here remember the ride surveys Paramount sent out towards the end of their reign for a multitude of concepts, few of which actually made it to fruition. Including: Mission Impossible Stunt Spectacular - Originally pitched to conincide with the release of MI:3, but was reduced to a generic traveling stunt show that only made it to Canada's Wonderland for a single season. Some believed it to be a potential replacement of Timberwolf Amphitheater. Tomb Raider: Firefall - The outdoor version of Kings Island's flat ride that eventually made it to Kings Dominion. Tomb Raider: Chamber of Fire - P itched as a brand new preshow/walkthrough experience. Mrs. Puff's Crash Course Boating School - Highly-themed Wild Mouse-styled coaster that was believed to be a part of the Nick Universe expansion for Kings Island. Rumored to have been dropped during the Viacom split by CBS. Nickelodeon Car Wash - Outdoor track ride believed to be a part of the Nick Universe expansion for Kings Island. Rumored to have used updated versions of the original Antique Cars that were removed to make way for IJ:ST. Also rumored to have been dropped during the Viacom split by CBS. Addams Family Coaster - Dark ride/coaster combo themed to the Addams Family movies. Concept was thrown out by Paramount, but later picked up by Dollywood and retooled as Mystery Mine. MTV Soundwave - Potential retheme for the Flight of Fear attractions at Kings Island and Kings Dominion. TV Land Lounge - Restaurant themed to CBS station TV Land. Believed to be downsized and rethemed as Happy Days Diner for several of the Paramount Parks. Titanic Simulator - Dark ride themed to the finale of Titanic, most likely simulating a large room being overtaken by water. Similar in scope to both Twister and Universal Orlando and Lights! Camera! Action! at Universal Studios Singapore Snow Day - Playland area based off the Nickelodeon film of the same name. Top Gun Afterburn - Vekoma coaster that would use prototype Tilt/Seesaw technology for the lift hill. Concept later built as Gravity Max at Discovery World in Taiwan.
    2 points
  16. My pet peeve meter just broke from looking at that image.
    2 points
  17. I see the error. King's Island.
    2 points
  18. It's been over 20 years for me, I don't remember exactly when we visited the last time. We moved away from the Cincinnati area in 1993. It's been about 10 months since I've been at a park though. We lived in Orlando for a little over a year and did Disney, Universal & Sea World. I worked for Disney for a little over a year in fact. I'd be interested to visit KI to see how it compares to the Central Florida Parks, mostly in terms of operations.
    2 points
  19. Welcome to KIC!! Please please read the TOS. I'm not saying that you violated anything but it is always good to read.
    2 points
  20. you have to love the exercise!
    2 points
  21. The recent pod cast featuring Matt Ouimet was very interesting. He reports bringing in hotel design folks from Disney days to assist in the "refreshment" of FUN lodging properties. Talked of concepts such as dueling piano lounges/lobbies. His discussions concerning dark rides and design limitations due to a lack of intellectual properties (IP) was insightful. To call Cedar Fair an "Entertainment Company" seems disingenuous to me. Lacking the IP component they really are more a collection of amusement parks. The ability to fully monetize theme parks and resorts is hobbled without IP content. Ownership of IP is critical to profitability leverage and capture long term profits from those assets. It will be interesting to see what else Mr. Ouimet has up his sleeves in the coming couple of years. With refinancing of debt, and the much lower annual interest expenses, I suspect Mr. Ouimet is readying to make an acquisition of one sort or another. Possibly pick up a park or attraction franchise they can locate near parks to gain a second admission. Look at Cedar Fair moving from the old guard view wherein lodging was simply warehousing guests, to the new guard action of lodging and hospitality adding value (and revenues!) to the Best Day Experience on Park. IP will increasingly play a larger role in the future Cedar Fair. Increase the offering, refine the product, and price accordingly. Theme is the meme.
    2 points
  22. Guys, I'm conflicted. Does it make me a bad person if deep down inside I hope that Kentucky Kingdom does not reopen? Because if KK reopens, I feel like it could hurt Holiday World due to competition and possibly hurt future expansion via less revenue. And I don't like that one bit.
    2 points
  23. 2 points
  24. I went to the Reds game last Friday against the Nationals. We went on my aunt's company night, and they had seats under the smokestacks in center field. We sat two rows behind the fence and had a great view of all the homeruns leaving the yard. My family and I got there just as the Reds were about to bat in the bottom of the first. As I walked around, I noticed five new things around the park. 1.) There are two Frisch's Big Boy Concession Stands which looked as if they were pretty successful. 2.) There are three rows of new seats over the visitor's bullpen. 3.) There is a giant neon Budweiser sign in the field concourse. I believe this is a league-wide development, as multiple ballparks like Toronto's Rogers Centre were also sporting the same sign. 4.) There are substantial price rises in many things around the ball park. For example, the Kroger Meal Deal went up from $7 to $9. 5.) The Reds Car Race and Mr. Red's Race have been combined into one. Other than that, it was a chilly but great night for baseball. With the Reds winning 15-0 against a "top" team in the NL, it was great. Plus, Shin Soo Choo threw me the ball he had been tossing to Jay Bruce before the 8th inning. It was my first ball caught. I ended up giving it to my little cousin who was sitting behind me and didn't have a chance to catch it. The Reds will be a top contender for the World Series this year. Choo is a great addition, and if they aren't plagued by injuries, they'll be fine. I will go even as far as to say that Heisey deserves a chance to challenge Ludwick (when he comes back) for the starting role.
    2 points
  25. that sounds like the "IDEAL" thing to do. In case there are some who do not get the reference, IB started out as Ideal Beach in 1926. To grow the park it was renamed in 1950 to Indiana Beach! http://www.indianabeach.com/pages/indianabeach_history
    2 points
  26. +1 vote for the light grey
    2 points
  27. The new seats over the visitor's bullpen are part of a new bar they put over there (hence the Budweiser logo). They way the team spun it to the media was that they always saw fans hanging out over there, so why not give them more reason to do so (translation: find a way to profit from areas where fans like to hang out). From the "A to Z guide": More info on what all is new for 2013: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130328&content_id=43458394&vkey=pr_cin&c_id=cin Also, when did they start playing Connie Smith's "Cincinnati, Ohio" at the ballpark? Prior to the game on April 3rd, the last game I went to at GABP was in August of 2011, but I don't remember them playing it then.
    2 points
  28. I was at that game with my fiance as well. The 7 run, 7th inning was awesome! Glad you had a good time. I still say being at the ballpark is just like being at KI. Even the worst days there are better than a good day at work!
    2 points
  29. Did you catch it with one hand or two,and did you point and say "Thank Choo,Choo da man!"?
    2 points
  30. What colors are available? Terp, who likes to ask questions.
    2 points
  31. Hey, I'm just interpreting. It's what I do. Terp, a reality specialist.
    2 points
  32. The same chances of that we may know how many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop. The world may never know
    2 points
  33. Did anyone else read this in George Takei's voice?Now I did. Thanks a lot.
    1 point
  34. I remember when the slides had simple colors but great colors at that. As well as the lush walkways that I could walk, then there was the walk around the lazy miami, ah the memories of the Paramount era. I remember as a younger BB1, being the most excited of the new waterpark. I went through every part of that place as far as I could, I always liked going to the waterpark. Then I remember going around in the hot concrete feeling like I am going about the outback, which I went to after many visits. Everything was just grand The era of looking at signs that I get and decor that is part of a movie theme, the memories go on. Then when I went to Top Gun it had the best ride quene theme with the props, it was almost like going to MGM only in my own area. Every time I went to HB land I loved it, I would go there even today if I could. The Bat ride was always fun in HB land, and I knew almost every character in the park. I did as well watch Snoopy when I was a younger BB1 too. Then the backwards Racer, I rode that almost every time I got on to The Racer. The one thing I detested about the Paramount era is the extraction of my Taxis, I was saddened about this and I wanted them back, as well as the Eagles, which I did not get to experience, and was missed by many in my family. If only Cedar Fair could somehow bring the Taxis back, or possibly the Eagles back, I will miss them, and always remember them. The past sometimes are the best times in your life
    1 point
  35. .........Welcome to KIC "Dollmandback"
    1 point
  36. I hope some of the theming for Adventure Express can be redone, like the spears in the first tunnel. I wouldn't mind some additional theming on DB too, although I don't know what could be done there.
    1 point
  37. 8-The Crypt is now a military armory.
    1 point
  38. Maybe Cedar Fair invested in a TARDIS or two.
    1 point
  39. Barehanded, he soft tossed it to me. He's awesome.
    1 point
  40. Most will need larger than a medium. Terp, who just HAD to.
    1 point
  41. They say good ideas never die at Disney... Plenty of times now, a project that never came to be popped up elsewhere. Tokyo DisneySea, for one thing. Countless rides and attractions across their parks began in concept years or decades ago and were revived later and elsewhere.
    1 point
  42. The KIC Facebook and twitter are linked. If you choose one over the other, it's fine by me. :-)
    1 point
  43. And my employer strongly, strongly discourages use of that site. It is by far not the only one. There's enough tracking going on in this world without that one.
    1 point
  44. Don't forget to follow on Twitter, @KICentral, for us young ones out there
    1 point
  45. What's FaceBook? Terp, only 44/100 of a percent serious. I thought THIS was the place for the things of which Ye spake. (and not from under the black hat).
    1 point
  46. ...crickets.... This is some way to build enthusiasm for the exciting, awe inspiring, grand re-opening of a stunning park. Total silence. For weeks at a time. This is not the mark of a highly confident team progressing rapidly toward a sure fire thing. Quite frankly, this is all very, very odd. Unless someone expects to go back to the Commonwealth and say the proposed lease cannot be done, here are the reasons why, and we need far more favorable terms or we, the ONLY interested party, are going to have to walk away. And the State, as a Government, is in a rather perilous position. Do they give up more taxpayer money or do they end up looking like the party that could have saved Kentucky Kingdom, but didn't? If they do agree to more favorable terms, and the park still does not succeed, that will also not bode well. A perilous time. I'm glad I'm not advising the Fair Board or the Governor. At least Hart can always blame the banks should he decide to bail. And the quiet...continues.
    1 point
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