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  1. Part One Resurrection of a Park When it was announced that Ed Hart was reopening the park and I read about his plans, I had serious doubts. I immediately said "I have to go to that opening day!" I wanted to see how a park that had been closed for four years, loved by some and reviled by others, would handle the mass numbers of people that were sure to attend. I predicted it would be a fiasco and I wanted to see it all first-hand. I left my house at 7:45 on Saturday morning. After getting breakfast and coffee, I was on the road by 8:00. I made excellent time and it took me almost exactly two
    8 points
  2. Part Four Sorry, the Cardinals No Longer Play at the Fairgrounds After dinner we went to the Giant Wheel, which Tom and Jeff and not done yet. A group of teenage boys got in line behind us, bouncing their basketballs. Since the Giant Wheel is bulit on a slope, the platform for the queue is a metal "mesh", so the bouncing resonated quite loudly. All I could think of was "Terpy would not like this!" The ride op asked them to stop bouncing their basketballs, and they did for a while. They started again, and when I looked over, the ride op had one of the basketballs in her hand. She told them t
    7 points
  3. Steel? So the next big coaster is steel? How wood you know that?
    7 points
  4. Kings Island's twin racing roller coasters debuted along with the park in 1972. This highly anticipated new ride ushered in the Second Golden Age of roller coasters and was the park's star attraction until the opening of The Beast in 1979. Although Cincinnati's Coney Island was extremely popular, it had the major issue of flooding due to its proximity to the Ohio River. The decision was made in the 1960's that Coney Island needed to continue to exist, but in a new incarnation and at a new location and thus Kings Island was born. Traditional amusement rides had been loosing popularity since
    6 points
  5. Part Two Line Jumping is Not a Sporting Event at Thunder Run The end of the line at Thunder Run was near the sign that said it was an hour wait. The beginning of the queue is wide, then it rounds a corner to go into 3 switchback queues. As we were nearing the corner, a group of four teens cut in front of us to join their friends, who were four groups ahead of us. The guy two groups behind them spoke up and told them to go the end of the line. The teens in the original group told him that their friends had gotten in line with them at the beginning, which we all knew wasn't true because we had
    6 points
  6. 6 points
  7. Prologue June 1998 In early June 1998, a group of about seven Admissions associates and one person from the Information Systems department from Paramount's Kings Island ventured two hours south to visit Kentucky Kingdom and enjoy the park, anticipating a ride on their new coaster, Twisted Sisters, and everything else the park had to offer. Little did they know it would be one of the worst park experiences they would ever have. We carpooled down, and the day started off well enough. We rode Hellavator, Thunder Run, T2, and Vampire. We didn't find out until we were at the park that Twisted Si
    5 points
  8. I voted "other" because I simply can't choose! I've only ever ridden one coaster I really didn't like, and even that one might grow on me if I gave it another chance. I have favorites within categories, but can't choose a single category as my favorite. Whichever one I'm on at the moment!
    5 points
  9. Just rode Banshee for the first time today and its an amazing ride congrats to Kings Island Banshee is a slam dunk
    5 points
  10. When I first saw the subject of this thread, I thought that by boat ride, you meant log flume. Only once I saw the options did I realize you were referring to the viking ships.
    5 points
  11. Viking Fury is an enjoyable ride that the whole family will love. Berzerker is all the fun of an asthma attack combined with a claustrophobic's worst nightmare and wrapped in a ride cycle that feels like it's never going to end. Berzerker is the definition of cruel and unusual punishment and has probably been considered for use at Guantanamo Bay. It brings me joy to imagine my enemies riding Berzerker. I chose Viking Fury.
    5 points
  12. I also had to go for "Other" because "Coasters designed by Ron Toomer" isn't a choice...
    4 points
  13. You must have missed this one then. Photo courtesy of RCDB. Also, whenever someone has brought up Intamin's reliability record, I have yet to hear someone try to defend them for it. Just sayin'.
    4 points
  14. Hint: The park reads this here.
    4 points
  15. Part Three Is That My Patty? There was quite a line at Swampwater Jack's, but I was forgiving because it was opening day. We got up to the counter and they were out of what I wanted, the grilled Cajun chicken sandwich (so proud of myself in being good and not going for the pizza, burger or fried chicken, although they all looked good!). A girl behind the counter asked me what I needed and I told her. She found out for me that they were on the grill now. Tom & Jeff got their food, paid and sat down while I waited... and waited... and waited. In the meantime I watched their operation. Lot
    4 points
  16. Well, the bike stuntman from the show approves of my idea. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  17. Check out this blog written by Trevor Bodogh, the insanely talented stunt bike rider at the "Cirque Imagine" show at Kings Island. I only had the opportunity to shake hands with him (and the rest of the cast) briefly during the media preview, but you can tell from his blog that they really appreciate the support that they have earned from our community. The blog starts with him leaving his home in Ontario, Canada, a few weeks ago and I assume he'll update it regularly. Very interesting stuff! "Cirque Imagine" is playing daily* through August 17th. Show times are Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri,
    4 points
  18. We ate at the Chicken Shack for the first time on Thursday. I had a chicken sandwich with fries. It was a very good and very large meal. I am so very glad that we have the season long dining plan.
    3 points
  19. So my 20th birthday is next week and for it I got a Kings Island Gold Pass. Today I decided to make my first ever venture down to the Thrill Capital of the Midwest (Not the world, that's either CP or SFMM) to claim it and get my paws on my first usable gold pass! I was nervous about the drive so my dad drove down for the highway bit and I just followed him. After we got to the home stretch in Middletown, we split, he went home, and I finished the last third of the drive unescorted. I had driven to Kings Island with just someone to follow! I was so proud of myself! And this highway driving
    3 points
  20. Row 4 is a little more forgiving. I couldnt fit in the test seat but i could Row 4. I went on a diet and lost 10 pounds and now I can fit anywhere.
    3 points
  21. Sometimes I feel like height and speed, other times I feel like twists and turns, and sometimes I want a launch. Or maybe even tons of airtime. It changes all the time.
    3 points
  22. Good stuff so far, Gator. I actually might head down there later in the summer, so reading this is making me really excited to go!
    3 points
  23. BoddaH1994, Sometimes a post comes along that is pure gold! That picture alone is wonderful for so many reasons (nostalgia, artistic beauty of the billboard, etc.), and your well-written commentary really makes me stop and think of just how ground-breaking that venerable coaster truly was, and how much respect the ol' ride deserves! We KI fans have all these newer, glossy, big-shot coasters and other thrill rides to choose from all over the park, and sometimes I find myself not even paying any attention to the ol' Racer, as if it's just an interactive, decorative gateway to the southeastern
    3 points
  24. My last visit was not actually entirely special. My NEXT visit is the one I'm hoping will be the most memorable visit of the season (perhaps even moreso than Media Day). I am excluding Coasting for Kids in that listing, because that event is so awesome and special that it's unfair to compare anything else to it.
    2 points
  25. Between 4 and 5 hours for Top Gun with DiamondAceExpress after prom. We found ways to pass the time in line!!! Don't get any ideas, OhioColts!
    2 points
  26. As nearly every INTAMIN installation is delayed. Parks want reliabilty, low or no downtime, safety and no surprises. INTAMIN's not very good at that.
    2 points
  27. All I know is that I like every type of coaster. I also know Flight of Fear is underrated.
    2 points
  28. Is it open? And about those press releases. The love Busch has for INTAMIN right now shines right through. I expect there's going to be litigation on this one.
    2 points
  29. I voted "other" because Blitz coaster is not listed.
    2 points
  30. Laterals, negative g's, smooth, fast, laterals....
    2 points
  31. Well, for all you Intamin fans, why can't you have a thrilling and reliable ride from them? Is that too hard to ask from them? If you want any indication of how they're viewed, look at how their American projects have waned, almost exponentially over the last 5 years. Look how long its taken them to fix our very own Drop Tower. I've said this many times, but if you really want something from Intamin, Mack has a lot of the same things and they have a better track record when it comes to reliability.
    2 points
  32. There are steel parts of wooden roller coasters. They too are expensive.
    2 points
  33. 2 points
  34. "Intafail" as you called it produces the most thrilling rides and regularly has their rides rated very high. Id rather Intamin push the envelope and have some downtime than for a park to put in a mediocre ride that's a people eater.
    2 points
  35. ^Sending the global economic community into sheer panic! Touché!
    2 points
  36. Pass options as of today:
    2 points
  37. You'll need the voucher at the season pass processing too, so by all means take it with you
    2 points
  38. Viking Fury is enjoyable, while Berzerker is just a little bit over the top. ♫ da-da-da-di-da-da!♫
    2 points
  39. I do Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  40. I agree. I like that there is so many to check out and probably helps the lines some. But I'd be fine with them cutting out 2 or 3 if it meant having a really strong line up of fewer houses with better theming and quality.
    2 points
  41. Very sad indeed. I haven't gone there in a long time, but I remember when I went at the age of 17 and had a blast. It wasn't crowded at all and there was ample space for swimming/diving/etc. I can remember having to sign a waiver and also my mom having to write down her license plate number and vehicle description just in case one of us got hurt or...well...killed in that case. But yeah. I don't honestly remember anyone walking around checking to make sure people were following the rules. If they were, they were very discrete about it, but again, the place wasn't crowded at all either. I can
    2 points
  42. It would please a lot of people if one side of The Racer ran backwards once in a while - like, maybe, every other year. (I know there are problems with the backwards thing, but other parks are doing it so maybe it could be done with The Racer again?)
    2 points
  43. I've never been to Coney Island (I know, it's on the list) however I LOVE Stricker's. I can't say enough about that place. My first visit was 4 years ago now, and we've been twice a year ever since then (4H because of the lack of lines, and Customer Appreciation Day for free drinks/popcorn/cotten candy/snocones), and it's a 2.5 hour drive each way from where I live. I even convinced my sister to visit the park with her son, and they've been going every year too for the last 4 years. Going to Stricker's is one of my highlights every year over the summer. I think we might be going three tim
    2 points
  44. Those who know do speak, quite a lot actually.
    2 points
  45. Nice report, thanks for sharing. The park sounds nice, glad they are dealing with trouble in a prompt manner.
    1 point
  46. Loved your trip report. But, shhh, I don't want anyone to realize The Beast is back there, keeps the lines short for me!
    1 point
  47. I rode this coaster today and I was thrilled. Racer still has it!
    1 point
  48. Pinks is great, ride Maverick, or TTD first, and just take it in over a couple days enjoy!
    1 point
  49. If Paramount still owned the park I'm not sure we would have a Kings Island to go to. Also, hasn't this been done before?
    1 point
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