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  1. The Eleven Commandments, in case you forgot: 1. Thou shalt have no other gods before God. 2. Thou shalt not make any idols. 3. Thou shalt not use the Lord's name in vain. 4. Thou shalt keep the Sabbath holy. 5. Honor thy father and mother. 6. Thou shalt not commit murder. 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery. 8. Thou shalt not steal. 9. Thou shalt not give false testimony about his (or her) neighbor. 10. Thou shalt not covet. 11. Thou shalt not mess with Adventure Express, or else NOW YOU WILL PAY.
    7 points
  2. Let's not jump to conclusions about service life. If the upkeep is kept up I can't see why these coasters can't operate longer than 25 years. This is very sad indeed.
    4 points
  3. Remember how Busch Gardens Williamsburg removed Big Bad Wolf, citing a 25 year shelf life for Arrow Suspended Coasters? Ninja is 26. Not saying there's any truth to that, it's just odd. This is not good at all. Other than Ninja, there are three Arrow Suspended Coasters left operating with their original suspended trains. All three are at Cedar Fair parks. *gulp* Either way, this is horrible. Obviously hoping those seriously injured are alright...
    4 points
  4. Sure can! Both train stations have convenient upgrade kiosks disguised as regular ole train station ticket kiosks. From what folks are saying about Hogwarts Express, it would be worth it. And it's an entirely different attraction in each direction...
    4 points
  5. Yeah, and walking that trail reminds you of the drastic changes in elevation... I have slightly grown bored of the trail (Have been almost every Sunday since the park opened) but my son absolutely loves it. Looks like, Sundays are Dino Days for us....
    4 points
  6. Also recognize that the first week of August is most students' last week off for summer, and that Diagon Alley will be less than a month old at the time. Universal has hit it out of the park with Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, and wait times will reflect that. When Hogsmeade opened, folks were waiting for 90 minutes or more to get into shops and restaurants. With that pressure distributed between two Wizarding World lands, it shouldn't be quite as bad, but recognize that if your time is short, you may have to buy a wand from a cart instead of waiting an hour or more to get into Ollivander's. It depends on your priorities. If you're going just for the Wizarding World lands, you can do it all in two days. To me, that would do a disservice to two of the greatest theme parks in the world, though. Don't make the mistake of trying to meticulously plan which park you'll visit first and where you'll run to and what order you'll do rides in. Just like Kings Island, things rarely work out that smoothly. Go with the flow, try not to stress, and get lost in the moments. Universal has a really cool dichotomy: you'll be dropped off directly in the center of the kidney-bean shaped CityWalk. Two identical bridges branch off from each end of the kidney bean: one toward the Pharos Lighthouse, and one toward the Universal Studio Gates. You can plan until the cows come home, but when you first land there and see those two park icons, you'll just end up going with the flow anyway and following whichever path feels right to you.
    4 points
  7. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's something that will be open all season and not just for Haunt. We don't need another permanent structure that sits there closed for 90% of the operating season. It might make sense to us because most of us go all season long, but for people vacationing, it just looks like one more attraction that's not operational. How does that look for our park? I don't know, I'm just sort of against building permanent structures that are visible and that take up useful space, but then only having them open for one month. I might be wrong, but it's just how I feel.
    4 points
  8. Ride ops on Diamondback who put singles in odd rows and couples in even. Because why wouldn't strangers want to sit right next to each other and couples four feet away?
    4 points
  9. Here's one that I just experienced earlier today: some guy had one of those strap-on camera mounts on his chest and was attempting to hook it up just before we hit the lift hill on The Beast. The ride ops spotted it and stopped our train on the lift hill for approximately 10 minutes. They explained over the speakers for him to put it away, but the guy wouldn't and a ride op had to climb up to us to confiscate it. The other riders gave him plenty of grief about it.
    4 points
  10. About the only positive thing about my sleep disorder is endless early morning hours to spend doing silly stuff
    4 points
  11. Just hope we don't end up seeing something like this. (Photo from Theme Park Review) If that happened, then HUSS fault would it be?
    4 points
  12. I get text message notifications whenever Kings Island PR posts a tweet for the purpose of "Tweet-Ups" and I had a lump go in my throat when I saw a tweet come across saying "A popular attraction is leaving the park a week from today". I clicked on the link and it was talking about the freaking noodle. I thought it was going to be SRR, thankfully it wasn't because I would of been very mad.
    4 points
  13. Wow, so sorry to hear about that. Thoughts are with you and Julie's family during this. Keep your memories close!
    4 points
  14. As shocking as that pic is, look at the positive: the people appear to no have suffered a major injury & the train looks to have not fallen to the ground.
    3 points
  15. I also recall the park stating a while back that Banshee had given 500,000+ rides and was the most ridden ride in the park so far this year (which it should be as it is the big new ride). And this was like a month or so ago. So, under 30 minute waits are a sign of the ride's high capacity and not really lack of popularity... This news pleases me because if it's true, then Banshee joins the list of "Crowded Day Bail-Out" coasters along with Vortex, Bat, Adventure Express, and Racer- thus you have 5 fun, thrilling rides you can get in on a single day at Kings Island even when crowds are at their worst. Though you're still going to have to make some cuts with rides like Diamondback, Beast, Flight of Fear, Firehawk, BLSC, and Invertigo which are either low capacity or super popular or sometimes even both as they will eat 1 hour plus easy on crowded days...and FOF & Firehawk often get near or over 2+ hours...
    3 points
  16. I wore my Outer Limits Flight of Fear shirt today in honor of it being the first time in a month it's been up when I have been at the park. The ride ops really loved it, I wasn't expecting them to notice so much.
    3 points
  17. It has incredible capacity, and is doing its job, as B&M's do...
    3 points
  18. Banshee goes the speed for which it was designed. It is what it is.
    3 points
  19. I bet you can buy up. Uni would be pleased to take your money.
    3 points
  20. If you say so. I suppose all those bones were created by Clarence Darrow and were cooked up to confusigate us.
    3 points
  21. That's a fowl comment. I don't eggzactly agree.
    3 points
  22. You are going to LOVE Universal Orlando. LOVE it. It's fantastic. When I visit Orlando, Universal is my primary destination every time, above Walt Disney World. The two parks are snuggled right up to each other and VERY easy to walk between. For that reason alone, get a Park-to-Park ticket. It'll let you bounce between the resort's highlights, especially at the end of the second day. You'll be kicking yourself if you go to Islands of Adventure on Tuesday, then Universal Studios on Wednesday and realize you can't run back and re-ride Spider-Man that night. Also remember: Diagon Alley has two major attractions: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, and the Hogwarts Express. The Hogwarts Express is a fully-immersive dark ride (so it is NOT a simple train like Kings Island's or the Walt Disney World Railroad) that travels BETWEEN Diagon Alley (at Universal Studios) and Hogsmeade (at Islands of Adventure). You cannot ride the Hogwarts Express attraction unless you have a Park-to-Park ticket. You board in Kings Cross Station at Diagon Alley and get off in Hogsmeade at the other park (or vice versa) so without a Park-to-Park ticket, you will miss that E-ticket, headlining, major ride. There's nothing I'd tell you to skip, but with time being short, focus on the obvious headlining rides (Forbidden Journey, Gringotts, Revenge of the Mummy, Spider-Man, Transformers, Jurassic Park, Hulk, Dragon Challenge, Men In Black) but be sure not to miss Poseidon's Fury, E.T., and the Horror Make-Up Show. You'll find that Universal's two parks contain as many headlining attractions as Disney World's four, and doing it in 2 days won't be easy! If you're staying on-property at one of the resort's three deluxe hotels, your room key counts as FREE, UNLIMITED front-of-the-line passes (not good on Gringotts or Forbidden Journey, last I checked). You can also purchase once-per-ride Express Pass Plus online or at the park, with prices fluctuating based on expected crowd levels. It can be pricy based on the time of year, but it will definitely relieve pressure from your vacation and allow you to relax a bit.
    3 points
  23. Spiderman is a fantastic ride that you can't miss. A hidden gem is the Twister experience. Lots of fun! Incredible Hulk is tons of fun too.
    3 points
  24. Got wood?? Sent from a signal coming out of the Vega system.
    3 points
  25. Lol... right but he wasn't a REAL hippie. He was the shiny rich suburb kid version of a hippie. His whole get up was most definately bought at the mall.
    3 points
  26. The weather is cooperating so far! Already been on Delirium, Banshee, FoF, Firehawk, BLSC, Beast, DB, WWC, and taken a 30 minute lunch break.
    3 points
  27. Delirium is a Huss ride... Remember how long it took to get a part for that a few years ago. SR&R isn't exactly a new ride, we'll see how long it takes to stroll down to the local Budapest Sears for a replacement part.
    3 points
  28. ^ That just gave me a massive facepalm. Transmitted from Wild Space via my datapad's DROID brain
    3 points
  29. Oh, yes, those are footers. Kings Island's building a roller coaster in a tiny field right next to The Beast. World's shortest inverted coaster.
    3 points
  30. That's why it was only 10 minutes. What is usually maybe a 30 to 45 minute wait, is a 10 to 15 minute wait on Banshee, that's the beauty of the ride!
    3 points
  31. I don't know where to post this because I just have to get it off my chest. Due to the request of others I cannot say anything on Facebook. So, this seemed like a more logical place. My friend Julie lost her battle to cancer yesterday. While I am going to miss her, I am so happy she's no longer in pain. Her daughter contacted me Sunday and told me I needed to come see her because she had gotten worse. So Princess Sparkles and I went to visit her and I am so happy I was able to tell her I loved her one more time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  32. 1. Worlds of Fun is wonderful and really, really underrated. So is Timber Wolf. This doesn't have anything to do with anything. I just had to put that out there. 2. So I went to Worlds of Fun last weekend. I'm currently kicking myself repeatedly. Why? Because I missed out on The Great American Train Robbery, which appears to be live entertainment that interacts with their train (which appears to be very similar to the KI & MVRR.) As tersely described on Worlds of Fun's website: I know some of the members here have visited Worlds of Fun this year, so I'm curious: has anyone here ridden the Worlds of Fun Railroad this season and experienced the Great American Train Robbery? Any thoughts or comments on it? As for the rest of us: does this give anyone else here hope that our train could again someday see live entertainment interact with it?
    2 points
  33. I'm finally, finally getting the opportunity to visit Universal the first week of August. Lots of planning to do, but the general plan is to spend Monday getting to Florida, Tuesday/Wednesday at Universal, and head home Thursday. My best friend and I (huge Potter fans) are VERY excited to see The Wizarding World! However, I couldn't help but notice that Hogsmeade is in one park and Diagon Alley is in the other park. Is it better to get a two-day single park ticket (Hogsmeade one day and Diagon Alley the next), or get a two-day park-to-park ticket? I bought the Beyond Disney Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and the Best of Central Florida a while ago, and as I'm sitting down to plan my trip, I'm finding myself extremely overwhelmed. I know I'm not going to get to do everything in two days, so I'm trying to maximize what I can do. What other Universal tips do you have? What are the "must rides," and what should I skip? I really appreciate any advice I can get.
    2 points
  34. Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved. This is truly horrible. I hope first and foremost that there are no serious long-term injuries from this incident. Even if there is no physical injury, I can imagine I would be traumatized from going through something like that. Magic Mountain's PR department will likely have their work cut out for them for the next few days. I really hope this isn't the beginning of the end of the Arrow Suspended Coasters. There are only 5 left in the world, only four in their original form, and one of those four isn't exactly a thrilling and dynamic ride... I will say that I continue to stand by my statement that coasters are among the safest forms of amusement in the world.
    2 points
  35. Depends on how suddenly the train came to a stop. A sudden stop at speeds as low as 20mph can cause injuries more serious than you think. Also, you may not see blood or anything, but think about possible neck or back injuries. These types of injuries can lead to a domino effect if not treated and rehabbed correctly. Being a former college athlete, i have all sorts of problems with my back, hips, and most of all, my knees that go all the back to injuries i had in high school.
    2 points
  36. 2 points
  37. ABC is reporting that a tree may have fallen on the ride https://twitter.com/clayton_sandell/status/486331084012257280 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  38. With today's technology "it" could easily work? What's "it"? Not Son of Beast! "It" was a product of its times. The technology available at that time is WHY Son of Beast was what it was. The people around at that time, too. Given today's leadership, today's technology, today's shareholders, today's Kings Island, Son of Beast probably wouldn't happen at all. If it would, it would look, feel, and be marketed very differently. Hindsight is 20/20. Can we say that if Paramount had waited a few years, then Son of Beast could've been among the first of Intamin's wildly popular plug-and-play wooden coasters (like El Toro)? Sure. It's possible. If they'd waited a few after that, Son of Beast could've been Rocky Mountain Coaster style hybrid track. But they didn't. There's no telling what "it" would look like if it were built today... or if "it" would be built at all. To imagine the exact Son of Beast we once had, but with Intamin's super smooth track is just silly. That's not an option.
    2 points
  39. I always like the Erie music at Maple Grove.
    2 points
  40. @ DontWantToWait42mar0- I know you've been on here long enough to know why a ride like Son of Beast won't work. In fact, you were involved in many of those same discussions.
    2 points
  41. I would like to see KI add a show kind of element to their train ride.
    2 points
  42. And now dining stuff. I really wish I was more organized and able to put this all into one post. Both of the Wizarding World's big restaurants (Three Broomsticks / Hog's Head Pub in Hogsmeade and Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley) get consistently rave reviews. They serve authentic UK fare with no intrusive offerings. No Coca-Cola products, for example. Only Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juice, Gillyweed Soda, etc.. I'm sure you'll make sure to eat at both anyway, but it's worth repeating that they're GREAT restaurants and TOTALLY integrated into the story. Obviously Butterbeer (served as a soft drink or a frozen variety) are available in both places. If you get it at the Hog's Head, tip your bartender... Outside of the Wizarding World, Universal's food offerings aren't spectacular in terms of quick-service (a lot of hamburgers and spaghetti) but Mythos in the Lost Continent wins annual awards for its food, and it's worth eating there just to see the interior. The restaurant that's been causing a stir in Diagon Alley is Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor. Apparently the Butterbeer ice cream is worth waiting for. The website I write for, Theme Park Tourist, has full guides to most theme parks, including Universal Orlando's two parks. Each park has its rides and restaurants rated and categorized and briefly described, so that can be fun to look through too! But I'm biased - I wrote the guides...
    2 points
  43. On the subject of adding another day, Universal's ticket prices did a big jump when Diagon Alley opening neared, but they're still pretty reasonable. It's ESPECIALLY cheap to add extra days. (I was stunned to find that adding another day cost a whopping $5.00 per person when I last visited.) Assuming you'll do a Park-to-Park ticket (which, again, is the only way to get on the Hogwarts Express), a two-day ticket is $175.99. A three-day ticket is $185.99... A difference of $10.00. So, if your plane gets in at 2 or 3 in the afternoon, you'll be in your hotel by 3 or 4 (presumably) and for $10, you can upgrade your ticket to three days and be in the parks that night from, say, 5 - 10. That's 5 extra hours for an additional $10. Even if it's not beautifully ideal, that's 5 hours to get your bearings, ride a few big attractions, and get excited for your two full days to follow. Now, if your plane is landing at 6 or 7, it might not be worth the effort to rush to the parks. But it's something to consider!
    2 points
  44. Sooo, now that you own two theme parks, do all KIC members get in free?! Update: sorry I missed your post about your friend. My thought and prayers go out to you and your family and your friends family.
    2 points
  45. In DC, most museums are free and I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to see the Air and Space Museum, which is terrific. They have one of the retired shuttles on display, though I believe it's an upcharge. Terpy lives out that way so he could say for certain. If you want to go to a pay museum, the spy museum downtown is a lot of fun and packs a good punch for the money. A side trip to Monticello or Mt. Vernon is worth it as well, since the grounds are gorgeous as are the homes.
    2 points
  46. Getting off Racer, I was walking behind a guy as he told his son "we'll ride Vortex next. It's a lot smoother than this one because it's steel and steel coasters are always smoother." Edit: just now, coming down the elevator on ET, the ride op asked if anyone had any questions and a lady, while facing out the window towards Vortex, responded "when did they take out Vortex?" The look on the ride op's face was priceless. "They didn't, and you're looking right at it" she responded. I thought the lady might have been having one of those "moments" that I sometimes have and meant to say something else but accidently said "'Vortex" because she happened to be staring at Vortex, but this was not the case.
    2 points
  47. Maybe someone pulled on a tree one too many times while riding the ride, I mean they do warn when riding that ride about 50 times to not pull on the trees, maybe there was more reasons than just wanting to not damage the trees.
    2 points
  48. Was it creepy enough to be a Halloween Haunt? I bet with some tweeking it would be.....(hint ki!)
    2 points
  49. This is the look I'm giving you
    2 points
  50. I had the same reaction, only I thought FoF. I wasn't aware the noodle was "a popular attraction."
    2 points
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