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  1. We are in need of riders for a photo shoot Friday morning (August 28), from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The shoot will include a series of thrill rides and family attractions in Planet Snoopy. If you are interested, please click on the link below for more information and to register. This is only for Shift 1 in the morning. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/kiphotoshoot In addition, I am in need of riders for night visuals on Banshee and Diamondback Friday night (August 28), starting when the park closes at 10:00 p.m. Park admission is required to participate in this shoot. The first 45
    17 points
  2. I went to the State Fair and Kentucky Kingdom this evening. Here are my impressions: 1. Very light crowds at KK. Everything I wanted to do, I did and as a walk on, except my first ride on Lightning Run, which was about a 10 minute wait at 5:30pm. 2. Crowds in the park were much higher caliber than the ones on the fair midway. Polite, no cursing loudly, no smoking, etc. 3. The park was VERY clean and the landscape was impeccable. I learned about some new to me plants today with the plant ID tags the park has installed. Grounds were spotless. 4. Fair was VERY crowded. Food was v
    10 points
  3. We have our new announcement date:
    7 points
  4. We'll send out an email tomorrow with the details on where to meet.
    6 points
  5. So far: Carowinds gets Cirque Imagine next year. And the cast is there!! Good for Carowinds. New Starbucks near the park entrance.
    6 points
  6. And I am a sucker for immersive experiences with real effects. Sorry I am one of the few that misses Amity and Jaws. One of my favorite rides at Universal. Then again I think Indiana Jones at Disneyland is better than Spiderman and pretty much anything else out there.
    6 points
  7. Well folks, that question is now answered.... Looks like we've got a daily countdown on our hands..... #2.... Cedar Point on Facebook: "Mine Ride. 1969. One of the first roller coasters to utilize steel tubular track. #2" Photo : Cedar Point via Facebook
    6 points
  8. Heard something very funny while riding Adventure Express on Sunday. A mother and her six year old were riding behind me... Mom - "Are you sure this is like a train ride" 6 year old son - "Yeah mom, just like a train ride" (ride starts and right at the first drop and through out the ride) Mom - "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh - Jeesh - ahhhhhh - OOOOO-----NOoooooo!!!!" Son (giggled furiously the whole way) (back in the station) Mom - "That was NOT a train ride!!!!" Son - "You should never trust a six year old."
    6 points
  9. Uh...Ohio has 2 bodies of water on its borders- the Ohio River and Lake Erie.
    5 points
  10. Just because Kings Island isn't located in a state that borders two bodies of is NOT an excuse to reject theme. Theming was always considered a major part of the park when it opened in 1972. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 points
  11. This project isn't being dropped without fanfare at 11pm on a Saturday night.
    5 points
  12. Even then though, with KI you can see and hear Banshee roaring and screeching. Diamondback towers over the park ominously. The screams of Invertigo chill your bones. The excited children pointing at the T-Rex, their imaginations running wild. Then you get through the entrance. The monstrous fountains hit your ears at the exact moment the peppy pop music does. You look up and there's the green metallic Eiffel Tower, looking as tall as ever. Then it hits you: you're here.
    5 points
  13. I like how Ouimet is willing to show you just enough of the cards to keep you engaged. He doesn't say exactly what's planned, but you know the plans are there. I'm not sure if his style is intentional or not, but it's very fun.
    5 points
  14. Apparently on Tuesday night, KK stopped allowing guests into the park by 8:30 saying they were closing early. I know someone that was turned away.
    5 points
  15. Good luck to those going. If I lived closer, I'd be there.
    4 points
  16. Don posted here about Kings Island needing volunteers for photoshoots. Tony Clark posted something similar on Cedar Point's blog. The first photoshoot opportunity: "Sunday, August 30 (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora, OH - looking for all ages and heights" Sounds like the future is, if only for one more season, bright for Ohio's Wildwater Kingdom. Unless they're for generic use across all of Cedar Fair's parks...?
    4 points
  17. Cedar Point on Facebook : "Corkscrew. 1976. The first roller coaster in the world to have three inversions. #3" Photo : Cedar Point via Facebook
    4 points
  18. 4 points
  19. Here's a link to the Friday morning sign-up page that works on mobile devices: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/kings-island-photo-shoot?mobile=0
    4 points
  20. I can tell you that Henley said it best. Good bye BB, Once again.
    4 points
  21. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk
    4 points
  22. Universal is ON FIRE. So many great additions to the park. And yeah, sure, they're removing classic attractions. But these classic attractions are old and outdated. Hate to say it, but there's not many people in this generation that are big fans of Beetlejuice. It's all about what's popular now. Edit: You know what else is old and outdated? Universal's website. It's been nearly the same for years. The attractions listing is really weird and I don't like it...I wish they would change it.
    4 points
  23. Nice interview with Mr. Ouimet. http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-trb-cedar-fair-coasters-20150827-story.html
    3 points
  24. I know Terp and I have been to Lagoon and know at least how it used to be. Lagoon used to be my home park. You want a park that has changed where it should, but knows where it shouldn't, that's Lagoon. It's essentially the same park it's always been, but also isn't afraid to change with the times. I think this documentary captures it perfectly:
    3 points
  25. While an update on front gate of KI would be great a coaster at it would take away fro. One of the best entrances ever.
    3 points
  26. I definitely prefer practical effects and rides over the simulated, but I think Universal has done a great job with the simulated rides/screens as well. Spider-Man and Harry Potter (especially Forbidden Journey) are great combinations of practical and simulated. But Yes I would love to see some more stuff like Indiana Jones, that is one of the best rides. At the same time too, while I like practical effects and they seem more real, for the movies the screens I think are a bit more immersive for the movies. IT allows you to really go on a journey with the characters from the film in ways that
    3 points
  27. Sorry about your ankle! According to the 2015 guest assistance guide, "casts are not permitted on Banshee, Diamondback and Drop Tower." Additionally, no leg casts are permitted on Backlot Stunt Coaster or Flight of Fear. See Guest Services at the front of the park for a full list of attractions that you can safely ride. (Operators at certain rides may need to check that you were cleared to ride at Guest Services, so I suggest making your way there first.)
    3 points
  28. For the families who visit Kings Dominion's water park, it probably wasn't a choice between "Atlantic Ocean" or "Soak City." That would be like asking why folks would bother to visit Kings Island's water park instead of going to Lake Erie.
    3 points
  29. “When you get to the park and you see that coaster, you can’t help but think you’re in for a good day.” This is exactly how I feel entering Cedar Point too. Used to be the thrills were a bit further out in the distance, but at CP it's right up front, and as you're waiting outside the gates it builds a lot of anticipation and excitement. You're seeing the beauty of the coaster, hearing the sounds, and seeing the people having a blast. It makes for such a great atmosphere and a great start to the day. Kings Island's entrance is beautiful as is. It has kind of a more relaxed feel to it. L
    3 points
  30. Confirms what I said about a month ago. They're satisfied with KI's entrance as is.
    3 points
  31. Still tremendously sad. This would be like Lagoon deciding to take down the Roller Coaster for me. Every enthusiast has their coaster, and for those who like Thunder Road, this is devastating. Lucky, Roller Coaster extends into the parking lot and is nowhere near the water park. (It's also well maintained and a source of pride)
    3 points
  32. I'm not sure how that decision was made, considering Kings Dominion's waterpark was just changed this year to Soak City from WaterWorks. Perhaps it has something to do with being the biggest waterpark in the carolinas?
    3 points
  33. This is a move in the right direction. This identity is fresh, cohesive within the park's themed lands, and classy. Maybe if our water park expansion had come a few years later, we'd have Kings Coast or something more appropriate than the generic Soak City.
    3 points
  34. I guess it was a copy and paste article with the same photos from another website. Here is the link to it and check the comment section under 'best rated' and there are plenty of people talking about how the park was packed and high ticket prices haha. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3180987/Heading-Oblivion-Alton-Towers-quiet-thrillseekers-barely-queue-popular-rollercoasters-park-shuts-early-hardly-s-there.html#article-3180987 I knew I wasn't going crazy about seeing a comment section on this article.
    3 points
  35. Blackbeard's Revenge. The same slide complex KI is getting next year.
    3 points
  36. Terp Read the comment section of this article. The people commenting have mentioned that the park is as packed as usual. If you notice the photos almost everything (trees, Buildings, etc) has long shadows in them which to me means they were taken in the early morning. I can take some photos at Cedar Point during the ERT session that would make it look like a ghost town in the middle of summer if that was my intention. Now do I think attendance has dropped off a little bit yes. But this seems to be a story that is highly sensationalized for clicks and comments.Edit: it appears the comment secti
    3 points
  37. And that last part, killed it for me . I have a very difficult/nearly impossible time in "regular" Haunts that contain scareactors, handling them in that type of environment would be impossible. I was genuinely hoping for the type of experience I described. One haunt that I attended (I think at Universal Orlando....cant be sure, I've been to many) several years ago provided the leader in the group with a flashlight....however it was rigged to work for a while then it would shut off at strategic points to allow the group to experience total darkness. The groups were small but the effe
    3 points
  38. While I'm sure many will enjoy this new addition, I will miss the removal of more classic Universal Attractions to make room for another simulator/screen ride. Just seems like Universal has gone the route of adding new attractions that are basically the same simulator/screen concept. Then again that is how they are able to roll new attractions out so quickly.
    3 points
  39. The only time I saw anything done about what I call the "special snowflake" spots (the ones with yellow diagonal "don't park here idiot" markings, at the end of each row), they were just warnings that said if they did it again that season they'd be fined or towed (I asked the attendant leaving the tickets). I do wish they would police it a little better, because those spots on the ends are meant to be left open so people can see traffic and pedestrians when turning onto the main drag out of the lot.
    3 points
  40. I wouldn't expect KI to get a front gate coaster anyhow, mainly as there are too many buildings to go around and having a coaster go into the eyesore that would be the employee area. I do think the front gate could use a bit of a face lift though. Nothing too drastic, but something slightly more modernized.
    2 points
  41. I hope so too. Would love to see an Indiana Jones ride put in to replace the stunt show. Think it would make a great addition to the park.
    2 points
  42. Interesting... A Wednesday during which the park isn't open... Have some Hart, Cedar Fair!
    2 points
  43. 2 points
  44. Sorry for the link full of ads, but here are a few images of the continued destruction of a classic roller coaster. <http://www.wsoctv.com/gallery/news/local/images-carowinds-tears-down-iconic-thunder-road/gCWP9/#more-galleries>
    2 points
  45. Ed Hart should take up acting with his role playing in writing all these articles.
    2 points
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