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  1. 6 points
    Another great article from @bkroz on TPT... http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20160302/31662/son-beast
  2. 5 points
    Firehawk FIRST. Unless you want to spend needless time waiting, waiting, waiting... First thing after the park opens. Really. And you will get a LOT more replies if you stop the public poll nonsense. EDIT: Public Poll turned off. Thank you.
  3. 5 points
    Been there. Already did that. It was a...dinosaur.
  4. 5 points
    upstop

    Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    I think in the very very beginning it was a proposal. After analysis, they probably thought it wasn't feasible. I like the current proposal if their intent is a two lane continuous right exit at Western Row to north I71. That would eleviate much of the south KI drive congestion especially at park closing time.
  5. 5 points
    upstop

    Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    I think that Soak City Drive is supposed to have exits directly to I71 north via stop light with left turns to KI drive south. Now whether that is completed and ready for use by opening season is the question.
  6. 5 points
    Especially for those (like me) who read and heard first hand accounts of the dismal level of service provided by those who staffed and Managed the various food service establishments within the park last year. Those accounts were enough to make me pass on the $135 upcharge for All Season Dining on my pass this year.
  7. 5 points
    And some of us were asleep or we would have told 'ya. David's awesome. Every time HW refers to its own PR person as a deity, I cringe. (Note that would have NEVER happened when a Presbyterian minister and former nun graced the park management.) David was not and is not a self-aggrandizer. He quietly went about his business as the supreme, confident. competent, humble, highly respected professional he was and is. The media love, adore and respect David Mandt. He's awesome.
  8. 5 points
    CoasterOhio

    Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    Looks like a nice pretty sign is coming to the entrance of the new toll gates! Also, by the way. About the path that is going through the parking lot, it's possible that it's an exit to the parking lot and it's connecting to the Soak City drive.
  9. 4 points
    Please Matt Ouimet... Please. A highly themed, high capacity RMC. I'll stop making fun of Cedar Fair I promise!
  10. 4 points
    I'm guessing that the 2017 speculation begins at the old funnel cake stand.
  11. 4 points
    If wooden coasters were given literally just another year or two to mature, who's to say what Son of Beast could've been? It also would've required that Paramount Parks was willing to pay premium prices for Intamin's product, and that Intamin would've had any interest in designing and building Son of Beast to begin with. Worth noting is that while Colossos is now the tallest wooden roller coaster in the world (197 feet tall), its actual drop is quite a bit shorter (159 feet). El Toro is not physically as tall as Colossos (181 feet) but it drops further (176 feet). So El Toro is taller than Colossos depending on how you're defining your categories, and it's definitely faster. Goliath at Great America is the shortest (in terms of height) of all three (165 feet) but it has the largest drop of all three (180 feet). That said, I'm so confused about what we group into the "wooden" category anymore that I don't know if that's worth counting or not. If rides like Goliath count at wooden coasters, then Colossos will be the 6th tallest in terms of drop when Lightning Rod opens at Dollywood and RMC's Wildfire opens in Sweden this year. It makes you wonder which matters more: the physical height that the ride reaches, or its greatest single elevation change? Of course, that and the "is it really wooden" argument are all arbitrary classifications anyway. Neither here nor there, but interesting stuff.
  12. 4 points
    That's the first I've heard of that, crazy. The food prices down the street does not change on a "busy day".
  13. 4 points
    I've posted this before, but I cant find the old thread that was talking about the improvements. https://youtu.be/oT8ndixalr0 I could've sworn that northbound access to I71 was going to be added for the regular parking lot exit. I never heard of Soak City drive getting one. (That light will have semi close access down where I71 N gets off.) Apparently this page does not tell of such an addition by the KI exit, or it won't be happening. http://www.imaginewesternrow.com/projects
  14. 4 points
    upstop

    Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    Fluctuating food prices doesn't negate the quality of the food or food service, in fact it might turn people away from eating in the park. If something seems too expensive to begin with, a raise in price on a given day could cause guests to leave to eat and once out of the park they may not return.
  15. 4 points
    rcwizard13

    Rivertown funnel cake stand razed

    http://www.KICentral.com/forums/index.php/topic/31742-project-2017/page-9#entry713956 rcwizard13, reminding you that those who talk don't know, and those who know, don't talk.
  16. 4 points
    Oldschool75

    Rivertown funnel cake stand razed

    For those without Twitter. https://twitter.com/kingsislandpr/status/706233701487792129 My question is; what is going in at the old WWC entrance/exit, funnel cake stand if not the Soccer game? Sent from a signal coming out of the Vega system.
  17. 3 points
    calakapepe

    Rivertown funnel cake stand razed

    Direct your hatred towards Six Flags, not RMC. They're just being paid for a job.. and they're doing a fine job IMHO.. minus aesthetics, of course[emoji14]
  18. 3 points
    Tr0y

    Is Firehawk or Vortex better?

    Terp is right Firehawk first, then immediately after ride Flight of Fear. It will save you a lot of time.
  19. 3 points
    I really enjoyed SOB when it first opened but even then it felt that the pacing (I didn't know this word at the time) get off. The whole ride felt like it was a race to the finish. And maybe with that height there was no way to burn off speed and energy efficiently. I remember the feeling of coming out of the first helix into the straight a (brief?) tap of the brakes and then going down into the loop and back into a helix. That's the only part of the ride that felt real good. The rest felt like the train was going to fast to enjoy anything. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. 3 points
    Or if Kings Highschool loves loud construction noises[emoji14]
  21. 3 points
    Quite a different person from the current PR person for Carowinds(Larissa Thompson), both my wife and I have met her.....I have personally met most of the Carowinds PR people since Scott Anderson took over, Larissa was very rude to both of us, in the park. Another reason why my fansite has shifted away from Carowinds. I'm wondering what the situation was in which you met Larissa. That's not at all what I would have expected. I'm just going to come out and ask it - was it media day for Fury? I have heard things about how the enthusiasts were acting...
  22. 3 points
    It's definitely interesting that few coasters these days even come close to the stats of Son of Beast. Interestingly enough, the only currently-operating coaster that comes close to matching Son of Beast in terms of height, speed and length opened just one year later at Heide Park in Germany and was built by Intamin. Colossos is 197 feet tall, has a top speed of 68.4mph and a length of a little over 4400 feet. Even then, nobody else has dared to go higher or faster.
  23. 3 points
    Thanks for posting this! As with the Tomb Raider article, it seems like the Son of Beast piece is doing really well and earning a lot of discussion and comments on social media, which is really what I'm in it for. Great to hear people's stories, to see friends reminiscing, and see strangers agreeing. All good stuff! An interesting story for a very interesting ride that probably is unlike anything we'll see again.
  24. 3 points
    shark6495

    Hulk trains in trash

    Agreed right after Wizarding World opened the wait was a station wait. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. 2 points
    Kind of like a Terp This or That: An ice cream cone with the best ice cream ever or see the best sunrise you'll ever see: "Which is objectively better? Please explain your work."
  26. 2 points
    homestar92

    Is Firehawk or Vortex better?

    Definitely Firehawk first, then Flight of Fear. Everything else is a lot less important for what order you hit it, but those are low capacity and quite popular, so you want to do them before lines have time to develop. As for which is better, that is an absolutely impossible question to answer objectively. They are my two favorite coasters at the park personally, but they each have a very unique set of forces compared to one another and which you'll enjoy more greatly depends on what you look for in a ride.
  27. 2 points
    jcgoble3

    Skull Island: Reign of Kong

    All I'm going to say is that they better have a go-kart track themed to Mario Kart. And not an antique cars-type ride like Tomorrowland Speedway, but an actual racing track with racing karts. Too bad there's no practical way for the last-place driver to throw a blue shell and take out the leader.
  28. 2 points
    What a great read. I still think Son of Beast is one of my favorite rides! The last time I rode it was opening day 2009. It is crazy to think that was almost 7 years ago!
  29. 2 points
    Exactly! I thought the soccer game would be going where World's Greatest Funnel Cakes once stood. Hmmm.... -MDMC, who thinks 2016 will be a season for speculation!
  30. 2 points
    There is just over 647 acres total. The missing acreage? Great Wolf Lodge. And the lands Carl Lindner retained when he sold to Paramount. There is a thread here about it. Kings Island Company in the assessor's records. http://www.KICentral.com/forums/index.php/topic/12296-park-acreage/
  31. 2 points
    stashua123

    Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    I know they own about approximately 770 acres at least as they sold some of the land they bought in 1972 for other ventures like the Great Wolf Lodge and such. *exits stage left for somebody more knowledgeable*
  32. 2 points
    rhyano

    Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    It is just the land the park takes up right now
  33. 2 points
  34. 2 points
    thegajone

    Hulk trains in trash

    That would make sense if true. The ride seems a little dated at this point. When it opened I had never been on an invert before so I thought it was the coolest thing ever. But even then lines were short, so I was able to ride it about 6-7 times in an hour, maybe more. Now that I've been on some amazing inverts plus the fact that they don't duel any more, that coaster seems about as ordinary as it gets. And since Hogsmeade opened, that is pretty prime real estate these days. Sent from my SM-G925V using Tapatalk
  35. 2 points
    Great article, a coaster I loved for sure. Just maybe a bit ahead of its time.
  36. 2 points
    Tanna

    Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    I'm used to poor hygiene as I work in a prison, but man did I feel like I got stuck behind every stinky person at the park last season. Ironically, I show a hygiene film from the 80's in my classes. Super cheesy and unfortunately ineffective as well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Along the lines of the "Mister Bungles" PSA that they showed on HBO's Peewee's Playhouse, no doubt. The conundrum of stink is that those that stink are used to it.
  37. 2 points
    Looks like it was David Mandt at the time: http://www.enquirer.com/editions/1999/08/26/loc_kings_island_taking.html - mentioned as KI spokesperson in 1999 Further research indicates he later went on to a similar role at Carowinds in 2003, then VP of Communications for the IAAPA in 2006.
  38. 2 points
    I love that photo of Son of Beast with the tower framed within the loop. It's so iconic. Do we know who took it? Was Don our PR guy back then?
  39. 2 points
    How about that map on the first page? King Cobra but no Vortex, so it must be mid-80's.
  40. 2 points
    Oldiesmann

    Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    Making everyone enter there makes more sense. Making people drive all the way down to the old entrance just to drive back the way they came is a bit ridiculous, and it also gives more room for traffic entering from the south, helping relieve possible backups on I-71.
  41. 2 points
    ...which means many of those refillers will no longer be jumping lines and clogging up lines at food service locations. Great move, Kings Island!
  42. 1 point
    Going off of last week's topic, this week we will be taking a much lighter note on the various areas of Kings Island. Throughout the history of Kings Island we have had some incredible themed areas. The areas of Kings Island have evolved and changed to the ever changing amusement industry that we live in today. From some of the great themes by Paramount, to some of the more interesting notes on theme by Cedar Fair, we have seen some huge changes in how the areas have evolved and changed. This week, we will be taking a look at the most utilized theme of an area. This could be by use of attractions, or revamps that created even better areas. The main focus though is theme and how it is used. Coney Mall is the prime example for me. Even though it has evolved and changed, it still has that classic feel that it meant to provoke. The classic carnival theme, even though modified, still strikes a tone with me and how I feel about the area. It's a place to where you can find classic attractions with modern day flare. Flats, an ARROW Looper, and a classic woody sums up everything that a carnival should have. Also, it's the one area that I can proudly support Midway Games along the side of the walkways.
  43. 1 point
    MrBestDayEver

    Hulk trains in trash

    Well you have to remember that at Universal the big crazy coaster isn't king. The E-Ticket is. Potter changed everything for Universal and because of this UC has changed their agenda. They are now much more interested in highly immersive lands and E-Tickets than big thrilling coasters. The only reason they are refurbishing Hulk is because it's an iconic part of Islands of Adventure and is still very popular. Dragons has been loosing popularity and more importantly doesn't fit the bill for an ultra immersive world like Hogsmeade. It's taking up prime real estate, real estate that could be used for another E-Ticket. I don't have concrete evidence that this is happening and plans can always change. But I do feel confident in saying that its future is questionable. If I hear otherwise I'll definitely let you know. Edit: So I just heard the craziest rumor about Hulk ever. I don't believe it at all but someone suggested that Hulk's new trains will have B&M hyper restraints. Like I said I don't believe it at all... but if it did... new best roller coaster ever.
  44. 1 point
    MrBestDayEver

    Kentucky Kingdom

    I'm so excited for Storm Chaser! I really hope it's a huge success for the park and brings lots of paying customers so Kentucky Kingdom can stay open for a long time. Mostly so I can have an RMC close to me because clearly Cedar Fair isn't going to do it.
  45. 1 point
    Voicetek

    Should parks invest in animation?

    It's one thing to design a regular ride, such as a coaster, around theming. It's another thing where the ride itself IS the theming, like a dark ride. Not sure how you'd balance a dark ride and it's theming so that the ride would still be good without it. Imagine Haunted Mansion without any of props, effects, or animatronics. You'd basically just be riding through an empty building. How about Pirates of the Caribbean or Splash Mountain without any of it's animatronics or effects. Basically just boat rides, and probably pretty boring ones at that until you came to Splash Mountain's drop - that might be sort of fun. Let's bring it a little closer to home. How about Phantom Theater without any of the characters, props, or effects? Just a musical journey through an empty building. Not fun at all. When it comes to dark rides, theming is everything! Great theming makes a great dark ride, and crappy theming makes a crappy dark ride. We've seen both possibilities at KI and I think we'd all agree on which one is better. Now to theme a coaster or something, I do think theming can enhance the experience. I loved Adventure Express' theming when it first opened. The ride is a lot of fun, but wow, when all the theming is working, it's quite amazing. And we all know the sad, sad story of Tomb Raider the Ride when it became The Crypt. When all the theming was removed, it was just a hollowed out, empty room with nothing to really grab your attention. A big dark room with a swinging platform that spun you around and around a few times. Not great at all.
  46. 1 point
    Tr0y

    Should parks invest in animation?

    Animatronics are great on coasters but only if they are maintained. I think Kings Island is better off without them tho. The park has trouble maintaining its current animatronics let alone light bulbs.. I really liked what they did with Banshee as far as themeing.
  47. 1 point
    The Interpreter

    Project 2017?

    Lori's Holiday World: Rider Comfort. Cost. Prevent or reduce unnecessary maintenance. Current management's goals and costs tolerance are different than those in the past. Watch what they do, not what they say.
  48. 1 point
    Steph88

    Should parks invest in animation?

    Theming lasts forever if you maintain it. I agree. I'd take a well themed smaller ride over a giga any day.
  49. 1 point
    The Interpreter

    SeaWorld Dishonesty

    In the face of this news, SEAS closed down NINE POINT TWO PERCENT!: http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0VY2UA The market certainly does not agree with Mr. Goble. I'd not be surprised if criminal charges were filed.
  50. 1 point
    http://meadvilletribune.com/local/x1303519145/County-officials-Amusement-park-must-come-up-with-tax-payment-plan-or-face-public-auction-in-September Poor Conneaut, such an interesting place.
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