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  1. Last weekend, several of us held the fourth annual KIC holiday meetup at Great Wolf Lodge. It's great to see everyone in the off-season and to escape winter for a couple days! I arrived first, getting there just before 10:00am Friday to watch the singing trees perform in the Clock Tower show. They're not Singing Mushrooms, but they'll do. By mid-afternoon, exscream team, jcgoble3, Oldiesmann, pianoman, & silver2005 had joined. We all had some early fun in the waterpark, getting several laps on the slides before crowds showed up. Here are five of us, weighing in just under the limi
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  2. Sure sounds like a fan site to me. Then again, when I'm working with news crews they commonly do live Facebook shots between hits... sounds like vlogs in a way to me. Of course, TPR does vlogs, articles, photos, etc... that's a fan site, right? The reason why I ask is because the lines blurring to two is a consistent debate. Heck, KIC used to have a contract with a major local media company that involved sharing revenue as well as a direct RSS feed from our main page to their entertainment section. Although I felt like a big leaguer, I never really felt like we had become a 'news' orga
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  3. I asked Don Helbig about it closing weekend, and he said there will not be a blanket invitation for coaster clubs to Mr. T's media day like there apparently was for Banshee's. He did say there will/may be opportunities to win an invite before then though. I'm betting on Twitter and possibly Snapchat contests.
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  4. Cause Friday is Good Friday. Keep in mind they have been no mention of a preview night for 2017. The park opened on Good Friday in 2014 why couldn't they do it again? Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
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  5. Who in their right mind wants to swim in December anyway? ...oh wait.
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  6. And welcome to KIC! I see you joined some time ago but just started posting
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  7. This past season was the first I found caring the refillable bottles along to be a hassle. Maybe because now I have 2 kids tall enough for Banshee, I found myself asking if we were planning on riding that, and if so, we didn't bring the bottles in. Plus, am I the only one who thinks the quality of the bottles has gone down each year?? Seriously, scan my pass, give me a paper cup, and let's move on with our day!
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  8. When it's "only" 120 days until the park opens (probably).
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  9. They could make the option with the cups available as well as the all-season drink pass and give people who already purchased the option of redeeming for one or the other. I would say that perhaps they could do both, give you a cup but also allow you to swipe your pass, but I think that would open the door to fraud wherein someone could buy it and then give their cup to someone else, effectively resulting in them having TWO drink plans. You could also just make it where per day, you can use one or the other but not both. That would effectively be no different than what they have now, a
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  10. I'm sure someone knows. rcwizard13, filling in for a terrific member on long term leave.
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  11. No, just... no! Fix whats screwed up royally at the 11 parks they currently own, and leave the others alone. We,the park going public, already have enough (too many) cookie cutter Corporate parks, leave the smaller parks (Indiana Beach and Adventureland come to mind) for those who cant, or wont, pay $9 for a subpar burger or pay-to-cut upcharges. People seem to forget that competition can be a very good thing. An example of how it can be good AND bad together, is the "my lift hill is bigger than your lift hill" contest that went on between CP and SF:WoA. That created mass expansion on bot
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  12. Another option to grow revenue is to market their brand outside the park. For instance start of chain of fast food restaurants serving up their line of premium burgers, chicken strips and chicken sandwiches. Right now if you want that deliciousness you have to drive to the park and you can't even get it during the off season. The pent up demand is just huge, just look at how long the lines are the first couple of weeks of the season.
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  13. ^ Assuming CF really does operate under the 5 year plan model we might be seeing those changes come to light very soon.
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  14. Something else of interest to me was this...."We want people to come to our parks not to ride rides, but to think of them as the place to be to have fun"... maybe that means we will start seeing more of what Ive been wanting and expecting out of Ouimet since he took over, and thats a park experience more along the lines of Disney, both in atmosphere and employee training/service.
    1 point
  15. At that point, I go for the rides I enjoy, or walk away entirely and devote more time to racing. Im good with either. Sparky, not a money grab... er I mean upcharge kind of guy.
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  16. Agreed! I can jump into the Kalos and Alola regions (Pokemon) anytime (and anywhere) I want, however, there is only one place I can ride The Beast. What I'm trying to say is, I can be on my phone (or 3DS) anywhere, but I can only experince awesome rides at a place like Kings Island.
    1 point
  17. You know what?? They can build 50 of the VR style rides, maybe that will attract the "cant get their heads out of their phones for 20 seconds" age demographic and will reduce the wait times on real rides for people like me! Im 110% for that.
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  18. Not sure how many got to visit IB this past season, there have been a lot of talks on IB Facebook fan pages about what is next for IB. Some gloomy and other talks about restructuring some of their practices to make 2017 even better. IB has a much better year in my opinion compared to when it was owned by Morgan. I think Apex may have had unreasonable expectations when it came to bringing the crowds back and per caps spending the first season of ownership. There are talks about Falling Start possibly not running in 2017. Not due to issues, but the ride manufacture no longer supplying p
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  19. Thanks for the update. I always enjoy reading your articles!
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