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  1. Probably around 1989, I was with my cousin playing around in the arcade over by the Zephyr. We walked over to that bowling ball game, and there was this dad playing next to his son. The dad tried it about 3 times and lost. He was really upset because he wanted to win something for his son. The son, who was probably around 7 years old, said "Daddy, let me try." The dad tried to explain how hard it was, and how heavy the ball was, etc. Eventually the dad caved and let the kid have a shot. First try: BOOOM! Nailed it. A perfect try. Great technique. Like a pro. But that wasn't the crazy thing. The dad let him try again. This time the kid closed his eyes when he pushed the ball. BOOOM! Again! Twice in a row. The dad was hollering and the worker kid was hollering. I was hollering. It was amazing. Of course, the kid had to try a third time, to get the biggest prize. By now, a crowd had gathered. Probably 25-30 people. The "guess your weight" barker was even into it. The kid grabs the ball, turns his head around to look at his dad (who was behind him) and said "got it" as he pushed the ball. BOOOOOOOM!!! Crowd went crazy. High fives. Strangers hugging. The dad picked up the kid in his arms. I may have cried. The kid picked the big prize (a bear or something) and they walked off. Incredible. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    6 points
  2. The link provided below is an updated video content supported by WLWT News 5 and the Kings Island media crew, there many photogenic scenes inclusive such as; the ride entrance, shed, station and train crossing areas to acknowledge a few. I recommend that you all take a peek at this article for Kings Island's newest attraction, Mystic Timbers. You know all of this suspense raises the question of the Kings Island Funpix option, what could they look like? Perhaps riders will be seated in a Chevy C-10 Model truck becoming consumed in medusa-like vines and correlation to the story of #what'sintheshed. What do you all think the funpix photo options will be.....? http://www.wlwt.com/article/sneak-peek-a-look-at-kings-island-s-newest-roller-coaster/9216500
    6 points
  3. Today's KI Story. Woodstock Express, the beloved John Allen designed roller coaster is to closed at the end of 2017 season , and rebuilt with RMC track. Don was quoted to say that "it is a great coaster that needed more thrilling inversions , because little kids love inversions ! " Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    6 points
  4. Just tweeted by Cedar Point: Who is "they"?
    5 points
  5. When it's 55 and breezy, I start to consider shorts as an option. Jeans always feel so restrictive to me. I like wearing them from the fall on, but once it starts getting warm again, SHORTS!
    4 points
  6. You know the off season is almost over when you spend five hours down at Coney on a Saturday when the rides are still not put back together and doing more than 20 interviews for ride operators.
    3 points
  7. Very elaborate April Fools joke.
    3 points
  8. More than one way of seeing in the dark using photoshop. Trust me. No drop track. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  9. So, I wasn't at the park, but I was looking at the Diamondback web cam to see how long lines were since I was considering going later that day (this happened around noon). And off to the side, two people sprinted across the path to the left of the Diamondback, ran through the grass next to Backlot Stunt Coaster, and then jumped the railing to get in line. I just sat there for a while kind of shocked.
    3 points
  10. Dude, it's hot outside. I am not wearing "going out" clothes to KI. I'm in a tee and shorts. I enjoy KI for rollercoasters and rides, not as a potential dating service. Plus, I absolutely hate the idea of jeans in the summer. I am not sure why anybody does that...
    3 points
  11. Conversely, some GP would be surprised how rough a wooden coaster can be and still be popular now that SOB had its accident and now is gone. KIs woodies arent nearly as rough as they used to be thankfully. Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
    2 points
  12. I think The Racer will get some major trackwork done soon. I think a lot of the GP will be surprised how smooth wooden coasters can be after they ride MT.
    2 points
  13. I've seen a plethora of animals in the park as well. Gophers are pretty common, but I've also seen owls and red tailed hawks on the train bridge as viewed from the WWC queue. Also have seen deer while riding the train.
    2 points
  14. I am so excited for the Iron Horse remake! Mean Streak was definitely one of the weakest coasters at CP, so now it's being changed to potentially one of the strongest.
    2 points
  15. That's a better idea then mine!! A Eurofighter would definitely fit over there, but I think they would have to replace Congo Falls if that happened because I think they are saving the SOB station/area as room for our inevitable giga. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  16. I know that's right. Hard to b believe that Vortex is 30 this year. I rode it the year it opened as a 7 year old. Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
    2 points
  17. If it were to be removed, I believe there would be enough room for a Gerstlauer Eurofighter. I think it would be a great addition to the park, and would provide enough room for additional decoration, plants, and trees in the areas it doesn't touch on that plot of land.
    2 points
  18. Regarding Racer getting RMCed: I've come to the decision that I'd love to see RMC tackle The Racer, but ONLY if the layout is not changed. Shut it down after this season, rip out all of the wooden track and replace it all with the steel Iron Horse track, deconstruct and rebuild supports as needed, give the whole thing a fresh coat of paint, and reopen it in spring of 2019. But leave the layout and the racing aspect alone.
    2 points
  19. Exactly 2 weeks until we finally get to ride Mystic Timbers!
    2 points
  20. I really want my first ride on MT to be in the back row but i really want a front seat ride at night. I'm not if we would have enough time to do both on Friday though. This time in two weeks I'll be at the park!!!
    2 points
  21. Long time lurker here...but I finally joined up. Had a handle a bit last year but lost my login and couldn't retrieve it. I'm no enthusiast, but love KI and can say this is the kind of ride they need...not record breaking but it just looks like so much fun. Hills, theme, the shed gimmick...pure fun and I can't wait to check it out! Thanks for the great site!
    2 points
  22. I'd rather be stuck on The Great Pumpkin coaster for a thousand years than KI getting a 4D "Free Fly" Coaster like the Six Parks have been getting.
    2 points
  23. Just ride thunder run at the kingdom. It's fairly similar mirrored and it has had some lovin in recent years, so it rides well.. let alone having a new train this year for it Btw- i thought we'd've gotten at least one stoke construction update video from the park for MT but unfortunately not
    2 points
  24. I would think that a day at a park other than KI would be taking some of the market. I am a big fan of KK, but I spend more days at KI. For me, it is nice to have an option to drive slightly more than an hour and ride some coasters that drive three hours for a long day at KI. But KK can't fill the KI void. That's why it's nice to have options.
    2 points
  25. Had a 2 night stay last year with my then 10 year old son in conjunction with his first trip to KI. It was convenient and enjoyable. We walked to the park from the lodge ONCE! Walking back from the park after several hours in the hot sun was not fun. We put the platinum passes to good use and decided to park and ride for free for the remainder of the weekend. I really liked the morning breakfast buffet. Weird hours for the gift shop (couldn't buy sunscreen before heading over to the park). Sadly, upon arrival at the lodge, every entrance was adorned with one of the biggest no guns allowed signs I had ever seen (I hate leaving my gun in the car!). When it was all said and done, I made a phone call, wrote a letter and filled out a survey. And we won't be back. Comfort Suites - here we come! </editorial off>
    1 point
  26. Hopefully after MT opens, people won't stop riding The Racer because they think it's too rough now.
    1 point
  27. When I listen to Adele's "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" multiple times a day purely because I have associated it to Kings Island thanks to the numerous times I have heard it there. I even have it associated with a specific moment I somehow remember vividly: ~10 minutes before park closing on Labor Day 2016, when I was sipping Minute Maid lemonade from my newly refilled souvenir cup while walking past a 2-9 Vortex on the way to WindSeeker to take my last flight of the evening.
    1 point
  28. Last year I remember seeing a skunk sauntering in the area between approximately Delirium and AE around dusk. I was all like "oooh, so cute!" and one of the employees mentioned there was a whole family living in the area. I was told once by a certain employee (PrincessSparkles) there were wild turkeys living near Beast's helix, but I've never seen them nor learned whether she was joking.
    1 point
  29. ^it's the skunks that always make me nervous. I'll see one and think it's cute, but also give it a wide berth and hope it isn't easily spooked.
    1 point
  30. I only wear jeans in the winter when all my sweats are in the wash! Those things are incredibly scratchy and everyone is always perplexed as to why I hate jeans! I would only ever wear my shorts unless it's Haunt season!
    1 point
  31. I would like to see a Eurofighter but I could see it fitting in better in X-base or Action Zone.
    1 point
  32. That was very funny!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  33. I'd prefer RMC Topper track for Racer because it would keep it in the "wooden" coaster category. Iron Horse or "IBox" track would classify it as a hybrid.
    1 point
  34. Agreed, I wouldn't want to see that Mobius Loop either. That's just gimmicky IMO.
    1 point
  35. Well CP doesn't own Kings Island, but Cedar Fair might put something in Rivertown.
    1 point
  36. I hope it wont be miserably hot in the summer Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
    1 point
  37. Hopefully audio Edit- lol idk why I do this
    1 point
  38. My design is a combination of a mine cart ride and a dark ride, essentially Adventure Express meets The Phantom Theater. It would start off slow as you navigate through a haunted house or opera and then speed up with twists and turns and ups and down as you "evade" ghouls. Sort of like a chase through a Phantom Theater-like setting.
    1 point
  39. when an unseasonably nice day in february makes you think "today is great Kings Island weather!"
    1 point
  40. Mr Heart seemed specifically interested in people's opinions of Kings Island. Incorrect. Mr Hart responded to a hypothetical question posed to him. The question asked if we was "granted a wish for anything at KK, what would it be?" His response was that he wish he could know if adding a $20-$30M coaster would increase attendance significantly. He said that otherwise, it would be too big of a gamble since the market had drastically changed from 20 years ago when a large attraction install meant large attendance results. He then cited HW as an example saying they installed a B&M and their attendance went down. He also cited the previous times of large coaster installs at KK came at a time when "Kings Island wasn't installing big coasters." I attended the event. It was a very nice of the park to hold the tour, provide a free lunch and for Mr Hart to share his time with those that attended. I had a good time, and have nothing but good things to say about the generosity they showed. I will point out, that the most noteworthy thing of the day (for me) was when Mr Hart used the term "urban park." Mr Hart recognizes the biggest challenges he faces at KK - and it has nothing to do with rides. That was refreshing to hear.
    1 point
  41. i would establish better landscaping and build a Mack coaster i assume.
    1 point
  42. ^Not really. The forecast isn't that accurate from this far off. Wait until, like, 2 days before opening day to get a more accurate reading. silver2005, who took a weather based geology class in college as an elective and aced the class.
    1 point
  43. Got this in email about 10 hours ago. Search on KIC didn't show any topics about busch gardens so.. here ya go! Hopefully we get more details eventually I was scared at first that it would've meant a coaster was going to have stupid VR headsets to make the lines go twice as slow due to "options!"
    1 point
  44. No sense in coming off argumentative matt112986. Everyone has their opinion no mater what another posters opinion is on a coaster or park. That is why we have a forum, to discuss different perspectives and opinions. Differences are a good thing, not bad. Back on topic, it seems from the poll results Vortex is much more liked than I originally thought. That is some cool data to see.
    1 point
  45. The Beast is iconic and I love it, but there's really no comparison. The Voyage is so much better from an intensity and element point of view. Beast has nostalgia going for it and a great night ride. Just watching how the video switches back and forth makes it clear. After the first couple hills on The Beast, it's mostly straight track with a big slowdown in the shed and a slow build to another lift hill while Voyage is hitting element after element. Hills and lateral g's. 90 degree banked turns. So many tunnels. A freaking triple down! Headchoppers galore. So much air time. It never lets up and seems to build all the way to end without the need of a 2nd hill. If only they can keep its intensity from destroying itself. Nice video, by the way.
    1 point
  46. I didn't watch the whole video, but imo, Beast > Voyage. Although Voyage is more aggressive (when Voyage is done with the three hills, think The Beast's helix x1.5); The Beast is a unique classic that's in a league all of it's own. It's like Banshee and The Bat; while Banshee is more thrilling, The Bat is more nostalgic and all around cooler to me. While Voyage is more thrilling, The Beast is a classic that is cool in it's own ways. Also, my favorite part(s) of Voyage are when it starts going crazy in the woods right after the hills and that awesome Lightning Racer-esque finish where it pops out of that tunnel into the twists before slamming on the brakes. My favorite part(s) of The Beast are: going up the slow lift, smelling the wood, the part from that one lone hill/drop after the first tunnel (I always put my hands up there) to the second lift, and of course the double helix finale is iconic and great.
    1 point
  47. When Ohio weather can't make up its mind what season it is.
    1 point
  48. I thought the Peanuts movie was generally well received. I know I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it. And Peanuts still get play on network television every year. Are they as relevant as some of the new cartoons? No. But they are still in the public eye. Back in the day, there were no license tie ins for amusement parks and kiddy areas. Coney had the Land of Oz as the theme for its kiddy area.
    1 point
  49. ^As long as it's best job. Also, when you work right next to the park, and keep watching for rides testing every day even if its 20 degrees outside.
    1 point
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