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  1. 3 points
    $30 for drinks ALL SEASON LONG is a tremendous bargain. Be thankful its available, instead of $4.00 drinks all day long. The season pass meal plan is also a tremendous bargain. I am surprised that they offer either at such a low price, considering the offsest for low cost season passes has always been the profits on food and drinks. I would love to see the financial data of how they can offer these at such a low price and keep the same revenue stream.
  2. 2 points
    One park has a Skyride and one doesn’t.
  3. 2 points
    This is my second year with the drink pass and knew there was a time gap between drinks...I haven't run into it this year, but I thought it was 8 minutes last year? Anywho, if a drink mix is out, I always tell one of the workers...not to complain but to let them know as it is usually their job to change it, too. If no one tells them, they wouldn't know unless they drink that particular drink themselves.
  4. 2 points
    A Tornado Watch is typically issued for a large area, advising that conditions are favorable for tornado development. It doesn't indicate eminent danger, but it's an indication to watch the weather and be prepared to take shelter if storms develop. Both Kings Island and Cedar Point have severe weather plans in place and are part of the National Weather Service's StormReady program.
  5. 2 points
    Left the kids with my mom and the wife and I headed up early in the AM for my 1st CP visit in 9 years. Rain and t-storms were horrific and cast doubt on the whole day. Stopped for a proper breakfast in Lima and rain subsided after that. Loved taking all the back roads up there. Stopped at Wal-Mart for ponchos and before you knew it we were crossing the causeway with the sun shining. The employee passes we got from a KI associate worked and we were in (albeit a little late). Pleasantly surprised by the walk-on at GateKeeper so we went for the front. First winged experience for me and did not disappoint. Seeing the oncoming track at the top, it was hard to discern where we were headed-really odd feeling for sure. So smooth and floaty with the unique sensation of nothing below you. the forecast looked like more rain, so we headed to Valravn next. After waiting for ~15-20 min. the rain started and they shut it down while we were on the steps (doh!). Knowing it would be down for a bit, we sought some dryness-very glad that we had brought our ponchos. Made our way to Frontier Town and the Last Chance Saloon. While the BBQ place was packed, we had no trouble grabbing a few beers and a bag of peanuts to ride out the storm. So happy to have a dry, comfortable bar room to chill and sip our lagers. Peeked into the show room to see the stage setup. Looked pretty quaint and cozy. I've always felt CP to be high on rides, and lower on ambiance and 'chill' spots, but this trip reminded me of their great use of space and ability to create a comfortable feel. As the rain slowed, we figured we may as well queue up for Steel Vengeance. The structure is amazing to behold and everyone cheered as they started sending through the empty trains. Once there were full trains, it was nuts to see how the structure gives-great illustration of what wood can do. The wait would have been less if my fanny pack (I'm here to NOT lose my stuff, NOT to look cool) wasn't prohibited, but oh well. After I got a locker it was roughly 1.5 hrs. Chatted up a guy from KY there with his younger siblings-Guy was very nice and a hardcore coaster junkie. Finally got on and was put in the 2nd last car. The whole sensation of a massive lap bar/leg harness made me feel totally secure but also free to move. Hard to put into words the ride itself. The 1st drop is as intense as any and whatever you call that reversed bank out of the 1st hill made me feel like a cartoon character where my upper body is being pulled up and left while the car (and my lower body) is being hurled down and to the right. The sections in the structure were insane. The smoothness, speed, air time and general ridiculousness made me laugh like a maniac the entire ride. There is nothing that compares in my coaster experience-next level stuff. My wife claims it to be her new all time favorite. After that we figured we'd hit Maverick since we were there. Slight delay as they added 2 trains, but still worth it. Once again, such a unique coaster and just as intense as I remember it from 9 years ago. Extra wait on Maverick made for a late meal but we found the BBQ at the smokehouse to be pretty good. Also amazed that they had Brew Dog's Elvis Juice on tap-did not expect a quality Ohio brew, but that was nice. Of course that stuff is radically overpriced, but it we knew that going in. Made our way through the woods of Frontier Town towards Millennium Force. Once again it struck me how nice that area is-trees grow a lot in nearly a decade. Nearly to the station in Millie and they had to close for unknown mechanical reasons. Since the line was short to begin with, I didn't feel bad bailing-but it was weird walking through the exit without that awesome post-ride buzz. Luckily we were able to basically walk on Valravn. It was everything I'd hoped for and freaked my wife out big time when it stopped at the top. I assumed she knew, but wasn't going to mention it. She was massively scared and though it was broken. She lived-but didn't ride it again! Took a break and I ran out to the car for some Advil reinforcements (knew I was forgetting something). By this time Millie was running and we got on pretty quick. I've thought this for years, but this may be my favorite coaster ever. The setting, the speed, the smoothness. It's incredibly intense without any of the negatives. It is just so good and never gets old. I REALLY hope KI get's an Intamin giga soon--there is really nothing like it. After that, Top Thrill Dragster was finally running so I wanted to get one in on that. My wife declined as that thing freaks her out (she did the eagles). Had to wait about 45 min. but once again, there is nothing like TTD. Just sheer insanity. It occurred to me then that of all the great coasters I've ridden, TTD, Maverick, Millennium Force, and Steel Vengeance are the 4 that really take you to another dimension of speed and space. They are of a higher order. (And why KI needs an Intamin Giga!) After meeting back up with my wife, we decided to head back towards Steel Vengeance but not before the Magnum. Once again, a slight wait to take a train off, but it was not bad at all. Made my mind wander to back when they put this in (long before I ever visited CP) and what a big deal it was. The thing looks tiny by today's standards, and is pretty rough these days. But the way it swings out towards the lake is still awesome. We then hopped on Cedar Creek Mine Ride just for kicks and I realized that there is a lot to be said for a long, sprawling mine ride even without any big drops. We got back in line for SV and this time I took more note of the mythology/theming of the story-pretty cool and intricate. I love theming and it's awesome when they can work in a coherent narrative. Much better than that Squeelers coaster they're putting in at Kennywood lol. Along those same lines, I liked the 'Battle for CP' game/ap that they are promoting. While I didn't do the actual ap, I loved the depictions of all the major rides as characters of some sort with their own personas and emblems. Each one really personified that coaster IMO-Very cool. It was basically dark for our 2nd SV ride and what can I say-It was still amazing. Hands up the whole time, ended up in the same car-The mist memorable rides of our trip. After that go-round, my wife was pretty much done, but I still wanted to check out the Iron Dragon VR. The idea seemed cool, and I'd never done anything like it. Initially decided to wait 45 minutes (sans wife) but once in line I decided against it. If it sucked, I'd feel like I wasted time that could have been spent on known quantities. So instead I busted out another night run on Millie (amazing) and also got on the front of Rougorou. I liked the Mantis when I 1st rode it in '97, but it had been bumpy and rough since. The new seats were much better and the ride was much improved with a few minor headbangers. Met back up with my wife and she indulged me in one last ride on Valravn. This time I got the center of the front row which really was amazing. Just hanging there staring straight down a wall of track-Very unique and thrilling. As we headed out, I remembered back how this was one of my wife and I's 1st trips as a couple so many years ago and how we'll love bringing our kids up there once they're big enough (our 6 year old would ride everything now if he could). In less than an hour, we were at a free hotel (points) in Avon, OH watching the British Open. Very blessed that the rain held off for most of the day and gave us a refreshing adult day at a truly amazing park.
  6. 2 points
    I'm a plus-sized gal myself and I'd be happy to dish if you have specific questions. I'm proud to say I now can fit every restraint in the park at this point in the season, and I'm still trucking along on my weight loss journey. Each ride fits differently, and it's all based on how you carry your weight. Let me know if you have any questions about specific rides. :)
  7. 2 points
    I have both the all season meal and drink plan and have been very satisfied with both. I think it’s a great option for people who visit the park frequently. I will say that sometimes when I go through the line to get a drink, they don’t even scan my pass. So they would never know if I had waited 15 minutes or not. A lot of times they will even give me a bigger cup because they are out of the red refill cups. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. 2 points
    I'd like to chime and say although I learned about the 15 minute rule after I got my drink plan, I get why the policy exists and it's way better than having to pay like $3-4 for a drink every time. But yeah, it is kinda misleading... Until you read the fine print!
  9. 2 points
    I have a few of the clear, waterproof, phone bags. I use them at the park constantly. I loop the line through my belt. The chance of my phone hitting someone is approaching zero. I understand what they're doing, but there are better ways to make it happen.
  10. 2 points
    ^ Her inhaler isn't a phone, so it shouldn't be an issue at least for now. See also jtro223's comment above; Guest Services will evidently issue a tag for medically necessary phones to be allowed to the station. If the loose article policy is expanded beyond phones, I assume the procedure will be similar. Yeah, the policy stinks for guests responsible enough to secure all loose articles in zipper pockets before getting to the station. On the bright side, the length of time people are willing to go without phones might limit the length of the line.
  11. 2 points
    If the soda mix on one of the fountains is wrong, they need to know so that it can be fixed. Being notified of the problem, they should let you grab a replacement without redeeming another drink.
  12. 2 points
    Unlimited mobile data plans are throttled after a set threshold. Unlimited food at a buffet is limited to what a customer can consume in one visit. Unlimited rides are limited by capacity and attendance. "Unlimited" is a marketing gimmick that seldom means without any restrictions. If there's a problem with a food or drink, even if it was "free" with a dining or drink plan, ideally this is brought up to management so that it can be fixed.
  13. 2 points
    Via CP Rundown on Facebook... This leads me to have a few questions/comments. What happens if there aren’t enough lockers? Do people not get to enter the ride because Cedar Point doesn’t have enough locker space? Does this policy include my wife’s asthma inhaler? She needs that on hand all the time, especially on a hot summer day in the sun. Why is the park promoting Battle for Cedar Point, their app, in-park WiFi options, etc... if phones are such an issue? Take all mobile-related content off of the Fun TVs. If you are going to prevent guests from entertaining themselves in line, get all three trains running first. If you can’t tell by now, I strongly disagree with this policy. I would prefer to see the New Texas Giant zipper pouches if it is such an issue.
  14. 1 point
    I think that they are able to pass the refillable cup thing because the entire thing is designed to be used with the straw. At least the Freestyle machines are redisgned so the liquid falls into them. You still make contact for the ice, but at least it’s set up in a way that it likely won’t touch where your mouth touches.
  15. 1 point
    Refilling used drinkware is the entire premise of souvenir drink bottles. It's gross, for sure - another reason why disposable cups are a great idea. Anyone with a compromised immune system should stay far away from soda fountains, especially ones that aren't behind a counter.
  16. 1 point
    Wow - am I surprised at the backlash this post has got from forum members - by many of which that are quick to cry foul for the tiniest of things. A member was simply presenting his experience and to educate those that may not know or have experienced the same thing. Let's point to some facts and inconsistencies: KI has demonstrated changing things after purchases - Haunt is included with season pass then it isn't then it back is; changes to meal plan (documented in my post above) and then changed back. Changes to meal plan locations and offerings even during the season (including this year). Now granted many of these were "corrected" probably in part to comments expressed in this forum, but some stick. You are not provided with a written contract stipulating what you are purchasing and agreeing to. Sure there is language on the back of the season pass and on-line. But it has a catch all that items are subject to change at any time and without any notice. Contrast that to many other items with terms and conditions - when there are changes to your credit card or bank account terms and conditions, you are presented with those usually in the mail. FAQ's can be developed and included at any time without notice. When was the 15 minute in-between FAQ added - was it before a single person purchased a drink plan...maybe but I doubt it? A competent attorney could argue that FAQs are not legally binding... Some people will fill their cup and drink half or all of it before leaving the drink dispenser and then proceed to top it off - I am sure that is not the program intent and could be argued as a way of circumventing the 15-minute rule. I see people do that ALL THE TIME. What about those with the souvenir cup - due to inconsistencies of people operating the register, many people never have their cup scanned so they are essentially exempt from the 15-minute rule - now that is not the pass holder problem it is a training issue. Some CF parks will not scan (or at least didn't on days I was there). What about those with the souvenir cup that circumvent the register and go straight to the drink dispenser at the food places - they have made a conscious choice to exempt themselves from the 15-minute rule. It is harder to do at the drink only refresh stations (partly because they are rarely open LOL), but it happens ALL THE TIME at the food places. Since they changed the Chicken Shack exit doors to be locked from outside and added the queue line it doesn't happen there as much anymore, but at Panda, Festhaus, International Skyline, and Hanks it happens way too frequently. Spend a little bit of time at Skyline and watch how many people come thru the back of the line and refill their souvenir cup without ever having their cup scanned. And yes, I have seen forum members do that... In short, basically I have noticed that those with the disposable cup option are the ones that the 15-minute rule seems to target the most as they have to go thru the line to get a new cup. Although I have seen some that keep the cup and do what those with a souvenir cup do...
  17. 1 point
    It's a complicated equation involving how much I like the ride, how long is the wait, how long since I've ridden it, if I'm at the park with someone who has never ridden it before, etc... My next visit will be with a first-timer, so I'll ride everything she wants to ride to keep her company...
  18. 1 point
    I guess you're park service's worst nightmare then.
  19. 1 point
  20. 1 point
    Oh, the drink plan is the best deal in the house! I do not have a problem with it, just how it was presented. In fact, I’ve essentially “sold” the plan to about a dozen friends and family. The way that the finances work is interesting. The “cost” on drinks is next to nothing, so the $29.99 largely profit. The meal plan funds are put into a corporate-wide draw down account that gives credit to the park and the particular location. Anything left over is profit. The reason why they do this is because they figured out that the typical guest spends less than $120 on a typical annual basis, so this increments it up.
  21. 1 point
    That was it! I just envision FoF trains launching into a tunnel while "jerk it out" from that iPod commercial plays and half the lights don't work.
  22. 1 point
    "Small" except for that bit about extending the track of a coaster built by a now defunct manufacturer that barely rises above the height of the station. ;-)
  23. 1 point
    That area makes me sick every time I walk by. one of the most glorious flat rides ever was located there. Zodiac.
  24. 1 point
    The park definitely needs a few more flat rides like Carowinds got last year. Especially in Oktoberfest which was originally a flat ride area. That area has been lacking anything much for about 20 years...... Screamscape is rumoring Racer retracking and light package. They mentioned that RMC sells topper track which would smooth the ride out. Wishing - if they were really going to remodel that coaster, I wish they would demolish where the turnaround splits out so far, and rebuild it so the trains stay together with some kind of dueling turnoaround. Also wish they would put the last drop back in with a tunnel like Racer 75 and Thunder Road (had). Vortex would be a great coaster if it had a track system by a better manufacturer. Except for that sharp brutal turn around before the break run. I always thought Adventure Express should be extended to have another section with a giant 540 or 900 degree helix at the end and a long tunnel. Remarketed as a Barvarian Mt Railway with winter theming...... Remodeling coasters is a great concept. These parks are maxed out with coasters. Renovating them gives new life and the ability to market a new ride, with lesser of an investment. But lets hope they are willing to spend a few $ on the stinking bathrooms that date back to the 70s......Or renovating I-Street to give it a better sit-and-relax atmosphere like Kings Dominion. The cheap white picnic tables right on the main walkways offering no shade in the daytime are very trashy. These are two major items that keep this park in the B class category at best.
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
    Beast, Banshee, Diamondback, Drop Tower, Mystic Timbers....Invertigo and Firehawk do nothing for me and get me rattled, FoF is cool if line is short. If people are with me and want to explore I'll ride whatever though.
  27. 1 point
    I really hope we get some new things for Haunt this year!!
  28. 1 point
    The sign says “phones or loose articles” though... I guess we will have to wait and see how it is being enforced, but it looks like they are trying to take a pretty firm stance.
  29. 1 point
    I'm always one to advocate reading the fine print before making a purchase. I certainly do. My personal pet peeve is with menu board signs that read "drink free all season". I'm drinking all season for $29.99, not for free.
  30. 1 point
    I haven't made it to Kings Island as often as I'd like this season. For me, it's a combination doing more travel to out-of-town destinations and of having a longer season to visit Kings Island (for Winterfest). Less of my limited summer vacation time is being spent in Ohio. As "staycations" trend down and wages increase in a bullish economy, regional parks will have to find more ways to compete for leisure dollars and control staffing costs. Days with a stormy forecast that turn out better than expected (like yesterday) are usually great days to visit the park, although many food/drink/merchandise locations close when attendance is too low. Sometimes, you get days like last Friday that are true rain-outs. There was a combination of very low attendance and severe storms late in the day that put reopening rides in doubt.
  31. 1 point
    This is a big reason why I always do a "taste test" before I walk away from the fountain. This applies not just at Kings Island, but at literally any restaurant I ever go to with self-serve drinks. I never leave the drink fountain area without confirming that the taste is correct.
  32. 1 point
    To be honest I'd love to see another world record breaker of some capacity to come to the park in the next 5 years.
  33. 1 point
    Heard they took names at guest services for complimentary after 4 tickets for anyone there yesterday. Have friend with passes that gave them the names of 7 people not even at the park that day that thought would like free tickets. Sounds like guest services didn’t really care.
  34. 1 point
    I really feel that station bins would help stop some of this, and cause a whole lot less uproar and anger among guests than this policy does. Other CP rides have them and they cause few problems. But the problem for CF is that they're free for guests to use. I'm not sure I buy that adding them negatively affects capacity in a major way. People forgetting to fasten seatbelts before lapbars or heavier-set people needing that extra push or escorted off adds the same amount of time (if not more).
  35. 1 point
    I think that may be the reason behind Banshee and Mystic Timbers, but not this policy. I HOPE this is a stop gap until they think of a better idea. This is pretty drastic. I'd imagine a lot of people will be upset by it.
  36. 1 point
    As a usually single rider, the inability to entertain myself on my phone in a multi-hour line has completely removed the urge to make any attempt to visit Sandusky this year. I've heard so many great things about Steel Vengeance, I had been considering trying to get up there this fall, and stay at the Breakers no less, for my husband's and my 20th anniversary. He's not into coasters, so I would be standing in line alone most likely. It is extremely irritating to me, because if they bothered to be hard nosed against people who take out their phones on rides (removal from the park, or at the very least having security waiting for them at the exit to have a little talk), they wouldn't have to ban cell phones in the queues from people like me who secure my phone in a closed pocket on rides religiously. But if they don't want my money so they can make a few extra bucks on lockers, so be it *shrugs*
  37. 1 point
    I witnessed somebody yelling at one of the ushers at Gravity soon after she opened the doors for a show the other day. The woman was unloading her stroller and complaining the whole time about how somebody should have come out and told her before the doors opened that it wasn't allowed inside, she was at the front of the line right next to the door and now look at all these people going past her, she could have unloaded it while she had been waiting if somebody had just come out to tell her that it wasn't allowed inside! The usher was being very calm and just taking it, but as I went past I said quietly "well, there /are/ signs saying it..." If the woman had been standing there right next to the door for as long as she was saying in her rant, she had plenty of time to notice the sign /right next to the door/ that says strollers must be left outside. Or to look around and notice all the other parents parking their strollers outside the doors... Don't know where she thought she was going to be able to park it if it was allowed inside with her. Blocking access for other guests, I assume.
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    I can completely understand why this rule was put in place. Getting hit by a phone at 70 miles an hour would not be very pleasant. It’s a shame that a few people who chose to not follow the rules caused this to be put in place. Our society today has gotten so dependent on having cell phones. And I’m not afraid to admit that I spend a lot of time on my phone every day. But I would never ever pull my phone out while on a ride. It’s just not worth possibly losing it or injuring somebody. If I were ever hit by a phone on a ride, I would want the person to be held liable and suffer the consequences. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  40. 1 point
    I may have a dark sense of humor, but when I noticed the giant "firecrackers" in this display in the window of Convenience Corner, I laughed. I'm sure it's been there all July. Please, nobody report it as suspicious.
  41. 1 point
    Do statics say how likely it is for someone to bring sidewalk chalk to a amusement park.
  42. 1 point
    @disco2000 And when was the last time a bomb went off at an amusement park? However something went wizzing past my head last night on Blue Streak and it was bigger than a mayfly. Just think as a society we overreact to the odd backpack or shoebox laying around. A large percentage of this nation lives in constant fear of Terrorism when statistically it just doesn’t add up. I bet we could pick an random day and go on a “suspicious item” hunt actually in the park and get it shut down.
  43. 1 point
    I completely understand that and agree. I think I should of worded that better. If theres a threat, it's going to looked at. Obviously they're not going to look deeply into every single car that enters KI. More details: The bag at the game was there for several innings, that's why it was searched. Edit: If they closed the park early or not, theres going to be people whining no matter what if this story still got out.
  44. 1 point
    A few other things to keep in mind: At Coasterstock it was mentioned that KI had its largest attendance since 1998 - since official attendance numbers are not disclosed, how much of that company-wide drop could be attributed to KI if we went back to "normal" attendance this year? Remember a couple years ago with the water main break issue at CP and they were able to justify that the lost attendance from that closed weekend was the reason for the down number that year - if I recall correctly I thought the estimate of lost attendance for the closure was within the one thousands of the company wide down attendance number. Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point has had its problems and it has been widely reported about refunds and other stuff going on with people that made plans to go to a destination park because of new ride and then canceled due to its problems. Others may have decided to skip this year and go next year hoping it is resolved. Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion has experienced its own similar Steel Vengeance issues and not running at capacity for most of the season. To some extent that will impact attendance there as well for same reason listed above. Weather has had an impact - the region/country has had an exceptional above average temperature and that keeps people away as well.
  45. 1 point
    Not necessarily a say, but a do... While I was driving Vortex during the last hour of operation today, I saw a puff of smoke (or vape?) come up from a train I was bringing in. For the first time ever, I spieled "Just a friendly reminder that smoking is not allowed on any ride here at Kings Island...yep, I saw that!" The culprit had an "oops, you caught me" look as he exited. At least he was a good sport about it.
  46. 1 point
    Sky Rides are always nice... Would like to see one... A twist n splash or Mack's interactive boat ride would be fun... Does anyone make Gravitrons or Condors anymore???
  47. 1 point
    Always thought those looked fun. Think it could be a good addition to either Planet Snoopy (the seem to be popular for families and kids especially) or in Oktoberfest with the cars themed to giant beer kegs floating in a pond or river. Would love to see a top spin again, think a top scan and/or a sky fly for x-base, and an enterprise would be great for Coney Mall
  48. 1 point
    Honestly, let's start on a Racer retrack and if that works we can move onto Vortex.
  49. 1 point
    Cedar Fair has made it clear that they run amusement parks, not theme parks. Therefore, Kings Island and Cedar Point are amusement parks.
  50. 1 point
    Amen. It's like comparing Dollywood to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Or a fine movie to a walk in the Great Smoky Mountains.
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