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  1. 9 points
    Spectacle of Color Parade Duration: 30 - 40 Minutes Take in extraordinary sights and sounds of sparkling floats and extravagantly costumed performers during the Spectacle of Color parade hosted by the King of Carnivale. An electrifying musical score fills the air as a larger-than-life elephant, Bollywood performers, a Jules Verne airship and more take to the street to delight park guests. Activities and interactive experiences make this one parade you won’t want to miss. Carnivale Street Party Duration: Until Park Closes As the parade concludes, thunderous music builds to a crescendo and the King of Carnivale kicks off a street party filled with performers, an interactive dance party and more. Grand Carnivale
  2. 7 points
    I am SO here for this. That sounds incredible. They're putting some international back into (I'm assuming) International Street. SIGN. ME. UP. We are truly in the best timeline. Kings Island's out here living its best life. I've never been so randomly excited for mid-June.
  3. 7 points
    Ooh, I so hope the performer of Thee Undertaker is also going to be the King of Carnivale! I would love to have his energy kicking off this show
  4. 6 points
    @FlightTimberHawk If you look at the reports from TEA they show that Kings Island attendance has been constantly growing and is by no means stagnant. Judging by how much is being invested into KI this year paints a very different picture then what your “inside” information is suggesting. A stagnant park doesn’t receive investment.
  5. 4 points
    The real TOS police here, and I did not see anything wrong with asking for the source of his information that was provided. No one was disputing his information, just wanting to know the source of it. I also did not see anyone being disrespectful. Case closed.
  6. 4 points
    And that is what Cedar Fair has mentioned time and time again on their conference calls. They want to create a sense of urgency to give people a reason to visit the park multiple times. Especially when things like Haunt and Winterfest aren`t going on.
  7. 3 points
    @FlightTimberHawk You do realize KI is one of Cedar Fairs best seasonal parks? Only CP, CW, and Knotts has higher attendance records. And Knotts is open year round, so that doesnt really count.
  8. 3 points
    Wonder what path they will take? Definitely looking forward to it!
  9. 3 points
    I wouldn’t get my hopes up for a giga if I were you espeacilly if CF may spend elsewhere. Keep an eye out for a wing or flyer. Thing is Fury was built because of the expanding market of the Carolinas, and was part of a massive investment by CF. KI hasn’t gotten that much out of Banshee (their biggest investment) and Mystic Timbers (one of the most expensive wooden coasters) return wise so a giga at a fairly stagnant park isn’t a wise decision. It just seems like something built up by fans more than legitimate proof.
  10. 2 points
    Have to agree here, just googling articles and all I see is how great the attendance is. Record attendance levels and almost constant growth. I don't get the "investments don't pay off at KI" argument, all the park announcements, earnings reports and estimates refute this theory. Just as an example - “It's a little bit of a tough pill to swallow the softness we've seen in 2018, but quite frankly the performance, if we just gauge it versus the last five or six years, it's still a very good year for that park,” he said. https://www.wcpo.com/news/insider/mystic-timbers-attendance-gains-fading-for-kings-island- Despite the negative headline and the dip in sales it was still one of the best years of the past decade. Or how about this one? Attendance at Ohio's Cedar Point was flat in 2017, while Kings Island saw a 2.5 percent increase in guests, due largely to the debut of new roller coaster Mystic Timbers. https://www.cleveland.com/travel/2018/07/attendance_flat_at_cedar_point.html I don't think a 2.5% increase (hundreds of thousands of people in KI's case) is a small amount. And for those being asked about sources, this is how you do it. It may not be necessary but it will help prove your point.
  11. 2 points
    We aren't playing a game....it's a take on the saying that's been around here for quite some time.... which went to the tune of “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
  12. 2 points
    So you suggest cancelling a ride because a park suffered in attendance? Are you sure you know why they added rides and attractions? Also, no one in their right mind would tell you that Mystic was their most expensive wooden coaster. Yeah, it was more expensive than Racer, if you don't take inflation into account (which would be silly). From all things I've heard, Mystic was a relatively moderate investment from a normal capex standpoint. They also had one of their strongest years ever in 2017 when it debuted. A lot was done correctly that year and that's why they had success. Mystic certainly didn't hurt that and most certainly wasn't a failure by any stretch of the imagination.
  13. 2 points
    Proof that CGA hyper got cancelled.
  14. 2 points
    Doubtful we'd get a wing coaster anytime soon with GateKeeper being a big foot traffic draw at CP. Doubtful we'd get a flyer after just removing one. What exactly are they supposed to get out of those two rides you mentioned? Are they supposed to get a certificate that says "Congratulations! Your Investment Was Worth It! Way To Go Gang!" It's laughable that you think that Kings Island is a fairly stagnant park...if it were stagnant they wouldn't continue to invest in the park....the park would continue to be busy throughout the season. Please provide proof for these.
  15. 2 points
    How do you know exactly what the ROI on those two investments were?
  16. 2 points
    Likely. They've already had it at Knott's and announced it for other parks.
  17. 2 points
    Keep in mind that this event will only be at Kings Island for a limited time (It will also run at Kings Dominion at the same time). Definitely a step in the right direction.
  18. 2 points
    Wow! This is a real surprise! I think this is fantastic! KI has needed a night time celebration for a long long time! This is the perfect way to bring people to International Street for a grand finale to the evening!
  19. 1 point
    The site was down for about 25 minutes due to an InvisionPower upgrade that failed. We restored from a backup, so all should be good now.
  20. 1 point
    Yeah, maybe some of you should read the TOS rather than expecting it to be enforced as you see fit. Nothing he said claimed to be from an inside source. Everything there short of the permit cancellation can be read as opinion or a person's interpretation of things. The permit cancellation would be of public record, and, once again, not an inside source. Just because you don't know how or where to look up the info, does not mean it is against the rules. Theres nothing there that violates the TOS. Proper spelling, grammar and respecting other members are enforceable under the TOS, but plenty of people violate those without the TOS police saying a word about that.
  21. 1 point
    Can you please provide the proof / source of your information? People please read the TOS if you made a " for sure" or an "it was or is" statement there needs to be a source or proof. I am not sure how many more times we need to go over this?
  22. 1 point
    He wasn't claiming inside knowledge. He was talking about industry trends and publicly released information.
  23. 1 point
    While I don't agree with his giga prediction, @FlightTimberHawk is right when he says that KI is in a very saturated market. If you listen to CF earnings calls or read the published reports, parks like Carowinds, CGA, and Canada's Wonderland are in expanding markets. I don't remember which call/report specifically mentioned this, but Zimmerman has talked about less then expected returns on Banshee and Mystic -- trends like this are why we are seeing added investment into entertainment offerings like WinterFest and Grand Carnivale. I think we will see a giga, but I think it's purpose will be to draw on the vacation market, not the season pass market. It seems that pretty much everyone in this region that wants a season pass has one. I think we'll see an on-site hotel constructed shortly after the giga because there's more money to be made in that sector.
  24. 1 point
    Attendance, industry insight, ridership. Keep in mind that CGA’s hyper already got canned due to Railblazer’s poor performance.
  25. 1 point
    I’m really glad to see things like this coming to fruition. It reminds me of how Universal does things - seasonal festivals that become a “must see” throughout the year. Very cool!
  26. 1 point
    PSA for those of you like myself who are out of the market for WHIO Radio, you can get the station on iheartradio.
  27. 1 point
    All will be revealed in a few weeks. I'm holding out hope for a return of the pedestals, but it doesn't look hopeful. Maybe the park will auction off the "trashy white tables."
  28. 1 point
    You measure your kid every week or so to make sure he's going to hit a legit 48 inches by opening day!
  29. 1 point
    When I start craving blue ice cream and spring break has finally passed, meaning the offseason is coming to an end. Seriously though, I live 900 miles away from the park for most of the year. The cravings for Skyline, LaRosa's, and blue ice cream are seriously a problem.
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    Here is what I think The Royal Show Fountain will look like.
  32. 1 point
    Personally I think it will beat Fury in most stats, with the use of the terrain and all the resources the park has, when we get the giga it should be the best one in the world. Just for reference, Fury stats: Height- 325ft Drop-320ft Length-6,602ft Speed-95mph Ours should have a bigger drop, be longer, and have a higher max speed than Fury, given the terrain and money that Kings Island has probably saved for this ride.
  33. 1 point
    I'm sad about the removal of all the full grown trees. There won't be any shade any more at any of the tables (assuming there will be tables) on the sides of the fountain. My guess is that they are aiming to improve the sight lines. The fountain will be a centerpiece no matter where you are on International Street. The nightly fireworks and light show will be fully visible from anywhere on the street as well.
  34. 1 point
    Sorry, yes cat. Didn’t see this as something they would do annually (remove and replace two fountain pedestals) I think when those two were removed that should’ve been a hint. I think the time needed to remove them all plus the “shock” may have been why they only took out what they needed for winterfest this time around. Duhgfybcryjknkkfcffcbuyvfvb don’t you think?
  35. 1 point
    Ty, It's hard to know where to start...a really fun trip report to read/look at. After looking at your /everyones photos I feel like I have walked through the park. It seems like a very scenic park...just what I like. It's cool that after driving such a long way that you were greeted with an empty park...that had to help enjoy the day even more. I have never made it to Dollywood yet...but what with reading Avatar's and your TR I really have to make it there soon. There seems to be quite a few unique experiences at the park...the Thunderhead station fly-by sounds awesome, "River Battle" looks like loads of fun...I would trade that ride for any of several rides at KI...including The Crypt. (By the way...will our bet ever be settled?!) Adventure Mountain also looks like a lot of fun...but what's with those wussy harnesses? I don't know if it's just Cody's photography skills, but Daredevil Falls looks amazing...nice themeing. I agree, it sounds like a great idea that the park has play areas for the little ones near the big rides. Too bad KI doesn't do that. I don't think a lot of adults realize that something doesn't have to be over-the-top big to thrill little kids. I can't count how much time my nephew's played at The Laughing Place at WDW. YOur Sky Zip story is funny...although not probably to you. (By the way, how much was it to do that?) Thanks for the report, judging by your photos this will be trip you will always remember*. By the way...is this proper english? It seemed to make my head swim. *Future alzheimer's not withstanding.
  36. 1 point
    I honestly didn't think I'd have anything to post to this topic after our 1st visit to the park in over 6 years, however, there was someone in our party who was on a role as we were in line for Flight of Fear. As we were discussing Flight Deck he says: "Oh you mean Top Gun. So many people fell off that ride that my friends and I called it by a different name, but I won't tell you what it is in case you still want to ride it." That beauty was followed up by this gem: "The same thing happened on The Bat and now that ride is located at Cedar Point and is called Iron Dragon so I won't ride that when I go there either." All I could do is roll my eyes and laugh to myself. Of course my immediate thought was, now I have something to post in Guests Say the Darndest Things. Is it a bad thing that I'm thinking of what to post to KIC while at the park...nope, not in my book!!!
  37. 1 point
    This is about an employee, not a guest. Today when visiting the park, i walked on over to Flight Deck and one of the ride ops was saying different things after each dispatch: Train 1: "Enjoy your ride on Top Gun, staring the one and only Tom Cruise! Maybe you'll get to meet him!" Train 2: "Your off on Flight Deck, the coaster with 5 loops, 3 corkscrews, and a cobra roll all packed tightly beside the worlds largest wooden roller coaster!" Train 3: "Enjoy your ride on Flight Deck, Kings Islands one and only clay coaster!"
  38. 1 point
    Think of it this way, The potential energy is staying the same. When the lift hills goes faster or slower the mechanical energy changes. Mechanical energy is the sum of the potential and kinetic at a current time on a mechanical device I.E. the lift hill. When the hill moves it has more kinetic energy but is still mostly potential energy. It doesn't affect the ride too much but slowing the lift can slow the rest of the ride.
  39. 1 point
    Just read this on the Wii news.
  40. 1 point
    found this funny, from facebook:
  41. 1 point
    Not quite... Disney/ABC have no ownership over the Peanuts characters or specials, they simply pay the syndication contract to broadcast the shows.
  42. 1 point
    Overheard yesterday at the park: Guest: "Let's go ride Top Gun!" Guest's friend: "They took out Top Gun" Guest: "Oh" And, overheard by my sister while I was in line for Slingshot: Guest: "Let's go to the water park!" Guest 2: "Yeah, that sounds like fun!" I can understand maybe not realizing that the water park isn't open yet, but how can you not know that the ride formerly known as Top Gun is still there?
  43. 1 point
    ^i think holiday world, as a seasonal park, and disney, as a year round park, have got Cedar Point beat in the "keeping things a secret" department.
  44. 1 point
    Yesterday I was in line for Delerium. The people in front of me had been waiting for about 10 minutes and I hear "Does Delerium do any loops".
  45. 1 point
    Maybe it was all the Gold Pass members trying to impress their $9.99 friends, but I heard a bunch of nonsense on Sunday. A few of my favorites: - Mother to kid, "no, they switch the names every year - they'll go back to Sponge Bob and Dora next year" - Upon being told by another guest that the Snoopy name change was because licensing had expired, "no, Cedar Point recently sold Kings Island and since Cedar Point owns Nickelodeon, we can't use them anymore and had to switch to Snoopy" - While riding the train, "the scariest part of Diamondback is the tunnels" A dis-honorable mention goes to the parents on Woodstock Express who were telling the ride-ops "it's fine, she'll be okay as soon as it starts moving" as their daughter is crying and screaming "NOOOOOOOOO, I WANT TO GET OUT, LET ME OUT" while unbuckling her seat belt and trying to climb out of the train with mom pulling her back in and trying to cover her mouth.
  46. 1 point
    Last Friday I heard the girl in front of me on the DB lift hill look at her friend and say, "This is like The Racer on crack."
  47. 1 point
    I don't really see the big deal behind it either. I do the same thing, and not necessarily willingly. I said last time to my friend when we were there, "hey let's go ride The Vortex/Delirium/what have you." Speaking of the "darnedest things" I used to think when I was real little that The Beast was named after the X-Men character. Trust me when I say I now know better.
  48. 1 point
    Kid in front of me in the single rider line: "You know this was supposed to have a loop." Me: *sighs, rolls eyes* "No it wasn't. It never was. The newspaper screwed up." Later that day I see two girls wearing airbrushed t-shirts that say "We survived the Diamondback" and had a drawing of a coaster with a loop in it.
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    thats funyy, but i just want to know, y did you have to say "a colored boy". Just say a boy or a kid.
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