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  1. “When Kings Island opens to Gold and Platinum Passholders for preview night on April 19th, guests will get a first look at the completely restored characters and new clock at the main Festhaus entrance in the Oktoberfest area of the park.” https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/march/glockenspiel-to-return-for-kings-island’s-2019-season
    10 points
  2. I love the renovations that we are seeing this off season. A big ride is nice, but these little things make a big impact as well. To me they are just as appreciated!
    9 points
  3. I find it really interesting that after Mike Koontz became GM/VP of KI we're getting all these awesome renovations. Truly feels as if we've got someone in leadership that really cares about the park, the history and the like.
    8 points
  4. Hmm...it's as if someone reads these message boards, listens, and implements... Winterfest, IS restoration, themed music, glockenspiel...all things we have discussed here. Dare we discuss a Racer renovation? Lol. [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
    8 points
  5. My Lord they are not only knocking the ball out of the park... they are hitting the moon. I cannot tell you how much the restorative effort they are putting into the park means to me, us, all. I am so glad to know KI is finally in the hands of those that cherish, respect and honor it's past as much as its future. APPLAUSE!!!
    7 points
  6. Giga Confirmed! Once I saw this, I knew I had to post it!
    5 points
  7. Not be blunt, but I cannot for the life of me understand why some are thinking that a flyer is within the reasonable realm of possibilities. If this means anything, the flying concept has been available for nearly two decades now, and Cedar Fair has yet to originally install one (X-Flight opened under Six Flags). I'd think it be even more unlikely that they start on this concept at a park that just removed one. (And for this same reason, I'm skeptical as to whether we will see a flyer (albeit a B&M one) installed at CP or any CF park for this matter). Personally, I give the chanc
    4 points
  8. Mr Koontz is doing an amazing job! In addition, it seems as though this new emphasis on theming, atmosphere, and restoration may be more chain wide. Worlds of Fun just announced similar changes, including theming enhancements across the park, which I’m guessing will help take guests back into the classic Jules Verne story it was originally themed after: https://www.worldsoffun.com/blog/2019/cotton-blossom-bbq-new-2019 Amazing things are happening with Cedar Fair.
    3 points
  9. Now if they announce these for 2020 I’m going to lose it with happy tears. (Photo courtesy of Kings Island: 50 Years of Memories) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  10. Request is granted! [emoji16][emoji215][emoji213][emoji1045] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  11. Here is another view of the clock. It is really exciting to see all the detail work this season! If you have not read the whole blog post, please do so and see the rest of the pics.
    3 points
  12. I think Mr. Kootnz has a huge influence, but I also think the reaction to Winterfest has energized the park. I think the company is seeing the value of the investment and furthering it more. Winterfest has really excited me. I am an old man, but it truly brought back the magic of the KI of my youth. IS seemed alive. Kids may not express it, but the music, smells and sights can be cemented in your mind. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
    3 points
  13. Things like this matter in park quality. Without a doubt, current mgmt is sending the Taft parks back to the top after they bottomed out during the Paramount years.
    3 points
  14. 2019 is definitely going to be a year to remember!
    3 points
  15. The thing that I think a lot of folks on here are forgetting is that we're enthusiasts. It's nothing for us to make 4 or 5 trips a year to our favorite theme park. 10 to 15 times a year isn't even unheard of, but for the general public, you sometimes go once a year, every couple of years. New rides typically will draw a bigger crowd, but how many of those people are the enthusiasts that would have been there to ride their favorite coaster, and how many are the general public coming to the park for a day with their family? Life's expensive now a days. Here in Indianapolis, house prices are soar
    3 points
  16. #whatsinthebar I just saw that.... which is wildly disappointing because the last time I looked at the camera, the cars were all still sitting and waiting. I love watching the process happen on that camera, and I missed it on the first train!!
    2 points
  17. Its little improvements/restorations like this that make Kings Island special. Hopefully they continue to update things like this. I am excited that they have spent the time, money and energy to make this happen! Truly a wise investment that will help create memories for scores of Cincinnatians and tourists alike!
    2 points
  18. I'll take all the 2019 improvements over a big ride any time. Just awesome stuff. The Festhaus getting some much needed German flair back!
    2 points
  19. Cue the chicken dance!!! Seriously there are so many great improvements this season I'm PUMPED. =D
    2 points
  20. This is cool to see. Just keep it working, please. For multiple seasons, not multiple months.
    2 points
  21. Awesome!! Had a feeling this might happen seeing the new little fountain or garden being built in front of Festhaus. Hopefully we see more German themes return to oktoberfest!
    2 points
  22. Since the park has shown their pictures of the new Kings Mills Antique Autos from just above the ride, I feel I can post this. Of course, I took it with my S9+ from around 600 feet in the air.
    2 points
  23. Most have watched the Youtube video of "Beast Unleashed", a non official Giga concept making its way across the internet. This spawned a wave of excitement on social media, the enthusiast community, and even made local news. Kings Island fans believed, and some still believe, the park will be getting "Beast Unleashed" in the next season or two. This of course, was just an excellent fan made concept that was not associated with the park. In this latest podcast we talk with KIC Member RuthlessAirtime who was the creator of "Beast Unleashed". Before listening to the podcast, please wat
    1 point
  24. 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, thunderou
    1 point
  25. Now all we need is the Coney Mall signs back. That would be extremely inexpensive & make all kinds of people happy. Keep up the great work KI
    1 point
  26. I'm glad to see this returning as well. Now if we could only get some decent German food to go in there instead of pizza, burgers and Chinese food.
    1 point
  27. This looks amazing, I had long ago given up on this ever being fixed and assumed it would never return. Between this, the festival this summer, and the Internal Street renovations, I am really starting to look forward to spending the summer at Kings Island in a way I was not expecting at the end of last year. I figured this would be a slow year with just the antique cars and I am very happy to say I was wrong. I would love to see some interior renovations, mostly because I would like to see more food options, I feel like a third restaurant should be possible with some minor building exp
    1 point
  28. I wonder if there will be any other surprises they have in store for us. Not getting my hopes up but at this rate who knows what else they have done!
    1 point
  29. I could not agree more. I want a 500 foot tall coaster, I really do, but this is the kind of stuff that I can now bring my kids to a park I enjoyed as a child and point out and say "Daddy thought this was so cool when I was your age". These are those memories that most of us have of KI, and the types of things that you get to see all over again through the eyes of your own kiddos. Huge thanks to KI for seemingly doing most of what is being begged for on the forum!!
    1 point
  30. I'm loving what the park is doing. Just when you think they are done announcing new things they pull something else out of their sleeve. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
    1 point
  31. I’m a cubs fan but that is a great stadium to watch a game. Got family down that way but mostly visit KI 3-4 times a year...and the Horseshoe casino hahaha
    1 point
  32. 3rd portion of the Adventure Island map is released!
    1 point
  33. Anyone else wish the ride was less compact? I kinda of wish the ride was spread out and in a different location. Be interesting to see how ‘natural’ flowing this area will look like
    1 point
  34. I’m so excited! I have never seen the clock and glockenspiel in their full glory...yet. Add this to the growing list of exciting improvements for this year!!
    1 point
  35. Winterfest is my favorite time to go to the park.
    1 point
  36. This makes me so happy! I remember watching the figurines dance as a kid. Hopefully they will still use the Chicken Dance Song. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  37. Definitely enjoying seeing the outcome of this so far. I jumped the gun voting on this one before it was posted all the way! Fun poll though.
    1 point
  38. Grand Carnivale (I am here for those kinds of festivals), KI&MVRR (it's the one non-coaster ride I almost always make sure to ride), Adventure Express (is bae), Viking Fury (I have beef with it), Invertigo (because Invertigo.)
    1 point
  39. My Votes (and my reasons for each): Most Anticipated 2019 Feature: International Street Renovations The Antique Cars are a great addition for families, but based on rides I have done at other parks similar to them, they are probably not for me (though they probably will make the back of Coney Mall look and feel much nicer). So I am looking forward to the I-Street updates, particularly how the Royal Fountains are going to look and function in 2019. Favorite Non-Coaster: Delirium I love this huge flat ride. Swinging 137 feet in the air, spinning slowly, and dropping at 75+mph
    1 point
  40. That may be true, but I think that the DB-style seating was also more of a trend for the 2005-10 range and both guests and parks prefer the shorter 4 person across trains. Otherwise some parks would still spring for it.
    1 point
  41. I think it's funny that they have the SOB logo with the loop and the name "Kings Island" under it. Cedar Fair took control of KI on July 30th, 2006. It was still marketed as "Paramount's Kings Island" for the rest of the year. The incident that resulted in the loop being removed was on July 9th, 2006. So technically that ride never operated at Kings Island.
    1 point
  42. @Drummermattk nice pic! I really need to make my way to that park and check it out for myself.
    1 point
  43. I still say the KillMart buidling would make an ideal location for an indoor dining facilty--AC in the summer, heat in the winter. Also would be a great spot for patio dining with great views of The Racer, Zepher, and KMAA.
    1 point
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  45. You could very well be correct. I’ve heard they’ve put quite a bit into this. This will be interesting to say the least.
    1 point
  46. 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!
    1 point
  47. *Double post* and I do apologize but I just have to show you my latest creation! I took out Invertigo and installed an Intamin Blitz coaster. Its a double launch. UP the first hill and then over the water. Couple inversions and water elements when the water launch happens. I give you " El Lobizon". An amazon werewolf creature stalking the rain forest and Congo Falls.
    1 point
  48. I really just think KI needs something aggressive. The most aggressive thing in the park in the final helix on Beast imo.
    1 point
  49. Yesterday, in line for Vortex, a group of non-enthusiasts overhearing our conversation about the ride asked us about it sinking into the ground. I held back my laughter. A bit disheartening to see that the rumor has spread beyond enthusiasts, but I was glad that I could dispel it for them!
    1 point
  50. “?” Just a suggestion but a bit more proper grammar, maybe a tad less pithy, liberal use of emoticons and people may just start liking you around here. It helps.
    1 point
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