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  1. I fully expect the Kings Island Giga to be one of the best coasters in the world. In its present form, per the leaked layout and footer drawings, I make the following prediction: Height: 305 ft Drop: 310 ft Max Speed: 94 mph Length: 5,250 ft This coaster will be shorter in duration and length then Fury, however there’s no way one can say it’s not in the same category. This coaster will be forceful (for a B&M) and will be relentless. All of B&M’s highlight elements will be in it. I expect a reverse treble clef and an ampersand along with ejector and floater
    14 points
  2. Never trust the opinion of anyone who enjoys Invertigo.
    14 points
  3. Dangit Don... teasing us? Haha From KI reader mailbox. I know this is legit, I just think it's funny.
    12 points
  4. All of a sudden everyone on this forum became astrologists
    10 points
  5. *Not drawn to scale * Everyone is talking about a the coaster having a 40 degree angle of accent, while this a long shot. What if the coaster was launched up the first hill to a certin point, kind of like Maverick, But the train goes over a “hill” of sorts that reaches the 300 foot mark. I’ve drawn a picture below to show kind of what I’m thinking about. Like I said, long shot. B&M has only produced 1 launch coaster (if you don’t count Hulk at Universal) and it would be a very long and probably very forceful launch. Not to mention, the launch would be at an angle. Side note. Do
    8 points
  6. If I were in his place, I'd do the same thing. Better to have fun with the readers than to disperse the usual bland, monotone lawyer-speak ("We have nothing to announce at this time." Snooze.)
    8 points
  7. Physics called and wouldn’t stop laughing [emoji23]
    7 points
  8. Don always likes to have fun with the fans. He's just doing this because he doesn't want to actually answer the question. Similar to the whole deer lurking in the woods where Firehawk was thing.
    7 points
  9. I kind of threw up a little.
    6 points
  10. The time has finally come! On May 15th, Kings Island will begin their daily operating schedule for the 2020 season. The off-season, although very short now with Winterfest, still seems to drag on until we get to when the park is open daily. We are hoping that with daily operations comes sunny, warm days, which we have yet to see much of this spring. There are a lot of things to be excited about this season at Kings Island. This includes the revamp of International Street, the GlockenSpiel renovation, the addition of the Kings Mill's Antique Autos, Decoding the construction in X-Base, The Miami
    5 points
  11. Great... so after KI gets this new ride, we'll have to wait almost 19,000 more years before something better is built... uhh... where the footers for that Beast at?
    5 points
  12. I love finding these random theories... Found a star that is 309 light years from Earth. it's part of the Constellation Draco. The star is actually known by the name Thuban. It is also know as "Dragon's Tail". Where this gets interesting is, Thuban was the North star before Polaris was the North star. Thuban was the North Star between 4000-2000 BC. Sometime around 21000 AD, it will again be the North star. Things that make you go hmmmm.....
    5 points
  13. Wish I could like this twice..... Sent from my SM-S767VL using Tapatalk
    5 points
  14. Yep, all the ponds and lakes at Kings Island were man made. I'd suggest checking out HistoricAerials.com, searching Kings Island, and setting the year to 1964. Before all the coasters and what-not, it was just flat farm land and some splotches of trees.
    5 points
  15. That's too bad, but at least today is the last day the park is closed until August!
    5 points
  16. As far as potential fake blueprints, remember they made a fake web site showing they were getting a wing right before announcing Banshee so anything is possible if it was someone internal that did the leak.
    5 points
  17. A floorless GIGA sounds awesome, what a crazy feeling that would be and the view would be so open! Sent from my KFSUWI using Tapatalk
    5 points
  18. @sixohdieselrage Pretty good day for flying!!!
    5 points
  19. I haven't studied Levi at all, but dropping in side images of Fury's lift into my CAD makes me think Fury's lift is at 39°. It's very possible the images I used aren't the best and Fury's lift could indeed be 40°. Going off the submitted blueprints for KI's coaster, that lifthill is definitely at 40°, no question about it. Resubmitted plans do happen, but for legit changes or mistakes in the plans, not simply to troll a very select, very small community of coaster nerds. All it would take is word getting to the wrong person, and the city could shut these plans down or delay
    5 points
  20. I have to admit, I was really hoping for a coaster that topped off around 350'. But, I won't be so disappointed if it is just barely 300'. It will still be a giga nonetheless and I'm sure a very fun ride to experience! Like many others on here, I think it would be a huge disservice not only to the KI regulars but to Kings Island itself to build a second hyper coaster that is only 15-25 feet from being named a giga. I feel like that is likely not going to happen......but certainly a thought in the back of our minds here on KIC!
    5 points
  21. Question: Based upon earlier posts, it seemed to assume that the lift hill would be a 45 Degree ascent. Was the lift ascent on Fury and Leviathan? If that is the case, why would B&M alter their ascent angle to make it shallower? Neither Fury nor Leviathan has had problems with their left ascent that I'm aware of. It would seem if the goal was to reach a certain height, the quicker they reach that height, the cheaper it would be as the lift wouldn't be as stretched out, chain would be shorter, etc.. (though perhaps more wear on the motor?) anyhoo, if the scale on the front dra
    5 points
  22. Cedar Point has something that KI will never have. And that's Lake Erie. I think it's tough to say KI is better than CP. They are just different. They each thrive in their own way. One is regional, one is a destination. Apples to oranges.
    5 points
  23. I like every park because of their uniqueness, not because of its rollercoaster selection. I’m hoping the new addition will bring overhaul to the x-base area. Perhaps a few new/used rides will pop up there. Btw. What if this is a first one of its kind rides? Floorless giga? Who knows. I’ll be excited if the teasers start popping up soon.
    5 points
  24. KI higher ups reading this thread
    5 points
  25. For the record, I think this coaster will be over 300ft. Cedar Fair took a risk at Canada’s Wonderland. (Rumor has it, Leviathan was slated for Knotts.) The risk obviously paid off since Carowinds repeated the model. Having riden Fury, I have high hopes for this coaster. It will be interesting to see what they do with the second element since MF, Leviathan, and Fury all make a turn after the first drop. This one seems to go straight for a while. It will need something other than an airtime hill to make it feel different than Diamondback.
    4 points
  26. -image from google- This hill here gives an amazing feeling Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  27. Catching up with this thread..... From the leaked plan, the first hill is a highly banked, or overbanked, turn. The second hill is the treble clef element. So the first half will likely not have airtime. Well the station is a building with walls, electric, queue lines, control room etc. The rest of the ride is literally just track, rails, supports and footers. There is obviously going to be more involved with the station. They've drawn everything they can draw on the rest of the ride. They will also have the free dinner on the coasters nightly. Nothing l
    4 points
  28. Don't listen to anyone, keep being imaginative and keep asking questions. That's how every brilliant mind got their start. As for your question about the weight of trains: I don't know exactly what they typically weigh, but I bet if Top Thrill Dragster can launch a train 400+ feet into the air at a 90 degree angle with a 120 mph launch it would certainly take way less kinetic energy than that. I would definitely use that ride, and also Lightning Rod at Dollywood as a basis for your research here.
    4 points
  29. The day of the Banshee announcement a placeholder webpage was tested . It featured a wing coaster with the tag, “The Bat Flies Again!” From my understanding this was done to make sure the actual page launched smoothly after the announcement. It wasn’t much of a “fake website” as has been described.
    4 points
  30. The announcement will more than likely have been made by the time we actually see any track. I think it'll be fairly interesting to see the layouts of footers once those are started.
    4 points
  31. Skyrush, in my opinion, is an I305 style- "twister" layout. The hyper being installed will have a plethora of airtime and tall hills. Also this ride will be a "front gate" coaster that's the first thing guests will see when it walks in. Like Diamondback our new 2020 coaster will be in the back of the park.
    4 points
  32. But why was it hoped for 45 degrees? I always assumed that is the angle on Fury and Leviathan, but haven't seen anything to confirm that. My only point is why would the lift angle be less than fury or leviathan? As far as playing games; its not that tough, if they are inclined. Submit a set of plans to get approved, then immediately submit a set of "engineered changes" to the same documents. There is a fee involved, but resubmitting plans is a normal process in construction; if KI wanted to, they could, would the city go along while still not bending any rules???? No clue, but
    4 points
  33. In the Reader's Mailbag post referenced above some hints may be gleaned, or not. Also in a blog about The Beast last month, I found it interesting that the original plan for the roller coaster that became The Beast was to rebuild the Coney Island Shooting Star beside (or maybe behind) The Racer. Things that make me go hmmm... https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/april/the-beast-40-years-of-terror
    4 points
  34. It would be neat if they completely themed this area and added some flat rides and whatever big coaster that may be coming in the future. It would be cool if they made it an interactive experience, maybe like Knott’s Ghost Town Alive but somehow make it work with aliens or Government scientist. Just a thought.
    4 points
  35. Hershey's two hypers are from different manufacturers. To me it doesn't make sense to have a second B&M hyper in the same park as another B&M hyper. If we were to get a hyper I'd want it from like Intamin, Mack, or even RMC.
    4 points
  36. Even for The Beast Unleashed video, the comments were full of GP saying "wow just another Diamondback? Meh" and I tried my hardest to make it wildly different. KI has to be aware of the risk of constructing something that looks way too similar to Diamondback. I have no doubt it will be very different in some way.
    4 points
  37. If it is shorter than 300 feet, I am desperately hoping it's a new ride model. If the leaked layout is the real deal, I am desperately hoping it's a new ride model. I would be more than okay with this thing being something totally new given the information we have. Part of me is still holding onto a shred of hope that KI disseminated some somewhat-bogus documents to shroud what will be the park's biggest investment ever. They know the blueprint song and dance – it has happened for several projects. My brother, who is a project management professional, told me it would be entirely poss
    4 points
  38. While not a roller coaster engineer, I am an engineer (marine), and I don't see anything wrong with this design.. and in fact this looks like it would be a pretty fun element! Especially if launched just fast enough to barely make it over the top (aka TTD and Kingda Ka). However, I believe the support columns and footers would be different than anything we've seen to support that structure.
    3 points
  39. As for those of up you who are on my about physics, ok it’s an idea. I was wrong on some things. I’ve learned a lesson. Thanks for the criticism.
    3 points
  40. Orion1600... Orion is 1600 light years from Earth. 1600 meters is ~5250 feet.... Orion 1600... FTW!
    3 points
  41. They hid a fake web site page off their main site that showed a winged coaster with “The Bat Flies Again!” This magically disappeared once someone on here got a screen shot of it. It was also alluded to by Mr Scheid at the announcement. The park says it was put up by mistake but I have my doubts about that.
    3 points
  42. This photograph is amazing. I knew the exit path once went under the station and out near where KCKC was, but I never realized there was another path under the keelboats. I wonder where it went.
    3 points
  43. Because when people started plotting the points for the footings, they noticed that it would take a steeper lift hill to get to the numbers they had in their heads.
    3 points
  44. He didn't like The Beast, his argument is invalid.
    3 points
  45. IIRC, people were assuming it would be a giga.
    3 points
  46. KI higher ups preview of announcement night if they build a coaster just SHY of being in giga category.
    3 points
  47. What if it does 2 laps around like the great pumpkin coaster Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  48. Went to IB yesterday for their opening weekend. Some improvements for this year. Hoosier Hurricane - They added a 25 for the 25th anniversary. The blue train is now on the track and totally renovated. (red was last year, but not back on the track yet) with a new paint job. The decking in the queue was replaced. Lastly a little track work but still pretty rough. They did add a PA system with Spiels. A much needed addition. They are not automatic, they have to push a button. Cornball Express got decals added to its train this year.
    3 points
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