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  1. There’s a website called web archive that saves full websites periodically... Kings Island’s website has been saved 2,234 2,234 different times since 2007... you can even go visit the old paramount site pki.com
    6 points
  2. From what I could see in the picture and the video, I have a few comments: 1. I would guess that topping is going to be Tuesday. I don't believe it will be tomorrow because the first two pieces of the drop still in their staging locations, as well as the end of the maintenance stairs that goes with the top piece. It is nice to see that they have the last 2 lift pieces prepared though. I think we may see the next drop piece (no additions necessary) lifted tomorrow, but that would be it. 2. We finally have confirmation that the drop pullout has been completed! 3. Does anyone remember that small grassy hill to the right after passing underneath Racer (across from FoF exit)? It looks like it's been at least de-grassed if not flattened out. Area 72 restrooms?
    5 points
  3. BoddaH1994 edit: link removed
    5 points
  4. 5 points
  5. Looking at the video, it looks like the trees next to Chaos building are gone. Its all cleared out. Someone had pointed out the markers there a couple weeks ago.
    4 points
  6. With Tower of Terror II closed, Orion will now open as the tenth tallest coaster in the world.
    4 points
  7. Phyton is removing from the park as of Nov 1st and relocating somewhere else. I hope this coaster would stay in Cincy Area.
    4 points
  8. ^^ I'm of the opinion that flume rides shouldn't get you drenched. A scenic ride along the course, a thrilling drop, and an appropriate splash made KCKC the park favorite it was. If I wanted to get buckets of water dumped on me, WWC was (and is) the destination. For an example of a really horrible water ride experience, with apologies to @Shawn Meyer, look at what Cedar Point did in 2010.
    4 points
  9. Drove by KI this afternoon. Orion's drop is legit. Compared to Diamondback it is especially impressive... Lining them up in view from Soak City's parking lot was a great way to see the difference (specifically the drop angle). It is one thing to look at the numbers on paper but in person it was wild. This thing is going to be special. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  10. I actually think The Vortex station, with the open sides closed in and the dividing wall between the main part and the storage shed removed, could make a good park museum. Put the doors where the exit is, and keep the entrance stairs area as an overlook. They could keep a piece of the storage track siding right there where it's next to a Bat footer.
    3 points
  11. Not necessarily, Jersey Devil with long trains & 4 trains might have decent capacity. If it also has a moving loading station it may even be quicker.
    3 points
  12. I wouldn't mind seeing the batwing element just left in place where it is and freshly painted. Right on the midway, they could even put up an info board/sign about Vortex where the photo spot sign is now. I mean, what else would fit in that little area for it to be in the way of future development?
    3 points
  13. I concur with malem on the opinion about flumes. They're meant to be more good natured fun, not really all thrilling (at least not on par with a coaster), but they really aren't meant to be. And they aren't really supposed to get you all that wet on them either, that's what water rides like White Water Canyon and Congo Falls are for.
    3 points
  14. ^ I said this on page 7, but nobody saw it or skipped over me. I'd be all in for having a topper track model like Outlaw run in the former spot of Vortex. Either way, I want to see RMC pull off an actual loop and have them go back to back to pay tribute to Vortex.
    3 points
  15. The blueprints did note that the food stand would be removed, but nothing about what would replace it.
    2 points
  16. I gotta say, that video was worth not having webcams for two weeks.
    2 points
  17. While this is true... 4 trains with 12 riders could potentially be the equivalent of Flight of Fear’s capacity with two 24 passenger trains which is not very good capacity. Also, it would be easier to stack four trains, so it could be even less than Flight of Fear’s capacity.
    2 points
  18. Been watching the RMC Raptors and they look pretty cool, but they seem kinda cute. They seem a little short and they don't look as amazing as the other RMCs to me, but surely there is some potential. Kings Island might want to wait until some of that potential is realized. I think they are doing that with Orion as B & M has likely learned on every Giga they make. They would do that on a regular RMC too by waiting until now or soonish. The RMS Raptor, though, to me looks like something that isn't visually breathtaking, like the thing I'd put where Vortex is. Raptors do, however, look really cool and hip and modern. Seems a Raptor should go near Banshee and ideally would take Invertigo and or some of the surrounding area. Vortex's spot needs a big piece of framework and to look imposing and cool. Wood or RMC works best there as I have said too much now. I love a dive or Raptor, but not at the expense of a RMC ground up. Put the RMC Raptor at front when Invetigo goes. It's the perfect spot. Or in that area, along with a Dive coaster. Of course, that's asking a lot, when they are installing a giga as I speak. And I am super hyped on it. But something needs to replace Vortex.
    2 points
  19. Although it's been so long, I remember liking KCKC more than RFYLCB. Plus, I hate that we lost a genuine river ride in Rivertown.
    2 points
  20. I'm all aboard the RMC train for sure. If they put it where Vortex is, it'd look great too. Something like Twisted Timbers would put KI over the Top.
    2 points
  21. I'd make a good wager we see on of the loops or corkscrews show up somewhere in a midway.
    2 points
  22. And rumor has it, SFGam may not be looking to add another woodie, but might RMC American Eagle. If that happens, bye-bye 9300 feet of wooden track (since RMC Eagle would be Steel I-Box) and suddenly Kings Island is way out in front in terms of total wooden coaster track.
    2 points
  23. Orion's Drop > Leviathan Drop
    2 points
  24. I will always have the view Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  25. If only..... However, I would like to see the station re-used. Its victorian facade is perfection. Unfortunately, as Shaggy said, there is the issue of wheelchair access. But that isn't to say they couldn't redesign it. I was also thinking maybe one of the cars could be displayed somewhere in the park.
    2 points
  26. It looks like all of the track that is disconnected from the spine is assembled!
    1 point
  27. I want to specify my want for an RMC Topper Track coaster in Vortex's spot. 48" height requirement that equals Vortex's (as long as it isn't too crazy, doesn't need to be), would have crazy air on par with Vortex's first drop (except EVERYWHERE), fit in 3-5 inversions, something between 150-175 ft and a good length to match. Maybe go with orange and blue rails?
    1 point
  28. GWL, my bad. Great wolf Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  29. Now that we have just lost it, Vortex. Also backwards Racer, as I had one opportunity to ride it and I was too scared.
    1 point
  30. Also...I wonder if the price of steel will effect whether or not more wood ones get built the next little while. I would think so.
    1 point
  31. Great pic - this had my vote - congrats!
    1 point
  32. Phantom A world record big long rmc
    1 point
  33. This is how Fury was topped. As @pkiknex25 pointed out in an earlier in an earlier comment, the drop piece directly above the drop support is steep enough to support itself. The last two pieces of the lift will need to be held by a crane, and the piece forming the crest of the drop will be placed last. To give you some perspective on the timeline, Fury was at a similar point to Orion in its construction on December 1st, 2014. The lift hill was topped on December 3rd, 2014. Though the difference here is that the crew hoisted the piece of above the drop support on the same day the track up to the giant supports was completed. So with this timeline in mind, I think it's reasonable to expect the lift hill to be completed no later than Tuesday. Maybe Monday if they work tomorrow and get that last drop piece, but I'll err on the side of caution. However, it makes sense to try and complete it before it rains on Wednesday.
    1 point
  34. 1 point
  35. Will we get to keep the view from this window, or is it gone forever as well?
    1 point
  36. I just thought of something... what if we got an RMC single-Rail coaster with Vortex’s exact layout? Thoughts? I am still on #TeamFloorless, though.
    1 point
  37. I can quite literally remember standing in front of The Vortex future site staring into the abyss of trees and weeds where they'd placed a plaque announcing Vortex. Huge drop "at the time" and six inversions. 1986...I was 11. Makes me wonder what kids are looking up at Orion being built right now in awe...and who might also see it pass after riding it with their children 30+ years from now. I don't know what kind of ride 2052 will bring, but I bet it'll be crazy!
    1 point
  38. On both sides?? I thought only on one side.
    1 point
  39. Fixing water park stuff is a big thing for their shutdown week. Unfortunately it doesn’t have an off-season like most water parks so many things that break over the course of the year have to wait until shutdown week when the pools and pumps are drained to be fixed. For the record, also, Great Wolf Lodge Mason has never had a bed bug problem that is on a larger scale than the typical challenges for a 400+ room hotel. To say they follow “best industry practices” is an understatement. They have a full time exterminator on staff to ensure that any issue they have does not get out of hand. Rumors surface every few years of a massive bedbug problem but these always surface when people see dumpsters full of mattresses in the parking lot, in which all of the mattresses are replaced cyclically anyway.
    1 point
  40. When I talked to chad yesterday he said the park hasn’t made an official announcement yet and added that it would be nice to keep it
    1 point
  41. Hearing about the original crew being there for the last ride made me quite emotional. I suppose the loss of time is what hurts a lot here. Its still just sad. My first real roller coaster.
    1 point
  42. WLWT just reported that Vortex will be torn down at the end of the season...so are they first, fast, and accurate or just simply misunderstanding what was being told (cross threading...)....time will tell....
    1 point
  43. The real reason will be included in my book, which is coming out May of next year. The reason is not as dramatic as many of you think.
    1 point
  44. They are planning something there. It'll be a few years, but plans have started rumor is.
    1 point
  45. Different manufacturer. And KI is already missing a lot of coasters that would fit better, like a Mack Launch or an RMC T-Rex or a Gerstlauer, which are things you can't find at Cedar Point.
    1 point
  46. Millennium is too. They also got a arrow suspended around the same time as KI. I mean just because it doesn't happen all the time doesn't mean it isn't possible. Especially as the lineups begin to flesh out and can't be as different.
    1 point
  47. I made a little thing here if we were to get one of the newer Intamin launch coasters. I give you Equinox! Beyond vertical drop with 7 inversions. Launch into double vert loops and half way up top hat and then backward up the spike and through the loop and over the top hat. A boy can wish this would make it way to the park. Used the same station as Vortex but reversed. Enjoy!
    1 point
  48. Give us the inversion record on an RMC A flyer would be so cool. Whats the likely hood of Cedar Fair and a B&M flyer?
    1 point
  49. Oh, they are sooo gonna put a coaster there! A big, photogenic one, too! I don't even know, but I hope they surprise us. There's so many ways they could go with that space.
    1 point
  50. sixohdieselrage taking off with all of KICentral
    1 point
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