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Countdown to Opening Day for the 2021 Season: May 15th 11:00 AM!

Kings Island is now open for 2021.

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  1. It's gonna be so weird without Vortex on the Skyline. That part of the park was like going through a time machine back to the 80s. It's always been Beast, Racer and Vortex front and center since before I was even born. It's not gonna look right without that pretty arrow.
    7 points
  2. 7 points
  3. It's going to hurt more, for me, to stand where the batwing was and not see 6 inversions nor my favorite drop in the park.. Luckily Orion should end up a great first drop as our first truly steep first drop. (Diamondback is debatable :p)
    7 points
  4. I remember how empty the park looked (and map) when SOB was taken down. The Banshee filled that void but the back of the park will just feel empty until something is built in its place. But it will be very hard to fill The Vortex void. I say just concentrate on what is new and filling the skyline with ORION. We have much to excited about for the coming season. And excitement for speculation of what will replace The Vortex.
    5 points
  5. If anyone here has any updated information on peices of Vortex, let me know!!! And going there this summer with the veiw gone, is really going to hurt.
    5 points
  6. The last few years, I've actually stayed off Vortex during our trips because I felt like I was "aging out" (40 and not in the greatest shape will do that to you). This summer, my nephew asked if I'd ride with him, and so I did, not realizing it would be my last ride on it. Thankful to have had one last go-round on a coaster that used to terrify me (the weightlessness on the barrel rolls always convinced me as a kid that I was about to fly out). That skyline is going to look pretty barren right behind the Eiffel Tower, and that walk from Rivertown to Coney Mall is going to be lacking one
    4 points
  7. Cedar Fair has released their Q4 2019 quarterly earnings. Important information Yearly attendance up 7%, 27.9 Million Same Park attendance up 5% Net revenue up 9%, Same Park net revenue up 6% Out of park revenue up 11% (Hotels, Sports force park ect) Net income up 36% Adjusted EBITDA 8% Season pass sales & season pass related products up 40+% compared to this time last year. Information I find interesting Season pass attendance makes up 53% of their overall attendance (previous years they didn’t give an exact %) Will u
    3 points
  8. New Instagram post from Kings Island:
    3 points
  9. I think it's going to be more weird coming over the crest of The Beast's second lift. (Vortex was older than me) That view will be dramatically different, and you probably won't be thinking about it until it hits you.
    3 points
  10. I couldn’t agree more. This forever changes the whole look of the park.
    3 points
  11. It just occurred to me that Vortex was Kings Island’s last 80s coaster. That means there are no longer any coaster from the 1980s at Kings Island.
    3 points
  12. Ugh. No bueno. I had a dream last night I somehow arrived at the park for the last of the demolition. It was a bitter sweet dream.
    3 points
  13. Forewarning. It’s a crystal clear day and the sun is out. It’s such a beautiful day, but that also means Vortex will disappear into the shine for a few hours.
    3 points
  14. Classic postcard pic from 2018.
    3 points
  15. I believe they're going to do whatever they can to keep it around. Beast is a lot more legendary and iconic to the park than Vortex was.
    2 points
  16. I've been fortunate to have been to both parks. I attended many years ago when they were under the original, and/or previous ownership. Indiana Beach was still owned by the Spackmans (Tom Spackman was a very nice man.) When I went to Fantasy Island it was called MARTINS Fantasy Island and owned by Martin DiPietro. (I think I went twice.) Martin's was a quaint park with a decent CCI woodie. I remember Silver Comet being a fun ride, but nothing to write home about. It wasnt, IMO, and all-day park. Rather something you did as a stop on the way to Niagara Falls. Indiana Beach
    2 points
  17. Even with all these pictures, it still doesn’t seem real to me. Almost makes me afraid to visit the park in April
    2 points
  18. Down went the top of the lift.
    2 points
  19. It looks more and more eerie the way Vortex looks, being partially missing and just weird looking.
    2 points
  20. Just waiting for the conspiracy theories.
    2 points
  21. Well the lift is gone. Now all we have is the predrop, the drop, and the first 2 turns.
    2 points
  22. I would imagine it depends on the size of the structure they are removing. But as far as something the size of Vortex, I would say yes. When they were demolishing Son of Beast, they didnt take the whole structure down at once; They removed it section by section for safety reasons and to make the cleanup of the debris easier. Taking out Vortex in one go would be a massive undertaking and it would be a difficult mess to clean up. So this is a more effective way of doing it.
    2 points
  23. That webcam pic of what's left of Vortex's lift from far away is a little eerie. Also, it seems like they are being very delicate with the removal as they are removing sections at a time (the close up pictures show this well as there are small gaps between the pieces of track that remain); is this typical of coaster deconstruction/removal?
    2 points
  24. I took this photo during the summer...what I like about this shot is that it offers a view of the tower that anyone over the age of eight rarely sees.
    2 points
  25. (Image source: visitkingsisland.com. Modified with: imgflip.com. Hotel: Trivago.)
    2 points
  26. Here’s one I just made: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  27. I'll post it here too.
    2 points
  28. Well it could reach “the end of its service life”, if someone wanted it to.
    1 point
  29. The only way Beast closes is in the highly highly highly unlikely event that Kings Island shuts down.
    1 point
  30. Yes the overnight time lapse catches interesting things! I know they have overnight maintenance, security etc but the light patterns can be unique timing wise!
    1 point
  31. The first drop was downed between 12:45 and 1, barely visible on the camera, but visible.
    1 point
  32. 1 point
  33. Per RMC at IAAPA, the issue of loud lifts *should* be able to be resolved with new rubber tips on the anti-rollbacks.
    1 point
  34. Here is the updated story from the Indy Star: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2020/02/18/indiana-beach-amusement-park-closing-rides-being-dismantled-after-nearly-100-years/4799522002/ It doesn't make much sense that the rides are moving to other Apex-owned parks, given that they were listed for sale in Amusement Today. Also, I'm not sure how most of the rides would fit into Apex's surviving lineup of parks, which are waterparks and family entertainment centers rather than traditional amusement parks. Apex-owned Fantasy Island near Niagara Falls had similar news today: https://www
    1 point
  35. I wish Ed Hart could swoop in. He's done an excellent job with saving and revitalizing Kentucky Kingdom.
    1 point
  36. I knew you would all examine it closely... Anyhow, yes I see those cables now and I was about 5 mins late this morning on getting video. I’m sure they spent the rest of the day chopping it up and clearing the drop zone. Maybe I’ll get some tomorrow or the next day or never... rest assured, you guys will be among the first to know if I do.
    1 point
  37. California adventure. I think the trees are too tall to take this picture now.
    1 point
  38. Yeah it looks bizarre in person.
    1 point
  39. Oh jee, this is really starting to feel surreal now.
    1 point
  40. I meant a ground up topper track RMC like Lightning Rod or Outlaw Run
    1 point
  41. I would expect they are doing testing this week with the nice weather ahead.
    1 point
  42. We won't know till we ride. Fury's drop is similar to millennium's even though they are different manufactures. Best drop I have ever encountered is skyrush which has two substantial pops of ejector down the hill, once on the initial and the other around 2/3rds down.
    1 point
  43. Your starting speed at the top of each hill between the Intamin and B&M gigas are different since one uses cable lifts and the other uses chain lifts.
    1 point
  44. Copperhead Strike, the all new MACK Multi-Launch coaster that opened at Carowinds last year, surprisingly this was my first time shooting a sunset pic and the result left me amazed.
    1 point
  45. Woah! Must have happened today!
    1 point
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