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  1. Pretty cool how you can look at some updated satellite images showing Orion’s construction:https://zoom.earth/#view=39.341068,-84.261654,17.5z
    8 points
  2. Unpopular opinion? SOB had a boring layout. The drop and the loop were great, everything else was filler. The rose bowl was one of the main attractions of the ride and cause for the most issues. It was supposed to be a bigger and better version of Beast's helix but failed miserably. I don't think there's much RMC could have done with the rose bowl to make it better other than completely tearing it down and have the ride go a different direction at the top of the second hill. Or leave the rose bowl alone and just shore it up, keeping the same layout. I'll take Banshee with the hope of a ground
    5 points
  3. Great suggestions so far! We'll try to get at least some of them implemented. You can already use the search box with terms like Action Zone, Coaster, Defunct, 1972, or Construction. The next iteration of the photos page will have taxonomy tools to help with discovering galleries and photos. The challenge with the previous system of categorization was that many albums logically belong in several places, Firehawk Construction for instance. Any suggestions for how to improve the sort, search and discovery features are most welcome. A thumbnails view is a great idea. We'll look
    4 points
  4. Using sod everywhere would be pretty expensive- they'd probably use it in the areas near the station and hydroseed the rest.
    3 points
  5. Well, I posted this, and then it refreshed to the next page and I saw someone got it!!!!! Way to go, Ty. The guess at the new restrooms between Rivertown and Antique Autos was VERY close! Yes, they were put up mid season in 1972. But before they broke ground on that building, they found that they had to rush an expansion on the women's side of the restroom between Rivertown and HB land. If you look at the pic I posted at the beginning of 1972 and the one from October 1972, you will see an extra cube on the back of it next to the small flume. The men probably didn't even notice. And of
    3 points
  6. A mile? That would be bears. Not a bad idea to use bears for rule enforcement as well. They could even be used to hunt down those pesky drone pilots some are all concerned about.
    3 points
  7. I smelled that from a mile away
    3 points
  8. https://kicentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Episode-9-Being-a-Ride-Operator.mp3 Don`t forget that you can get this podcast on iTunes, and on Spotify! Be sure to subscripe to not miss an episode! Show notes: Join Robbie (CoastersRZ) and Brad (IndyGuy4KI) as they are joined by Nick (Daretofly). In this episode we discuss the ins and outs of being a ride operator. We provide some tips for someone looking for their first job, as well as some of our favorite stories from our years of being ride operators. We hope you enjoy this episode! Watch for Episode 10 to come out
    2 points
  9. It was drained around 2007
    2 points
  10. It's a scare actor's job to scare you. If you don't want them to try to scare you, buy a no boo necklace.
    2 points
  11. I wish we could see some new photos of Orion. I’m hoping grass has started to grow with all this rain. I can’t wait to see how much better it looks with some greenery!
    2 points
  12. RIP Screechin' Eagle. The best stand-up in Ohio.
    2 points
  13. 2 points
  14. Is that the former Kings Island Inn location?
    2 points
  15. It actually stopped in the MCBR every morning when you are running start ups as well.
    2 points
  16. They could but they sure don't have a history of enforcing rules other than phones out on rides or sidewalk chalk. The best jobs I have ever had, and also the most successful for me and the companies as a whole, were extremely strict when making sure people followed the rules and held them accountable across the board. If you were tardy because of a car accident and it was your last chance, they let you go. Why have policies or rules at all if some can get away with breaking or bending them and others can’t. This isn’t just a problem for theme parks, but any business.
    2 points
  17. After wanting to revamp and clean up our gallery pages for over a year, the KIC admin spent months sorting through over 350 galleries. After months of getting all the galleries more organized and tagged, KICentral has a new gallery page for KIC members, Kings Island enthusiasts, and Kings Island historians to enjoy. https://kicentral.com/photos/ You will find rides can be searched by the name of the gallery, the name of the ride, ride manufacturer, year, and the area of the park. We also now have a photo submission page to submit your own photos that you may have that would benefit o
    2 points
  18. If there's not an optometry themed house for Haunt 20/20, I will be very upset.
    2 points
  19. Spelling and grammar: You guys know how to write; I have no doubt about that. Please take the time to read over your posts before you post them to ensure that it's not confusing. This includes proper spelling, punctuation, and capitalization mainly. AND PLEASE DON'T YELL! Overuse of emotions - Use the emotions (smileys) as needed, but don't end your posts with more than one of them. That's not necessary, it junks up the forums. One-word responses - One-word responses are unacceptable for anything with the exception of the forum games. This is simply because it's unusual for a one-word re
    2 points
  20. I hadn’t checked out the official Kings Island blog in a couple weeks so I thought I’d catch up. They have a downloadable coloring book. This image has me deeply confounded. I can’t tell if it is unintentional irony or a marketing department with an extremely dark and dry, but kind of brilliant sense of humor. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/april/download-the-kings-island-coloring-book Would the admins approve some sort of coloring contest? Would anyone else want to participate? I think the coloring book is really cool overall and appreciate the free activity from the park.
    1 point
  21. They have been trying it out But in all seriousness, sunglasses stay on, so I think a mask with a strap that goes all the way around a head will be secure. But just like some sunglasses fly off, I am sure some loose fitting masks will come off as well.
    1 point
  22. As the coloring book was distributed digitally, I think digital coloring or traditional coloring would both be fair game in a theoretical contest. It could even be two separate contests. One for digital coloring and the other for traditional. As for cheating, It’s not a contest yet so no rules have been established. I was just trying out some graphics programs I haven’t touched in a while, and Procreate is about the best and most complex digital art application for iOS. At least out of all the ones I have tried. Where’s your coloring page? Lol
    1 point
  23. So if one wants to read what is in the Governor's order and interpolate what that could mean for an amusement park, the big item is the requirement for an establishment to operate at under 50% capacity, plus comply with PPE for employees and social distancing measures for guests. Now who knows when and if the Governor will allow amusement parks to open, but if he does and doesn't lower the 50% capacity requirement, then based on numbers above, KI is pretty much in the clear to open at that point and not restrict attendance during the summer. They will certainly be under 50% between peop
    1 point
  24. Magic Kingdom hit capacity on NYE last year and they had to turn guests away.
    1 point
  25. Ive learned that William Reece - the director of Kings Islands Wild Animal Habitat from 1977-1992 passed away today. Mr Reece joined KI after the management agreement with Lion Country Safari was discontinued. He led the entire Wildlife team for 15 years - much to the enjoyment of millions. After (P) KI removed they Wild Animal Habitat, many of the animals were transferred to “The Wilds” in central Ohio where Mr Reece transitioned to Executive Director for the rest of his career. I know that he returned to KI With his family last season to pay a visit to his old workplace which
    1 point
  26. The science is showing outdoor gatherings are far more safe than indoor events. I think once it gets hot here in the midwest you're going to see things change. FL,GA, and TX are already getting hot so it makes sense they are ahead of the game.
    1 point
  27. Probably not here in Ohio though. DeWine doesn't seem to be in a rush to open up the economy like Florida and Georgia and Texas are. I think it'll be interesting to watch those states when they reopen to see what happens to determine what we should do.
    1 point
  28. If I remember correctly this is what they did with Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and Banshee.
    1 point
  29. Got the official notice today. For the first time in over 40 years American Coaster Enthusiasts Coaster Con will opt to hold a “virtual” Con. No traveling, no physical parks, no physical rides, rather virtual meetings and special online coaster “events.” Con is always a highlight of my summer. I was really excited for this years, but I guess good things come to those that wait. Sigh
    1 point
  30. That's great to hear! Now I'm really excited, lmao. I'm familiar with the park's disability options as I've been with a cane/wheelchair for about a year now, but I haven't seen haunt with it just yet so my inner pessimist was like "Nah, you'll have to walk it bro." I so hope the Haunt is open this year, even in the main season isn't. Haunt is by far my favorite time to go, I love all the halloween themeing!
    1 point
  31. Real talk, if Haunt is even open this year, I really hope for HalloTween again. I might be an adult, but I'm also a huge baby and I've never been through a haunted house before. The toned-down experience I think would be a good thing to get my feet wet. (On a side note, are the haunts wheelchair-accessible? If not, I guess this is all a moot point, heh.) Also the jokes in this thread are absolutely killer, had a hearty chuckle! The optometrist one and the Urgent Scare jokes are 10/10,
    1 point
  32. Can we go pack to wondering when the Webcam will be back up???
    1 point
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  34. Didn’t see this one coming. Dogs are being trained to sniff out coronavirus cases https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2020/04/29/coronavirus-detection-dogs/
    1 point
  35. I was looking around the map and wow
    1 point
  36. But that is what the fee-based charging stations are for, sponsored by holovis
    1 point
  37. I agree a bit. Enjoyed the ride but always felt the layout was weak. Liked the premier and first drop and loop. Outside of that it was just a few helixes back to back
    1 point
  38. Yet KI allows masks for kids under 13, which is ironic because we have been told by many on this forum that this is an age demographic that doesn't get the covid
    1 point
  39. Hindsight is always 20/20, so I think that will be the Haunt 2021 attraction
    1 point
  40. I get the chance to drive by the park at least once a day and I haven’t seen anyone up on the lift. The only lights on in the park(ridewise) since the stay at home order was put in place is the Eiffel Tower and Congo Falls. What we do know is that the maintenance lights have been installed along the lift and brake run. From my own images of the lift from the drop off and what has been shown of the lift via drone footage I would feel safe in saying there is a blue LED strip on the upper hand rail, the white bar I though might have been a light strip on the middle bar is the safety strap
    1 point
  41. The Demon (Location: Action Zone between The Bat and Banshee) The Demon reigned supreme, striking fear in the hearts of many park guests for years. Then in 1979, a force of nature arrived in the form of a Beast who sought to take the land from the Demon's reign. The Demon fought The Beast for eight long years until 1987 when it was defeated and sucked into a Vortex. Knowing that a retaliation was inevitable, The Beast sent his son to guard the area where the Demon once stood. Retaliation came many years later in 2012 when a creature in the form of a Banshee descended upon the park a
    1 point
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