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  1. They were included on the PKI ACE Collector's Edition DVD created by Jeffrey Siebert, David Mandt and Maureen (Kaiser) Richmond. The DVD was given out as an exclusive gift to ACE No-Coaster and East-Coaster attendees in January 2005. It included ride soundtracks, Qtv Excerpts, Ride announcement spoof videos, The Beast 25th anniversary special & more. Heres mine:
    9 points
  2. Even experts can’t agree that a second wave is coming, some experts say that the virus will be like a bell curve with no second wave.
    7 points
  3. Reddit user u/DaixTheNecro has compiled tons of different audio clips from Kings Island. Everything from TR:TR's soundtrack to Phantom Theater can be found! Check it out here.
    6 points
  4. It is true that it is up to an individual to protect themselves to the extent that they can. In softball or baseball, you can avoid being hit by the ball by being vigilant, but that doesn't mean it's okay for a pitcher to aim for the head. If that happened and someone told that person, "welp, that's just part of the game", then the person saying that is a word that I won't use on a public forum. The only athletes who deserves to be hit in the head with a baseball are members of the 2017-2018 Houston Astros. Personally, when I can do something that requires literally zero effort or sacrifi
    5 points
  5. I don't know how the parks all plan to handle the pandemic, but one thing do I anticipate seeing at all of them is hand sanitizer. This is how I think that will look: Holiday World will add hand sanitizer stations at every existing sunscreen and soft drink location. They will be free of charge and refilled religiously so no customer ever uses a dispenser to find it empty. There will be regular reminders over the PA system for customers to please wash or sanitize their hands whenever possible. Kentucky Kingdom will do the same, but solely because they feel compelled to match what Holi
    4 points
  6. It’s been a quiet last couple weeks. Here’s to hoping we get some pics with green grass, or maybe even a POV soon.
    4 points
  7. To be young again LOL You never know what may change...I mean the old timers in baseball never thought batting helmets would be a requirement in baseball, and many tried to "hide" it under their hat because they felt like a wimp with it; helmets for football - really says the old timers. People never thought smoking would be banned in so many places. People never thought seat belts in cars would be mandatory. Just think up until 1968, seat belts were not even required to be put in vehicles. It wasn't until 1984 that the first state made wearing them mandatory. Ohio wasn't unt
    3 points
  8. Thank goodness...did we need a mullet Superman LOL...
    3 points
  9. I don't see masks becoming the new "pants and shirt" where it becomes permanently required. Masks were required during the Spanish Flu and they died out after it. I'm guessing the same will happen here. Masks will never be "normal" in our culture imo.
    3 points
  10. i think a floorless at KI would be a great fit! now that Vortex is gone, they don’t have a sit down non-inverted looping coaster, and knowing the reliability and lifespan of B&Ms, it’d be a great fit as there’s nothing else like it at the park!
    3 points
  11. ^ This entire pandemic is a series of no-win scenarios for businesses. A vaccine is still many months away. Frankly, we've never had great success at coming up with effective vaccines for other coronaviruses, so there's no guarantees that a vaccine will ever exist at all. Basically all theme parks will have to open up for business in a world with no vaccine or go out of business. Even a park as big as Kings Island would struggle to financially survive more than one cancelled season. Companies just don't keep multiple years' worth of operating costs in their war chests. As staying closed u
    3 points
  12. Not Orion related, but candymonium is testing at Hershey Park. Hopefully maintenance and construction crews go back into KI soon and we can start seeing Orion test again as well as other rides test. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=608316093102777&id=197689567498767
    3 points
  13. AMEN! That coaster was insanely awesome. EXTREMELY fun ejector air. I rate it up there with Phoenix at Knoebels as best airtime I've ever gotten on a wooden coaster. Heck - the last seat of the train had a high back to prevent people from flying out the back of the car. I am so glad I got to ride Screechin Eagle many times. There will never, ever, be another coaster built like it - with that kind of out of your seat euphoria. I will always miss it.
    3 points
  14. Wow! Copperhead Strike looks tiny compared to Vortex. If we were to get a Mack multi-launch, I think it should be a little larger than Copperhead Strike, so it can have the same massive look to it that Vortex had. But since a Mack multi-launch would theoretically be smaller than Vortex, it could open up new expansion possibilities. The park would probably opt to expand the tight midway if I had to guess and create a better entrance plaza. Just image walking up to that area and seeing a new coaster launch into a twisted mess of track. Mack coasters are very photogenic like Vortex, so I think it
    2 points
  15. Ethanol should be available in massive quantities right now. That is the type of alcohol which is typically blended with gasoline. Since so little fuel is being used very large quantities of industrial alcohol should be available very cheaply. I have read where several of the plants have shut down due to so little demand for ethanol. The country produces more than 14 billion gallons of ethanol a year.
    2 points
  16. There's also a KiTunes Player on KIE. Sadly, it's flash. But it if your struggling to get Google Drive Files to play, it's a great alternative. http://kiextreme.com/kitunes.php
    2 points
  17. Here's an article explaining some of the measures CF may take: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cleveland.com/business/2020/05/cedar-fair-considering-capacity-limits-virtual-queuing-in-reopening-of-cedar-point-other-parks.html%3foutputType=amp
    2 points
  18. I cannot help but think of this when hearing near term LOL: “Relatively soon is an interesting phrase. Relative to the entire history of earth? Sure, the vaccine is going to come real fast,” said Brad Pitt as Dr. Fauci, seated at a desk behind a stately bookcase. “But if you were going to tell a friend, ‘I’ll be over relatively soon’ and then showed up a year and a half later, well, your friend may be relatively ****ed off.” Seen at the 40 second mark LOL... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW56CL0pk0g
    2 points
  19. Here’s copperhead strike in Vortex’s plot of land, including some of the land by The Beast. Fits pretty well
    2 points
  20. ^Actually they just need to loose less money than staying closed. Operating in the red is not ideal but the question may be how red they want to operate for the time being. If they have to throttle capacity severely I don’t see where they generate any substantial revenue at all by opening this year unless they cap Passholders in a reservation system so they can have plenty of slots for daily buyers. Maybe that will be enough to cover the variable costs. Good poll question: Passholders and Meal Plan holders given that 2021 is “free” would you support the park only allowin
    2 points
  21. I go to the Indy 500, I go to Kings Island...the ticket says you enter at your own risk. So accept the risk or don't. It's entirely up to you to protect yourself. My daughter plays softball...I tell her repeatedly, "protect yourself at all times". Because life will happen.
    2 points
  22. I don't see how they could have. Toho owns the rights to the Japanese Godzilla. Additionally, Sony still owns the 1998 Matthew Broderick version to this day, and Tristar held the rights to and had tried to produce a Godzilla film in the very early 90s. The project lingered in development purgatory for years until the Roland Emmerich film was finally produced. Sony/Tristar then intended to make a pair of sequels and a script for a second film was written. Instead, they produced an animated series and then let the rights expire in the mid-2000s. At some point, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.
    2 points
  23. I hope your right. And WOW, Candymonium absolutely is hauling through that turn around. I hope ours is taken half that fast.
    2 points
  24. you’re good, just going insane from quarantine rn lol
    2 points
  25. Sorry was not trying to be a buzzkill. I am sure we will see something as soon as they can get back into the park.
    2 points
  26. well it is early may rn, so anytime soon they’ll probably be getting back into the parks to prepare for opening... plz all we want is hope rn, no buzzkills plz...
    2 points
  27. I doubt we see any updates until they can get back into the park to get footage.
    2 points
  28. i sure hope so, quarantine is driving me insane...
    2 points
  29. Yes because Kinzel isn't going to say on a press day advertising their new ride "this ride made me black out". There are alot of points to be said here, as someone who has background operating Intamin rides, they are very maintenance heavy and require constant attention from ride operations and maintenance, and while yes, Cedar Point's Intamin rides are very popular, uptime is very important, and if your new ride isn't reliable, it isn't good for business, and that's why Intamin rides have not been built in the US as frequently as they once were. Look at Hagrid's Magical Creatures
    1 point
  30. But not necessarily the super spreader employee filling for you. Disco’s designer mask will need to be extra long to contain a wall of text.
    1 point
  31. There's a SIX example I know of on the whole naming rides to failed movies. There was supposed to be a Nick Cage led Superman movie in the late 90's, and they got SIX in on it by naming SFMM's 400 ft coaster Superman: The Escape when it (eventually) debuted. That Superman movie never happened BTW.
    1 point
  32. Just some food for thought here. One of the websites that's tracking the number of coronavirus cases in each country (and even in some states in the US) is Worldometer. On the site for each country is a statistic "Daily New Cases". I've included for consideration a few countries that are similar enough for comparison purposes. Take a look at the "Daily New Cases" graph for each country in the links below and see if you can spot any appreciable differences: United States State of Ohio California Canada United Kingdom Spain Sweden Belarus (least restri
    1 point
  33. Perhaps. Paramount owns the two Angelina Jolie films (the reboot was Warner Bros.) and any assets specific to them (design elements, props, sets, logo, etc.). However, both "Tomb Raider" and "Lara Croft" were trademarked by Core Design, Ltd. (I believe Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics now owns the trademark.) If the subsidiaries were indeed being charged simply to use assets owned by the parent company while also having to go through the necessary channels with Core Design, I can see where that could be pretty costly. But at the time, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was a fairly recent hit. It was
    1 point
  34. If memory serves me right, I believe that the bulk of the files were originally shared with ACE on a DVD produced for the park's 30th anniversary... or something like that. Some quick web searches aren't turning anything up, but hopefully someone with more knowledge can correct/clarify that. They were originally posted on the old PKIAsylum, and KIExtreme hosted them after the former website died.
    1 point
  35. and KI has a lump some of cash so it’s possible, not practical tho...
    1 point
  36. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/nearterm.asp The definition of Near term appears to mean whatever you want it to mean. So as usual the corporate word salad means nothing definitive.
    1 point
  37. Today’s investor call indicates Cedar Fair parks NOT opening operations in the near term. Outlook Commenting on the current state of business, Zimmerman said, “We continue to work closely with local and state health authorities to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the best information we have currently, we do not anticipate resuming operations at any of our parks in the near term. This projection remains fluid and subject to change as the situation evolves, including if state and local guidelines are modified.” https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200506005200/en/C
    1 point
  38. I definitely think it would be good business for the fuel industries to dabble in other markets right now, considering the abysmal state that it's in at the moment. Perhaps, with oil prices through the floor, we could take government action to temporarily redirect the ethanol subsidies currently going toward fuel and instead direct them to sanitization products. The demand for ethanol-based fuels at this current moment has to be pretty close to an all-time low with how cheap oil-based fuels are right now. Certainly that might get some pushback from the environmental lobby, but as a tempor
    1 point
  39. Valravn and GateKeeper are the two coasters that lead the ridership numbers: https://www.cedarpoint.com/blog/2018-ridership-leaders . The only Intamin in the top 5 is Millennium Force.
    1 point
  40. I don't understand what this discussion is about. The point that I am making is that the GP likes variety. The only park that has # of Intamins and B&M's collectively is CP. The GP chooses the Intamins over the B&M's. I guess the next place would be Great Adventure and the GP prefer KA, El Toro, & skull mountain over the b&m's there.
    1 point
  41. @coaster sally you're looking at just Cedar Point, the "Thrill Captial of the World", where Kinzel flooded the park with Intamins in the 2000s. Look at the other top 3 parks in the chain. What have they all gotten since the Cedar Fair acquisition? Collectively KI, CW, & CWS have gotten 8 B&Ms, 1 Mack, 1 GCI, (and a triotech coaster). Even Cedar Point has gotten 2 ground up B&Ms and converted their stand-up. All the rides mentioned are safe and reliable which is what Cedar Fair is all about. There's a reason you haven't seen a new Intamin in the chain since 2010.
    1 point
  42. Yes you are correct but I am not looking at all of this from an enthusiast's perspective. As an enthusiast I'd love for KI to get an Intamin like Maverick but I know it'll never happen financially. I've argued B&M is the safest choice just because of reliability. The general public could really care less about what manufacturer a coaster comes from. Not a lot of GP have ridden Medusa, Bizzaro, Scream, Rougarou, and other floorless models. You could argue B&M installs cookie cuter Hypers but yet Cedar Fair bought 3 of them as well as 3 of their giga models. Dive machines, which are
    1 point
  43. Critical thinking cannot be stressed enough. In general, most of our society has lost the art of critical thinking and instead relies on being informed through click-bait, sound bite news articles and headlines, or worse, stuff posted on Facebook and reddit. How many actually read the click-bait article - most do not. They go by the headline and assume it is accurate and start sprouting it off as fact on their own social media platforms. Often times when I read the article, it actually contradicts what the headline is leading you towards. Does the media care, absolutely not or the
    1 point
  44. The chart below shows the "normal" flu season in the US for the 2019-2020 season. Does the shape of the curve look familiar? It should, because it's nearly identical to the general shape of the US coronavirus curve as it stands right now. There have been a number of epidemiologists that have been predicting that this would be the case since the outbreak started. The chart starts at the end of September and runs through today. Notice the steady buildup of cases early, exponential increases leading to a peak, and then a really quick drop off: The point is that the coronavirus is f
    1 point
  45. *Not my video* This would be a good type of coaster for those lower attendance parks that need a good launched ride. Its very similar to a Mr. Freeze style coaster. A drop ride could also be added to the tower structure similar to the "Drop of Doom" rides from Six Flags.
    1 point
  46. @chugh43 Is it that easy to just move a coaster or a ride? Enthusiasts make it seem that way.
    1 point
  47. I intended on putting 3 trains, yet only put 2. Don't know why
    1 point
  48. so uh i made a Cedar Point corkscrew redo i might make a pov video in the future
    1 point
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