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  1. A member of the Kings Island Season Pass Holders just shared 150+ vintage photos from his family's collection. The images include such rare and cool things as The Bat's construction, a Screamin' Demon evacuation, and lots of detailed shots of obscure Kings Island history. I don't believe you need to be a member of the group or even have a Facebook to check them out. You can see the whole batch here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KISeasonPassholders/permalink/1188566601476455/ Here's a few of the highlights though (all courtesy Jeff Joiner):
    14 points
  2. Can't wait for this thread to be over with lol
    8 points
  3. These pics are incredible. Apparently his father took them. His Dad is to be commended on his foresight and ability to visually document things that simply did not get photographed. They are among the absolute best amateur KI pictures I've ever seen. And they absolutely capture the "vibe" the park had in those years.
    7 points
  4. It would also be cool to bring back the old Coney Mall sign too.
    6 points
  5. If you needed any evidence that the current fountains are, frankly, pitiful... here's photographic evidence of the best they ever looked. Why on earth they removed the pedestals and switched to a light blue bottom I'll never know. I love the current state of KI... and I think the park is making some terrific strides and decisions... but the changes to the "Royal" Fountains last year really diminished the "ooh ahh factor."
    6 points
  6. Dollywood not enforcing masks = jump in cases in Sevier County? That's a mighty quick conclusion there. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
    4 points
  7. If you checked out the album earlier in the day, you may want to give it a second visit... the original poster added over 300 (!!!) more photos to the collection, now totaling 487 photos.
    4 points
  8. Kings Island has just shared this to their social media pages. The area looks awesome!
    4 points
  9. Yeah! This will probably go down as the most interesting coaster debut ever! More interesting than Son of Beast since it didn't open on time and debuted during a global pandemic! I guarantee you that several years from now when we are discussing the construction of our next coaster, we'll probably look back at this and be like "remember when we had to wear masks when Orion debuted?" or "hopefully this doesn't get delayed like Orion did."
    3 points
  10. If you look at the base of the first support column, you can also see an LED light that will light up the supports!
    3 points
  11. KI just tweeted a new picture of the paint job (LINK) Personally, I think the brown gave the ride a more rustic, natural appearance... I suppose the tan definitely helps it stick out more though.
    3 points
  12. To directly compare the two cars (both pictures from Kings Island): Old: New: I'd love to see an overall picture of the ride with the new cars, but even from the smaller picture it looks like a great change. The purples and green cars always clashed with the blue structure, but the metallic ones compliment it well. I wonder if these cars came from a pre-existing Scrambler or were fabricated new by Eli Bridge Company.
    3 points
  13. My suggestion if you're a passholder would be to do wed or tues of the passholder week. I'm currently at Dollywood and people are spacing out and following the guidelines. There are many employees managers etc walking around to encourage proper wear etc. yes some are doing the under nose thing but I believe in the outdoor is not as big a threat as indoors. Most part people are behaving. Florida is almost its own world compared to our northern theme parks. i hope to go opening weekend to ki and would gladly photo and report how they handle it.
    3 points
  14. So it seems Dollywood is not cracking down on people not wearing masks. I was able to compare the number of cases in Sevier County (Dollywood) compared to Harris County (Houston-site of the largest current hot spot). These numbers are adjusted to population size, but it’s alarming.
    2 points
  15. Fantastic photos, great pics of the Royal Fountain in its glory days pre-2019. Wish we still had a Ferris Wheel as well.
    2 points
  16. Those were absolutely fantastic photos. Some of the best views of the park during the early years I have ever seen. My parents took me once in 1975 when I was too little to remember (didn't start going regularly until 1992), so these views of the park always fascinate me. The early years of Kings Island were definitely its most beautiful, and I definitely think its currently much closer to its original condition than it was 15-20 years ago.
    2 points
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  18. I got to see the new paint job on Friday during my training, which was right next door in Emporium. I thought it looked nice; the new support color goes better with the trees than it looks like in photos.
    2 points
  19. Totally agree! Plus the white bottom was done years before 2019. I’ve worked on the banks of the Royal Fountain since October 2017 and I think the current fountain is great. Even Gary Wachs thinks that the current fountain is an improvement! But I still don't know why the park didn't bring back the landscaped shrubbery.
    2 points
  20. A lot sure has changed in 50 years. Dennis Speigel has one of the groundbreaking shovels hanging on his office wall.
    2 points
  21. More people would resume their normal routine if other people didn't see public health measures as affront to their 'personal freedom'. The people that are going back to restaurants, etc. now are the ones who never thought this was a real issue to begin with-so there's no masks, no distance, etc...which will in turn keep cautious people from even wanting to mess with it. While outdoor parks should be safer-I'm still not sure if I'm going to KI this year. The park can implement whatever policy it wants, but if guests see it all as just a big annoyance and not a real thing, then no measures will
    2 points
  22. No need for it since Vortex is gone.
    2 points
  23. If I had a dollar for every time you've mentioned POV, I could buy a boat!
    2 points
  24. It exists. It's real. And it's spectacular! We'll be sharing photos and video of one of the most anticipated new rides in the world when the time is right to do so.
    2 points
  25. Now that is an impressive angle! I would expect, maybe not daily updates, but probably close to it as the park prepares to launch its largest investment ever. Cannot wait to get some shots of this monster. Especially some that we haven't seen similar shots of!
    1 point
  26. They literally just opened and those they caught were told to put them back on. And results can't come that soon. Those numbers are likely from Memorial Day weekend from all the packed nuttiness. Bet in two weeks there will be another spike from the unofficial Rod weekend.
    1 point
  27. You can really see that blue LED light strip too!
    1 point
  28. Liking all of these little upgrades to the area along with the new Dodgems sign. I really hope to see this continue in the area leading up to the 50th. Think a good revamp of it and International Street would be perfect for it as they really encapsulate the original park with the main street and its origins with Coney Mall. The main remaining change I'd like to see would be a new model for the Monster, especially a newer one that can load all of the cars at once as that would probably help a lot with capacity. Do some refurb on Racer and new chaser lights all down the midway and it would look
    1 point
  29. ..and that right there is a primary example of why we could never be friends. ;-) LOL
    1 point
  30. ^ I think the new fountains themselves are better then the original but I do think they should have added the topiary around the fountains.
    1 point
  31. I'll be there for First Rider, then hopefully snag a reservation for between July 2nd-5th. Probably be photos more than videos due to battery drain but I'll post info when I can.
    1 point
  32. Dollywood is cleaning trains every hour. Every other row capacity and sanitizer before rising to help expedite cleaning procedures. Masks optional. Mine stayed but if they are loose fitting they recommend you hold them in your hand or a zipper pocket. Definitely the neck gaiter style seems to be a great option for the on off worry, and hand free option for those who don't hold on for dear life LOLOL
    1 point
  33. Plus, you could use the force to make people wear masks themselves.
    1 point
  34. What about a motorcycle helmet?
    1 point
  35. The orange is cool, but I think our blue looks really sharp.
    1 point
  36. Chapter 6- Busch Gardens Tampa The great thing about writing these chapters in a single thread is that a lot of them are connected one way or another. Two of the four locomotives that I'm going to cover were previously discussed in Chapters One and Two so please feel free to go back and read up if you want more information. All the pictures for this chapter come from amusementpics.com so please check them out if you want more content. Background The Trans-Veldt Railway opened at Busch Gardens in 1971 offering guests a unique experience to view the animals on their Sere
    1 point
  37. My wife is unsure if she will go to Kings Island this year or not. Enquirer.com is reporting that a petition has started to remove the mandate of masks at Kings Island. I understand that masks will not be comfortable but, if that is what is required to go Kings Island this summer, I'll endure it easily. Wearing masks has helped and continues to help. No, it isn't perfect but it does assist with preventing the spread of the disease. I think that I'm going to go with a combo of neck gaiter and mask. I think that the gaiter would be cooler for wearing while walking around and the mask
    1 point
  38. I don't think we can all appreciate enough the work he and maintenance staff does for us (the KI guests) every day. Thank you Tom for your years of hard work, along with the rest of the maintenance staff for everything you do to keep the KI rides in such great shape year round. KICentral is keeping the whole KI family in our thoughts during the difficult time.
    1 point
  39. If an establishment asks us to wear masks, we should respect that policy instead of looking for childish excuses to break said policy.
    1 point
  40. With how well the phone policy works I'm sure your right Also good for Kalahari! It's unconstitutional anyways like the article says. Glad we don't have a "DR" running the state anymore!
    1 point
  41. I definitely would not recommend bringing your lawn mower to KI and mowing the grass. That very well may result in a ban. Certainly not while wearing an N95 mask (that may upset @BeeastFarmer), but if you must a cloth mask should work fine. Being a bit selective and disingenuous in your story telling today, eh BJ?
    1 point
  42. If the worst thing for some of you is simply having to wear a mask, I think your life is in good shape.
    1 point
  43. @medford - if someone offered me a choice between (1) having access to the park in 2020 with their current reopening protocols and (2) no access to the park until 2021 with a normal (pre-coronavirus) strategy I'd sign up for #2 right now. Going to the park has to offer some sense of enjoyment, and right now all of the "extras" necessary for a visit (reduced capacity on rides, face masks, distancing, etc.) have the potential to suck a lot of fun out of visiting the park. I'd gladly skip this year if it meant not having to worry about having to deal with any of those things next year. Reg
    1 point
  44. All I know is that the current trains hurt...
    1 point
  45. You can find a list on their website: http://www.interthemepark.com/theme-park-projects.html To dismiss someone completely just because they’ve gotten predictions wrong is extremely close-minded. Dennis Speigel still has a significant influence in the amusement industry.
    1 point
  46. All we know so far is that they extended the outside queue line, but we don’t know what has changed with the indoor queue line.
    1 point
  47. IIRC correctly, I paid about $69 to go to the last* Warped Tour 2 years ago. Though I saw a lot of bands and really enjoyed myself (also ran into @stashua123 and other people I knew, including a (now former) coworker), the highlight of my day was running into Chris Burney (Bowling for Soup's guitarist) before the show; I was starstruck as seeing/meeting BFS was one of the main reasons I was there. And yes, I went to the meet and greet after their show and gave Chris a hug, which was awesome! And that was worth the price of admission**! *They kept saying it was the "last ever" (annual) W
    1 point
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