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  1. I'm ready to volunteer to get on top of the awning over the Diamondback storage bay, as well as The Beast's final brake run, to sweep off all those hair/wrist bands. I mean, what the heck is that about? Why is it a thing? And why on earth have they been there for years and years? Its like the "gum trees" that used to be in lines. There's no purpose and its unpleasant to look at. At least with the low crowds this season, it will take the GP longer to come up with some way of ruining something in the Orion Queue.
    6 points
  2. Here’s a photo of Orion I took yesterday.
    6 points
  3. Take a look at these new pins for this season at the park. More details on the KIBlog: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/july/kings-island-releases-new-pins-for-2020 How many do you have? Pic credit: Kyle Kruthoffer
    5 points
  4. If by many years you mean 3. Here are the list of incidents from the above mentioned article... just in the past 10 years. Also, no one has mentioned downtime too. How often is Banshee, Diamondback, Orion, Fury, etc down? How often is literally any Intamin coaster down?
    5 points
  5. That one time I stumbled upon and open Rivertown Coke Freestyle Stand.
    5 points
  6. @coaster sally...where’s your faith in humanity...have you really become that jaded in life?! Now that everyone knows the gravity of the situation I am sure we will see a big difference, maybe not today...but certainly by tomorrow. (FYI: I couldn’t even type those 2 sentences without laughing to myself. )
    4 points
  7. My one and only post in this thread.... quoted to emphasize the importance of this aspect. I will say that there has been more than one night where Ive sedated myself in order to make sure I saw the next morning throughout all of this. Those who know me, know that this is not a statement Im proud to make, but in a time when every single outlet I use for mental health and escape was taken from me in a matter of 24 hours (the get togethers for dinner and drinks with special Friends, tracks I race go karts at, the drag strips, the golf courses, the entertainment centers like Tappers in Indy, an
    4 points
  8. So like, I don't have that much sympathy if they had their phone out. But if they didn't, can you imagine much it would suck to have made it through the whole ride and lose your phone on the brake run?
    4 points
  9. I love Orion, yet at the same time I could do almost anything to get Vortex back. In my nonexistent perfect world, the two would coexist. I’ll pick an answer...eventually.
    4 points
  10. KI's media team is on it with this video
    4 points
  11. Urging ohioans to wear mask is like Need to make it mandatory in all of ohio.
    3 points
  12. We should feel lucky that the park is open in July with daily hours even if just 11-7. I would not be surprised that in August KI will follow the lead of other CF parks (Worlds of Fun and Dorney Park) with closing of the entire park in early in the week - both WOF and Dorney are closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
    3 points
  13. Coaster Sally seems to like using the "confused" reaction for every post he/she disagrees with. If you're that confused, I think you need to educate yourself. Intamin's safety and reliability has a well-documented shady past, and it wasn't a distant past, either.
    3 points
  14. The director of the CDC has said that if everyone in the U.S. wore a mask, the epidemic could be brought under control in about 4 to 6 weeks. ---In other words R naught below 1
    3 points
  15. To this very day the trains on the original "The Bat" remain the most incredible trains I've ever seen on a coaster. I was just 9 years old when it opened, and I can remember being mesmerized by how it looked. I stood for hours and watched those trains swirl around those turns. They were absolute works of art.
    3 points
  16. While this forum is an escape for many, it's also a place to find different perspectives on the issues facing the park industry and beyond. COVID-19 is arguably the biggest single event to ever impact the industry. Constructive dialog and mutual respect make KIC what it is, even in this age of polarization. The Swedish model relied on herd immunity, supported by a relatively low population density and excellent access to healthcare. They got control of the virus, but at a high human cost. The cost of this strategy in the US would likely be much higher. There are ind
    3 points
  17. This is why I really wish everyone would just get on board with wearing masks in public. The director of the CDC has said that if everyone in the U.S. wore a mask, the epidemic could be brought under control in about 4 to 6 weeks. thathttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-cdc-idUSKCN24F2PG
    3 points
  18. My wife works with special education students at a local elementary school. My father - 62 years old - is in the school's IT department. They want to work. I think they should be working. Kids need school, etc. the problem is, despite what Fauci, the CDC, the AAP and every other expert says, there are ZERO mandates on a federal - or in many instances, even a state level - for reopening schools. The result is a hodge-podge mess of schools making their own policies, many of which fall woefully short of even the minimum CDC recommendations. As of now, our school system isn't even requiring m
    2 points
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    2 points
  20. While working today, I noticed they put social distancing markers in front of the stage to help maintain social distancing for the show.
    2 points
  21. Here's the thing that some of you are missing. While it is true that the deaths from those aged under 40 are minimal, there is the simple thing that one who catches it under 40 can spread it to someone vulnerable in a higher age bracket. Also, the virus doesn't exactly have a binary ending, you don't beat it or die, there are some who have concerning brain issues afterwards for example. What i like to compare it to, do any of you remember the story of Marcy Borders on 9/11, the infamous photo of the lady who escaped covered with dust. She died in 2015 from stomach cancer which many b
    2 points
  22. bjcolglazier has been kind enough to post graphs of the daily case and mortality numbers in Indiana. If you look at the graphs for each state (Indiana and Ohio) you'll notice that from mid-March through June 10 that both the daily case and mortality graphs were essentially identical - with a peak around May 1. From June 10 onward the case numbers started to climb in each state, but the daily cases and daily mortality rates started to diverge and have ever since. If you want an even more extreme example, take a look at Georgia. When they reopened back in late April their daily case num
    2 points
  23. These are the best merchandise items sold at the park these days.
    2 points
  24. ^ R naught below 1 basically what I was trying to say. Even if the epidemic gets under control, masks and social distancing are likely going to be the norm until a vaccine or effective treatment are available because there have been examples from some countries that one person acting recklessly can trigger an outbreak. I’m cautiously optimistic that a vaccine or treatment will be available in the foreseeable future since there’s been some encouraging news in that area. Until then, mask up!
    2 points
  25. I consider myself lucky that I was able to ride the original Bat quite a few times. As a young teenager, and not seeing anything like it before, I was absolutely loved it! The second drop by the trees was my favorite part...the design flaw, even though it was not the fastest coaster around, made a really fun, thrilling ride at the time. I also loved those old commercials for The Beast and Bat. I've said before, that as an artist, those really inspired me as a kid to get into the profession I love as a marketing designer. For all the fantastic progress that KI has had through the years, th
    2 points
  26. Forgive me if this may have been posted - but if you are a KI or Orion memorabilia collector - McDonalds (at least the ones in Louisville) have Orion/Kings Island themed cups. (They are styrofoam and include a $30 single admission coupon.)
    2 points
  27. BTW - as of early last week, it looked like Orion had already laid claim to at least one phone... Tsk Tsk Tsk
    2 points
  28. I am puzzled by this decision...unless things have changed since I last checked, even Disney eliminated any type of event like this that would possibly cause people to congregate. (i.e. Main Street shows, fireworks, parades etc...) It seems odd that they are inviting people to group together.
    2 points
  29. I have many fond memories of King's Island but one that really stands out is passholder preview day 2019. A 45 degree evening and pouring down rain all night. 5 hours of amazing rain rides on The Beast, Banshee, Mystic and Diamondback. Everything was walk on. I debated for days whether to go or not. I finally said heck at the worst I'll be able to marathon Flight of Fear. Whether it shuts down in rain or storms I still don't know for sure but I don't see why it would. So I put 3 of everything in the car as I was prepared for another rainy day on Sat too. I wore 2 hoodies and had a blast. Every
    2 points
  30. An app can do so effectively, cheaply and is already available. Convincing people would be the hard part. Could it combat other similar diseases? Yes.
    2 points
  31. I think many would say the answer to many of those questions is compliance and that masks alone will not solve the problem. Masks are on of many methods that need to be employed including hygiene (something many countries are not known for). Social Distancing, testing, robust contact tracing and isolation (not the same as a quarantine). As to the last paragraph: New Zealand
    2 points
  32. Just looking at the crowds this year it seems now would be the perfect time to re-pave the parking lot. Just a thought.
    2 points
  33. Is the coronavirus political? Only if you want it to be. Just a small tidbit: if it is political, this would mark the first time in World history that all countries can actually agree on something- the virus has many fatalities and we still know little about it. There is nothing in the constitution that prevents a city, state, or business from requiring you from wearing a mask. Saying BLM does not mean that you think all lives do not matter. Saying hug a tree does not mean you don't like bushes. The confederate flag represents the darkest time in our nation's history where th
    2 points
  34. I saw this video about a surf coaster for Sea World opening possibly in 2021 and they have received some track so guess Clermont is busy on the coaster and others and with our focus no longer on the track factory, lots of stuff could be underway. Wished I lived closer and I would drive by for a look see. Hint hint. While I don’t want to seem ungrateful for our new coaster, it is always fun to dream about a possible new B&M “blitz-type” multi launch for The Vortex plot of land in the future. Of course we have to get this dreaded COVID wiped out so we can get our world back functioning once
    1 point
  35. They are not missing it, they just don’t care or care enough to be inconvenienced in any manner. If they get sick or a positive test result they will isolate, but they simply don’t care that they may be spreading it to others for days before they get symptoms or a positive test.
    1 point
  36. DeWine issuing no new orders as of now but urging Ohioans to take caution and wear masks in public.
    1 point
  37. Regarding opening borders, it's funny, up here in Canada, certain provinces actually have shut their borders to other provinces, it really is a peculiar time. Where you cannot enter the province except for essential reasons, kind of like crossing the Canada-US border at this point. I understand this would be practically impossible for many reasons between US states, as it goes against the US Constitution for starters, but also that it's incredibly impractical to do. My guess is that there's probably hundreds of roads that cross over from Ohio to Pennsylvania for instance. Between, say the
    1 point
  38. I always thought the same thing with flip flops/sandals on the break run and turn into the station on DB.
    1 point
  39. The theory goes though that they will be bringing in some money from the customers. The question will be does that money outpace the associated costs of staffing, etc.
    1 point
  40. Are you still holding out for a Vekoma Madhouse?
    1 point
  41. A reference to a favorite ride in the queue of another.
    1 point
  42. Reflection of Orion
    1 point
  43. The map pictured in the Coney brochure was a watercolor concept drawing by Bruce Bushman. It is a large painting and exists to this day. It is in the private collection of a Kings Island collector, and is (perhaps) the rarest KI artifact I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Its cut off in the Coney brochure, but at the time the drawing was done, the park had yet to be named - there's a "banner" area at the bottom right of the actual painting where the name was to be later filled in - but it never was. I can tell you with absolute certainty, that the outlying areas of the park - sp
    1 point
  44. The fact that they said that for many years always led me to believe management didn't care, until I read what you said. One time the train robbers at Knott's asked guests for money and one guy replied he didn't have any money. The robber replied "you're right, if you had any money you'd be at Disneyland." I thought that was pretty funny. The scambler thing is passable too just because ride ops and associates always try to set up a rivalry. I remember riding Mystic Timbers where an op said "enjoy Mystic Timbers, the best wooden coaster in the park" then when I went to ride The Beast late
    1 point
  45. One of the things that I often think about is what if I305 was a different coaster model. If it was a B&M hyper coaster could the story of KD be different? I think so... As I’m sure many of you know KD & Carowinds were both being considered for the large amount of investment money, which ended up going to Carowinds. If KD had built a hyper, I’m assuming they may have seen much more positive reception with the ride due to how many people like B&M hyper coasters. Theoretically if it performed well the investment money may have possibly ended up going to KD. Yes I’m aware BGW has a hy
    1 point
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