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  1. My only issue with it is the number of FL people they let on each cycle. When they fill 1/2 or more of a train each time I think that is to much. 3 rows per cycle should be the limit. Granted I might feel different if I was standing in the FL queue.
    4 points
  2. I was there on Saturday and waited 3 hours in the Stand-by line for Orion. 2:35 pm -5:35 pm. I did not have a problem with it 'per se', as I knew it would be long, but I was quite disappointed when I saw the way they were handling loading the trains. The ride ops would fill a train with FL patrons, then the next train would be all Stand-by riders. No wonder it took so long. That is not the way to do it. It should be a handful (4-8) FL riders per train, then the rest stand-by riders. Doing it this way makes the wait times unbearable. I was shocked at the amount of patrons in the FL line
    4 points
  3. Ten years ago I swore off Kings Island because of the fast pass. It was an Saturday in October. We were there for 12 hours. I got to ride four total rides. After waiting in line for more than two hours to ride diamond back I saw the same group of 8 in the Fast Lane ride DB four times before I did. I drove three hours to get there. I ate sandwiches in my car I had packed. I didn’t have money to buy a fast pass. It was a waste of a day. I now live 5 miles from Kings Island. I have a season pass. We either go after work on week days or early on weekends. If the crowd is large we leave.
    4 points
  4. Our two year old got her first credit Saturday. She rode with her hands up.
    4 points
  5. Of course they did. If a plumber shows up at a park they will write a 6 page blog about how's it's for a new water coaster.
    3 points
  6. Social distancing in the lines was pretty non existent. The park was putting reminders out, so they were doing their part.
    3 points
  7. I agree with the sentiment that front-of-the-line passes like Fast Lane are unpleasant for locals but a definite interest for out-of-town folks. Systems like FL are intrusive to the overall guest experience, but the trade off is that there is minimal overhead. People buy them and have a near-instantly improved park experience, but it's also extremely noticeable when you see the same people ride the ride 5 times while you stand, frustrated, in the standby queue. I'm a huge fan of systems like Six Flags's Flash Pass instead. There are multiple tiers, and NONE of them guarantee you instant a
    3 points
  8. Fast Lane and the like are only what I would consider to be negatively impactful to the average guest at a few parks around the country - Cedar Point and the Disney parks leading the way. I would argue on the "average" Kings Island day Fast Lane is really more of a nuisance. The problem is that when the park is moderately busy or busier then it becomes a real impediment to the standby line at the popular rides, particularly at Orion, Diamondback and The Beast. The reason that it's an issue at those rides is because they're allowing half of each train to be filled with Fast Lane guests
    3 points
  9. Several years ago at Coasterstock it was suggested by several to invite a different local band each week to come perform at Timberwolf (CP is already doing something similar as part of their 150 celebration). This would make good use of the facility, especially during a pandemic using outside for another entertainment option. Maybe KI is cleaning things up in preparation for such idea.
    3 points
  10. @Kenban - I have heard of many that experienced that as well at CP as well. Did your friend say if they will skip CP this year? I experienced that as well in October 2019 with their gold pass offering idea and was a horrible guest experience. Even with FL it was ridiculous. I made the decision to not go to CP again and didn't last year and glad I skipped after hearing all the issues last year and not planning to this year...and yes I am sure someone will comment that is one less person in line now LOL. I would be willing to pay more for FL at CP if it was not 45 minute waits for FL.
    2 points
  11. I'm not complaining or irritated or angry LOL, just introducing some business aspect sides of this discussion why we may see a this versus that...my apologies as I just re-read your OP and see you said keep it to the guest perspective LOL. Well at least now we can point people to this thread as the unofficial definitive reason why from a guest and park perspective FL is here to stay! I agree we haven't seen anyone complaining on this thread about FL yet, but the thread has only been active for a day and the park hasn't opened yet to the GP, so I am cutting it off at the pass and being pr
    2 points
  12. I can imagine this being very annoying with all season but at least you'd know you'd get another the next time, but I would be enraged if I had dropped the money on a daily one and that happened. Totally understand why you say they sell too many. EDIT: Apologies for the double post. I wasn't paying close enough attention.
    2 points
  13. i mean they think everything is a story or a new ride lol just saying..
    2 points
  14. Take a look at Season Pass Preview on May 8th.
    2 points
  15. Some people make mountains out of mole hills with land clearing at KI.
    2 points
  16. I still find it humorous that people think this is land clearing.
    2 points
  17. These have been some really great responses so far folks. I've been on the fence about Fast Pass for a little while. I kind of came into this thinking Fast Pass is something that's detrimental to the guest experience (once again, the financial benefit to the park is obvious, I'm essentially just focusing on the quality of the experience the park provides) and really kind of believed it would be better for the consumer if fast pass was done away with. However, I feel like I've talked to enough people on this topic to know that at least in my experience not that many people would be in fav
    2 points
  18. Got my second covid-19 vaccine dose Saturday morning. Aside from a few side effects Sunday (very sore arm, low fever, headache, and a little nausea) I am fine now. Excited to be fully vaccinated.
    2 points
  19. A little concept I came up with. If the park were to want to compete with Riverbend and other concert venues to bring back big name acts to the park, they'd need to upgrade timberwolf. The idea I came up with requires the removal of Congo Falls and Invertigo and would also get a separate entrance from the front gate area and you would also be able to access it from the Action Zone plaza. This idea allows them to have a much bigger plaza and would be allow them to use it for other things like special events and stuff. It would also be renamed to Kings Island Music Center. This is just a concept
    1 point
  20. Can anyone confirm that the Tomb Raider loading drumbeat is now played in the station for Adventure Express?
    1 point
  21. Fast Lane and similar systems have totally changed how I visit amusement parks and how much money I spend at them. I travel a lot, 50+ nights a year in hotels was normal for me until last year. While I do travel just for amusement parks, I also travel for other reasons as well and it’s not that uncommon for me to try to add on a park to another trip. The ability to basically guarantee I will be able to ride the attractions is huge. If I am paying for a hotel, transportation, tickets, etc while the cost of a front of the line pass is still significant it’s cheaper then another day at the pa
    1 point
  22. I very much doubt this. If Cedar Fair could double one of their biggest sources of income and still in pull in the same numbers they already would have. While yes when you increase the price of certain luxury products demand will increase there comes a point where demand decreases so much that they actually lose overall revenue rather then increase revenue. The logic that more people will want it because it’s exclusive doesn’t make any sense in this case. What person that currently doesn’t buy Fastlane would want to buy Fastlane because it’s now more expensive? Probably no one. Disney has a to
    1 point
  23. I agree that they should price it higher and sell less. Not suggesting that to make more money. Keep profit the same but then you have less people in FL. Less people filling up seats each train. Everyone not paying waits a bit less. Thus, the customer satisfaction of a majority of guests is improved.
    1 point
  24. People will pay it regardless. Maybe it costs you out of it if they increase the costs, but to someone it won't. Just like there are people that cannot afford to go KI once a year, and many more that cannot afford a gold pass. Classic scenario of the have and have nots. Generally, those that cannot afford FL or don't want to spend that kind of cash do not like it and those that can afford it and purchase it like it. Around 2016 Disney started to raise rates exponentially and more frequently than annually as an attempt to lower attendance for crowd control..and up until Covid, they wer
    1 point
  25. I believe they sell too many. The numbers in 2019 at CP and Wonderland were insane. I would move to make it more exclusive and sell far fewer. 1k-1500 for all season platinum, $200 for busy days at the major parks in the chain. I don't see that happening, however. Top Thrill Dragster is really the most obvious implementation of how much FLP has changed the guest experience. For the last 4 years, the park has reserved the entire front train in the station and the left side approach line for FLP. The ride host is supposed to move standby line guests into the front train queue when no FLP i
    1 point
  26. I agree 100%. They really do need to put a reasonable limit on the number of FL people they put on each train. Yeah it would be mildly annoying on the days when the shoe is on the other foot, but I mean you're still talking about a DRASTICALLY reduced wait time.
    1 point
  27. ...Did you want to follow that up with actual reasoning, or...? I'm just not sure how you expect people to engage with what you have to say here.
    1 point
  28. As someone who doesn't live that close to any park and has limited time off from work, I love the option of FL+... Some days the added value is worth the extra cost to me... Some days it's slow and it isn't worth it to me... Everyone gets to do their own math on that and make their own choice...
    1 point
  29. Maybe they tier it with one price for 1 time rides and another price for unlimited (like FP is now). One thing is for sure I can see all parks going to a Flash Pass (like six flags) option in the future. Basically you reserve a virtual place in line and get notified when it's your time to ride. This means more people spending time and money around the park than being in line for 2+ hours.
    1 point
  30. I see your point but still think that if they can allow me a meal every 4 hours or drink every 15 minutes with the meal plan, then they can pull this off with the Fast Lane as well. Another thing they should do is allow the app to show you how much time you have left until your next meal or drink. I think they have the logistics to pull it off, they just need to find a financial reason to do so.
    1 point
  31. He still works for the park - he just hasn't been their PR person for a while. His current title is "Area Manager Digital Marketing".
    1 point
  32. Coaster Nation has put up an article about it: https://coasternation.com/land-clearing-begins-at-kings-islands-timberwolf-amphitheater/?fbclid=IwAR3PJwi6Jj7LrBLGlGdbJI5PPN01JNzT7NGT62ORA9cv5BIm2zvyFJGNMbc
    1 point
  33. Rode Sunday and it felt amazing! The bottoms of the hills where the train always kind of felt like it “crashed” were way more comfortable. Totally like a new ride! Now I wish I could have ridden it in ‘72 when it was ALL new!
    1 point
  34. We have Platinum All Season. As far as analysis, it has changed Cedar Point I think more than any other park. With their complicated and temperamental coaster lineup, combined with the rain and wind downtime major rides there have, you really need it to get a full experience if you only have 1 or 2 days. It does create haves and have nots, especially considering that it can cost $150 on the busiest days. We get our passes and add ons through Wonderland (our home park) but even so the cost is very high.
    1 point
  35. There was a hugely noticeable difference on The Racer when I rode it on Saturday. it was much more enjoyable.
    1 point
  36. I do too! The Orion decoding thread was my first one that I was apart of and it was fun! I've read through the Banshee and Mystic Timbers one and those looked like fun too! However, I do think it'll be another few years until we see it. I do want it to come sooner, but I just have this feeling in my mind that we are about to go on a bit of a coaster drought especially with covid and all. I've had the year 2027 in my mind for a while.
    1 point
  37. A pic that was floating around online
    1 point
  38. The rules KI set forth are not being followed, as I predicted last week.
    1 point
  39. Maybe Bob Ross also recently painted a silhouette of Orion over a landscape in heaven. May he rest in peace.
    1 point
  40. I don't think there would be any way they could have prepared for yesterday! In spite of the challenges, I cannot say enough positive things about the employees. They were slow, but smiling and cheery. The only closed places I saw were: Rivertown Freestyle, Rivertown refill by arcade, Rivertown Funnel Cakes, Subway. (Funnel and Subway could have been because it was later in the day.) Paradise Island was open, which seems rare to me!
    1 point
  41. This could mean multiple things. It could mean removal or it could mean upgrades to it. The one issue I see with removing it is that SpiritSong brings in a bunch of money for the park. Yes, it was cancelled last year due to covid and it doesn't look like they are doing it this year either. However, I doubt they are done with it. I'm kinda hoping if they are holding off on doing sprit song this year, it is because of upgrades to the theater or removal. If they remove it, they can always block off a section of the parking lot and hold it there like a street festival. Just my thoughts.
    1 point
  42. Can't wait until tomorrow. It has been three years since my last Beast ride and hope to get a more comfortable ride with my weight loss. Those 2 clicks are awful when you have a few extra pounds.
    1 point
  43. Shambhala, Leviathan, Mako, Fury, Flying Dinosaur, Fenix, Thunderbird, Valkyria, Banshee, Candymonium, Orion all built in the last 10 years. Monster, a return to the classic restraint invert, also looks outstanding. Modern B&M gets a hilarious bad rap by some enthusiasts.
    1 point
  44. So glad to have you back @markr I have missed your posts. Terpy is doing well, but has not been posting for a while. I hope to see you at the park Saturday!
    1 point
  45. 1 point
  46. I acknowledge the misinformation in the USA Today article, but "a man killed riding The Beast when he stood up and hit a tunnel wall" is an odd line to just insert without any facts attached... unless the author was being incredibly irresponsible and reciting a rumor he heard and was assuming as truth? The Colossus death he referenced is based on fact, and it's also odd that the following line in the article references the Consumer Products Safety Commission and its data... which is a factual, reliable source. I tried finding any additional information on CPSC's website, but it seems that
    1 point
  47. For posterity, I was a Beast Crew member (many, many moons ago) and can tell you we were all made aware of the potential hazards with the ride when in driver training. We were given examples of accidents that HAVE occurred in its history, so we knew what to look for and how to handle. Not once, in my time working there - or in training - was there ever any mention of someone being mortally injured by The Beast. However we were warned that people HAVE hit their heads on the trains, broken fingers and hands in the helix, busted lips, had heart attacks etc. Unfortunately, those types of th
    1 point
  48. For the little people CP was a disaster in 2020. For us and a lot of people will leave a bad taste in their mouth for a long time. I am saying that if it was not for the horrendous management we would happily purchase ASFLP but we are choosing to not do any spending at CF parks this year.
    1 point
  49. the bit.ly was enough of a giveaway. That people are running with it without reading the user name is just an eye roller.
    1 point
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