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Countdown to Opening Day for the 2021 Season: May 15th 11:00 AM!

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  1. Due to members requests, you may have noticed by now that we have added a new Kings Island History forum. I have went back through the Kings Island Forum to the start of 2014 and moved any thread that was about KI history. I hope this helps keep all of the awesome history of our favorite park a little more organized.
    11 points
  2. As much as I enjoy and appreciate Orion, Diamondback, and Banshee, I do not want a B&M in Vortex's space. I personally hope for Vortex's successor to feature a handful of inversions with a lower height requirement (48") as I know from my experience working at Vortex that a lot of young thrill-seekers set foot inside Kings Island. Dare I say that it MUST be as photogenic as Vortex was, in its own way. Bonus points if it breaks a record! Right now, a Mack multi-launch has my vote. Granted, I have not yet ridden one, but Copperhead Strike looks fun (and photogenic) and I hope to visit Ca
    11 points
  3. You are right. They see a new coaster and say, "Hey Kings Island (or any park) has a new coaster, lets go try it out." They don't care what type it is or which manufacturer it came from. They get off of the Coaster and say, "I loved that my feet dangle there, it was so scary." They got the adrenaline rush the coaster provided and they want to ride another. All the little details are really not on the GP's mind, nor do they care.
    11 points
  4. Now available for pre-order! https://www.rivershorecreative.com/kingsisland And check out the official press release, too. https://www.rivershorecreative.com/blog/2021/3/5/new-book-chronicles-the-history-of-kings-island
    9 points
  5. Nothing beats the fountains on IS right when you enter and dodge the "paparazzi". It is the sense of "you've just left the real world. Enjoy the day."
    8 points
  6. Don't count on that. As I understand, Hart is taking a back seat and will be a financial partner only. I have heard he will no longer be involved in daily operations or management of the park. Well... you asked... ;-) Let me qualify... what follows is my general perception. I don't have any formal insight or first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the park. That being said... Kentucky Kingdom continues to be viewed by locals in much the same way it was under the Six Flags leadership. There still exists a negative connotation among many in Louisville. Some perceive
    8 points
  7. https://news.yahoo.com/kings-island-parent-company-strongly-024500684.html And for those who need to hear it: no one cares about your opinion on the vaccine.
    8 points
  8. As far as the announcement day, I was there and the whole event was basically a mess from an organizational standpoint. It was so bad that the (then) brand new GM (Tim Fisher) fired the park's Head of Public Relations following the announcement event. There was a bit of "chatter" online about that because, quite frankly, she was very unkind to enthusiasts in her history at the park. As far as the reactions of SOB from enthusiasts... It was pretty evenly mixed. Opinions online were not nearly as volatile as today's web-based "opinions," but there were definite hip-hoorayers and n
    7 points
  9. I really am not sure we need another B&M right now. I think it is time to bring in Gerstlauer or Mack for that plot of land.
    7 points
  10. There is this big forum site called KICentral. It takes up a lot of my pre-season, regular season, post season, and off-season. I am glad you guys are apart of it.
    7 points
  11. "B&M is too expensive..." ...so let's buy Intamin to appease some ACERs and spend infinitely more on maintaining it the next ten years while getting less in return?
    7 points
  12. Kings Island has announced its 2021 Season Operating Calendar The park will officially open its gates to the general public on Saturday, May 15. A Gold and Platinum season passholder preview will happen the weekend prior on May 8 and 9. Key Park Opening Dates: Gold and Platinum Season Pass Preview Weekend: May 8 & 9 Kings Island Opening Day: Saturday, May 15 Soak City Water Park will open on Saturday, May 29 (Memorial Day Weekend) The complete Soak City Water Park calendar and hours will be announced soon! Fall and Winter operating days and hours will be
    6 points
  13. I just realized how awesome it was to be a park fan around here in the late 90s/early 2000s. Coaster-wise, you had KI with Flight of Fear in 96, Action Zone in 99, SOB in 2000. CP had Mantis and Millennium Force. Holiday World had Raven and Legend pretty close together. KK had Chang and Twisted Twins. Geauga Lake had Serial Thriller, Batman: Knight Flight, Superman Ultimate Escape, Villain, and X-Flight. That's a hefty list for such a short span.
    6 points
  14. With the inspiration of @Snowball's animal picture in the latest KIC picture contest, I thought it would be fun to start a Kings Island Wildlife thread. Post your pictures with a description of when/where the picture of the wildlife was taken in the park. I will use this thread (at my discretion) to add your picture into our Kings Island Wildlife gallery. They will be water marked like seen in Snowballs groundhog picture below. * If you don't want your picture added to the KIC galleries, please note so in your post by adding "No Gallery".
    6 points
  15. To be honest, I think I would rather want to see some improvements to our pre-existing areas and flesh them out. Oktoberfest is a shell of what it once was, and frankly it's a travesty that they haven't expanded it or made it more classic. Planet Snoopy just needs a full refresh as the signs are fading and a lot of that area needs a recoat. Now, with that out of the way, I don't really feel as if putting flat rides in that section would be my best bet. Rather, I would place some flats next to Racer or maybe annex the backlot and move it to another location as it is in an odd location nex
    6 points
  16. Cinema 180 (also referred to as Cinema 180 Theatre) opened in 1986 and had a different film every year. It appears to have last played a film in 1995, and was briefly re-purposed as an upcharge laser tag game in the early 2000s. It was then storage through its removal before the 2009 season. Here's a (I think) complete listing of its movies with brief descriptions, pulled or re-worded from old park guides, newspapers, etc. 1986 - Flight 747 - airline pilot landing a Boeing 747 when chaos ensues 1987 - Block-buster - clips from a helicopter ride around Seattle’s Space Needle, a mot
    6 points
  17. There is always something going on with the Webcam and always a "reason" it's offline. If you are not caught up on the craziness of the Webcam fiasco I recommend searching old topics and posts on its questionable history of being online and offline at all the right/wrong moments. I'm not even sure if the posts are still there so many were deleted. To be honest, it would make a great Netflix mystery Documentary.
    6 points
  18. I remember watching the coverage of the announcement that day and following the coaster forums that were around then. Overall, most fans were absolutely thrilled at the size, scope, and theme. It seemed like a perfect “Kings Island” addition, and one that would dominate the park for the next few decades. I do remember a few comments and concerns about the manufacturer, and about the long term maintenance of a wooden coaster that large. I saw their point, but figured that KI’s maintenance would work out any bugs eventually. As for myself, I was pretty pumped, but a little
    6 points
  19. I still think Mack or RMC are the way to go because one thing I think also needs to be in play, even if this an inversion centered coaster, is that it should keep Vortex's 48" height requirement. I think Vortex more or less worked as a stepping stone coaster for people who were too short for Banshee and Diamondback.
    6 points
  20. I finally have the 1977 Kings Jester Memorybook scanned and stitched together. I will have an enhanced version sometime in the future, Please enjoy! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1002769133589901&type=3
    6 points
  21. For posterity, here's grainy concept art for the Festhaus, as well as a pic of how it actually looked when it was first built. Trivia: For 1983, the existing Beirgarten was remodeled and the bridge that extended over the Octoberfest pond was added - as to drive traffic between the two venues.
    6 points
  22. I know I am besting a dead horse but the water smells and the chain grease smells are heavenly. Scents are so heavily rooted in memories and I have such lovely memories tied to those smells. I would definitely buy those candles!
    5 points
  23. Congrats to @Sixflags82 for winning the Kings Island Without A Ride Photo Contest! A beautiful picture of the Royal Fountains at night!
    5 points
  24. You should have showed them a pic of the ground now, and told them the wet ground from the snow sank it like quicksand, I bet they would have bit.
    5 points
  25. Key words being: "to me."
    5 points
  26. Bump: Had a person ask me the other day if Vortex is sinking.
    5 points
  27. We’re finalizing the last couple details right now. Expect a formal announcement very soon! The book will be very narratively-driven. There are photos, concept art, and maps, but the focus is on the personal stories of the 41 executives I interviewed from throughout the park’s history.
    5 points
  28. I would rather Kings Island bring back an old more beloved ride like Der Spinning Keggars, Phantom Theater, or Enchanted Voyage in some form or another. I know Kings Island used to have a Ferris Wheel for a few years, but I don’t think it is missed too badly by longtime fans of the park. Also, in my opinion, Ferris Wheels are not really worth riding that often with their terrible capacity and lackluster ride experience. If you want good views, the Eiffel Tower has you covered with much better views than any Ferris Wheel could provide at Kings Island.
    5 points
  29. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005222/en/Cedar-Fair-Reports-2020-Fourth-Quarter-and-Full-Year-Results This MAY explain the later opening.
    5 points
  30. My take on a Mack multi launch on the Rivertown side:
    5 points
  31. Lately, I've been on a big baking kick thanks to The Great British Bake Off. I recently tried my hand at knitting, but I'm not sure it's the thing for me. In previous off-seasons, I've tried skiing. In general, winter tends to be the time when I try new things. Over the last handful of years, I've gotten back into video games after a decade-plus long hiatus. I'm wanting to finish playing through Undertale, Final Fantasy IX, Super Mario Sunshine, and Horizon Zero Dawn, but mostly I tend to play whatever I feel like playing at the time. And, of course, I wouldn't be a true coaster nerd if
    5 points
  32. Gemini serves the purpose of being a decent size "family" coaster. Although not originally opened (or promoted) as such, it is not daunting. IMO - the newer coasters at CP have grown to a disproportionate size that alienates a sector of younger, and less brave riders. Gemini is high capacity, and still a terrifically fun ride. Its actually a dont-miss for me when I go to CP. I'd hate to see it go. For posterity, I have to chuckle when I read things like "CF would never put a _____ in their flagship park..." Only because I can remember back in the day, the exact same thing was poste
    5 points
  33. Tear it down and bring back Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal. A guy can dream right?
    5 points
  34. Usually in jail for trespassing on various Cedar Fair properties.
    5 points
  35. And Dewine is hopeful that by independence day, the indians can have full stadiums. If all holds true, we should be able to have a somewhat normal mid summer/fall/hopefully winter season. Remember, it depends on vaccines. Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/fox8.com/news/have-to-stay-focused-dewine-hopeful-that-with-enough-vaccines-indians-games-could-be-full-capacity-by-july-4/amp/ And also Dewine is looking at dropping all restrictions when we drop below 50 cases per 100,000 for two weeks: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wkyc.com/amp/article/news/health/coronavirus/ohio-governor-
    4 points
  36. I think they will increase prices, but over the long term. You are not going to see an overnight 20-30$ increase, especially in a deep economic recession and global pandemic. Two cons that would already give people reasons not to visit the park. Kentucky Kingdom has always been a niche favorite park for me. I love Dollywood. I love Holiday World and Kings Island(which, after working there from 2017-early 2020 will always be my #1 in my heart). There's something about Kentucky Kingdom that is so interesting. The amount of changes, the fact that it was one of the last theme parks built fro
    4 points
  37. For clarity - my "not yet" was in regards to the post saying it was official. I posted that because, as I understand, the Herschend deal has stalled several times. So until it was formally announced to the media, and by the state, it wasn't official. :-) As far as admission rates, I would suspect they will increase naturally over time as investments and offerings increase. Right now, they have to remain sensitive to the market and not rock any boats.
    4 points
  38. I'm very interested to hear @Shaggy's take on this, but in the meantime here are my thoughts... Culture, industry, geopolitics, economics, and entertainment trends have changed A LOT since the "heyday" of Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom—an era when SIX was truly invested in that park and its potential. A time back when there were talks of big-budget investments that forced then-Paramount's Kings Island to respond in kind (i.e. SFKK's plans for a "Gotham City" that allegedly led to the creation of "Action Zone" up north). Since then, KI flourished and SFKK, well, we know how SIX treated that pa
    4 points
  39. But they don't have an Intamin!
    4 points
  40. If we were to get a ferris wheel, a 50-footer in Planet Snoopy would be all that we would need in my opinion. The only benefit to a big wheel is an LED light package. As @FUN&ONLY!mentioned, we already have a great viewing ride with Eiffel Tower, WS, and DT. Use the money that would go for purchasing a big wheel into LED light packages for existing rides.
    4 points
  41. Still updating software.....
    4 points
  42. Hopefully I can get one. I definitely want one if I’m going to be around thousands of people every day.
    4 points
  43. I was one of the lucky ones that was able to secure a ride on Son of Beast that Friday night during the pass holder preview day. The passholder preview day was held on April 28th, I believe. The media event was in the morning. The ride didn`t open to pass holders until around 7 or 7:30 if I recall correctly (the park opened to pass holders at 5), due to what we later learned was a rough spot. After that night, it was closed several more weeks before reopening. When it did reopen, it was down to one train operation until end of June/early July. I was also in line for it in early June when
    4 points
  44. The photos @4runneradam shared back in 2011 were uploaded to Imageshack, which unfortunately purged many users' photos a few years later. For posterity's sake, here they are re-uploaded directly to the forums. (@4runneradam if you don't want the photos re-uploaded, please let me know and I'll remove them from my post) You can see the location of the bus here: https://goo.gl/maps/Qfcz8RCS1E1GsMeG7
    4 points
  45. A floorless would fill in the gap left by Vortex's removal. KI has a broad selection of ride types, but now there are no traditional sit-down multi inversion coasters (using a lift hill, that is). There are already two launched coasters, one of them (a multi launch, even) directly across from The Vortex plot. Also, while a Dive Machine might seem to be a trend with Cedar Fair right now, I'm not sure how it would work out at KI. Even with a hyper-height one like Yukon Striker, the overall ride duration is somewhat short with those models, and KI frequenters are used to having a lot of ride
    4 points
  46. First of all, its Mystic Timbers hands down. However, Orion still does have great theming. MT essentially is built around its' theme, which is why I love it. Between the truck, que line, music, train design and shed it is a total experience. Orion definitely has this same "experience" vibe as you walk through the lab before getting on the ride and I love it, but it doesn't measure up to MT's in my opinion. Orion is more about the coaster - and it should be! Overall, I respect a ride that makes an effort to sell it's "theme." Not everyone feels that way but the best rides have
    4 points
  47. I feel like a redo of the attraction using modern technology would be fun. I don't think a slavish re-creation (same rooms/scenes) would be that great, as chances are the ride and its effects were likely much better in your memory than in reality (although it was a fun ride). But there was some clever IP to use and it holds a place in visitors' hearts. I think what was described above, a total redo of that building and installation of a new ride system (or, better yet, use something like the Crypt's building) that uses the IP to create a whole new experience might be fun. And KI has shown a wi
    4 points
  48. I drove by that day and saw it also. I pulled into the dropoff, and looking through my long lens it looked liked nothing more than track inspection.
    4 points
  49. ..Introducing Kings Mills Striker! This coaster will feature a beyond vertical drop, multiple inversions, and multiple airtime moments through the woods and hills of the Kings Canyon Mining Company.
    4 points
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