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  1. We are working with KIE to migrate their whole gallery over to KIC's main site. Don't fret, it won't disappear.
    18 points
  2. Faulting the park for people not being able to control themselves is incredibly unfair. There was a garage sale in my neighborhood this past Saturday. It's a nice subdivision with home values $200,000 to $350,000 Cars lined on both sides of the street. Moving cars could not pass by. Garage sale cars illegally parked in many driveways. Police had to block off both entrances to my subdivision from letting more cars enter. Then the fights started. And a stabbing....no joke. PGA Championship took place in South Carolina this past weekend. Crowd rushed Brooks Koepka and knocked h
    16 points
  3. We all, in some form or another, take ownership in the park. Every single one of us should be outraged that this happened at a place as beloved as Kings Island. The mere fact that this has occurred makes me sick on my stomach. For the love of God there were families and little, little children there. Its simply disgusting. I trust in the park's leadership enough to know this sort of thing will not be tolerated. If that means hard rules must be instituted, fine by me. I support any measure the park takes to ensure the safety of ALL guests, and ALL employees.
    16 points
  4. Views of the growth on the tunnel from the train!
    12 points
  5. When I was a Park Police Officer, it was nice having a few less crowded weekends in April to help the young security officers learn how to handle situations that could escalate quickly. For some, this is their first security job. Some are 18 and having to deal with their peers and people who are much older than them, which can be daunting. Some think they can handle situations like that, until it actually happens. I will not be commenting on how the situation was handled, but I give a ton of credit to those who put themselves in the middle of that mess and tried to take care of the situat
    12 points
  6. So I've been pretty silent on the subject but I decided after seeing what KI has posted it's time to unload some thoughts. The whole country is hurting for people to work. Kings Island, and Cedar Fair mind you, has implemented a lot of policies and plans to accommodate their staffing issues and they are still hurting. Just based on the video, the subsequent day, and just the environment in general, I believe in the "punish the criminal, not the good intentioned populous". I myself have been to the park solo when I was a minor for years and never did I get in trouble with the park.
    11 points
  7. For a site that likes to decode, it is surprising how quick some here are to dismiss what may be a clue. Maybe it is a clue or maybe it isn’t, but nonetheless, it should be something to observe and watch over time. Only then do we see if it were an early indication or not. It is clear some here only want to decode once it is painfully obvious something is happening and plans are available at city hall LOL. What fun is that? When the fence went up for Orion construction that really got the speculation going, but there were clues prior to that for those paying attention… Part of
    10 points
  8. I got into the park itself around 1130. I went on Orion first. It was about a 40 minute wait. Next I went to Flight of Fear. That was easily a good hour and a half wait but a ton of fun. Went to The Beast afterwards and that was about a 30 minutes wait. That was one of the most incredibly amazing wooden coasters I ever rode. The last part where you go down the hill slightly sideways into the two tunnels was absolutely incredible. I then took a ton of photos. And decided I would save the rest for another day. The reason I did that is they said my ticket is good for another admission free so I p
    10 points
  9. Let’s not just assume that Halloween Haunt is already cancelled and get mad at Cedar Fair. We don’t know that yet. Even if Kings Island runs a more family oriented event instead of their typical event, I could see them trying to open a few scare mazes if they have the staffing to do so. Also, people have to realize that it is impossible for Cedar Fair to please everyone. Kings Island is obviously trying to please their customers, and they for sure wish they didn’t have staffing issues and limited park hours. If Kings Island could control everything, we would have a season like 2019. Kings
    9 points
  10. From my understanding, both new and returning employees have the same minimum wage of $15 with at least some positions having the opportunity to make even more if they work through certain points towards the end of the season. The “do not use” stickers have also been removed from the tables at Coney BBQ. I also noticed the Auntie Anne’s in Rivertown open for like the first time since daily operations have started. It looked like new employees were being trained there. It was also nice to see the Graeter’s on International Street open. It certainly looks like Kings Island is finding new
    9 points
  11. Nope, but isn’t that pre-COVID conditions??
    9 points
  12. Id LOVE to have every park in the country do what KK did, this is another example (in my opinion) of that park "doing it right" as others should do. Parks ARE NOT, repeat for those in the back, ARE NOT intended to be babysitters for obnoxious adolescents.
    9 points
  13. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2021/june/goodbye-to-chef-nathan-gushulak-and-june-23-chefs-plate-menu I can’t say enough good things about Chef Nate. He truly was the one that laid the groundwork for the vast improvements that the department has had over the past several years. He truly was one of the first that simply injected a feeling of, “we should care about this” into the department. He’s a great chef and an even better human being. Thank you, Nate.
    8 points
  14. I went and had a great time today! Lines were not bad, so I got to do Flight of Fear, Orion (3 times!), Shake Rattle and Roll, Backlot (twice!), Beast, Diamondback (which is a kiddie coaster compared to Orion, IMO), WindSeeker, Adventure Express, Banshee (twice), Bat (twice), Delirium and Drop Zone. I also went up on the Effiel Tower and caught 2 shows of Busker Jam! Dangolshoot, I love that show! Because of my great front row ride on Orion (and it just being a fun ride), it is now my official favorite coaster at KI (The Bat is now second place). And let me tell you, that front row ride was s
    8 points
  15. Well lookie here, Don must've seen all the speculation and decided to play off on it lol
    8 points
  16. I think everyone has shared their opinions. The park opens up for daily operations tomorrow. Let's celebrate the park being open and hope they can return to longer hours and not loose any more! Edit: @bjcolglazier I don't think anyone was complainig about the hours themselves, but how the park handled the communication of the change.
    8 points
  17. App still isn’t updated. Facebook hasn’t been update for 5 days. Twitter hasn’t been updated in 2 days. Proof that none of the 3 are reliable sources of park info. Thank God for KIC.
    8 points
  18. I have seen videos of at least four separate incidents that happened yesterday. I also personally witnessed a “brawl” while leaving the park last Saturday (May 15) just outside the metal detectors. This isn’t “one” random fight. And one of the videos i saw happened in a quite crowded line for Delirium. When guests just standing in a queue with no place to escape to get caught in a melee then you have a real problem.
    8 points
  19. A few notes from today- - LOVE the TLC they did to Adventure Express. The tunnels being brought back to life, especially the last one, is a great refreshing touch. Also love the Tomb Raider music in the station. Loved that music building up the ride back in the day. - Spotted signs of potential painting and other things going on at Bat, cones with flags on top of the station along with brown and white tarps along with buckets and even a pulley. Also a dumpster with wood and plywood panels around underneath the station and brake run, plywood was grey (from Wolfpack or Blackout ma
    8 points
  20. So great to get back to the park! I haven't done a TR for a long time, and this was my 1st visit since Winterfest 2019, so this seemed like a good time to do one. This is always such a great feeling! Lots of cars, but it moved quickly! I always think it's worth it to walk a little further to get an end parking spot Wow, it was great to see this view again. I had no idea how ERT was working, but the girl at the entrance to MT asked to see my gold pass, and I got two quick rides in with virtually no wait. Works for me. I th
    7 points
  21. We had an amazing visit this past Sunday. We were able to use our drink and food passes without long waits and were able to get a on quite a few rides as well. So much improvement.
    7 points
  22. Very sad, I wish that their photo albums would be saved online (they won’t be). Their photo gallery is very well-organized and easy to navigate! A great look at the park in the mid-to-late 2000’s.
    7 points
  23. Last time I checked everyone was butthurt over the lack of a twitter announcement. Now they made the tweet, and everyone is butthurt over that. Orion isn't a Giga. It's not big enough, it's not open long enough. I can't get my dinner! After 22 years of marriage I've heard it all. And this thread is starting to sound the same.
    7 points
  24. Thought I would share our experience from the last two visits to KI.... We were there on 5/22 but thankfully left before dark and missed the major incidents. However, we were in long line at Miami River Brewhouse when two late teenagers approached the restaurant, saw the long line, and decided to walk inside. They walked to where there is a menu displayed near the split to the two places where you place your order and discussed the menu for at least 5 minutes. Then they walked to the cashier and ordered food and drinks probably saving themselves at least 30 minutes based on our wait.
    7 points
  25. Condensed version: Keep in mind a site admin started this original thread - this thread and the crane thread were posted here by a site admin before another site everyone likes to bash even posted about it…just saying… Review of county records do not confirm the markers seen Fall of 2020 are related to said county water line and in fact all but indicate they were not part of the waterline project because the budget document shows a timetable of 2022 to 2026 for the project, so they did not have had funds encumbered for that project in 2020. If you want the details and the specif
    7 points
  26. That is good to hear. Thanks KI for taking care of this!
    7 points
  27. I do have to say that I am impressed with Adventure Express this year! I was there on Saturday (before all the issues) and got a ride in. All of the effects were working in the tunnel at the end and the finally fixed that door!
    7 points
  28. I think the plan is to have Nuns with rulers patrolling the dance party making sure pelvises are more than 6" apart.
    7 points
  29. I have requested a refund on my 4 season passes due to this nonsense. If they can't ensure my family's safety, then I'm not bringing them. Of course they refuse to even entertain the thought of issuing a refund, so I'll be looking into a class action suit.
    7 points
  30. I can’t disagree with this statement more. IMO the problem is their risk managers have been ignoring the problem for years and have failed to take the steps to prevent these types of incidences. Starting with shoulder shrugs at running, smoking and line jumping. Not suggesting tossing their asses out on Columbia Road for a first offense but taking proactive deescalation measures. Short story back in 77 or 78, a year or so before the infamous Skyride accident at SFSTL my buddy an I took the long bus ride out to the park for a summer day of fun probably in 6th grade. We got the d
    7 points
  31. If I was a local I would be hesitant to support a chaperone policy too quickly---I'm sure many that live around the park have kids that behave 100% of the time or at least such that no one would notice. I have the utmost faith that KI will figure this out one way or another though. In very general terms they need to send a message to those that might be inclined to cause trouble that KI is not the place to do it. It won't be tolerated, so let's not go there---let's go somewhere else to cause trouble, it's no fun to do it there.
    7 points
  32. All great points. On the other hand, if the gate is being given away, the entertainment value per dollar spent spread out over a season cannot be beat and that is a great motivator for many people to keep coming back. Where else can you get fed two meals per day all summer for the price of the season long meal plan? At this point, I think the larger crowds not allowing for a Best Day ever experience will turn people off more than the chaperone policy. Time will tell if that policy comes here. Has anyone done an analysis of attendance and revenue for parks that have implemented sim
    7 points
  33. Hello all, hope you are all doing well in these post-Covid times, I had the opportunity to go up to the Island of Kings last week for the first time since 2019 and I didn’t miss the chance! I didn’t go to KI last year so I had not had the chance to ride Orion yet, but actually the first thing I rode when arriving to the park was the reworked Racer and it felt like stepping into a time capsule. I also love the old fashioned sign and logo on the trains. It was so smooth for The Racer and legit felt like a different ride than years past. Even in the back seat it felt smooth as butte
    6 points
  34. In a post update from our friends at KIE: https://www.kiextreme.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7073-kiextreme-is-closing-monday-june-14/ "It’s been a heck of a ride, but all rides eventually reach the final brake run. 18 years after the first idea and earliest plans for the site, originally intended to be a photo gallery using the name PKI Pictures and evolving throughout 2003 into the full-fledged fansite Extreme PKI, launching during the busy final months of 2003 and rebranding to KIExtreme in 2007, the time has come. Sometime this upcoming Monday, June 14, 202
    6 points
  35. It's after miiiiiiiiiiidnight... KIExtreme is now 29. Stay tuned around here for updates from KIC regarding the photo archival.
    6 points
  36. I will say it is good that Cedar Fair at least gave their executives pay cuts during the pandemic instead of just laying off full-time workers at the parks like other amusement park chains did.
    6 points
  37. No matter what have been used you'd find something that wasn't right to you.
    6 points
  38. Saw this on a random instagram page that has nothing to do with theme parks or Cincinnati.
    6 points
  39. Gold passes are like $200. They give out BAF tickets to their top tiers, but don’t have “bring a friend basically free” for large swaths of the season. The chains are clearly going in polar opposite directions.
    6 points
  40. I'd just like to say, as a long time member here, with everything that has been going on in the world recently, it is really great to see some good, old-fashioned Kings Island construction rumors/speculation going on!
    6 points
  41. That's why we, as seasoned KI fans, should temper our expectations. I was dismayled in the parking lot. I was dismayed when I walked in and saw the food lines. But then I remembered that I am in a place that has been a part of my life for most of my entire life. I knew going up today it would be a gamble with the crowds and the crowds won. But, I was able to get Blue Ice Cream and a drink at Paradise Island in less than 10 minutes. Later, a meal and a Blue Ice Cream Beer at the bar in the Brewhouse with no wait. A no wait meal at Coney BBQ late in the day. Rode all the coas
    6 points
  42. Good. It’s better than the alternative.
    6 points
  43. New Mystic Timers tshirt design!
    6 points
  44. Looks like they finally remembered the Twitter account password and posted something
    6 points
  45. A little disappointed to see the hours change. I know there were a lot of people wanting to get some night rides in.
    6 points
  46. Probably because you were up-selling your book
    6 points
  47. While I understand the frustration of everyone involved and maybe I am reading it the wrong way from some of us here discussing. I don't think blaming the park is the right way to go about this, they hold some responsibility obviously. However, they can only be so proactive with what they have available to them, beyond that it is how they react to that which we will see.
    6 points
  48. I agree with your post. Fingers can be pointed all day at KI, but where does that line stop of it being the park not doing enough vs the kids and the responsible party that brought them take ownership of the behavior? They could have had 3 times the security and that may not have prevented the incident any less. Do I want to see a KK policy? No. The 1000's of teenagers that are there every day being respectful and enjoying their summer should not have to loose that privilege. I do feel that park rules need to be tighter and advertised for those under age that are there without an adu
    6 points
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