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  1. 500 feet of track on both sides.
    11 points
  2. Hey all, I thought this would be a great place to drop recent links and discuss the recent blog posts from the Kings Island Blog. That way every time a new blog is posted a separate thread need not be created, unless the conversation can be expanded upon and talked more about. After all, there are some pretty cool and intriguing stories as we get closer to the park's 50th Anniversary in 2022. Plus, why not share some of your favorites? I believe they go back as early as 2017, and there have been many hidden gems. Speaking of new posts, yesterday Chad Showalter dropped a new story re
    10 points
  3. I feel a lot of credit is contributed to our GM Mike Koontz. You see him out in the park, talking to his associates. Showing an appreciation for them that I have never seen before. I think that goes a long way for staff morale. Keep it up KI staff. It is not going unnoticed!
    9 points
  4. I have followed the legacy of "The Bat" ever since I saw it operate on my first trip to KI as a kid. I seemingly learn more about it every few months. Here's what I've been able to put together re: the original topic of this thread... As far as any information I've ever seen, the operational design for "The Bat" at Kings Island was never seriously intended to have inversions. The design in question could likely be an early layout concept presented to the park in when they first held serious meetings with Arrow about the idea. Arrow had been developing the concept of the suspen
    9 points
  5. Funny but I actually like how the International street restaurant at the entrance blocks the view of International street and the Eiffel Tower. It just makes it more breathtaking when you finally walk through the gates and see all the magnificence! Don't know why some people feel the park entrance is ugly, I think it looks fine. Most people don't even notice one way or another and to me the worst thing is to have a ride right at the entrance.
    8 points
  6. I think most of us in the last few years were getting excited for Winterfest. With all the fun we are going to miss this year, post your Winterfest memories and favorite pictures! This is one of my favorite pictures that I took at Winterfest in 2017.
    7 points
  7. (November 17, 2020 BLOG) In today’s blog post, Area Manager of Digital Marketing Don Helbig takes us through some of the offseason work being done on The Racer, with more than 500ft of track being replaced. BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/november/more-than-500-feet-of-track-being-replaced-on-the-racer-roller-coaster
    7 points
  8. I particularly enjoyed all of the characters everywhere...Scrooge was excellent to interact with.
    7 points
  9. Winterfest is my favorite Cincinnati-area christmas attraction. They go into serious detail in every corner of the park, changing all the restaurant and shop names. The lights display beats the zoo! There’s just magic in the air. Here are some of my fav pics I’ve taken, from the last two years!
    7 points
  10. In-house. Let’s not forget that Kings Island is home to a world-class wooden coaster maintenance team.
    7 points
  11. Here it is, my full review of Orion... In what may be the most divisive roller coaster in the industry, since it's announcement Orion was split down the middle with the GP and enthusiasts that had excitement and dissatisfaction. Many aspects of the ride was critically dissected from it's theme, layout, height and overall experience. I made my own interpretations but knew when it came to my first ride I would clear those preconceived notions and go into the experience with an open mind. That being said on a cold windy day on its final operating day of its opening year of 2020 I finally was
    7 points
  12. https://www.indianabeach.com/ Here is the first ride: It looks like this might be the coaster they are getting. Not 100%? https://rcdb.com/825.htm
    6 points
  13. It is as if I could have written this...it sums up my feelings exactly. If I were solely a thrill seeker, Cedar Point would be great...but I like the “whole package”...good rides and good atmosphere. I live in Illinois...from my location I have 4 parks that are about the same drive for me...but for the above reasons, that is why I choose Kings Island as my favorite park. (No disrespect to Cedar Point...it’s just not what I personally like.)
    6 points
  14. I don't really find one to be better than the other, just different. I greatly enjoy both parks and each has great things going for it. I think both are moving in a good direction as well. Cedar Point spent a long time with the focus being mostly on what new ride they were going to build next. In the last few years they have worked hard on some of the other things that make for a more complete experience. They have completely replaced some of the dining buildings and filled out the available food options with large scale offerings with Italian food and barbecue, along with the frontie
    6 points
  15. This is an interesting topic, and one that should be discussed. I have been attending Kings Island with a season pass every year since 1994, and very happy doing so. Not until 2018 did I attend Cedar Point with my daughters. They were becoming enthusiasts wanting to learn about every type of coasters, and ride a variety of them. We made the trip, and bought FastLane plus passes. Well worth our investment. We rode every ride at least twice with 10 rides on Top Thrill, Millennium Force and Maverick. I noticed small details in my first trip, that differed vastly from Kings Island. In 2019 I wa
    6 points
  16. It's very difficult to have the ideal "enthusiast's day" at Cedar Point due to the large crowds they attract. As far as decent rides that are almost guaranteed to have a short line, you only get to deal with Rougarou, Gemini, and sometimes Magnum/Wicked Twister. Fast Lane is almost a must for every CP visit, but will still have you wait upwards of 30 minutes for Maverick and Steel Vengeance, especially the latter. Kings Island occasionally draws massive crowds that make every ride a long wait, but much less often. Up until this year (of course due to capacity restrictions), you were able to ab
    6 points
  17. https://kicentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Episode-10-2020-Year-in-Review-Part-1.mp3 Don`t forget that you can get this podcast on iTunes, and on Spotify! Be sure to subscripe to not miss an episode! Show notes: Join Robbie (CoastersRZ) and Brad (IndyGuy4KI) as they are joined by Tom Pavlik (Tjpavlik). In this episode we begin to review the 2020 season at Kings Island, and the impacts that Covid had on the season and park operations. We hope you enjoy this episode! Watch for part 2 of the 2020 Season in review, Episode 11 to come out soon! We also will have episod
    6 points
  18. As folks know, Kings Island has officially stated there will be no Winterfest 2020. There are rumors circling that there may be a limited KD event and we know that Carowinds has officially posted theirs. Today, whether for doing it for the community or for a possible future limited event; Kings Island has started to pull the lights for Christmas tree on the Eiffel Tower. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHQLnfVB2N0/?igshid=yt4kar7o1uqb
    6 points
  19. Brand new theme. I don't think they'll use a name that was used in the past. I think they'll come up with an original name. For coaster, I don't want a dive. If I had my way, I'd go for a ground up RMC or an Intamin multi launch. While I think The Vortex plot is a very likely spot for a coaster, part of me thinks they should focus on Action Zone next since it's been 6 years since they did anything with that area. Plus Action Zone doesn't really have a theme and I think an update to Action Zone in the style of what they did with A72 with a new name would be nice.
    6 points
  20. I hope that everyone is having a good day today. As we know, the coronavirus has impacted all of our plans for amusement parks, and I am among the ones who was impacted. When the news came during my spring break that I would have to move out of my dorm for the semester, I knew things were serious, and I also understood at that point that it would be horrible if my parents got it (they are near the age range where it could be dangerous). I felt like at that moment I could never go to an amusement park again for the year, but thankfully things have worked out for me, and it started late June e
    6 points
  21. An update on the KIBlog: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/december/photos-racer-roller-coaster-track-work-at-kings-island
    5 points
  22. We live in the Detroit area, so Cedar Point would technically be my home park. But over the years, Kings Island is the one I vastly prefer. I haven't been to Cedar Point in about eight years, but we hit Kings Island every year. A lot of it just comes down to experience. When I was a kid, we loved Kings Island because it felt huge. The kids' area was fantastic (I'll always have a soft spot for Hanna Barbara Land) and the different themes just made the park feel so much larger than life. I loved catching our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower on the freeway and that feelin of walking throug
    5 points
  23. 5 points
  24. Vote your favorite new attraction for 2020. Orion is currently #1. https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-amusement-park-attraction-2020/
    5 points
  25. This was kinda hard to do, but this was the best I could do at an RMC concept on The Vortex plot of land. Source for background photo: https://www.google.com/maps/uv?pb=!1s0x88405801b48c9003%3A0x64f9f426e5e19765!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNga4Wyi-VEqe9Sn1cGcFo0GnmG5_bh-5Ingre_%3Dw213-h160-k-no!5sKings Island - Google Search!15sCgIgAQ&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipMfLEotTpTfr4xfYJXdwVzL-jZiGYvcKqab3SJn&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi20o7v_pbtAhUyTjABHS2LD4UQoiowHnoECCsQAw Concept:
    5 points
  26. Here’s some good news, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine candidate has shown to be over 90% effective at preventing COVID-19 in trial participants so far in its Phase 3 trials. I agree it’s probably to take a while to distribute, and COVID restrictions will probably be in effect at the parks for much of next year, but we might finally have a light at the end of the tunnel. https://investors.pfizer.com/investor-news/press-release-details/2020/Pfizer-and-BioNTech-Announce-Vaccine-Candidate-Against-COVID-19-Achieved-Success-in-First-Interim-Analysis-from-Phase-3-Study/default.aspx
    5 points
  27. https://www.cleveland.com/business/2020/11/cedar-point-cedar-fair-preparing-for-another-pandemic-focused-season-in-2021.html?fbclid=IwAR2LG82p6xmgiTkZWgo65FRnVyqbT85VqMAF1LaSmZfnpx5ktssTK0SEJBc Cedar Point, Cedar Fair preparing for another pandemic-focused season in 2021 SANDUSKY, Ohio — A strong ending to the shortened seasons at Cedar Point and Kings Island is giving parent company Cedar Fair confidence heading into 2021, even though it’s likely the coronavirus pandemic will affect operations for at least part of next year. In a call with analysts Wednesday, Cedar Fair CEO Ric
    5 points
  28. Which KI ornaments are you displaying this year?
    4 points
  29. Which one of these is not like the other lol Though I did miss Haunt lot more this year, Winterfest was cool too. I've gone outside a few times and thought it was "Winterfest weather" - where it's cold, but not too cold, but you know that it'll get a bit chillier once the sun goes down. Good times! Also, that cookie I made one time lol: I showed some friends afterward and they thought it was funny! Finally, something I had never done before 2019 WF was go in the snowglobe. I remember it was like going into space or something as they had different chambers and (I
    4 points
  30. The park looks amazing! Check out this video they posted!
    4 points
  31. This guy looks familiar! @XGatorHead 8904
    4 points
  32. I'll go ahead and chime in. I think comparing Cedar Point and KI might be like comparing apples to oranges, however, each park has something different to offer. Overall, I think Kings Island has a better overall coaster collection, however, Cedar Point has some unique coasters that KI does not have* (Millennium Force, Wicked Twister, Steel Vengeance, Rougarou, Maverick and even Valravn come to mind). As for entertainment such as shows and the like, KI has the edge overall (I generally like most of the shows KI puts on, including the music reviews and Cirque), although CP has Forbidden Fro
    4 points
  33. I've felt this wind blowing towards KI as well. It was the best park experience we had in 2020, which also included 4 days at CP, 2 at Silver Dollar City, 2 at Hershey and 1 at Great Adventure. I disagree with anyone who would put the totality of any coaster lineup over CP, but the quality of the KI lineup is great, too. Losing Vortex and likely not replacing it for a while does hurt, but its now a top 10 North American lineup for sure, arguably top 5. The access passes killed CP this year for a lot of people, and no Fast Lane just made it impossible to do much once the park got bu
    4 points
  34. I love how the Grand Carousel looks at Winterfest!
    4 points
  35. We put this info into its own thread so we can keep up with updates during the off season and discuss its progress. It is exciting to see additional work done on The Racer! Here is a pic on IG we reposted by KI. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHwOq2ohj4a/?igshid=553y8xe2gvzm
    4 points
  36. I enjoy the Batman inverts. I would also give some love to The Bat (Top Gun version) and Vortex at Wonderland. They do a great job of providing a different experience with The Bat being more secluded and Vortex making good use of the mountain.
    4 points
  37. Coming Soon: The Racer collectible scrap wood. Large piece: $200 Medium piece: $125 Small piece: $65
    4 points
  38. 2022 I expect to be more of a focus on the 50th anniversary of the park. I say if they do add a new ride, it'll be a throwback to an older ride like what CP is doing for their 150th anniversary by bringing back the boat ride. People have tossed around the idea of them retheming Boo Blasters into a new version of Phantom Theater a bunch recently. I could see something along those lines. Or my biggest idea that is pretty unlikely is to bring back the skyride maybe have it in Coney Mall and have it start near Hanks/Racer's entrance and have it end where The Vortex station was (or near it). I also
    4 points
  39. @DeltaFlyer has done a great job with the next KICentral video highlighting Orion. This includes ride stats, and other info.
    4 points
  40. Have to disagree on the RMC part. RMC introduced a host of new elements and continues to do so. For example only Storm Chaser and Twisted Timbers have the inverting drop, Goliath has it's great stall out of a half loop and Outlaw run has a double corkscrew that is unique to RMC. While certain elements are repeated I think they have done an excellent job of differentiating their rides.
    4 points
  41. I was really impressed with the quality, detail, and overall look of the Coaster Cutout. Assembly can take around an hour or two, but it took me about three because I wanted customize mine a little with the appropriate colors. CoasterDynamix and Matt Schmotzer have a tremendous new product on their hands.
    4 points
  42. Mrs. Clause is always wonderful in the cookie decorating area.
    3 points
  43. I'm wondering how Star Wars is so low with all the hype around it. 2020 was a luckluster year that is for sure.
    3 points
  44. This is the first Intamin Hot Racer single rail coaster getting built. Thoughts?
    3 points
  45. I love the B&M Batman Clones they are so forceful
    3 points
  46. I think an RMC ground up would be the best fit for the next coaster not just because it would be a perfect fit to the park, but because it doesn't cost as much as a B&M or Mack. However, I highly doubt we'll see a theme pay homage to Son of Beast or see the Son of Beast name reused again. I honestly expect these next few coaster additions in the CF chain to be fairly cheap additions.
    3 points
  47. I found a picture of the old dominion line shops from 1994. It surprises me to see how it looked because I didn't a. it didn't have a storage shed for the passenger cars (cause if It did, I thought it would've been demolished). The storage tracks also curve which is a big surprise to me.
    3 points
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