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  1. So I hate to hit you guys with a serious comment but I feel like I have to post this. I have already said that I had covid and that it was pretty miserable, but that was the beginning of the sickness and it’s already gone through my whole family, so here goes. I got it first, I immediately started with a 104 degree fever. Highest fever I’ve had in my life, followed by a sore throat that even made it hard to swallow water. Because of this I didn’t eat much and lost a lot of weight. After I was done with the virus, I stayed home for another week not only because my family still had it, but because the virus basically drained me and I was exhausted. My sisters all got it and they had moderate symptoms and did pretty well. My parents however had the same symptoms as me and are still currently dealing with covid pneumonia. This story leads me to say that if you haven’t had covid yet, I would wear a mask for the sake of the unknown. Me and my parents happened to get severe cases and it still kind of affects us to this day, almost a month through it. If you know of anyone with the sickness, try and help them out as much as possible, just like my family and friends did who I am beyond thankful for. So again, if you haven’t had covid yet, I would advise wear the mask, and if anyone you know has it help them out as much as you can. I know I was very ignorant with it at first and after actually getting covid, I am pleading that you take this advice because it might end up severe like what my family had to deal with. Whew, all done. Thanks for reading this!
    11 points
  2. I just wish they would plant trees to replace ones they remove for construction though in areas they can go back into. Think they did a good job with removal for Mystic Timbers, but look at Diamondback. It was completely cleared and it has been left flat and empty since. It opened 12 years ago now. That area could have been pretty well reforested by now aside for space for tracks and and necessary roads for it. Think it would look a lot nicer and be more fun to dip in and out of the trees, plus make it feel faster with you zipping past trees closer by.
    10 points
  3. Lost Backwoods Bayou, Urgent Scare, Rivertown Reaping, Dance of the Macabre, Blackout, and Wolfpack. Traded Field of Screams for Corn-ered Backwoods Bayou and Wolfpack were both bottom of the pack to a lot of people. Urgent Scare and Rivertown Reaping were most likely cut due to the pandemic (Hospital and Plague doctors) Blackout was probably a similar reason due to touching the walls to work your way around the maze. Dance of the Macabre was under the Eiffel Tower which is getting its repaint. All of these moves make since to me, and I can say that we have a rather good and large crew for Slaughterhouse this year. I have always been a quality over quantity guy. Plus with all the food offerings and Tricks or Treats Fallfest, I think we are going to have a great season. I hope to see many of you there. Come visit Slaughterhouse for the freshest cuts of meat in town. We are dying to "meat" you.
    8 points
  4. 7 points
  5. New for Fall 2021 Watching Paint Dry: The Ride
    7 points
  6. I think they repaired/replaced a water main? Last time I was there, water was sleeping up from the pavers in that area.
    7 points
  7. Orion finishing fifth is really disappointing. You shouldn’t have a $30 million investment and it’s only the fifth best installment. Who knows if it what have you even cracked the top five if the Busch Gardens parks had opened their new coasters.
    6 points
  8. IMO-Any new coaster that DOESN'T feature terrain and the forest is a huge missed opportunity. I know it's more difficult and costly, but hills and trees are a feature of this entire region and especially KI...a reason why The Bat is still great.
    6 points
  9. I'd rather The Beast remain secluded. Orion's turn around and Vortex's demolition have partially compromised this so I'd rather nothing else be added into the woods.
    6 points
  10. I remember riding it. I only knew what it was because it was coming off of the incident. I think it was my first time going upside down on a ride. Once I figured out that I liked it, I talked my sister into riding with me. She would only ride if I promised not to make it go upside down. I took it as high as it would go and flipped it upside down. I jiggled the joystick back and forth so it would stay upside down and not just complete the barrel roll like it was intended to do. My sister screamed her head off. I’m such a jerk.
    6 points
  11. I was excited earlier this summer when my daughter enjoyed Beast in 8+ years and said: "Dad, Beast is great. There is nothing else like it!" -Brown- proud father of an enthusiast daughter.
    6 points
  12. For all those saying they were waiting for FDA approval of the vaccine before getting the shot, the time has come....but I am sure most will now come up with another excuse... https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/08/23/pfizer-covid-vaccine-fda-full-approval/5543473001/
    6 points
  13. I like Orion for the speed and I like Diamondback for the floater so I can't say I like one over the other.
    5 points
  14. I don't understand why some people hate on Orion at times. I might be the only one who applauds Kings Island and B&M for creating something different with the GIGA design. I love the fact that in height, it's almost 300 feet, but then you make up for it with the 300 foot drop. I love that! Both air hills provide a different sensation of airtime with the speed hill and floater air time hill. Yes, it could be a little longer, but the park did spend $25 million or so on Orion. The price of steel is on the rise, so it's easy for us fanboys to envision spending the parks money. I might also be the only one that says this on here, but I like Orion slightly a little more than Diamondback.
    5 points
  15. You never said it had to be the FIRST lift hill. Honorable Mentions: The Beast's 1st Lift Hill- Epic view of the woods, and first drop. Steel Vengeance- For reasons IndyGuy said, plus the loud anti rollbacks sounding fearsome. Magnum XL-200- Amazing views of Lake Erie and the waterpark. At night it seems you are going into a giant void! Millennium Force- Great views of the other side of the lake. Vortex (RIP)- Great views of Beast to the left, plus the park to the right, and a lotta twisty inversions below. Underrated AF Lift Hill: The Bat ('93) @ Kings Island- basically gives the opposite view of the park versus Beast's 2nd lift
    5 points
  16. Power washing the tower is continuing, and it looks like site preparations for paint work have begun.
    5 points
  17. @ThrillKingsFitzy I admire your attempt to try and help people…but, speaking from personal experience it seems like a non-believer has to get Covid themselves (or a family member) before they take it seriously. At work I have told my fellow employees just how bad some of my family members are who have had it…they usually counter with they know someone who has had it and it was no big deal. It’s frustrating…but like I said, I admire your attempt and I am sorry you had it go through it.
    5 points
  18. I'll add my $.02 I rode both Flight Commander, and Sky Pilot (at Kings Dominion) several times each. The ride - as others have said - was "meh." It really wasn't that thrilling, but it was unique for its time. The barrel rolls were its novelty, and they were slooooowww. When KI (and KD) removed it, I didnt see it as a big loss. In its later years, the ride was typically a walk-on.
    5 points
  19. I mean, this one was a given. @King Ding Dong is still a passholder.
    5 points
  20. No, but since it isn’t, we can get pics like this…
    5 points
  21. How about we instead get a ground up RMC and leave The Beast a wood coaster?
    5 points
  22. Or it now makes it a HIPAA violation as it now allows that report to be tied to a particular person, but you have adamantly posted that you clearly disagree with that opinion, which is shared by many medical professionals here and elsewhere that have commented on her report...I guess time will tell if she loses her license. And if she does, we know you will not agree with it... Remember, with a professional license, one can violate a condition of that license and lose said license, even if the violation isn't a HIPAA violation. From the Ohio Board of Nursing: Merely removing someone’s name (or face, in the instance of images) from a communication does not necessarily protect that person’s identity. Under federal law (HIPAA), protected “individually identifiable information” includes health information that identifies the individual or can reasonably be used to identify the individual, in any form (oral, written, or otherwise) that relates to the past, present, or future physical or mental health of an individual. "A nurse licensed in Ohio who is determined by the OBN to have failed to comply with any of these rules based on the improper use of social media, texting, emailing, or any other form of communication is subject to disciplinary action by the OBN. The use of social media carries with it much responsibility. Please be aware of your responsibilities and professional obligations and how its use may impact you.” In addition to it being a condition of the license, it is in the Ohio Administrative Code - Rule 4723-4-06 | Standards of nursing practice promoting patient safety: (Q) For purposes of paragraphs (I), (J), (K), (L), and (M) of this rule, a nurse shall not use social media, texting, emailing, or other forms of communication with, or about a patient, for non-health care purposes or for purposes other than fulfilling the nurse's assigned job responsibilities. Given the national headlines this accident made, I think most will agree that her report can be reasonably used to identify the individual and tie it back to her now that her name is made public...in addition to being a violation of the social media policy for a nursing license. But let's move forward and let the Licensing Board debate and act on this one.
    5 points
  23. After enjoying Maverick, Mille, and TTD a few weeks back with my kids--complete with frustrating shut-downs, etc. I've realized that Intamins are like those unstable flakey girlfriends who you can never totally trust, but when everything lines up she reminds you why she's worth it.
    5 points
  24. Here is an idea I came up with. This is a very large scale concept that would be a large investment and likely unrealistic for a park like KI and the market KI is in. This is basically if the entrance plazas at Cedar Point/Carowinds and ChocolateTown at HersheyPark had a baby. The specifics are numbered so here is what they mean: 1) new ticket/season pass building 2) guest services/offices 3) two story restaurant (similar to ChocolateTown) 4) gift shop 5) candy shop 6) ice cream parlor (would definitely serve blue ice cream) 7) new front gate (think CP/Carowinds/WOF) 8) grassy area for special events 9) Upgraded Timberwolf (KI Music Center lol @Dj325) I understand this is unlikely and probably unrealistic, but a boy can dream lol. Enjoy!
    4 points
  25. My mom and I made the long trip out to New Jersey to go to Six Flags Great Adventure. It was a very long drive, but we made it! Six Flags Great Adventure was a great park! RIDES We were able to get on a lot of rides including all of the coasters other than the unfortunately closed Jersey Devil and El Toro. I was able to make it on Kingda Ka twice! Both times it was walk on. As soon as I found out that we were going to Six Flags Great Adventure, I wanted to ride Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. The Drop Tower attached to Kingda Ka. I was honestly terrified, but I worked up the courage to ride it. For those not knowing, Kingda Ka is the tallest coaster in the world and Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom is the tallest and fastest Drop Tower in the world. Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom was walk-on and it was honestly a fun ride. I didn't ride it again though. FOOD On our first day, we ate at the Best of the West restaurant that, if you were sitting outside, had an excellent view of Kingda Ka. On our second day, we ate at a quesadilla place and I was pleasantly surprised with the food. It was pretty good. We also found two Rita's Custard places which we had dessert at on both days. It was delicious! WOOD I GO BACK Yes. I would go back. But I'm not sure if my mom would be up for that drive again. The reason I would go back would be to ride El Toro, Jersey Devil, and the Lil' Devil Coaster when that opens. So one day, I will have to go back.
    4 points
  26. No, I also agree that Orion is better than Diamondback.
    4 points
  27. To put things in perspective, when HHN did a Walking Dead maze a few years ago many found it disappointing because there was nothing special to it. Just a typical zombie theme. If a maze half that good was at Kings Island we’d still be talking about it in 10 years. Of course by year 2 they’d only staff it with 3 scare actors and the whole concept would be ruined. Many of the IPs HHN uses aren’t Universal properties. They pay for at least 2/3rds. I do agree that without IPs it gives freedom of originality, but with very little money and very little creative effort you end up with your “new” maze being a corn field theme on its 14th year, 3rd name, and 4th location (well, back to the original spot so it’s moved 3 times). No one in their right mind thinks KI’s Haunt is the #1 in the USA and HHN isn’t a top 10. The difference is when you have the park and sycophantic Facebook groups posting about it over and over then yes - you’re going to get votes. If USF had tweeted once at 3am on a Tuesday that they were looking for votes then they would have won. They didn’t because they don’t care. They know they’re the best. They don’t need USA Today or Readers Digest. They sell out every night without them. See also: Disney and Universal rarely even show up to the Golden Ticket Award ceremony. That would be like the US Army getting involved in a kids water balloon fight.
    4 points
  28. This is a new option in the French Corner. It’s a “don’t call it a Pop Tart” hand tart. It was very good and I think the price was only about $2.50. It’s about 30% bigger than a typical Pop Tart.
    4 points
  29. I mean Planet Snoopy won Best Kids section for nearly 20 years. I believe they're focusing back on Planet Snoopy in the coming years. Orion is a completely different story. Read @KIghostguy's book and you'll understand. I don't understand the dated part. The park spent a ton of money renovating International Street, the Eiffel Tower is being repainted, they restored the glockenspiel at the Festhaus, brought back an antique car ride, I could go on. We did have a global wide pandemic that affected spending across the chain. The lack of shade part I can understand but the rest seems a bit exaggerated considering everything we've gotten under Cedar Fair.
    4 points
  30. Grilled short ribs are on Chef’s Plate today.
    4 points
  31. I doubt it was because of cash flow issues that they are just now fixing it. More likely they tried other things first, and those did not work. They may have had to bring in an outside contractor to fix it, and a lot of plumbers and electricians are extremely busy right now, so it could have taken a while to schedule the repair as well. They could have also wanted to wait until daily operation was over so they had more time to fix the issue during daylight hours without having guests in the park.
    4 points
  32. It’s less of a ride and more of a live show. But hey- with how much Haunt was slashed this year they do have a gap in the lineup that this could fill.
    4 points
  33. This is the side of the tower facing south toward Planet Snoopy. This area had been stripped last week and was clearly painted, as the color pops up on the “box” at the top. I’ve heard rumors of different colors but so far it looks as if at least this part will remain the same.
    4 points
  34. The wing portion at Island Smokehouse has increased to six wings.
    4 points
  35. The best way I can think to counter that is to say I've been in a crash with a large dump truck and walked away. Yet others leave crash scenes with lasting injuries, or don't survive. The point is that, like a lot of things, geting sick (with COVID-19 or anything) is a spectrum. Most people will get off easy, but some suffer lasting damage and others won't survive. It's not those who get off easy that you take precautions for. It's the rest of the potential outcomes.
    4 points
  36. I realize that these posts are nearly 15 years old, I just want to comment on them in case any new readers stumble on this thread now that it's been resurrected... Flight Commander did not go to Wonderland Sydney nor Playcenter. All signs point to Flight Commander having been relocated to Flamingo Land in the United Kingdom. It operated there as Top Gun from 1996 through 2004. And here's an interesting post on this site from 2003, from one of the ride's operators at Flamingo Land:
    4 points
  37. Fun Fact, there is a 2nd floor above the Spanish Building (Sweet Spot) This location was used for offices during the 90s, hasn't been since. The only way to access the upstairs is via ladder once they removed the midway facing steps.
    4 points
  38. Someone in the Kings Island History Facebook group found an album with some Eiffel Tower construction photos in it. All the pictures appear to be 1971 and show the ride's progression as it was built. Definitely some of the cooler history photos I've seen. Full post: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KingsIslandHistory/posts/817892445560103/
    4 points
  39. Underground water flume attraction confirmed.
    4 points
  40. Any post with the suggestion of replacing wood track for steel on The Beast is a direct violation of the terms of service in KICentral forums if I’m not mistaken, surely it’s in the fine print.
    4 points
  41. My youngest got his first ride on Beast this year. (Finally hit 48") It is now good favorite in the park.
    4 points
  42. I disagree, respectfully. First off, the parks have been crowded this year. People are getting out to do things after everything being shuttered, and/ or masks required last year kept people from doing a lot of the things they would normally do over summertime. Personally, I also think that the parks do what they can to protect people, but beyond that, the responsibility is on each person. The park hasn't said no masks allowed, they said no masks required. The park said to socially distance in lines, the park said wear a mask indoors if you're not vaccinated. What else can they really do? Taking no responsibility would be letting it be a free for all, telling people they aren't allowed to wear a mask, and not posting masks required for anyone indoors non vaccinated. I'm not anti mask, I'm not anti vaccine... I am however pro personal responsibility. If you're in a place where yourself, or someone you live with are at grave danger of perishing from the virus, you need to take some responsibility for yourself. While spending a day at the park is fun, and a great release, it's not a life necessity. The grocery store holds life's necessities, and a lot of them here in Indy have started requiring masks again, for this very reason. They provide a necessary service, and thusly, they are taking responsibility for making their staff and patrons safe. The corner pub, Applebees, McDonalds... those aren't life necessities. If you're in a position where it's not smart for you to be in public, don't go to them. Take care of your friends or family that are compromised.
    4 points
  43. I also hope the Son of Beast station finally comes down. It's interesting that one of the two purpose-built maze buildings isn't being used this year (Blackout, the other being Slaughterhouse). Also interesting that Action Zone has no haunted houses this year at all. If I remember correctly, there there was a time that there were three mazes in that area at the same time (Club Blood, Wolf Pack, original Slaughterhouse).
    3 points
  44. Planet Snoopy is run down. Hardly and trees. No quality dark ride. Poorly themed to the same handful of characters It doesn’t deserve an award. Orion was built for the 300 ft marketing but they only built 3/4 of a ride. Not deserving. Overall it’s not a very nice park. It feels dated, total lack of shade. Cedar Fair budget cuts are obvious this year. It’s sliding back into the Paramount days.
    3 points
  45. I’m not surprised that Candymonium was ranked above Orion—Hersheypark just hosted an ACE event earlier this year. But it’s very surprising and unfortunate to me that Orion was all the way at fifth on the New Coasters list; that’s the lowest any of Kings Island’s coasters have placed on the New Ride list under Cedar Fair (not counting Firehawk). Orion didn’t even crack the Top 25 Steel Coasters list. Also, I was really surprised that the 150th Show at Cedar Point was fifth on the Top Show list. I was really surprised by how great that show was, it’s probably the best show I’ve ever seen at an amusement park. Are the shows at Fiesta Texas really that good?
    3 points
  46. You weren’t always looking into the sun and even then if you wore sunglasses with a strap it is fine or just close your eyes. It was a flyer so a completely different experience than every other coaster except for launched.
    3 points
  47. Sorry for double post but it has been 6 days lol. Guess who is on FUNtv @VortexBFForever
    3 points
  48. Also of note, Don said they are planning on more Meet Ups next season. Once a month!! He specifically mentioned Orion, Racer, the Train, and Soak City.
    3 points
  49. Honestly, I'm kind of upset that the park is this far behind the rest of the chain. I don't mean to be a debby downer all the time, honestly; but the fact that Dorney Park even has their Haunt lineup out before the park does. I understand that we live in a very different time, but to be this late and to be behind less invested parks kind of tilts me. I get that the park operates and moves in the direction it dictates, and honestly they don't have to announce what they're getting. It is just worrisome for someone, like myself, who actually cares about the event as frankly it has been going down hill for a few years.
    3 points
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