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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Outrageous. Next they will come for our cargo shorts and soon after pockets altogether. Eventually even us men will have no option but to wear yoga pants and it will be the scariest most terrifying Haunt ever!
    3 points
  4. Having been on Avalanche Run/Disaster Transport at CP and Avalanche at KD, I would not prefer a bobsled ride. First, the capacity is terrible and the ride experience is so-so. I suppose that the ride is good for a family ride but I think a dark ride would be a better addition.
    3 points
  5. At least they learned and will have Haunt at night LOL. I was half expecting Haunt from 4pm to 7pm
    3 points
  6. I would love a bobsled coaster!
    3 points
  7. Good take. I like Orion better, but Diamondback is not rendered obselete. They have different strengths that make both a must ride.
    3 points
  8. We are now officially into fall per the calendar. Mother Nature is also shifting into fall mode as we feel the change from muggy warmth to soggy chilly days. What does that mean for KICentral members? We look forward to the changing colors of the trees as we ride our favorite coasters during the day, and the cool wind in our face as we take night rides on The Beast and Orion. The park just has a different feel in the fall that can not be explained to those who have not experienced it. As we get off a ride and warm up a bit, what does our body tell us we need to do? That's right, time to get some good food. The saying goes, "come for the rides and stay for the food." Has Chef Major turned that around? "Come for the food and stay for the rides." Time for you to decide! Chef Major has been working his magic in the kitchen to bring us some great treats at this years Tricks & Treats. Not only do we have our normal meal plan options, but the Trick's & Treats tasting card is sure to keep you warm this fall. Who's mouth does not start watering when you see this offering at Coney BBQ? Burnt Ends & Tot Hash - Smoked brisket burnt ends tossed in honey BBQ glaze served over seasoned tots and topped with pickled red onions. Here are all the locations that will offer tastings. There will also be Specialty Brews & Booze Bars at select locations throughout the park. Some are even available in a non-alcoholic version. To learn more about the tasting treats: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2021/september/foodie-guide-taste-the-flavors-of-fall-at-tricks-and-treats-fall-fest-at-kings-island To give us your reviews of the Tricks & Treats Tastings, post them in this thread: https://kicentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/38185-kings-island-2021-food-news-and-reviews/What What item on the tasting card menu are you looking forward to the most?
    2 points
  9. ^I understand the tension here, but I don't think the company owes a newspaper anything other that what public record requires. The SR, in my opinion, is making things worse for the city by engaging in this fight. Right or wrong, why would a company keep a HQ in a hostile environment? The company and city should have their discussion(s) and if it is subject to public records request, then the SR should request it through channels. I the the SR is actually hurting themselves and the community by "picking this fight."
    2 points
  10. **DOUBLE POST** Here is an intamin blitz concept with a speed car theme. Shake Rattle and Roll get relocated to where the basketball game is currently to provide more room for a bigger plaza
    2 points
  11. I'm not really sure where that "journalist" gets the notion that the information that the park released is "self-serving" when they came out almost immediately after the incident and appeared to take fully responsibility by acknowledging that a (relatively) small metal object "became disengaged", resulting in injuries requiring medical care beyond on-site EMS. As for how much info is right to release and when, morally and legally, I dunno. I do know that they were demanding answers before an investigation could provide them. Not really sure what their deal is at the ol' Register.
    2 points
  12. Good point! An RMC raptor at Kings Island would be pretty low capacity. If we’re lucky it would be around Backlot Stunt Coaster’s capacity with its 12 person trains. I also doubt Kings Island would be able to operate a raptor like Six Flags does because of IROC. Anyways, when you consider a B&M 32 passenger train, each train that is dispatched holds 4x the amount of riders that the 8 seat raptor trains hold and almost 3x the riders that the 12 seat raptors hold. Even a 24 passenger train like on Mystic Timbers holds way more. A raptor just doesn’t seem plausible in my opinion. Kings Island really needs something with a higher capacity.
    2 points
  13. They could be very, very uncomfortable... I learned on the TOGO standups, the 'seat' shouldn't have been used to support weight, if you used it as a seat, the ride was going to be like getting a prostate exam from a bicycle seat...
    2 points
  14. Okay. They released the actual thing: https://qr1.be/3GCN?fbclid=IwAR3ALSFDH90YqpVna2FWkIAfDUebTo7lenUYRLj0hQZFqVqdwYPzjSoTUR0
    2 points
  15. I hope Vortex gets a gravestone this year!
    2 points
  16. I'm a bit late to this, but if my understanding is correct, the fundamental problem with GTA's voting process is that their tabulation system is very one-dimensional and rankings are based merely off of "vote-points". What this means is that coasters that have been ridden by more people will have an unfair advantage over less-ridden coasters simply because they'll appear on more ballots and thus have more opportunities to accumulate vote points. Thus, it's not uncommon for new coasters to not fare as well as one might expect its first year in the voting process. Throw in a pandemic, and I can imagine Orion's ranking largely has to do with the fact there are still a lot of GTA voters that have not ridden it yet. This is why the only polls really worth considering are ones that are based off the "Mitch Hawker methodology", that uses a "head-to-head pairs" tabulation system where it looks at how every coaster on one's ballot compares to every other coaster and assigns a win-loss % respectively. There is still a minimum number of riders needed for a coaster to qualify in the rankings, but most importantly it gives recognition to more obscure coasters that are otherwise overlooked by the GTA style (and thus, flawed) polls and ranking systems. More about that here: https://www.ellocoaster.com/why-this-poll-is-different To my knowledge, there are two polls that have arisen since the end of the original Hawker polls that use this methodology: one from Ellocoaster and the other from TPR (I know, I know). Both are worth taking a look at, but I believe TPR's poll has a bigger sample size. Setting aside my own (and I am sure many of yours) opinions of TPR as an organization otherwise, I would have to admit that their poll seems pretty legit. Their rankings give notoriety to coasters that are less-ridden, but well-liked by those who have ridden them. And overall, the rankings seem to be a bit more inline with general enthusiast opinions, or at least more so than GTA's annual lists. That having said, if one is curious to know how KI's coaster collection fares in TPR's 2020 polls, I would say pretty well... https://coasterpoll.com/results/2020-steel-results?page=1 https://coasterpoll.com/results/2020-wood-results?page=1 From the steel list: #28 Orion #59 Diamondback #80 Banshee From the wood list: #14 Mystic Timbers #30 Beast One thing to note about these lists is that there are A LOT more coasters (many from outside North America) to compete with so really any steel coaster in the top 100 and any wooden coaster in the the top 50 of their respective lists in this system is notable considering the competition. Only a handful of parks have 3 or more top 100 steelies or 2 or more top 50 woodies. If I am not mistaken, KI appears to be the only park with both 3 top 100 steelies and 2 top 50 woodies...
    2 points
  17. The weird thing is bobsled coasters have the least perceived safety to me due to their design. Maybe it's just because it was easy to cause crashes on Roller Coaster Tycoon
    2 points
  18. Grain and Grill was outstanding. Combine that with their burrito/bowl place on the other side of International Street (complete with indoor air conditioned seating) for the two spots we ate at during our 1.5 day trip this summer (3 meal redemptions).
    2 points
  19. Here is a cool article about it: https://www.wlwt.com/article/kings-island-eiffel-tower-getting-a-makeover/37632466
    2 points
  20. Your headcannon may be right; I've never thought of it that way... And I think a bobsled coaster revival would be cool. Of the two I've been on (Avalanche at KD and Disaster Transport at Cedar Point), I liked the latter more as it felt like going down the hill in a bascart (in the BEST way) - especially on the drops after a turn. However, my "better" memory of it may be because I was younger when I had my one ride on Avalanche (which I'm pretty sure I enjoyed; it was definitely different than anything I had been on before), whereas with Disaster Transport, I rode it multiple times and I was older.
    2 points
  21. Ahhh you beat me to it! Here is the official statement:
    2 points
  22. I like Orion for the speed and I like Diamondback for the floater so I can't say I like one over the other.
    2 points
  23. “I’ll take, ‘things they didn’t think of’ for $100, Alex.” But to be fair, I do feel a little better about the prices now that I’ve seen the pictures. They look delicious, but we knew they would be. The portions seem to be bordering closer to meals than they are just tastings.
    1 point
  24. It will be interesting to find out if CP has submitted any information to SR & if SR is just looking for a fight as you have suggested and seems to be the case. If CP has submitted information & SR is taking this public just to make CF look bad, is MAJOR mud on their face. The other thing I have noticed- SR seems more concerned about obtaining the public records as opposed to the well being of the injured woman.
    1 point
  25. ^and even with the GP "backlash", I expect that the place will still be slammed like it normally is for Haunt...
    1 point
  26. The map has hit social media and the GP has noticed the cutbacks in quantity without a cutback in cost. The danger in winning that silly “best of the best” USA today thing is that just maybe people who see that, expect the best of the best when they come.
    1 point
  27. The cinnamon bread grilled cheese sounds delicious!
    1 point
  28. Absolutely not. I've ridden 2 standups Mantis and Vortex (Carowinds) and hated them both. They were so uncomfortable. I don't want one to be installed here.
    1 point
  29. In the last 20+ years, there have been 2 Stand up rollercoaster installed in parks. One is a clone of KI's King Cobra that was relocated from Canada's Wonderland to some park in Italy. The other was relocated from Kentucky (Chang) to Six Flag's great Adventure. The odds of a completely new one (or even a relocated one) being installed at KI is very, very small. Heck, I'd say the odds of a new one being installed anywhere as very, very small, and a relocated one being only a tad less small.
    1 point
  30. Unless there is a major redesign for stand up coasters, the odds of a new one are unlikely.
    1 point
  31. What do you think of a bobsled coaster at Kings Island? It's a cheap ride that is fun for all ages. Perhaps they could purchase clones to put throughout a few parks in the chain.
    1 point
  32. Now that the park is back open, post your ET repaint updates in this thread. Let's see your pics. And Go!
    1 point
  33. I can't see anything but another family friend attraction going here if it was going to go right after something like Orion was built. If it does have to go, I think some sort of 'light horror' themed flat ride could go there.
    1 point
  34. Given the history of that word I am really surprised it is used for a coaster name.
    1 point
  35. Congo Falls.....best air time in the park Even on hot days when I've been this summer, on sunday's since mid week wasn't possible for much of this summer like it has been in the past for my family, Congo falls rarely had much of al line. It does tend to eat lines pretty quickly even with only 2 boats running like it seems like it usually does. My kids love it, I love it, but I do agree that its location is no longer ideal and I'll assume its somewhere near the end of its service life (though for all I know, those things could run forever with minimal maintenance, I just know its been around for a while). I'd love to see it relocate elsewhere in the park, but that seems unlikely/expensive relative to what, if any increase in customer satisfaction it would provide elsewhere. I'd love to see something similar to it takes its place elsewhere in the park to make room in that spot, along with the removal of Invertigo and perhaps Timberwolf for a B&M dive machine. I know some don't get all that excited for dive machines, and with Cedar Point getting their not all that long ago, I suspect KI would have to wait another 10 years or so, but that is an ideal location for a B&M dive machine. Station back by the lift hill for Congo Falls, hold/drop/dive facing out towards the entrance where Invertigo's lift hills, loop back towards the front of Invertigo/congo falls, loop around with some interaction with the plaza area, etc... Just not sure there is enough room there for all of that w/o eating into Timberwolf's spot (which wouldn't be much of a loss in my mind)
    1 point
  36. Flying Turns at Knoebels opened in 2013, but I think that was more of a one-off (https://rcdb.com/3458.htm). The last Mack bobsled (like Avalanche) opened in 2001 while the last Intamin bobsled opened in 1998 (info from RCDB).
    1 point
  37. Kings Island would go with a RMC single rail before a bobsled
    1 point
  38. Looks like Scarowinds is not allowing bags except for medical reason and limited to 4.5×6.5 inches. Hopefully no chance of it being implemented throughout the rest of the CF chain.
    1 point
  39. The Bansheelover family made the trip to Six Flags Great Adventure as well. Unfortunately we were unable to ride everything due to a major thunderstorm, and only having one day to explore it. We did get two rides on Jersey Devil which was a lot of fun, and enjoyed the Houdini experience. Also snagged rides on Cyborg, Nitro, Batman, and Dark Knight before the storms. I definitely want to return to finish the park, and ride El Toro.
    1 point
  40. 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.
    1 point
  41. My wife and I agree as well. Honestly, since riding Orion, we don't even ride Diamondback anymore.
    1 point
  42. No, I also agree that Orion is better than Diamondback.
    1 point
  43. Specifically I recall several trips in 1994 and 1995 when the ride was a walk-on. I lived about 1 hour from KI then, had a season pass, and visited roughly every other week. I don't ever recall waiting through the full queue for the ride in any of those trips. Now, of course I didn't ride every time I went. I thought the ride was lackluster - so it wasn't of great interest to me. IMO that was the predominant feeling among most guests by that point. I remember it being down on a few of those visits, but I don't recall taking note of it not operating for long periods of time. (Although I could be wrong... again, it wasn't of great interest to me.) Frankly - I MUCH preferred Skylab - but that ride seemed to be down more than it was operational. Skylab typically did have a line when I was there and it was running.
    1 point
  44. That’s the year I believe it went blue from the previous green. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  45. From Baynum: I didn’t know they had painted the tower on 1989.
    1 point
  46. The park has proven they can now create their own food offerings and be successful. I don't think we need any more chains on the park. I could see it going the opposite direction.
    1 point
  47. I would love if Diamondback got ANY theming because all it has now is the sign and the train front
    1 point
  48. I thought she fell out because she was drunk or something and they said it was due to riders fault. So why in the world would they demolish the ride if it was because of rider error.
    1 point
  49. Incorrect -- It went to Syndney Wonderland where it is SBNO... with the rest of the park.
    1 point
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