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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Train station AND the one by The Beast were open Sunday. That was a first! Also, the train station one was being very well run: machines were stocked and all had ice, even when they had a line. Also, you can now once again scoop your own pound candy at the Sweet Spot.
    6 points
  5. Well, lookie here…. Gotta say, the 2021 Coasterstock T-shirt is incredible… the itinerary is most definitely “coasterstacked”… and there’s even a cool matching wristband. So excited to be returning to this superb event. Counting down the days!!!
    5 points
  6. Daughters first ride on the log Flume. She wanted to ride again.
    5 points
  7. The dip of the month is a Buffalo cheese dip. I’m not a Buffalo fan, but I thought it was pretty food. My girlfriend is a big Buffalo fan and was on Cloud 9. This will be available all of June in the Brewhouse.
    5 points
  8. Just wanted to check in to say that he rode every coaster he was tall enough for and generally loved them all. This picture cracked me up, especially because when it was over he wanted to do it again. We even rode The Beast twice in a row. He's a brand new enthusiast!
    5 points
  9. Finally ordered my copy and cannot wait to receive it tomorrow. I've been going to the park since 1975 and this history will be a true walk through time for me.
    5 points
  10. Here's an easy solution, just bring the log flume theme back into Rivertown and then create a better transition between PS and Rivertown. You could also relocate Linus Launcher or remove it and put a new building or even a stage in Rivertown similar to the stage being used for the live music at Frontier Festival at Cedar Point.
    4 points
  11. Where there’s Apple Pay the other contactless payment services typically work too - but yes I agree that it should be further embraced. I’m so glad that Cedar Fair got on board when they did. Even at Dollywood some places have it and some don’t, so you still have to carry a wallet or debit card… which I’m far too spoiled to do now.
    4 points
  12. I agree to the nth degree. Wonderful human being and elevated food in the park. Without him, we would be 5 years behind our current food garden.
    4 points
  13. Maybe they can continue to grow this, or… crazy idea… elevate the food offerings on a regular basis. Things are definitely better, but I’d pay more to have food along these lines daily, and the quick sell out demonstrates there’s a demand for it. Would I think be a better read on the market for it if it WASNT on the dining plan. If people had to pay for it would be interesting to see if it sell drew such a crowd.
    4 points
  14. Meanwhile, I am sitting here collecting unemployment reading the arguements and mad as an old wet hen because the pizza place down the street doesn't have a delivery driver. None of this is true. We all have answers greater than what we are seeing, but we are not in charge. We all have a better way of doing things, until we are asked to do them. Or maybe we have tried our better way, and we are the ones being criticized for not doing the way someone else thinks it should be done. I see so many times on here where respect for others has went out the window because we don't agree
    4 points
  15. That’s the dipstick of the month.
    3 points
  16. It was closed last Thursday when I went of course. On the bright side we were able to trick WindSeeker and sneak up on it.
    3 points
  17. I got to spend Father's Day with my 3 kids and @electricsun today. We got there a few min after ERT started and headed right back to MT. My youngest hit 48" this year and he loves all the new coasters he can ride. We headed right up the stairs on MT and got on the next train. The first ride was the song Cars and bats. Logan (the 49" son) loves MT, but still a little uneasy about the shed and sat out the second ride. We then went and rode The Beast. This is Logan's favorite ride in the park now. I think he can marathon it now. (I think he might be the biggest enthusiast out of m
    3 points
  18. 3 points
  19. I hope not, 2019 Winterfest bread would be a little stale by now
    3 points
  20. True. French corner. I think I saw $7.99 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  21. Thanks for your PTR. I love it when we gets trip reports posted and we get to walk through someone's awesome day at the park. It makes you remember why we go and why we are on this site. We just love the park!
    3 points
  22. I don't think you will be disappointed. Great book.
    3 points
  23. 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.
    3 points
  24. So now that I've had some more time to think about all the new stuff I learned, a few thoughts I would like to add: Of all the great stories in this book, one of my favorite has definitely got to be: As for my thoughts that are not potentially spoiler-inducing, I will say this: The big takeaway I got from the final chapter "Still Going Strong", is that, after reading about all the fine attention to detail that park management and staff put into the I-Street Renovation, Antique Autos, and of course the theming packages for Mystic Timbers and Orion, I am assured more than ever o
    3 points
  25. White Water Canyon. It's the best river rapids ride I've been on by far. Most are compact and zig zag on flat land out in the open but WWC is sprawling over terrain in the woods. *Also before Mystic Timbers and to a lesser extent Diamondback it felt like you were WAY out in the woods far away from the park. It was even more awesome for that.
    2 points
  26. I finally got around to the French Corner yesterday, they were out of 2 of the 3 Chef Croix options so I went with the required ham and cheddar croissant It is tiny, and it is delicious
    2 points
  27. I understand why people would say The Beast. It does not have all the bells and whistles of new rides. The layout if not for the woods is a little boring. But if you lived thru the opening back in 1979, it was a marvel for it's time and just stuck in the enthusiast mindset to this day. Just think if Orion had opened in 1999 . . or some date 20-30 years ago. It would still be regarded as one of the best coasters ever built. But since it was built last year and number 7 (I think) of GIGAs built in the US. Most people regard it as a lesser of the GIGA's. Some argue it isn't a GIGA at
    2 points
  28. 2 points
  29. I definitely agree on the trees. As far as intense rides go, I think the great thing about having 10+ roller coasters is that they all don't have to appeal to the entire group of coaster riders. KI has already done this with the family and milder thrill segment, (Adventure Express, Backlot) but hasn't put money into the extreme intensity/forces part of the spectrum at KI (which today I'd say consist of mostly RMC's and Intamin). Just as not every food option is for everyone, I'm ok with not every coaster being for everyone. In the same vane, only a portion of guests go to the waterp
    2 points
  30. I'm here right now and just imagine the big ugly box gone and a Maverick like coaster right here:
    2 points
  31. Sort of; I think @BoddaH1994 is referring to the Coke stand where you can get your own drink from a few different flavors - IIRC, it is located between the arcade and Rivertown LaRosas.
    2 points
  32. If the hotel would be next to Soak City, why not give it some kind of beach themed name. Example: Castaway Harbor: hotel & lodge. Also, do you think they could add a water maze attraction themed to being stranded on an Island and your goal is to try to get off of it?
    2 points
  33. Walking into the park today (first time in about a week) the announcements have been updated and end with “For the safety of guests and employees, disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and will result in ejection from the park” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  34. Just in case anyone “not in the know” is reading this, this is NOT at Kings Island and not a ride from the same manufacturer as Delirium. But yeah, how terrifying! I hope no one was hurt!
    2 points
  35. True, a single ride goes down at a CF park and FB users lose their mind LOL. Whatever approach is done, someone will be infuriated by it. Move park hours from 1pm to 10pm and those that like to go early will be mad. The different closings of rides makes some sense if it means longer opening hours, but even a well publicized schedule and people will still go and be infuriated. Parks are in a tough situation this year, more so than previous years.
    2 points
  36. I feel your pain... I'm stuck up here and I can't use ANY of the parks I bought it for... You got that shiny new coaster there and I haven't been able to give it a whirl... And to top it off ya hogging all the baseball too
    2 points
  37. The kids area absolutely needs over hauled. More shade or some method to cool off. It can get brutally hot over there. I think in general beside Cedar Point the shade a Kings Island is horrible. Look at Carowinds kids area. Full Of nice grown in trees
    2 points
  38. I think Cedar Fair is taking a more cautious approach with their calendars than Indiana Beach. Cedar Fair is only opening for days and hours they know they will have appropriate staffing. In the beginning of the season, Cedar Fair was not doing this, but they got a lot of negative attention for being understaffed. Now, Cedar Fair has limited park operating days and hours to ensure they are appropriately staffed, and guests are now mad that they are limiting hours. Parks like Six Flags and Indiana Beach seem to be operating beyond their means. Many of these parks don’t have enough staff to do s
    2 points
  39. Obviously not something like I-305. That was basically pushing the limits of too intense. Maverick while being intense is tolerable for the average guest and is very popular which is why it always has a full shaded part of queue and sometimes a full queue.
    2 points
  40. Please don't tear out any more trees. In all honesty we don't need intensity. Only a certain age range can deal with intense rides. Look at I-305
    2 points
  41. Or just tear down the crypt building and start from scratch. You could definitely fit something like Maverick there. Imagine a Maverick coaster there ripping through the woods like The Beast does. I copied and pasted Maverick there and it fits (made sure it was to scale as much as possible)
    2 points
  42. I saw a pic of the pork on Instagram. It looked delicious. Id like to see two things from the food people. More elevated food offerings. And some dirt cheap options. I’d love to see hot dog carts. Just people serving cheap foil wrapped hotdogs that people could grab then hop in line and keep riding. I think you could feed a family for cheaper and greatly reduce the crowds at restaurants for little cost.
    2 points
  43. I wonder if a Screamin' Swing would fit in there. I kind of doubt it, but that's never been done before (to my knowledge).
    2 points
  44. I hope they were laughing WITH the handle, and not AT the handle…that would be rude! (Not meaning this to be a jerk..it just struck me as funny.)
    2 points
  45. Some kid probably has been trying remote codes on every MT ride for a few years and finally found it.
    2 points
  46. So random where they post. Never same place 2x.
    2 points
  47. Some additional "on the ground" experience data for everyone... apologies up front if too lengthy. Had a planned visit yesterday (6/15) to KI for a full day of dry park activities. First of all, the day was awesome!!! Taking a mid-week day off of work to enjoy the park is well worth it. I was a little concerned about crowds, as the weather forecast was known to be "cooling down" after the recent heat, and CP is still closed Tues/Wed possibly pushing the numbers up at KI--but the crowds were very reasonable. I was able to get 2 rides during early ERT on Orion, then also co
    2 points
  48. @BeastForever I remember that as well. Much like how many people want Timberwolf demolished, tearing out existing infrastructure is always a bad idea when you have the ability to fix it up. Once infrastructure is gone, its hard to bring it back.
    2 points
  49. That having said, it should be noted that Mike Koontz has said on several occasion that he's not a fan of the underutilized buildings either. He's commented on the Crypt building in particular (at 2018 Coasterstock and in A Ride Through Time). He's said that he definitely wants something other than a Haunt maze to go into the Crypt building eventually, he just doesn't know what that would be at the moment. Whether it be a ride or something else only time will tell, but let it be known that management (at least, current management) does have interest in investing in underused inf
    2 points
  50. Why is it his responsibility to staff the park? He was offered a package of events when purchasing his pass. He shelled out the money and it’s the park’s responsibility to deliver these products. If it weren’t for the fact that this season was “free” there would be some very good grounds for a class action lawsuit if they cancelled Haunt. No judge in the world would take pity on them for taking everyone’s money and then not delivering on what’s advertised because of “staffing.”
    2 points
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