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  1. Congrats to @funpark for winning the 50th-anniversary photo contest!
    9 points
  2. So while looking at google maps and trying to think of a replacement for Vortex, I came up with this concept: transforming the back of Coney Mall into a 50's themed section, similar to Jukebox Junction at Dollywood. There are already a couple of attractions back here that have a vintage aesthetic/name: Shake, Rattle & Roll, Antique Autos, and Jukebox Diner. I think expanding upon those attractions to make it a fully-fleshed out land similar to Adventure Port would really enhance the area. It would also allow for Backlot to be rethemed. It could retain its car chase theme, but with aesthetic upgrades and a name change to match the new area. The centerpiece attraction would be the replacement coaster for Vortex, tentatively titled "Demon Rod". This would be a launch coaster that would pay homage to Demon, but with a hot-rod theme. Essentially, it's themed to a classic car that is possessed. The layout is designed to have nine inversions, which would give it the record for the most inversions on any launch coaster. One of them would be an in-line roll station fly-by.
    9 points
  3. Here’s an image of the area where Adventure Express’ entrance/exit used to be.
    8 points
  4. The Coney Island theme was supposed to be Coney Island "after the turn of the [20th] century." If a coaster is to go on The Vortex plot, I say build an RMC hybrid inspired by the look of the Coney Wildcat.
    8 points
  5. It gets hit several times a year, as it is basically a lightning rod LOL. Eiffel Tower gets hit as well, along with WindSeeker and the big steel coasters get hit on occasion as well. Most of the time the grounding works as intended, but sometimes lightning does its own thing. Sometimes it is even caught on camera LOL:
    8 points
  6. Here are a couple of pics I got from the corner of the VIP area.
    7 points
  7. Seems as though the first two live cams have been changed. Good news is a better wider view. Bad news....They are upside down Hope they fix it because the new views are fantastic! https://www.visitkingsisland.com/live-video
    7 points
  8. A birdie told me there might be event more fun things on the way. Save your $$$. LOL!
    7 points
  9. Mapped it out a bit. (sourced from google maps, lightshot for editor) Green: Possible work (toss-up [unconfirmed]) Red: Known work (currently only one side thanks to the photo from the park) edit: shift red line forward a hill; the hill alongside KMAA is unknown atm
    7 points
  10. New video dropped by Kings Island on YouTube. One of the last things Kyle worked on before he left. I’m glad I was able to help him out with it and get the film scanned. Not perfect, but it’s being worked on still. Please Enjoy.
    6 points
  11. Another great video from the archives released a little while ago.
    6 points
  12. After Paramount announced the end of Winterfest after its 2005 season, Kings Island Central members have been home to some of the most passionate and vocal Kings Island fans for the return of Winterfest. Once Cedar Fair purchased Kings Island from Paramount, there was hope that Cedar Fair would revive the holiday tradition. In 2017 that dream became a reality as Cedar Fair resurrected the event and boy did they deliver. It came back better than ever and in just two seasons became a top-rated holiday event across the industry. There was no Winterfest in 2020 due to Covid, but returned in 2021. In 2022 Winterfest will start its 5th season! Over the past week, Kings Island has been taking advantage of the nice weather to get the 364-acre amusement park ready for the 2022 WinterFest. The annual holiday tradition features more than five million lights, ice skating on the famous Royal Fountain, the 314 ft. tall Eiffel Tower transformed into a Christmas tree, select rides, and live shows. WinterFest opens in just 16 days, the day after Thanksgiving. For more information, go to Kings Island’s website, visitkingsisland.com. 2021 Winterfest Watch the Winterfest page on KIC and the forums to know the latest info on this winter event! See the Kings Island Website for tickets and additional info.
    6 points
  13. Still praying for that last dip to return. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    6 points
  14. More track work? Even smoother ride next year? God I love The Racer. Just make sure they paint the new track so it all matches lol
    6 points
  15. With the renewed focus on food offerings at KI - and the tremendous strides they have made - it would make sense that the park may want to downsize the amount of chain, non-KI offerings. I can only speak personally, but when I go to parks - I'd much rather eat something unique to a park rather than stand in a ridiculously long line at a Subway or Chick Fil A.
    6 points
  16. All I ask is that whatever VR they choose to implement, they make it voluntary on each seat if its a coaster for instance. Call me for a "Get off my lawn" thought process or whatever you want, but when I want to ride a coaster, I want to ride a coaster and IM 100% good with the feelings and sensations the mechanical device itself gives my body. Ive used Occulus and other various VR systems in racing sims, and yes in a 4-6 axis racing or flight sim its rad, but leave my coasters what they are, at least for me. With that said, in the last couple of days I saw a fully articulating and rotating multi-seat platform on I believe a YT page I was watching from the manufacturer who's name people are afraid to like, enjoy, and get behind that would be incredible inside Action Theater. Something like that, or an implementation of a "Choose your own adventure" style situation on a ride like Boo Blasters according to what you shoot as mentioned above i can definitely get behind 100%. One humorous thing that just came to my mind is to have a projector randomly project Rick Astley's face on the face of the figure at the top of AE's second lift
    6 points
  17. Check this bad boy out: https://www.kingsislandgear.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/the-racer-nanocoaster-plus $59.99, but if you at the size it seems pretty darn cool!
    6 points
  18. I'm glad I have pictures of the old sign of Adventure Express. Just in case it doesn't return.
    5 points
  19. I have some photos from night too, ' The park already looks so good too! So excited to see it with all the lights up! (these were from last night when the cams had just come back online)
    5 points
  20. Was watching these for a while after they had gone down for a few hours yesterday before they came back online at night. Banshee linked cam is showing Planet Snoopy/Rivertown. Diamondback cam is showing more of Coney Mall. Forgot that Ohio is actually upside down! Silly Ohio... These cams also seem to be running either new software or are new cams because they seem visually better in some sense. Here's a comparison of the cams. Old Diamondback : New Diamondback: (image was flipped 180 degrees) Old Coney Mall: New Coney Mall: shift the coney mall camera to the left about 30 degrees... Fun little comparisons! Old photos were from a few days ago I had luckily saved for some reason.
    5 points
  21. Perhaps Son of Beast can get some track work next.
    5 points
  22. 5 points
  23. Couldn't agree more. Actually if a ground up floorless roller coaster was built, it would have the newer vest restraints on it. Now I know some people don't like the vest restraints, but for me they're comfortable. That's just me though. Anyway though, if the track was a little wider on Rougarou, they probably could have put the vest restraints on that ride. For me, I love Rougarou the way it is, but I'm crazy. Anyway I'm getting off topic here, but I think a floorless would be great in that spot.
    5 points
  24. We might see Beast be painted this off-season. Hoping to see that red tinted wood come back
    5 points
  25. Maybe this explains why some parts of the structure like the turnarounds weren’t painted this past off-season. I hope all parts of the ride that were left unpainted or will be unpainted get repainted after the re-tracking. I hope it’s Gravity Group too! They have done great work on The Racer and The Beast recently!
    5 points
  26. Great video, @IndyGuy4KI! Captured the spirit of Winterfest perfectly!
    5 points
  27. Maybe I am just old school, but if a coaster needs VR, then they need to call RMC or just take it out. A coaster should be able to give its own entertainment without having to blind you with a phone screen in front of your face.
    5 points
  28. If I had to take a wild guess, I would say that the Gravity Group could be installing more of their new track system. If it improves the ride experience and reduces maintenance (which in turn reduces maintenance costs), that is a win for everyone.
    5 points
  29. https://www.kingsdominion.com/blog/2022/the-rebirth-of-the-grizzly---part-1 No confirmation on the group doing the work, so could be in-house as well mixed in.
    5 points
  30. I have to admit, I hadn’t seen this before:
    5 points
  31. They only had 3 trains converted to lap bars, and they only run 2 trains each season. Whatever trains sits out typically goes through rehab then, so they only have one train to rehab during the off season. Since the ride is open during Winterfest I have seen them do a train switch with the train that has already went through its rehab to get a jump start on the other train. Trains 2 and 3 ran during 2022. Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
    5 points
  32. I made this virtual ride-through of how I would bring Phantom Theater back:
    5 points
  33. Thoughts? Cedar Fair Announces 2022 Third Quarter Results and Record Performance Through the First 10 Months of the Year - Cedar Fair
    5 points
  34. Good thoughts, but I would just as soon ship Backlot (coaster only) to Michigan's Adventure. On the site make a new Swan Lake. This would bring back some of the beauty we lost in 2008.
    5 points
  35. I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to bring this concept to life in Planet Coaster, and here it is! The ride entry plaza pays homage to Vortex, with the ride's station being themed to the fictional "Vortex Vehicles" auto shop. Not stopping at Vortex, the ride's paint scheme also pays homage to the park's original Demon coaster with an alternating yellow-orange-red color scheme, with all of the visible inversions being red. The queue borrows some inspiration from Lightning Rod at Dollywood, with guests walking through the bottom of the auto shop: The boarding station has some light theming, with license plates displaying the different states Cedar Fair properties are located in: I made a few modifications to the layout, so it is actually a 10-inversion coaster. This would give it the record for the most inversions of any coaster in North America in addition to the previously established launch coaster inversion record: Riders park in a launch tunnel while engine-revving sound effects play, with lighting effects at night: The ride launches into its first element, a 16-story sea-serpent roll: After exiting, the ride travels over a brief ejector speed hill before flying into a twisted reverse cobra roll: After exiting that maneuver, the ride flies into a zero-g stall near the entry plaza: The ride rounds a low-to-the-ground turn filled with positive g's, before ejecting riders sideways into a wave turn: The ride travels over another speed hill and into an underground batwing maneuver, paying homage to Vortex. The ride exits the batwing and coasts over an off-axis airtime hill before climbing into the midcourse brake run. The MCBR slows the trains enough for riders to enjoy a hangtime-filled station fly-by, exciting guests in line. The ride rounds one final turn and goes into an in-line roll above the ride's entrance. Here's an overhead view: This ride was designed with Vekoma in mind, but I think if Kings Island were to actually build something like this, I think Zamperla would be an interesting candidate. They're rumored to be working on Dragster a few hours north, as well as providing the two rides in Adventure Port next year. I'd be interested to see what they could do with their overhauled coaster division. What do y'all think? Comments, criticisms, concerns?
    4 points
  36. Just imagine clearing the route to Bat if it snowed... Fall hazard on those concrete steps, anyone?
    4 points
  37. None of the above, Baynum confirming they have a contract to paint Diamondback...
    4 points
  38. Wow, my KIC membership is now old enough to vote! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!
    4 points
  39. KI and KK are the only parks I made it to this year. KK's operations are much different than KI, but I have to say that the Thunder Run crew never disappoints, except that one time a few years ago where they were trying to "sell" rerides. At KI, I cannot say that one crew stood out above another because they all delivered a great experience each visit and each ride. All the coasters I rode had ops who had a sense of humor but a sense of urgency. They were very accommodating to my seat requests. I would imagine that this physically demanding job, combined with the weather, and a sometimes entitled guest base would make for challenging days, but I never saw that implied or expressed.
    4 points
  40. Huh. Not complaining, but I hope they paint the new track to match the rest of the ride. It'd be an odd choice to leave it unpainted... but also not something I'd put past Cedar Fair, honestly.
    4 points
  41. 4 points
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