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  1. The show quality on Mystic Timbers and Orion is embarrassing. The broken Shed music is just one aspect. The plaza music for Mystic Timbers also isn’t playing, and the last TV before going up the stairs has half of its screen burnt out. Over at Orion, the music doesn’t play in the station or above the lockers any more (although the speakers above the lockers DO still play the Kings Island Live app announcement). The light in the meteor doesn’t work anymore either. I understand if things like these have problems for a day or two, but there’s no excuse for these things having been down/broken for a month at this point—especially on two showpiece rides for the park.
    11 points
  2. Found something cool while packing to move. Flight of Fear's announcement article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, January 13, 1996. I'll post the article in there at some.
    10 points
  3. It was a $31 million budget. You should really read Kings Island: A Ride Through Time. I think you would find it enlightening!
    10 points
  4. Great, great, great news!! The plaza and Shed music are both back at Mystic Timbers! Unfortunately, still no music in Orion’s station and locker area.
    10 points
  5. Great pictures! That’s me on the stilts in the background!
    8 points
  6. Could they be building the rest of Adventure Express?
    8 points
  7. Awesome to see you guys there tonight. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you to the KIC Podcast for publicizing the book, and thank you to this site and its members for all the support for this book!!
    8 points
  8. Per their social media channels, the park has announced that the third party carnival rides previously slated for Ballon Glow will not be appearing due to a scheduling conflict. If only there was a way they could have rides available to the public during large events like these… It’s almost as if they make these decisions using a blindfold and a dart board.
    8 points
  9. It was redesigned from scratch. The layout we have is 100% a Kings Island layout.
    7 points
  10. Why would they nerf Haunt when they can have a family friendly event during the day and do a full turnover at night? There’s a reason why Haunt Saturdays do the numbers they do. They’re essentially two days packed into one. Plus, how many parents will take their toddlers to a late night event? How many teenagers would went to spend their Saturday nights at a family friendly event? By attempting to please everybody you will please nobody.
    7 points
  11. Would that make someone a season assholder?
    7 points
  12. 7 points
  13. Our own @KIghostguy is our first guest speaker tonight at Coasterstock! So proud of you Evan and I hope KIC and the podcast helped you get going!
    7 points
  14. Snowball, seen you several times and never said hello, but wanted to thank you for what you do. In addition I'd like to thank everyone involved with Carnivale. It is an enormous success made mostly by the people (culinary team included) involved. From the Carnival King and Queen to the staff of the Crafts tent to the performers in the shows, to the sweeps who follow the parade to pick up the leftovers THANK YOU ALL for what you do. I've enjoyed the event 4 times this year and unfortunately won't be making it to your final night (I'll be at CP with the grandkids). I was hoping to be here for the final day and was planning on the kids makings signs saying "Thank You Grand Carnivale" I think it's a fitting gesture to such an awesome event. Maybe some others on here will take the cue to give a little gesture of gratitude to the staff of KI that works so hard to make 16 days of summer over and above entertaining. Again Snowball to you and your fellow cast/staff, please let them know that they are appreciated, loved, and we will miss the Carnivale until it (hopefully) makes it's magical return next year. Maybe I'll get a chance to say hello during haunt
    6 points
  15. I don’t really collect park stuff but this was something I wanted for a long time. It was an online exclusive until today. I’m really happy with it Here is the finished product.
    6 points
  16. The announcement event was super cool, too:
    6 points
  17. I think Kings Island has five standout coasters: Orion, Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and The Beast. If you were to put any one of these coasters at ValleyFair, Michigans’ Adventure or probably over 90% of the amusement parks on the planet, it would be their best coaster and would surely standout. Leviathan is a standout coaster for Canada’s Wonderland and most that feel Orion is slightly superior to Leviathan. But Orion doesn’t stand out at Kings Island the way Leviathan does at Canada’s Wonderland due to the fact that Canada’s Wonderland doesn’t have near the supporting cast that Kings Island does. In fact, Leviathan is the standout attraction in all of Canada and Orion is still a tad better. The fact that Kings Island has five coasters that are very close to each other in terms of quality doesn’t allow for any single coaster to standout on it own. I actually like that Orion doesn’t completely overshadow all other rides like some rides do at their respective parks. The other coasters get to keep their appeal. There’s now just more variety. Orion was a very good fit for the park I would even venture to say that the majority of park goers would rather have an Orion over a Veloicoaster, SteVe, Maverick, X2 or The Voyage. The size, the speed, the looks, the drop. It’s just more attractive to more people. Nothing you put at Kings Island is going to standout with the lineup they have anyway, not SteVe, not Veloicicoaster, not The Voyage. It’s just people’s preference for what they prefer. Not everyone prefers the most intense ride. Intensity does not maketh the most superior experience.
    6 points
  18. Went yesterday with a co worker. He has not been to KI in 25 years, so he was like a kid in a candy store. He's also a theatre person and wow, was he impressed with the event! He was explaining to me the technical aspects as well as the time commitment they performers have to put into this event....wow! I loved the Spain float. I loved that during the show and parade, performers make eye contact and smiled. Wonderful showmanship. I loved the ode to Cirque and the drummers were great. King Carl was really into the drum show. The parade seemed shorter this year and I do miss the decentralized country shows. However, the Germans on stilts doing the Chicken Dance at my request was a great touch! Thank you, Kings Island for a wonderful day, event and lifting of spirits. If my gold pass just covered one day of this and one day of winterfest, it would more than have paid for itself with the value I received.
    6 points
  19. What I read is people so passionate about Kings Island they want to see it's full potential reached and kept. I don't see any disrespect happening. I am sure most understand that funds have to be allotted to do so, and not always possible/approved from corporate and not a particular departments fault. I see nothing wrong with having dreams for the park, as long as we understand most of the time it is just that, a dream.
    6 points
  20. It's been a long time since i've seen The Sign Shop, that was cool back in the day....so I would also be up for that again. I have always wanted to get a closer look at the buildings along the train route. I doubt it could happen because of safety issues, but I would like to go up to the lower level observation deck on The Eiffel Tower...just for old times sake. The "graveyard" (with the discarded park items) would be fun. I like coasters...but I would classify myself more of a overall park fan...so I love seeing anything that is something behind-the-scenes that the general public doesn't usually get a chance to see.
    6 points
  21. Visit the Emporium from now till 3 to get your copy of Kings Island: A Ride Through Time signed by @KIghostguy
    6 points
  22. @malem, @pianoman, @acole5292 and myself in queue for Racer. With the new track work it is a must do!
    6 points
  23. Got a photo with @Kyle Kruthoffer!
    6 points
  24. 6 points
  25. He can't, they close the doors when @King Ding Dong scans his pass at the turnstiles.
    6 points
  26. So will the penny smashing machines be converted to smash credit cards?
    6 points
  27. Assuming it's a similar situation to what happened at GaleForce in 2019, then no need to worry. Unlike humans, the water test dummies don't have the same rigidity (i.e., bones). If they weren't fully filled before riding (or, as happened with GaleForce, there were any leaks), then they can lose their form and won't retain the right shape and dimensions to stay in the seat. Even if a human was to pass out on Orion and their body became limp, their body would still be held in place by the restraint thanks to their legs... which is also why Orion (and practically all roller coasters) require you to have at least one full leg, or to have leg amputations below the knee.
    6 points
  28. Kudos to Chad for addressing this. Rumormongering by uninformed folks can really do social damage.
    6 points
  29. Please, no… just stop with the gate coaster. It’s not needed at KI.
    5 points
  30. I hope they never change the essence of the front entrance to the park. Updates, for sure, new restaurant/ticket counters/customer service/entry ques....absolutely. Essence - leave it like it is. What is this Essence that I'm talking about? Its about the slow gradual incline from the parking lot up to the front entry plaza. I could do w/o the security aspect cluttering things up, but its the reality we have to live with, and as such, I actually think they have placed the security clearances fairly well. Anhoo, back to the point.... the slow walk up the inclined entry, sure you see the tower, you see some rides, you hear some going, but you don't really get a feel for the park. You proceed to the ticket counter if needed, or straight for the pass/ticket scanners. Now the ground is relatively flat, its relatively quit and its absolutely shady. You can hear the excitement in the air, but if you've never been you don't get a sense for what is about to hit you. As you proceed into the park, you get the 180 flip from shaded cover to full sun. You get the full view of the tower, the sounds of the fountains, the smell of the baked goods, food and sweets. It all combines in a flash to hit you like a ton of bricks and lets you know that you've arrived somewhere special. Above all else, the essence of the front entry they nailed. I have never been to an amusement park that nails it quite like Kings Island has nailed their front entrance. Disneyworld is pretty solid with the castle in view, but you don't get the rush of fountains that makes KI's better. I haven't been to as many amusement parks as others, but in my mind, they couldn't have done it any better. Sure the building/restaurant could use a face lift/update as mentioned earlier, but the feel, the smells, the sounds as you step into the open area is as good a feeling as you can find.
    5 points
  31. The pool is wider than it appears from this angle Saturday they gave out Popsicles for the fireworks. Not a bad view if you want to get kids to bed afterwards. Funniest item for sale at the shop, only $119 lol I'll post pics about the sites around us later. Back to work boooo
    5 points
  32. Ok, I made this up as I went along so please bear with me, but here’s the tour I promised in these three videos. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 So there you have it, thoughts? I posted this while at the park.
    5 points
  33. With that large of group and being budget conscious it may be advantageous to pack coolers and eat in the lot. If hot meals are important one or two could leave and pick up food outside the park (even pizza) and bring it back to the lot for the group. This is not abnormal, many people eat in the lot just no grills (open flame). This is what I would do if on a limited budget and save the money for snacks or ice cream in the park.
    5 points
  34. Saddened by this news. I met Paul in 1981. We did a couple of TV shows together talking about roller coasters in the 1980's and I enjoyed working with him on stories he was writing for industry publications. The last time I saw him was about a year ago when he visited Kings Island to ride Orion. He'll be missed by many.
    5 points
  35. I spent a few days at Doe River Gorge in June. The Crown is getting its final brake piping (I painted most of it as they finished it) and modifications to the ashpan. Sanders and bell ringer also need to be piped. The boiler jacket has been added and is powder coated dark blue. The sand dome and bell are yet to be mounted, but the handrails are polished and installed. It currently has a round electric headlight, but someday a box may be made to put around it. The big ugly green regulator next to the pump has been replaced. The smokebox had been extended for the installation of a Lempor front end, but time, money, and manpower have put that on hold and it will have a standard blast nozzle for now. It has been fired up twice and run a quarter mile through the first tunnel. The limiting factor now is the spiking and tamping of 200+ brand new added crossties to convert the gorge from an 8 ton Plymouth line to a 25 ton Crown line. The early Crowns had very narrow tires, so holding the gauge will be critical. Pardee Point is not a place you want to derail. From their calculations, it should have just enough power to pull two coaches on the 3%. That is based on the fact that it has 4000# TE versus 5700# TE at Kings Island and we pulled six coaches on 1% at KI. The weight of the early Crowns was not much less than the 5700# TE version, so the Factor of Adhesion is above 4 and should be good for dry rail. Also we used power and traction references from a reprint of a Porter catalog that has a similar sized engine code name HADRIA. The coaches that will be used were home built at Dry Gulch and are slightly shorter than the Crown coaches with longitudinal benches that should be lighter. Since the last narrow gage steamer on the ET&WNC was #14 (there was no #13 - tradition!), this one I believe with be given #15. The hope is to have it fired up and at least doing short demonstration runs at the end of August for the National Narrow Gauge Convention. I plan to be there for that and will let you know how it went.
    5 points
  36. The clip at the top of the blueprint reminds me of this roof shape. It’s called a “Monitor” style roof. It’s not uncommon for any variety of buildings, not just barns.
    5 points
  37. Well we know who is not in the park today... @King Ding Dong
    5 points
  38. Mike confirms Winterfest and Haunt at Coasterstock.
    5 points
  39. Someone posted this elsewhere where Chad explains what happened. Chad is reaching out to people posting this and providing this statement:
    5 points
  40. You're supposed to use echolocation to navigate the queue after dark. I figured that was pretty obvious.
    5 points
  41. 4th time. It’s BUSY, and I’m still walking around with a goofy grin thinking, “this is EXACTLY what this park should look like!” So much energy, so much “fun”. Seeing kids dancing in the street, drummers just randomly “parading” around, people chilling on sofas eating good food. It just feels “different” I’m alone tonight, and I’ve had great conversations with total strangers. Events like this seem to put people in a more “get along” mood.
    4 points
  42. Now I don't know about all of you but I am pretty dang content hearing Rush and The Eagles in Action Zone now lol. Also a strong supporter of I-Street's music too. Never thought I'd hear orchestral Muse, Green Day, David Bowie and some Meme songs all play on International street yet here we are and I'm all for it.
    4 points
  43. "That look you make when they start playing country music"
    4 points
  44. Tired act. Need some new material.
    4 points
  45. 4 points
  46. Best hot dog I’ve ever eaten. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  47. I wouldn’t look to much into it. He designed Mystic Timbers and appeared to be there with his family. I really don’t think it means anything.
    4 points
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