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  1. On this Christmas Eve, I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone that is a part of the KIC Community a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you at the park in 2021!
    24 points
  2. 2 years, 2 publishers, and 43 interviews later, I sent the final manuscript into the publisher today! One step closer to its release this spring. There’s a lot of amazing things going on right now with Kings Island: A Ride Through Time, so stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!
    10 points
  3. Well I found the original post on twitter about this since it was not included in your thread. I have no idea how you are saying the lift hill is tilting. It looks like the stairs are bent and the track piece where it stopped was damaged. The total exaggeration and over dramatization is totally not needed.
    10 points
  4. Second dose completed 1/5. This is not political. The more people that get vaccinated the quicker parks can go back to being fun again.
    8 points
  5. You mean EVERY Cedar Fair park, including Michigan's Adventure, is getting a Mack looper?! What a time to be alive!
    8 points
  6. The best Camp Snoopy, by far, is the original at Knotts Berry Farm. What makes the version at Knotts so great is that it is heavily saturated with big full trees, and the overall theme is woodsy (camp) and rustic. Its been overhauled a number of times - but the current version is superb. If KI must stick with the Snoopy theme, I too would love it if KI took the time to do a similar overhaul to their current kids area. It would require KI to completely gut the entire area, but if they did... it would be spectacular. Also, replicating the theme at Knotts would definitely compliment the
    8 points
  7. the story goes that some guys made an amusement park in the 70s and it kinda snowballed from there Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
    7 points
  8. Is IT almost done with the software upgrade for the cameras?
    7 points
  9. And finally, the infamous Kenny Van Meter standing in the cab of "his" engine, the "Tecumseh". Again the wood is horizontal but the whistle was moved from behind the bell (where it showered everyone in boiling water, turned the blue paint into orange stripes, and screeched and gurgled whistle signals). I'm guessing it was taken in May 1972. Hey, what happened to Mystic Timbers and the White Water Canyon? It sure was nice and quiet in the enginehouse back then.
    7 points
  10. I found a few slides from 1972 and had them scanned. Quality is pretty bad (anyone remember Instamatic cameras?), but hey, it's history. Here is the ORIGINAL Fort Mc Hale on the loop where the waterpark now stands. It looks pretty new and I don't see the exploding Gatling Gun, so this was probably around June 1972. I took it from the top of the mountain that we circled before the 1989 track relocation.
    7 points
  11. Thank you Don! Merry Christmas to you as well. I too, eagerly await the 2021 season!
    7 points
  12. Thanks Don, same to you! We are itching to get back in park. We also hope some of the plans you had last year like the return of Grand Carnival can return.
    7 points
  13. @IndyGuy4KI why does everyone else have to provide a credible link?
    7 points
  14. IJST area ruined the charm of the park.
    7 points
  15. In case anyone’s interested and likes watching quality vlogs (with POVs!), I had the trip of a lifetime with my best friend Sean Flaharty. Mr. Jeffery Siebert is SFFTs Park president, and you may remember him from all his awesome public relations work he did for Paramount’s Kings Island from mid-1999 to pre-CF era (SoB Blair Witch spoof and National Geographic Tomb Raider may ring a bell) WATCH HERE Jeff was kind enough to invest in me on my career journey in this industry, and invited me to come down to see how he did things and check out the park. I loved picking his brain on how
    6 points
  16. Keep the structure as is. Get rid of the banners, replace the shingles, add accent pieces and international flags (i think they were there originally). Renovate the ticket building to emulate the architecture of International Street. Return the classic logo to the bank on the south side. Add some trees. Bring back decorative lamp posts. But don't demolish it and pull a Carowinds.
    6 points
  17. I definitely think WWC should get a Calico River Rapids/Mystic River Falls upgrade in the future. Definitely should tie it into the Mystic Timbers/Rivertown storyline. Maybe call it "Miami River Rapids"
    6 points
  18. As someone who delights in accruing unconventionally high ride counts, I took Orion's 300-foot plunge 219 times. I don't have all-season Fast Lane, for those of you who may be wondering, though every once in a while I buy it if I have friends visiting and getting it too. 60 of those times were in the same day, as I did a day-long marathon on August 10 to pay homage to my previous day-long marathon on Vortex on August 9, 2019. Dare I say it, but Orion could be the first ride to match my Vortex ride count (1221 1/3), if my 334-ride WindSeeker count doesn't get there first!
    6 points
  19. I thought the park outdid themselves decorating the carousel!
    6 points
  20. Little did 2003 KIC know that they had nothing to worry about as there were still 16 more years for them to enjoy Vortex. Not to mention, Vortex was only 16 years old and people were already worried about its future?! While there is nothing wrong with speculation, I prefer to not worry or think a lot about a ride’s future because that undermines my enjoyment of that ride in the present.
    5 points
  21. 5 points
  22. Ik this probably has been shared before, but I really like this concept:
    5 points
  23. If you look on the right side slightly below the center line, you can see one of Blue Racer's cars
    5 points
  24. Be sure to check out the latest KIC Podcast: Episode 12- KIMVRR: The Early years, with special guest, Denis Larrick (kimv1972) here.
    5 points
  25. Last I heard, it was sent to South America.
    5 points
  26. Paramount made decisions that would best fit their brand and not necessarily the parks and because of this, a lot of the old charm left the park. Great rides like Phantom Theater, the original Antique Cars, the eagles, and Kenton's Cove were all sacrificed for the brand. Again they were a movie company so they saw the parks as ways to promote their brand but it did damage that Cedar Fair had to fix. Unlike movie parks like Universal Studios and Disney, Paramount wasn't necessarily able to start off with a clean slate so they had to work with parks that had their own identity. I wouldn't call i
    5 points
  27. Public domain and Shutterstock have not served them well... Of all the rides on the list, Valravn is the only one with a matching picture! It's almost like they shouldn't rely exclusively on stock photos!
    5 points
  28. I would say not if they can avoid it. The extra step of making a reservation possibly slows down ticket sales.
    5 points
  29. This one was taken very early in 1972 since the wood on the tender is still horizontal, though we had moved the whistle to the rear dome in May. This shows Lew Brown in overalls (left) and his sidekick Dick Carmell on "Lew's" engine, the "Simon Kenton". They were adding aluminum strips to the roof so rain didn't waterfall over the edge and down your neck if you stuck your head out to see where you were going. I wonder how OSHA would feel about their techniques today?
    5 points
  30. Missed it so much this year. Hoping very much to return in December 2021.
    5 points
  31. The lift hill is not "leaning" or even anywhere near critical damage. One of the brackets holding the stairs is bent, and at worst, one piece of track needs repair.
    5 points
  32. I'm not sure who said it or what thread they said it on, but I remember someone saying that whatever replaces Vortex needs to fit the carnival feel of Coney Mall. Though it's hard to describe why, I think Vortex fit Coney Mall amazingly. I think a Gerstlauer infinity, something like Monster at Adventureland, fits the Coney Island feel too. I truly think it is the kind of ride you'd find at home at a modern carnival or boardwalk park, and it's night look would really go well with the rest of Coney(plus it's compact enough to leave room for a Rivertown expansion/ new Coney mall flats.)
    4 points
  33. I am eager to be vaccinated. Just have to wait until I am able to get one. I am a 36 year old and do not work in the healthcare field. I might be waiting a while. My sister in law already was vaccinated, my sister who is a RN is going to be vaccinated this week. Hopefully supply increases, and people trust the vaccine. I know of several people that will not get the vaccine because they do not trust it.
    4 points
  34. Here's a topic where you can express your opinions on what YOU think is the "worst roller coaster you've ever ridden". And of coarse, like all opinion related discussions, please be respectful of everyone's answers, no matter how negative they are, or if they're against your favorite roller coaster. Anyways, enjoy!
    4 points
  35. 4 points
  36. I came up with this intamin multi launch coaster concept. The name is Shot Rod. Credit for photo goes to Trevor Martin
    4 points
  37. https://www.cedarpoint.com/blog/2021-winter-chill-out?fbclid=IwAR23qmguwFXfJfjZnftUqpA4dLT1oybc0B6L3vQOtAGFhCSu0WuA3I-4g0U
    4 points
  38. Iron Rattler was very nice. I don’t really rank coasters, I try to gain appreciation for each of them in their own way and what makes them unique (sometimes even if they’re a clone). I really admired it a lot before riding as Jeff told me he likes to see it as the park’s comparison to “The Beast”. He made a couple changes to it such as removing the slowdown at the top to achieve a new maximum speed down the first drop, and took out the flashing lights in the tunnel to create a more unique night ride. The first drop is probably my favorite on any coaster (now that Vortex is gone), it
    4 points
  39. I thought this was an interesting video and he brings up some good points. Cedar Fair has been cutting off some manufacturers that have been giving their respective parks problems such as Intamin and by the looks of it RMC. There really hasn't been a hint or a leak that RMC is going to work with Cedar Fair in the near future. I'm not saying it'll never happen again, heck they could have something in the works now, but it doesn't seem super promising at this point and time. Outside of Canada's Wonderland there's not an immediate need to convert any wooden coasters. I imagine Ceda
    4 points
  40. I would like to see them do something with the roof shingles and replace it with something more aesthetically pleasing. Right now those give it a run down look. I think that would be a good start.
    4 points
  41. I have no clue how feasible this is but it would be absolutely awesome of we saw a large scale log flume return to the park.
    4 points
  42. I agree that they shouldn’t demolish the entrance building but rather update and refurbish it. Something like this concept I found online would be nice because it keeps the same building and the International Restaurant, but it makes the entrance more grand and appealing and ties it into the international theme of the park. http://matthunterross.com/kings-island
    4 points
  43. Because of how beautiful International Street is, I don't hate the obstruction of it's view until I officially enter the park. It's always felt like a grand reveal of sorts, same with Wonderland and Dominion. I do wish the brown wall would be renovated and the building repainted/refurbished to look less dated and drab.
    4 points
  44. Orion wins Read more on the KIBlog here: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/december/orion-named-best-new-amusement-park-attraction-for-2020-in-national-poll See the results here: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-amusement-park-attraction-2020/
    4 points
  45. Unless a new model comes out I don't see what KI could get. A giga dive is still years out. The only other type of coaster that would be semi-realistic would be something like Red Force but with TDD being in the same state that would make no sense. IMO once a park adds a coaster that breaks the 300ft mark... that's it. I don't see Kings Dominion, Carowinds, Canada's Wonderland, or Kings Island getting coasters taller than their respective gigas.
    4 points
  46. Thanks, @Sixflags82 + @FUN&ONLY!! Those look A LOT better than the previous trains. Still, I'm a bit surprised they're investing so much into it. Although, with how much it costs to ride and the fact that it's such a tourist attraction—it probably still makes the casino a decent amount of money. I've been on this ride twice (both times in the front) and found it to be... pretty good. That roll into the half loop is fun. Thought it was all very intense more so than rough. But, I was sitting in a decent seat. Fun Fact: It's my understanding that ride was designed in TOGO's former
    4 points
  47. Maybe not for quantity but arguably KI should be up there quality wise. Firehawk, King Cobra, Vortex, Screaming Demon, and of course SOB all significantly contributed to not only KI's history but also the history of the industry as a whole.
    4 points
  48. Scooby was definitely better than Boo Blasters. Boo Blasters imo just feels like a repurposed Scooby Doo themed attraction. Plus I think adding the fun TV's in the queue of Boo Blasters really killed the feel of the building.
    4 points
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