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  1. He will (thank goodness!) continue his responsibilities at KI but will take on a bigger chain-wide role with festivals. Congrats, Chef! Well deserved! https://www.linkedin.com/posts/james-d-major-prochef-ii-265ba39_fun-activity-6853465147348959232-7QJO
    11 points
  2. I wish Drop Tower would get a completely new scheme, it's looking rather dated with the mostly-original scheme just getting touched up a few times. Diamondback's track is faded, but the worst part is how bad the yellow lift structure is. It either needs a new coat, or just paint it to match the rest of the structure which hasn't really faded much. Banshee has faded a lot faster than I expected, and could use some attention. Perhaps darker blue on the structure to limit fading. BUT... Most of all I want Baynum to make Racer look like new for the 50th anniversary.
    8 points
  3. Here are some updates from yesterday:
    6 points
  4. Prozac prescription was out of date.
    5 points
  5. Diamondback needs a new paint job bad!!!
    5 points
  6. The only reason I am bringing this up is because KI has been making a lot of small changes to the park and the parks 50th is coming up. I didn’t just jump to conclusions just because of old ride merch being sold . I’m still convinced that nothing is going to happen as far as racer is concerned but KI has a history of making teasers. The probability is never Zero Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 points
  7. Jes has had a huge hand in turning around that department. Doesn’t anyone else find it weird to crave Kings Island food in the off-season now?
    4 points
  8. 4 points
  9. I went up to Kings Island tonight expecting rain to quell the crowds. Alas, that didn't occur until later and the rain only served to close the park slightly early. Got a full round of rides on the big coasters sans Backlot and grabbed a few rides on Drop Tower and Delirium to boot. I seriously need to ride Delirium more. Its such a great flat, especially at night seeing all the colors of the park fly by at various angles. Rain did help in the wooden coaster department. Got my first taste of Racer in the rain with the re-tracking, and oh boy is it so, so, so goooooood. For Beast, I knocked off a bucket list item in getting to ride it during a thunderstorm. 2 cells had just enough space to allow the last 2 trains of the night to dispatch, I got LROTN, and it is something out of the RL Stine novel. Completely insane and awesome. One of my favorite night rides I've ever had. Planned on 1-1, but decided on 4-2 instead, which, not only protected me from the rain a bit, but I also got to see the train silhouetted against the 2nd tunnel via lightning, which is the most epic Beast moment ever. I also got my first night rides on Orion, and it delivered pretty well. Good lighting package, and the first drop feels like it takes forever and feels like you're dropping into a big black void. Also helps that it, Banshee and Bat were hauling a** tonight. Bat in particular had an extra dose of intensity to it. Also, also, I miss Vortex.
    4 points
  10. 4 points
  11. The local government here in Clermont County did a video on Clermont Steel Fabricators, which can be viewed here.
    3 points
  12. Made an Intamin Blitz concept. The name is STALLION. The queue house goes overtop the second launch
    3 points
  13. If the buildings get repainted, I wonder if other parts of Planet Snoopy will be renovated. Some of the color schemes and colored concrete could stand to be removed. Planet Snoopy really does need some love.
    3 points
  14. Ugh. Sound like we are stuck with tacky Planet Snoopynick universe if they are repainting. Why won’t they invest in a camp snoopy conversion that would tie into river town, align with their corporate branding and provide an overall better experience.
    3 points
  15. I would venture a guess that Maverick is currently the most sophisticated coaster in Ohio. You also have to consider that there was a shortened season in 2020. Most coasters, even B&M's, take longer than that to get over their bugs. I would think that some of that time trickled into 2021 for Orion. I trust B&M and by next season or 2023, it should be on par with DB and Banshee for lack of downtime. I'm with Brad, I've seen it down a few times, but nothing more than 15-20 minutes, mostly ghost trains during my visits.
    3 points
  16. It went down when we are on it one night, we were ready to dispatch, and they opened the restraints and put us back in line. One of the seats in row 6 wasn't registering that the restraints were closed. You could see the restraint was clearly closed, but was showing red on the screen in the station that shows the restraint status. Maintenance showed up, must have done a reset, and they ran each train empty for 2 cycles, and we were allowed back on. I would say 99% of its issues are electrical/computer issues, and nothing mechanical.
    3 points
  17. Yeah they will be dropping in on another ride soon...
    3 points
  18. If you go through the C.H.A.O.S. Expedition Orion Hallotween maze, you get one of these. I myself have one.
    3 points
  19. You guys are right. In 2019 there were lights. Do remember you can see all of the past haunt pics and others on our gallery pages. https://kicentral.com/photos/
    3 points
  20. My daughter enjoys the jack-in-the-box and green ogre. In 2019 they were both along the Coney Mall. I saw a green ogre at CP and assumed KI's had been relocated. Last weekend, I heard the ogre's voice in the distance, between DB and BSC, but didn't investigate. Based on your sighting, I'm glad to hear he is still with us.
    3 points
  21. I really hope they do more focus on flat rides here over the next few years or so honestly. Feel like the park has been lacking in that area for decades. The fact that they are cheaper might make a good way for them to add new rides each year without spending much. Especially if they added 3 one year, be a bit to market then. Could add 2 or 3 as an expansion to Area 72 in the empty space by Flight of Fear.
    3 points
  22. They are! $14.02 online. https://cf-ki.store.cffunki.com/packageDetails/10063548/navItem/Extras?_cid=298805220.1634226448&queueittoken=e_cedarkingsisland~q_42825c3a-6f3d-4c21-b1f4-f0c5142a607a~ts_1634226630~ce_true~rt_safetynet~h_c85f4f8868d4e274eac758518c81550efc6c3bb5f31830b6cdc6ff242bbd451a
    3 points
  23. Noticed this today. Guess who is getting a fresh coat of paint! Looking good! You can definitely tell the difference!
    2 points
  24. Carowinds' Camp Snoopy is actually done very, very well. If our Planet Snoopy received that kind of detail (along with some much needed shade like Carowinds' got), then we'd be in good shape. It was actually one of the areas that most surprised me about Carowinds and it kind of became one of my more favorite areas in the park.
    2 points
  25. Orion has had some issues. All modern roller coasters are marvels in physical and computer engineering. All operations are controlled by the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), essentially a large computer located under the loading platform in a climate controlled room. The default response to any problem in the PLC is to stop operations and have maintenance review the issue. Keep in mind there are over 300 separate inputs and any one wrong input can trigger a fault. The trains will advance as close to the station and stop there. Braking systems are fail safe closed; they need power to open rather than close. The brakes are located in the track, not on the train. Needless to say Orion is 100s of times safer than driving to the park in a car. All Orion faults are attended to by both area supervisors and maintenance personnel. Both groups have to clear the ride for operation before guests are allowed to ride. Kings Island has a seasoned team well versed in the particulars of roller coaster operations. Ride operators are told specifically not to tell guests what is wrong with the coaster (the majority of times they really don’t know!). But be patient. The first priority is always to get guests off the ride, the next is to determine what has happened and prevent it from happening again and the third is to resume operations. In my experience downtime is kept to a minimum as the maintenance and operations teams work quickly to resume operations.
    2 points
  26. Hopefully they do Woodstock express queue and station. They really need it.
    2 points
  27. Here ya go @MDMC01. He is on the path between BLSC and DB as stated earlier.
    2 points
  28. Grilled Chicken Shawarma with Mint Yogurt Sauce Cucumbers, Red Onions and Couscous rolled in a Flatbread Yuca Chips with Sweet Lime and Chili Seasoning https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2021/october/kings-island-foodie-news-sundays-game-day-grill-features-food-from-the-motor-city
    2 points
  29. It's my least favorite coaster at the park but I don't hate it. It's just...why would I spend time waiting to get on it when Banshee is right there and has a faster moving line?
    2 points
  30. Just found sitting on a random garbage can on International Street?
    2 points
  31. My experience is that Orion occasionally goes down for mechanical reasons. Usually within 20 minutes the ride reopens. If the ride closes for weather reasons, that's a different matter. Thunderstorms at amusement parks are no fun.
    2 points
  32. I have only seen it down in very short time frames. Wait or come back a bit later and it is up.
    2 points
  33. A Mondial Top Scan would be great... And a Huss Jump^2 would be nothing but a constant maintenance nightmare... It's a fun ride, but the existing one is down for maintenance more than it's working, and to try to reduce problems, some of the gondolas don't spin anymore and the ride cycle has been repeatedly nerfed... I think a Gerstlauer Sky Fly would be fun...
    2 points
  34. I have been to the park 83 times since Orion has opened, and it has been only down for short amount of times 3 of those visits. Orion is the most sophisticated roller coaster in Ohio. It has the most technology ever available to run it, and more safety measures then any other coaster. A lot of the "downtime" is that has been experienced it due to computers.
    2 points
  35. that's in the top 3 favorite smells at an amusement park 1. Lift Chain Grease 2. Coal 3. Midway food
    2 points
  36. My preference for a new flat ride for KI would be either a S&S Screaming Swing or whatever make and model Carowinds' Electro-Spin is.
    2 points
  37. It looked entirely intact last Thursday. Train parked in the station like they just went home for the night; only real sign of the ride's impending doom was the pair of construction offices built out of shipping containers adjacent to the ride where the facility last known as Extreme Sports Stadium once stood.
    2 points
  38. A welcome promotion for Chef Major. Hopefully, the tater tots at Miami River Brewhouse were also promoted to French Fries.
    2 points
  39. My daughter and I went last Saturday and enjoyed the torrentuous downpour like everyone else … oof. This Friday was Haunt alive again - many scare actors and awesome weather to enjoy night rides on Mystic Timbers, Diamondback, Orion, and Adventure Express. Yes, Adventure Express with its recent repairs is again an enjoyable night ride.
    2 points
  40. There's a certain red coaster to your left that could use it soon, too. Baynum's been busy recently.
    1 point
  41. I heard his voice in the distance, between DB and BSC. So, he was likely promoted.
    1 point
  42. @purdude86 You've got that right. I think it's even worse when you consider the lack of traditional sized flats. When was the last "non- giant" flat that was added that still exists... maybe Viking Fury around 1981? Woodstock Gliders was added several years back if you want to count rides in the kids area. I'd love to see something they used to have come back and several new ones. Put them in Oktoberfest, Rivertown, or Action Zone because Coney Mall has almost all the flats. My picks: Spinning Barrels (Keggers)/ Tea Cups (Culdrons), Huss Swing Around/ Larson Mega Bounce Zamperla Super Air Race/ Air Race Zamperla Endeavor Larson Tilt-a-Whirl/Mega Whirl Gerstlauer Sky Roller
    1 point
  43. Personally, I'd like to see another park receive this coaster. I enjoyed it a lot. Will be interesting to see what future expansion will be in its place.
    1 point
  44. Jokes aside, I hope he continues to fulfill his corporate position out of Kings Island. I really hope he doesn’t get relocated to Cedar Fair’s corporate offices in Sandusky or Charlotte.
    1 point
  45. There's been a few brochures that have been posted lately, so I thought I'd share the scans of my 1975 brochure...
    1 point
  46. On Saturday we (Outdoor scare actors and sliders) got put inside mazes shortly after opening due to the rain we got.
    1 point
  47. In terms of the buffets, COVID-19 does not seem to spread surface to surface as much as it spreads through air particles. However, there is a risk with indoor dining in general and indoor theaters. With that being said, there are many restaurants and theaters open where COVID-19 is a similar threat. Kings Island is not the only business with these risks. In addition, waiting in the indoor queue for Flight of Fear or eating in the Festhaus are similar risks, and Kings Island has allowed them all season whether it is the right decision or not.
    1 point
  48. I'm 288 but 6'5" and could just squeeze in if that helps. I have a lot of muscle which helps. Weight isn't the most important thing, body fat percentage is probably a better thing to focus on. Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
    1 point
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