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  1. Why are people so in love with a gate coaster? I like that KI doesn’t play all it’s cards up front. You know what’s inside-you don’t need a coaster screaming over the front door to build excitement. If anything I feel it diminishes it. I like that international restaurant is getting a lot more use here of late-pretty much ensuring that if we do get a new entrance experience-they won’t be “opening it up” too much , and we will still get that wonderful compress and release view that Disney and KI mastered so well.
    9 points
  2. Ik this idea sounds insane and likely won't happen, but I decided to come up with this anyway. What if the park really wants to start really pushing Timberwolf concerts down the road and I think a good way to do that is give it a Grand entrance for those who just want to go to the concerts. Think a mini Universal CityWalk or Hershey's ChocolateTown. Where it features shops and a restaurant or two and even a bar. My idea requires the removal of Invertigo and Congo
    7 points
  3. We were working on cleaning out my grandmas house and found some old souvenirs. Thought I would share. Can't wait to get this framed!!
    7 points
  4. Agreed, agreed and agreed! If there ever is front gate renovation, I hope it is considered as Phase II of the Interntional Street rehab. Restore the landscaped logo berm on the left. Remove the banners and put flags back up. Add trees and flowers. Replace the shingles with another material and maybe add some dormers to break up the long bare roofline. Update the buildings on the left to look international. Replace the blacktop behind the Eifel Tower. Add some blue spruce trees and flower beds around the tower. Replace pavers in Tower Gardens. Remove the Junkyard Coaster and renovate the entire area into a Parisian Promenade with a few small classic flat rides, curved walking paths, lush landscaping and statuary and an Arc Triumphe. Oh and for goodness sakes, restore the ornate gas lamps on IS, entry plaza and in Parisian Promenade.
    6 points
  5. Lol, reading thru this post I got a chuckle out of the person that said they took some pics and would post them after they got them developed....there is a whole set of members here too young who have no idea what that means lol. "What do you mean develop - I take a picture and then see it on my phone"
    6 points
  6. Probably for that green Intamin Giga YoungStud promised us a few years ago.
    6 points
  7. I heard a lot of construction noises this morning as I was walking into the park. But as you can see, there's still not much you can see from the Eiffel Tower.
    5 points
  8. ^Thank you for sharing those, @KIfan73! Very enjoyable and yes, the park has changed quite a bit. My favorite thing with your editing was the comment: "A pond" LOL
    5 points
  9. Why would new/ refreshed entrance require a larger footprint than it already is? I believe the current entrance area is bigger than necessary. The original design was for trams to be used to bring guests to their cars.
    5 points
  10. ^Let's just say it has the making to look like it will be a money maker today LOL.
    5 points
  11. Good, glad he got caught and something was done. Just because you are on YouTube doesn’t make you special. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 points
  12. Well we can add someone filming themselves getting kicked out of KI for filming on Racer lol: https://youtu.be/tCts5cVqzew
    5 points
  13. King's Island needs to keep this classic around! I know you could build a new ride but something is lost when these older rides disappear. I mean this is one of 5 left in the entire world and the last ever built of the model so it deserves to live on. We already lost Vortex and Firehawk. Let's not lose The Bat or Top Gun as the true fans know it. If the people of Chicago can save the Whizzer who knows, Cincy might be able to save The Bat if we really tried..... However I do hope the damage is minimal and the ride reopens as quickly as possible. I remember when The Vortex chain broke and they had to get a new one...that repair took a couple months but they got it running again before the end of the season.
    4 points
  14. Read a few posts back, and it’s been mentioned many times in the past.
    4 points
  15. The batmobile lost a wheel...and the joker got away
    4 points
  16. If you expect a warning first, it means you don't actually need a warning.
    4 points
  17. Almost 300 pics can now be viewed on the gallery page. https://kicentral.com/photos/phantom-theater-encore
    4 points
  18. The only CF plaza expansion that was made larger was Carowinds. I’m still amazed how the plantation entrance was deemed adequate for nearly 40 years.
    4 points
  19. If anything, most CF park entrance redesigns have made them smaller.
    4 points
  20. Some more marking showing up on the edge of old Columbia road. Some are for excavation and gas line relocation. Judging by where previous markers were seen during Covid and removed I’m thinking we are seeing the beginning of an new and updated front gate area. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  21. Thanks to @BoddaH1994for sending me some photos.
    4 points
  22. While I am not Mason or Ohio construction specialist, I doubt that a permit is required for small areas that are undergoing general maintenance. This hardly qualifies as "land clearing." It looks like routine maintenace. If you remember, a couple of posters here were convinced about something happening to Timberwolf when there some tree removals. It turned out to be sprucing up the venue to prepare for the summer concert series. I doubt they had to get a permit to remove those trees.
    4 points
  23. It's bad that an accident of this magnitude happened. Park & guests are lucky that it was not worse. I wonder if the recent track replacement have anything to do with the wheel failure (possible alignment issues??) or was it failed tubular track that caused the accident? Failed tubular track on older Arrows is not exactly uncommon- Magnum had a decent amount of track replaced in-season recently. Vortex reached end of service life- track fatigue likely played a large factor into that decision. When BBW was closed the reasons were very similar to that of Vortex.
    3 points
  24. Saw pictures. They’ll definitely need to replace a section of track.
    3 points
  25. Availability of parts is not the issue. Steel can only go through so many stress cycles before it is to the point of reaching its design and useful life. Welds suffer from fatigue of thousands of train cycles over the years. The cost to start replacing worn out steel and fatigued welds is usually more than the cost of a new coaster. Doesn't mean a park won't go to the expense of doing extensive repairs, but most see the coaster end when that time comes. Wood coasters are constantly having maintenance done and it is a lot easier to replace wood sections than it is sections of a steel coaster. A stretch of the tubular track was replaced a couple of weeks ago. There are still replacement sections left. The damaged section of tubular track done by this can certainly be replaced, but an investigation needs to be done to see if any other damage was done other than the visible damage one can see of the track. @CorkscrewMcPuke it was a light day after the park and weather had ran people out, so there just were not a lot guests back there at the time. And if those there are not on social media, it won't get out online like it can on a busy Saturday...but I am positive it is out there if you look hard enough....
    3 points
  26. Looks very nice and would make that area look great. I doubt they would do this though because I think part of the reason they have these concerts is to bring people into the park. Drives more money spent in the park. Still, really cool concept!
    3 points
  27. Nice trip report. With Carowinds being my home park, it is interesting to see how people rate some of these coasters. Yes, Fury 325 is my favorite steel coaster. Back left is the best seat. It is kinds of sad to see Firehawk trains under the Fury lift hill. I liked Firehawk better than Nighthawk. Firehawk had double helix at the end that Nighthawk is missing. Nighthawk lift hill is so quiet though. If you are at Carowinds again, let me know.
    3 points
  28. I was messing around on YouTube, and I came across a few videos I made from the summer of 2011. I had forgotten all about them. Amazing how much Kings Island has changed since then. I even made a short one from the Kings Island Inn. And, yes, I was a little new to editing/making videos. LOL!
    3 points
  29. Has the pathway to Timberwolf been built yet?
    3 points
  30. Yes she does, but so do Eli and Dewey in the segment! Maybe they are silent members here?
    3 points
  31. Well I just saw it for the first time (30+ visits this season) and wanted to give her a shoutout
    3 points
  32. Anyone else notice @VortexBFForever on the Tv’s in the queue’s? I did. And I stopped to watch the whole dang segment. Awesome job Carolyn! (I think I spelled it right?). Thank you for giving us a behind the scenes look.
    3 points
  33. 3 points
  34. I hear ya, but I think they’ve been pretty clear setting the low expectations for this. I think calling it a “street party” not a parade, and not hyping it too much has been smart. I think it’s just a nice “add”. And yes, a ton of money went into the infrastructure and actual nightly run cost of FFF. I think they decided to put the bulk of 50th money on something that caps the night, and acts as a driver to keep people in the park as long as possible. There was always a mass exodus after Winterfest and Carnivale parades. I see a good number of people heading out of the park around 7 or so, but way less than before with a real reason to stay till the end that a dance party and 3 min of fireworks set to the hit Rihanna song never did.
    3 points
  35. The Royal Coasters at Club KI saw a few small changes Monday evening that improved the flow of their entire set. The cast seemed to be more energized as well. It was a good night!
    3 points
  36. @Oldschool75, would such a project require some documentation with the City of Mason or Warren County? I know just surveying probably does not require anything as of now.
    3 points
  37. Many of the rides, both young and old, were suffering from heat exhaustion this week and were taking frequent breaks
    3 points
  38. I didn't hear that the park had been ill...
    3 points
  39. So security caught up with him later and asked him to leave and he did without incident? I guess that's a win. But wow, the zombies following him around...
    3 points
  40. Cant blame him though, he started off in a not so wealthy household and now hes a millionare influencer and making tons of money for himself and his family but still, wealth doesnt hold you above park rules.
    3 points
  41. 3 points
  42. Are posted on the schedule now.
    3 points
  43. I thought it was around mayish of 2019 when the blueprints were filed. The notice of commencement was filed in 2018 IIRC.
    3 points
  44. What a blast from the past lol
    3 points
  45. If a big project is in the works, I don’t know if Kings Island has to file a Notice of Commencement super early like they did for Orion (they filed it in 2018). For Mystic Timbers, the Notice of Commencement mentioning Great Coasters International was filed around the same time the ride was announced while land clearing was already obvious. I assume land clearing does have to be filed somewhere, though, whether it be in a past Notice of Commencement or a permit. Permits are different than Notice of Commencements. Kings Island has to file permits for small things like the VIP tent in Oktoberfest. At this time, Carowinds has already filed a slew of permits related to their 2023 Aviation themed area. In addition, Cedar Point has filed a permit for their new 12,000,000 Grand Pavilion building. Attached below is a City of Mason website listing all permits filed by month. Unfortunately, this website does not go back beyond 2020, so we cannot see when Kings Island would have filed permits for past additions like Mystic Timbers and Orion to see if there is a pattern that could possibly match the pattern of a future addition. I know people are going to be eager to dig through these permits, but there really are not any intriguing permits filed by Kings Island unless I missed some. I remember seeing permits for fireworks, the VIP Lounge, renovations to Coconut Cove, a new ticket window awning, and modifications to Kings Island HR. However, I assume all past permits are available in person as well as recent permits not yet published on this website. Also, if any plans have been submitted to the City of Mason, those would also be available in person. https://imaginemason.org/city-government/engineering-building-planning/monthly-permit-reports/
    3 points
  46. Concept art. Pretty dead on accurate based on what I e seen in the tent
    3 points
  47. Nothing besides some resolutions online yet. Doesn't mean there isn't something in person though.
    3 points
  48. Some more shots of the beautiful model in the lobby of the theater. I was very impressed with Encore and I hope it will come back next season with an expanded runtime.
    2 points
  49. Can confirm start and stops are basically gone. Saw it park in one stop today on one of my twelve Beast rides (I like Beast ) One major issue I noticed that was NOT present last time I visited is a rather big pothole, or what could be called a fun bump. Immediately after the second trim, what feels like the right side of the train jolts up for a split second then falls back in line with the track. This is much more noticeable in the front than the back, but still not undistinguished. Anyone have an idea how recent this is?
    2 points
  50. I guess the trees shrunk in height. Especially since you can see Congo Falls loading station now from the parking lot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
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