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  1. Now is a good time to bring up KIC safety while posting and meeting up at the park. It is important to the KIC admins that we are communicating in a safe and responsible way. Remember: The minimum age for membership on KIC is 13 years old. Discuss and communicate with other members that you do not know as if they are a minor. For the safety of all KIC members, the KIC meetup thread has always been accessible to logged in KIC members only. Be smart when meeting up with other members. Do not meet up with anyone individually. Bring a responsible adult to a meetup. (I h
    6 points
  2. The fountain flamethrowers makes King's Island Haunt unique and it wouldn't be the same without them. Same goes for the glowing Tower with eyes at the top. Taking out the flamethrowers would be like removing the frozen water in the fountain during Winterfest. Its a tradition I never want to see changed. Also toning down the Haunt and making it more family friendly will absolutely not attract everybody. It will make the people wanting the more adult Haunt, the Fearfest style Haunt go look elsewhere.
    6 points
  3. Maybe put one out in the parking lot which reads: ”Former location of our parking lot with no pot holes...circa 1974”
    6 points
  4. It's a clone or Railblazer, but Silverwood needed this. I'm am so glad this is coming. Thoughts?
    5 points
  5. This will never happen, but let's bring back buzz bar restraints on The Beast and racer.
    5 points
  6. I didn't go on it much but it was a good site to look at to prepare for my first Carowinds trip back in 2018. It is sad to see a park specific site close. While things like Facebook and Twitter are good for immediate information, they are not as good at archiving information that you can go back and look at historical posts (like threads and comments).
    5 points
  7. I would love to get a 50th anniversary logo with some 50th anniversary merchandise. I think Planet Snoopy could use some love in the form of a couple of new attractions. I mean, the last two new attractions added were in 2015. And prior to that the 2006 renovation removed several rides (hand cars anyone? Those were my favorite). There are just some areas that have a lot of open space that could use a new ride for the kids. Having a kid that is 40.5" (and just rode Viking Fury over the weekend), there definitely could be a few more things for him to do in Planet Snoopy. Carowinds ha
    5 points
  8. Wow. Will be sad to see it go. Back in the day there were tons of park specific fan sites like Carowinds Connection. Hopefully someone will build a new site dedicated to Carowinds. We are very fortunate to have KIC. I remember the days when there was PKIUnlimited. Hard to believe that I have been a staff member here on KIC going on 15 years next month. I joined in October of 2005, shortly before Winterfest 2.0 opened.
    5 points
  9. Maybe that's the official reason cited somewhere or by someone, but I have hesitations on believing that. You can see that the opening under The Racer remained unchanged before/after conversion (match-up the structure between photos to see it's at the same height). The fact that the conversion wasn't in a single off-season, but spanned between two, is also interesting. (Photo one source, photo two from Google Maps)
    5 points
  10. I just want to make sure that the victims know if there are any on here, That you are so brave for bringing this out. You are not alone in this and it was not your fault and don;t ever think it is! The coaster community should be a fun and inviting place to be. We can't have people like chad taking advantage of being YouTube famous and praying on younger girls. I can only imaging how parents feel when hearing about this kind of crap. I just feel so bad we even have to talk about this stuff happening to people.
    5 points
  11. It’s starting to get exciting!
    5 points
  12. COPPA https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/complying-coppa-frequently-asked-questions-0
    5 points
  13. That and you would have one more Dippin' Dots guy who can let us know future ride installments at KI.
    5 points
  14. Zadra cost Energylandia $16,404,915.90 which is pretty darn affordable for the ride it puts out. I daresay if KI payed RMC that same amount for something similar to Zadra, they'd be able to get more out of it since Zadra's cost probably had shipping and all that extra contracting factored in. I hope the CF not having a good relationship with RMC thing is just a rumor because I'd kill for something like Zadra. I'm wondering if KI would never opt for something like that though because GP would immediately think its like Son if Beast
    5 points
  15. From my experience, Invertigo and Banshee are noticeably more intense/have more positive G's. Orion is not very intense outside of its helix, a.k.a. "Orion's Belt," where you will likely gray out to some extent.
    5 points
  16. Discussing how the recent case illustrates the need to make the coaster community a safer place for everyone is welcome, but let's steer clear of any speculation. Some posts have been cleaned up. This is a tough time for the entire community. Those who call themselves enthusiasts should strive to be the best fans of the park. It should be about enjoying parks, supporting the industry, modeling exemplary behavior, and creating the safest environment possible. News like this, especially involving someone you know, feels like a gut punch. No one should lose sight of the fact that amusem
    4 points
  17. Go to the CoasterMarina Instagram account. She talks with almost the whole Thrills United crew about it (mostly because she is a TU representative). She talked with Logan's dad and he broke down crying. It is truly a serious and sad time in the community right now because Chad was a brother to lots of enthusiasts. Now the community doesn't know what to do besides sit back and watch what happens. It's scary. Edit: I'll be praying for all of the victims. These people are my age. What is happening to them is sickening. Hopefully something good happens.
    4 points
  18. So you’re saying it’s a giper or higa?
    4 points
  19. I like the idea of a museum with a model layout of the park. Showing all the rides and attractions. It would also be nice to have a couple of new flat rides that were from the past such as Skylab, Wheel of Fortune or Phantom Theatre. A couple of the old shows like say Celebration and the clown band brought back. Those are all smaller ideas due to COVID-19 destroying revenue this year. Would Love another New Coaster but, understand finances might be tight over the next couple years. Went to the park on year 1 and looking forward to year 50 and Hopefully year 75. See ya Saturday a
    4 points
  20. Bring back chocolate covered frozen bananas, red white and blue pops. But most importantly, Enchanted voyage!
    4 points
  21. Cedar Point is getting a parade, festivities, and probably a coaster in their 2 year 150th celebration. So I’m guessing KI will get a 50th anniversary logo and maybe some paint and it will be “exactly the celebration they asked for” just like Orion was.
    4 points
  22. New trash cans that say "50" on them.
    4 points
  23. If a museum is not in the works . . I would like to see them post signs around the park marking historic spots with pictures and history. Maybe mark spots of former attractions/rides at their originally locations. Not permanent just for the 50th Anniversary season.
    4 points
  24. I can see them doing a couple of things, considering Cedar Fair's recent trends at other parks. 1. Return of the Phantom Theatre. Unfortunately it will consist of screens to shoot at with minimum animatronics, like Knott's new Berry Tales. 2. Returning the scenery to the railroad and possibly have live action actors like they are doing with the boat ride at Cedar Point. 3. A museum. Action Theater is a good spot. The Enchanted Theater might be better. 4. Retheme Action Zone to Jungle theme like they did with King's Dominion. Action Zones theming wasn't that great to beg
    3 points
  25. I doubt that Cedar Fair invests much capital into hard rides for 2021. After all, most of their parks that were able to open, did so with an abbreviated season. I believe that Cedar Fair is trying to add something new to each of their parks every year, but that may not necessarily be a ride every year. Restaurant/food stand, special event, etc. also count to that. They have said they hope to space out the major capital projects like coasters at their parks. I would not look for Cedar Fair to sell any parks. They had toyed that idea at one point many years ago with California`s
    3 points
  26. Now this looks awesome!! https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/september/kings-island-foodie-news-new-this-fall-the-french-corner-on-international-street
    3 points
  27. Here's my list of roller coasters that I think WILL/MIGHT replace Vortex ordered from most likely to least likely: B&M Dive B&M Wing Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster Launched B&M Wing Mack Multi-Launch The NEW Vekoma Flying Dutchman model/prototype Here's my list of roller coasters that I WANT to replace Vortex ordered from rides I want to replace it the most to the least: The NEW Vekoma Flying Dutchman model/prototype Mack Multi-Launch Launched B&M Wing Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster Intimin Blitz Coaster
    3 points
  28. During their last quarterly conference call, CF said that they would announce their capital plans for 21 later in the year. It still would not surprise me to see some family flats come to KI. If you look at the success of the return of the Antiques and the Eagles it makes sense to think about adding more flats especially since family flats like the Keggers could run during Winterfest.
    3 points
  29. Hopefully I can shed some light on how wait times are figured out. I'm not 100% sure if this is what the app uses but oftentimes throughout the day we will get a call from the rides office asking what our wait time is, then we give them a guesstimate. Also, how many Fast Lane each ride lets in is just based on the person at separator. There's no hard and fast rule for that sort of thing. However the park does limit how many Fast Lane tickets they give out each day.
    3 points
  30. One of the reasons was due to the braking system used at the time. They were still using friction brakes and the brake run was shorter with the last dip. When it would rain there were times that the train had the potential to slide into the other train in the station. Imagine Orion’s leap into the brake run but on Racer and with only a buzz bar. Those were fun times. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  31. My attempt to give the locomotives a more "accurate" look with my limited editing skills
    3 points
  32. With the success of Winterfest, fleshing out the park with more flats that can run during Winterfest would be a smart idea. Adding a new Der Spinning Keggers (Teacups) and a Musik Express to Action Zone or Oktoberfest would really add a lot to those respective areas. After they do that adding some additional family flats to a revamped Camp Snoopy overlay of Planet Snoopy would be great as well.
    3 points
  33. I don't remember if I ever had an account and posted on Carowinds Connection, but it's sad to see an amusement park fansite close... I know the Kings Island ones were instrumental in helping me make some of my closest friends, and I imagine Carowinds Connection served the same purpose for many who call(ed) Carowinds their home park. It's also unfortunate how much history will be lost when the forums go offline - even if sites like archive.org save some of it, it'll now be far less accessible and easy to find.
    3 points
  34. No, that path already existed (albeit used for maintenance and not guest access). They removed the two hills to increase the height clearance on that path.
    3 points
  35. Took the opportunity to visit CP last weekend with just the wife (left the kids at home this time). Weather turned out nearly perfect, mid 70s with sun during the day. Was a little breezy which may or may not have been the reason Sky Ride and WindSeeker never opened. Fast Lane feels like cheating at CP this year, since they aren't selling them to the GP. Also, lets us bypass the whole access pass thing. I get why they do access passes, but it's so much added stress to the day, I really dislike them. Sat 9/12 - Crowds were about average Sat. Food stalls seemed busier than norm
    3 points
  36. Well, if Coney is done, I hope Cedar Fair makes a bid to buy the front gate and transplant it to Kings Island. It would be a great replacement for the old Coney Mall sign.
    3 points
  37. My latest YouTube video compares the stats of the 4 American giga’s, Orion included. It’s stats are comparable to the other gigas in every way. Orion is definitely a giga in my opinion.
    3 points
  38. Ok. It’s been a tradition for a few years. You act like the flame throwers have been there for decades. That being said, I like the idea of them. I just think the are poorly executed. Random trusses with pipes and propane tanks look bad in the day. Maybe if the flame fountains were in big urns or something it would look less tacky. I still think it was a miss when they “redid” I street that they didn’t do a major upgrade to show systems that allowed for buried propane and chiller lines so it looked tidier during the day for events like haunt and WF. Also I don’t see them toning down HAUNT duri
    3 points
  39. They should add a new Dippin' dots stand, honestly, I think this will draw in the crowd a lot for their 50th anniversary.
    3 points
  40. Dominator/Knight Flight has one of the best layouts for a looping coaster. It is well paced. There are no back-to-back inversions except the 2 in the cobra roll (which is required for a cobra roll). There is a element between every inversion other than that. The ride however has gotten super vibrate-y over the last couple of years. KD needs to do a refurbishment on it.
    3 points
  41. We’re gonna need another Train...
    3 points
  42. So are people implying that The City of Mason spent how many millions on a multi-year project that was completed the end of 2016 to improve Kings Island Drive only to allow the County to come in a few years later and rip it up for a new water line...that never happens (actually it happens unfortunately all too often where one form of government doesn't reach out to the other form of government, causing a road to be repaved one year only to be torn up the next for a water or sewer line).... Regardless, I do not see the City of Mason allowing KI Drive to be torn up this soon for a water
    3 points
  43. If I could describe this coaster in one word, its graceful. It does have a few intense moments at the bottom of the first few drops as its doing pull outs at 90 mph, but for a larger portion of the ride, it was very smooth and graceful as it went element to element, and it still had a good sense of speed throughout. The thing I like about the 2nd and 3rd hills is that they're steep enough to lose sight of the horizon, so when you do those flashy high banked turns that high, it really gives a good sense of disorientation and a sense of flying, which helps that its painted in that awesome shad
    3 points
  44. The Woodstock Gliders will never be the same as the Flying Eagles unfortunately. They were designed to be more tame, and long time Kings Island fans will know the difference between these gliders and the original Flying Eagles. Also, the water maze is Planet Snoopy was rather ugly and disgusting in my opinion, and I do not want to see it return. I do think Planet Snoopy needs a complete overhaul, though, but I don’t see this coming in 2022.
    3 points
  45. Ik this sounds like a stretch since they did put them in fairly recently, but I would love to see them try and move the Woodstock Gliders back to the former location of Flying Eagles where the basketball 3 point challenge is across from where Vortex's batwing used to be and rename it to Flying Eagles. They could maybe relocate the 3 point challenge to Action Zone or something. Then maybe in the future bring back the water maze where the gliders are now or put in a new snoopy ride there.
    3 points
  46. After some further sleuthing, it looks like Nagashima Spa Land added one, called Sky Trainer, in 1990. I cannot find any information on its closure, but it sounds like it was for sure gone by 2007 (though I'd assume it was removed in the late 1990s when most of them were). Here's an old commercial of the ride: I edited my previous post to include this one in the list. Edit - After some further sleuthing, it looks like the ride was removed for the addition of the park's Giant Frisbee in 2004 (https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ナガシマスパーランド#かつて存在したアトラクション)
    3 points
  47. I would like to see the Red, White, and Blue repaint of Racer. I would also like to see Woodstock Express renamed back to The Beastie.
    3 points
  48. Definitely love the idea for The Racer! But, if they were to add a Kings Island museum, they could probably use one of these two places. #1: They could use the Kings Island Theater located near the front entrance. Or #2: They could use the old Action Theater, A.K.A the place currently used the Urgent Scare maze during Halloween Haunt.
    3 points
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