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  1. 500 feet of track on both sides.
    7 points
  2. I think most of us in the last few years were getting excited for Winterfest. With all the fun we are going to miss this year, post your Winterfest memories and favorite pictures! This is one of my favorite pictures that I took at Winterfest in 2017.
    5 points
  3. Vote your favorite new attraction for 2020. Orion is currently #1. https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-new-amusement-park-attraction-2020/
    4 points
  4. https://www.indianabeach.com/ Here is the first ride: It looks like this might be the coaster they are getting. Not 100%? https://rcdb.com/825.htm
    4 points
  5. This was kinda hard to do, but this was the best I could do at an RMC concept on The Vortex plot of land. Source for background photo: https://www.google.com/maps/uv?pb=!1s0x88405801b48c9003%3A0x64f9f426e5e19765!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNga4Wyi-VEqe9Sn1cGcFo0GnmG5_bh-5Ingre_%3Dw213-h160-k-no!5sKings Island - Google Search!15sCgIgAQ&imagekey=!1e10!2sAF1QipMfLEotTpTfr4xfYJXdwVzL-jZiGYvcKqab3SJn&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi20o7v_pbtAhUyTjABHS2LD4UQoiowHnoECCsQAw Concept:
    4 points
  6. They are getting Quimera. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quimera_(roller_coaster)
    3 points
  7. This is the first Intamin Hot Racer single rail coaster getting built. Thoughts?
    3 points
  8. There was a Q&A at Dollywood Earlier today, the park representative stated approximately 2,160 feet of the track is being replaced with I-Box. The ride is only 3,800 feet long, so basically 57% of the track is being replaced with I-Box. From what I have seen it will be I-Box from the launch through the first big drop. Then a long stretch of Topper Track. Then it goes to I-Box just before the 45 degree banked hill which leads into the quad down, turn around into the brake run, and it does not become topper track again until after the brakes. It sounds like the only top
    3 points
  9. Found this old video about something KIC used to do years ago called KIC Survivor. Anyone here remember it? I'm interested in that.
    3 points
  10. We put this info into its own thread so we can keep up with updates during the off season and discuss its progress. It is exciting to see additional work done on The Racer! Here is a pic on IG we reposted by KI. https://www.instagram.com/p/CHwOq2ohj4a/?igshid=553y8xe2gvzm
    3 points
  11. I enjoy the Batman inverts. I would also give some love to The Bat (Top Gun version) and Vortex at Wonderland. They do a great job of providing a different experience with The Bat being more secluded and Vortex making good use of the mountain.
    3 points
  12. Coming Soon: The Racer collectible scrap wood. Large piece: $200 Medium piece: $125 Small piece: $65
    3 points
  13. In-house. Let’s not forget that Kings Island is home to a world-class wooden coaster maintenance team.
    3 points
  14. Winterfest is my favorite Cincinnati-area christmas attraction. They go into serious detail in every corner of the park, changing all the restaurant and shop names. The lights display beats the zoo! There’s just magic in the air. Here are some of my fav pics I’ve taken, from the last two years!
    2 points
  15. I'm wondering how Star Wars is so low with all the hype around it. 2020 was a luckluster year that is for sure.
    2 points
  16. I am SO excited to have a Schwarzkopf looper so close. The closest one currently would be Sooperdooperlooper.
    2 points
  17. I actually feel safe when I'm there. Generally not in contact with people for more than a few minutes. Its outdoors and I can keep my distance from others. Places I dont feel safe is indoor close contact.
    2 points
  18. The Racer is not the only coaster getting some love this year! https://www.holidayworld.com/holiblog/2020/11/20/the-raven-evermore-project/
    2 points
  19. It was a HUGE event with real prizes. Members were chosen to compete in events on the forums such as answer extremely difficult questions or concept a new ride among other fun things. Only contestants could post in the topic while everyone else could watch and vote for their favorite. Personally never seen the forums boom as large as it was when a game commenced.
    2 points
  20. Same here, and yes they did put some steel supports up to reinforce the helix over the summer.
    2 points
  21. Some positive news from Disney, Park Hopping is returning January 1, 2021. https://wdwnt.com/2020/11/breaking-park-hopping-returns-to-walt-disney-world-on-january-1-2021/
    2 points
  22. Talk about a throwback! Hi there, I ran KIC Survivor a good... 15 years ago by this point? It was an online Survivor style game we did in the park off-season for three years. Oh God I just rewatched that video and I'm cringing SO HARD right now.
    2 points
  23. Well, if you are going for coasters, then Cedar Point is an obvious choice. My vote for best well rounded park with shows, rides and just a wonderful atmosphere, it would be Dollywood. That is the one park besides Kings Island where I have had a season pass before. I have probably visited Dollywood more than I have visited Cedar Point at this point. Don`t get me wrong, I love coasters, but Dollywood is just something special. Disney World is a must to, Having visited both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, if someone has visited neither, I would recommend going to WDW, as there is
    2 points
  24. Premier Spaghetti Bowls take the cake for me.
    2 points
  25. Have to disagree on the RMC part. RMC introduced a host of new elements and continues to do so. For example only Storm Chaser and Twisted Timbers have the inverting drop, Goliath has it's great stall out of a half loop and Outlaw run has a double corkscrew that is unique to RMC. While certain elements are repeated I think they have done an excellent job of differentiating their rides.
    2 points
  26. I enjoy Junkyard Coaster: The Ride! But I don't enjoy the way it looks. Retheme it to deParamount it. Remove the helicopter and change the gas containers to TNT and you are now escaping from a mine blast. Get rid of the helix garage and make the upwards helix an escape from an oncoming tornado. Get rid of the billboards and add danger signs. And for goodness sake, plant trees around the exterior to make it blend in instead of stick out. You could even plant ivy to grow in all over the rip rap and that would tie into Mystic Timbers.
    2 points
  27. Land should not actually be a problem. This is complicated, but the park used to own like 150-200 acres because they have a giant campground across the street, and they are not even using large sections of that land. Apex sold all of the land to a holding company and was paying a lease. I remember the new owners of the park had stated before the purchase closed that being able to repurchase the land was a requirement. But I have never seen any evidence either way if the land purchase occurred. The counties GIS website still lists Store Master Funding as the owner, but it also still lists
    1 point
  28. Voted Orion! Although it is very strange how West Coast Racers is so low, I heard it is a very good ride.
    1 point
  29. So many good memories of Winterfest...I will certainly miss it this year. One of Santa’s elves at making cookies with Mrs. Claus.
    1 point
  30. I actually just got the 2nd Book from my sister as a gift just a few days ago. She works as a school teacher and she found it in a clearance sale for $1. It is a bit beaten up, but I like it so far (have read about halfway through). It does start to get weird near the middle of the book though as DiamondBeast says.
    1 point
  31. With the amount of coasters getting held back to 2021, I think 2021 is going to be the best year with all of the coasters for 2021 currently announced.
    1 point
  32. If you were going to advise a new enthusiast on what parks they should hit up first, which ones would you recommend and why? Let's assume travel expenses aren't an issue. Feel free to consider price of admission, food prices, merchandise prices, etc. in your recommendations, if you feel "bang for your buck" is an important factor. You can get as specific as you'd like. Heck, feel free to write out a whole itinerary if you want! I'll start. Admittedly, I'm leaning more towards the history side of things. In no particular order: Knoebels. It's the best operating glimpse in
    1 point
  33. We did near the front on the red side. Non wheel seat and the middle on the blue side non wheel seat
    1 point
  34. (November 17, 2020 BLOG) In today’s blog post, Area Manager of Digital Marketing Don Helbig takes us through some of the offseason work being done on The Racer, with more than 500ft of track being replaced. BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/november/more-than-500-feet-of-track-being-replaced-on-the-racer-roller-coaster
    1 point
  35. On my lone visit to the park a few weeks ago I though both sides were smooth
    1 point
  36. I am curious if SeaWorld would be interested in converting this park into a Sesame Place.
    1 point
  37. Alabama Splash Adventure is owned by Dan Koch and Pat Koch. Dan is the brother of the late Will Koch, and Pat is their mom. There was a dispute over how much shares were worth of Holiday World several years back (in 2013, see the article link below) (from what I gathered, it got fairly nasty, and the courts were involved) between Dan and Lori Koch, Will`s wife. The end result was that Dan and Pat left Holiday World. I don`t know if they still maintain any ownership in Holiday World, or if it is now owned by Lori and their three kids (Lauren, Leah and Will). Shortly thereafter, Dan and Pat
    1 point
  38. I meant they are putting new topper track on the places where the IBox track will not be. To be honest even after all of this info I'm still second guessing it lol.
    1 point
  39. Yo dawg, I heard you like RMC, so we put an RMC in our RMC so you can RMC while you RMC. Anyway, that's really interesting. It's odd to me that an RMC-designed ride would need to have its track replaced when Tremors, a CCI, has had Topper Track for close to a decade without issue. I've read reports in enthusiast circles that rides that were partially retracked with Topper Track don't hold up particularly well over time (Georgia Cyclone seemed like the most frequent culprit, if I remember correctly), but I guess I'd assumed that was because of the PTCs they often run. I wonder what this me
    1 point
  40. It's not "confirmed" until the park announces it, as the link you posted clearly posted in a disclaimer. Probably? Yes. Confirmed? No.
    1 point
  41. With 2020 being what it is, and 2021 perhaps being another slow year for the industry, I'd be shocked if KI got a major installation prior to 2023, and more likely 2024 or 25. I assume everything is backed up across the company at best, so things that were originally planned for 2021 elsewhere won't open until 2022, 2022 pushed back to 2023 and on down the line. At that assumes next year approaches something "normal" which is far from a guarantee at this point.
    1 point
  42. I agree that the kids area could use a refresher and a couple new rides. The Camp Snoopy area at Carowinds has a very nice feel to it. Cedar Fair has done a decent job upgrading the look and feel of Coney Mall, Riveertown, and International Street. Planet Snoopy hasn`t really received any tlc or aesthetic updates to the entire land since really 2006 (prior to the Peanuts gang moving in). Yes, we saw the addition of two new kiddy rides in 2015, but the area could use something added to it. There just seems to be a lot of open, unused space in kiddy land right now.
    1 point
  43. Wait so you want a B&M floorless in the kids area? Lol name it Steelstock Express
    1 point
  44. Brand new theme. I don't think they'll use a name that was used in the past. I think they'll come up with an original name. For coaster, I don't want a dive. If I had my way, I'd go for a ground up RMC or an Intamin multi launch. While I think The Vortex plot is a very likely spot for a coaster, part of me thinks they should focus on Action Zone next since it's been 6 years since they did anything with that area. Plus Action Zone doesn't really have a theme and I think an update to Action Zone in the style of what they did with A72 with a new name would be nice.
    1 point
  45. I don't see a way they'd be able to sell one day FLP at Cedar Point next year if they are forced to operate in the same way with the half full trains, top 4 access pass and 30 min interval clean and run empty (which was much more time consuming than the Kings Island method). On all 4 of our visits, 3 of which were mid week in August before end of daily ops, lines for pretty much everything were late august/halloweekends Saturday levels. If they added in a large volume of Fast Lane instead of the tiny amount of pre sold and all season that we experienced this year, the in park experience at CP
    1 point
  46. Not to argue, but the numbers for addiction and suicide are rising because we are not able to gather and live the life we are used to. Compare those numbers to the deaths and tell me what you find. I find it very difficult to get accurate numbers of anything concerning the virus and, or death rate. I have recently seen the overall death rate for 2018, 2019 and 2020 posted on a site that may be inaccurate, but that is the only one I have been able to see these numbers and the rate for this year is actually down from the past 2 years if it is correct. I am not saying you have to believe me,
    1 point
  47. It depends what I am in the mood for. If I want airtime I had to Diamondback. Raw power and speed I go to Orion. Both do what they do well. They are different rides and have different objectives in my mind. Can't compare them.
    1 point
  48. Build a hill over BLSC to enclose it to have it blend in. We won't have to see the thing anymore, we get a new dark ride, and you can even build a coaster on top. Its a win-win-win It would be like our version of Wonder Mountain: "Wonder Hill"
    1 point
  49. I see why a lot of people don't like Backlot Stunt Coaster, but I actually like that ride. Please don't remove that ride. I'd rather them do something with the old Vortex plot of land than get rid of Backlot Stunt Coaster.
    1 point
  50. Spelling and grammar: You guys know how to write; I have no doubt about that. Please take the time to read over your posts before you post them to ensure that it's not confusing. This includes proper spelling, punctuation, and capitalization mainly. AND PLEASE DON'T YELL! Overuse of emotions - Use the emotions (smileys) as needed, but don't end your posts with more than one of them. That's not necessary, it junks up the forums. One-word responses - One-word responses are unacceptable for anything with the exception of the forum games. This is simply because it's unusual for a one-word re
    1 point
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