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  1. It would be really nice if they planted some trees around the drops of DB. It would be really nice diving down into a forest, rather then diving down into barren space.
    8 points
  2. Unfortunately it was built in the early days of Cedar Fair ownership where they were using the Cedar Point philosophy that just adding a huge ride was all that was important. Theming and atmosphere got little attention back then. Thank goodness Ouimet got involved with his Disney experience. That’s when the parks started getting theming details again.
    7 points
  3. [grumbles something under his breath about how Beast's entrance was perfect before SOMEone built a giant red coaster in Rivertown]
    7 points
  4. I wound be happy if the just planted some trees around the plaza station area and pre lift turn around of Beast. It all used to be back in the woods. Like the rest of the park, it’s pretty barren these days.
    6 points
  5. So agree (grumbles included) that Diamondback was a good addition in a bad location. It’s almost like paramount planned it. The queue is terrible with those modern sun shades, the infrastructure looks bad right behind showplace, the helix into the splash ruined what wasnt already bad about The Beast Entrance.
    5 points
  6. I would honestly like to see the whole Beast plaza redone. Rerouting the exit to it's original path would open up the other side for additional construction and paths behind the arcade/Vortex plot. But I would tear down the Crypt ride building but leave the rest of the covered queue to be themed as a mine, and add in a Screamin' Swing with it exiting out into this new plaza area instead of the other side that it used to. Next, move the petting zoo from Planet Snoopy back here with a farm/western theme like the one at CP, I think this little change would make a big impact on that area and not just be a dead end at The Beast queue. I also like Coasterteam's idea of using the queue building to extend the standby line. Maybe even close in the section next to the building too. Give it some light theming to a mining workshop or saloon. Could have little story bits/hints of The Beast legend and accounts of sightings in the area and warnings. Be kind of a mix of Orion's queue building and the sort of light theming of Mystic Timber's queue. I would add some more thematic elements (small minimal ones) to the second "queue house" of the line as well.
    5 points
  7. It's the work being done on The Beast for me. Can't wait to ride it!!!
    5 points
  8. Pine trees grow pretty quick and don't suffer from ask borer beetle.
    4 points
  9. Agreed. Reforesting The Beast alone would be a great revivification of the area.
    4 points
  10. Is that the official statement? That line made me laugh. I think I am most excited about the repaint of Racer with all we have learned so far about the 50th. What about the rest of you?
    4 points
  11. The linden trees were likely at the end of their service life. The Autumn Blaze Maples will eventually grow in and provide shade and add beautiful fall color to IS, vs the linen trees which held on to the leaves much later in the season. But honestly, the smaller trees fit the scale of IS much better. KD does have a lovely IS, but it feels tiny and cramped in my opinion. And the concrete dividers were one of the worst KECO decisions--cold and stark. The seating on IS at KI is much, much improved over those tacky concrete pours. The ash borer has decimated trees at both parks, but I think their tower looks better without them. The ornate shrubbery and evergreen trees at KD are lovely and KI could take a hint from them.
    4 points
  12. Kings Dominion has the most beautiful entrance area of all theme parks. The large mature trees and the landscape islands make it absolutely gorgeous. I like how the islands separate the seating areas from the main walkways. Kings Dominion I Street fit Winterfest is soooo much more immersive with lights all above everything in the high trees KD I Street was even better when the Eiffel Tower was totally surrounded by trees. But some insect or disease wiped those trees out. That was the failure of the Kings Island I Street renovating. The single row of trees and lack of landscape iislands. it was probably done for parade purposes but it feels much more linear and boring than KDs design. The other fault of the renovation is the hideous exposed light poles. Although those exposed light poles do make Let It Snow work great.
    4 points
  13. They will need much bigger restrooms if they are to expand Area 72.
    4 points
  14. 4 points
  15. Made a Mack Xtreme spinner concept. Basically took some time to make a station basically replicating Time Traveler's station where it is 3 levels and has two queue house levels. Basically the queue for this ride would start in the current Arcade building which would be used for overflow queue and it would then snake out to the first level queue house and would basically become like Time Traveler's queue. The queue house would also have nice theming (not quite Time Traveler level, but more like Copperhead Strike/Orion level. The name for this coaster is Tumbleweed which basically goes along with the country/western theming of Rivertown and the spinning cars. Tumbleweed's layout basically combines Time Traveler and Ride to Happiness. Remember, just a concept. Nothing is confirmed by the park and I have no inside information whatsoever.
    3 points
  16. The indoor portion of the Crypt is a wasted opportunity - its actually a well- done (or it was - not sure what is left of it) queue from its tomb raider days. The way the buildings are constructed (4 seemingly separate structures) should be easy to demo the largest and maybe even the pre-show building) and keep the tunnel and the first room as switchbacks.
    3 points
  17. Let’s be thankful Paramount didn’t destroy the beautiful queue building of Racer. At Kings Dominion they bulldozed it, and then built the most ridiculously long, unshaded and HOT I’m the summer queue ramp they possibly could.
    3 points
  18. That bathroom is almost in use. Its nice to have but when you have kids when you gotta go you gotta go so these often dont always work for us.
    3 points
  19. My idea is they basically go back to how it was before. The Beast's plaza used to go beyond the fence to the right of the current entrance and the exit would be on the other side of the station by where Slaughterhouse is. I believe they had a little mining shop in the red building once.
    3 points
  20. Diamondback came during the early years of CF ownership, where they put a lot of coasters in all their new parks rather quickly, and it surely shows. The only thing I'd be really interested in seeing is having B&M come back to re-track the valley before the trim, that roughness makes it hard to re-ride.
    2 points
  21. It would be great if they could revisit some of those decisions. Keep the ride and revamp the queue. Even if they just build facades of themed buildings to hide the industrial queue. Or, Since DB really needs a repaint anyway, use character paint to look like timber logs in the lower portions of the supports that touch down in River town. But those cosmetic, theming driven changes don’t usually drive spending or attendance, do they don’t get budgeted.
    2 points
  22. I made a blitz concept this time it is in Action Zone and replaces Invertigo and Congo and goes across the entrance pathway similar to Fury. The elements that cross over the pathway are a zero g stall and an outerbank/stengal dive similar to the last element on Pantheon just bigger. The name is Guardian.
    2 points
  23. Crypt building is such an eye-sore nowadays. I did not once see that soccer game active at all the past two seasons. I really hope they revisit that plaza, I love all these ideas for it that I'm reading through.
    2 points
  24. Didn’t mean crypt building for beast queue but for the Screamin’ Swing queue The Beast indoor queue part I meant to utilize the former snack stand building that the line goes around.
    2 points
  25. Ya know, the similar theming wouldn't be the only thing in common with CP's petting farm if that (see bold) happened as Slaughter House would be right around the corner. When I went in 2019, I thought it was brilliant to have their Slaughter House line start near the Barnyard as it really plays into the theme. -MDMC, still a Haunt fan,,,
    2 points
  26. Agreed BEAST plaza is horrible now with the soccer game, the closed Crypt, the dead end wall unless haunt is open. It’s just a non-impressive area fir such a marque attraction. Hope with all the track work there’s more to the overall project to give it a proper entrance again.
    2 points
  27. The property used to be a Travelodge. At this point, I can't find any evidence that it's being available to the public to rent out rooms. Something tells me "Extended Stay Sandusky" is the name Kalahari uses to refer to this employee housing facility which they own... (Okay, all evidence points to that.) Erie County Auditor records show the property registered to: Very clever name for a holding company to acquire the former Travelodge, eh? Anyway, that then leads you to Acacia Hospitality which identifies itself as: And further provides an address of: Which, as you might have imagined, is the address for none other than Kalahari - Wisconsin Dells, WI. Home of Kalahari HQ. https://www.kalahariresorts.com/wisconsin/help/contact-us/ Interestingly, there appears to be no signage from the street indicating the current use of the facility. Just a sign with directions for taxis and shuttles to pick up/drop off.
    2 points
  28. No, not an official statement, but likely the truth. These trees can live for hundreds of years, but the area they were planted in was harsh--hardscape, very compacted soil and a small area for so many feeder roots. In addition, linden trees attract aphids and have to be sprayed with insecticide frequently. Aphid "honeydew" (poop) makes for a big mess and attracts ants, bees, wasps and all other kinds of insects. If this site exists, and if Kings Island exists in 25-30 years, there will likely be a discussion about the removal of the Autumn Blaze maple trees. And probably complaints about all the solar panels in the parking lot and buildings, and my panels will be at the end of life--as will I!
    2 points
  29. TTD is the star of the show and draws many to the park even despite its costs. 50% may not ride it, but the notireity of the ride itself is enough to draw people to the park, look at it, say "oof thats my limit, but I will ride Magnum". Its a net draw. I know for a fact for 2020-2021 Cedar Point Maintenance completely revamped the launch system of the ride and did major retrofits to the ride. I dont think after that investment meant to create longevity for the ride they would tear it down without serious thoughts. But the accident does expose the park to liability, from how well reported the accident was and the fact through FOIA the body cam showed an impartial view of what happened that day from Sandusky Police. This accident was the most serious the company has faced in my opinion since Son of Beast. Kings Dominion's Twisted Timbers incident from the loose cell phone lead to chain wide changes to cell phone policies in 2018-19, but this accident was different due to the liability being fulled fronted onto Cedar Fair over this incident. It will be very interesting to see the outcome. And in my personal opinion, how the park handled it initially was bungled to say the least. -stashua123 who has not been on the forum since February 2021 lol-
    2 points
  30. Meant to reply to this sooner; like a non-family bathroom, normal I guess. Something simple; a walk-in bathroom similar to the ones by WindSeeker or Backlot. Moving on, I really hope they reroute the Flight of Fear line, for both standby & FLP. For FLP, I always find it spilling out of the building and blocking the normal exit. For standby, they rarely ever use a good majority of the inside anymore for the line, so if it's a hot day I'd stay away from that ride if you don't have FLP.
    2 points
  31. I wouldn’t rule out a removal of TTD. Remember, SOB was removed and it was a one of a kind wooden hyper coaster. So I would say all Options are on the table still. What has me scratching my head is how they don’t know what caused it yet. I mean it’s been 5 months. You have to wonder if they know what caused it and are deciding if they want to put money into modifying a 20 year old steel coaster that already has issues with its launch system and is down a lot?? I guess time will tell. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  32. I think a wheel should be separated from the Eiffel Tower a bit so it kinda has its own place in the park skyline.
    2 points
  33. I've taken my grandkids in there several times. They are set up as family restrooms (urinals and a toilet).
    2 points
  34. Yeah, couple of family restrooms on the Canteen building. Better than the nothingness that's been annoying since 1996.
    2 points
  35. It has one.....Actually 2. (Or are you being sarcastic?)
    2 points
  36. Same! Now if only we could get a bathroom in Area 72...
    2 points
  37. For one, Cedar Point and Kings Island do not draw a lot from the same demographic of guests. Yes, I'm sure you know some people that attend both parks, but it's not generally true for the average park attenders. I'm betting the Orion lift was not 300ft since the drop could be accomplished without having a lift of that height, thus reducing the cost and utilizing the terrain. The Beast does the same. That is money that will be spent elsewhere in the park or on future attractions. I would like to see something go in the spot where Vortex is sooner rather than later, but who knows now that the pandemic pushed back plans by at least a year. I'm loving all of the TLC that The Racer has received and now The Beast is receiving. Should make longer lives for those iconic coasters. I was a little torn about the ornamental fountains on I.S. As much as I loved those, it was past time for an upgrade. Sometimes change is hard for me to deal with, especially with a park that I have been literally attending since the age of 1. Some of the changes have been great and some not so great. All in all, nothing that has changed swayed me from attending or sharing my love of KI with my kid.
    2 points
  38. The Beast has a pretty short queue line, but the station queue is still used if needed. It was open numerous times last year on busy days, but even with the station queue, the line can overflow pretty far towards the arcade.
    2 points
  39. The mining shop was in the building removed for Diamondback's primary queue.
    2 points
  40. Part of me wants them to revisit The Beasts queue, it's really in need of some work. The vending machine placement always gets me. The majority of the times I went to Kings Island this past season, the standby line was usually always, if not about to, overflow into the midway, it just needs more queue! The whole "back row" queue on the station platform has long since been unused. Not to mention how weird the Fast Lane Plus queue is for the ride, it's one of the few coasters that have a really weirdly setup Fast Lane. Bat just has none at all, given where it's placed off of the ground. The main thing I guess I'd be interested in seeing is an expanding standby line, whether the overflow goes back behind the entrance building or use the space inside of it, and a better dedicated Fast Lane entrance, so I don't have to squeeze past people leaving the ride in the tight exit walkway.
    2 points
  41. I fully expect it to be complete well before opening.
    2 points
  42. So I think they need to reconfigure The Racer Que to make it all one big que and please make the ques wider... unless you are a kid they are kinda close and uncomfortable. As for the "Old Man Beast" he needs all the que he can get. I've waited in all that stinkin que before. Not like a million years ago either. Go on a Saturday or get this opening day or the end of the season and that que is packed. Every que open. The Beast is about the only ride in the park I'll wait in all the ques to ride.
    2 points
  43. Is Racer being all done this off season or will it take multiple? I have to imagine a wood coaster takes significantly longer to paint than a steel coaster, especially a pair with nearly 7000 ft of track.
    2 points
  44. Racer queue would be a simple process of arranging the rails so Fast Lane takes a loop around the right perimeter, and the rest is the primary queue with switches to bypass parts of the maze when not needed.
    2 points
  45. While I love the idea of a ferris wheel I would prefer a sky ride like what we used to have. I actually did some math through Google maps and found that if KI were to build a new entry building and place a skyride station at the top it could go over the center of the fountains, through the 50ft platform of the tower, over stunt coaster and decend right into the spot The Vortex station used to be. Now that is a view I would wait in line for everyday! Plus a great way to get to and from the front and back of the park!
    2 points
  46. https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/crime/kalahari-shooting-and-murder-three-arrested/95-9dcabf30-d5ba-4681-bcf5-e024c0ac61cf Tragic news. The article is a tad misleading about the employee housing. Extended Stay is a hotel that appears to be contracted out by Kalahari.
    1 point
  47. Love it or hate it, the Wild Thornberry’s retheme/overhaul is the reason it still stands today. That said, I’d prefer it be integrated into Rivertown again.
    1 point
  48. I agree, that they should reconfigure the queue so that is utilizes the full queue instead of just half. They didn`t really modify the queue after they added Fast Lane to it, which is when they stopped using the right side. I still miss the shaded structure that extended from the main queue to the ramp. It was nice on sunny days to provide some shade in that area.
    1 point
  49. One thing I hope they do with Racer also is completely revamp the queue. Keep the style, but remove half the queue not used and put in some plants or something, spruce it up. Then do the same for old man Beast when it turns 50.
    1 point
  50. I got hit by someone's lighter on Millennium Force this summer. Luckily it didn't hurt me or anything.
    1 point
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