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  1. Ah! I put this together with my supervisor, thank you for taking a picture, I can't go up in the tower during work, I'm glad it turned out clean! Here are some progress pictures:
    14 points
  2. To whoever the gentleman in the glasses with the Cedar Point straps is that was waiting in line for The Beast, you're my hero. Early in the day I had kids sprinting past me in line and I was angry at myself for not reacting quick enough to call out the line jumpers. You, however, were ready. 4 men tried to cut all the way to the front of The Beast and you confronted them. They told you to F off and you guaranteed them you would make sure they did not get on the ride. Sure enough, as they were boarding the ride security came and pulled them out. You did us park goers proud and so did security. I stopped into guest services to let them know how swift and professional security was.
    10 points
  3. I have it on good authority from an insider that Slingshot was removed to be replaced with Top Thrill Dragster. It will be a compacted version, of course.
    8 points
  4. 11th commandment broken......lol
    8 points
  5. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2022/may/curtain-rises-once-more-for-the-maestro-and-his-troupe-of-ghoulish-thespians-in-phantom-theater-encore
    7 points
  6. This would be a fantastic location for a large Ferris Wheel with an incredible lighting package. Hell, the other side of AE could fit a new flat too. This could also be a great excuse to give Oktoberfest a much needed refresh.
    7 points
  7. Just shows that slapping a new coat of paint on it doesn't mean it will be around for years to come...
    7 points
  8. https://www.wsaz.com/video/2022/05/19/wsaz-investigates-kings-island-removes-slingshot-ride/ The reporter finally got a response from the Kings Island spokesperson after having to reach out to corporate. Corporate referring the reporter back to Kings Island, then a spokesperson bothered to respond. Allegedly it has been removed for future expansion. …But if this is true, why was the Kings Island spokesperson dodging the media?
    6 points
  9. Can't say I'm saddened by this. I was always too leery of these to ride anyway. And, honestly, these upcharge attractions just look cheap and ugly to me; if it's an attraction you could see while walking along the boardwalk in Vegas, I don't really love it as an addition to the park. Honestly, I kind of feel the same way about EXtreme Skyflyer; they feel like cheap, tourist attraction-type places, not well-thought out, themed enhancements to the park.
    6 points
  10. If the ride is still serviceable, I'd be in favor of relocating to an expanded Area 72, with a new theme and lighting package. The area is too narrow for many things, but cleaned up, it would offer great sight lines for Banshee and a revamped Bier Garten patio. In my opinion, a climate controlled indoor restaurant would be better located at the end of Coney Mall. The Slingshot plot is much too small and has Festhaus within spitting distance (figuratively). Long term, this would be a better investment, especially since WinterFest is so successful. If the ride is permanently removed and not relocated, I would not be disappointed. I have no urge to ride it. But if this is the case, my sympathies to those who enjoy it and are attached to it. Losing a ride you enjoy is never pleasant.
    6 points
  11. Der Spinnen Keggers 2023!
    6 points
  12. From the tower, the old latter game is definitely going to be the VIP lounge:
    5 points
  13. 5 points
  14. one from Cedar Point: "Yesterday I rode wicked twister and the person next to me FELL OUT and DIED… never riding a coaster again…" in line for Diamondback opening day: "How tall is this ride??" "It's tall enough that you DIE at the bottom!!!" "REALLY??? WHY IS IT OPEN?" honorary mention to people who add "The" to every ride The Flight of Fear The Diamondback The Orion The Invertigo The Adventure Express The The Beast (I've heard it once!)
    5 points
  15. It must have been a very recent decision as the ride never opened for the season but was still on the park map. Whatever the reason is, it's not an attraction I'll necessarily miss. This does once again open up yet another prime area in the park. Adding to the list of Vortex, Action Theater, TRTR building, Plot behind Eiffel Tower. It's almost a blessing the park has so much opportunity for expansion inside the park where parks now need to resort to building on top of another attraction or build outside the property.
    5 points
  16. Double post: I don't remember this setup last weekend.
    5 points
  17. Props to The Beast crew tonight! Lower and mid queues were full, waited only 58 minutes. The ride was worth every one!!!
    5 points
  18. wouldn't an AIR CONDITIONED space with protection from the elements made WAY more sense? This is nice - don't get me wrong, but this could've almost just been a Golden Celebration patio with drinks and light bites for adults only and then do VIP in a place that actually has a benefit on a hot, stormy day. You can't tell me there aren't a few places that they could've use event $$ to rehab into a "lounge" that then could've stayed with minimal rethemeing after the 50th. Even like KILLMART building or heck - swap out the BierGarden for this and let the covered patio (and kitchen access) be a true VIP lounge - then move the bar over to this area for the summer. This just doesn't seem like a spot I'd pay ANYTHING extra to sit in on a humid July day. Odd choice as it seems like its taking a lot of effort to still not really have a quality product.
    4 points
  19. There is a public elevator in the lobby of the restaurant. It was added a few years back.
    4 points
  20. You would think that, but actually that can’t happen due to the 11th commandment.
    4 points
  21. A few thoughts after a long, great day at KI. People do seem to be treating The Beast as the star attraction again. Area 72 has seemed less busy than last year, possibly as a result and because Orion is now in its 3rd season. Orion ride ops haven't been as strict about restraints at least for me. I've been able to get a lot of airtime on it unlike last year. Seems like they are better at keeping the Freestyle machines stocked. Last year, even on light days, the machines would be out of non-diet flavor when I went in the evening. I was stapled hard on an early ride on MT but overheard a little kid behind me say "Please don't staple me!" so I chuckled The new Racer queue config feels so weird Action Zone really needs a drink stand Staff has been outstanding so far this season Even the very back seat of The Beast is decently smooth, but those trims hit so hard. A ride op told me that they got to ride it before opening without all the trims in place.
    4 points
  22. The park has really upped their game on line-jumpers, while confrontation can lead to unneeded violence it can help detour some people from considering even line-jumping. Kids especially seem to think nobody will care if they cut, but it adds up.
    4 points
  23. When it comes to a potential Oktoberfest overhaul, there is a lot you can do. I came up with a little mock up art. The color circles are where potential flat rides could go. The orange one I believe is where the spinning keggers were, the red is SlingShot's area, and the yellow is just an open grass area in between Tower Gardens and the restrooms. I think any flat ride could work in any area. I think bringing back the spinning keggers is a great idea. Another idea is a Zamperla NebulaZ themed around beer brewing (similar to how Hersheypark's is themed around mixing candy). Another idea is a Trabant type ride. Those are currently my 3 picks for a potential Oktoberfest overhaul. The two light brown arches are Oktoberfest entry points that would have an Oktoberfest sign. I think honestly they should go around and put area signs at the entrance to each major area (AZ, Oktoberfest, Coney Mall, and Rivertown). The ladder game structure looks to be sticking around for something. Idk what its going to be used for as they recently put up a 50th banner in there and they painted it and gave it a roof. Maybe a photo op or even a lounge area. I think after 2022, they could use it for extra seating for Hanks which is why I kept it. I agree, they should update the Coke Marketplace to make it German/rustic like for Oktoberfest.
    4 points
  24. Good riddance. It was an ugly structure Perfect location to start revitalizing Oktoberfest with a new flat ride
    4 points
  25. If they were going to move it, I would have to believe they knew they were going to move it, and would have poured the foundation for it at its new location, over the off season. And not wait until the park opened.
    4 points
  26. This ride is almost certainly not being removed due to what happened in Orlando. Firstly it’s a totally different ride model so there’s no shared design flaw between this and the Drop Tower. Ignoring that fact, the investigation isn’t even over, it’d be extremely questionable to remove every ride from a manufacture before the investigation is concluded. Based off of the ride models Wikipedia page Kings Island appears to have one of the oldest operating slingshots, however at this moment it doesn’t appear like any Funtime slingshots have been removed due to reaching the end of their service life. As such that makes this sudden removal of the ride more interesting.
    4 points
  27. Hopefully the park says something soon. Maybe something happened on the ride while running the ride. Someone said there was no ball on it? With this removal, Orion officially becomes the fastest ride at Kings Island.
    4 points
  28. It is not listed under the rides on the KI website anymore which seems like it confirms the removal. That whole area along with the area between AE and the Freestyle location would work well for some flats. Bringing back a Keggers style ride and putting in a Musik Express would really help that area especially during Winterfest when it is such a dead area of the park.
    4 points
  29. One would think this temporary fence/barricade would stop people or make the realize the ride is down, but nope about 4 groups per hour would walk around them or jump them to start down the queue. I have some pics of that in action, but decided not to post in case they are members here LOL.
    4 points
  30. The old tower drinks queue never made any sense. I was at the park Friday and you could just see how much of a difference it was making. Racer queue is also a great change. Not sure who is driving these changes around the park but it fantastic seeing them. These kinds of tweaks add up to making a better overall experience.
    4 points
  31. Nah we are all just screaming more loudly Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  32. Beast is back to the huge crowd pleaser it once was, it'll be pretty busy all season! I'm glad to see the queue so full. Haunt will be crazy...
    4 points
  33. It is testing.
    4 points
  34. I was in absolute awe. I have been riding this ride for 34 years, but the last few years I've gotten off sore and beaten. I did not expect the absolutely smooth ride yesterday, and I swear my mouth was gaping the whole ride (I'm glad I didn't swallow a bug!) I've stayed in the front few cars for the past few years, but I'm going to try the back again. I'm thrilled! (Which I guess is the purpose of the ride, right?)
    4 points
  35. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2022/may/brady-bunch-actor-barry-williams-to-narrate-the-story-of-kings-islands-first-50-years-during-parks-brand-new-nighttime-finale?fbclid=IwAR3x3bqCfSrRRB5I5wT7GSJWFUaXWP7v_5_CyQHugxzMERCUk0NH-k_rN8M#.YoT2NZ0gsMs.facebook I’d describe how excited I am for this show, but it would violate TOS for all of the four letter words and jibberish. OH MY GOD
    3 points
  36. @Shawn Meyer From what I heard, a women came back into the station unconscious. they took a precaution to inspect the ride and close it early, we can expect it to re-open tomorrow given no issues are found (was likely a pre-existing condition, so I presume it wasn’t really the rides direct fault) I may be wrong, but whatever it is hope the women is doing alright.
    3 points
  37. I’m going to be so poor by the end of the season…. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2022/may/foodie-guide-to-the-50th-anniversary-celebration-eats-and-treats?fbclid=IwAR0vaZFD3ZRKvSyjWUix-EtejukuxdTzEyeCsdnhEYUhJUV1wS_8VxDgP2I
    3 points
  38. Thanks chad_1138 here's a quick video of the same thing taken around 1:30pm May 17
    3 points
  39. On most days, the $199 will be the better option - park admission and Fast Lane Plus Included. The $449 you need to pay to get in or have a pass, and only get 6 hours of "Fast Lane" (ie personal tour guide).
    3 points
  40. Yeah, when I think of VIP I tend to think of something more private. Is there a reason the IR can't be used as a VIP lounge during the day?
    3 points
  41. Here is what the ladder game looked like on Sunday.
    3 points
  42. Guess what’s missing
    3 points
  43. From our friends at Buckeye Coasters!
    3 points
  44. Interesting to see that it's been removed completely. I just assumed the ball was missing because it was being repainted. Hopefully they'll put some good flats in that area, especially with all the space available on the other side of AE where part of Skylab used to be
    3 points
  45. I've said it before, this location would be a good spot for a multi level german lodge restaurant. Think the restaurant being built at Canada's Wonderland, but would serve German/Irish Pub food. Think of the views of Banshee from a patio of such restaurant.
    3 points
  46. 3 points
  47. Ugh. For the life of me I can’t figure out why since they had The Beast down an extended period of time they didn’t take that time to fix the queue there as well. The wall/gate to slaughter house NEEDS to be pushed further back. Fix the entry to actually relate to the ride -like you are entering through the abandoned office of the KingsMils Mining Concern. Do we REALLY need more stupid overpriced pop machines? Get FastLane out of the exit lane, and WHY??? Why can’t we after YEARS of neglect fix the sluce fountain? I know the lake will never come back, but making a small “pondless resivoir” that the two end chutes drain into and it recycled to the top would not be that hard! Heck, even having two great big galvanized tubs surrounded by big rocks would act as two collection ponds. While we are at it, bring back the mine car stream as well with a new, smaller pond or at least clean up the bushes that block the entrance to the mine shaft-you can’t even tell what it is. I’m impressed with the ride itself-unimpressed how other details weren’t addressed. Hoping in a few years for ITS 50th! My 7 year old as soon as he saw the picture in queue of the original with the lake asked “why doesn’t it look like THAT anymore?”
    3 points
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