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Driver8rws

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  1. Wow. Totally "backwards" (upside down?) direction on this one in my opinion.

    As dilapidated as Adventure Express has become on theming, would it really have been that hard to re theme it to some German/Black Forest idea, simply change the burrito place's food, and revamp/reincorporate this area as "Oktoberfest"?? 

    I mean they are even putting the spinning beer barrel ride back in for God's sake!!  Hello! 

    What a missed opportunity rather than creating a completely NEW area.

    I feel like someone in Sandusky (or California?) came up with this idea and had no concern for what is already right there... Just silly.

    I'm glad they're doing SOMETHING, just such as ass-backward decision on how to do it.

  2. Not sure WHY. But ORION was shut down again at ~9:15 last Friday night and I don't think it re opened that night.

    We got in line for it about 9:05. They only had the first set (right hand side) of turnstiles open, but they were full. After being in line but maybe 5min, we  heard an announcement that it would close at 9:45 for the fireworks, but the way the line was moving we thought for sure we'd make it.  At ~9:15~9:20 the stopped ruining trains and announced they were having technical difficulties. At about 9:30 I saw an operator (maybe it was a maintenance person) walking out on the track side walkway over to the break run. I was directly under that area and couldn't tell if a rain with passengers was stopped there or what was going on. We abandoned the line at that point and headed to the Eiffel Tower to watch the fireworks. I kept looking over at the lift hill, I don't think it ever ran again that night.  

    I assume it was open on Saturday? 

    Btw, it was GREAT how moderate the crowd was on Friday evening! 

  3. 99% of the time they have let my son use MY pass (with the drink plan on it) to get a drink.  Even on days that I haven't gone with him to the park.

    BUT there was one time last year where someone would NOT let him and told him it had to be ME to used it.

  4. On 4/27/2022 at 9:24 PM, Allison said:

    I got tickets to the Berlin concert. I was kind of surprised how much some of the tickets were!

     

    Yea!  I was shocked on the prices too!  How about the $10 PER TICKET "service charge"!?!   Makes 2x $20 tickets cost $60! 

    Honestly, with the names they have coming, all the shows SHOULD be FREE!!!   

    I'm not complaining at Kings Island, I know the bands are charging them...

  5. 17 hours ago, chad_1138 said:

    Major props to The Racer crew today!!  Entered the line in a full queue, on the platform in 10 minutes!!

    I found the TOTAL OPPOSITE of The Racer crew at 1:30pm.  The left side turnstiles were full and it took over 30 min to get on.  They were dispatching trains at LEAST 4min apart (I timed it several times). Many times it was 5min. The "GateKeeper" who lets you up on the loading platform would only let the next group in after "the gates are closing" announcement (so you couldn't just grab an empty row on the previous train because it was too late) AND on top of that wasn't counting people!  So 1/3 of the rows would be EMPTY on most trains!  They had PLENTY of workers on the platform for seatbelts and checks (and managers standing around) but no one would yell down and tell him to let more people in to fill in the empty rows!   If they would just let more people up there than it holds (like double the amount) the problem fixes itself because people say "oh look!  We can get on NOW if we go in that row!"   They didn't care at all about moving the line.  It's such stark contrast to Orion or Banshee, etc where they are TIMED on how fast they can dispatch.  

    I will say The Racer looked GREAT!  (except there's still a lot to paint after the split) and it is INSANELY smoother/better than it was before the retrack!!   I HOPE The Beast TURNS OUT THAT SMOOTH!!! 

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    It was a madhouse yesterday at the park! 

    Spent one HOUR total in line at Coney Mall Skyline on Friday between 2:10-3:10.  The Skyline had one person making fries, one person doing 3 ways, and one person making coneys. They were the SLOWEST moving people I have ever seen. Honestly it would take them 1min or longer to make 1  3-way!  Then at the cash registers they would alternate between 1 or 2 registers being open based on how big the backup got at the"waiting for your food" window. When it backed up past the drink machines they'd go down to one register to slow things down.  It was crazy.  Obviously wouldn't have waited in that line if we'd known, but it's one of those "I can't get out of line NOW, I've already committed 15 min, then 30min, etc".  Miserable.

    Couldn't get a drink anywhere after that because the lines even for those places was 30 people long.  Finally about 4:30 you only had to wait about 10min for a drink (over by Diamondback). Of COURSE most of the drink places were NOT open.

    I know they never would want to discourage MORE people from packing into the park, but I SO wish they had a parking lot camera so we would know when to not even bother going before we left home...

    Yesterday was gross and so discouraging to me.  It looked like a Saturday in July (which I would never consider going to).

    Hopefully the season pass day next year goes back to a Friday late afternoon/evening again and NOT on a day when everyone is off school and a lot of people are of work.

    Can't wait to hit the park on a weekday in May!    

  7. On 4/2/2022 at 12:10 PM, TombraiderTy said:

     

     I wasn't aware Racer had seatbelts in the 1970s? Did it, or is it just video editing and they actually showed the seatbelts on a different ride?

    I remember in the 80s riding it and always saying to my friends that you could totally fly out of it.  Maybe it had seatbelts, but I don't remember them! 


  8. What a terrible "promotional" video that basically shows nothing. I'm supposed to be enthralled by how much water is blasting off those people's feet for over 30sec at the beginning? :D 

    Hilarious they show people stopped, playing in the lazy river. Sitting on the side, splashing in the mushroom.

    So bad.....

    THANKS FOR SHARING THOUGH! 

    DEFINITELY one that not many people ever have seen! 

  9. We just visited Six Flags Great America on 6/3, 6/4, & 6/8.

    Wow to Goliath!!   I SO wish that KI would have gotten a ground up RMC ride just like GOLIATH rather than Mystic Timbers.  It is so FUN, so smooth, so flippy, and so many headchoppers. What a blast! 

    Six Flags Great America is a HOT park (all black asphalt everywhere)!   Also very annoying you have to walk the whole "loop" to get anywhere.  NO "cut throughs" in the middle... 

    The landscaping/maintenance at Kings Island totally destroys Six Flags Great America!  Almost every bush and tree are WAY overgrown and spilling into the que lines, tons of weeds on every flower bed, and many unmowed areas.  LOTS of painting needed and dilapdated looking structures in a lot of places that need repair.  If no one was there you'd sware it was an abandoned park...  Pretty bad in that area.

    Raging Bull DEFINITELY rivals Diamondback.  Very different. My 13 son likes it better than Diamondback. 

    Maxxforce is awesome but wouldn't wait more than 20min for it again.

    Also had major staffing problems at concessions and drinks.  Long lines, and only about half of the places open.

  10. On 9/12/2020 at 9:32 PM, silver2005 said:

    If I could describe this coaster in one word, its graceful.  

     

    YES!!   That's the PERFECT word! 

    I've been saying "too smooth" but I love smooth coasters. So that's not the right way to say it. 

    GRACEFUL is perfect.

    ORION IS TOO GRACEFUL!  That's it's problem.  No excitement, no thrill.

    And the STRAIGHT part of the drop is too short. (bottom curve out of drop is too pronounced/long)

     

     

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  11. On 8/5/2020 at 11:09 AM, gforce1994 said:

    On every register at food locations in the park they now list it as a 2 year deal.

    Assumed (hoped?) they'd honor the drink plan on to next year like the passes and the dining plans, but wonder if I can change to a bottle next year? 

  12. On 8/4/2020 at 8:50 PM, jensenracing77 said:

    It did not feel like it pulled me over the top like Diamondback does. It for sure went over the top much quicker than the front but I did not feel that strong pull over like Diamondback does. I maybe need to ride it back there again and see

     

    I agree. I've ridden Orion in the back and barely feel any pull at all.  That is what I usually love about the back row of every coaster.   Don't know if it's because of a shorter train?  Or more than likely, because it's half empty? 

    Front seat is the way to go to feel the speed on Orion. 

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  13. I'd say it's a 99% chance they'll use the SAME ones next year.

    I opted for paper cup this year so I don't have to use a locker at Orion.  Hope to "switch" to a plastic bottle next year.

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