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Shaggy last won the day on August 23

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  1. How was drachen fire?

    A headbanger, yes. Worst coaster ever? No. I rode many, many times. I never understood why it received the overall hate. To me it didn't head bang any worse than most other Arrow multiloopers. Heck - the long defunct Shockwave at SFGAM, or GASM at SFGAdv were worse IMO. Drachen Fire's downfall... was very poor placement... and the fact that it wasn't the ride BGW really wanted (B&M.) By default, it had one of the best elements on any Arrow - the inversion immediately off the lift - that only came to pass when Arrow took over the failed B&M contract. Do I miss it? No. But it was a pretty cool coaster when it was first built.
  2. Years ago, while I was in line with some *enthusiasts* for Double Loop at Geauga Lake, a little boy walked past us in line. The male enthusiast I was with - a hot head - grabbed the boys shoulder and said something to the effect of "where do you think you're going?" The next thing I knew, the boys Father, who was just a few feet in front of us, walked up to the *enthusiast* with fist drawn and said "Get your hand off my kid" or something to the sort. It turned into a heated exchange of words about line jumping, rule breaking etc. Although I didn't say anything to the *enthusiast* (as to not worsen the situation) I didn't blame that Father one bit. It was terribly embarrassing and shocking. I thought the *enthusiast* was going to get socked in the kisser, and by default, I'd have to deal with the fallout - or perhaps get socked just by association. It basically ruined the day - all because someone tried to police a situation. Don't ever try to police a situation, or physically deal with a rule breaker - you may end up with something broken yourself (or worse) and it's simply not worth it.
  3. Waaaay back when I worked at KI, we would monitor this constantly, then when the line jumpers reached the front of the line, security was waiting to escort them away. However we also encouraged the guests not to police it - for fear of this type of reaction.
  4. Park CLOSED Friday 9/1/17

    If the weather is even remotely like here in Louisville... then they made a very very smart decision. The rain and high winds are terrible and headed north!
  5. OMG... that CEO guy is wearing flared/relaxed fit jeans. Yeah, there's a tough leather guy for ya. ;-)
  6. If Six Flags owned KI

    I have only one response to the title of this post... BITE YOUR TONGUE!!! LOL!
  7. Mystic Timbers Custom Playlist

    Ooooh... I love Sugar Sugar - but it's not '80s.... the era of the rides back story. The Archies were on in the early 1970s.
  8. Baffled... optical illusion?

    The slope of the shed and track is a given... but what baffled me is it actually gives the effect that the logo is not only crooked, but false. Being more specific - it makes pictures of it seem as though the name was photo shopped onto the shot. LOL I cant tell you... my OCD absolutely cannot handle it!
  9. So, ever since I saw this pic and then in person, my OCD has kicked into high gear. I was wondering if it was just me, or can others see it? Is the logo on the Mystic Timbers shed crooked?
  10. Pay-to-play attraction in Nickelodeon area?

    Wait... just to clarify... the Kings Mill Log Flume was moved from Cincinnati's Coney Island before Kings Island opened in 1972 - it was not moved within Kings Island. (Not sure if that's what you thought.) Within Kings Island, it has always existed in it's current location. However, for the 2001 renovation, the flume trough (the metal gutter/gulley the boats float in) was completely replaced. Originally, the ride was designed and built by Arrow Development, in 1968 for Coney... but by 2000 the ride had nearly worn through. So the park contracted O.D. Hopkins to completely renovate the workings of the ride. I also believe many of the flumes circulatory pumps were replaced as well. So... it's the same ride... in the same place... but not really. BTW, the ride was *thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssssss* close to being demolished. In 1999, the park made the decision to rip it down prior to the 2000 season, but several people internally fought for it. It then sat empty for 1 year with a wall around it - causing many KI enthusiasts to freak out (including me!) The year it re-opened (2001 - Now themed to Nickelodeon) the adjacent Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal was demolished for the installation of Tomb Raider:The Ride. Ultimately, what saved the flume's life was Tomb Raider - the park didn't want to lose both flumes.
  11. Pay-to-play attraction in Nickelodeon area?

    I personally am unfamiliar with the red ice cream in the 1990s. They did have red/puple/fuscia colored ice cream when Banshee opened... so perhaps they have had several colors through the years. However, I've never known the park to not have some incarnation of the blue ice cream - ever since it was introduced, it was one of the park's biggest sellers.
  12. Pay-to-play attraction in Nickelodeon area?

    The "water balloon" attraction being referred to was the "Double Dare Slime Shot Challenge" that premiered with the new "Nickelodeon Splat City" in 1995. The attraction - due to it's poor interest, and ridiculous operational requirements (someone constantly filling water balloons, constantly cleaning up remnants of popped balloons etc) it only lasted 2 seasons.
  13. Beast cars

    Originally, The Beast had 4 trains... each train had 5 cars that had 4 rows holding 2 people each. So each train originally held 40 people. The 4th train never ran for the public... so when it opened, it opened with 3 trains of 5 cars with 4 rows of 2 people. Still holding 40 people. The cars were then altered to 3-rows, and an extra car (taken from the unused 4th train) was added to each train. Ever since the alteration, the coaster has operated with 3 trains that have 6 cars with 3 rows of 2 people - 36 people.
  14. Kings Island, 1979

    ..is... (He's still around ;-)
  15. Kings Island, 1979

    For clarification... the first video's interviews/ride footage was not from opening day. The interview with Carl Eichelman was filmed in it's second season. He didn't make a name for himself as The Beast crazed-rider until 1980 when the park began publicizing his ride counts. The final interviews were likely opening weekend, but not opening day. It rained 1.25 inches on Friday April 13th, 1979. The following day, on Saturday the 14th, The Beast did not open until mid-afternoon... and it began raining by 4:00. The guy is not even wet. The very brief final off-ride footage is indeed from the grand opening press event - you'll notice very few riders (all of which are wearing ponchos) and there's a camera mount. There were less than 300 people there for the opening ceremonies on Friday the 13th. Between the two, the second aerial video is the gem. I am 99% positive it is from 1979... as "The Bavarian Beetle" was gone and the land was being prepped for "Stadium of the Stars." If you look VERY closely, you can see that the station for "The Bat" looks to already have been constructed, but there's no sign of any footings or ground clearing yet.