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  1. There's (as of this post) just 1 hour left to vote for KI as the best Theme Park Holiday Event! Don't forget to vote for Winterfest! It's important! https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-theme-park-holiday-event/winterfest-at-kings-island-mason-ohio/
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    International Street Discussion

    Well, International Street always had trees... but I believe it was overhauled, the curbs removed and the trees surrounding the fountains added in 1982 - in preparation for the first Winterfest.
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    International Street Discussion

    I disagree. As a matter of fact, I have always found KD's International Street paled in comparison to KI's. The KD tree canopy obscures the grandness of the fountains and Eiffel Tower. I've never understood why they allowed those trees to grow so big - when the park opened - like KI, there weren't any trees at all and it looked so much better! The trees make it hard to get a good photo. Also, overall KD's International Street is a tad shorter and more narrow than KI's - that's because when it was built, attendance rates were not predicted as high as KI's, so they shrank the dimensions and gave it a more "intimate' feel - which with the large trees only makes it feel small and congested. Finally, the KD fountain base is painted dark - like green or such and the fountains are low to the water table... I much prefer the "blue" of KI's fountains and the raised pedestals. Overall, KI's looks much "cleaner." KD's from above Ki's from above
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    Kings Island Nominated for Favorite Holiday Park

    The awe of International Street is by far what makes Winterfest the standout to me... but it doesnt stop there. I'm old school KI - as most everyone knows - and I measure today's KI by the standards the park set 30+ years ago... I can honestly say, when I attended last year's Winterfest, it had every single bit of the old school feel. I nearly cried because it was the first time I felt like the original charm of KI was back. It made my year. That having been said... there was one big dissapointment. I saw the absolute MESS of a show in the KI Theater during last year's Winterfest with the Peanuts characters. Frankly - as much as it pains me to say this - that was the worst show I've ever seen at a theme park - hands down. (And LOUDEST.... PLEASE SOMEONE TELL THE SOUND TECHNICIAN THAT LOUDER DOESNT MAKE IT BETTER. I swear my ears were bleeding when I left the theater.) I couldn't believe they used the best show facility to host such a ramshackle, thin show. Tsk tsk... The show in the KI Theatre should be as over-the-top as it can get... it should be so well produced that people would come to Winterfest just to see it. That stage has at least a 30' fly space... spend the coin and make it all about the spectacle.... costumes, rent every holiday back-drop imaginable, use a live orchestra, add a turntable to the stage deck, make it snow, sing every holiday song known to man etc etc etc... Cut those &%#) Peanuts characters to a 5 minute segment for the kiddos (or preferably get rid of them from the show completely...) and make it literally puke Christmas all over the audience. Trust me, they'd LOVE it. As a side note - I recently attended Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmastown. They utilize their "Broadway-style" theater to house a nativity themed show called "Gloria." It was terrific - a full live orchestra - professional singers, great visuals. It was standing room only - I swear half that park's guests were crammed into that theater with us. KI- take note - and pay a visit. Although it doesnt do the show justice (recorded versions of live shows never do..) here's a video of the show from 2 years ago (they update it every year)... remember - every bit of it is played and sung live...
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    Kings Island Nominated for Favorite Holiday Park

    Really, Holiday in the park at Discovery Kingdom is winning? Talk about stacking the votes! Everyone needs to give KI a nod... it's a stellar event. Yes, Dollywood and SDC are deserving too... but I can tell you I attended Busch Garden's Christmastown just last week - and KI's Winterfest is superior BY A LONG SHOT! VOTE!
  6. I've been in the house - a couple of times. Its nothing of note... just an old ranch style house in ruins - full of litter and grafitti... oh, and an old couch. It had a basement and there were lots of old used oil cans in there. This was probably 15 years ago or so... FYI, it was the only house left from several that originally existed in the area. All but the one were demolished in the early 1980s for the construction of a KECO corporate office building. (Later it was called PKIU and was used for employee re-hire weekends/training seminars etc. Not sure what its used for today.) I believe it was when the train was re-routed for the waterpark that the lone remaining house was covered with the "Fort" facade. I think it served as a break area for employees at some point.
  7. Back in the day, this (or a version of) was hung on the wall in the Admin conference room at KI (Same one used in the Brady episode - which often gets confused for the conference room in the old International Restaurant - not the same.) There were also aerial shots of other KECO parks (KD, Canada's Wonderland, Australia's Wonderland) - a holdover from the early 1980's massive KECO expansion period. Later they were replaced (during Paramount days) with updated aerials of Paramount Parks - PKD, PGA etc. I know personally that all pre-Paramount files, photos, press releases etc etc etc were not kept by the park. They were all discarded during a sweeping "cleansing" of the parks in the 1990s/2000's. You'd be shocked at how much documentation was destroyed by the park during the Paramount Tenure. I know because I personally saw it happen and many of my most prized KI historical items were "salvaged" during the purge...
  8. LOL! Aint that the truth! Its sometimes like sharks waiting for bait to be thrown... Ha ha! When I wrote the blogs for KI, I had to develop a thick skin very quickly... people can be brutal when they are hiding behind a computer.
  9. A blog I wrote for KI's website a year ago shed's some light on the KIMVRR https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2017/june/what-in-the-world-is-losantivlle
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    Firehawk's Last Rites-er, Rides

    Have they actually started removal/demolition? I haven't seen any pics, but then I've been off the board for a week, so I could have missed them.
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    Sit On it - A nostalgic look back at KI...

    The bump and support is much appreciated. I took a sabbatical for a while, life got in the way, but I have been posting some new stuff lately. There's plenty more to come... stay tuned - as I dig through my totes I find more, and more and more... LOL!
  12. Sorry - yes, typo... thinking "until 2005", typed "until 1995."
  13. Just the taxis went to MS... the Cadillacs, AFAIK moved to the Coney side and operated until 1995. The Cadillacs then sat in storage near Racer for at least a period of time before disappearing from KI completely. The rumor has always been that the Cadillacs went to another CF park, but I've never had it confirmed. Of note - WOF's LeTaxi originally opened with French Taxis - but it now appears to operate with Cadillacs. So perhaps those might just be replacements sent from KI.
  14. After "Antiques" were closed at KI, many of the "Taxis" were purchased by Ed Hart and re-located to Magic Springs in AK. They operate today as the Ozark Mountain Taxi Company.
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    Smurf on eBay

    Agreed.... and by original, I meant that they were indeed genuine - used in the construction of the coaster - as opposed to, say someone taking them to Kinkos (is that still a thing?) and making copies to sell.
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