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Shaggy last won the day on February 10

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  1. Here's one taken by your's truly in January of 2002... Not sure where I got this next one - but its incredible... (Not taken by me)
  2. Huh? I'm confused - are we talking Vortex or Beast? This picture is taken from The Beast's queue area - where there used to be another queue house when it opened. (That's the base of the first drop of Vortex - quite a ways away from The Vortex Station.) Vortex never had another queue house, or outside queue than what it has now - TMK. It DID, however, use the queues/switchbacks underneath the station for at least a few years - I recall waiting down there. The line for Vortex always "started" next to the short concrete wall beside SR&R. When it first opened, that line would would grow and extend down Coney Mall. BTW - like Beast's paw prints, Vortex originally had it's logo painted on the blacktop leading guests down Coney Mall to it.
  3. There’s something about that Matarese guy that rubs me the wrong way. Well, several things actually. I don’t trust him.
  4. Thank the dear Lord in Heaven. I hope all the grief shared by the general public, and park enthusiasts, over the thought of a Six Flags takeover cut them to the quick. Every post/article I read came with an ONSLAUGHT of negativity about SF park operations and overall bad management. Surely the overwhelming amount of criticism towards SF parks rings a bell. They need a strong wake-up call. They are raping the villagers - and the villagers are fighting back.
  5. I never, ever thought I'd say this. But I'd probably not attend KI anymore if it fell under Six Flags. My heart just couldn't take it. Their operations/upkeep/disregard for history is abysmal. Every time I have been to a SF park, I literally enter it prepared for the worst - so they have no where to go but up. Even so, I still leave SF parks disappointed. I was at Magic Mountain in June - and it is a crime what they've done to that park.
  6. For those of you clinging to hope that Vortex is being “re-profiled” or “redesigned” or such... let me rip the bandaid off. It’s being taken down... removed completely... kaput. I understand it’s not due to one issue but rather several... metal fatigue, cost of maintenance, low ridership, low marketability. It sits on prime “real estate” and the area will be better used in the future. it will always hold a special place in my heart, but it’s time. Can’t make an omelette...
  7. See... didn’t believe me did you?
  8. It will be demolished. But likely not until assembly of Orion is done. Sad, but it had a great run. I remember fondly when it opened. But as far as folks getting angry about losing a coaster, I invite you to look for the forest, not the trees.
  9. My personal speculation is, and this is just a guess, we'll see Vortex bite the dust in the forthcoming years and a "Copperhead Strike"-type coaster go in its place.
  10. The same thing just happened with Lakemont park in PA... so this does not surprise me.
  11. I've ridden this same ride at Lagoon in Salt Lake (Great park BTW.) Its a very fun ride, and I recall that after I rode it I thought "This would be a great ride for KI!"
  12. LOL - tempting but just lookie - no sellie...
  13. I thought many here would like to see a rare KI memento that I recently added to my collection. This is a carved marble slab mounted on a framed backing with a brass plate inscription. It was presented following the 1981 season - and it features the (then) new "The Bat" as part of the collage of KI images. From what I have learned, this was presented to a former Full-Time KECO/Kings Island staff member. Its quite a piece! If anyone has anymore info about this, please share!
  14. Just be glad its seat belts and not those darn steel cord magnets that the B&M hypers initially had. Back after Raging Bull & Nitro opened, the park had retractable steel cables added to each seat with a magnet at the end. The magnet attached to a metal rivet on the clamshell. If the magnet wouldn't attach - no ride. Well, those things wreaked havoc on loading. Not to mention the steel cable would slice hands and fingers. Ultimately they went away - I think - in favor of seatbelts and visual lines at the base of the restraint.
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