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  1. I remember it distinctly. At (then) Paramounts Kings Island it was called “Boat Tag.” It was actually there for the ‘93, ‘94 and ‘95 seasons. It was located where Linus’ Launcher currently is. There was a fence that separated Rivertown from (then) HB Land/Nick Splat City. It sat on the opposite side of the fence from Scrappy’s Slide right next to the restrooms. I never “rode” (it was actually considered a game) but watched it quite a bit. Fun fact: The balls would often get stuck in the chain link fence that enclosed it. I have a picture of it, I’ll try to dig it up
  2. Flying Eagles from Carowinds back to Coney Mall. Casino at DelGrossos back to Rivertown at KI. Antique cars from Magic Springs and Worlds of Fun back to KI. Flying Dutchman from KK back to Octoberfest. Spinovator from Canadas Wonderland to Octoberfest.
  3. Most don't know/remember that there were spray misters inside the arbor. They weren't always on, but on hot days they often had at least 2 going. It was the first park I ever saw with them. As a result, the pavement often stayed wet inside of it. Kings Dominion followed suit and later installed 2, around the time they added Diamond Falls, to the sign entrance to the Congo area.
  4. The yellow lines in this picture demonstrate approximately the general area where the covered archway once was. You can still easily make out the old path area.
  5. I did - many times. Before, and while, the plaque was there. We simply waited at the plaque (or prior to its installation, at a designated gathering spot, usually around the gift shop) and then a park rep (most often someone in Guest Services or occasionally PR/Marketing) would walk us back to The Beast prior to the rope drop. Prior to her retirement, Ruth Voss did oversaw the walkback most often. She's the one that invented it, of course, waaaaay back in/around 1980. After she passed away, some ACE members actually referred to it as "The Ruth walkback" and would all reminisce about h
  6. "They?" I can only speak for myself, but I have been fortunate enough to have ridden the following Stand-Up coasters in my life: King Cobra (Kings Island), Shockwave (Kings Dominion), Skyrider (Canadas Wonderland), Chang (Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom), Georgia Scorcher (Six Flags over Georgia), Iron Wolf (Six Flags Great America), Riddler's Revenge (Six Flags Magic Mountain), Mantis (Cedar Point), Vortex (Carowinds), and Batman the Escape (Astroworld.) Of course opinions about coasters is subjective. But out of those, King Cobra and Skyrider easily held my top spots. Chang proba
  7. Kyle is doing great stuff! Love his historical documentation.
  8. And I didnt say you did - I was agreeing with you. :-) SFAW wasn't supported in any way... that was my point... so SF took the easy way out by thinking selling it would be lucrative... it wasn't.
  9. Canada's Wonderland is a faaaar cry from Astroworld. SF had basically stopped significant investments in Astroworld prior to its closure. I believe in the final 5 years it was open - Diablo Falls (raft flume) and SWAT (S&S Skyswatter) were the only things added - and they were both installed in 2003 in necessity after the park removed The Tornado. The park had fallen into general disrepair and neglect. The area of Houston in which it resided had declined in overall prosperity, avg income and frankly - safety. The park wasn't closed necessarily because the land became more valuable
  10. For those of you that may be looking for a nice way to safely display your KI pin collection... here's what I came up with. I'm sharing because it may be a good solution for others out there, and was a fun and very easy project. Hobby Lobby sells display/shadow boxes. I purchased a few that measure roughly 21" x 17" x 2". These do not open at the front, nor are they hinged. (The back comes off like any picture frame would.) The back panel is covered with black velvet cushioned by a layer of foam. They retail for $49.99, but I waited until they went on sale for 50% off. (In addi
  11. That I don't know. I was just told by a park rep (at the time) that the park had spec'd the land for an impulse. I'd assume it was a separate install since Superman at SFO was installed in 2000 and lasted until 2006. This would have been in the early '00s that I was told. I don't have any tangible proof, just the spoken word of an Exec. So any "source" hounds out there can just keep quiet. ;-) Its worth noting that KK was basically a lamentable mess during those SF years... inside and out. It was definitely one of the "stepchildren" of the SF parks (another example being Six Fl
  12. The tallest rides at KK were in direct correlation to each other due to the height variance. You could, at one time, essentially, draw a straight line from Hellevator to the Giant Wheel to the top of Chang's lift when looking at the park from an overhead view. Here's an approximate mock up using the current Google Earth view... Of note - there was once an Intamin Impulse coaster proposed for SFKK. It was to take part of the land used by Tin Lizzies and run along the road. Its tallest spike was supposed to fall in line with the other tall rides there. The park ultimately installed Gre
  13. No Johnny Quest afaik - but Moby Dick showed up in this form...
  14. As I understand... The "Moby Dick" ride was just a concept idea that never went farther than these drawings. Bushman started the concept work for Kings Island around early 1969 - and he based a lot of his concept work off of HB properties at the time. He was also doing concept work for other potential "Hanna Barbera" stand-alone parks as well. FYI, I believe Bushman was hired by Taft - not Coney Island persay - so his work *might* have started well before the Coney merger. "Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor" was a very short lived cartoon made by HB in 1967. It was not popular at all.
  15. I'm ready to volunteer to get on top of the awning over the Diamondback storage bay, as well as The Beast's final brake run, to sweep off all those hair/wrist bands. I mean, what the heck is that about? Why is it a thing? And why on earth have they been there for years and years? Its like the "gum trees" that used to be in lines. There's no purpose and its unpleasant to look at. At least with the low crowds this season, it will take the GP longer to come up with some way of ruining something in the Orion Queue.
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