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  1. I got into an altercation with an idiot at SFGAM recently over a camera in use on a ride. He rode Goliath directly in front of me, while attempting to video the entire ride with his hands stretched in the air. Because he was an idiot... he couldn't control his arms... so they flailed backwards into my face the entire ride. I spent the entire time dodging the possibility of him letting go and my getting hit with his cell. I cant tell you anything about the ride except that I had this dummy being negligent the entire time. He had pulled the cell out and begun filming BEFORE we left the station... I even yelled for him to put it away going up the lift - but he "couldnt" hear me due to the loud lift I guess. (Oh brother) Ride ops clearly saw it and turned a blind eye. When we hit the final brakes, I grabbed the hood of his sweatshirt and tugged it as hard as I could to get his attention. I then had to parent the punk... who of course called me every name in the book, on why what he did was moronic. When we reached the station, I promptly told the ride ops, who did nothing - literally NOTHING. My opinion is, it is because of their age and attitude, they either dont care - or are too afraid to deal with the rule breakers. Now, if I (who avoids conflict, and is about as non-confrontational as they come) was able to get that agitated, its a wonder more parks dont often have more altercations far worse. Ambivalence to the safety of others is a plague affecting parks. And it needs addressed or more accidents of this type will continue to occur.
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    Kings Island wants to add dorms

    I actually enjoy interacting with International Workers. Heck, its one of the highlights of EPCOT. I had a fascinating conversation with a young lady in the Norway shop once for nearly an hour - she had a great life story, and she was only like 22! I tell all people that go there, take the time to chat with the workers... they are more interesting then anything there! My dream would be for KI to return the International flavor of International Street... and use authentic international employees.
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    Winter Fest

    Geez, digging up a post from 16 years ago to contradict? LOL In all seriousness, that was an answer to a specific question posed by someone referring to the immediate season(s) that followed. They didn't bring it back until 2005... and gossip revealed it was a big financial flop. (Cedar Fair took over in 2006, cancelled it saying they didn't have the ability to orchestrate it in time as the new owners. However it's pretty obvious that had it made $$$, they would have continued it...) This past year, however, to those of us outsiders, Winterfest seemed to be a tremendous success. I think it's owed mostly to the fact that it was brand new all over again and rode a wave of nostalgia. However, you cant solely base an events success off the first year. The second, third and hopefully fourth is typically the true test of it's success. I know they didnt plan for it to be a 1 and done... so it will be around for at least a few seasons... hopefully more. I love it.
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    Official looking men between The Racers

    I'm pretty sure I know who they were. If I am correct, then no, they had nothing to do with a new coaster. They were taking pictures... that later got posted to FB and a website... One was there for purposes related to another attraction at the park.
  5. They've got a sold out Coastermania in 2 days... I hope they get all the kinks worked out! Is SV still operating with just 1 train?
  6. I've always wondered how they got all those SOB footings removed. There were THOUSANDS of them. The rose bowl even had pilings driven hundreds of feet in the ground. I cannot imagine the work it took to pull all of them up... if they did... and how they did it... or if they just covered them up. For several years, the larger footings that supported King Cobra over the access road/former safari monorail tracks were still there long after the ride was removed. I believe these were removed when Banshee was built. At the very least, the former SOB footings on the precise parcels of land in which Banshee was built had to be removed as well. I guess they use a backhoe to dig them up and then toss them in a dump truck? If so after about 5, they'd have to get a new truck due to weight restrictions. It baffles me and is something no one ever talks about when a coaster gets demolished... what happens with all those concrete pillars! When Geauga Lake was demolished, all the footings were left. No doubt because removal would have been too costly. They've since been removed, from what I hear, but again... how'd they do it? Here's a pic...
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    Entertainent Tonight 1987 Vortex Promo Video

    Pay attention... you see a bunch of lopped-off Bat supports and footers as the train exits the station.
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    Lion Country Safari Mauling: An Untold Story

    AFAIK The Lion Country Safari was never opened year-round at KI. It was intended to, but never did. The park issued a press release the first week of October 1974 indicating the attraction would be open weekends only through November (originally intended for daily operations) and then closed for the winter months. (Mostly because the area was bracing for a hard winter - predicted by the farmers almanac.)
  9. Many forget, and recall PT through rose-colored glasses... but by the time Phantom Theater closed, well over half the effects were no longer working. The ride definitely showed its age. Although I would have loved it if the ride had been upgraded using the same theme, the issue was that many of the animatronics would have needed to be completely replaced. The change to SDATHC was largely due to the fact for less money than a refurbishment, the park could install a brand new, marketable experience. Simply fixing Phantom Theater would not have allowed them to market it as a new attraction. Interactive rides were HIGHLY popular, and the park saw the chance to add something that brought a new "twist" to the genre. For instance, many do not know this, but the character faces/hands in Phantom Theater themselves were very thin rubber skins that had to regularly be replaced. They stretched and melted with time and the park had to call the manufacturer to order new.... the manufacturer had to recreate them using the original molds, then have an artist paint them, then ship them, then they had to be re-installed. It was just part of the cost in keeping the ride operational. When a ride loses it's marketability, the land/building on/in which it exists is viewed by parks as "real-estate." If an aged attraction escalates in upkeep and dwindles in ridership, then the value of the land on which it resides outweighs the revenue it's helping generate. When it becomes expensive to maintain - much like a car - then the park pulls the plug for something new, marketable and cost effective.
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    KIC interviewed by Cincy Magazine

    The writer of the article is misinformed. They state: “But as some companies have a way of doing, Paramount Parks, which owned KI back then, tried to milk more and more profits out of the event. Predictably, attendance fell and, after a decade, they discontinued it.” That couldn’t be more inaccurate. Winterfest’s original run never had anything to do with a Paramount. By the time Paramount purchased KI, the park had already decided to end Winterfest. Attendance had fallen and interest had wained in the final 2 seasons. Winterfest concluded in 1992, and Paramount took over for the 1993 season. I don’t think the Paramount deal was even finalized until Nov of 1992... Paramount never in no way “milked more and more profits from the event.” Now in 2005, that’s a different story. The event was very commercial- and too expensive - and that was very much due to Paramount. Frankly, as hard as this may be to hear, Winterfest was ended because the park was in transition, but also because of guests.... or lack of. It wasn’t supported attendance-wise in the final years of its original run. And, frankly, a lot of the soaring attendance were seeing at this new Winterfest - as well as the overwhelming interest in it - is directly related to it being gone for so long. If it is not supported, making a profit, or a worthwhile endeavor for the park, it’ll go away again in a few seasons. Next year will likely be a crucial year in determining its staying power - since the “newness” will have worn a bit in its sophomore season.
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    Official: WinterFest 2017

    For those that attended this past weekend... what were crowds like? (I am selfishly hoping big - I want KI to experience a great reward for their hard labor!)
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    Official: WinterFest 2017

    I don't think many know the basic stuff that has to happen before decorating. Back during the original Winterfest, landscaping crews actually pruned all trees and bushes before lights could be strung. But the most amazing thing was... on International Street, they hand picked/snipped off all remaining leaves from the trees. Not sure if they still do it, but even so, its a massive undertaking. Part of my amazement this year was how quickly they managed to pull it off. Yes, they did a lot of prep work - but 75% of the decorating was done in a 3-week time period. That's craaaaaazy.
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    Official: WinterFest 2017

    Re: Winterfest hours... Many don't know (or arent old enough to recall) that original Winterfest was open all day, every day (weather permitting) in the first 10-year run. During weekdays it was open from 2-10, Saturdays 10am-11pm and Sundays 10am-9:30pm. In the last two seasons (if I recall) the weekday hours were shortened to open at 4. I guarantee that this year's Winterfest hours had everything to do with the park dipping their toes in the water carefully. Based on crowds, and what is no doubt an overwhelmingly positive response, I would not be surprised to see hours extended (at least for next season.) When I attended last Sat, I was baffled by the mad rush to Mystic Timbers. It was an immediate 2-hour wait. I figured it would be bombarded and there's so much else to do, I wisely skipped it to take in all the stuff I cannot see or do during normal park operations. I returned to MT just before closing and the line was only like 30 minutes long... so I got a ride. As far as what you should do first: My advice is, enjoy the Winterfest-specific things. I was there from 4-until close and didnt get to do half of what I wanted (not because of crowds - rather because there's so much to see and do.) One other thing of note from an "original pre-Paramount" Winterfest attendee.... I was blown away at how HUGE this version was... all the previous incarnations only utilized like 1/4 of the park.... this one is spread over 75% of the park. I distinctly recall maxing out, or doing most everything during the original 1982-92 incarnation in about 3-4 hours. This one far surpasses it and left me wanting more. It almost requires a return visit. They've really done a banner job - seriously, it's an amazing experience. I'll be back! P.S. I will throw in this caveat... attendees that just want to ride, ride, ride will likely be disappointed. Winterfest isn't, nor has it ever been, about the amusement attractions. It's meant to be a festive holiday atmosphere. Getting to ride an attraction is just an added bonus... but the focus lies on the overall event experience. I encourage everyone that attends to look past the obvious - there's a lot of joy and beauty to be seen.
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    Clearing Up "Black Sunday"

    Kings Island's Flight Commander was indeed relocated to Flamingo Land. Intamin built 4 "Flight Trainer" rides in the USA: Kings Island's (Flight Commander), Kings Dominion (Sky Pilot), California's Great America (Skyhawk) and Knott's Berry Farm (XK-1) The KI version was closed following the 1995 season and sold. The Knott's version operated through 1997, the KD version operated until 1998, and the Great America version until 1999. Knott's version was sold to Seibuen Yuenchi (a park in Japan) and was called simply "Flight Trainer" (the Intamin Catalog name.) Kings Island's was sent to Flamingoland where it was called Top Gun. The clincher is that this version was the only one that included a larger octagonal box at the top. When re-located to Flamingoland, it was painted to resemble the windows of an Air Traffic Control Tower.
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    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    The ice rink has always been built on temporary platforms above the fountains. It was always a popular myth in the early years of Winterfest that they froze the fountains. But that is simply impossible since the fountain is not built to be frozen - even if it had feezing coils and piping installed, the concrete would crack, electrical fail, fountain plumbing would be compromised etc. Personally, I'm curious to see where the staging platform will be (where you put on/take off your skates.) In the original years of Winterfest, it was at the end nearest to the main entrance. For the 1-year return during Paramount, they installed permanent access walkways and placed the staging area at the end nearest to the bandstand - opposite the previous set-up.