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Everything posted by Shaggy

  1. I'd kill to have that Mustang from this ride for posterity.
  2. Speaking of Kill Mart/the old Skeeball building. Out of curiosity, does KI still have Skeeball in any of the arcades? Its been at least 20 years since I've even been in one of the arcades at KI. It was a HUGE deal (once upon a time) at KI. You used have to wait in line to play sometimes. Side note - if they were ever to bring back a Fascintation Parlor, I'd never want to leave. For old schoolers, such as me, that game was more fun than I can even describe. There's VERY few left... but is, by far, my favorite "game" that I ever played at a park. Also, most parks have eliminated
  3. Tangent - There is an old 1800's cemetery on my Maternal Grandparents farmland. Many/most graves in that portion of the south were covered with concrete or stone slabs. I once asked "why?" as a kid and was told it was to keep the coffins/bodies from raising out of the ground if it got too saturated. (Its very close to the ocean, so the water table is high.) As a kid, whenever me and my cousins would play outside, we were warned by our family to "stay away out of respect for the people lying there." That combined with the vivid childhood thought of seeing a casket raising out of the g
  4. Because of the outrageous scalping issues they've faced, Disney has now instituted MerchPass on ShopDisney.com. The stores must now adhere to a "lottery" system when exclusives are released at retail. Ticketmaster has done the same with Verified fan and virtual queing. I have a very distinct opinion on this subject, since I've spent the past 25 years in an industry that fights scalping everyday. But, frankly, this board is already waaaaay to full of people's opinions, and virtually Every.Single.Thread becomes a disagreement or argument anymore. I will say, KI did a really good th
  5. I remember park Reps spoke at an ACE event during the Paramount years and revealed they were restricted from displaying certain moving images on the (then) new sign. For instance, they could not show ride footage and/or commercials. The issue was raised based on the concerns that local authorities (I assume ODOT) had with it affecting traffic flow. I would assume that still plays into what they show, and the time each image spends on the screen.
  6. I’m hearing they sold out but are taking orders...
  7. While I definitely think KI deserves the title "night ride capital of the world", there are some challengers. Ever ride Phoenix at Knoebels in the pitch dark? Or Raven at HW? Or Iron Rattler at SFFT? Or Ghostrider at Knotts? Wooo weee those are insane after sunset.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. "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
  14. Kyle is doing great stuff! Love his historical documentation.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. No Johnny Quest afaik - but Moby Dick showed up in this form...
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. These are the best merchandise items sold at the park these days.
  24. I couldn't agree more. For those of us fortunate enough to experience those years in the early-to-mid 1980's, its really impossible to describe the "vibe" at the park. I've never experienced it anywhere else, in the same way. It really stood in a league all its own on many levels. I wish I had the perfect word to describe it, but never find one that explains it. The Bat was a jaw dropper. At the time, it was like something from another world. I remember there were always people lining the perimeter fence to watch it. One of the amazing things about it was that it really wasn't that
  25. LOL - your eyes are very good... and yes, I have quite a few Ghosts from Disney... ;-)
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