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  1. The cinnamon bread grilled cheese sounds delicious!
  2. Yep, you can`t buy extra tickets, even through P&G. As a reminder to everyone else, Kings Island is CLOSED to the general public and season pass holders this weekend. It is only open for a private event for P&G employees, retirees and their families. You must have a ticket to get into this event.
  3. When was the last time a bobsled coaster was built? In my opinion, they are not the most thrilling rides. They are also not high capacity rides by any means.
  4. I doubt it was because of cash flow issues that they are just now fixing it. More likely they tried other things first, and those did not work. They may have had to bring in an outside contractor to fix it, and a lot of plumbers and electricians are extremely busy right now, so it could have taken a while to schedule the repair as well. They could have also wanted to wait until daily operation was over so they had more time to fix the issue during daylight hours without having guests in the park.
  5. Paul Brown Stadium is going cashless this year: https://www.fox19.com/2021/08/17/paul-brown-stadium-going-cashless-bengals-2021-22-season/
  6. That is largely because it is far cheaper to do that, and be able to get equipment in than to selectively cut down trees. I would say that they did a fairly good job with Mystic Timbers. The structure is still fairly close to several trees that were not cut down.
  7. The park added a passenger elevator several years back to provide ADA access to the second floor (main level of the IR). Prior to that, the only accessible access was through a freight/back of house elevator.
  8. To be fair, KI did add some hours on Sundays in October. They now close at 8pm instead of 7pm, like they have for years. Granted, they are still down a total of 1 hour on a typical Haunt weekend, thanks to the midnight closes compared to the 1am closes on Fridays and Saturdays. I hope, by next spring, that the pandemic will be in a better place, and that KI can open earlier in the season (mid to early April like they used to), and that the 10am openings come back.
  9. Were they actual Winterfest floats, or were they still the Grand Carnivale floats? I know as of a couple weeks ago, they still had the Grand Carnivale floats in the tent structure next to the Racer. I would love if KI did have the Winterfest Parade. Back in the 2005 incarnation of Winterfest, they had a parade. It was really well done and added a lot of festive environment to the park.
  10. I have come to expect the 11am openings during Haunt. That is pretty standard. I was pleasantly surprised to see the 8pm closes on Sunday evenings.
  11. I think KI will have Haunt and Winterfest. Keep in mind that Huant doesn`t start for another month. A lot can happen in that time. Yes, cases locally are rising, but there are signs, particularly in the south in states like Florida, where cases are peaking or starting to decline. Again, one of the best ways to protect oneself is to get the vaccine.
  12. What some people don`t realize is that 50% capacity at most amusement parks is pretty decent sized crowd. Imagine the busiest Haunt days at KI, and then take 50% of that, and it would still result in a very busy day at KI.
  13. Just from a wear and tear point of view, an LSM launch like on Red Force, seems like it would result in less moving parts that need to be inspected and could wear out. I wonder what the cost of operating LSM verse the hydraulic launch is on TTD. Not to mention the conversion costs.
  14. I am still surprised that the park has not added anything on the site of where the Dolphin show arena was once located. That entire path back to the Rivertown restrooms has seemed deserted for years. It would be a good spot for a new flat ride of some sort. I have seen that food stand open several times this season though.
  15. And if I had bought a pass exclusively for the purpose of riding those rides, I would be a bit upset about not being able to ride a new ride that was advertised.
  16. It definitely looked like water from a pressure washer. Not sure that they would use sand blasting that high up in the air. The sand would be blown all over the park if they did that. I couldn`t look that closely as I was driving on 71.
  17. I drove by the park on 71 today on my way from a site visit in Lebanon. It looked like they were power washing the observation platforms. I saw water spraying off of it.
  18. But keep in mind that Cedar Fair opened most of their parks later than Six Flags did this year. Therefore they had less operating days compared to Six Flags to make money. From what I have seen at KI, people are still showing up and spending money.
  19. Sounds to me like it might be part of Tricks and Treats.
  20. You can buy Skyline in cans at some Kroger locations in Arizona. Actually, ten years ago today, I ate at the Skyline in Clearwater, Florida! I don`t understand the hate for Skyline or LaRosa`s. If they ever got rid of LaRosa`s, I would think they would want to replace it with another pizza place. Dewey`s Pizza is awesome, but I think the price point for Dewey`s is a bit high to be added to KI. The first Dewey`s location was in Cincinnati`s Oakley neighborhood. Now they have grown to about 25 locations, in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, St. Louis and Kansas City.
  21. Keep in mind that they are selling passes to Kings Island for $109. That is by comparable to recent years, but still more expensive then ten years ago. I remember when they were $79.99 a person!
  22. I don`t know if that is a rebranding. The description reads "For parents with children too old for some of the Tricks And Treats Fall Fest activities and too young for Halloween Haunt," Sounds like something for the slightly older kids to do, but for those who maybe too young for Haunt stuff.
  23. https://kicentral.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Episode-17-Maureen-Kaiser-Richmond.mp3 Better late than never. Sorry for the delay in getting the next podcast published. We have had this one recorded since early May! Host Robbie Zerhusen (CoastersRZ) is joined by Brad Perdue (IndyGuy4KI) on this episode of the KICentral Podcast. On this episode, we have special guest, Maureen Kaiser Richmond. She was manager of communications and guest experience from 2003 to 2007 at Kings Island. We discuss her time at the park. Enjoy! Robbie
  24. Thanks for the kind words on the podcast. It was a lot of fun recording that episode. One day I will take the family down to his park. I have heard nothing but great things about that park.
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