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  1. I have loved the Screamin Swings that I have been on (Skyhwak and Barnstormer). They are fun rides, One put on the former Salt Water Circus site would be a nice added addition on a midway that has seemed under utilized for far too long.
  2. I think that the lights may have been removed when the ride was refurbished in the year 2000, when the ride was standing but not operating for that season. When it reopened in 2001, I believe that those lights were gone. Not positive on that, but I know they have been gone for a while.
  3. My wife has consistently stated that she wished the dining plan had a snack option, for things like an Auntie Ann`s Pretzel, or when she just wants fries from Rivertown Potato Works but doesn`t want a whole mean. Weren`t they testing that at one of the other Cedar Fair parks back in 2019?
  4. I agree, that they should reconfigure the queue so that is utilizes the full queue instead of just half. They didn`t really modify the queue after they added Fast Lane to it, which is when they stopped using the right side. I still miss the shaded structure that extended from the main queue to the ramp. It was nice on sunny days to provide some shade in that area.
  5. Cedar Point has several large metro areas to pull from. And keep in mind at Cedar Point, there is more to do than just the amusement park. There is the water park, the beach, they have a large marina, Castaway Bay, the Sports Force Park for tournaments, the Saw Mill Creek resort, the beauty of Lake Erie. One could easily spend an entire day at Cedar Point/surrounding hotels, without even setting foot in the amusement park. It is more of a destination park compared to KI, in part because it has the hotel infrastructure (owned by Cedar Fair) to support that kind of activity. KI has surrounding hotels, and can be a multi-day park for non-Cincinnatians. However the surrounding hotels are not owned by Cedar Fair, so it does not generate additional revenue by guests staying in the hotels, like it does at Cedar Point, Knott`s, and the Carowinds hotel.
  6. And keep in mind that Banshee is the longest inverted coaster in the world. It beats out Raptor at Cedar Point. I would hardly say that it is scaled down. I will admit that Cedar Point`s water park is better than KI`s. Part of that is because Cedar Point has all the hotel rooms to fill, and they are more of a vacation destination, when compared to KI.
  7. Except, Firehawk was a low capacity ride which required lots of operators to run. Vortex from what I had heard was going to need some major money to keep it running. If you read Evan`s KI history book, we should be fortunate that KI got Orion, since it was originally slated for another park. On your subject of Knott`s, yes they are landlocked. But look at the market that they are operating in. Disneyland and Universal are not far, so competition is more prominent there. Also, look at what Knott`s has added since 2010 in terms of coasters. Coast Rider in 2013 (Mack wild mouse) and Hang Time in 2018 (Gerstlauer Infinity coaster). Kings Island in that same span has added Banshee (2014), Mystic Timbers (2017) and Orion (2020). Clearly Cedar Fair is investing money in KI. Also, Knott`s is open year round, so if they get a major new coaster, it can draw crowds over more days compared to KI. Knott`s is a terrific park. Is it sad that KI lost Vortex? Yes. I think that the park needs to add something in that spot soon, as it makes the back end of Coney Mall seem very barren. I still don`t like that you can see The Beast`s station from the three point challenge.
  8. I kind of suspected this might be happening when the front of the organ was missing when I rode the Carouse at Winterfest earlier this year. Hopefully the restoration will allow it to play continuously. It adds a certain nostalgic fee to the carousel. Thanks KI for taking the time and money to restore this historical item!
  9. I wonder how much of the parking lot they are actually going to repave. It has needed some work lately, as the pot holes were quite treacherous and sometimes difficult to avoid.
  10. They may not actually be repaving the lot right now, just preparing to repave. Most asphalt plants shut down in the area for the winter and reopen in early spring.
  11. Or we may not find out anything until the park opens for the 2022 season...
  12. I am excited that they announced opening day already. April 16th is the day before Easter. I am glad that they are opening at their usual opening time in mid-April instead of the beginning of May like they did this year. This looks to be a more "normal" operating calendar. Ie, 10am openings, and daily operations beginning in mid-late May.
  13. I assume that he was referring to the new coaster track that Gravity Group installed on The Racer this past off season. It would seem like a logical place to expand the use of that track. By all accounts, Racer was moving great with this new track from GG. Only would make sense KI would use more of it. Unless there were cost/schedule reasons for not using it.
  14. I think the real issue is current ownership. They are the ones that prompted the decision to remove the rides. Still a silly move in my opinion. I wish someone would purchase it and reinvest in the dry side and add a couple of things to the pool as well.
  15. One thing I noticed, which was not directly Winterfest related, was that the band organ front on the Carousel had been removed. Hopefully it is getting a refurbishment for the 50th. In its place they had some panels that had graphics on them to emulate the surrounding panels. The middle graphic said “Grand Carousel. Eat. 1923”. Opps! Somebody didn’t double check that graphic! It should say 1926. I liked the trees in Planet Snoopy. They did away with the dimly lit “giant light bulbs” hanging in the trees they used to have and had the canopies of the trees done in lots of different colored lights. I also like the white and blue in the trees on the back side of the Festhaus by Delirium and the Kings Island Theater!
  16. Well, the Racer at Kings Island is visible from most of the Coney Mall midway. Racer 75 is not as visible from their main midway. It is located by their water park, Water Works. And the far turnaround is located by Lake Charles and Anaconda, so it is not as visible as what Racer is. Wood coaster track is not normally painted these days because the wood is treated wood, and the need to often retrack/replace pieces, especially the top few layers of wood. I would love to see the original red and blue return. Or at least paint the handrails.
  17. I saw that Premier Rides would be assisting in the refurbishment of the ride. It sure would be nice if they could start marketing this as a new classic ride for other parks to add to their line up. Kings Island could use a classic flat ride or two.
  18. If I had to guess, Scene 75 gets their annual inspection done in December, for the following year. So they are re-certified a few days/weeks before the certification were to expire. Much the same way people renew their driver`s license shortly before they expire.
  19. Jack Rouse was originally involved with live shows at Kings Island during the Taft and later Kings Entertainment Co (KECO) days. Many of the original staff members at JRA were former KI live entertainment people. The original Bubba Gump Shrimp Co concept was also developed by JRA, and I believe they did the concept work for Winterfest in 2005. JRA is based in Cincinnati, about a block from where my current office is. In fact, about six years ago, I was "loaned" to them for about a week from my current place of employment because they were swamped with a project. I assisted on a water coaster overseas. I am sure there are other connections as well.
  20. I believe that in 2019, the park opened Winterfest the weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving. Yes, I would love to see them extend Winterfest a weekend or two earlier, and would love to see them extend it a weekend into January, then maybe KI could be open on my birthday (January 9th). However, extending into January is problematic with the rides. The rides are certified by year. So once midnight on New Year`s eve hits, the rides technically are no longer certified to operate by the Ohio Department of Agriculture`s Rides Safety Division. I wonder if they can create some kind of extension to remedy this situation in the future? I would love for the park to open at say 3pm on some days for Winterfest. There is just so much to see and do, that you can`t do everything in one visit. That might be part of the plan, forcing people to visit a second time makes them buy another admission ticket if they do not have a pass, or if the have a pass, gives them more opportunity to spend money buying food/going ice skating, etc.
  21. I agree. I much prefer having the live E stage in the Festhaus then the theater in the round set up they had back in 2005. I am glad that we are getting the Winterfest parade. That was one of the highlights from Winterfest 2005. I still would like to see some live entertainment and story come to the train one of these years for Winterfest, like it had in 2005.
  22. Sometimes the primer that they use on these coasters is a white to cream in color.
  23. Very nice video. And Tony in the ride operations segment is Tony Caravillano, who is now the GM at Worlds of Fun.
  24. Very exciting. Dollywood is a fantastic park. It is the only park besides Kings Island where I have had a season pass. I will be going down there in about a month and taking my kids, parents, and in laws. We can`t wait. It looks like that site plan is for the Wildwood Grove area of the park. Exciting to see the expansion. Dollywood has really expanded a lot these last several years. I remember my first visit before Wild Eagle, FireChaser Express, and Lightning Rod were at the park.
  25. Is this a Canada`s Wonderland requirement or a requirement of the local government there?
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