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Everything posted by CoastersRZ

  1. I agree, I wonder why they are trying this at Carowinds and not at KI as well. Two things immediately come to mind. Weather in Charlotte can be a little milder than in Cincinnati. They also have a brand new hotel that they are probably hoping to get some revenue out of. The name change is likely to differentiate this event from Winterfest, so that people are not comparing it to Winterfest, much like KI and Cedar Point have done with their Fall events this year.
  2. I once rode that ride nine times in a two hour span back in 2000, when they had ERT for pass holders from 8-10pm one day in late July. My thighs had bruises from the sides of the lapbars. The first drop was incredible. The loop was also very smooth. That first helix though... Ouch!
  3. Castles and Coasters in Phoenix seems to do fine, and it isn`t enclosed. I visited in the spring of 2016. Nothing spectacular, and the place was pretty busy. But it was an overcast day in late April. Not the middle of July when the temperatures would have been much more unbearable. I agree thought that the markets you mentioned would likely be successful if one were built.
  4. Remember, there used to be Krazy City at Tri-County Mall. It opened in December of 2007, and was closed by December of 2009. It featured electric go-karts, an arcade, mini bowling, mini golf, a couple small flat rides including a Wisdom Tornado ride, a Moser Spring Tower among a few others. I agree that indoor FECs (Family Entertainment Centers) can be fun. In the Cincinnati market, there is Scene 75 in Milford. They also have locations in Dayton and Columbus (and have begun adding the SBF spinning coasters to some of their locations (not the Cincinnati location yet). I agree that
  5. I went, along with my boss, Tony Ravagnani. Our entire office went. Both Tom Poff and Jim Messner from SHP and Dan Peak from Clark Reder were also there. It was hard to hear the audio on Fountain Square. Still cool to see a project that you worked on featured on a big screen tv like that.
  6. One of the downsides to the parks limiting their hours of operation is that people have less time to enjoy the attractions given the crowd size and the reduced capacity on the attractions. If the park had stayed open until 10pm on Saturday, people would have had two additional hours to enjoy the park. Even with the crowd levels, that would have allowed most guests the chance to ride another ride or two.
  7. https://www.facebook.com/events/852534388887054/?acontext={"ref"%3A"3"%2C"source"%3A"44"%2C"action_history"%3A"[{\"surface\"%3A\"permalink\"%2C\"mechanism\"%3A\"RHC\"%2C\"extra_data\"%3A[]}]"} Tracks Go Up: Cincinnati`s Giga Coaster rolls to Fountain Square at 4:45 on Tuesday, October 13th. Hear from the firms that helped create the station for Orion.
  8. And don`t forget that you can also catch him on the KIC Podcast, Episodes 6 and 7, 2019 Year in Review (Parts 1 and 2).
  9. Thanks for sharing that Ty! It is truly a unique item. I also appreciate the commentary that you added.
  10. Interesting that in park spending on food, beverage and merchandise spending was up 18%. I am sure others will agree, that we will be glad when this thing is over. And their numbers can begin to return to more normal levels. Impressive that they did have 1.3 million guests in the 3rd quarter.
  11. It still makes me sad to see all the ride pads sitting empty. Python apparently was going to be at the Kentucky State Fair this year, if they had been allowed to have rides there.
  12. That would not be a bad spot for that kind of ride either.
  13. I seem to also recall the actors being tethered to a wall so that they could not get close to the vehicles to be injured by them. Similar to how the characters on parade floats at Disney World are tethered to the float.
  14. Why not utilize the space behind the International Show Place and behind the Eiffel Tower for a wild mouse? That area of land has been vacant for years (they once set up a temporary Haunt in a tent in that location) after the old Salt Water Circus building was torn down. Diamondback`s transfer track and turn into the station sit on part of that land, but there still might be room to fit a wild mouse in there.
  15. I doubt that Cedar Fair invests much capital into hard rides for 2021. After all, most of their parks that were able to open, did so with an abbreviated season. I believe that Cedar Fair is trying to add something new to each of their parks every year, but that may not necessarily be a ride every year. Restaurant/food stand, special event, etc. also count to that. They have said they hope to space out the major capital projects like coasters at their parks. I would not look for Cedar Fair to sell any parks. They had toyed that idea at one point many years ago with California`s
  16. That building is the France building on International Street, so it is appropriate that they have a French themed eatery there. Glad to see something there, as opposed to the closed Yogurt Plus stand.
  17. I would love to get a 50th anniversary logo with some 50th anniversary merchandise. I think Planet Snoopy could use some love in the form of a couple of new attractions. I mean, the last two new attractions added were in 2015. And prior to that the 2006 renovation removed several rides (hand cars anyone? Those were my favorite). There are just some areas that have a lot of open space that could use a new ride for the kids. Having a kid that is 40.5" (and just rode Viking Fury over the weekend), there definitely could be a few more things for him to do in Planet Snoopy. Carowinds ha
  18. Wow. Will be sad to see it go. Back in the day there were tons of park specific fan sites like Carowinds Connection. Hopefully someone will build a new site dedicated to Carowinds. We are very fortunate to have KIC. I remember the days when there was PKIUnlimited. Hard to believe that I have been a staff member here on KIC going on 15 years next month. I joined in October of 2005, shortly before Winterfest 2.0 opened.
  19. In my opinion, Cedar Fair has the better guest experience compared to Six Flags. Cedar Fair parks just seem better kept. Six Flags parks (at least the ones I have been to which is Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Great Adventure, and Six Flags Magic Mountain), all seem to have a cheap feel to them. From the theming to the way rides are placed to even the way that the buildings are painted. Now I have never been to a Six Flags park for their Christmas event, or for their Halloween events. But Cedar Fair parks just feel like they are built and maintained better with mo
  20. Way back before the pandemic began, I was told by my boss, that I was going to get to go to IAAPA this year. With the downturn in work coming in, that was off the table. Sad that it is canceled, but understandable. Hopefully business improves and I can attend next year. I have always wanted to attend this event, especially since my line of work is architecture. And I have done some entertainment architecture projects at my job.
  21. Yep. That definitely looks like the Coney Island and Lake Como Railroad. Interesting tidbit is that "tunnel"/bridge that the train was going through allowed cars to access the parking lot. That tunnel/bridge is still standing to this day at the park.
  22. Yep. You can actually see the line for King Cobra with people in line on the right side of the above photo. The entrance to King Cobra is today just to the left of the Ice Scream Zone. The exit to the ride, originally exited through a gift shop. In 1999 when Ice Scream Zone, the exit was just to the right of Ice Scream Zone, close to where the exit for Delirium is.
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