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  1. I agree with you. I got a front row zen ride on El Toro last summer and it was painful.
  2. Thanks for posting these pictures. It was great to see some of the aerial and ride pictures of very rare-to-find attractions of the past. It always amazes me how much the park has changed over the years.
  3. I think dark rides can be worth the investment if they are well done and use the appropriate ride system. I think one of the biggest problems with Wonder Mountain's Guardian is that the ride system has such a low throughput that it doesn't make a lot of sense. They have also had problems with the 3D animation screens which were supposed to switch to 2D animation this year to help with the graininess of the video quality (per the ACE event I attended last September). The other problem is that dark rides in a regional park atmosphere either need to use an Omnimover system or the boat-type system that Enchanted Voyage used to be really effective. Monster Mansion (as mentioned earlier in the thread) at SFOG is a great example of what can be done when the system is at its best. Original IP and a great way to get out of the sun for a few minutes. The problem with the shoot-em-up type rides are that the blasters are so finicky. That is not just a KI problem, it happens everywhere. I do think CF should go to a company like Sally and have them work up some Peanuts-themed dark ride ideas and then update all of the various Boo Blasters rides with the same overlay. The other major benefit with dark rides are they give another ride that can be open year-round which gives another ride that can be opened during Winterfest. Dark rides are probably never going to be headliners in a regional park atmosphere but they do a good job of filling out the overall line-up.
  4. While at this point IMO KK is a half day park, them growing can only be a good thing for us as KI fans. More competition is going to make KI invest more to keep people coming to KI. If the addition is a Raptor that is the perfect type of addition for KK.
  5. If Vortex was built in the days of social media, it would probably be, "I can't believe Kings Island is building another Arrow, they expect this to be something that lasts a long time? They should've went with Togo."
  6. One interesting option would be if they did something like the Gravity Group coaster that Dorney is getting. It would seem to check a lot of boxes (small footprint, likely low cost).
  7. When I saw @King Ding Dong had posted in this thread, I was hoping we could color our own Rivertown Freestyle location.
  8. I'm definitely looking forward to the reverse trebel clef, as the trebel clef is my favorite of Fury's elements. I also think that helix near the end has the potential to be the best element. I do think this is going to be a case like a Lightning Rod where even though a short ride, it packs so many elements in that it will be a great coaster and should easily be the best steel coaster in the park.
  9. I can attest to the fact that Lost Coaster will valley with less than four people. They sent my car with just three people. We got halfway thru the course and came to a dead stop. After what seemed like 10 or 15 minutes, maintenance walked up, re-set the ride, and we finished the course. Definitely the strangest coaster experience I've ever had.
  10. Great news. I enjoyed IB a lot when I went there a couple years ago. I look forward to see what improvements they make.
  11. Yeah basically the gist of what was said is we don't remove rides just because enthusiasts don't like them. Wonderland is relatively land locked so I think when they are ready to build another coaster that is when something will get removed. Being how busy that park gets, they do need to try to add something with good capacity.
  12. I really enjoy Wonderland but after their top 3 (Leviathan, Behemoth, and Yukon Striker) it goes down quickly. The fourth best coaster in the park is probably Vortex (which is the exact same layout as our Top Gun/The Bat). I like Minebuster more than most but aside from those all of the rest of the coasters are easily replaceable. I attended the Coasters 'Eh event there last year and they have no plans to get rid of Flight Deck (my worst coaster ever). I could see Time Warp leaving though and a Mack Multi-Launch would go good in that area of the park. An RMC or GCI would also be great in the park but they would have to work thru the builder issues mentioned a few posts above.
  13. I could see the chain going to a Mondial, Gerstlauer, or Larson and buying some flat rides in bulk. It would likely bring the cost down. I could see them for example putting a Mondial Top Scan at KI, KD, WOF, DP, and CP. Carowinds, Wonderland, and Knott's already have one.
  14. One of the things I have been wondering is if theme parks reconsider queue design and also the amount of restroom facilities. While KI is in relatively good shape on the restroom component, it probably wouldn't hurt to have another restroom between The Beast and the train station, another one closer to the Eiffel Tower, and of course one in Area 72 (since we haven't had that officially confirmed). Obviously there are costs associated with that, but it makes sense to have more.
  15. ^ I had always heard because they wanted to make Drop Zone/Drop Tower the tallest structure.
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