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  1. And on that day, the signs warning that roller coasters are fast and may be rough started showing up.
  2. That kind of mentality being handed down is a real issue. You are literally teaching your children that people are there to serve you. I get it, when you go to a nice sit down restaurant, the servers are there to serve you, it's literally in the name.... still doesn't stop me from pre-bussing my table for them.
  3. That's just nasty. I can't imagine thinking that's a good idea.
  4. I may have finally figured out the Banshee stacking thing on Saturday. I rode Banshee 3 times.... and of that 2 of the times I went to get on, the OTS was only about half way up. They had to up bar for me to be able to actually even get into the seat. I think what's happening is short people, and or jerks are not putting the OTS all the way up when they get out, causing a major slow down in the loading process. Top that off with the number of people that kick off their shoes when they get on, and then the ops have to walk through and physically put peoples' shoes back on them for them... it can become a mess.
  5. There was a time where I was on The Racer, I believe it was probably 2 seasons ago, where a group of kids towards the front had ripped up a stack of park maps, and sat them in their laps on the lift hill, so that as the coaster started going, there was confetti going everywhere. Other peoples' kids annoy me. Visit before last, there was a kid in the row in front of my 4 year old son and me on Woodstock Express that stood up on the lift hill. He was probably 9 or 10, so certainly old enough to know better. His dad and younger brother were in the row in front of him. I snapped at him "Do you want to die, because that's how you die". Then when we got off the ride, the driver snapped at him too. More other peoples' kids.... ugh.
  6. One of the things that I have trouble grasping is people being terrified to ride roller coasters. I actually don't really understand it. They are indeed safe. It's a very controlled situation... controlled chaos, but it's controlled. Maybe I have a warped sense of things, because I've been doing this for the majority of my life, but I just don't understand it. It seems like every time I hit the park, I hear someone arguing with someone in their group trying to get them to ride Diamondback. I have on numerous occasion stopped and mentioned it is the smoothest coaster in the park, and not to let the height scare you because it is far and beyond one of the best experiences in the park. Then I get to talking to them, and they've been on Vortex, Beast, and sometimes even Banshee, but are terrified of Diamondback. I always ask them, so you've ridden what in its day was a record setting Arrow Looper, and you're afraid of something because it's tall? I'm at about an 80% success rate of talking people into Diamondback. Of those times, I've ridden in a row near the person, and asked them after the ride what they thought, and most of them end up really enjoying it.
  7. If I'm to be honest, I think that part about it that angers me so much is that as someone who vapes, I take the time to go to the smoking areas to do it. It makes me angry that people don't have the consideration for those around them.
  8. I greatly look forward to that part. The Beast, and Diamondback being out away from ambient light when you're doing a dark ride is AMAZING.
  9. I'm not going to lie, every day I jump on the KI website to see if that new cam is up yet. I have to imagine that they'll start going vertical in the near future. The footers are there, and there is steel showing up. I'm still stoked for a new ride experience. Can not wait for next season
  10. One of the ops on Racer Saturday said something about "go ride Firehawk in Area 72 now, if you can find it!!" then off the mic he said "I don't like that name". Honestly, it's ok to have an opinion, but I could see how the supervisors would probably have an issue with some of those opinions being voiced by the employees.
  11. When the ride was new, and was Top Gun, the station was actually 2 floors, and had the turn styles on the lower floor area. You walked through what looked like an aircraft carrier. It was actually a really cool station then.
  12. I’ve seen a lot of it today too. Disney has already done it, I wouldn’t be surprised if it starts to become the norm at all theme parks. I vape myself, and it makes me mad when I’m walking through the park and randomly walk through a cloud of that too.
  13. I looked in there earlier and there was nothing in it!! Lol
  14. Not much new. There is action, but the track piece hasn’t moved
  15. I’m at the park today. Sitting at the brew house now having an orange agave beer, but I’ll head up the tower when I’m done and snap a pic or 2. If anyone is at the park today, shout out on here and we can hang. I’m here by myself again today.
  16. I seem to remember hearing somewhere that PTC had said that the trains theoretically could be run backwards safely.... but I don't know if they would go back to that or not.
  17. Who wants to bet that the next rendering video they make, they'll have redone the digital rendering of Racer? After having 150 people ask him about recaR last night, Don probably called everyone in charge of it and made it known!! LOL
  18. I used to be terrified of heights... then I bought a house. Having to get up on the roof to clean gutters, and having a few rooms in my house that have 2 story ceiling heights, and having to paint those rooms, has made me get over that fast. Now I have a few friends that call me to come over with my giant ladder to do stuff for them because they're too scared to get up there and do it. LOL.
  19. A lot of people also go to that excuse to sound better than to say "ya know what, that's far beyond my comfort zone, I'm scared to ride that". I have a few friends that have extreme issues with heights, and won't ride coasters because of it. I'll take that (doesn't stop me from pushing them to face their fears and ride) at least they're saying "nope I'm scared of that", and it's a legitimate fear.
  20. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2018/january/winter-busiest-time-of-year-for-maintenance-crews You can start by showing them this blogpost and video, that shows the lengths that the park goes to to ensure that their rides are safe and mechanically sound. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amusement_park_accidents This page shows some statistics of ride accidents. In the end of it all, I usually point out to people that I'm 38 years old. I've been riding the biggest and baddest of coasters since I was roughly 6. I rode Vortex opening season. The worst I've gotten was a bruise, and that's because I'm an arms up rider, and end up bruising my upper arms on the OTS restraints. My odds are good so far!! You're more likely to be injured by tripping while walking to the ride, than you are on the ride. Your shoe laces are more likely to cause you injury than a roller coaster.
  21. I think that technically, I could make it... I get off at 6, and if I hit the highway immediately after, I could probably roll into mason at about 8. It would be a stretch, then however, I'd have to drive back to Indy, only to be at work at 6:30 tomorrow morning, and that sounds terrible. So I will be watching from the live stream tonight.
  22. Ok, I thought I remembered someone linking the track codes to the prints, but couldn't recall. So now, maybe the new hashtag could be #whereisthetrack
  23. Here's another thing to think.... Did anyone ever 100% confirm that the blue track is ours? What if the blue track is going somewhere else all together, and our excitement had the blue track being ours?
  24. Ah ha, well that makes sense then.
  25. Interesting turn of events. I thought "surely they aren't going to take a piece to the park yet, the crane is still in a pile of parts in the parking lot." Well color me wrong.
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