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Everything posted by Hmrapp

  1. Surprised no one has looked at the "top of pier cap elevations" in the second photo @Bansheeback posted. It doesn't make sense that so many footers are on the exact same elevation (and at that precision as well). It also appears to be that there is only a ten foot elevation change throughout the whole coaster. That just doesn't add up. First value set: Second value set:
  2. No sir. Just helps me keep tabs on what I've already read. Plus, what isn' t there to love about this seemingly endless game of cat and mouse?
  3. Could you imagine the buzz around this community if we get back to the park Friday and massive amounts of land not seen in the layout have been bulldozed. God, the energy in this thread would be unparalleled.
  4. On behalf of everyone else gnawing at the bit for anymore information, please show us the photos!
  5. Storm Chaser Review: Yesterday I had the opportunity to ride Storm Chaser 21 times in a three hour period. After being slightly disappointed with Steel Vengeance’s lack of insane ejector, I wanted to make an effort to get to Kentucky Kingdom. Interestingly, Storm Chaser opened an hour after the park itself opened. I ran into the plaza, through the queue, and into the station. Despite the one hour delayed opening of Storm Chaser, ops still had to wait for their supervisor to check restraints, back pads, and run two test trains. Sadly the back row was closed due to a poor adhesive jo
  6. Saw this guy at Cedar Point. Quickly knew Malem would be the only one wearing a KIC t-shirt and shorts on a cold Sandusky day. Great meeting you! I’ll be posting a review in the Steel Vengeance thread in the upcoming days.
  7. Hopefully this can get SeaWorld back on track. The unexpected departure of Joel Manby has left the company in a scramble. To make matters worse, Six Flags has made their intentions clear as day, as they are looking to purchase domestic parks. I’m really hoping that John Reilly can turn the tide back in favour of the company.
  8. @rhyano has said it best; Paddlewheel Excursions if rethemed and executed properly, could provide elegant views of the park. Just standing in Rougarou’s station makes me appreciate the geographic beauty of Cedar Point. Thanks to RonAnnArbor for these photos...
  9. @Outdoor Man... You could be sweltering on a brake run in the 90 degree, summer, Mason heat. I understand the disappointment that many recieved. However, the shed adds character, theming, and excitement to an already fantastic coaster. I believe that if everyone’s pre-conceived ideas were obliterated, the shed would have been considered a plot deepening element.
  10. Perfectly stated @whengodsaysgo. The imagery gave me chills. As much as a love the park itself, the community behind it has to be the most underrated thing about the park. The unity the park has created for hundreds upon hundreds of users is incredible. The tight knit relationships that have seemed to form from a simple passion of Kings Island is truly the most under rated thing about Kings Island.
  11. Thanks to StrategyOnline.Ca for this photo. I heard a mention of the infamous Leviathan billboard that was placed in outside of Toronto. I love the way the coaster POPS. If I was driving down I-71 and saw a billboard of these sorts advertising a Giga at KI, I would swerve off the road. Here is a photo... (Sorry for the poor quality)
  12. I'm shocked! No one has mentioned two AMAZING cloned coasters (I can think of numerous more models, hopefully this post can spark these ideas to float out). Firstly, Intamin Mega-Lites. These small, yet, intense coasters are notorious among Asian and Northern European enthusiasts. Five currently are operating (In chronological order of opening)... Kawasemi (Tobu Zoo Park), Piraten (Djurs Sommerland), Fly Over Mediterranean (Happy Valley Jinniu), Mega-Lite (Happy Valley Songjiang), and Light Speed (Visionland). I've heard many enthusiasts rave about these airtime machines. Secondly
  13. I've been chomping at the bits to start speaking again in this thread. It seems this thread is constantly radiating with activity and energy. I'm completely open-minded about Kings Island receiving a Giga. I've heard many opinions regarding this topic. In an industry of this magnitude, credibility is cherished like gold. I've heard very little talk about Zimmerman's new role in the chain, and have been pondering how much the absence of Mr. Ouimet will be felt. The Kinzel era and Ouimet era had their fair share of differences, how will the next compare? If Cedar Fair continues to venture down t
  14. SeaWorld is sadly in an insurmountable of trouble. I've discussed possibilities with fellow enthusiasts and have come to a general consensus that many would be pleased with the Herschend Family taking ownership of the franchise. Herschend has done a great job with both Dollywood and Silver Dollar City; As for Wild Adventures, the park definitely lacks a standout coaster (Cheetah is most definitely one of the most underrated woodies in North America though). The park overall has made huge strides since being sold from Adventure Parks Group. If one company could keep theming at par, add addition
  15. When you desperately try to control your dreams, or a start experimenting with lucid dream... Just to experience a slice of KI again.
  16. It’s amazing how observant we all are. It truly is a game of cat and mouse, and I love the constant uncertainty of what the future awaits. PR staff does a GREAT job keeping us on our toes as we do the same for them. This is some pure off-season fun! -Rapp will tell these stories of amazing times to the future crop of enthusiasts [emoji5]
  17. A new spark of hope just ignited into my little KI fanboy heart. I know it’s nothing grand or confirmed, yet, it’s the icing on the cake of such a fantastic and memorable year at Kings Island. The future is bright for us Kings Island enthusiasts.
  18. Thanks to Kentucky Kingdom and Reddit's r/rollercoasters I stumbled upon this teaser trailer. The trailer is quite vague and leads to many questions. However, a few facts can be drawn from the trailer... There appears to be a change from black and white into crisp color, there numerous video clips stretching from aerial views of the park, coaster POV's and dining options. Dramatic and climatic music plays throughout the trailer. A voice over states "You may know who I am", "You may not know who I am"... "You may know where I am", "You may not know where I am"..."But you wi
  19. Looks like the Eiffel Tower is suffering from flat-head syndrome. At least the LeVeque Tower is no longer alone [emoji23]. The symptoms are apparent.
  20. I feel this is a coaster enthuasist age old question, and truly has no definitive answer. Both manufacturers are innovative, brilliant and bright in the industry and have provided some breathtaking thrills throughout the amusement park world. The aesthetics of B&M’s have always struck me. Something about their perfectly symmetric steel track and the way the spine interacts with the narrow, parallel rails. The recent B&M’s front plazas are just gorgeous and stunning (Fury 325, Banshee, Thunderbird, Leviathan). The name... Bolliger and Mabillard sounds so professional and strikes fear in
  21. Carowinds went the extra mile decorating Fury 325. Hopefully Mystie is decorated or additional theming is added to truly spruce up the Christmas theming. Source: https://www.coaster101.com/2017/11/11/beginning-look-lot-like-christmas-carowinds-prepares-winterfest/
  22. I have to agree that BLSC doesn't fit it's current location and plays a quite odd role in Kings Islands coaster lineup. I personally feel that BLSC is a strong coaster with a variety of forces, the first launch into the helix has had me seeing stars on a few occasions. Yet, it's something about the dilapidated theme and long lines that seem to repel me away from it's tacky and uninviting entrance. Kings Dominion's and Canada's Wonderland's BLSC's both look to be wasted space. I wouldn't be surprised if these clones were to get the chopping block sometime in the next 5-10 years. Now what would
  23. That Eiffel Tower reminds me of something down south... Hmm... Yes! Here it is!
  24. I have been thinking about a speculation fence a LOT lately. My coaster enthusiasm was truly started at Kings Island and I will forever cherish the sacred land, no matter the coaster lineup. On August 8th, 2013 Banshee was announced, a record-breaking B&M invert that would establish KI's dominance in the Midwest. However, I had solidified the thought that Kings Island would be receiving a B&M Giga, similar to what Canada's Wonderland had received only a year prior. I was slightly disappointed but was ecstatic that my home park was getting some 24 million dollar TLC from Cedar Fair (Cou
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