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  1. My guess is: 1) Change launch to LSM; 2) Redirect or cover the queue and 3) Potential name change. Changing the top hat height would probably require re-engineering some of the supports. My only wish would be that they would lengthen the coaster to include a better layout but the cash outlay would be enormous, given the potential changeover to LSM's (including retrofitting the trains with that equipment).
  2. I wish that they could bring back a water feature. I loved the waterfall that used to be there as it really made that spot in the park feel special. Just a standard fountain would be a great addition and would make that area more relaxing by blocking out some of the sounds.
  3. Quick question. Is the trim just after the first turn before the drop into the valley still on and as impactful? I was hoping, foolishly perhaps, that they would eliminate that and let the train give a pop of air as it zoomed over and down into that drop.
  4. I would guess also that Cedar Fair had the capital allocation established and could not change that easily. Thus, they used the established budget and worked with B&M to build a coaster on that ground within the budget (which you covered in your research). For the 50th, I like the updates to The Beast and maybe they can also get the animatronics working on Adventure Express. I wouldn't mind seeing a special event that lasts well into the night to commemorate the 50th along with a larger fireworks show. Maybe some banners showing past rides (placed close to where the rides sat).
  5. They should eliminate the magnetic brake that slows the coaster down immediately after the first drop before the drop into the ravine. Then, use the ravine's full depth and come out higher, right turn at 90 degrees, and then drop and add a camelback where the shed is (eliminating that whole dull stretch).
  6. I may have stated this before but my preference would be to get rid of this ride and Invertigo and that is where a lovely RMC hybrid could go. Maybe take out Timberwolf, if needed, and that would give such a great first view of Kings Island. Plus, you eliminate a low capacity coaster and a water ride that is not adding much to the park. Of course, I'm not a "shoot the chutes" fan to begin with and that colors my perspective. At the same time, Action Zone could be rethemed to a more spooky setting (The Bat and Banshee are already there) by changing Delirium's and Drop Tower's names and adding just a little themed pieces to the area. I would then add more trees to the concrete slab that is Action Zone.
  7. Having been on Avalanche Run/Disaster Transport at CP and Avalanche at KD, I would not prefer a bobsled ride. First, the capacity is terrible and the ride experience is so-so. I suppose that the ride is good for a family ride but I think a dark ride would be a better addition.
  8. I would highly prefer this. Plant trees, remove or retheme the containers (retheme since they contain the electronics and tunnel, and maybe give the "subway" the mine feel with cross timbers and maybe some very dim lanterns. I always love water features but adding in trees would both help the coaster's theme and would be attractive from outside of the ride and queue. My only concern with this is the Dollywood has a coaster (Firechaser Express) themed to fighting forest fires and this would feel duplicative.
  9. Current Favorites: Millennium Force, Raptor, Banshee, Orion, and The Beast
  10. The book provides a great description of the planning for Orion and it is clear that they did not just take the hypercoaster layout and budget and giga-size it for Orion. Also, the front of the park looks really nice with the trees and doesn't need a coaster necessarily clogging it up. Although, I wouldn't mind seeing Invertigo leaving and an RMC or junior hyper taking over that spot. I'd hate to lose Timberwolf but it is really only used three days a year (unless I am forgetting something) and is taking up some vital land. The superstructure of a wood coaster would be an inviting view from outside of the park in that location.
  11. While I think that Intamin would bring a little more intensity to the KI mix, I would also expect Mack or Gerstlauer to be the next provider. Intamin has so many options and I would love to see something like Kondaa in Vortex's spot. A blitz coaster would be fun as well including a multi-launch coaster like Taron. From a park perspective, it would round out some of the offerings that Kings Island has.
  12. It truly is a great book. Excellent details and descriptions. Truly fascinating.
  13. Finally ordered my copy and cannot wait to receive it tomorrow. I've been going to the park since 1975 and this history will be a true walk through time for me.
  14. I will allow that it might have been unrelated to a coaster. Again, I was at the intersection of Western Row and Kings Island Drive and was headed east. So, I really didn't have the time to really look at it. For all I know, it was a piece to a wireless tower.
  15. Not sure but it looked like steel coaster support on a flatbed over by the employee entrance today. It was a medium gray and approximately 20 feet long. This was at 4:15 PM. Could not take a picture as I was driving.
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