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Skibum

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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Current Favorites: Millennium Force, Raptor, Banshee, Orion, and The Beast
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. It truly is a great book. Excellent details and descriptions. Truly fascinating.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. I won't say that I hated Vortex but I did not like it, especially in the last few years of its operation. First reason was that the first drop to me was underwhelming after that long lift hill. Decent air time but shorter than expected (early on before I became used to it). After that, the coaster just didn't age well. The looping curve developed a snap and the turn into the midcourse brake became painful. The funny thing is that I rode it in 1988 for the first time and, as it aged, I did too and I think that also had part of the blame. It just became harder for me to enjoy. I still ride The Beast but I'm careful to try and get a middle car and to also sit on the middle row and avoid the axles. This has made it much easier for me and I leave the back (former favorite spot) to those who are in better shape to take the beating.
  13. This is definitely great news. We have both been vaccinated and I've been counting down the days until the season pass days. Just not sure if we'll wear masks in line or if we will discard them. All the "science" is pointing to minimal risk, as others have said, for outside venues and thus I will probably keep the mask in my pocket. I'm more excited about full train operations. The coasters can get back to cranking people through and lines will be more normal. Less than two weeks to go!!
  14. We went there when X-Flight (aka Firehawk) opened. The coasters were a lot of fun and Batman: Knight Flight (now Dominator at KD) was especially enjoyable. I didn't care much for X-Flight there and my opinion didn't change when it moved to KI. The park, overall, was not attractive. The walkways seemed narrow, crowded, and the park seemed dirty. It definitely felt like a third-rate amusement park but with some nice coasters. At that time, I would have ranked the main Ohio parks (based on park upkeep and cleanliness) Cedar Point #1 by far, Paramounts Kings Island #2, and GL a very distant #3. I was hoping that, when Cedar Fair purchased GL, that Knight Flight would have been moved to KI but that didn't happen unfortunately. Yes, it was a pain to get to and we left long before park closing to make the three and a half hour drive home. So, we didn't have to fight the traffic in trying to escape on that two-lane road. I'm glad that I went but it never was a place that I wanted to go back to. I miss Sea World Aurora, though. It was so enjoyable and gave us exposure to the whales and dolphins that we couldn't experience without going far away. Sea World had a true sense of wonder for me. Back to thread. I don't see a need for Kings Island to create a new themed area. If we ignore The Vortex plot or take for granted that it will be addressed sooner than later, I would fix the Action Zone area first and see if there is a way to better connect it to the park instead of having the dead-end back by The Bat. I don't have any good ideas on how to do that but I think that would be a good start. Then, address the former Tomb Raider area and update the existing rides with broken effects. I would also begin adding back trees and some other landscaping to improve the look of the park. Some areas are really nice (walkway from BLSC to The Beast, walkway from International Street to Action Zone) and some areas are concrete wastelands (Planet Snoopy and Action Zone). I would love if they brought back the leafy tunnel using the arched arbor that used to connect Planet Snoopy (Hanna Barbara Land at the time) to Rivertown.
  15. I would love a Cheetah Hunt style coaster, more so than Maverick. With the land available, they could do a lot of different maneuvers including negotiating a valley of "rocks/cliffs". The terrain would really fit that kind of element. Again, it would take Cedar Fair and Intamin patching up their differences (similar to Arrow and Kings Island back in the 80's).
  16. I would appreciate adding back the effects on the second lift hill of AE. My personal "wish" would be (as someone stated a page ago) that a fully enclosed quick drop and/or helix would follow the second lift hill and then into the brake run. I get that the second lift's main purpose is to raise the train back up to the station level after dipping down into that valley-ish area. However, not much else needs to change. I like the red lighting that is in the mid-course tunnel and that could be implemented in the first tunnel. I enjoy riding this coaster although I have shifted to the center of the train to eliminate some wear/tear on my neck. RE: Backlot Stunt Coaster: I know this is off-topic but...I wish that they would plant some trees around it and eliminate the concrete aesthetic. Fully enclose what was meant to be the staircase (I think) just prior to the mid-course launch. I don't mind the scene with the helicopter except that it is rather ugly. Plus, that burst of heat off the flames is a bit rough when it is 95 degrees outside. Is this coaster part of Coney Island or Rivertown? Pick one (probably Coney) and then theme it that way. Have some flashbacks to the old Antique Cars by making part of the ride go through a covered bridge. I wouldn't really change the trip through the tunnel but maybe add some very low lighting.
  17. Kings Island also utilizes the park's terrain really well. Obviously, The Beast comes to mind but Banshee uses the terrain when it drops out of the first heartline roll. Those aren't elements but they also give the rides some different experiences.
  18. This looks like a nausea inducing experience. I do well on forward facing coasters and can handle inversions but the spinning element does not seem like a experience. Apologies if I have stated this before but I don't want a coaster that is just inversion heavy. One of Maverick's best attributes is that the inversions are secondary to the actual ride. Sweeping and/or overbanked curves and nice drops and bits of airtime are more preferable in my opinion.
  19. I realize that Steel Vengeance is still a recent ride opening but I would think that an RMC would be a little more cost efficient. While it would be ground up, I would think that an RMC costing around $15M would be a pretty efficient usage of that space where Vortex sat. Zadra supposedly was $16.5M to build. Steel Vengeance and Iron Gwazi were about half that much but they had an existing coaster superstructure to utilize (at least, to some extent). Plus, it would have a longer ride time than a dive coaster with many different elements available (standard coasters to inversions).
  20. Wow, I rode Banshee for the first time this year and was shocked at how rough and shaky the ride was. Honestly, I thought that maybe I had misremembered the ride last year and admittedly am a year older. However, reading these posts, I feel better. It was a very rough ride today. Orion felt smooth but I did notice a little side-to-side shuffling that could become unpleasant in a few years. For the record, I was in the back row on Banshee as well but I typically bounce between front and back row rides on this coaster on any given visit.
  21. Agree completely. Orion will chew through people, have a good line, and provide good rides to a lot of people. Plus, it will help balance the park a little bit away from The Beast/Mystic/Diamondback triangle. Plus, the area looks nice and has a better feel to it than when Firehawk was there. So, it's a winner for the park in a whole bunch of ways. My review was probably more the vantage point of someone who has been on a fair number of different coasters and likes when coasters feel different from each other. Again, your points are completely valid. No argument.
  22. Finally rode it today. Definitely felt too short. I was in the back but did not experience any major g-forces, even in the upward helix. The ride was smooth and fast but it really just felt like a slightly higher and shorter version of Diamondback, without the major airtime. I love Diamondback's second hill, where it curves at the bottom and I feel the speed more noticeably. Orion never had that kind of moment. The one area that I enjoyed was the sideways banked (wave turn?) second hill as that felt funny, in a good way. I enjoyed Millennium Force far more and I haven't been on any of B&M's other giga coasters to have a comparison. Again, enjoyable but not actually a must-ride for me going forward. Further, this does support my belief that it is probably time for Kings Island to bring in a different coaster manufacturer for their next ride. The operations were running smooth as well, after a brief delay to start the day. It was nice just to walk into the park and see the familiar sights of summer.
  23. Mantis always killed my lower legs but I managed to set the seat appropriately. I suppose that it was because of the g's involved but it was worse on the incline loop but still bad on the standard vertical loop. I have wanted to ride the coaster since its conversion to a floorless to find out if it was a better overall ride. I really don't want another stand-up coaster at Kings Island. I prefer inverted, floorless, and more standard sit-down coasters.
  24. I am not entirely certain where the Banshee rattle is but are the same forces (positive G's or whatever) involved as to where it happens on Diamondback? The bottom of the drop out of the hammer turn is painful for me. I typically ride the back row but I now ride middle to front of the train where the rattle isn't as impactful. Strangely, I don't notice on any other area of Diamondback but that one point. I have referred to it as a more of a quick jackhammer. It is good for a flash headache, though. Regarding Vortex, the ride quality went downhill probably in the early 2000's (prior to 2009). It just grew much rougher on some of the transitions, the turn into the brake run, and then the drop out of the brakes and into the corkscrews. It was like owning a car that used to be smooth but whose shocks had completely given out. Vortex used to be smooth (like most newer steel coasters) and it went downhill once it was approaching 20 years old.
  25. I am very envious of your 2020 Ride Count. Mine would read Hulk: 20, Hagrids: 1, and 7 Dwarves Mine Train: 3. I think that is it. Stupid COVID virus. I am waiting to see if KI posts the August calendar soon so that I can sign up for a day. Then, I can give my own Orion reviews although I figure that my reviews will be positive as it's a 300 foot drop and goes 92 mph. How can I not like that?
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