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  1. I think it would be really nice to see this. I wouldn't say that Firehawk was as "iconic" if you will as SOB but it is definitely a unique coaster due to the lack of Vekoma flyers in existence. It would also be nice because it could also remind people of Geauga Lake and be an indirect "shrine" to the park
  2. Does anyone know how long the brake section is? The Wikipedia page says that the drop height is 264 and that is not including the break section. However, I know that it does not take riders over 275 feet because the 275 platform on the Eiffel Tower is the highest point a person can be in the park. That means that the brake section is only 10-11 feet tall at most which doesn't seem too likely to me. I suppose maybe the ground elevation plays a factor in this
  3. If on the off chance that the predicted 2020 coaster isn't a giga, I would love to get a B&M flyer right where Firehawk was just for the meme. I can just imagine the countless number of times you would hear "Isn't that Firehawk? I thought they tore it down". Seriously though a B&M flyer would be cool to get since there isn't one really close. It would just feel weird to replace a flying coaster with a new flying coaster
  4. I've done my fair share of riding boo blasters and to me the blasters seem super hit or miss. My high score was around 2700 with a good working blaster and then there have been times where i've only gotten a couple hundred. I've come to find out that each blaster has its own way of aiming
  5. Besides the location of the actual show building, is there an actual reason as to why the rides it has hosted have been marked as being a part of International Street? I think most people would consider the entrance to be within Planet Snoopy as its right across from Charlie Brown's Wind Up. Even the exit is on the path that is the gray area between the two areas.
  6. In reality the park is only closed to the public during the 2 weeks between Labor Day and Haunt. Those two to three weekends almost always get bought out by companies so the haunt prep really happens in the weekdays. Like someone mentioned earlier, daily operations stop 2-3 weeks before labor day since that is when most high schools and colleges go back. If you've been to the park when daily operations start in May then you know the park staffing is rough then. Just imagine that but with maybe half of the college kids as well
  7. I wouldn't be opposed to getting rid of Invertigo because the land could be used for a better ride in my opinion. Keep Flying Ace though because it was probably the most functional Vekoma in the park this year. Not to mention its a great kiddie coaster and gives kids the experience to ride "a mini Banshee"
  8. I consider it a coaster based on the fact that the model is a Zamperla Skate Coaster. I try to call it strictly a "coaster" and not a "roller coaster" though since the only reason I call it one is that the word "coaster" is in the model name
  9. If Planet Snoopy gets something new in the near future, I could see maybe putting a wild mouse there. Rumor has it that Woodstock Whirlybirds could be leaving soon because of it just not operating well recently. They've started trying the ride vehicles from Carowinds on it so if that fails they may scrap it. A wild mouse could probably fit decently in that area and they could even have it expand out into the open space between the basketball game, Surf Dog, and Snoopy's space buggies. It would also be the 5th coaster in Planet Snoopy if you include Surf Dog (which I do)
  10. It would be interesting if they did an event like the Peanuts Celebration but for Coney Mall with all of the recent focus on it. I'm not sure that they would do it this year or not but it would be cool to see in the future
  11. Where would be the ideal location to have the actual tournaments? The only location in the park I could think of is the Festhaus. They could set something up on the stage and utilize the TVs in there as well to show whats going on on in the game. Then they could also have some exhibitor stuff in Action Zone Edit: I completely forgot about the KI Theater. Having it there would make it not as much of a disruption to guests who aren't there for the event but not as many people could watch
  12. This is actually already a thing on a couple of the other rides in Planet Snoopy. Off the top of my head I can think of Peanuts 500, flying ace, and Linus launcher. Its not really a hard rule for some of these rides as some kids just flat out won't ride with others but ride ops try to do it if they can. It's mainly enforced at Peanuts 500 because it has such a low capacity (around 50 cars per hour) so its very important to pair up riders if the line is even somewhat long Personally I think it may be kind of weird for Woodstock Gliders since only one person controls the fin. If its two kids then it may not be bad but it may be pretty awkward if its two random teenagers or adults I also have a feeling that this is just for winterfest
  13. Whoops....bad typo on my part.......... I think the individual parks that use iROC form their own standards with the company and more or less just follow their 10 components. Like even within Cedar Fair there are different operating policies. As far as I know, Cedar Point uses iROC as well but they barely do any verbal signals and check some restraints from back to front compared to KI where they are required to do verbal signals and are required to check front to back. I've also been told that Carowinds does their operations differently even though they also use iROC. KI sent some ride ops there for a week this spring to help with a week of daily ops and a few I know all told me that Carowinds doesn't do certain things that Kings Island does like spieling for downtime if the ride gets stuck. Granted these parks didn't earn the award like KI so it may not be the best to compare them but it just kind of shows that parks with iROC aren't always consistent with each other
  14. http://amusementtoday.com/2018/12/international-ride-training-announces-the-2018-iroc-ride-operations-excellence-award-winning-parks/ It was just released today that Kings Island is one of four parks to receive the 2018 iROC Audit Excellence Award. Congrats to all of the ride ops for doing a great job and keeping everyone safe (Sorry if this has already been mentioned in another topic)
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