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  1. Seeing some reports on Facebook that The Bat has begun to test. Can anyone confirm?

    EDIT: Found this video as well, but still would love to hear if anyone from KIC was at the park today and saw it themselves.

     

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  2. 15 hours ago, MaestroJr said:

    5. Firehawk

    4. Scoobys Ghoster Coaster

    3. Scooby Doos Haunted Castle

    2. Vortex 

    1. Phantom Theater

     

       I miss Vortex more than I thought I would, it was always a short wait and fun ride, it may have been rough but I have a soft spot for it, it was my first “upside down” coaster. Firehawk was unique but I don’t miss it too much. I love Phantom Theater, I loved Scooby too, and overall miss the Hanna-Barbara theming in the park. As for the Ghoster Coaster, that thing terrified me but was a lot of fun when I was younger. 

    Thanks for this lol. Was starting to feel insecure for putting Phantom Theater at number 1 but honestly I've thought about it a lot more often over the years than any other ride they've taken out. Loved that thing.

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  3. Hey all, in honor of the parks 50th I put together a video about my favorite former attractions at the park (that I experienced). Not necessarily an ordered list of what the best former rides were, more like my favorites. Would love to hear what you think! Also would love to see your top 5 lists as well.

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  4. On 8/3/2021 at 9:14 AM, BoddaH1994 said:

    Remember that next time the park calls the season pass people entitled or sycophantic enthusiasts say the park doesn’t owe anyone anything.  

    Wait has the park ever said that? I hear people on here say things like that all the time but it would be really surprising to hear that someone from the park said that lol. You have a good point though regardless.

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  5. On 8/3/2021 at 1:51 PM, Hawaiian Coasters 325 said:

    Yes they have. I am actually good friends with the employee that sits there telling people it is closed.

    Oh wow I'm pretty sure I'd just stop coming back to work after a couple days of that. That sounds awful. lol

  6. 2 hours ago, Arrow said:

    Now I don't know about all of you but I am pretty dang content hearing Rush and The Eagles in Action Zone now lol. 

    Also a strong supporter of I-Street's music too. Never thought I'd hear orchestral Muse, Green Day, David Bowie and some Meme songs all play on International street yet here we are and I'm all for it.

     

    Totally agree! The music over in that section has been great lately. Also I guess this is an unpopular opinion around here now but I still like the Rivertown music.

  7. 1 hour ago, bjcolglazier said:

    They made one guy change or cover his shirt because they didn't like it. He had a group of people with him---didn't matter. Get rid of it, or leave. He found a different shirt.

    Oh good, sounds like they're going to be annoyingly over the top and hyper vigilant for a while like a 16 year old lifeguard. Oh well, at least they hired more security and hopefully we won't have any more big problems at the park.

  8. 4 minutes ago, FUN&ONLY! said:

    I just don’t understand why Kings Island’s social media has been so dormant. They used to post multiple times a day, and now they are posting nothing. All they need to do is say they are adjusting the hours and move on.

    I don't know how much you guys were keeping tabs on it, but the same thing happened when they yoinked a bunch of days from CP's operating calendar. People figured it out HOURS before there was any mention from the park about it. In addition to that the website still showed the park being open those days, you just couldn't make reservations for the park or the hotels. People were @ing them on twitter and they just didn't respond. I get that they probably wanted time to coalesce around a message before saying anything but I think it just ****ed a lot of people off. You bring up the point about Social Media being dormant and it makes me wonder if they've been told to just kind of leave those accounts alone for a while until all this blows over lol.

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  9. 6 minutes ago, brenthodge said:

    I agree with all that. I just think it would come off better if they would publicly say that instead of... nothing. Still nothing on social about the time change, and website says nothing other than if you go through all the steps to get to the calendar, that’s been updated. No banner or notice on the hone page. 

    I hear you. I got an email from them about it and just happened to see it, otherwise I wouldn't have even known lol.

  10. 14 hours ago, Benjamin22 said:

    I mean the likely reason for the cut hours is due to the wage increases, which was caused by insufficient staffing. Doesn’t mean the park lied about anything.

    My take on it was the decreased hours are to prevent another security situation while they sort everything out. I'd bet money the Mason police recommended the temporary change. I'm sure they've been able to hire more security but it's going to take a couple weeks to get things on track in that regard. I don't have any inside information obviously so I could totally be wrong that's just what I'm thinking.

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  11. Just now, coaster sally said:

    this isn't the 70's or 80's........Kids go out and raise hell nowadays.

    Uh....how much do you know about the 70's and 80's? :blink: Also, I'm not that old thank you very much! lol. No idea why you'd assume that.

    I really don't think highschool kids should have to bring their mom to go to Kings Island just because Cedar Fair has completely botched the first 3 weeks of the season. The individuals who caused this are of course at fault for their own actions, but some of the responsibility here absolutely goes to the park.

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  12. On 5/23/2021 at 1:07 AM, FUN&ONLY! said:

    I don’t know how old you are, but have you ever gone to Kings Island with the some friends when you have not been over the age of 21? How would you feel not being allowed to attend? I don’t think many people would appreciate a chaperone policy even if it sounds like a good idea in theory.

    Wow yeah this is crazy that people want this I agree with you completely. I've lived in this region my entire life and I'm sure it's been the same for a lot of you that the first time you're able to walk around at Kings Island without your parents is a right of passage around here (even if you had to meet back at the Eiffel Tower by 4pm. EXACTLY 4pm). One of my first "dates" with my wife was at KI on a fall Saturday back when we were both in 8th grade. I have GREAT memories of going to Kings Island with my friends at that age. I'm amazed that people are applauding Kentucky Kingdom enacting a policy that forces High School freshman to walk around an amusement park with their parents. If there's anyone who should be absolutely able to enjoy amusement parks, wouldn't it be people that age?

    It's funny because I'd bet money that some of the people on this board pushing for this change are the same people that go on and on about how soft kids are nowadays because parents baby them and won't let them do anything.

    The reason Cedar Fair keeps getting bad press lately is largely on their own shoulders. You go into a season where you know staffing is going to be a challenge, try to hire security cards for like $1.50 an hour LESS than Walmart pays people to decorate birthday cakes, and then wonder why fights are breaking out in the park.

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  13. 10 minutes ago, JimParker85 said:

    5. Operate with a 2019 and prior calendar. The park is so popular, it needs the early and late season availability to spread out a lot of the destination and passholder guests.

    I like your answers a lot, but this one especially. I'm really worried they're going to keep the shrunken calendar. I mean especially since they're business is so much about passes and things like the meal plan, it seems they might actually have more of an incentive to operate less.

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  14. 2 minutes ago, coaster sally said:

     In the future they need to get back to basics like what made if fun in the 90's and 2000's.  It was a way better experience before they bought the paramount parks.

    Can you elaborate on what you mean by this? I had been to Cedar Point around this time but not enough to have an opinion on it like that, and so I'm just curious.

  15. Hey guys. So a lot has been made lately about the problems that are going on at Cedar Point. We know a lot of them have been caused by staffing issues, but apart from that, what changes do you think could be made to make the experience of going to Cedar Point better for everyone? I know a lot of people have been saying the park has been kind of hit or miss for a couple years so just curious.

  16. 3 hours ago, IceePirate said:

    At the end of the day, I personally did whatever I could to fit as many people on a train as possible. I mostly set a limit of 1/3 of a train for FL. If I saw frequent users, I might be a little more inclined to have them wait another train. Overall, the real issue is twofold, the inconsistency from ride ops and the overselling on the part of the park.

    I agree completely on both counts. On the topic of overselling, I was hearing that Steel Vengeance was at a 91 minute wait in FL last weekend, so yeah they are definitely selling too many.

  17. On 5/16/2021 at 6:20 PM, Cheesy Gordita Crunch said:

    To be fair, it was mainly the GP who really hated on Vortex. Most enthusiasts I’ve come across have said that it was their favorite arrow looper... but without that knowledge about the history / manufacturer / ride type, along with rumors that the ride itself was sinking, that would probably explain why people hated it. It was getting rough, and although it wasn’t the absolute roughest arrow (I’m looking at you, Anaconda) most GP probably just looked at it as a painful experience. I hear some pretty crazy opinions about certain things whenever I go to the park and it always makes me chuckle. 

     

    I will always miss those janky transitions :(

    I've actually heard way more complaints about Vortex from enthusiasts than I ever did from GP. My Gp friends weren't crazy about it or anything, but also I don't feel the gp forms super strong opinions about any of these rides. I think the people who really cared that Vortex was coming down were just people who have been going to KI a really long time. Like it kind of hit me in the feels a bit to see it come down, but that was just nostalgia. I don't miss riding it really at all.

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