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  1. I would just like to add that the announcement said the park was working on "a new and reimagined ride experience", meaning they are referring to a single ride instead of saying, "we'll keep building cool rides don't worry".  

    Now that could just mean that they already have a plan on a coaster they want to replace it with, the reimagine part hinting to it being a similar attraction or an homage to dragster. But they may be referring to the ride that's already there. 

    I should also say that Six Flags over Texas just pulled something similar. That doesn't really mean anything, it's just kinda weird.  

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  2. On 7/18/2022 at 5:04 PM, CoasterGirl1240 said:

    Hi everyone! I'm going to KI this Saturday, and as you can guess I'm a bigger girl.  I am just shy over 300lb and 5'7". Although it's pretty evenly distributed, I'm still large enough to be worried.  I've read a forum or two on here, but the newest one was from 2018.  Roller Coasters are my absolute favorite, and I really want to try and ride everything if I can! But is there anything I should watch out for? or is there certain rows or seats I should sit in? Thanks everyone for the help! 

    I'm a bit larger myself (around 240) and I can say that the only rides I have problems with at Kings Island is Mystic Timbers, Banshee, and Flight of Fear. I barley fit in Mysti last year and it made the ride super painful. I've given up on trying to fit on FOF and Banshee has rows for larger guests, but I've still found that B&M restraints are unkind to larger people. The Beast and The Racer are a little tricky too. My advice is to not fully sit down when you put the seat belt on and pull down the lap bar while you sit down. 

    Other than that, you should be good. Arrow is a larger rider's best friend and Diamondback and Orion might be tight. Oh, and I haven't ridden Invertigo in a while so I can't really tell you about that one. 

    Flat ride wise, the scrambler, Viking Fury, Antique Auto, and the log flume is fine. Drop Zone and Delirium I've had trouble with. And Boo Blasters is safe too, so you can enjoy the remnants of two better dark rides (where my Scooby fans at). 

    I carry most of my weight in the belly (unfortunately) and I'm pretty short (5'4). I hope this helps and I wish you well. I had to take my first walk on El Toro this spring and that was a coaster credit high on my bucket list.    

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  3. On 6/27/2022 at 10:37 PM, MaestroJr said:

    I love Phantom Theater, I loved Scooby too, and overall miss the Hanna-Barbara theming in the park.

    You don't know how happy it makes me to see Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle. Most people overlook it because Phantom Theater and Enchanted Voyage came before it, but that ride was a highlight of my childhood. 

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  4. 1 hour ago, DoomPlague said:

    I got quite few bruises my last couple trips. Middle of the car is usually okay but still pretty shaky. I do get what you're saying about it feeling out of control but I only feel that's the case when its running particularly fast, like the rain ride I got earlier in the season. It was the first time in my life where I hit the midcourse trims and went "thank god." In fact my nephew and I said it in unison. It was a lot of fun because of how ridiculous it seemed.

    Reminds me of my nieces first ride. She insisted on holding my hand which was a huge mistake. When I reached out to hold her hand my elbow was rested against her head. Each time we hit a turn I could feel her slam her head into my arm but she refused to let me move. She still managed to hold my hand for the entire ride and even had a mark on her head to prove it. 

    Wish they could do something about that midcourse. It really is a momentum killer(I know it's supposed to slow you down, but man). As for bruises, I purposely try to get them(it's a tradition in our family to ride in the roughest seats as possible) and I haven't even gotten a mark for quite some time. I'm sure you get more rides in throughout the season because I only visit the park a couple times a year (I'm a Wisconsin native). Through my experience, though, I feel the ride has gotten much tamer over the years. I'm just worried a re-track would tame it even more. 

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  5. I really like The Racer re-track, but a huge part of me is skeptical. Part of the charm of The Beast is it's jerking/rumbling. It makes the ride feel more wild and out of control. And, honestly if you ask me, I think The Beast has gotten smoother. I used to get bruises on the thing all the time, but now not even sitting in the middle or very back of the car will end in a bruise. Honestly, they should just leave their sacred cow alone.      

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  6. 17 minutes ago, silver2005 said:

      Restraints were awful and made worse and claustrophobic by the support ring design.   

    That's how I felt about Green Lantern at Magic Mountain. The over the shoulder restraints and the shield at the side made you feel like you were trapped in a ball and being tossed around. It was claustrophobic and definitely painful.  

  7. 4 hours ago, ThrillKingsFitzy said:

    If we are counting The Beast as a dinn, that would be my pick

    I honesty think The Beast has gotten smoother over the years. It used to give me bruises but now, even when riding in the very back, it barely shakes at all. I still think it needs a re-track, but I'm also nervous about a retrack. A retrack might take away the rides rumble.  

    As for the most painful B&M I think we have it. Banshee's vest restraints plus its rattle has made it become far more painful than any of the head bangers. 


  8. Boo Blaster -> Scooby Doo 

    Race for Your Life -> King Mills Log flume (make it apart of River town again)  

    Ladder game and Coke freestyle -> Der Spinnin Keggers  

  9. Kings Island (In Your Backyard!) - YouTube Looks like these guys still manage to have fun during the off season. 

    As for me, ever since last year I have became pretty sickly(my brain is having a hard time communicating with my body). Its nothing to serious, but I've been home bound since before covid had started. Its very hard to get exercise. I get lethargic and dizzy really easily and some times even black out. This lack of exercise has lead to stress and back pain. So to remedy this( I know this sounds silly, but it works) I cast Kings Island povs on my tv, grab a wooden rod, and twist and turn with the rides as exercise. It has really helped my back, especially rides like Shake Rattle and Roll, Adventure Express, Mystic Timbers, and The Beast! This way I don't get sick and my back can still tense and stretch. It's also a good way to kill the off season blues and an excuse to get some me time.     


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  10. On 1/30/2021 at 9:38 PM, CoasterJack said:

    while I do miss Scooby Doo,

    Oh My God! I knew I wasn't the only one who liked Scooby on KICentral! 


    On 1/30/2021 at 9:38 PM, CoasterJack said:

    All this ride seems to get is hate, but in my opinion, it's still way more immersive and in better shape than the other versions at sister parks. It may not be Disney or Universal level, but it's still a very enjoyable dark ride

    I 100% agree. I honestly never thought it looked that cheap and I totally dig the combination of the omni-mover system and the interactive blasters.  

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  11. I'm not sure who said it or what thread they said it on, but I remember someone saying that whatever replaces Vortex needs to fit the carnival feel of Coney Mall.  Though it's hard to describe why, I think Vortex fit Coney Mall amazingly. 

    I think a Gerstlauer infinity, something like Monster at Adventureland, fits the Coney Island feel too.  I truly think it is the kind of ride you'd find at home at a modern carnival or boardwalk park, and it's night look would really go well with the rest of Coney(plus it's compact enough to leave room for a Rivertown expansion/ new Coney mall flats.) 

    The Monster HD Night Ride Front Seat On Ride POV & Review. Gerstlauer Infinity Coaster Adventureland - YouTube 


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  12. On 12/24/2020 at 9:24 AM, befat said:

    recaR was used widely on this forum. The park never used that officially, as far as I know. For the Ride Ops, it was and still is Racer North and Racer South. When I was a kid, we simply called it backwards Racer.

    The only place I can think of where the backwards side would have been addressed would be the signage where the queue was split at the entrance. Anyone remember what those signs said? I think it was just "forwards" and "backwards."

    Sign Shop

    Is this it. It was taken at the sign shop during a BeastBuzz. Here's the link: ACE Beast Bash 2006 - October 7 - Sign Shop - KIExtreme Photo Gallery

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  13. 3 hours ago, Hawaiian Coasters 325 said:

    The worst KI wise (even though I wasn't around yet) was probably changing Phantom Theater into Scooby Do and eventually Boo Blasters. 

    I feel kind of alone on this when on KiC, but I loved the Scooby Ride. I used to ride the ride over and over again, and I wasn't the only one according to a lot of people I've talked to. Don't get me wrong Phantom Theater seems like a very creative and amazing ride, but  I thought Scooby was a colorful, charming, and friendly feeling ride. 

    Anyway, I think the best decision the park has made so far is building The Beast instead of rebuilding the Shooting Star. And the worst decision was building The Son of Beast.   

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  14.  I never used to mind the trims on the midcourse break run, but during my last ride on The Beast during the 2019 season they really interrupted the ferocious feel for a majority of the ride. I thought I just rode it at the wrong time in the wrong spot, but I've heard a lot of other people say The Beast has been running like that for all of the 2019 and 2020 season. Is there anything the park can do to fix this? I know they can't just remove the trims, but is there anyway to make them feel more gradual?     

  15. I don't think this was the kind of book you were asking about, but I've read both of the RL Stein Beast books. I've heard a lot of people mention they exist, but I don't think I've ever heard anyone say they've read it. I honestly enjoyed how weird they were (especially the second one) and I think they hype The Beast up amazingly.

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  16. I choose The Beast. I don't like the idea of millennium flyers since I feel they wouldn't be heavy enough to keep the classic Beast rumble. I think they should make the cars like Tornado at Adventureland. Put in a lot of padding that helps you stay comfortable while the ride is shaking and get rid of the divider. And of course (truly cannot stress this enough) bring back the buzz bars! The newer lap bars really pin you in and are very unfriendly to bigger guests.  




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