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JimParker85

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  1. I think they mostly knew the cause in short order after it happened. I keep coming back to XCelerator never closing, not even for a day, at Knotts. Compare that to Canada's Wonderland taking Yukon down to 1 train ops immediately on the day of Valravn's train bump in 2019 (I happened to be there that day). Now, XCelerator remains open and was just given a brand new paint job. If they never re open Dragster it will be for cost savings and to avoid more regional media scrutiny, which was very heavy last August. It would greatly reduce the park and guest experience. It's honestly the only "irreplaceable" major coaster at the park, as the launch type is no longer used and it's replacement (see Red Force) is thought to be a lot less thrilling/aggressive.
  2. Orion has the best first drop on of any NA GIGA. I re-rode all 5 last summer and came away clear on that ranking (Orion, Fury, Leviathan, MF and I305 in that order). It's an outstanding ride. There are so many things to be angry about in this world, I can't imagine choosing such a hill to die on. It's not Fury, but nothing is right now. Knotts and it's year round operation in the middle of the second largest metro area in America might surpass it, but KI still got a great ride that adds to one of the deepest coaster lineups anywhere in North America. Oh yeah, and the park is beautiful and has VASTLY superior food and beverage offerings to Cedar Point. Only Knotts is on its level in that area in the chain. That's my two cents.
  3. Kings Dominion has the perfect International Street, at least to me. The updated one at KI is still beautiful, and it sets the tone every time I'm there for a great day and then a great end to the night when we walk out. I miss the larger trees and lived in atmosphere that Dominion has, but I hope I never take it for granted. My home park of Canada's Wonderland's International Street feels a bit less special but still beautiful. The bridge over the water near the mountain is great.
  4. They deserve it. That park is spectacular and in dire need of a high capacity attraction. When it's busy there it feels PACKED.
  5. Reaction video to CF going BIG on a Knotts GIGA vs going a little cheap on the KI GIGA (I love Orion btw)
  6. Im pretty surprised that the parks themselves don't do more with drones for promotional footage. A few have started to, but I'd want to get birds eye footage of my major attractions and my signature locations.
  7. They'll never do it, but The Beast could absolutely go back to the PTC buzz bar restraints. If you can have them on Phoenix (and Comet at Hershey), certainly you could on The Beast.
  8. Definitely not. My home park of Canada's Wonderland still aggressively runs the lineup in rain on multiple trains. Leviathan will run in a downpour if there is no lightning.
  9. I love the weather ops point. That's an area that has really hurt some parks. I think of Cedar Point, who has gotten ULTRA conservative with rain ops. Pretty much the entire lineup shuts down or goes to 1 train ops in any rain.
  10. The Kings Island made to thrill lineup is so good. Hit after hit after hit. Love their designs.
  11. I'm hoping the intensity of the double helix entry will be maintained and not neutered in any way. The work on the part is a full rebuild, pretty significant.
  12. I won't share the images because they seem to come from drone usage, but I just saw some HUGE Beast track work photos. Parts of the first drop and double helix completely removed, down to the supports.
  13. Seeing Tatsu get vibrant new paint makes me look forward so much to the day that Banshee and Diamondback get their repaint. Unlike Tatsu, however, I think Diamondback and Banshee will never change their color combinations.
  14. I know it's the enthusiast take, but I feel like a ground up RMC I-Box is a no brainier for Kings Island on The Vortex plot (along with a few other parks). Mack Extreme Spinner would be amazing, but the value and top tier ride experience that these can give just make it so appealing. You also don't have the supposed marketing issue that I-Box conversions have. Zadra was 15-16 million in USD and it could be the best coaster in Europe, and this medium sized coaster installation looks fantastic.
  15. The entire back wall of Frontier Town, from the two gift shops all the way to the Palace Theatre/Lusty Lills, is underserved. I hate that they aren't putting this there. Replace that whole block from the theater to the ice cream shop. Ugh
  16. Tatsu and Xcelerator... YES. Diamondback now being on there... NO.
  17. I really enjoy his channel. The vlogs are fun and his problematic coasters series are super interesting. We'll see if this ends up being right or not.
  18. 60,000 people, easy. I've been there once at capacity. It's insanity.
  19. This one is off the KI Season Pass FB page. Wow!
  20. The snack concept should become a thing for Cedar Fair. So far, I think it's just Dorney that has piloted it.
  21. Beastie, Flyers, Race For Your Life Charlie Brown and Boo Blasters are all must rides on our trip each year.
  22. If there was ever a time, it would be for the 50th anniversary, a one year only event. It would be fun to see.
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