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  1. 3 minutes ago, BeeastFarmer said:

    All the arms were moving yesterday.  The ominous voice was present.  The whistling wind noise was on in 2 tunnels.  The lighting effects were on.  The swords worked.  There were lights leaving the station down the hill.  I noticed no difference in the physical ride experience.  The creaking on the first lift hill was not on and the fog was not on.  But I'm pretty impressed with the improvements.


    Awesome. Cannot wait until April 2021. 

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  2. My 10-year old daughter loves Adventure Express. She will be thrilled to know that next year the ride will be a little smoother and hopefully the broken animatronics on the final lift hill will be repaired. Perhaps the ominous voice stating, "You have disturbed the forbidden temple. Now you will pay!" will also again be audible.

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  3. Anyone notice something different about WindSeeker today? I observed several times from a distance that the ride slowly stopped rotating once at maximum elevation. After a few minutes, the ride then descended very slowly. Exiting riders appeared uncomfortable.

  4. On 10/13/2020 at 6:17 AM, Dj325 said:

    Hey @grsupercity, if you ever ride The Beast at any point, then here is a suggestion. If you want a smooth ride, or the smoothest it can be, then I'd suggest you ether ride in a non-wheel seat, or ride as closest to the front row as you can. Never ride in the very back row on, The Beast!

    I hope this can help The Beast riders looking for a 'smooth' non-wheel seat row. With COVID-19 and social distancing, many non-wheel seat rows are currently unavailable. Fortunately, row 14 is available. My last three rides, all in row 14, were relatively smooth.

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  5. I was hoping some sections of track from Vortex’s demolition could be fabricated into a monument to the legacy of KI’s record-breaking multi-inversion coaster. Rather, it seems they were sliced into $198.70 mementos. As much as I want to buy a memento, I wonder if the demolition contractor still has salvaged track it has yet to recycle? The less cynical me hopes proceeds from the mementos will fund a monument, or perhaps something greater to replace our sorely missed legendary invert. 

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  6. 17 hours ago, SnakePlissken said:

    I want all coasters running during Winterfest in below freezing weather and light snow. My ideal hours would be from Dusk to Dawn. Also a marathon on Invertigo where you do not get off the ride the entire day nor does it stop and we raise money for Toys for Tots.

    I'd love to see the Miami River Brewhouse serve either fresh-cut french fries or a side salad with their menu choices. Not hating tater tots, but... 

  7. 6 minutes ago, SnakePlissken said:

    Then it would be better to limit the number of fast lanes sold rather than throttle the Fast Lane line. Nowhere does the Fast Lane have fine print that says beware if used to much we will throttle your Fast Lane use.

    I understand they also limit the number of Fast Lane passes sold each day. Yesterday, Diamondback's regular line queue time often exceeded 90 minutes (https://queue-times.com/). I waited at most 20 minutes with Fast Lane. 20 minutes doesn't seem too bad in comparison to 90 minutes.

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  8. I voted for 300 to 399 ft. I've only rode one giga coaster, which is KI's Orion. The intensity of a front row ride on Orion is seriously awesome. I feel a 400+ foot drop could scare away riders and depending on its location could become an architectural eyesore from a distance. And Diamondback at 230 feet is still KI's airtime champion.

  9. 8 hours ago, LovinMeSomeBanshee said:

    The Mystic ride ops are terrible at moving people.  The regular admission line is moving faster than the Fast Lane line.  Unbelievable.

    The ride attendants count how many Fast Lane riders pass through a ride each hour. My guess is that when a ride has significant wait time, KI regulates the number of Fast Lane riders per hour. If Fast Lane riders were not throttled, then wait times for regular riders could become unreasonable.

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  10. 49 minutes ago, Nutterie said:


    last time i was at the park, they had a wheel near Diamondback that you could spin for a random one-time fast pass for a specific ride. do they still have these? if so, is orion on them?


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    I have not seen the single-ride-fast-lane-wheel-of-fortune in operation this year. However, from my experience, the queue for Orion hasn't been too long. The KI ride attendants do any awesome job of cycling the trains.

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  11. 4 hours ago, Joshua said:

    Samples from the Raiders of the Lost Ark score were used in its station at different times and there are some very loose similarities to a sequence from ToD, but AE was never directly themed to Indiana Jones. It opened shortly before the Paramount years, but also the famed archeologist is Lucasfilm's IP and was already being used for Disney attractions at the time. 



    I remember first visiting KI from the United Kingdom in August 1991. I visited again during the spring of 1992. Recollecting, I do remember the Raider's of the Lost Ark score being played. Being a 20-year old, I thought the ride was pretty awesome. I guess it is still a crowd-pleaser, as it is now my 10-year old's favorite KI coaster.

  12. AE is my 10-year old daughter’s favorite ride at KI. MT is a close second. I understand the ride was originally themed to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, during the days of Paramount. Today, I would like to see the ride remove the old theming and utilize the native landscape with additional tunnels for effect. What to do with the second lift hill? No good ideas come to mind yet.

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  13. On 8/10/2020 at 11:16 PM, bengalsguy23 said:

    I rode Banshee before it opened to the public in 2014 and it had a rattle then. Yes rides develop a worse one as they age but Banshee has one from the get go. I rode candymonium recently and it had zero rattle at all. Compared to Orion which does have some vibration. 

    With this in mind I’m wondering if like others have mentioned it has something to do with the soil at Kings Island. If you think about it every major steel roller coaster at Kings Island has a rattle. 

    As a structural and mechanical engineer, I don't feel the soil at KI is the reason for the rattles. My guess is it is still the tractor wheels. But that's still just a guess. Be nice if KI hired a local engineering company to diagnose the problem.

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  14. 2 hours ago, MoreFogPlease said:

    The masks / social distancing situation is pretty abysmal at the park today.

    I was at the park today. I would agree that social distancing etiquette varied significantly. On the pathways, visitors mostly walked around without regard for distancing. Depending upon the ride, attendants were either very vigilant or hardly at all. Proper usage of face coverings also varied. Ride attendants seemed to do a good job of (repeatedly) reminding visitors to adjust their face coverings.

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  15. On 4/8/2020 at 10:28 AM, King Ding Dong said:

    Do parks in wooded and farmland areas come off as cheesy when themed to Paris?

    I first visited KI in 1991. As a Brit, I did find International Street a bit cheesy. Now I live in Ohio and as a KI regular, I enjoy International Street, the Royal Fountain and the Eiffel Tower replica.

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  16. My second guess is the urethane tires of the tractor wheels have worn unevenly, hence the rattle on the positive g-force loops. I don't know the life expectancy of a roller coaster wheel but removing a sample of wheels and measuring runout and concentricity could help determine if the wheels are part of the problem.

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