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  1. It's really cool! I like watching the rides run when they do run. It's a fun way to pass time in the summer.
  2. I have some photos from night too, ' The park already looks so good too! So excited to see it with all the lights up! (these were from last night when the cams had just come back online)
  3. Was watching these for a while after they had gone down for a few hours yesterday before they came back online at night. Banshee linked cam is showing Planet Snoopy/Rivertown. Diamondback cam is showing more of Coney Mall. Forgot that Ohio is actually upside down! Silly Ohio... These cams also seem to be running either new software or are new cams because they seem visually better in some sense. Here's a comparison of the cams. Old Diamondback : New Diamondback: (image was flipped 180 degrees) Old Coney Mall: New Coney Mall: shift the coney mall camera to the left about 30 degrees... Fun little comparisons! Old photos were from a few days ago I had luckily saved for some reason.
  4. https://www.kingsdominion.com/blog/2022/the-rebirth-of-the-grizzly---part-2 Still no confirmation from the park on the people behind the refurbishment
  5. I went to Kentucky Kingdom and Kings Island this past season a few times. At KK they rarely ever use a ride mic to give a spiel or announce anything. I only heard a mic at Kentucky Flyers but it was rather disappointing. It's crazy how much the baseline interaction over the microphone to guests can liven up a ride platform. For my favorite crew though, it'd be between Beast, Diamondback, and Racer. I love the fun "trash-talk" blue/red racer ops give to the other side sometimes and the overall hyping "We're too fast for blue that we gotta wait on them AGAIN!" etc. I found nearly all ops would make jokes about other rides "Enjoy your ride on Orion!" when on Diamondback or something.
  6. I listened to this one last night when it dropped. It was a really cool perspective on the amusement industry! Would recommend giving it a listen! Matthews energy feels so contagious just listening to him!
  7. We might see Beast be painted this off-season. Hoping to see that red tinted wood come back
  8. If I'm not mistaken, blue side had one more additional hill retracked over Racer (either it was before the turnaround or the one after, can't exactly recall atm) but wonder if they're going to do that on the red side too. Really interested in all this work! So glad to see it. Looking forward to the additional intensity on the return run!
  9. Mapped it out a bit. (sourced from google maps, lightshot for editor) Green: Possible work (toss-up [unconfirmed]) Red: Known work (currently only one side thanks to the photo from the park) edit: shift red line forward a hill; the hill alongside KMAA is unknown atm
  10. Maybe next season unless we see/the park tells us otherwise. My guess is the helix would be fully redone if they did more work on Beast.
  11. Kings Island taunting us by not releasing a BLSC pin...
  12. https://www.kingsdominion.com/blog/2022/the-rebirth-of-the-grizzly---part-1 No confirmation on the group doing the work, so could be in-house as well mixed in.
  13. I think it did? I'm not positive.
  14. I've got a few. "International Restaurant Placemats" Before they began designing Beast they tried to "bribe" John Allen with a lot of alcohol. They hope was he would get super drunk and agree to the project. John did decline in the end, so clearly not enough alcohol, but he wrote down some equations on a placemat which they used while designing. "Sycamore Hollow" The area where The Beast has the second drop & the brake shed before the midcourse is called Sycamore Hollow [if I'm not mistaken!]. Spooky!!
  15. Not entirely related to AE; but KI apparently owns 4 FoF trains. Does anyone know if they just refurb 2 at a time and swap every so often or are 2 just used for parts for the other 2?
  16. Watching the video now, yeah darn that’s a lot of moving parts. Would be so cool.
  17. In that case let me change one of my answers, un momento! Edit: Updated my first response
  18. Best Element/Addition : All the TLC the rides got. Racer paint job, Beast track work, and the other paint jobs Best Conventional Show : Phantom Theater Encore (agreed) Best Hidden Gem : While I would agree with you on Off the rails, I’d rather say seeing everyone enjoying the park in by far its finest moment. I loved seeing people checking out the 50th anniversary boards around the park, looking in awe at the new racer paint job, watching and listening to everyone enjoying The Beast again, especially now in the final brake run where people were more in awe at what just happened rather than moans of pain in previous years. I loved watching people take a trip through history at the Tower Gardens, or even seeing a kid fast asleep as their family were leaving after a long day in the park. It’s not something that makes up the entire day but it’s these small things that add up over multiple visits that make it such a gem to me. Biggest Miss : taking too long to put the parking signs back up Not getting The Racers retro raised lettering back on the front of The Racer trains. At the ACE conference last December at GWL, the park said they wanted to bring that back. The Racer trains did not change from the stickers. I don't know whether this was a logistical, construction, or a maintenance issue but nonetheless they were not brought back. Best Specialty Food Item : Beast Burger Best 50th Merch : The 50th Coin stuff Biggest Surprise : I was not expecting how quickly they got Bat back up and running after it’s partial derailment. I thought it’d be down for most if not the rest of the season to fully re-inspect the entire rides track.
  19. There are only so many ways to deal with those kinds of people. The best way will take months, maybe even years, of them attempting to sell it with nobody biting for that price.
  20. Pull the lever Kronk and start the countdown! T-MINUS 166 DAYS UNTIL APRIL 15TH, 2023 We also can probably assume that April 14th (the Friday before) will be passholder preview day based on that opening day.
  21. Experiencing the classic retro racer paint was something for sure. I’m a lover for history and seeing the red, white, and blue pop back was absolutely gorgeous. Shame they never got the raised letters back on the front of The Racer trains, maybe next year. I loved a lot of things in the 2022 season. Opening day was gorgeous, Beast was awesome, the shows were great, and the food was spot on.
  22. Diamondback is actually bigger than Orion according to some teenagers in line for Diamondback. Fact checked Kings Island, you've been played.
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