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Everything posted by robintodd

  1. They have this at Cedar Point and it is FANTASTIC! Really neat to go into the haunts with the lights on and see all the details you miss when being chased.
  2. The second one looks really nice. I would agree they will make the first hill taller. Also, don't forget to put a train on the track. All roller coasters have a train on the track on the maps
  3. I believe this is referring to the length of the TRACK. If the first hill had a steeper drop, it would be shorter in track length for the first hill. (just a guess)
  4. I appreciate your comments but would like to retort. CP doesn't always get record breakers. Fury 325 broke MF's record by over 20 feet. The bottom line is much research has been done by people more in the know than us and it "bigger, stronger, faster" sold tickets rest assured, they would do it. Fact is that doesn't sell tickets to the general public. In addition we got Grand Carnivale (CP didn't) and Winterfest (don't see that happening at CP). I've been going to KI for all of my life and over it's history having the "first" or "biggest" only worked out well one time (The Beast). The Bat was the first suspended and wasn't exactly successful. CP build Iron Dragon and it still stands today. King Cobra was the first stand up and had a shortened lifespan. CP build Mantis and was able to reuse the track for Rougaru. Fact stands that Orion will be one of only 5 giga coasters in the US (Cedar Fair has ALL of them). Neither Six Flags nor Magic Mountain nor Disney has a giga. We should appreciate the fact that Cedar Fair came in a bought Kings Island and kept developing it instead of having it meet the demise of Geagua Lake. Also, this is a B&M. Diamondback over the years has been pretty solid as a performer compared to Millennium Force. Diamondback doesn't have the cable lift hill nor does it valley (that I've ever heard of). In the end I'd rather have a "budget" giga and keep the price of season passes at $99 than pay $150 for a season pass and have a record breaking coaster that breaks down. Having a record breaking coaster is something that lasts one, maybe two seasons (or two months in Millennium Force's case). There is always bigger, faster, longer coming down the pike and it's a red herring not worth chasing. The ONE exception to this is The Beast. Still in my opinion the greatest coaster ever conceived and build. It held the height, length, and speed records for 10 years! No coaster will ever hold all three of those records for that long of a time. All that being said, I appreciate your enthusiasm and input and hope to see you on the rails!
  5. I actually think at this point why even have an announcement? The community has already done it for them. Cheap advertising and in actuality anything they announce will no longer be a surprise and can only come to criticism. "New for 2020, you know what it is, why tell you?" (Heck, there's even been a POV made).
  6. I've been going to KI as long as it's been open and I can truly say that with Grand Carnivale the have hit it out of the park and into the next state! From all the color and decorations to the entertainment to the Grand Carnivale theme song. It reminds me of the quality of entertainment that has not been seen at the park since the 80's when Taft were at the controls. Looking forward to taking the grand kids tonight to see all the colors and the parade. Everything on international street is centered around the event and it is one of the best events KI has ever done. If you like food (and who doesn't) don't miss the buffet at the International Restaurant. My wife and I ate in the International Restaurant last night and it was FANTASTIC! Everything was well seasoned and the view was the best! Hats off to Chef Major and crew, they are really stepping up the food game! If you get a chance $24.99 for gold & platinum pass holders is definitely a good deal in my wife's and my opinion (we both went back for seconds). The deserts are great also and the coffee up there is top notch. My only complaint may be that they aren't doing it till the end of July. This is a really nice event and it's been very unfortunate this year with the rain. I still have yet to see a parade (missed it last night because...SKILLET, who were awesome as usual). Hopefully the rain will hold off tonight. Either way I'll be missing it when it is gone but looking forward to next year. Once again, thanks KI for an absolutely wonderful idea executed extremely well, It's AMAZING in here
  7. My wife and I did the dining plan and have had 10 meals at the park this year between the two of us. The quality has been good. On of the bonuses of the dining plan is we get to try things we normally wouldn't. I hjad the chance to try the Impossible burger yesterday and it is fantastic. I'm not vegan (or vegetarian) by any means, but I will definitely be getting it again. I was on the edge about the cucumbers but they actually give the feeling of pickles without affecting the taste of the mustard. A must try, especially for anyone on the dining plan. Compliments to Chef Major!
  8. Yea, and just to add to the insanity, play the Baby Shark song......
  9. Nice quiz. Being one of the lucky ones to be at the park the first day it was open and an avid KI person, I appreciate the trip down memory lane. The official name of the "Scooby coaster" was Scooby-Doo. It's what I still call it to this day.
  10. Not sure. I bought my grandson's pass. You'll have to ask.
  11. I believe they allow the Funpix to be attached to 2 passes. I got Funpix for my grandson and he has it on his pass and I have it on my pass as well. May be worth asking.
  12. "Kramers Crossing" - Nice nod to Doug Kramer, director of safety and security. (I had to look that one up:))
  13. I'd love to see some attention to the train ride. Maybe not bring back the shooting Indians of old, but having a sister city to Bonesville at Cedar Point would be awesome!
  14. My wife and I go up to the point 3 times a year (first Sun. Mon. Tues. & Wed. they are open, a weekend with the grandchildren during the year and the last weekend they are open). My biggest advice would be stay at the Breakers! It is a little more expensive but early season they do have discounted rooms for platinum pass holders (put in the promo code PASS when reserving online). You get to park the car and not fight parking each day. Staying there get's you early entry and allows you to go back to the room and change if you get to wet on the rides or you need a rest. Plus you can pack sandwiches, etc. to save money on food. Word of caution, there are NO Coffee makers in the rooms! We have a small hamilton-beach kureg we always take up with us. The staff at the Breakers is top-notch and I've always found them more than helpful and friendly. Keep in mind that if you go before Memorial day, schools are in session which is a plus, but not all the shows are going (plus the new Frontier land will not be open until Memorial day this year). Make sure to ride the train, especially from the back of the park (near steel vengence) to the front. That section has a lot of boneville to enjoy. The other half is mostly a view of the lake. You can also get Famous Dave's and carry it back to your room (we have done this after the park has closed. Seems they keep the gates open for an hour after the park closes. Perkins in the Breakers is also great for breakfast, dinner or lunch. Tomo's hibachi grill in the Breakers is our favorite place to eat! Fridays in my opinion is overpriced and can be skipped. You can also order Domino's and they will deliver. Usually I get in an hour early and ride Maverick. I've ridden in 4 times in a row without getting off in the mornings before the crowds get back there. GateKeeper is the fastest line in the park so never be scared of the size of the line there. Also they don't close the line until the park closes so keep that in mind. Millennium Force has a decent line too but know that if it breaks down don't get out of line. Usually it is only down for about 10-15 minutes. Tues and Wed are definitely less crowded and you should have no problem covering the park in 2 days. If you have a platinum pass flash it everywhere. Most places (Perkins for example) will give you a discount with it. Also if you have a FunPix season pass make sure to go to the FunPix location at the front of the park to make sure your platinum pass is "synced" so it will work. Just ask them to verify they see it in their system. Finally dress for the weather. A windbreaker is a MUST. Know that the weather forecast for Sandusky is different than it is for the Point. Temps are a little cooler being on the water. Hope you have a great time!
  15. With grand kids ages 7, 4 & 3 I am excited about the return of the antique cars next year. My daughter even bought me a shirt for christmas!
  16. I agree. I have one from the very first season! One of my prized possessions!
  17. Yes, we've got 4 of them made. Last time we were there early (4:30) and the building had a sign to go to the windows. They were set up with cameras and able to process a new pass for my son.
  18. Reddi Wip - Maybe an whip ride (like the beetle bugs) but one that whole family can ride
  19. Hot chocolate/coffee is not included on the drink plan, there is a separate mug and charge. ($10.99 for the refill mug. Free refills day of purchase and $1 after that).
  20. Nice to see they finally have this information available. You do have to go to the 2nd screen (after saying how many tickets) to see the blackout dates. The park hours tab only shows the hours for Winterfest itself, not the buffet. Just so everyone is clear. Next open date seems to be Sunday.
  21. The International Restaurant has a different, more upscale menu than the Red's Grill. From memory the Red's Grill has Turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, breads and that's all I can remember at the moment (Bodda may remember more). As for the International restaurant below is a pic I took of the menu. They also have a cash bar to the left at the top of the stairs! If they are open or not is dependent on company sell-outs. I have told them they need to post when these are so people can plan accordingly. I would love to take my wife to the International buffet but would like to know when it is available to the general public. (Hopefully Don H. can help with this?) Most food places have special holiday menu options below is from the festhaus: Hope this helps....
  22. Went both Friday and Saturday night. The Lighting Ceremony is not to be missed. Simply magical! The new addition of Flight of Cheer as well as 'icicle lane' (where pumpkin eater was) is a great addition. Winterfest is definitely an improvement over an already spectacular event. The buffet in the international restaurant is $30 (24.99 for pass holders, i believe) and you can walk up without a reservation. The best part is to the left of the top of the stairs they have a cash bar! You can go up and enjoy an adult beverage and enjoy the view over international street! Definitely a great idea. Talking with the staff I found out that the international restaurant may be closed during "private events". I hope they communicate these times to the general public (lookin' at you Don :)) so as to know when it is not available. It would be nice to have an employee able to take pictures (or even have fun pix) for the snow globe. Seems like Fun Pix may be missing out on an opportunity there. Finally my main suggestion to improve the event is the same as last year: the Ice Carvers should have an announcer! Just someone to tell information like where the ice comes from? How long do they last? Is special oil needed for the equipment? What kind of equipment is used? How long does it take to be an ice scalper and how does one go about it? What is the name and experience of the sculptors? What is the history of Ice Sculpting (year, country of origin, etc.)? In addition they could be promoting the company that is doing the sculptures. Suggesting that they are available for weddings, Christmas parties, etc. It seems like it would be a small add with big payback. Overall a fantastic opening weekend. Well staffed and everyone was smiling. KI Keep up the good work!
  23. Invertigo is interesting from the standpoint that they could get it out of the way to use the space for a "front gate" coaster like other properties have been getting. It would be a tight fit, but having a coaster at the front (and in CP's case most) gates seems to be the trend.
  24. Still waiting for them to do the Pre-K pass at KI. My grandson just turned 4 and I'm taking him to CP in 3 weeks. He'll be able to get a Pre-K pass for free for the rest of this year and next. The Pre-K pass is a win-win. It encourages adults not to sneak a kid in (or pay for a pass 3/4 of the way through a season) and in addition the park KNOWS when your child turns 5 and can give you 'incentives' for a first-time gold pass purchase.
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