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  1. I remember them. If you look at the underside of the hill you can see the "windows" for the lights. Not sure if they are still there or not.
  2. I've taken my grandkids in there several times. They are set up as family restrooms (urinals and a toilet).
  3. *NSFW* (some bad language, but the video is fine) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2b69-8tJkE The above is a you tube video where someone overdubbed hilarious commentary over an old Cedar Point training video. Thought you would enjoy. Here is the link to the original training video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sycYhOs2qJk
  4. It has one.....Actually 2. (Or are you being sarcastic?)
  5. From what I understand the biggest reason he said that was how much it is down. By FAR the most expensive ride on a cost per rider basis since it's opening. Maybe things would have been different if they stuck with the original plan, but then Gemini would have had to go.
  6. I grew up during the coaster wars. You know what CP learned? Don't try ANYTHING new until someone else does and KI was the usual suspect. Being the first, especially back then, didn't always mean being the best. Take the original Bat for example. Iron Dragon is STILL standing to this day. Also King Cobra which has been removed and although Mantis is no longer at CP it's track still is being used today. I was fortunate enough to ride the original Bat and it was INTENSE. Loved that ride but had they known to do banked turns (a lesson they learned from building The Bat) then maybe it would still be there today (of course we wouldn't have had Vortex). Also talking about firsts there was also SOB (we'll just leave that be) and of course Flight Commander. I will admit that The Racer, Beast and Vortex & Viking Fury were all successes that were "firsts" so it CAN happen, just that the track record for those who look at history it always seems best to let someone else be the test bed and then install something learning from the mistakes. I've always seen KI as a family park. Look at Aerial Chase. CP has nothing like it. They seem to be going more for the family-friendly park where as CP is more of a destination. You come to KI for 1-2 days, you go to CP for 4-6 (that's what the resorts are for). Either way I think CF is doing a great job (much better than Paramount) and don't feel as if KI is getting the "red-headed stepchild" treatment.
  7. Merry Christmas!! Hope all KICer's had a wonderful Xmas. Winterfest will be open for a week after Christmas and I though it would be great to have a new last float after Santa Clause. One with Don dressed up in a long beard as old year and Chad in a diaper as baby new year
  8. Is it just me or in the video did they show some footage which look like it shows him going up the hill on The Racer from the other train?? Not during Winterfest but I believe a violation none the less..... Not necessarily good footage to use on a news broadcast.
  9. Would there be room to park them just inside the blockades around the tower? They could move the trees by the exit toward Kiddie land and drive them into there for a couple hours before resetting them after close.
  10. I was wondering what happened. I was there with my wife, son in law and 3 grand children at the Coke billboard. The kids were looking so forward to the parade as they had seen and loved Carnivale. At 8:50 I noticed Blitzen's Brass walk toward Adventure Express and knew something was off. I went to look down Coney Mall and didn't see anything except a horse drawn carriage so we left. We heard no announcement except the usual pre-parade ones. If we would have known it would have started later we may have stayed. I figured it was a problem with a float. My thought was someone forgot to plug them in the night before (can't recall if they are electric or not). You would think electric would be the way to go, but then again if they are not electric I obviously don't remember engine noise Either way an announcement would have been appreciated either that it would be delayed or that it would start at (insert time). I'm pretty sure they have a way of making such announcements as I've heard them when they are closing early, etc. It would have been a good opportunity to try out the new SMS messaging system. Heck send a couple people down the parade route with a large sign saying "there will be a delay". Either way informing the crowd I think would have went a long way. I heard a lot of frustrated people on my way out and I kept assuring them that this was the first time I knew of that the parade didn't go off. Kudos indeed to those cast members that helped out at the start of the parade. The crew there does such a great job and I always stick up for them as I know they do their absolute best. Clearly this was an unforeseen incident and I'm sure management will learn from it and be more prepared next time. In my opinion communicating the situation honestly, no matter how embarrassing, is the best way to go rather than leave the general public of hundreds of people to form their own ideas and opinions. Still a great night and I let the grandkids know we'd be back again to see the parade.
  11. Went with the wife last night and it was the busiest I've ever seen Winterfest. We had 3 major goals, see the lights, eat at the Snow Day Buffett and see the parade. Even with the large crowd we got everything in. We got in line for the Buffett at 6:30 and waited half an hour. The place was packed but we had an employee come and let us know that they were going to hold the line while tables became available. It also seems like there is a time limit (different colored wristbands) not sure on that, maybe someone on here can elaborate. Either way, the buffett was fantastic! I keep being wowed by the culinary team. More impressive was that they kept the buffett stocked. I went back 3 times and only saw one empty pan and they were bringing out the refill at that time. The wife and I noticed that when we left around 8 there were tables opening up, I'm assuming because everyone was getting in place for the parade. Having a different view of the parade I must say it did feel much more like Carnivale and is a fantastic addition. Kudo's again to the performers and staff that pull it off, it's amazing and a not to miss experience. I did notice some things working that weren't up the first night. All strands were on on the tower tree (the first night it seemed there were 5 - 10 out and the kinks in the parade were ironed out (music was much better synched and it passed by). Another fantastic night and hoping to get 5 - 8 more trips in before the end of the year. At first I was nervous because of the crowded parking lot, but the staff inside kept up with the demand and kept everything moving. Great job KI Staff and Management!
  12. CP also has theirs up. May7th opening. Interesting thing is from May 7th to May 28th they are open Sat, Sun, Mon, Thurs & Fri (Closed Tues and Wed.).
  13. Good to hear. Thanks for letting me know.
  14. Went last night and continue to be impressed with the staff and how KI continually is upgrading the event every year with new and different lights. The tunnel for 12 days of Christmas looks amazing. The whole park was beautiful as I've come to expect at the event. Also Juke Box has a 12 days of Christmas burger which has quac on it along with other things (I forget what). Also the Chicken Shack has Honey Mint Garlic wing sauce. Haven't tried either yet but cheers to the culinary team for new items. The mac and cheese bowl seem to have done away with tots in favor of sidewinder fries. I would think tots are much more suited to having the toppings on them leaving it "fork friendly". Almost seems like the sidewinders would necessitate a knife and fork. Will try next visit and see. Finally the Parade was amazing. Large crowds on each side of the street. Plenty of people in the parade with all the wonderful costumes, props and performances and the floats were beautiful. The only thing I would suggest is a "hand out" of small (individually wrapped, of course) candy canes as the parade goes by. Maybe I missed it, maybe it's something they will do later but it just felt like it was something to bring a bit more to the experience. I understand not tossing things out, as it is dark for the event but just to have a little interaction between performers and little ones would be nice. Also some type of dance during the stops is missed. The sing-along is a nice idea but doing it along with pulling kids in and having them dance would be great. Carnivale has definitely affected my opinion as if I had never seen it, I wouldn't have the suggestions I do for the Winterfest parade. It just seemed like not many were singing along. Not sure if that was because of being embarrassed or because of the current C-19 situation. I'm interested to see how things evolve with this during the season. All in all another wonderful experience for Winterfest yet again and I'm looking forward to many visits this season. Congratulations and thanks to all the staff and employees for a wonderful event that elevates the holiday experience!
  15. My guess would be the size of the park. Remember, they have to tear down Haunt and put up Winterfest. Not all parks have a Royal Skating Rink that size and only 1 has a gigantic Christmas tree. There is also staffing to be concerned with. All that being said I could see them extending in a week either way (or both) in the future depending upon how the other parks experience with it. I for one enjoy the break between Haunt and Winterfest. It makes the anticipation more palpable and the first entry into the park more magical. After all I can remember not having it at all so I'm grateful for ANY Winterfest time I get!
  16. The culinary team knocked it out of the park for the fall tastes this year!
  17. My favorite place to eat in the park for the atmosphere.
  18. Congratulations Chef Major!!! Well deserved!
  19. Don't forget the location is now behind Hanks Mexican Grill.
  20. Most likely could be done the week or two prior (just run 1 train on each track for 1 weekend, usually a park sellout with light attendance) and store the modded trains in the old pull offs (There's room for 2 in each one). I would think 5 days would be enough of a turn around. Inspections with the state wouldn't be that hard if pre-arranged. Think about how when a ride goes down in the middle of the season how quickly they can get an inspection to get it back open. Not likely, but I still think it would be a great tie-in with Haunt and a way to appease those who enjoy the backwards experience and to allow current generations to enjoy it.
  21. I've always thought a great idea would be to set one side of The Racer backward during Haunt only. It would add to the unique experience during the haunt season.
  22. Exactly why I always try to find more than one source (for the Fauchi's wife I found 5). Second, third and fourth opinions are a must when using Google. This is where a peer reviewed article holds more merit than a non peer reviewed one. Basically, the peers will either enforce or dispute the claims made in the article. Often times I'll hear something and say "that doesn't sound right" a quick trip around the web from difference sources backs up my thought. It's also important to hear opinions you may not agree with and not have blinders on when doing research. As far as Natural vs Vaccine antibodies the end result seems to be the same. One of the differences is a vaccine is targeted to a specific antibody where as in natural the body may form many different ones. Also vaccines don't carry a risk of complications from exposure to a virus. https://www.verywellhealth.com/antibodies-from-vaccines-and-from-natural-infection-5092564 As in the linked article from my previous post the best possible thing is to have had covid naturally and have the vaccine as well. Heres another article discussing "hybrid immunity" https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/hybrid-immunity-people-covid-still-get-vaccinated-rcna1974 and one more https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/09/07/1033677208/new-studies-find-evidence-of-superhuman-immunity-to-covid-19-in-some-individuals The more you know......
  23. Thanks for the condolences and the same to you for your best friend. I agree about the lack of credible information and will offer the following after some quick searching (read through it, I was surprised by somethings, especially that Reagan was quoting a Democrat!): I'll cover the article and Fauci's wife first, the the Reaganism. The fact that is not peer reviewed should make it suspect. I can write and article and have it published to say that the sky is purple. If the same article was peer reviewed then then peers would soon prove my findings inaccurate. As far as the Phizer vaccine and Fauci's wife, things are not adding up for you because the accusations are not true. This can be found y a quick google search. Here is what I found: "In recent days, other users on Facebook have shared similar versions of the claim that have racked up hundreds of shares. But the posts are wrong. Grady is not involved with the FDA’s vaccine testing and approval. " and ""Dr. Grady does not approve the conduct of any research protocol, and she has no input into the FDA process for issuing EUAs (emergency use authorizations)," the NIH told the Associated Press in May." https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/08/30/fact-check-faucis-wife-has-no-role-vaccine-approval/5616304001/ "CLAIM: Dr. Anthony Fauci’s wife is the chief of bioethics and human subjects research at the National Institutes of Health. That means she’s the one who rubber stamps exceptions to normal drug and vaccine testing. AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The COVID-19 vaccines received emergency use approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, not the NIH. THE FACTS: Throughout the pandemic, social media users have posted false and misleading claims involving Fauci and those around him. This week, posts emerged suggesting that the vaccines received rapid approval because of Fauci’s wife, Christine Grady, at the NIH." https://apnews.com/article/fact-checking-170254166936 "Christine Grady, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s wife, is chief of bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. She isn’t involved in issuing emergency use authorizations for unapproved medical products. Grady teaches medical ethics and researches ethical issues related to medicine and clinical research, according to the National Institutes of Health. She does not have authority to approve the conduct of any research protocol, “and she has no input into the FDA process for issuing EUAs,” the NIH said. " https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2021/may/21/viral-image/no-faucis-wife-didnt-issue-emergency-use-authoriza/ As far as the Reaganism. You do realize that he was quoting a democrat right? "Senator Edmund Muskie, Democrat from Maine, was reported to have said to a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago in early 1976, The three most common lies are, “I put your check in the mail yesterday,” “I gave at the office” and “I’m from the federal government and I’m here to help you.”" https://www.professorbuzzkill.com/reagan-terrifying-words/ I would argue that the companies that made the vaccine are, in fact, acting as participants in the capitalist system. They are not freely giving the vaccine, exactly the opposite. There is a profit motive behind the research and more than likely any nefarious reason for the government to push it would come from lobbyists from those companies driven by the almighty dollar. How do you feel when the fire department shows up to a fire? or a paramedic shows up to take someone to the hospital? How about the dozens of terrorist threats (foreign and domestic) that have been thwarted by the FBI? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unsuccessful_terrorist_plots_in_the_United_States_post-9/11 It appears to me that if Reagan was so bothered by the government and it's handling of things then why did he put so much of our tax dollars into it? "Reagan significantly increased public expenditures, primarily the Department of Defense, which rose (in constant 2000 dollars) from $267.1 billion in 1980 (4.9% of GDP and 22.7% of public expenditure) to $393.1 billion in 1988 (5.8% of GDP and 27.3% of public expenditure); most of those years military spending was about 6% of GDP, exceeding this number in 4 different years. All these numbers had not been seen since the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War in 1973." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaganomics (By the way, I'm still waiting on the "trickle down effect") It is exactly the amount of red tape and checks and balances that make the government look ineffective that keep us from being under a dictatorship. It all depends on your outlook. Everyone picks on the United States Postal Service but I challenge you to go to a UPS or Fedex store and put a letter addressed to someone in California on the counter and 60 cents and let me know when it gets to it's destination. The government may not be perfect but it's still the one I choose to live in and that's the greatest thing about our government. Unlike other governments in other countries, if you don't like it here, you can move somewhere else. That is the freedom that too many who are critical of our government takes for granted. Aside from all this thanks for the discussion. I believe the one thing we need nowadays is an exchange of ideas and the ability to discuss them and either grow our own assertions or take the opportunity to re-shape them.
  24. There is one big difference between vaccination and natural infection. You may be betting your life on it: “While a natural infection may induce maturation of antibodies with broader activity than a vaccine does—a natural infection can also kill you,” says Michel C. Nussenzweig, the Zanvil A. Cohn and Ralph M. Steinman professor and head of Rockefeller’s Laboratory of Molecular Immunology. “A vaccine won’t do that and, in fact, protects against the risk of serious illness or death from infection.” https://www.rockefeller.edu/news/30919-natural-infection-versus-vaccination-differences-in-covid-antibody-responses-emerge/ I would also point out that the study in Israel has NOT been peer reviewed as referenced in your link. I believe it also only looked at the Phiser vaccine and seemed to be concentrating on the Delta variant. There is a reason studies are peer reviewed. (https://lib.byu.edu/faq/244739/) "The study relies on data from Israel's Maccabi Health Services, and was conducted by researchers from Maccabi and Tel Aviv University. A preprint of the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, was published last week on medRxiv." It should also be pointed out that the it is better to get a vaccine even if you've been infected for the best results. https://www.11alive.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/vaccine-comparison-natural-immunity-covid-19-verify/85-6b531cb8-b604-46ef-b575-7566a4a6699a Those people you know who got sick after getting vaccinated and having it previously just shows how effective the vaccine is at inducing the body's immune system to an effective response. Most people who didn't have COIVID had a reaction after the 2nd dose because the first dose trains their body to recognize the antigen. I was relived when I had a reaction to the 2nd dose because it meant my body was ready to do battle with the disease and the vaccine had done it's job. BTW, did any of them die? https://www.gavi.org/vaccineswork/why-vaccine-side-effects-might-be-more-common-people-whove-already-had-covid-19 COVID affected me because my uncle died of it. He refused to get vaccinated and his last days on this Earth were spend fighting for is life and in pain. His last words were (as so many others have conveyed on a ventilator) "I wish I would have gotten the darn vaccination".
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