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  1. Made it to CP this weekend for what was supposed to be a nice half day visit on our way to Columbus.

    We got to the park around 20 min. prior to early entry time. For some reason they were diverting parking over to the employee parking area (hint 1).

    We got in for the early ride times and headed straight over to Gate Keeper. No lines, but the person on the train before us had gotten ill so the ride ops were cleaning that up. They tried for about 10 min. to get the water hose going to no avail (hint 2). They got the car cleaned up, and sent out empty to air dry, and we got on they next car. This being our first time on Gate Keeper, that was an excellent ride, front seat on the outside rocks!

    Headed from Gate Keeper over to Raptor. Again no lines. This used to be one of my favorite coasters, so we rode a couple times.

    Headed from there to one of my daughters favorites, Millenium Force. There was about a 15 min. wait for this ride, so we opted just to ride once for the day.

    On the way back to the midway we were able to catch a quick ride on Mantis and Iron Dragon, no wait on either one.

    We got back to the midway shortly after park opening to meet up with my wife and do some easy rides with her. Decided to get on the Antique Cars, but they had just emptied the line and were parking the cars??? Ok, no problem, we'll hit the restroom real quick and head toward the back of the park. Both the women's and men's restrooms were closed?!?!? We looked around and all the rides were in the process of shutting down. Shortly they announced over the PA system that the park was closing. We couldn't understand the announcement where we were at, but we decided to just follow the crowed.

    Once we got to the front of the park, we could understand the announcement that they had a water main break and "would not be able to open for the day". This was not that big of deal for us since we were only planning about a 4-5 hr visit anyway, but understandably there were A LOT of irritated people waiting in a huge line for the customer service building.

    Got back to the car and in line to leave. This was a huge mess. Morning traffic still trying to come into the park, and everybody that was already there trying to leave. Thankfully as soon as we were able to get across the causeway, I knew a few back ways of getting around Sandusky.

    To show part of the scope of this closure, we stopped for gas somewhere around Bucyrus, OH, and there was a family there complaining about the Cedar Point closure. Then we went out for dinner in Columbus, and it seemed like half the dining area was talking about their day trying to go to the park!

    Hopefully the park does something for the people who were taking their summer vacation this weekend, and had to either cancel their vacation completely, reschedule, or spend extra money to stay a couple extra days at a non CP hotel.

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  2. Thank you very much for the information! I figured that, but no reason not to ask. We haven't hooked up with you guys since the summer Diamond Back was being built, hopefully this will be a better year!

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  3. We have platinum passes and are planning on visiting our 2nd favorite park (CP) this weekend. Does anyone know if you add the season long meal plan to a platinum pass if it is good for all parks, or just the one you purchased it at? I am guessing it is just the park of purchase, but not sure.

    Thanks for any information, and we will be down at KI July 15 - 18th if anyone is going and wants to meet up.

  4. Hi all, back from a recent trip to KI and Cozy-Dale campground and wanted to post a quick TR.

    DW(?!?), DD(7), and myself left norther ohio early sat morning for our trip. The GPS decided it wanted me to take a new route down there, so I followed its directions ... DON'T ALWAYS THINK YOUR GPS KNOWS MORE THAN YOU. All in all not a bad drive except for pulling a camper through every po-dunk (no offense intended) town, village, township in ohio!

    We stopped for breakfast at a Cracker Barrel somewhere south of Lima. I was looking very forward to my favorite Grandpa's Fried Breakfast. This was probably the worst experience we have had at this chain. The service was excellent like it had always been, but the food looked and tasted like it was somebodies returned order from an hour ago! Probably won't be looking as forward to going back.

    Don't worry, this is not a complaining post ... things are getting ALOT better.

    We got down to KI around 11 am with our vouchers in hand. Stopped by the parking booth with the camper, handed them our vouchers, and absolutely no problems. We decided to park out a little ways so that I could easily pull the trailer out, and ended up around Beast 49. We noticed ALOT of busses in the lot, but did not think much of it.

    After the longer than average walk up to the gate(I miss the trams!), we found a line for season pass processing ... great! This went extremely fast, and we were only in line around 15 min.

    We were in the park by about 11:45. DD measured in at about 48 1/2", so she wasn't sure if she wanted to goto Planet Snoopy or "big girl rides". She finally decided on bigger rides, so we headed for Flight Deck. Appx. 20 min wait, but she loved it! Then to one of DW's favorites, Adventure Express. Great ride, but DD wanted nothing to do with the last hill. Scrambler ... Shake Rattle & Roll ... then off to Stunt Coaster. Posted as a 60 min wait, but decided to do it anyway. Great ride, DD liked the take off, but not the "fire". It was a warm day, so DD wanted to go on the log flume ... so away we went. Luckily we were just getting in line when they shut down.

    DD decided it was time to go back to the truck to get a snack and rest for awhile. Unfortunately, she decided once we were there that she didn't feel real good, and just wanted to go to the campgrounds and relax.

    So (being the disappointed loving father that I am), we headed out to Lake Cozy-Dale Campground. We normally stay at Cedar Brook, but since I was only planning on sleeping at the campground, I figured we would give this a try.

    All in all a very nice place to stay. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Very nice seasonal people, and some nice temps. This is primarily a fishing place. There is not alot of things to keep children occupied. They do have a playground, and were putting in a pool while we were there. They do sell "real" firewood for around $5 for 8 pieces (pretty good deal for most places). Wild life is kinda cool ... I saw a flock of "Turkey Vulchars" (so they called them). They are huge and fly! DD made friends with a family of geese, and I'm thinking a few people ate some fish! All in all, I'm thinking if I am going to primarily go to KI and sleep and the camper then I would definetly return, if I am primarily going camping and visiting KI, then I would go to Cedar Brook.

    Sunday morning, got up and packed up camp. Started heading towards KI. I told DW to find somewhere to go for breakfast, she punched it in the GPS and we were off. Ate at Big Boy just down from the park. Good food, decent price, and great service. I wanted to be at the park by 9:15 so that I wouldn't miss ERT, so I was watching the clock on the bank (or whatever it was next door). It said 9:05, so we hurriedly finished our coffee and headed out. When we got to the truck, the clock said 9:23, and that stupid clock still said 9:08. Great I'm going to miss DB!

    Got to the park, parked, and was at the gate by 9:29 (no clue how!) This was the beginning of the second most incredible day I have ever had at KI!

    Gates opened, not as much security as what I remember from a couple years ago. Flash our passes at the attendant inside the park, and off to Diamond Back. DD & DW know they have to keep up.

    Walked on first time with another single rider. This ride is extremely unnerving, very little restraint, awesome view, and fast. Probably my 4th favorite at KI. PS whats up with the splash down?,just for chickens watching?

    Anyway, back on within a few minutes and sat in the 2nd row. Not much difference from 2nd to way back .. still an awesome view!

    Now 9:55 ... park opens in a few minutes, quick smoke and let breakfast settle after DB.

    No line for Linus Launcher,so DD went on that twice. No line for Kite Eating Tree, so we all rode that. No line for Flying Ace, so we got on that twice. Tried to get on Avatar, but it was closed. Went up to woodstock express, and waited about 5 min. DD was not as thrilled after she went on some bigger coasters.

    DD decided it was time for bigger rides, so we headed back to her favorite ... Flight Deck. After a healthy walk, we walk right on. Trip 1, nobody in line, so we ride again. After lap 4 DW decides we have had enough. Time for AE.

    2 laps on AE without getting off and DD being scared was enough for me, so we headed for RACER. I know the park was slow that day, but it kinda ticked me off that they were only running one side of RACER. I mean come on, taunting the other train is alot of the fun on the ride. DD rode racer once and was not overly impressed.

    Off to spinny rides while I chill out for a few. DW&DD done coney island while I checked out wait for FH, said 60 min, but I doubt it was that long ... should have waited!

    Getting close to time to head back north, so we asked everyone what they wanted to do. DW ... Stunt Coaster. DD ... Log Flume, MS gave another choice to DD ... ET.

    Stunt Coaster ... 10 min wait at 1 pm. DD really didn't want to ride, but after the first trip she wanted to go again. Totaly of 3 trip and 25 min later we are off to the log flume.

    This ride totaly disappointed me. They didn't do anything with the theming at the beginning, and took down eveything during the ride. At least paint the tube so it does not look so run down if that is all you have to look at!

    ET, and back on the road.

    Had a blast and counting the days to first trip to Kings Dominion!

  5. Those are nice deals, but I still wish that they had a meal deal for individuals.

    Thankfully the BYBBQ, Character Breakfast, and Rivertown Junction appear to be individual meal deals, the last time we had season passes, EVERYTHING was for a family of 4 and we only have 3.

    IMO Rivertown Junction is probably the best deal in the park to get a decent meal and relax for awhile.

  6. Thanks for all the great information, we are not going until June 23rd & 24th. My daughter has been asking what they have there, so I figured this would be the place to ask.

    We are definitely looking for to trying out a new park. Also trying to find out information on the "Walk on Wednesday" platinum perk. Their website really doesn't go into details.

    Hope everyone enjoyed their opening day trip.

  7. We have now officially booked 2 nights at kd campground which means we will be spending at least 1 1/2 days at kings dominion. From everything I have seen online, this park looks extremely like Kings Island (which is my favorite park!), is this a correct statement?

    I was just looking at the major attractions, and most of them are quite similar. I really hope it is close to as nice (and clean) as KI so that I can garuantee(sp?) a great vacation for my family.

    Any inside information on Kings Dominion would be greatly appreciated! I am traveling with my lw 39, and dd 7.

  8. Awesome post, brings back alot of memories. Scooby Do was my first real coaster ... as Fairly Odd Coaster was my daughters. Enchanted Voyage was awesome .. I feel that attraction really went down hill with phantom, and scooby. EV was a great ride for kids of all ages, not something my daughter has always been afraid of. The sky ride was always a great way to start and end the day, and I think the fountains used to be alot more colorful at night (or maybe I was just ALOT younger and they looked more impressive!)

  9. Hi again everyone, been a long time since I have posted, but unfortunately had to take last year off from KI. We met quite a few of you down at KIC day in 2008, and look forward to another great year with KI & KIC.

    Just purchased our platinum passes for the season and was wondering if anyone has seen the detailed list,or brochure of "perks"?

    Also does anyone know if you get the gold pass perks at all parks, or just the park you purchase at? We are planning on doing KI as many times as possible, CP a couple times, and Kings Dominion while on summer vacation. Just kinda wondering if we could show up for ERT at CP and KD.

    Thanks for any information, and I am really looking forward to a great summer!

  10. Thanks again to all involved with KIC day. Sorry but I don't have the time/energy to post pics with this report, but I promise to post pics later!!

    Sat 8-16-08

    4:15 am - "Daddy ... is it time to goto Kings Island"

    4:30 am - Check lights on camper - leave for KI

    7:30 am - Breakfast at Waffle House

    8:30 am - Chase daughter around parking lot at KI

    8:40 am - Registration for KIC day

    8:45 am - Standing at wrong line waiting to get through security

    8:55 am - Realize mistake get in with last few people to go back on Club Blood Tour

    9:00 am - Nice walk back through to the club blood house got back there took some pics, made it about 5 ft in the door and had to take my daughter back outside - my wife said it was a neat experiece, but did not have the camera :(

    9:30ish - ERT Invertigo AWESOME or I guess now days SWEET made it on atleast 6 if not 7 times Great time

    9:35 am - My daughter adopted a new mom

    10:00 am - Leaving the Invertigo area and casually mentioned to my wife I should ride SOB while I was back there. She said ok, and somebody else said you had better run, so I did.

    10:05 am - On what I think was the first car of SOB for the day

    10:07 am - Beat to @*!* on SOB ... maybe I shouldn't have gotten on the first opening I saw

    10:20 am - Needing a break (and required) got on Carosel

    10:25 am - Heading for Nick land with wife and daughter

    10:35 am - In line for Scrappy Doo (Fairly Odd Coaster)

    10:55 am - get off coaster beat tracks for SOB backstage

    11:35 am - Meet back up with family - quick spin on Pahntom Flyers

    11:45 am - One more go at fairly odd Coaster

    12:15 pm - Break back at Parking Lot - I don't know about you guys but I was ready for a cold adult beverage and some AC

    12:50 pm - Pictures in front of EI

    1:00 pm - Dodgem - fun classic ride - wish the family could have gone (daughter too small)

    1:15 pm - Watched scrambler ride

    1:40 pm - Got in line for Monster - had to leave line to make beast/diamond back tour

    2:00 pm - Awesome Tour got to bring family - my daughter says thanks for the dice and bear!

    3:00 pm - Had to leave the park to set up camper for the weekend (I'm, not real big into shows anyway, but my family loved the meet and greet with Fab 80's)

    5:30 pm - Dinner - daughter was adopted as a new little sister - won a cool Diamond Back "Bump Hat" and a "Slipper When Wet Sign" - way cool raffle prizes

    6:30 - 8 - Family time 1 - cruise on fairly odd coaster 1 - trip on wild thornberrys - 1 trip on EI

    8:15ish - Met back up with her adopted sister watched the end of Girls Night Out

    Too tired don't remember time frames soo ...

    One more trip on fairly odd coaster

    Headed to scrambler ... wife, kid, and adopted sister watched fireworks from line of scrambler. Myself and Tim manned the entrance for late comers.

    10:17 pm ERT on Racer - Abosolutely SWEET I almost didn't make the full time, but it just so happened that when I was going to get off, they announced the last ride.

    11:00 pm Get Off Racer - I believe the last train

    11:30 pm Back to Cedarbrooke campground for a shower a beer (or 2) and bed!

    Mental Note: I am getting tooo old for 45 min on RACER

    Thanks Again Everyone for a great day!!!

  11. Finally back home from KIC day/weekend and wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to ALL involved in this event. This was one of my best visits ever (close to 30 yrs!). Thank you to the KIC and KI staff for planning and running an extrodinay day, and thank you to all the participants we met for making it even better! I will admit I was skeptical of bringing my wife and child to this event with people I have had no "face time" with, but I could not imagine another group of "strangers" that I would have rather been associated with. An extra thank you goes out to those who made my daughter feel and home and part of something special. Thank You again. I am going to work on our trip report now, but I felt this post was most important.

  12. We were in the same situation last year, and found that none of the hotels in the area (execpt KI resort) offered shuttle service anymore. All of them listed extended liability as the reason. There is an Inn on Kings Mill rd that does allow pets, but do some research to decide if this is the place for you. I made reservations, then looked it up on the wev last year and decided to cancle our reservations. I am not going to tell anyone what to do, but seriously do your research on Kng's Mill Inn.

  13. By manually, I mean that it appeard that maintenance or somebody locked onto it with one of the baskets that are at the top of the hills and lowered it down. I really don't believe the lightning theory because we didn't see any indications of severe weather all day.

  14. Anybody know what happened with face off friday evening? We were taking a break in the parking lot and watched them manually bring the train down from the second hill. Must not have been anything major since it was running later that evening, but just kinda curious what happened.

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