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  1. I would have loved to have visited Coney Island back in its heyday. It's still neat going to the park nowadays, knowing some of the history, but I wish I coud've truly experienced it. As for the Coney Mall at Kings Island, there was a part of me hoping that during the lead up to the 2016 announcement, Kings Island was going to go the route that Kings Dominion did with Candy Apple Grove, restore Racer, spruce up Coney Mall and rename it to Old Coney... But so far no such luck. I wish they'd bring the sign back. It's the little things...
  2. ^ There doesn't appear to be a comment section on the desktop version of the story either.
  3. I can second that. Just recently planned a trip to Orlando for October and after looking at Disney's website and moving on to Universal's was frustrating. For a quick example, compare the 'Park Hours' pages for Universal Orlando vs. Disney World's and try to search out a few months for all parks. Disney: I can drop down a calendar, click the date I wanted, and the hours for everything on property. Universal: You can only click forward one month at a time, for one park at a time. Each time the whole page has to reload. Sorry, I've just been dealing with Universal's annoying website for a little while now... Anyways... As for the ride, I'll reserve judgment until more details are out. I'll agree that it does sound like another simulator in a resort that people say is very simulator heavy already. I guess I'll get to judge for myself in just over a month!
  4. Source Interesting, swinging pendulum/frisbee ride, named Delirium is replacing a Togo stand-up roller coaster. Where have we seen that before? Edit: Sorry, just saw this was already being discussed here.
  5. I love that they have a "What's New" tab on their website. If you hover over it, one empty slot drops down.. Which is actually accurate, but why even have that up there? Clicking on it just takes you to their homepage.
  6. If we do get 2 mazes, I hope the second one doesn't result in another year round eyesore. (the new one will be occupying an already existing eyesore)
  7. Don't they sell those shirts in the park?
  8. While I don't claim to be an expert on the food service industry, I did work in the industry for about 5 years, 2 of which were spent as a server, so I generally have a great deal of patience with servers. However, I don't have much patience when servers disappear for long periods of time, refuse to look at tables that aren't their own (even if a guest is clearly in need of service - help out that table and maybe that server will help you with one of yours someday), or when servers seem to abandon tables after bringing their food out. I get it, things happen. You get busy and service isn't always stellar, but my two experiences at the Reds HoF B&G have left a really bad taste in my mouth (excuse the pun). I have not left the park to eat in years, but if this is how service is going to be, I may do just that. And yes, as others have stated consistency would be nice. Other note from my visit (Warning: this is a recurring complaint of mine) I'm also still waiting for the proper music to return to International Street - I'd say the different areas, but baby steps I guess. Pop music on International Street gives the park a cheap, generic park atmosphere, in an otherwise beautiful setting. While they are doing better in recent years, I still can't help but feel that Cedar Fair is neglecting the smaller details that made the park stand out from your average Six Flags and Cedar Fair parks. Things like atmospheric music, the glockenspiel, the floral clock, and so on. Those are things that I think Paramount Parks beat Cedar Fair on for most of their time owning the park. I'm not asking for a $100 million themed dark ride, but just small things that would make a huge difference in the feel of the park. I wouldn't mind the $100 million dark ride though...
  9. Finally got my 2nd visit of the year in on Friday. Went to the water park for the first time in 2 years, had fun but they definitely could use some slide complexes there. Went back to the dry park for dinner at the Reds Hall of Fame Grille (more on that later.) After dinner rode Boo Blasters, Banshee, The Bat, Adventure Express, and ended with an awesome night ride on The Beast. It was great day, glad to have finally made it back out. A few observations: - Again, the water park is in need of something new. Based off of Cedar Fair's recent activity I think there's a good possibility of something new soon. - Reds Hall of Fame Grille... My previous visit this year, which was much much earlier in the season, I complained about the terrible service, but gave them the benefit of the doubt because it was just that - early in the season. However, I can now report back that they have not improved. Upon walking in we were told there were no open tables for my party of 2, but we could sit at the bar if we wanted. We headed to the bar where I saw some open tables, maybe they were being saved for big parties or maybe they just can't handle the workload of having all tables full, but that looks really bad when you have people waiting to be seated. When we got to the bar there were no two seats available next to each other, so we took a seat at a one the small two-person high top tables in the bar area, where we had to have been purposely ignored because we were not acknowledged for a decent amount of time. Finally two seats opened at the bar, so we took those. Had our orders taken within a reasonable amount of time and the food actually came out fairly quickly, so I was happy enough at that point. However, it was very obvious that there several disgruntled people around us who had been waiting for food, service, their check, etc. and were getting tired of being ignored. There was one clearly stressed bar tender who let a couple who sat next to ours that they wouldn't be getting food for a while because "everything [was] taking forever to come out." After we finished eating, the wait to finally have someone come back over to our side of the bar was ridiculous, all we needed to do was pay our check but we were held up at least 15-20 minutes, but we were just talking so we didn't mind as much as the guy next to us who began to loudly stack his dishes in an effort to get someone's attention for his check, until he eventually threw down some cash and stormed out... I know this was a little long, but something needs to be done about the Reds HoF Bar and Grille before I go back. It just isn't pleasant with the poor service and being surrounded by angry people as a result. What a shame, because I was so happy that they finally put a table service restaurant in, but now I won't be going for the foreseeable future. - Boo Blasters: I still hate the FUNTVs in the queue... However, the ride itself had actually improved from my visit earlier this season. Music throughout the ride, our guns worked (gasp), and most of the triggered effects were working as well as the fog screen audio. The chase scene is still not working though. Overall, the ride looked better than I've seen it look in a long time, but still does seem to be on its last act. I hope the next attraction is more on par with the first 3 attractions to grace that building. - The rides were all running great, Banshee was very forceful and smooth, and The Beast at night was amazing as always. The Bat and Adventure Express were also very good night rides.
  10. Now all they need to do is tear down all of those tacky sheds. Glad the graffiti is gone.. Now if they could just make the slightest effort to cover up the Slaughterhouse sign next to The Beast.
  11. Such a shame that things like this happen, probably over something completely stupid. Great job by the cast member though.
  12. As disappointing as it may be, I'll echo others in saying don't risk it. Those warnings are there for a reason. A lifetime of back problems is not worth a 3 minute coaster ride. So with respect to the other posters who are picking rides that may be ok, I would say disregard their advice and just watch your grandson on the coasters. I'm sure you'll both still enjoy the time that you spent together and you'll be happy that you didn't further injure your back. Maybe between coasters you could get your grandson to ride a couple gentle rides that you can enjoy together. Hope you enjoy your day at the park!
  13. Thanks for the help again everyone. Alas, it was not meant to be this time unfortunately - didn't end up being able to work the park in. Looks like I'll have to try again next time and hopefully work in the City Museum as well!
  14. Thanks for the help! It's all depending on if my friend in St. Louis can budget it in, but if I go I'll definitely post a trip report!
  15. Hi everyone, planning a trip to Six Flags St. Louis and was wondering if anyone here knew where the best deals on tickets can be had. Thanks!
  16. I'd rather have actual 3D sets and animatronics instead of cardboard cut-outs or going screen-to-screen/shooting at things. And no, the 3D glasses did not make Boo Blasters any better. I found a set on the ground once (it didn't seem as gross at the time) and decided to see what the "enhanced" experience was like... Basically just a complete afterthought. I remember some dots on the wall popping out and that's about it... Never felt the need to give it another shot, and definitely not worth paying for.
  17. Definitely more family friendly... more marketable as a new attraction too. And I don't doubt it was easier to maintain, it's just too bad that they didn't. The broken guns are not new to Boo Blasters, I remember the issue on Scooby Doo as well.
  18. No, no... Boo Blasters is a cheap retrofit of Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle... which was already cheap, disappointing replacement of Phantom Theater.
  19. Great move by Disney. I look forward to the day where we can all look back and laugh at the fact that the selfie-stick was ever a thing.
  20. Buzzfeed is a pathetic excuse for a media outlet/news source. Their articles tend to be either filled with errors, misinformation, or both - with an apparent lack of research done for their articles (unfortunately that seems to be more and more widespread throughout all news media nowadays). This article was no exception. Apparently I still haven't ridden all of King's Island's 23 roller coasters! Who knew! And Cedar Point underrated? Give me a break. Nice to see the parks mentioned though I guess.
  21. That looks like a nice place for a new FunTV! /sarcasm
  22. Funny you should mention that. This morning Kings Island posted a video on Instagram of PEANUTS 500 going through its morning test runs with the caption: I thought it was hilarious given the recent conversation on these boards about Kentucky Kingdom's practice of "weekly" inspections. Source: KingsIslandPR on Instagram
  23. I dont think its a snob mentality. Its really the fact that you have the opportunity to ride when the line is not long. I rarely like to wait in a line for a ride more than 30-45 minutes long just because of the pass. Only time I did it last year was Diamondback and Banshee. Most others I will skip if the line is long because I can always go back... I found myself feeling the same way a few years back, but it ended up being a blessing, rather than a curse. I have had a gold pass every year since 2001 except 2009, and I noticed myself getting bored waiting in line for a lot of the bigger rides, and just becoming bored with running from roller coaster to roller coaster non-stop... in fact, I couldn't do it anymore, I started to become motion sick just running from ride to ride. But then I started to change things up and take my time. I stopped to watch shows, to sit in the shade and eat, and to ride rides that I often walked past. My visits to the park since then have been longer and more enjoyable since. I rode White Water Canyon more times than any other ride on opening day this year and had a blast.
  24. Based off the article posted in this thread, it sounds like Amusement Dark is basically the initiative to expand the dark ride portfolio in all of the Cedar Fair parks.
  25. I went on opening day and loved it. Ended up buying a caramel apple (which they'll slice for you), and salted caramel dark chocolate fudge. Very delicious, I imagine I'll be back a few times over the course of the season.
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