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Ki Man

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  1. Ki Man

    Kings Island 2018 Discussion Thread

    I had a pretty great visit last Friday from 9:30-1ish. It was very easy to store my stuff in a locker 3 different times throughout the day when I needed to and also inexpensive ($6). I gave away my locker with the code to people when it had 60-90 minutes left on it since people seem to be really appreciative of that! First stop was Mystic Timbers since it was right there and I was hoping to get a front seat ride, but I wasn't given my request for the front. No biggie, I settled for row 2 and it's still just an all around really fun ride. The line was growing so I headed over to Diamondback. The Diamondback crew was on a serious roll and I was able to get 4 rides in less than 30 minutes, hitting all my favorites (row 2, 4, 6, 10). As always a really re-rideable coaster that delivers floater air every time. I was feeling brave and decided to try Beast in the very back for the first time in....a long time haha. Typically I just wait for the front but I wanted to see how it is back there. Yeah, I was immediately regretting the decision on the first left turn and right turn coming out of the dip, but it settled in once we hit he second tunnel. It's no where close to the roughness that was consistent in the mid 2000's, but it wasn't as comfortable as the front seat. The line was barely stretching out of the "front to the left, back to the right" sign (so like, 5 minutes?) yet there was an enthusiast who was so bothered by a school/youth group waiting on the left side and blocking the right side that he had to loudly get their attention and tell them to pick a side so he could go through to the right/back side. Seriously guy? I took my time walking around the park, looked for the giga in X Base with no luck. I did find lots of printed out microsoft paint sketches, though. Banshee had the longest line in the park, shockingly! It was about 15 minutes, good for Banshee. Once in the front, once in the back. This invert is just so different than the others with how massive the elements are. It really sustains the positive G's. A few more rides and MT, Diamondback, a blue ice cream cone and I was satisfied. The blue ice cream really has its hooks in me now, that stuff is fantastic. But no more Banshee blue/purple ice cream! When did they stop serving that? Too bad.
  2. Ki Man

    Woman falls under Diamondback train

    This happened to a kid when I was working during the 2009 season. It's just people not paying attention.
  3. Ki Man

    Kings Island 2018 Discussion Thread

    All I noticed was a bunch the characters out roaming around and banners. Lucy at the advice booth, etc. Cedar Point has got to be jealous of KI's staffing situation because every ride had 4-6 ops in the station, greeters, and there must have been 6-8 Peanuts roamers. Pretty impressive, the kids will love it if they love the Peanuts.
  4. Ki Man

    Kings Island 2018 Discussion Thread

    I had 24 hours in Cincy visiting family on the way back to Chicago and I decided to head up to KI with plat pass in hand at 9:30 yesterday since rain moved out of the picture. I was only at the park for 90 minutes but I'm so glad I went because I got to do everything I wanted and much much more! I went to Winterfest last year, so I technically haven't been to the park while fully operational for almost 2 years. Banshee was open for passholder ERT and there was only a wait for the front line as usual. Great invert with a nice snap in the back seat down the first drop and then a buffet of big inversions. Having been on Afterburn just days before the two couldn't be further apart. I like the old trains and pace of B&M inverts over the modern designs; still Banshee is a fun re-ridable coaster that I seem to enjoy more as I ride it! 8/10 With more ERT going on across the park, I was excited to check out Mystic Timbers since my previous rides had been during Winterfest It was running just as well as it did during Winterfest! It's a really fun GCI and the GP do not stop talking about the shed, haha. I prefer this coaster in the front seat, I think the air is stronger there. The train absolutely rockets through the course and hits each element so quickly. Just put your hands up and laugh the whole time. 8/10 **The ops are definitely aware of enthusiasts checking out this ride as on my 3 different rides I was told to "Enjoy your ride on Fury THREEE TWOOO FIIIVE FIVEEE FIVEEE" and "Have a great day at America's Rockin' Roller Island, Ride On!" I think it's so cheesy that it's funny because it probably bugs the sh*t out of some enthusiasts, haha. By now it was 10am and the whole park opened, so I went over to The Beast. Skyline Chili, seeing the local MLB/NFL team lose, shopping the world at Jungle Jim's, having a German beer, and riding The Beast in the front seat... it's a must do when in Cincinnati. While the night rides are stellar, the rides during the day are still all around fun. The fast front row ride through the woods was just as I remembered with the final helix being just as crazy as it always has been. 8/10 **They added The Beast claws on both "Don't Stand Up etc" signs at the top of the lifts - anyone know when these were added? Great touch! The Rivertown area in general (aside from the tacky games) seemed like it was given a refresh and had an atmosphere that reminded me of Frontiertown at CP. The music, greenery, and farming-esque little things made a difference to me. With about 40 minutes left it was time to get reacquainted with the park's B&M hyper, Diamondback! This ride is the most nostalgic to me since I worked on it the opening year and spend a **LOT** of time riding it, walking around the layout, pressing buttons, cleaning bugs off the teeth, etc. Diamondback looks like it shed its skin with those new seat covers and restraints! Looking as good as it did in 2009. It's just a big 'ol floater air machine going out to the woods and back. What I love most about this ride is how you get different types of floater air -if you have time, ride row 2, 4, 10, and 15. Row 2 is great because you're out on the edge in the front. Hanging over the first drop 230ft in the air is breath taking and each following hill you're pushed up and over the top and float back down. Row 4 gives you less of a push over the hills, but more floating over the entire hill. Row 10 is my favorite for the first drop because it's the perfect spot on the train to get lifted out of your seat. The train no longer relies on the chain lift to get over the hill and you really feel that. It's a middle-back seat so you get all of the floaty-ness with a little more of a pull down each hill. Row 15 is smoother than 16 which is the only reason why I prefer 16. You get yanked over every hill, you know the drill! While I like Diamondback, Raging Bull, Intimidator, Goliath all the same Diamondback gives me the feels. The ops were all doing a great job running each ride at full capacity and sounding off every half hour/fifteen minutes on their pacing. It was a slowwwww Sunday morning with a threat of rain and everyone was crushing it like they have an incentive of unlimited blue ice cream for the best capacity.
  5. Ki Man

    The Giga Speculation Thread

    Best addition to this conversation since YoungStud is a tie between Tera Ryzing and the MS Paint layouts. Love it all.
  6. Ki Man

    Get rid of one coaster- The Poll

    Backlot makes a lot of sense due to the large amount of land it's sitting on, but you could throw a dart at a handful of dated coasters at KI and I wouldn't be surprised.
  7. Ki Man

    Ideas for the Crypt building?

    I miss TRTR. Heck, I even miss the disco in a box in the final year where they just threw it into RCT style berserk mode!
  8. Ki Man

    The Vortex Poll

    It's just not a coaster I enjoy anymore and with a group of 4 there's usually someone that got tossed around too much and needed to chill for a bit. I think some of the simpler models like Corkscrew or Demon hold up a bit better due to the out and back layout. If I have a day at KI, between the upgraded water park, MT, and all of the other coasters, I wouldn't take time to ride Vortex and rather ride a coaster I enjoy more.
  9. Ki Man

    The Giga Speculation Thread

    "Millenium" "Valryvn" Huh never heard of these rides before. "4)Valryvn 4.418M" Wow that's impressive!
  10. Ki Man

    You Know It's the Off Season When...

    I signed in to comment on something. Dang those new Diamondback seats look fresh!
  11. Ki Man

    The Mystery of "Racer Boy"

    I don't know about The Racer, but there are these black and white fuzzy creatures that live out in the woods by Diamondback/Beast and if you get too close to them they'll spray you with toxic waste or something. I swear man they're real..
  12. Ki Man

    Ban the single rider line

    Congrats, you got something free for b*tching about something that is helping the greater group of people, but inconveniencing you. The enthusiasts love their single rider line, but god forbid if it has more than a 3 train wait or they won't let you 48 loaves of cinnamon bread on the ride with you. Wait, there's not even a poll to help vote to close the single rider line! OP, you had one job... now can I have your phone number to call and complain? I really want some hot chocolate.
  13. Ki Man

    Official: WinterFest 2017

    No comments about Mystic Timbers, I'm surprised! Was it open? How long was the line?
  14. The announcement is regarding the 2017 season, wouldn't Winterfest primarily be for the end of the 2016 season? Sorry if this has already been brought up.
  15. Ki Man

    What Mean Streak means

    When a solid meme can't cover up the fact that your posts suck and you contribute nothing worthy to the forum, it's time 2 go.
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