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  1. Since my request to wait for the front seat of The Beast was denied, I was forced to ride on a wheel seat and it was definitely the most rough ride I've had on it in recent years. I am sure the PTCs run better when they are fully loaded, the lift hills were my favorite part of the ride.
  2. Yeah big shout out to the crew, they've been crushing it. I'm thankful they've been allowing row requests as well. Every visit I'd say they're typically sending a train out as another approaches the trimmed hill.
  3. Now that I've gotten 6 rides, I definitely enjoy it a bit more. I truly hope those who visit are able to ride it a few times whenever they go. I typically like the front more than the back on most coasters, but Orion I really enjoyed more in the back. The effort they put into the surrounding area is very solid and I am sure as the foliage grows in around Orion it will look great. I am sure they don't want to obstruct the view of Orion in Area 72 but it just felt like KI needs more shade around the park, and Area 72 is very gray and concrete. It's been in the 90's like all of July, so I can totally understand reports of the helix greying people out but I never felt that on any of my rides. The standouts are certainly the first drop and the twisted hill before the brake run. The speed hill is growing more overhyped by the day, in my opinion haha. It isn't any different than the hills you'd find on Titan/Goliath or a lite RMC extended hill like on Outlaw Run. Orion is such a great fit in Kings Island, it'll be a huge capacity machine, and it won't offend anyone. It's very smooth and not too intense to scare anyone away. My ranks: 1) 1305 2) Fury 2) Millennium 4) Steel Dragon 2000 5) Orion Reviews are so subjective and people can easily rely on confirmation bias to prove that a coaster is the 'best' or it has 'ejector not floater!!!' or 'the rattle!!!'. Seriously, it doesn't have a rattle or vibrate or anything of that sort. It's just a solid ride that focuses getting to the brake run as quickly as it goes off the lift.
  4. Banshee hasn't changed since day 1. It's unfortunate the vests suction you in so tightly against the seat you feel every imperfection along the track, speaking to the back rows. That being said I still love the ride, and I will always talk about the killer airtime on the first drop, the intense 2nd loop, and sensational speed going down the hill out of the zero g. The giant inversions are so funky and it was running really well the other day even with half empty trains.
  5. I think it's exactly what you would expect. It's just fine. Fury is the perfect layout for this style of coaster. Orion reminds me of Goliath (RMC at SFGAm) because it's just a great drop and a handful of giant elements. The wave turn had so much potential and it doesn't do anything. The big turnout doesn't make an impression, then speed hill is eh, and the airtime hill will forever be criticized about the trim. The helix was fun, and was not intense as advertised. The final airtime hill was probably the best outside of the first drop. I hope another rider or two will change my mind but it's a solid ride but nothing close to Fury. Top 10 in no order: Steel Vengeance, Maverick, DoDoDonpa, Hakugei, Outlaw Run, Fury, Scooby's Spooky Coaster, Skyrush, Phoenix, I305
  6. The water park is pretty weak compared to other parks around the country, and I haven't been there in a while. Is that old school flowrider still rough as hell? I remember the concrete bottom of it being painful. The drop pod complex isn't original, but it a nice addition. I know they tried to re-sell the lazy river refurb, but let's be real before the drop pod complex, the last addition was in 2004 with Boomerang Bay, and I think everything else is from the 80's or 90's. I understand KI has 0 competition but yeah I never go because it's really crowded, no shade, the body slides are painful, and the tube slides/raft slide aren't very thrilling. I'd honestly rather go to the Beach if I had the choice. Great Wolf too. That proslide coaster is excellent.
  7. https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=jigga Please try and come up with something better.
  8. All of these nicknames are equally lame, but this is by far the worst. Yikes.
  9. This was all just a simulation.
  10. Oh nice, single rider line! That will help. I live in Chicago and don't get the opportunity to visit as much as I did in years past so the suggestions for visiting the park during the regular season don't help me, but thanks for the suggestion. I'm really just there to see the lights as I walk around and get in a couple rides on MT. I'm not in the demo or psychographic for Winterfest; just trying to sneak in an hour or two when I'm home for the holidays.
  11. Thanks, I was referring to only Winterfest, not summer since that's behind us. I'd hate to get to Winterfest and be looking at an hour line for Mystic Timbers. I did go in 2017 and was able to get in two rides at opening before the line was too long to justify. Was curious if that's still the case.
  12. I really had to dig to find these these. 2006-2009 were definitely peak for me! Working at the park, Diamondback construction, disco Crypt, the backstage/ERT day.. I know I have an butt load of pictures with Capt Nemo from the 2009 Diamondback year. I honestly think I rode it around 1000 times that year haha. darn I miss my Penguins of Madagascar hat. The only hat that fit me, haha. "If you reach your hand out to touch the hand rails on the lift, you're going to get a gosh darn splinter. I told you 100x." -Zach B
  13. I'm a bit disappointed with no Flight of Cheer this year, but it's nice that Mystic Timbers will be running. Knowing that's the only coaster open, how are the lines for it? Are we looking at an hour wait if you aren't the first one there?
  14. First glance from the webcam coming back online I thought someone had just mirrored Millennium Force and pasted it in. Looks pretty great! Can't wait to see the wave turn rise up. That looks like the highlight of the ride in my opinion.
  15. I'm one of the weirdos who likes the park's LaRosa's better; those crispy pepperonis on the top are so good. But honestly I haven't had anything other than blue ice cream or a beer at the park in 3-4 years so I'll have to reconfirm my vote next time I get to the park.
  16. Here's a huge list of all the confirmed new parks/coaster for 2019: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=76322 China - Happy Valley Qixia, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China - 4 coasters (B&M Wing, Vekoma Suspended, Intamin Sitdown, Golden Horse Mine Train) China - Hot Go Dreamworld Fushun, Liaoning, China - 3 coasters (B&M Wing, Preston and Barbieri Mobius, B&M Sitdown) China - Wuxi Wanda City Binhu, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China - 3 coasters (B&M Wing, Mack launched, Zamperla indoor) China -Guangzhou Wanda Theme Park Huadu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China - 4 Coasters (Dual Dragons: two Intamin Inverted Spikes,an enclosed Intamin, and a spinning coaster) Look at all that B&M.
  17. The blue soft serve has been consistent across the 4 visits I've had this year. I'll gladly keep shelling out for that! Sure, I get it, the value is there if you're a local and go every week/two weeks but yikes this thread just summarizes why I won't ever add dining to my pass. I'll gladly save my money, time, and sanity for a local spot outside of KI/CP/Carowinds/Knott's, etc until they can prove that food in park is worth time/money/sanity. Hopefully they can learn from the sum of honest reviews in this thread!
  18. 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.
  19. This happened to a kid when I was working during the 2009 season. It's just people not paying attention.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Best addition to this conversation since YoungStud is a tie between Tera Ryzing and the MS Paint layouts. Love it all.
  23. 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.
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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