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  1. My problem is that I'm so tall (6'5"). I know it's a different park but I had to take a walk of shame on Mystery Mine. I just couldn't get the OTS restraint down enough. I think my height was the factor there. I'm trying to run but my stamina just isn't there. I've had success in riding my bike on the trails with losing weight in the past, but I wonder if I'm just too "exceptional" to have fun at parks anymore.

  2. Does anyone access the forums with tapatalk? One of the main reasons I've fallen off with KIC is that it's not easy to access with a mobile phone (to me anyway) and I just heard about tapatalk, which would seem to make things easier. Is KIC set up for tapatalk access? Thanks for the help.

  3. Update... We loved Dollywood. It's not a park where you're going to smash rides all day, but it was a nice park. We got the qbots on the Saturday, but we didn't need them at all, either day. Even though we didn't really need them, we both decided that we will probably always use a system like that when on vacation. It simply makes things easier. Tennessee Tornado is one of the best Arrows I've ever ridden, and Thunderhead was awesome. I would love for Kings Island to get a GCI. I was not able to ride Mystery Mine, however. I think there is an issue with my chest being too big, or with me just being too tall.

    The discount that the season pass affords a guest is tremendous. With using the pass, we got parking for three days ( we processed our passes the night we got to town to save time), my wife bought a windchime from the glass blower, I got a break on the qbot, we got the discounted price at Dixie Stampede, and we bought clothes at that large gift shop on the way out of the park. All told, with food, and everything else mentioned above, I believe that I definitely recouped the difference between the regular pass and the gold pass, maybe twice over. All in all it was a great visit and we both can't wait to get back down, hopefully later this year.

  4. Yesterday when I rode Diamondback for the first time in about a month it seemed extra bumpy and rough. Normally the ride is very smooth even in the back seat (which is my favorite). However it already seems to be wearing down. The people I was with also made the same comments that it was not as smooth as the usual. Has anyone else experienced this recently?

    Diamond back rough? Are you kidding? If you're not, thay have a kids area, you know........

    Why would thinking that the ride is bumpy in a few spots qualify a person to be relegated to the "kids area?"

    I thought it was a little rough at the bottom of the 1st drop and the drop coming out of the hammerhead turnaround sitting in the last row. But the rest of the ride is smoth as butter =) I've ridden Diamondback 18 times this season (54 total) and it has aged a little since 2009 but it is still one of (if not the) smoothest coaster in Ohio.

    I totally agree. These two points in the ride feel very bumpy to me, which in turn creates two uncomfortable spots in an otherwise enjoyable ride.

  5. You do know you can go up the exit and they will let you test fit the ride seat/restraint. That way you don't have to wait in line all that time just to find out you can't ride.

    Yes, I'm aware. I never had to before, so it didn't cross my mind.

  6. Nice to see you again standbyme. School is getting out so I might be a bit more active on the forums.

    I'm grateful every time an employee helps me out, in any way.

    In all actuality, I was just venting about a crappy day at the park, and this is what pushed me over the edge. Whichever direction the park wants to go, I'm fine with. Just be consistent. It all falls on management and training. This is not a Cedar Fair issue either, my company is negligent when it comes to management as well. It seems that people almost never want to do what they're supposed to and make sure that everyone is on the same page.

  7. Thanks for the breakdown gad... That really helps. I did realize that we would only have to buy one gold pass, so that's a plus. I wonder if we would perhaps get down again maybe in November or something to really make the passes worthwhile.

    The Qbots really seem like they help you to rack up rides. I would assume it would be possible to ride other smaller things while waiting for the marquee attractions. I'm interested if only to see how well it works for us.

  8. The associate is doing what they are supposed to do. Ensure YOUR 100% safety. Have you considered that the associate last year maybe, just maybe wasn't fulfilling their entire responsibility. I hate to think of it, but it's possible.

    Not really, because I never needed an associate's assistance before.

  9. The past two times we've gone to Dollywood have been in November 2009 & November 2010. Both of those times we got the QBot, which I love. It really helped for the shows. Some of the lines to see the shows got extremely long, so being able to reserve a seat at the beginning of the day let us enjoy our time more. Plus, I really like how it gives you the wait times for the rides with the QBot lines. Even if you aren't reserving one of those rides at the time, it's nice to be over near the train and know the wait time for Tennesee Tornado before going back there. Shortly after I got checked into Mystery Mine, I was able to reserve Thunderhead and go right over to that next.

    I know some on here are opposed to "paid line jumping", but Dollywood's QBots are affordable (at least to me) and help make the best of our limited time when we go since we only go for one day each year.

    As far as crowd sizes on late June weekends, sorry but I'm not able to help. I haven't been there during the summer since about 2001 or 2002.

    That's exactly what I was thinking. I'll pay a little extra if it means I'll be able to see everything. How exactly do the Qbots work? I've never used anything like that before at all, so any info would be appreciated.

    On a related note, we looked at the prices and since we're going to go for two days it might make sense to get a season pass. Is that crazy? It's definitely a saving of the regular gate, but is that crazy? I wouldn't mind going back down in the winter but if the pass only lasts until the end of 2011, I"m not so sure.

  10. We're planning a trip to Dollywood at the end of June, probably the last weekend. For those who know, would it be worth it for us to purchase the Qbot on a Saturday and Sunday, or just Saturday? I'm wondering what crowds will be like and if the Qbot really saves that much time, it would probably be a good deal to make sure we see everything.

  11. i am one for being squishy; if i need help, im all for that help to get me in as compaired to no-one trying (even if i ask). on busy days, it is a major disappointment to waste the time of waiting in a long line just to be turned down.

    That's the thing, this wasn't a busy day at all.

    In the past ride ops have been told that they can not assist a guest in getting that last click...they either fit or they don't. That may have been what happened here.

    Rides Associates are allowed to assist a guest in getting that last click. Trust me, I do it every day.

    How many clicks are required at minimum? A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend and I rode racer. She had clicked it 3-4 times and it was tight. The ride op then forced it down to that "one more click" and it was so tight, her legs ended up with giant bruises. We were not amused. Earlier that very day we had ridden The Racer with NO problem, so it CLEARLY wasn't a weight gain issue. In hindsight, I wish I had gotten that ride op's name. We really wanted to complain to guest services!

    Inconsistency !!!

  12. Im glad im not the only one who thinks Diamondback is rough this year!! Honest it was running like crap all last week IMO! It doenst sound like a B&M should!! Glad you had a blast!!

    Diamondback was rough last year also. The fanboys won't admit it, but it was....

  13. As one who has not been in your specific situations I do understand you guys frustration. My daughter rode White Water Canyon (her favorite then) for a couple years during the Paramount years and then when Cedar Fair took over they changed the height requirement. It took her a year to grow those couple inches, when we inquired about the change they said it was due to safety which lead to the next question of "so was it unsafe for her to ride before...?). I share my story as to try show you that I do in some way understand your frustration. So with that said please understand that the employees did do their job and that is tough for them to do knowing they will disappoint a guest but safety is at times discretionary and up to the ride operators to make. Just like Cedar Fair felt more comfortable for their guests safety by raising the height requirements on some rides it is also up to the ride operators to decide on a fly if they can help a guest get that last click in. I mean many factors weigh in here and may be due to a time issue in needing to dispatch quickly

    What worries me here is that if there is a out-cry for more consistency on rides it will not go in favor of the border line riders. I mean if they were to make it a policy one way or another with no discretion for consistency reasons. I am all but certain it will be a rule to instruct ride operators to not assist in any way of the last click in fear of liability. I guess what I am saying is yes it is frustrating but be more happy for the ride operators who assisted you versus being more upset with the ones who did their job but did not go that extra click. Good Luck Guys

    I understand your points but also know that on this particular day, it had rained twice, and the train was nowhere near being full. He could have easily taken that extra 2 seconds to help me out.

    I'm not only calling for consistency in terms of ride ops, but in terms of everything in the park. There have been numerous occasions where I and my wife have experienced wildly inconsistent service on a number of issues (Water at restaurants, info from park employees).

  14. Did Vortex's seat belts get shortened? I ask because I rode all last season without incident, but as I attempted to ride in 5-1 on Sunday the 22nd, I could not get the belt to reach. I was hoping the checker would help me out and give me that last click, but he immediately said "I need you to exit the train." What gives??? I'm sure that one more click would have done it for me, but the checker had no interest at all. I was not pleased to say the least.

    May I ask your height and weight?

    I am 6'4" 240lb. I was 260 last summer and had plenty of room.

    If you don't want to answer my question, I respect your reasons. I do not want to disrespect you.


    I'm 6'5" and 300+, but I didn't think I got that much bigger than last season, in fact I felt like I lost some weight. I'm not trying to pass the buck at all, I was just wondering if the winter weight + a seatbelt issue led to my WOS. I really thought it was weird that he wouldn't help because at Diamondback, the checker helped me get that one last click earlier in the day... Very inconsistent, but I guess that's the order of the day at Kings Island.

  15. Did Vortex's seat belts get shortened? I ask because I rode all last season without incident, but as I attempted to ride in 5-1 on Sunday the 22nd, I could not get the belt to reach. I was hoping the checker would help me out and give me that last click, but he immediately said "I need you to exit the train." What gives??? I'm sure that one more click would have done it for me, but the checker had no interest at all. I was not pleased to say the least.

  16. I've had my pocket contents jammed rather uncomfortably into my groin by a DB ride op that stapled me into the seat, badly enough that I requested an unlock so I could reset. Since that lesson I always make sure the cellphone is laying flat against my leg and put my hand flat over it before stapling to be sure of a little wiggle room. There isn't enough wiggle room to worry about something coming out, even in the unlikely event that the pocket flap was open.

    I wasn't really worried about the phone flying out, rather I was concerned about it slamming against the restraint and breaking my phone to bits.

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