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  1. A correction on my previous post. The KI blog announced The Racer (and Beast) pens back in December 2021. So they are not new, maybe just re-stocked.
  2. So I've been checking the website for these Racer structure pieces to become available again. Every day it has said "sold out" until today when instead the page gives a 404 not found error. So seems like they are not being re-stocked. However, I went to the merchandise website and poked around and found this, which I believe is new. https://www.kingsislandgear.com/collections/the-racer-collection/products/the-racer-handcrafted-pen-made-with-wood-from-the-racer-roller-coaster
  3. Ah I was misunderstanding the benefit. I assumed the bring-a-friend ticket in the past could be used any time the next season. It makes more sense that it must be used during the current season, hence the date range. I'm not sure that in the past they had a starting date, but as you mentioned, season passes for the next season almost always go on sale in early August.
  4. I don't understand the huge restrictions on the Bring-A-Friend benefit. I mean, excluding Saturdays and Sundays makes sense, but why not allow any weekday? Seems like it would have to be more related to wanting to "boost" attendance after 8/11 than wanting to avoid over-crowding. For reference, the Bring-A-Friend benefit last year was good for any operating day, no restrictions.
  5. You can only get the FotL passes at guest services? Nowhere else can print them?
  6. I do not have a Prestige Pass and have not experienced the VIP lounge. Based on reading this thread and scoping out the lounge while at the park, it sure seems like the "VIP lounge" is really just "unused area of the park with shade and seating". I agree with others that for any such offering to be considered really "VIP" it would be climate controlled at a minimum. My family are first year gold pass holders. When the Prestige Pass news came out, I assumed it was being offered to the long time pass holders first and then to additional pass holders over time. As of today, we still have received no offer to purchase. This seems consistent with what some have said about "overselling" and/or quotas already being reached. This was actually a blessing in disguise, because based on what I've read here, I would have no confidence buying it now (for an increased price).
  7. There is no "big" map of everything, but at the top of the page for each list, you can click a toggle button to see a map of just the listed stuff.
  8. Wait, so there is a "Park of the Year" award and a "Best Park" award? What's the difference?
  9. Went to the park this evening and it was great weather and pretty much empty. Mystic Timbers and Beast were both a 10 minute wait. Both were running 3 trains. Backlot was 15 minutes only running the red and blue trains. The white train was on the transfer with the back car fairly disassembled. Everything else appeared to be running with the exception of Drop Tower.
  10. I hope not. I think having another type of pass is confusing. I would have preferred they continued with additional "a la carte" options for enhancement which they have been using for Funpix, the meal plans, etc.
  11. Went to the park this evening and it was pretty crowded. The weather was great all day, so I was not too surprised. All the big coasters had waits of 30 minutes or more. We rode Racer (which was around a 10 minute wait) and a bunch of flat rides (Viking Fury, Zephyr, Shake Rattle and Roll). At 8pm one side of Racer was promptly closed. One thing I noticed about the Kings Island app is that it showed Racer as "Closed" when it was actually running one side only. The same was also true of Kite Eating Tree over in Planet Snoopy which was also running just one side. Race For Your Life Log Flume still had a wait of about 20 minutes just before 9pm. We left at 9:30. On the way out, Invertigo was stuck on its second lift with riders on board and a maintenance worker on the stairs above the lift. That seems like a not-so-fun situation to be in.
  12. I rode The Bat tonight. Crowds were light because of the rain earlier in the day. It was running both trains and operations seem standard/normal to me. At this point it is like the wheel incident never even happened. Another great job completed by the KI maintenance team.
  13. California's Great America has a bunch of flats that could end up somewhere...maybe 2023 would be too soon though since it is unclear how long the park will continue operating. https://www.cagreatamerica.com/rides-experiences/tiki-twirl Return of Skylab? https://www.cagreatamerica.com/rides-experiences/orbit https://www.cagreatamerica.com/rides-experiences/Delirium https://www.cagreatamerica.com/rides-experiences/centrifuge
  14. Ha! I think I remember having a rib sandwich from the stand under the Dragster bleachers in like 2003. I wasn't sure until the posts above confirmed what used to be there.
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