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  1. I don't think any teasers will happen until July. I also think the announcement will be at the end of July, the first one for any Cedar Fair park for 2020.
  2. Millennium Force Blue.
  3. I always thought the lack of more KIC-specific events was due to cost. You don't see many coaster groups doing individual events anymore. I think that is related to cost, as well as the park pushing their own events like Coasterstock.
  4. ...and they want you to buy something not on the dining plan. Time to get a funnel cake?
  5. I wonder how long it takes them to drain the fountain and refill it? I'm sure they do as much maintenance with it filled as possible, but it seems like with the kinks still being worked out in a variety of areas, they are likely doing some late night/early morning maintenance pretty frequently.
  6. I asked about the Eiffel Tower top levels when we were up last year. I was told the answer that others have given: if there is threat of rain, or it rained recently, they use the lower level. However, it my experience it seems more arbitrary than that. To me it would make sense to use both elevators equally, as that distributes the maintenance between them equally.
  7. There is no set pattern in how they have trademarked the names of rides. Orion and Polaris both deserve our attention, since many names have been trademarked far in advance. Banshee, Rougarou, and Valravn followed this pattern. However, GateKeeper, Mystic Timbers, and Steel Vengeance were all trademarked the day after they were announced.
  8. You are right on with this assessment. Monty Jasper did an interview in 2005 where he talked about how they considered using linear motors for the launch, but that it would have required moving 2 additional rides. I've always assumed the rides would have been Witch's Wheel and Gemini. You can still read the article here: https://www.hydraulicspneumatics.com/200/TechZone/Accumulators/Article/False/9810/TechZone-Accumulators
  9. During The Beast tour at Coasterstock, we walked right past Slaughterhouse, which has a very large water hydrant-type connection sticking out of the ground near the building. It is clearly labeled as "Slaughterhouse Fire System" or something similar. Seems like this could be a similar case?
  10. Are you sure that isn't some random guy who wandered into the fountains?
  11. It would be a waste to re-theme Flight of Fear. The indoor queue and station are already themed and not in bad shape. The indoor queue still has the pre-show video too.
  12. Jeff Gramke, one the designers of The Beast, answered this question during the Q&A at Coasterstock last weekend. The reason was because people used it as a trash can. Despite the park's best efforts they could not keep it clean, so the decision was made to drain it. It was not stated how many years the water was there. Maybe just one (1979)?
  13. Ha! Great point. I picked out the date and the acronym but still read it wrong lol.
  14. Giga is not an official term used by B&M. It was coined by Intamin during the building of Millennium Force. Personally I think lift and drop both qualify. The drop is more important in my opinion. Consider the reaction if the lift was 305' and the drop was 280'. Let's not forget how much B&M worked with Kings Island on Banshee in terms of using the topography of the land. The numbers may not be spectacular on paper, but this will be a 100% custom creation for Kings Island.
  15. Somewhere...a marketing executive should be very unhappy.
  16. In your first picture, it says "BBD 04/07/19". That would be "best by date April 7th, 2019".
  17. Questions were submitted via Facebook and selected by Mr. Helbig. I'm sure there were probably a lot of questions about a giga, the construction, etc. but none of these were chosen by Mr. Helbig. I thought this was a pretty smart decision by the park, given that they couldn't really answer them right now anyway.
  18. The food lines are likely to be longer than the ride lines.
  19. You can buy this coaster model on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BF3F6M2/ Spoiler: The layout is exactly the same...and it's $15 cheaper. There does not appear to be any Kings Island or Beast labeling on the model itself, so you are paying $15 extra for a different color and a cardboard box that says "Beast" on it.
  20. If the new coaster is not 300 feet tall, it would be a big deal for marketing. This is why despite the evidence so far, I feel it has to be taller. If it is not 300 feet, it would need to have some sort of other "gimmick" which would make it different from Diamondback. Otherwise it is just a "slightly taller and faster Diamondback". It is a very normal thing for a new ride to be compared to other rides at the same park, especially when pointing out what the new ride offers that is new.
  21. Lion Country Giga Safari.
  22. I'm very impressed by that drawing. Seems like the most feasible of any so far, well done @Hawaiian Coasters 325. (I hope it is not really blue and purple though )
  23. I know, and I don't really expect them to at this point. I just like to point out the irony of the situation. The nostalgia is strong at Kings Island. I'm surprised they haven't ventured further into it by making more merchandise for other defunct attractions (although they would obviously be limited by Hanna-Barbera license restrictions). They have Zodiac signs all over the new car ride, and I bet 95% of the average guests have no idea that is a nostalgia reference.
  24. Everything is becoming more and more fine grained in terms of ticket deals, passes, etc. Note that this deal is only good through June 15th. That means it has minimal impact on Soak City, which I would argue is a major reason many families buy season passes. They are trying to drive family attendance in the early part of the season with this deal. I personally don't think they will ever offer the pre-K pass at Kings Island. We don't have the season pass numbers (obviously), but with an included water park and the "World's Best Kids Area", I would think they are doing quite well when it comes to selling passes to pre-K families. The number of new families getting passes because of the deal would have to outweigh the lost revenue from existing families with pre-K kids.
  25. I'm not sure how much Cedar Fair wanted Kings Island, so much as Dick Kinzel in particular wanted it. Those two things were somewhat synonymous at the time though. Canada's Wonderland and Carowinds are both located in places where the market is growing and expected to continue growing. It makes sense to invest in those areas for that reason. @BeastForever's post is pretty accurate in my opinion.
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