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  1. To be fair, I was referencing all CF projects (and really even outside of CF) when I mentioned the "scorched Earth" method above. I don't like to see it here as much as I don't like seeing it whenever a new ride comes. Not upset, but I just feel it could be so much better leaving some mature growth in so many instances. But I know sometimes it would just create more construction hindrance than it's worth.
  2. Not sure if anyone commented on it or not, but it appears 5 of the cabins are already on the street there ready to be placed. I guess that's maybe where John Matarese was able to stand in front of one for his segment. Cool to see. I'm sure some land movement was required, but it is always disappointing to see projects go with the "scorched earth" method for construction. Even saving a mature tree here and there, saving SOME terrain too, would make a huge difference, especially with it being right along a highway, McDonald's and parking lots. Also, I'm sure there's bigger money in trailer and cabin camping but it's always a bummer to see tent camping ignored. Nonetheless, I'm very excited to see a KI campground return after all these years. Removing the previous incarnation way-back-when always felt ill-advised and short sighted. It had a nice location and I always felt an upgrade would've been better. But great news to see this, especially with cabins like at CP!
  3. Oh wow, I honestly didn't even remember this process or actually guessing this correctly (Even after the announcement)!!! Maybe a product of getting old?!?! Thank you for digging that up!
  4. I know it doesn't help the OP, but I am going to second the Whipty-Do suggestion! I know they are usually open at least March through November and is nearish to KI so you can get your fix without going to the park. They do have the blue ice cream and it is actually what KI offers; the owners went through quite the process to get it and maintain supply. Plus, gotta throw a little support out there for the owners (family of mine). Check em out!
  5. Apologies, I misread what you said a few times! But I think my point is still valid in that clearly MF had some issues, and that it doesn't even take a tall person on Beast.
  6. I wouldn't necessarily say that. Case in point: Millennium Force. The unaltered support passed clearance testing, but was altered in it's first few years (see below, center right), presumably due to people being able to make contact with the support: Also, I have personally seen a friend who was able to lean far to the side and smack her hand on Beast's helix tunnel wall and she wasn't abnormally tall or anything (not the wisest decision, but hey, we were young and reckless). It's certainly possible, and she definitely never tried it again as it was pretty badly cut up.
  7. They are real. You just have to figure out some missing variables. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk The most important being the survey center point WHERE these coordinate distances are measured from...?
  8. To be fair, "re-tracking" occurs on almost a yearly basis on various sections of almost all wooden coasters; it's hardly uncommon. Saying it was "re-tracked" doesn't necessarily mean it had to be RMC'ed. If I recall, Mean Streak often closes for Halloweekends, and even opened late this year, due to the yearly maintenance/re-tracking. I can't say I have kept up on my Mean Streak maintenance to know for 100% certainty it got some sections re-tracked this year, (my bet is it did), but he wasn't necessarily wrong. Of course, I wasn't there and don't know the context of the convo either... he could have been implying an RMC job.
  9. Ahh. I see how you got 88 acres compared to me getting 76 or so. I did not include areas of the parking lot that were already repaved. (Preferred + Handicap) Due to obvious reasons of why tear up road that was nicely redone and happy the way it is. Ah, I haven't been to the park in a couple years now, and was unaware a few parts have been redone. I actually considered it, but from the satellite the whole lot appeared to be roughly the same condition (just a guess based on the color). Either way, researching a bit online (for what that's worth), it appears the average cost to repave a lot with asphalt is $1.25-$1.50/sq. ft. So if the lot that needs paving is closer to 76 acres (or 3,310,560 sq. ft), that means the full lot would cost anywhere from $4,175,700 to $4,965,840. If it is closer to 88 acres (or 3,833,280 sq. ft.), then you're talking anywhere from $4,791,600 to $5,7499,920. Youch! That is no small investment! Of course it can vary based on things like if it needs restructuring to fix runoff issues, curbs need replacing, etc. This is strictly a cost just to mill and repave. Just goes to show how much it can cost to upkeep the things we don't really think about and not every year can be a big, bad new ride!
  10. Just as a quick sketch in Google Earth in a minute or two, I got ~88 Acres. The imagery date is October of 2015. Obviously, this is in no way precise, but just a relatively decent idea.
  11. Maybe I'm remembering incorrectly, but I swore they have had these in years past? Or maybe it was at Kings Dominion? Anyway, KI retweeted a picture a guest took of the eyes (and full moon) the other night. I agree, it is a cool touch:
  12. I believe the "serious leg injuries" were previously discussed in this thread, but this article confirms that at least one of the patients needed a leg amputation as a result of the accident: http://airgates.co.uk/2015/06/03/smiler-collision-results-in-loss-of-leg/
  13. While it is true a lot of the NC MSA's are growing at "wild rates" (Charlotte grew at 7.37% from 2010 to 2014, making it the 22nd largest MSA), the Cincinnati and Columbus areas are still growing at 1.65% and 4.87% respectively, from 2010 to 2014. This makes them the 28th and 32nd largest MSA's, which is still fairly decent growth and hardly something to sneeze at (especially with so many areas in the Midwest struggling to grow).
  14. I'm glad to see Whipty-Do brought up on these boards as it's my cousin and his wife who own the place! It's cool to see their dream and hard work really paying off. Definitely go check it out! He said "it's a BIG deal on the very rare days we don't have it."
  15. Since Cedar Fair seems to be incorporating new rides into front entrance redesigns (and doing a great job at it IMO), hopefully Kings Island is next on their list!
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