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  1. Based on the website, looks like it’s 287 feet tall. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I agree that it is a "Have." Cedar Fair, I feel, has invested heavily in Kings Island since they took over in 2006 and the park has not looked this good in a long time. We got Firehawk in 2007, Diamondback in 2009, Banshee in 2014, Mystic Timbers in 2017, and our new giga coaster next year. Cedar Point on the other hand, got Maverick in 2007, GateKeeper in 2013, the Mantarou conversion in 2015, Valravn in 2016, and Steel Vengeance in 2018. Some may feel that Kings Island falls behind Cedar Point in the types of coasters offered, but I feel that both parks complement each other well as it's only 3.5 to 4 hours to Cedar Point from Kings Island's parking lot. Other parks in the chain have gotten significant investment such as Carowinds (Intimidator, Copperhead Strike, Fury 325) and Canada's Wonderland (Behemoth, Leviathan, Yukon Striker). While I've only been to Carowinds, Kings Dominion, and Dorney Park in addition to Cedar Point and Kings Island, I feel that we have gotten a fair amount of investment compared to others within the chain, immediately coming to mind is Dorney Park (I don't believe has gotten a new coaster in some time) and Michigan's Adventure (has only been getting new trashcans for the longest time.) Joking aside, I am glad that Cedar Fair has invested tens of millions into our park with new rides, infrastructure, and refurbishments!
  3. Hoeter

    Decoding 2020

    None that I can recall in recent memory. As far as coasters, Diamondback was announced on a Wednesday (August 6, 2008) while Banshee and Mystic Timbers were both on a Thursday (August 8, 2013 and July 28, 2016 respectively)
  4. The girlfriend and I watched “Fresh Horses” a few weeks back not only for the KI scene but since parts of the movie was filmed in and around the Alexandria area and that’s where she’s from. It was interesting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Check these guys out. https://shop.madetothrill.com/ When I bought my condo last year, I bought several prints from them. The Beast is the only KI one hanging up in my office but I have the Magnum, Millennium Force, Dragster, and Maverick prints hanging up as well. Debating on getting the Fury 325 and Steel Vengeance later on but they are pricey at $22 apiece.
  6. This looks good! I did something similar to the 2016 season where I tracked my visits between KI and CP. I also tracked usage of the drink and meal plans as well as admission and parking at both parks. As I amassed close to 30 visits for the season, the final numbers in regards to what it would have cost and what I saved was an eyeopener- it was several thousand dollars once all was said and done.
  7. I'm sorry to hear this as well, Bansheelover. I knew that I gained some weight over the offseason so I tried the test seat at Diamondback on Friday and did not get a green light, however I should have tried the ride itself. I've had situations where I've tried the test seat (Lightning Rod and Millennium Force) and it's been a NO however I was fine when I got to the station. Me and the GF are planning to go to Carowinds in a couple of weeks so I'm going to do the best I can in regards to eating better and exercising. In my situation, if I truly cannot ride Diamondback, then I won't be able to ride Fury 325 again when we go. I'll be back at KI in a couple of weeks and will try the actual ride itself.
  8. I rode this when I visited back in 2014. It was one of my favorites there (along with I305) and the vertical launch was probably the highlight of the ride for me. Sad to see it go, but hope that Kings Dominion has something special planned for this area in the future.
  9. I saw this show a couple of times. I’m more familiar with Nickelodeon Central than Nickelodeon Universe and I remember the the area where you could run through the slime, if that’s the correct term for it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Would The Racer lose it’s ACE Coaster Landmark status if it got Millennium Flyer trains? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Hoeter

    No coasters?

    Thinking wind may be an issue. Forecast from what I saw earlier is calling for 20-25mph winds. About an hour ago I saw that Duke Energy said 20k people were without power in the Greater Cincinnati area. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Cooter Davenport was on the side of the Dukes, so you are correct. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I was there until 5:00. We ended up getting in another ride on Mystic Timbers, Adventure Express, The Bat, and Banshee. It was a scorcher yesterday and I was phoning it in from 1:30 onward. I did see Banshee down twice yesterday. Once while in the line for Adventure Express and the train was stopped about halfway up the lift. The second one occurred as I was the next to board. This one required an evacuation as the first two rows were already going up the lift hill and the rest of the train was level on the approach to it. It looked to be serious as EMS, 3 or four maintenance guys, as well as Mike Koontz (GM) and Doug Kramer (Director of Safety) was on scene.
  14. I was up at the park yesterday. A couple of friends were in town from St. Louis and they wanted to visit Kings Island. Their last visit was in 2014 when Banshee opened. They spent Thursday and half of Friday up at Cedar Point to a dead park both days. My friend advised that he got multiple walk on rides at Millennium Force on Thursday and was able to get in 5 Steel Vengeance rides. Yesterday at Kings Island was no exception. Our group was able to hit Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, The Beast, WWC, Backlot Stunt Coaster, WindSeeker, Vortex, and Racer before 1:30pm and we got there at 11. I've never really noticed a line at Vortex or The Bat anytime I've ridden it. I did notice that the Arrow coasters (Adventure Express, Vortex, and The Bat) beat me up more than usual yesterday.
  15. Enthusiasts call these zen rides and they’re awesome. At Kings Island, I’ve only gotten a zen ride on Vortex but came close on The Beast and Banshee a few years back. The Banshee ride had just two people on the train, with me in the front row and someone else in Row 8. I got multiple consecutive zen rides on Blue Streak up at Cedar Point a few years back. The ops either let me stay in my seat or change rows. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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