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  1. The local government here in Clermont County did a video on Clermont Steel Fabricators, which can be viewed here.
  2. I just finished the book. Very well done and highly recommended to any fan of Kings Island and this forum. Also to anyone whose a fan of the industry in general, as the park has had more of an impact on the industry than I thought going into it. Literally I was reading 50 to 60 pages a night since I got the book on Monday, I was hooked on the story of the park and I don’t really read for pleasure. That says something. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Thank you. I’ve made it through about 50 pages thus far. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Evan, My book arrived this afternoon. Excited to finally read it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I’ve got my copy ordered. Look forward to reading it soon! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I agree with Cedar Point. If you are a coaster enthusiast, this is your Mecca. Not to mention that Cedar Point has a storied history from 1870 to now, is home to the first 200, 300, and 400 foot tall rollercoasters, as well as several firsts in the coaster community including Steel Vengeance as the first hyper hybrid. Disneyland would be on the list for sure, due to this being Walt Disney's original baby and the historic attractions such as Matterhorn Bobsleds which is an ACE Coaster Landmark if I am not mistaken. If I recall, early on in Disneyland's history, Walt Disney had a stake in Arrow, which is historic in the amusement industry as well. I want to add Walt Disney World to this as well, as it opened 16 years after the original Disneyland in Anaheim. If you haven't read the story on how Walt Disney acquired the land for the "Florida Project" it's pretty neat. Also, the infrastructure within the resort, particularly the Utilidors are interesting. What's interesting about all of this is how Walt used Disneyland in the 1950's as a learning opportunity for building in Florida. If you are a fan of the carnival games, I want to give a nod to Indiana Beach, for their Fascination game. Out of all of the parks I've been to over the years, this is the only park that I've been to that has this game, but supposedly Kings Island and Cedar Point had theirs back in the day. Rivertown River above mentioned Six Flags Great Adventure (or if you've been here awhile, NJFTP as Terpy likes to call it) in their list and I would have to agree. They have the tallest coaster in the World here, one of my most favorite wood coasters, El Toro, and one of the first B&M hypercoasters in Nitro. Seriously, a front row ride on El Toro is something you have to experience due to the insane ejector air. Plus, it's the only Intamin pre-fab woodie in the U.S.
  7. WKRC Channel 12 here in Cincinnati shared this on their Facebook page and thought it may be of interest here. https://local12.com/news/local/gallery-a-look-at-the-old-lesourdsville-lakeamericana-amusement-park?0802&fbclid=IwAR3QvRHJkCOrR4wDncB1RCqx1YPdrqPzFVoAtNqxaYHAuZwrzz-o6NqQ_Aw
  8. Thanks for the update, looking forward to getting a copy when it comes out!
  9. Tony Clark announced on Twitter a couple of weeks back that the envelope was for a 150th Anniversary Book. It's currently being sold in the park and was being sold online, but I think they've already sold out? It was $49.99, I ordered one as soon as they went on sale and waiting for it to arrive, as I won't be able to get to the Point this year. There's another book for Cedar Point from what I saw, the gentleman who wrote it I believe works In Town Hall at the back of the park, where Maverick and Steel Vengeance is and is a historian of all things Cedar Point.
  10. Orion appears to be full throttle from the first drop to the end of the ride and I cannot wait to get out there to ride it at some point, hopefully soon. I've been on Millennium Force, Intimidator 305, and Fury 325 and they did not disappoint. Orion looks to be no different based on the POV.
  11. Let's say, hypothetically speaking, that an announcement is made within the next month or so regarding Kings Island, Cedar Point, and the like and the blessing for them to operate, at what point does Cedar Fair call the season due to how late into the summer we would potentially be, due to the number of operating days left? Kings Island has Haunt and Winterfest, whereas Cedar Point has their Halloweekends event, which takes them through the end part of October. I guess my thought is, when would it not be feasible economically and from a resource-perspective, to open in 2020? This is something I've been curious about.
  12. I'm seeing multiple people post on Facebook that Governor DeWine will be on "Meet the Press" this morning and a topic of discussion will be Cedar Point. Didn't see anything about Kings Island but I would think they'd include them as well. 10AM on Channel 5 here in Cincinnati.
  13. Notice around the 8 minute and 50 second mark in the video, the original parking lot sign from 1972 was brought down by severe weather right before this as there are barriers on the concrete slab where it used to be. Original Thread from 2003:
  14. My buddy called me last night. His wife works for a company who has club seats and he was able to get me and my girlfriend tickets to the game tonight with a parking pass in the East Garage. We got down there about 6:45 and the bobbleheads were already gone. I knew they'd go quick but wasn't sure exactly how quick. It was a fun game for sure! Seeing the Cyclones honor The Beast for one game was a memorable experience.
  15. I will second Vortex having the best drop in the entire park, sitting in 7-1. Even though it wasn't the steepest drop in the park, the feeling of your stomach dropping out was the best.
  16. Looking back at the calendars, both Banshee and Diamondback opened to the public on April 18th. Wouldn't it be cool if Orion was the same?
  17. I'm curious to see how this all unfolds. In 2015, Six Flags America got a Larson Looper named Bourbon Street Fireball. I hope that something similar named International Street Fireball never becomes reality at Kings Island.
  18. Something I’ve thought about over the course of the last few hours. Let’s say it goes through. Take LA for example as you have SFMM and Knotts. What happens there? I’m not sure what other markets besides that one in particular is there an overlap between CF and SIX. If this has already been discussed, please forgive me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Every Cedar Fair park gets a Larson Looper! No, just no. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. I've stayed at the Econo Lodge on U.S. 6 across from The Thirsty Pony. It was fairly close to the park and convenient for us, especially having driven from here in Batavia to Sandusky, leaving at 7AM, arriving at Noon and staying until close. The least I have to stay in the car, the better. Camp Sandusky is also good (SR 2 and SR 101, near Friendship and McDonald's) if you are into tent camping or cabin camping. The cabins are relatively small but can sleep multiple people. The amenities vary dependent on the cabin but all have electric. There is a public bath house on site for showers and any other necessities. It was serviceable given I was able to get in a couple hours sleep for Coastermania and a good night's sleep when all was said and done. I haven't been up to Cedar Point this year, but last year I did end up staying at the Hampton Inn in Fremont. It was decent and one of the nicer rooms I've stayed in but that drive from the park to Fremont after being at the park open to close, coming from Cincinnati that morning, was rather draining.
  21. This is definitely sad news to say the least. I grew up on the east side of town and still live there, so Coney Island is relatively close and a lot of people that I know go down there not only for Sunlite Pool but also for the dry park as well. Feedback I've seen on social media with those I know personally, so far, is nothing but disappointment. I wish the park nothing but the absolute best in their endeavors and hope that they have calculated this risk and analyzed their decision as much as possible. I am wondering, however, if the tendency and susceptibility for Coney Island to flood played part in this decision. I cannot imagine that flood insurance for that piece of property is reasonable by any means. If Kings Island/Cedar Fair doesn't step in to purchase the rides, I hope at least Stricker's Grove makes an attempt to do so.
  22. Drove past CSF yesterday on the way from my house in Batavia to Brown County. Still a good amount of track left!
  23. Based on the website, looks like it’s 287 feet tall. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. 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!
  25. 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)
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