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KIfan73

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  1. I've always thought it would be a neat to have a thread where you share your first-ever post on KIC. Some will definitely go further back in time than others.  I have to say, I have two college degrees, but I think I have learned more about the world from being on this site.  I look back through some of my older posts and it's definitely some face palm material.  Most of all, through good times, and some not so good times, I've always appreciated to have someplace to go where I can just talk and read about my "Fun" place.

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    On 11/24/2004 at 8:15 PM, KIfan73 said:

    I have been researching a lot of the history of Kings Island on the Internet, and its interesting how the whole park was sort of one big theme at one time. International street used to have some really interesting and diverse shops and attractions. Of course, PKI has to keep up with the times, but I think somewhere down the road they should take another look at International street, and maybe sort of rededicate that section of the park and recreate some of that atmosphere that used to be there. Maybe have a museum set up that would have photos of the way the park used to look and pictures of old rides. The theme would be "Early days of Kings Island", since the park has definitely taken on a life of its own over the last 32 years. Maybe to appeal to the older guests, as the rest of the park is definitely progressing as it needs to be, also.

  2. For me, hands down, is the original Antique Cars.  Partly because of the ride itself, but also due to its proximity to the Eiffel Tower and International Street.  The Tower is the hub of the whole park - and has definitely earned "iconic" status - and I feel that that area around it should reflect that.  The Italian Job, and now BLSC, would have been fantastic in Action Zone, and would still fit perfectly to this day.

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  3. That is a truly fascinating story.  Love reading that kind of stuff.

    Also, just as fascinating, if not more, I've always wanted to see the land that KI is sitting on before it was built.  I had no idea there were satellite photos on ODOT!!!

    Thanks @TombraiderTy!!

    Usually I'm only thinking about getting home once I'm at that end of the parking lot, but a few years ago, I got out and took a few pics (2015):

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  4. 5 hours ago, CorkscrewMcPuke said:

    Because it's not dead. ;)

    This.  I think Vortex was a much more integral part of Kings Island than the average coaster that gets removed.  I would put it along the lines of The Beast and the Eiffel Tower.  I believe Cedar Fair has finally discovered the true value of nostalgia (KMAA, Winterfest, and I would argue MT).  I will actually be surprised if whatever takes Vortex' spot won't be called "Vortex", or have that as part of its name.

  5. I haven't been through my KI stuff for awhile, and came across a couple more items with the original logo...two of everyone's favorite items to remember their Kings Island visit:  a shot glass, and an ashtray.  

    Also, it doesn't sport the first logo, but the map pictured is from, what I understand, the opening season.

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  6. Just wanted to share a few things I have with the original KI logo...the glass and the salt and pepper shakers are vintage.  The shirt was sold at Kings Island just a few years ago that lists original attractions.  I've worn it to the park a few times.  I've had associates ask me about it; a few thought it must have been vintage.   it does have 70's vibe to it.

    Since the original logo was from the Coney/Kings Island continuation era, I scanned a Coney brochure that is from its final season.  It doesn't have the KI logo, but it does reference the "new park".

     

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  7. Those were absolutely fantastic photos.  Some of the best views of the park during the early years I have ever seen.  My parents took me once in 1975 when I was too little to remember (didn't start going regularly until 1992), so these views of the park always fascinate me.

    The early years of Kings Island were definitely its most beautiful, and I definitely think its currently much closer to its original condition than it was 15-20 years ago.

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