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    KIfan73 got a reaction from aross0805 in You Know It's the Off Season When...   
    I've posted this before, but here's a no-frill video of a visit I made in 2011.  It's pretty much a whole day condensed into 3 minutes.  I just watched it again today.  Hopefully it can help someone's off-season blues just a bit!
     
     
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in International street makeover   
    That would be a good theory for the tree removal.  That could add a really cool vibe to IS at night, during any part of the season.
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in International street makeover   
    I was talking to a friend about the IS makeover (she's not even really a Kings Island "enthusiast").  She thinks they're probably going to do video projections onto the buildings.  Might be kind of cool for both WF and Haunt.
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in International street makeover   
    Just thought this would be a good place to share a pic of International Street that my uncle took in 1972.

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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in International street makeover   
    Since they already completely clear the shops out to prepare for Winterfest, and then again before restocking for the next season, I would not be surprised to see some remodeling done inside the shops while they're empty.  They could use it, they're pretty dated.
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in International street makeover   
    Wow!  Never saw this coming!  Between this and the return of the Antique Cars, this will be quite the memorable season!
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    KIfan73 reacted to teenageninja in New Restaurant - Miami River Brewhouse (Replaces Reds)   
    If any of the food in the park was half as good as Applebees, they'd be in a good spot.  And I hate Applebees.
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    KIfan73 reacted to Dane in I-Street Pictures Discussion   
    KIC is an independent site from official Cedar Fair Kings Island. It has a working professional/political relationship to do this whole thing with them. They give us exclusive media and access to cover things to share with you and sometimes they ask for things to be removed or hidden. Its a give and take. We all volunteer to do this because of our love for the park. Sometimes it is fun and fulfilling, but also many times it can be quite stressful. We try and roll with the punches the best we can.
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from dustyj86 in International street makeover   
    Just thought this would be a good place to share a pic of International Street that my uncle took in 1972.

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    KIfan73 reacted to TombraiderTy in Kings Island 1972 Guide Book   
    I've been slowly scanning my collection of vintage Kings Island maps and brochures for archival purposes and thought others would enjoy looking at all the old collectibles. Here's the first, the 1972 Kings Island Guide Book. Guests were handed this as they entered the park its first year and, unlike the single-page maps of today, this thing was 40 pages long. It highlighted park areas, attractions, and sponsors, using primarily custom artwork (Also, I believe KICentral previously included this specific guide in its history section, but it doesn't appear to have a live link anymore).
    I'll mix in some history facts and tidbits alongside the images. Feel free to share additional information if you have it, and please don't hesitate to correct me if I say anything wrong.

    Cover- featuring a trio of Hanna-Barbera characters on Enchanted Voyage. Note the ride's TV facade isn't finished - it wasn't until the end of the 1972 season that the ride's name was painted over-top the rainbow.
     

    2-3 - Sherwin-Williams ad. The company sponsored Eiffel Tower 1972-1974 and included this advertisement in each of the guidebooks. Interestingly, the 4000 gallons fact jumped to 6000 gallons in the 1974 guide.
     

    4-5 - Hosts and Hostesses and Table of Contents. The 1,500 high school and college students operating the park in 1972 were selected from a pool of 11,000 candidates. Today, the park employees approximately 5,000 seasonal associates.
     

    6-7 - General Information. Some interesting things to highlight:
    Cameras could be rented from the Fotomat Camera Shop Different International Street buildings used to have mailboxes for postcards and letters Hand-stamps for re-entry has been a thing since the park's first year (anyone know if it was Hanna-Barbera character stamps back then?)  

    8-9 - BankAmericard Service Center and northAmerican Van Lines Storage Center, both in the main entrance building. Note that strollers used to be provided for free (albeit, if you've ever seen a photo of the old strollers, you know they're almost barbaric when compared to today's ). Also I love the incorporation of Hanna-Barbera characters into the artwork.
     

    10-11 - International Street map. It's interesting how many sub-shops were in the five buildings, whereas today a single shop (ie, Sweet Shop) takes-up the whole building. It's also interesting how unique all the different wares were... I don't think you can still buy pottery or candles at the park today!
     

    Inset 1 - This was one of two insets in the guide. It listed park sponsors, all of which were also featured on their own pages.
     

    12-13 - Kahn's Sausage Haus, the "world's smallest sausage kitchen". It's interesting that the guide book included such a detailed description of the sausage making process. This was located where Skyline Chili is today.
     

    14-15 - Rainbo Mini Bakery and Fotomat Camera Shop. The former was replaced in 1975 with Magic Shop (and today is part of Starbucks' seating), the latter in 1974 with a generic camera shop.
     

    16-17 - Oktoberfest. I bought this brochure from eBay a few years ago and it includes small notes and comments from whoever used it almost 50 years ago. They appear to have marked attractions they rode (Sky Ride), but also added-in Bayern Kurve... everything I've ever read/heard says the ride didn't open until 1973, so I'm intrigued by this being written-in. I have some theories, but does anyone know more?
     

    18-19 - Toys Internationale and French Bauer. The 1972 guide is a little out-of-order, but this was fixed by the 1973 guide. Also, note the attention to detail with French Bauer - "The counter, back bar and mirror are for real, actually acquired from a classic Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe in the Old South."
     

    20-21 - Park map. Very simplistic, and probably not to scale
     

    22-23 - Old Coney, otherwise identified as Coney Island. Couple things to note...
    Items 18 and 19 are both "Refreshment Stand". I wonder if these had real names that just weren't used in the 1972 guide (they were identified as Thrill Burger and Antique Treats in the 1973 guide) It's interesting Something New!!, the name of a show, is listed instead of Kings Island Theater, where the show took place A small stage, Show Wagon, is not listed or depicted, but it was immediately to the right of Flying Carpet. It wasn't there opening day, but had been installed by mid-season.  

    24-25 - Entertainment offerings opening year.
     

    26-27 - Rivertown. I've always found it interesting the park considered both antique cars rides (Les Taxis and Ohio Overland Auto Livery) as part of Rivertown, despite one side only being accessible from Old Coney. Also of note, check-out the original train layout. It was re-routed right before Winterfest 1988 to accommodate the new WaterWorks.
     

    28-29 - And the last area, The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera. It seems whoever used this guide in 1972 must've had children, as they heavily focused on this area of the park.
     

    30-31 - Marathon Turnpike, an Arrow Development turnpike ride. The attraction consisted of two intertwined tracks (like antique cars), but I don't think there were any differences in ride vehicles between the sides. The two tracks were also ultimately merged into one for the 1982 children's area overhaul.
     

    Inset 2 - The second inset, a pretend Marathon credit card. Marathon sponsored the turnpike through the late 1970s.
     

    32-33 - Shops and stores. It's interesting to see how diverse the collection of merchandise used to be. Note that Schmuckwaren and Cristaleria both appeared to feature a glassblower.
     

    34-35 - Food and refreshments, also pretty diverse. A few of these locations (Whistle Stop, Refreshment Stand) have been demolished over the past couple years.
     

    36-38 - Outside of the amusement park, the entertainment center also included a campground and golf center. The campground was removed in the early 2000s, and it appears the last remnants of it are now being transformed into an employee dorm. The golf center remains to this day, albeit without the Jack Nicklaus name attached.
     

    39-40 - Kings Island Inn, later known as the Kings Island Resort and Conference Center and closed late 2014. The $3 million inn was built by Taft Broadcasting and managed by Carrousel Motels Inc.
     

    Back - And finally, the back cover.
     
    I'll try and share the 1973 guide in the near future. There's a lot of similarities between the two, but also some interesting additions and edits. Hope you enjoyed the 1972 guide though; let me know if any questions or comments!
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Rivertown Rider in International street makeover   
    I was talking to a friend about the IS makeover (she's not even really a Kings Island "enthusiast").  She thinks they're probably going to do video projections onto the buildings.  Might be kind of cool for both WF and Haunt.
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    KIfan73 reacted to upstop in International street makeover   
    Maybe this is a possibility if the trees are removed?
     
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in Kings Island Announces Kings Mills Antique Autos for 2019!   
    Still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that something so cool is coming to a spot that has been so neglected for over 25 years.  
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in Kings Island 2019 Discussion   
    Since I have about a three hour round trip when I visit Kings Island, I always try to keep it "safe" to limit the chances of getting something bad.  I usually stick with cheese pizza that's just come from the oven.  Maybe not 100%, but it would be hard to mess that up.
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in Kings Island 2019 Discussion   
    I would also like to add that Coney BBQ was another fantastic addition.  It is a beautiful structure (inside and out), and the way its design makes it look like it's always been there was a nice touch.  Great how they added the rear seating area and tied it into Tower Gardens; it really spruced that area up nicely.  
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in Kings Island 2019 Discussion   
    After all of these years of being a Kings Island fan, the last few seasons have been like a dream come true.  It's as if Kings Island personally asked me what I'd like done with the park, and they did it.  
    First, it was Mystic Timbers.   Winterfest Antique Cars returning Remodel of IS.  Not that this was an area that I felt needed a remodel particularly, but after hearing about it, I am really, really excited.
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Shawn Meyer in Kings Island 2019 Discussion   
    Shocking how different IS looks right now compared to when I was there just 18 days ago!  This is extremely exciting news!
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from VortexBFForever in Kings Island Announces Kings Mills Antique Autos for 2019!   
    Still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that something so cool is coming to a spot that has been so neglected for over 25 years.  
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Rivertown Rider in Kings Island Announces Kings Mills Antique Autos for 2019!   
    Still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that something so cool is coming to a spot that has been so neglected for over 25 years.  
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from Codyfryguy in Kings Island Announces Kings Mills Antique Autos for 2019!   
    Still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that something so cool is coming to a spot that has been so neglected for over 25 years.  
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from westcoaster in Firehawk Leaving Kings Island 10/28/18   
    With it being FH's last day, here are some photos of it taken on on June 12, 2007, a few weeks after it opened :
     
     




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    KIfan73 got a reaction from westcoaster in Kings Island 2019 Discussion   
    After all of these years of being a Kings Island fan, the last few seasons have been like a dream come true.  It's as if Kings Island personally asked me what I'd like done with the park, and they did it.  
    First, it was Mystic Timbers.   Winterfest Antique Cars returning Remodel of IS.  Not that this was an area that I felt needed a remodel particularly, but after hearing about it, I am really, really excited.
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    KIfan73 got a reaction from SonofBaconator in Oktoberfest through the years   
    Wow, has this view changed over the years...
    1973

    1992

    2005

    2008

    2013


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    KIfan73 got a reaction from MDMC01 in International street makeover   
    Just thought this would be a good place to share a pic of International Street that my uncle took in 1972.

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    KIfan73 reacted to SonofBaconator in International street makeover   
    Hopefully the landscaping will be phenomenal. I still think it'll look like this

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