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  1. 9 1/2 - 10 hours...yeah that would be from Kansas City to KI. Not many visits but our kids have LOVED it both times they have gone!
  2. Decided to try the front seat on Diamondback today..rode as a single rider and thoroughly enjoyed the "oh sh*t" look on the guy's face that was sitting next to me as we crested the lift hill and began the first drop. As we don't live locally this was only my third ride on Diamondback but enjoyed this one as much as the other two so far. Also sat in the front seat on racer with our 8 year old son and he LOVED it!!!! His reaction was much more important than any thoughts I had about it.
  3. There is a place called Wilderness at the Smokies that appears to be similar to Great Wolf Lodge from the outside. Have not stayed there but have driven past it many times as we have family that live in that area. It's about a 20 minute drive from there to Dollywood, not taking traffic in to account. It is located on Rte 66 which is the highway you take from I-40 to get to Pigeon Forge. Also don't know about the fireworks question...sorry!
  4. Very cool that WoF arranged for you guys to do three of the coasters. Yeah, it was definitely crazy hot in this area last weekend. Our family has stayed in Effingham, IL many a time on trips from Kansas City to Ohio to visit family.
  5. Congratulations Jesse! You'll make a great addition to the team!
  6. If you check out the most recent picture on KI's facebook page you can see the guys inside the tower
  7. What....you expect people to believe that it may be a dino walkthrough of some sort just becuase the two pictures are almost exactly identical? What on earth on you thinking? Great post Ty!!!! Granted there is no concrete evidence that this is going to be a walkthrough/dino exhibit however it is very hard to support anything else at this point. Guess we just have to go into patience mode and see what the park has to say come tomorrow around 2:00.
  8. Gator did not single you out. He said "Many of the posters in this topic..." Not that he needs me to defend him. Take a step back for a minute and just listen/read what many of the "veteran" posters on here have been saying. I'm not trying to discourage you from dreaming big for the park but things also need to stay realistic. Well put Jackson!
  9. Sorry folks but no ride is worth a four hour wait. That would be miserable.
  10. Hi all! This is going to be my first attempt at writing a trip report so bear with me if the writing is a little less than desirable. I'll be the first to confess I'm no creative writing expert nor a picture taker but here we go anyway. This was going to be our first visit to KI in close to 7 years. Our family; myself, my wife, and our two children (son age 6 and daughter age 2) made the 600+ mile trek from Kansas City to Cincinnati for a family reunion and planned a day at KI with family and friends for Friday, 9/3. Once we confirmed that we would be visiting the park we began telling our 6 year old son all the wonderful things there are to do at the park. His first question was, "How tall do I have to be to ride the big rides?" He had a blast at Disney this summer and has had a few good experiences at Worlds of Fun, however he was not quite tall enough to ride the "Big Kid Rides". So it was with much excitement that we were able to tell him that he had reached the magical height of 48"!!! Regardless of knowing that he was tall enough he insisted on being measured at least two times a week just to make sure. I can't begin to tell you the emotions that run through a parent seeing your child so excited about something regardless of what it is. When we awoke Friday morning my wife and I were less than thrilled to see that the skies were grey and there was a light rain coming down. However, knowing that the forecast called for the wet weather to leave the area around noon we got the kids dressed and loaded up with breakfast before heading out the door. Of course the fact that we had already purchased our tickets and this was the only day we had free to go to the park also helped in the decision to go J We headed out the door around 11:30 to make a stop at Meijer to purchase rain jackets for the day just in case the forecast was wrong, not that weather people are ever wrong of course. As I sat in the car with the kids in the Meijer parking lot while my wife was in purchasing the rain gear I literally watched the last of the rain leave the area and the blue skies appear. I think at this point I was smiling ear to ear as the stars seemed to be aligning for us. After meeting the rest of our group at McDonalds we arrived at the park shortly after noon as the park didn't open until 12:00 on this day, to find a nearly deserted parking lot. As we proceeded to the entrance I noticed that there was only one security person working at the metal detectors, which appeared to be non-functioning. There were also only two admissions folks working at the entrance gate so I could tell that they were staffed for a very light day, and oh how this thought would prove to be true. Since we had both of our kids with us and knew that our 2 year old wouldn't be getting a nap that day we had all intentions of getting as much done as we could in about 5 or 6 hours and then calling it a day. With that in mind we immediately headed to Planet Snoopy for some fun with the kids while the rest of the group took off toward Action Zone. Our first stop was BBoBH. I'll be honest and say that I went to this ride a bit skeptical based on some of the reviews that I've read on here. However, I'm happy to say that any bad feelings I had about the ride were blown away. As far as I know the majority of, if not all of, the effects were functioning, including the fog screen with the image shown on it, what a cool effect that is. Our son had a blast on the ride, no pun intended, but told us at the end that he wasn't sure he wanted to do it again. The next stop was Charlie Brown's Wind Up so both kids could have some fun. As parents aren't allowed on this ride I can only judge the fun factor from the kids' reactions. Simply put our 2 year old loved it. She was grinning from ear to ear the entire length of the ride. After the swings we made our way to Woodstock's Whirlybirds. Although this isn't a thrill ride it is a great way to get some perspective on Planet Snoopy. Both kids had fun and it was our son's goal to try and "catch" the helicopter in front of us until he realized that no matter how fast you pedal you don't move any faster. After that it became a sightseeing trip for him. This was another proud dad moment where I just watched him sitting back and taking it all in and seeing the pure joy on his face of what the day had in store for him. At this point we split up into Mom and daughter and Dad and son groups so we could hit some of the "bigger" rides in Planet Snoopy. Well that venture was short lived as once we rode Flying Ace Aerial Chase I knew that the plan of riding "Big Kid Rides" was over. As we were heading up the lift hill on the Ace all I hear from the seat next to me is "Why did I do this? Why did I do this?" Things did get better as the ride went on but once we got off the ride our son promptly informed that he would NOT be riding any big roller coasters. Not a problem in my book as I just wanted the kids to have a good time. We met back up with Mom and daughter and hit up a few more "little" rides in Planet Snoopy. After a few of those rides, all of which left our daughter in pure joy, my wife was able to get our son to ride Woodstock Express. Let's just say the look of fear in his on ride photo sealed the deal that he'd be sticking to smaller rides throughout the park for the day. It was now around 2:30 so we called Grandma and Grandpa to come meet us in Planet Snoopy to hang with the kids so Mom and I could go hit up the other areas of the park. Well, our daughter was having no part of hanging out with G'ma and G'pa so we all took off out of Planet Snoopy and immediately ran into the other 7 people who had come to the park with us. It made for such a fun afternoon going throughout the park with people we hadn't seen in years! Our first stop out of Planet Snoopy was…..Diamondback!! I have been waiting to ride this since I first began reading the construction updates on this site. As we entered the line I was amazed, yet again, to see how short the lines were for the day. The line did not begin until the steps leading under the lift hill. As we got to the top of the stairs to enter the station I told the ride op who was sorting that we had 11 people in our group and he started chatting with us right away, sorry but I can't recall what his name was. Someone in the line was talking about how they had already ridden Diamondback a few times and the ride op started in on how he had ridden 835 times or something like that. It was pretty funny to see the look on the other guest's face. I asked for a ride in an even numbered row as I wanted to experience riding "outside" the track. When my wife asked why the ride op simply said "because that's the best way to ride it". Thanks for backing me up dude!!! As we headed up the lift hill I was amazed at the steepness of the ascent and continued to be amazed throughout the entire ride. All I can say is WOW!!! I've read the stories about this coaster but now having experienced it myself I say Thank you Cedar Fair for adding this amazing ride! From Diamondback we headed back to ride The Beast. What is there to say about a classic coaster? A fantastic ride on a great coaster. I know there has been much debate about whether The Beast is slower now than it previously was and I know that it's been a long time since I've been to the park but in my opinion the ride we had on this trip was similar to any ride I had on it previously. It beats you up a bit but it's a great ride. On our way over to Vortex we stopped for a quick spin on Shake, Rattle, and Roll so our son could get a ride fix. Surprisingly I had never ridden this before and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I had no idea that it went as high as it did so I was somewhat nervous that our son would not enjoy it. However, when we got off the ride and he immediately expressed his desire to ride it again I knew my fears were unwarranted. Guess the little guy is starting to come around. As I have had some rough rides on Vortex over the years I told my wife, who normally loves the front seat on rides, to sit in 5-1. Thanks to Terpy and all others who have recommended the magic seat as to my knowledge she had a great ride on it with no head banging. I was sitting in 5-2 and had a smooth ride there as well, much smoother than I recall from riding in the front seat with her before. Vortex is still a great looping coaster in my opinion and I'm glad that Cedar Fair continues to leave it at the park After Vortex we made the short trip over to Firehawk and Flight of Fear. Our wait for Firehawk was no more than 15 minutes and I think the ride is great! However, I can see how the ride is not worth the long waits that I've heard about from others. Flight of Fear….where to begin. This is a good ride in my opinion but the wait was not worth it. I think the wait wound up being close to 45 minutes which was somewhat surprising to me given how light the crowds were on this day. I like the layout of the ride but it was the one ride on the day that gave me a headache! As the majority of the adults rode Firehawk and Flight of Fear our son went on Zephyr with some of the older kids that were with us. He LOVED it!!! In the time it took us to ride those two coasters he went on Zephyr 5 or 6 times. Nothing like marathoning the swing! For all I care the kid could have ridden the swing all night as long as he was having fun. Realizing it was now 6:00 my wife and I talked to each other and decided that we were going to stick it out longer at the park as both kids were doing great! Amazing how the energy level in the park can override the tired factor of a 2 year old that had not napped and had not slept all that well the night before. We went out to the parking lot with the group to grab a bite to eat, guess that's another thing I've learned by reading the posts on KIC over the years. After eating some of the group called it a day but there were about 7 of us that went back in to the park to enjoy the remainder of the evening. Our immediate family headed back to Planet Snoopy for some night time fun with the kids. As the evening went on I was amazed that we actually had to put on the pullovers/sweatshirts that we had bought at Meijer earlier that morning due to how chilly it was getting. As the sun set I took our son for a night ride on Woodstock Express, I was impressed with the fact that he was willing to give it another try after not liking it earlier in the day. He told me that he had more fun the second time but he still wasn't ready to go on the big coasters. After Woodstock Express, I and a few others headed over for a night ride on Diamondback, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!! We then went back over to The Racer midway to do some rides that we had told our son earlier in the day he could do. Nothing like wrapping up the day at KI with a ride on Monster!!! Again, he had a blast and it was a great way to finish the day. Well, I guess not quite the perfect finish to the day as we did have to stop and buy a funnel cake on I-Street, delicious as ever!!!! So how to sum up the day….FANTASTIC!!!! The weather was incredible and the crowds were virtually non-existent. We were able to do everything we wanted to do and then some throughout the 10 hours we spent at the park. My wife and I had fun and both kids had a blast, which is more important that any type of day that I had!
  11. I honestly didn't think I'd have anything to post to this topic after our 1st visit to the park in over 6 years, however, there was someone in our party who was on a role as we were in line for Flight of Fear. As we were discussing Flight Deck he says: "Oh you mean Top Gun. So many people fell off that ride that my friends and I called it by a different name, but I won't tell you what it is in case you still want to ride it." That beauty was followed up by this gem: "The same thing happened on The Bat and now that ride is located at Cedar Point and is called Iron Dragon so I won't ride that when I go there either." All I could do is roll my eyes and laugh to myself. Of course my immediate thought was, now I have something to post in Guests Say the Darndest Things. Is it a bad thing that I'm thinking of what to post to KIC while at the park...nope, not in my book!!!
  12. Thanks Terpy! I was thinking along those same lines due to schools being in session. Our options are pretty limited in terms of what day to go as we have a family reunion on Saturday and then will be heading back home on Sunday, so Friday is the only day to go. We'll just do whatever we can while there and enjoy every second of it!!
  13. Thanks for the information. Guess we'll be keeping our fingers crossed and hope that it's not overly crowded. The best part of the trip is going to be seeing our 6 year old and 2 year old enjoy the rides that we grew up with, and some new ones as well. They both had a blast at Disney so we're hoping the enjoyment will carry over to KI as well.
  14. We'll be sure to enjoy some sweet treats to celebrate the day.
  15. At long last we are planning a trip to Kings Island. It has been at least 6 years since our last visit so I am greatly looking forward to heading back to the park and experiencing all that has changed over the course of time. We will be visiting the Cincinnati area over Labor Day weekend and we are thinking of visiting the park on Friday, September 3. I know that crowds are not the same from year to year due to many factors but I'm looking for some help as to what crowds could be expected on a Friday near the end of the season. In looking at the park's website I see that they are open from noon to 10:00 that day. Is that any kind of indication that they are expecting light crowds. Thanks!
  16. Having just returned from a trip to WDW at an extremely slow time I can confirm that seats were being assigned by cast members. The one exception I did see was that they were open to allowing people to go to the front seat of rides. We took advantage of this on Rock N Rollercoaster.
  17. Thanks for the tips about the FastPass, I didn't realize that you could come back after your designated time. Also, great to know about Toy Story at DHS, I'm sure that will be a great hit with the kids. We are absolutely expecting to hear the requests of wanting to go back. Once we told our son that we were planning the trip to Disney he asked if we could start a countdown. Yikes, not sure I was ready for a 100+ day countdown to a vacation. Luckily, we talked him into starting one about a month before we leave.
  18. With all of these lawsuits pending is there any chance of FMP reopening?
  19. Thank you all for the great information so far. I have reviewed several of the TRs on this site and that is the reason that I posted this here. I know that this is a group of true enthusiasts regardless of what parks are being discussed. I'll try to answer the questions that have been asked so far, if I miss yours, I'm sorry and will look to get back to it later. Avatar: We arrive in Orlando on 5/7 and will be flying out on 5/13, flights are already booked so no changing of the dates unless something major comes up. Our 5 year old (boy), he'll be 6 at the time of our trip, will be missing a week of school for the trip but I think it is well worth it to try and avoid some of the crowds by going before a lot of the schools are out. We are not staying on Disney property as we have a vacation club that we are part of and need to use up weeks of vacation. I know it's not ideal to be off-site due to the additional perks that come with the properties but we have to use what we've already paid for. We'll look to stay on-site on a future trip as we do plan on returning, hopefully many times with the kids as they get older. We have not yet booked any meals but are definitely planning on doing so. We are tentatively looking at the Princess breakfast at Magic Kingdom, our daughter is 2 and is getting into the whole Princess thing already, wow do they start young . We are also planning on doing the Playhouse Disney lunch at Hollywood Studios. Our current plan, not yet finalized, has us visiting Magic Kingdom on two separate days and on the second visit we plan on taking part in Mickey's Cafe for lunch. I am totally open to whatever information you wish to provide and will send you a PM as suggested. When it comes to a venture like this I don't think there is such a thing as to much information. Thank you for you willingness to share!!!! CoastersRZ: We have not ruled out Epcot yet. The Nemo experience is one of the things that has us leaning toward visiting but our son is beginning to grow out of that movie and our daughter has not yet discovered it. No water parks for us this trip but I'm sure we will hit those on a future vacation. Our son is still not sure about going down the water slides at our local pool. Thanks for the suggestion though. Diamondback FOF: As addressed earlier we are not staying on property simply from a prevoiulsy purchase vacation package deal. Trust me that package is one of those, "If I could get in a time machine and go change something" moments in life. Although we are only staying about 5 miles from the Disney area I am not looking forward to the drive nor the parking costs. I'm sure there will be plenty of money spent in the parks for the souvenirs for the kids, mom and dad to. Only limitation is what can we fit on the plane with us on the way home. At least SouthWest doesn't charge for checked bags! We are working on getting our son geared up for the rides, both the kid rides and the bigger ones that he'll be able to go on. As we live in KC, we've been to Worlds of Fun several times and he has seen mom and dad riding the big rides. As we've been looking at the attractions at Disney he keeps asking how big he has to be to go on the rides. Looks like we have our own little thrill seeker on our hands! We are definitely going to take a day and stay away from the parks to refresh the batteries, at least the kids are. Grandma and Grandpa are going with us so we'll have some built in babysitters. Not sure if we'll make the drive over to the beach or not although I do like the idea.
  20. Hi All - As I know there are many knowledgeable sources out there regarding the wonderful world of Disney I wanted to throw this out for any feedback/suggestions that anyone may have. Our family, myself, wife and 2 kids (ages 6 and 2) will be taking a trip to the Orlando area in May. As of now we are thinking of visiting Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios with the kiddos. We are not going to be doing either of the Universal Studios parks this trip, that will be another year. It's been well over 15 years since I last visited Disney and my wife nor kids have ever been. I am sure that both Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios can be full day adventures but am not sure about how much time would need to be spent at Animal Kingdom. I appreciate any information that anyone wants to throw out there.
  21. To funny Gator. As soon as I saw this trip report I immediately flashed back to your tale from last year. Guess some TRs just have that lasting impression!
  22. If you are in to waterparks as well, there is a Schlitterbahn park that is slowly opening here as well. Soft opening last year with 1 phase of 3 completed.

  23. Hi Angie - Yep, I live in a suburb of KC. Honestly I'm not much of a resource for things to do in the area as our kids dominate our social calendar. Gates is pretty good eats but be ready to be yelled at as that is how they take your order. There are about a million different BBQ places to check out in the KC metro area. Oklahoma Joes's is pretty freakin' good also.

  24. According to Yahoo Maps about 620 miles...slightly over 9.5 hours drive time. Currently live in the Kansas City area but grew up in Columbus so KI was my "home" park if you will. Haven't been back to KI since 2003ish.
  25. From well outside of the Cincinnati area...Kansas City currently has about 9 inches of snow on the ground with another 4 expected tomorrow. Not to mention the lovely single digit temperatures we are experiencing this week. Man, how long until summer gets here?!?!?!
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