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  1. Something old is new again at Kings Island for the 2019 season! Relax in a Model T Ford next to The Racer coaster in Coney Mall! KICentral is very excited to have the antique cars returning to make more memories with families and friends. KIC would love to hear what are you thoughts on this new addition! https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/rides/kings-mills-antique-autos .
  2. Kings Island once again will be hosting Coasterstock on May 17-18th in 2019. Be on the lookout for tickets sales and event details later in January to join this once a year celebration with Kings Island. KICentral is very excited about another year of Coasterstock for friendship, coasters, food, guest speakers, tours, and of course ERT! Tell us what you like most about Coasterstock in this thread!
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    Ask Kings Island a Question

    I would like to start a thread of questions that you would like to ask the park if you could talk to them yourself. This would be in depth questions about a coaster, manitenance, shows, and operations that you would like to know. My plan would be to try and get them answered in a future interview.
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    Ask Kings Island a Question

    A new set of answers from Chad! Does the eternal flame in the Banshee queue ever go off? The eternal flame for Son of Beast is always on during Kings Island regular season operating hours. What happened to the old paramount story props/signs? You can still find some of the props and signs behind the scenes at Kings Island. Others have been auctioned off to employees to fundraise for worthy causes around the city. Where is the SOB crate located? Unfortunately, the status of the crate is unknown at this time. What is the record for most visits to the park in one season? There are a number of guests who have visited the park more than one hundred times in the season. There were many years when this information was not tracked. Why do you always have models keep their arms down in advertisement photos? It provides a clean, consistent look to the photos we use for advertisements. Will the Eiffel Tower lower platform ever be reopened? It’s hard to speculate beyond the foreseeable future.
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    Coasterstock 2019 dates announced

    @McSalsa Calling on @chugh43 for your first question. As the event gets more popular, it is advised to get your ticket early, for it is possible for it to sell out. I would not procrastinate!
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    Expanding Action Zone

    Is everyone wanting to get rid of all the Vekoma's?
  7. Kings Island has announced that Firehawk will be the coaster leaving the park at the end of the 2018 season. On October 26 – 28, 2018. 11 years, 5 months and two days from its Kings Island opening date, Firehawk will take its last flight ever as Kings Island will bury Firehawk! After Cedar Fair purchased Kings Island from Paramount in 2006, Firehawk was the first coaster that Cedar Fair installed into the park in 2007. Firehawk was not a new coaster though, Firehawk was previously installed as X-Flight in 2001 at Geauga Lake which closed in 2007. Firehawk was manufactured by Vekoma and its removal will reopen 5.5 acres of land. More info about Firehawk along with construction photos and more can be found here: https://kicentral.com/rides/firehawk/ Type of Coaster Steel - Flying Manufacturer Vekoma Model Flying Dutchman Lift/launch system Chain Lift Hill Height 115 ft. (35 m.) Length 3,340 ft. (1,020 m.) Speed 50 mph (80 kmh) Inversions 5 Max Vertical Angle 33 degrees G-force 4.3 Heigh Restriction 40-80 in. (137-203 cm) Trains 2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 24 riders per train. We don't know what the future holds for the area occupied by Firewhawk now, but the X-Base area of Coney Mall is the last area that has not been refreshed since Cedar Fair purchased the park. Could it be that they have big plans for that area of the park with its removal? A look back at Firehawk 2007 - 2018. 20180518_153811.mp4 FH new.mp4 FH new.mp4 Tell us your thoughts about the park removing Firehawk and your memories of the ride!
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    KI 2019 Entertainment

    Yes, me too. I hope to see it return.
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    International street makeover

    Found some pics in our gallery of early IS fountains and path. I wonder how close it will be to this for 2019?
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    International street makeover

    From the KI Blog: Kings Island’s International Street is set to receive its first complete makeover since the park opened in 1972. No element of International Street will be left untouched as crews update the Royal Fountain, install more than 130,000 new pavers, improve each building façade and enhance the landscaping. More details can be found on the the KI Blog here: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/january/international-street-and-royal-fountain-to-get-major-offseason-renovation?fbclid=IwAR251DIOLgO6Xh04pHIq9Z4vVmo656i3rLX8vFOPoAgDoIxHdhgs-X9XQZQ
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    Coasterstock 2019 dates announced

    From @DonHelbig Mark your calendar! Coasterstock 2019 at Kings Island will be held May 17-18. Full details will be released later this month including the on-sale date for tickets.
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    Is Kings Island adding a loyalty program?

    I bet games and mech is where they need to increase per caps on us pass holders. That might be their target?
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    The Giga Speculation Thread

    I agree, I do not want vest restrains on a Giga.
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    The Giga Speculation Thread

    I wonder if they can they do that without Banshee restrains?
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    Haunt 2019 Discussion

    Lets keep on subject. Instead of complaining about 2018, share how you think the park can improve haunt for 2019. I really loved the new area Pumpkin Eater. It would be nice to include a few new scare areas like that next year. The Coney Maul area I think would have been better if not stretched out so far. I think it should have been 1/2 as long to get the affect they were looking for there. I would also move it to the path next to Dodgems and behind BLSC. That way it is only for people that want to go through it. To me the houses is what draws the people. I think adding one new house per year is the way to go. I don't have anything else to add to improve those.
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    Racer Track Work 2019

    The park did clarify with a blog post. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/january/new-track-part-of-racer-roller-coasters-annual-winter-work
  17. Looks like the land had been sold.. HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The 125 acres of land where the former Freestyle Music Park once stood has been sold. According to Horry County tax records, the site was sold for $3,545,000 on Dec. 28, 2018. Records show it was purchased by FTPP Bishop Parkway LLC, which was registered as a business with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office in Oct. 2018. More here: http://www.wmbfnews.com/2019/01/11/former-freestyle-music-park-sold/
  18. Welcome back to KIC! What is your home park?
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    PIVIP event coming to Kings Island in May

    Correct, we have not gotten official word from the park yet. Until we hear it from the park or see it on the website we don't want to State it as fact. We have been told we should know for sure here in a few weeks.
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    Firehawk Demoltion

    Please use the thread noted. Thanks!
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    How was your 2018 season?

    Today is the last day of operations for the 2018 season. Yes, yes, we will end this evening in 2019. For me I spent 30 days in a Cedar Fair park in 2018. I made a lot of memories with my family and our KIC family as well. My daughter hit the 52" mark and got to ride Banshee for the first time ever. She loved it. My 4 year old hit his own milestone of 40" for his first ride on Woodstock Express. He can't wait to ride Mystic Timbers when he gets tall enough. We loved the peanuts celebration and hope it returns in 2019. The special events at the park really add a lot of value to families. Coasterstock was again a great event that we are looking forward to its return in 2019. The addition of Coney BBQ was a great addition to the food lineup. The foods department has made big improvements in the last several seasons, but they still have room to grow especially with consistency at all locations. I am very excited for the addition of Kings Mills Antique Autos. I think this is the addition the park needs for it's next ride. I can not wait to see what that area looks like next year. Haunt seemed to go for quality over quantity. The new areas were excellent, but hope in 2019 they can expand that in the other existing areas and houses. Winterfest did not disappoint, I did not think they could improve over last year, but KI proved that it was possible. Moving the skating prep area to the East side of the fountain was a great decision, and opening up the path between Coney and Rivertown was also a great move. I appreciate the Reds Grill Buffett. The change I would make in there would be to get ride of the Frozen cookies and hand out a fresh made normal size cookies. @DonHelbig wrote a great blog post about 18 notible KI moments in 2018. This might help you with writing about your 2018 season. Tell us about your 2018 season and what you would like to see in 2019! https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2018/december/the-year-that-was-–-a-look-back-at-the-moments-that-shaped-2018-at-kings-island
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    KI Park Maps

    I thought it would be a good idea to put together a collection of park maps on KIC. Right now on the KI site there is just the 2018 Winterfest map. Does anyone have a collection of the maps over the years in PDF or image files? Please send me a PM if you have any of these files. Thanks! paging @Shaggy
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    The Giga Speculation Thread

    I like the green track as well.
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    The Giga Speculation Thread

    I am not sold on those colors, but I like seeing it in that area.
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    Cedar Fair Ohio Coaster Battle Tournament 2K18 Edition

    Thanks for running the game @McSalsa it was a lot of fun.