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  1. January trip to California

    GhostRider is (once again) scheduled to be open this weekend, which is good especially because Xcelerator is still down.
  2. Coasterstock 2018

    Many clubs have family membership plans for people living in the same household, which cost less than buying separate memberships for each person.
  3. Coasterstock 2018

    It's a long event (32 hours!). You do have the people who are always first in line for 8am ERT and last off at midnight ERT (), but not everyone does everything on the itinerary. Dinner (on Saturday) shouldn't be missed. This is by far the more substantial meal and (in prior years) has featured most of the guest speakers. The tours on Saturday (of Beast, Flight of Fear and KI&MVRR) are highly recommended, especially if you haven't been on them at prior events. (And even if you have, you can always learn something new.)
  4. Webcams

    Yes. I've never had frostbite, and I certainly didn't want to get it at KI. I'm not the biggest fan of winter coats, but I do appreciate them (and gloves) when it's bitterly cold like it was on the last day of Winterfest.
  5. Kings Island's 2018 Operation Calendar

    It has been said that the admission breakdown between those three groups (passholders, ticketholders, group sales) is roughly even at KI, but of course per-park attendance figures are never released. I would expect the first group to be growing at the expense of the others, given the ever-increasing popularity of season passes.
  6. Kings Island's 2018 Operation Calendar

    Regular exists such that only people who buy early get the best deal. Those who wait until peak season to buy their admission have to pay more to get less. Having regular passes on sale now shows how great of a value Gold is in comparison.
  7. Kings Island's 2018 Operation Calendar

    The chance to buy a gold pass expires around Memorial Day, as it has for years. The change has been that (gold) passes for the next season have gone on sale earlier, but that offer doesn't include gold status for the current season.
  8. Webcams

    ^ Winterfest is absolutely happening this season. Closing Day was dead because the temperature was about 7°F (-5° with the windchill). Rides obviously couldn't run with it that cold, but it was still fun!
  9. Webcams

    Walking through the park on Closing Day of Winterfest almost felt like an off-season tour. Especially Planet Snoopy and the back half of Action Zone.
  10. Things that KI can improve on

    ^ After the Viacom split, Paramount Parks was a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which did not own Paramount, Nickelodeon, or any related IP. When CBS sold Paramount Parks to Cedar Fair, a license was included to use Viacom-owned IP for a limited time. No figures are publicly known, but renewing would have required paying Viacom a significant sum. Cedar Fair, of course, elected to get rid of the IP rather quickly.
  11. The spin wheel for Fast Lane.

    ^^ You win one pass, but it's good for two riders.
  12. What will replace Dinos Alive?

    ^^ The park originally retained partial ownership in Great Wolf Lodge, having owned the former campground property it was built on. Cedar Fair promptly sold its interest after acquiring Paramount Parks. I don't believe the park ever had a contractual option to buy GWL outright, but they might have ended up under common ownership had Apollo succeeded in purchasing Cedar Fair.
  13. I know (at least) chugh43, IndyGuy4KI, electricsun, @pianoman, @acole5292 and I will be there. I'm not sure what any of us are doing for lodging yet, but sharing hotel rooms and/or rental houses (eg. Airbnb) seems likely. Adam and I weren't big fans of the Lake Rudolph rental RV's last year. I plan to buy the all-day Friday ticket as well. It really makes sense coming from as far away as Columbus, since traveling would kill the entire day regardless. Might as well get there early. As a reminder, early bird discounts for HoliWood Nights ends January 10.
  14. The spin wheel for Fast Lane.

    Welcome to KIC! I've never played these games myself, but some members have. If it's a day when lines are excessively long, playing until you win a "good" ride should be cheaper than splurging on Fast Lane Plus for the day. Paging @jcgoble3 , who likes spin-the-wheel games more than most of us!
  15. pictures

    The page Chris referenced is an older one; many of the photo galleries are also embedded on pages for individual attractions. There are a lot of photos in the KIC archive; organizing them all remains a work in progress. If you're looking for pictures of a specific ride, check out https://kicentral.com/rides/ There have been some great forum threads with pictures and discussion as well. One of my personal favorites is standbyme's topic with photos from his 1974 collection, juxtaposed with present day shots from the same angles. See https://kicentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/24760-standing-within-3-feet-of-1974 If there's something in particular you're looking for photos of, let us know and we'll try to find it!