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  1. If you make your own pizza at home with fresh pizza dough, LaRosa's jarred pizza sauce (available at Cincy-area grocery stores) and provolone (not mozzarella) cheese, you'll be very close. The major difference between LaRosa's pizza at the park and at restaurants is the crust. The park uses frozen dough and massive-capacity ovens to produce huge quantities of pizza, whereas the restaurants use fresh dough and different ovens. I personally prefer the pizza from the restaurants.
  2. I'd suggest recruiting a non-rider volunteer to take everyone's coats when it's time to board.
  3. I doubt I'll be at the park when FYE does their polar meetup, but I'll probably wear shorts and a t-shirt to Winterfest at least once this season. A roller coaster ride is short enough that exposure to windchill isn't dangerous at temperatures the rides operate in. What gets you is walking through the park and waiting in line.
  4. They can (and do) revoke season passes, letting the user know they're no longer welcome on the park's private property. FAA rules and local laws notwithstanding. I didn't say that flying drones around the park is a violation of FAA rules in and of itself. Many property owners consider it trespass to launch or control a drone from their property without permission. Local laws can also affect using some types of public property, such as road right-of-ways, for that purpose. FAA rules do apply, mainly with respect to registration, staying below 400', staying within a line of sight, and not operating in a careless manner. Some people who have flown drones near or over the park have not fully complied.
  5. Just to clarify with respect to drones: Kings Island park rules are more restrictive than the law. These rules prohibit flying drones over the property. Those violating this rule are routinely issued bans from entering Kings Island. Many people found flying drones at or near the park are also in violation of FAA rules or local laws. Kings Island will notify relevant authorities if laws are being violated at or near the park. Drone footage of the park, no matter where it's taken from, is not allowed on KIC. Please don't link it here either.
  6. ^^ I'm of the opinion that flume rides shouldn't get you drenched. A scenic ride along the course, a thrilling drop, and an appropriate splash made KCKC the park favorite it was. If I wanted to get buckets of water dumped on me, WWC was (and is) the destination. For an example of a really horrible water ride experience, with apologies to @Shawn Meyer, look at what Cedar Point did in 2010.
  7. There's a fine line between them, but it comes down to tone, respect and accuracy. Constructive criticism should be supported in facts and honest opinions, avoiding a negative attitude when possible. Jumping to exaggerated conclusions should also be avoided, as that doesn't advance a civil discussion. It's not PR's job to entertain every discussion about the webcam on social media, especially ones that have already been answered. There are many other priorities, especially with Winterfest fast approaching. It's disappointing that we're not seeing the rest of the lift go up in realtime, but there's a whole lot of coaster left to build.
  8. Criticism of the park is definitely allowed, but everyone needs to be respectful about it. Posts contributing to arguing and park bashing will be removed. These types of comments create a negative tone that everyone is tired of.
  9. This thread has been cleaned up. Just another reminder to keep the conversation respectful. Those who can't comply will be given time off from KIC.
  10. As of today, Schlitterbahn has dropped the price of 2020 season passes for the holidays to $89.99. The price for New Braunfels was originally $144.99 ($104.99 child/senior) when passes went on sale in August, dropping to $129.99 ($89.99 child/senior) last month.
  11. The value of the assets and land, minus the reputational cost of being associated with that property, apparently isn't worth $6M. That price never suggested a business that would be a going concern. Surprisingly, the local auditor still appraises the property at over $25M as of this year.
  12. According to Kings Island via Twitter, Vortex's final rider count is 46,030,685. That works out to an average of 862,117 riders per season over the past four seasons.
  13. It's good to see the guestrooms being refreshed. They were still pretty nice, but they were definitely due for a remodel considering the price they sell for. Bedbugs affect all types of hotels, from Motel 6 to Four Seasons. Part of the risk of having different guests bring their stuff into the rooms every night. The first thing I do when entering any hotel room is to check the mattresses and behind furniture for signs of bedbugs. GWL follows industry best practices for detecting and eliminating infestations.
  14. There will be a holiday pass offer at KI, of course, but it won't be the same price as the fall pass offer. If you want the absolute lowest price, now is the time to buy.
  15. I got 28 rides this weekend, including 5 today and 13 in a row last night. Going up the lift in what I knew would be my last ride in seat 7-1 was surreal. The park was packed today, but Vortex's send-off deserved a large crowd. It was great seeing so many familiar faces, old and new, turning out for a last ride. Vortex's original 1987 crew gathered at the park for the last day, and the final public train was reserved for them. I was much sadder at the end than I thought I would be. Vortex was a very special ride and a quintessential part of what made the Kings Island of my memories Kings Island. The future is bright, but today is truly the end of an era.
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