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  1. malem

    Online purchasing

    The online processing fee varies based on how many tickets are in your order. Admission tickets, Fast Lane wristbands, season passes, and some season pass upgrades all count as "tickets". Currently, the processing fee schedule is: 0 tickets (only charitable items, like Coaster Campout): $0 0 tickets (only non-ticket items, like drink cups or parking): $0.99 1-2 tickets: $5.99 3-4 tickets: $7.99 5-99 tickets: $9.99 Adding parking or drink cups to your order shouldn't increase your processing fee, since these items are not tickets. Adding Fast Lane Plus might increase your processing fee, as they count as tickets and might push you into a higher tier.
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    Tapatalk - Cant login

    Our Tapatalk account needs updated after yesterday's InvisionPower upgrade. We'll get that done soon. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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    Kings Island 2018 Discussion Thread

    It wasn't the elusive Losantiville station Freestyle, but the drink building next to Diamondback was open for yesterday's ERT session.
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    Maximize # of Rides in a day. Advice?

    People's tastes change with time, and marathon riding from open to close certainly isn't for everyone. Personally, I've found myself riding even more as I get older. The presence of gray hair at coaster events gives me hope that I'll be able to continue marathoning coasters for a very long time to come.
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    Kings Island 2018 Discussion Thread

    ^ Yes. Fixed.
  6. Six Flags Great Adventure bans all loose articles on El Toro and Kingda Ka, even if they're in a zippered pocket. There are no metal detectors, but guests with a phone out in line or in the station will be kicked out of line. As annoying as this policy is for enthusiasts who know to use zipper pockets, I'm beginning to support it on rides with extreme changes in speed/direction. Having my phone in line isn't worth risking someone else knocking my eye out with their phone. Each coaster at Kentucky Kingdom has a large sign explaining that phones can't be out while riding. Security there doesn't mess around, and guests seem to take the rules very seriously as a result. I witnessed one very unhappy group being escorted off park grounds when I was at KK two weeks ago.
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    Kings Island 2018 Discussion Thread

    Kings Island does a number of Gold and Platinum passholder events throughout the season. They're updated on the park's website and social media channels. We usually post about them on the forum and the KIC Twitter & Facebook pages as well. To participate, just show your gold or platinum pass at the event. The ride events remaining this season are: Thu, July 5: Exclusive Soak City night rides Thu, July 13: Banshee/Drop Tower/Blackout night ERT Wed, August 1: Exclusive Soak City night rides Thu, August 2: Racer/Delirium/Scrambler night ERT
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    Annoying ad

    Thanks for the heads up! We're going through logs so that we can identify and report the offending ad to Google.
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    Kings Island 2018 Discussion Thread

    I arrived around 6:30pm and had time for quite a few rides before ERT. Pretty light crowds considering how nice of a day it was; my longest wait was about 10 minutes for Mystic Timbers. I skipped Flight of Fear because it had a bit of a line.
  10. Ride operators can't check for unsecured articles in everyone's pockets. I have seen no indication that the crew did anything wrong in this incident. I fail to see how the fact that one of the operators happened to be spieling on the mic has anything to do with this whatsoever.
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    Kings Island 2018 Discussion Thread

    Don't forget - tonight is the passholder ERT event featuring Diamondback, Woodstock Express & Great Pumpkin Coaster.
  12. For me, the most disturbing part of the story is that the offending rider simply walked away without identifying himself to the victim or the park. To injure someone and then not take responsibility is cowardice and wrong. Hopefully he's found and cited for his failure to follow the ride's safety instructions.
  13. Judging from the picture, it looks like there were no buyers. The Tornado was the slide involved in accident last year at KD, which resulted in a hospitalization and an investigation.
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    Six Flags New England

    SFNE might be my favorite Six Flags park. Wicked Cyclone is currently my #1 RMC, and the rest of the coaster collection is very solid. It's also one of the few places you can ride a Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang, which I found much more fun than the standard variety. My recommendation would be to go on a hot day, if possible. We did this last year, and we were parked all the way in the back of the overflow lot. Though we were expecting long lines, almost every coaster was a station wait or less. We did the entire dry park, including several re-rides, from 3pm-close. The waterpark? At capacity, with switchbacks of people waiting just to get in. For admission, look at the ACE discount page (if you're an ACE member) and/or consider a membership. If you'll make more than one visit to a SIX park over the next 12 months, a membership might be a better value than tickets and parking.
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    can you wait to buy Fast Lane when you arrive?

    I've had really fun 3-hour waits in a queue, and I've had agonizing 15-minute waits. It all depends on who you're waiting in line with.
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    Wait times?

    The app gets updated when ride crews report their estimated wait time. For the most part, I find the data to be more or less accurate, as ride crews are pretty good at estimating their wait time. Sometimes, a ride won't send in their report, and their time will become outdated in the app. If Diamondback says 5 minutes but more other rides are 30+ minutes, something's probably wrong.
  17. Six Flags has announced that they have acquired the management rights to Darien Lake (which they used to own) and Frontier City. https://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/Six+Flags+(SIX)+Entered+Purchase+Agreement+with+Affiliates+of+Premier+Parks+to+Acquire+Lease+Rights+to+Operate+Five+Parks+owned+by+EPR+Properties+(EPR)/14225414.html
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    Peanuts Sketch School

    I did the Animation Academy at Disney's California Adventure earlier this year, where I was reminded that I'm definitely not an artist. We were supposed to draw Chip: But I somehow ended up with: Will have to try PEANUTS Sketch School to see if I can do any better...
  19. These days, most bumper cars are set to a much lower voltage than was used historically.
  20. ^ My E-ZPass is also with Massachusetts; it's the least expensive state to establish an account with. When the balance goes negative, and autopay can't immediately bring it back into positive territory, your transponder is deactivated. To do that, your home state (i.e. Massachusetts) updates their master list of transponders and distributes the changes to all E-ZPass agencies nationwide. You are also notified of the problem. Some states charge a processing fee to cover the cost of doing all that and to incentivize customers to keep their accounts current. It's recommended to set up a secondary credit/debit card with E-ZPass to avoid the possibility of going negative. For those interested in how E-ZPass works on a technical level, here's a little light reading on how information is communicated between participating states.
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    Gold Pass extended through July 4th

    The Gold renewal price and the discount for purchasing 4+ Gold passes both indeed expired last week. Also, the Platinum price increased from $216 to $218, and Regular went from $117 to $126.
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    Steel vengeance wait time opening day 5/5

    On my first visit this season, I waited about 3 hours for it to open. I knew the wait might be shorter than that if I returned later, but getting a ride on SV was the only priority for that visit. Tera Ryzing, trying to argue the same point over and over is disruptive to the conversation. Please be respectful of other members and their comments, even when you disagree. I cleaned up the thread.
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    Kings Island Steakhouse

    The challenge with opening the International Restaurant space to the public is that it's used for many private events throughout the season. When it opened for Winterfest last year, many dates were blacked out for other events. I don't see it opening to the public on a regular basis, barring another indoor venue for groups being constructed at the park.
  24. ^ I almost booked the SureStay Plus in Jasper for tomorrow's trip, which is about the same distance as the Tell City and Rockport hotels. I guess you're glad we didn't go with that one!
  25. Enthusiasts from around the country will be on-hand for CoasterMania, with Steel Vengeance as the star attraction. CP clearly doesn't want to disappoint. Not to mention, cedar Fair publicizes their Golden Ticket Awards, which are voted on by enthusiasts.