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Posts posted by malem

  1. 13 hours ago, BoddaH1994 said:

    They should have bought it before the stadium was built.  I'm sure they'll pay a king's ransom for it now.

    It's not a certainty that Santa Clara would have considered an amusement park the highest and best use for that land, if not for the stadium and Cedar Fair's long-term plan for the park. The stadium does limit parking and operations (eg. on 49'ers game days), so the land under the park might be worth less than it would now if the stadium didn't exist.

    In any case, I'm glad that the future of CGA is secured.

  2. 16 minutes ago, 139Signal27 said:

    No disrespect to the mods, but they didn't post a screenshot from an email detailing the request. They also recently changed their position from "no pics will be allowed" to "please don't post, but we won't delete."

    We deeply regret that our communication of the park's photo request led to so much drama. If KI makes a simple request to its fans, the vast majority of us are respectful enough to comply. It's as simple as that; the mods didn't have to remove any pictures because everyone was complying.

    The park's official media release makes a much better first impression than a few photos from an airplane.

  3. 27 minutes ago, 139Signal27 said:

    Wait, now I'm legitimately confused. Is aerial photography okay or not? This statement seems to contradict everything we've been told about I-Street, Antique Cars, and Firehawk.

    Pictures that violate any law or park rule are never allowed on KIC. This would include any footage from drones as well as unauthorized photos taken from within the park when closed.

    Kings Island requested that its fans also refrain from posting legal photos of the park when it's closed, including from aircraft or from nearby properties. That request applies to posts on KIC as well as to social media and other public platforms. We are not enforcing this from a moderation standpoint on KIC. That said, we anticipate that most KIC'ers will continue to comply as supporters of the park.

    It's worth noting that the mods haven't censored or removed any of these photos. People complied with the request out of respect to KIC and to the park, which is deeply appreciated.

  4. 4 hours ago, Maddog said:

    Yeah, the relationship seems to be a little more 'complicated' than what one would expect from an independent site. 

    My take, it is hard for people who post when inconsistencies abound. It would be easier for everyone to follow along if the mods give some better pointers. After-the-fact schooling always leaves a bitter taste. 

    Just to add, the moderators on KIC have never taken removing content from the forum lightly. We value open sharing and discussion, and we don't remove posts just because the park doesn't like them. People shouldn't feel apprehensive about, for example, posting honest opinions or digging for information in public records.

    That said, the relationship can get complicated when the park asks for the site's help. With the International Street project, the park asked that fans and supporters wait until the big reveal before sharing construction photos or video publicly, even if they are taken without trespassing or violating any park rules. Since most KIC members are strong supporters of the park, we passed along the message.

    Keeping outdoor construction a secret just isn't possible in 2019, so those who want to be spoiled will of course be able to find pictures. Discussing what you've seen in satellite images, or even how to find them, is perfectly acceptable; all we asked was that they not be linked or embedded here in this specific case.

  5. Coasterstock's activities during the day are typically behind-the-scenes tours or hosted in the Picnic Grove, where there's plenty of room, so I don't think having the events coincide will be a problem.

    1 minute ago, Winterfestguy said:

    I imagine the Kings Island Theater will be utilized with its large projection screen since Cirque does’t begin showing until the Memorial Day weekend.

    The remodeled Enchanted Theater space could also be utilized.

  6. Tickets for next year's Winter Chill Out at Cedar Point on February 23, 2019 are on sale now, earlier than ever. The cost is $50 per participant, with all proceeds benefiting A Kid Again. Everyone gets a multi-hour behind-the-scenes tour of the park (including the new-for-2019 Forbidden Frontier), exclusive Q&A session, hot lunch, and other surprises.

    The event sells out every year, so purchase soon, especially if you want a specific timeslot. @acole5292 , @pianoman, @chugh43 and I just purchased tickets to the 9:30am tour. Who else is attending this year?

  7. Any mobile app we publish would need to respect privacy, not hog battery life, and be completely optional. For those who love using mobile websites, we certainly wouldn't want to pressure anyone into installing an app.

    Push notifications and a in-park friend finder are great ideas. Certainly, an app could make it a lot easier to share photos and video to the forums with fewer steps. The audience for an app would extend beyond those participating on the forums, so we'd want to make it easy to get to (for example) current news and park info.

    Keep the ideas coming! Invision Community has served us well as forum software, but their progress on the mobile side has been slower than I had hoped. Moving to a community platform like Hivebrite would give us a mobile app out-of-the-box that we could customize, or we could look at creating something ourselves (within time and budget constraints).

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