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  1. Just for background on the waterpark rumors, Splashin' Safari's original playhouse structure is currently being removed, and the Laughs slide at Hyena Falls (including the stairs leading to it) was demolished prior to this season.

    2 hours ago, IBEW_Sparky said:

    Anyone looking for evidence to back up the sizable financial over-extension due to Thunderbird need look no further than their current definition of "food" and the current prices thereof, and compare it to just a few years ago.

    There is still good food to be found at the park, but prices are up markedly even since last season. I'd recommend sticking to Plymouth Rock Cafe or The Alamo.

  2. ^ I doubt the machines were filling up during the day. Since tokens aren't currency, the associated security implications can be avoided.

    6 hours ago, standbyme said:

    True...but doubling it?! (My paycheck hasn’t  doubled in the last 15 years!)

    They could have at least made it 3 tokens for a dollar, that percentage of an increase would have been more realistic.

    Yeah, it's annoying, but it's not inconsistent with other price increases in the industry. Fifteen years ago, KI gate admission was $42.99. Today, it's 67% higher at $72 - curiously the same percentage increase as the WWC geysers when purchased 12 at a time ($0.25 to $0.417).

  3. 28 minutes ago, jdawg1998 said:

    Guys, I am very confused. This is my old account that I used when I was younger -- much younger.

    Can someone please let me know what I'm saying here -- and how, in 2009, I use the term "Banshee" -- capitalized, too.

    Why was I using the term "Banshee" at 11 years old? Was I psychic? I am very weirded out...

    Sorry to make this boring, but "Banshee" seems to be capitalized in your old post due to a bug in the forum software.

    A filter was enabled in 2014 that automatically corrects capitalization of ride names. A forum upgrade in 2015 seemingly applied the filter to existing posts, which shouldn't have happened. I looked at a pre-2015 backup of the forum database, and "Banshee" was not capitalized in your post.

  4. Just to clarify, the intention with this thread isn't to discourage critical posts. The request is merely that criticism is respectful, without sarcasm or exaggeration.

    Silver's point is that criticism should also be accurate. When another user replied to one of his posts, they got what he said about Cedar Fair trademarks wrong. This was likely inadvertent with all the conversations going on in the decoding thread, but it's a good reminder to always check your facts if you're going to be critical.

  5. ^^^ See also reports from a Kansas City news station prior to Memorial Day. https://fox4kc.com/2019/04/22/with-just-weeks-until-summer-it-doesnt-look-like-schlitterbahn-will-open-in-2019/


    Sources say KCKPD has also used some of Schlitterbahn's buildings for training, and the condition of the inside of those buildings indicates the water park will not be reopening.

    5 minutes ago, befat said:

    Interesting that there is no mention of the Corpus Christi property. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the end of Schlitterbahn as a brand name. It goes to show how a tragedy can impact a brand name. (See Sea World).

    The Corpus Christi property was sold last year; I would be surprised if the Schlitterbahn branding at that park stays around much longer. https://kristv.com/news/local-news/2019/04/24/new-direction-for-waves-resort-cc-featuring-schlitterbahn/

  6. Well, that was unexpected. I'm really glad to see Cedar Fair add destination waterparks, in any case. Hopefully we'll also see good things at the existing Cedar Fair waterparks.

    What does everyone think about whether they'll keep the Schlitterbahn name at the Texas parks? It's very iconic there, but its association with the Kansas City, KS park could be a factor after the 2016 accident.

    I also have to wonder how season passes will work; the current price of a "platinum" pass good at both Texas waterparks is higher than the current price of a Cedar Fair platinum pass ($275 vs $220).

  7. ^ I completely agree that KK needs more of them, having walked into a completely empty Kentucky Flyer station on a moderately crowded day last week.

    Kings Island's hub-and-spoke layout is logical enough that I don't think directional signs are strictly needed. If anything, I'd point the way to the different areas of the park on the paths leading away from IS. The Beast has its footprints back, so that much is covered.

  8. ^ Steel Vengeance been reliable this season after it's opened for the day. They've been temporarily substituting Magnum XL-200 on the Early Entry schedule.

    The frustrating part about opening late is that it's hard to avoid waiting in a long line, unless you happen to be close when they get it ready.

  9. In recent weeks, we've noticed that the tone on the forum has taken a sharply critical turn, and we'd like to ask for everyone's help in fixing it.

    KIC is all about sharing our appreciation for the park and the industry, and we want to keep the discussion as open to as many opinions as possible. At the same time, snarky comments make the forum less fun to read and contribute to. It's getting old, and we need it to stop.

    Specifically, we're asking that critical comments be respectful; sarcasm and exaggeration should be avoided. Ideally, tell the park how they should improve; Kings Island is always looking for feedback here and on social media. Honest opinions and experiences, both positive and negative, are always welcome to be shared here.

    If you see posts that are creating an overly negative tone, reminding the poster to keep it constructive and/or using the "Report" button would be most appreciated. Thanks everyone for your attention to this matter.

    -Your KIC mods

  10. ^ You've just described every rewards program out there. Increasing revenue while also increasing perceived value is a win-win.

    My first Pass Perk was the $50 premium cabana discount, which I am not likely to use. I would use the BOGO Slingshot or 50% off a slice of fudge, if I happen to get one of those.

  11. The FOF launch uses a lot of power, but it's very short in duration. At the wholesale prices the park pays, the electrical energy required to launch a train is going to cost pennies.

    A caveat: A capacitor bank is now used to spread out the load over a  much greater time period than the 4-second launch, keeping the park's electrical cost down and preventing problems (i.e. brown-outs) for neighboring customers. When the ride first opened, the cost would have been much higher, owing to the very high peak load on the utility during a launch.

  12. If it's a buy-out day when the park is closed to the public, dining plans will scan as invalid. They can only be used when the park is open to the public (and when the pass was used for admission that day).

    If the park is open to the public, be sure to use your pass for admission so that your dining plan works.

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