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Everything posted by malem

  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. January trip to California

    I'm back at it again with another crazy coaster trip. Cheap ($65) airfares on Spirit and this recent bout of frigid weather have inspired me to book a flight to southern California later this month (Jan 20-24). After that 7° night at Winterfest, a warm (>50°) day at an amusement park can't come soon enough! This will be my first time visiting the Los Angeles area, so any advice would be most welcome. We'll definitely be taking advantage of our passes at Knott's and SFMM, and we're planning to splurge on Disneyland tickets. Beyond that, we're playing it by ear with crowds and traffic; possible destinations might be Belmont Park, Pacific Park, and/or Castle Park. Hiking and kayaking are possibilities as well, in case we get coastered out. If anyone else from KIC will be in the area, feel free to say hi! I'll be sure to update this thread as we go and when I get back with my trip report.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The spin wheel for Fast Lane.

    ^^ You win one pass, but it's good for two riders.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. Official: WinterFest 2017

    A frame was captured at 4:40pm and is included in the YouTube video.
  18. Official: WinterFest 2017

    ^ No frames from that day are missing.
  19. Official: WinterFest 2017

    Looking back at Winterfest in the eyes of the Mystic Timbers webcam.
  20. January trip to California

    ^^ We've been debating between Belmont Park and Pacific Park. We hope to find time for both, but that will depend on traffic, crowds & weather. Unfortunately, though we checked with the park before booking, Knott's just updated their ride closure information to indicate that both Timber Mountain Log Ride (half expected) and GhostRider (not expected) will be closed that weekend. With air tickets that cheap, we might need to do a Sat-Sun trip later in the year to catch things we missed. Knott's Scary Farm, maybe. ^ If you went when we're going, splitting some expenses with us might be a possibility!
  21. January trip to California

    For anyone else looking to get away this winter, the Spirit air tickets are even cheaper with their promotion this weekend. The dates we booked would be $101RT, down from the $131RT we paid.
  22. According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Fort Rapids hotel & indoor waterpark has been shut down by police. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/02/22/Fort-Rapids-Waterpark-closed-by-police.html This property is the former Columbus Hilton, which has gone through financial difficulties & several owners since the indoor waterpark was constructed in the early 2000s. More from a local TV station's report last week; at least 32 people sick: http://myfox28columbus.com/news/local/abc-6-investigates-troubled-waters-at-popular-central-ohio-water-park
  23. A water pipe has apparently burst in the building, filling it with ice. Hard to imagine anything except demolition after this. http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180103/burst-water-pipe-turns-fort-rapids-into-frozen-wasteland
  24. 2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    Someone made a lighthearted joke for enthusiasts watching the webcam. Let's stop making more of it than it is. His link should work now. In the future, when posting videos, it's best to upload them to a video hosting platform such as YouTube. The forum does accept .webm and .mp4 attachments <=20MB, but site security settings keep them from displaying by default.
  25. January trip to California

    We're definitely going to need the rental car for getting to San Diego and Valencia. Our flight arrives around 8:30am PST Saturday morning (departing Chicago at 6am CST), so hopefully we can make it to Knott's at opening. Driving to and from Valencia will happen late at night in an attempt to beat the notorious L.A. traffic. I've heard that crowds aren't too bad in January, so hopefully we luck out there. Sorry you ran into insane crowds when you visited! As best we can tell, the major rides that will be down are Xcelerator and California Screamin'.