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    PIVIP event coming to Kings Island in May

    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. The remodeled Enchanted Theater space could also be utilized.
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    JavaScript breakage

    I rebuilt all the cached JavaScript files; is it working properly now?
  3. There was an issue with posting for the past few hours, but all should be working now.
  4. Tonight, we're upgrading the forum software to IPS Community Suite 4. This requires a database conversion, so KIC will be unavailable starting around 8:00pm. We'll get everything back up ASAP & by Tuesday morning. The new software includes a number of changes from the IPB 3.x series we've used for years. Most notably, a new responsive mobile theme will offer many improvements when viewing the forum with the mobile website. Another notable change is an improved editor that eliminates the "BBCode switch". Advanced users can still type BBCode manually, if they prefer that to the editor buttons. If you notice problems or have questions after the upgrade, feel free to send me a PM or post in this thread.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    As of the latest NWS forecast update, it's looking dry for the first part of the evening. You might luck out.
  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?
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    Passholders don't get early ride time, but turnstiles and International Street shops open for all guests 30 minutes before the park during Winterfest.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    ^ Bring-a-friend tickets are available at the gate on the select Sundays they're available, and International Street shops open 30 minutes prior to the park opening (4:30, or 3:30 on Saturdays).
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    KIC Mobile App?

    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).
  10. My small leather wallet holding (only) my season pass, credit card and driver license was enough to set the metal detector off on Friday. It seemed to be on a more sensitive setting than they usually are.
  11. ^ I sure hope not. I'd much rather see continued success of efforts to repair the iconic SeaWorld brand. Getting rid of it would seem like giving into the narrative of the Blackfish filmmakers, which would be a sad day for those in the industry trying to tell their own stories.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    The Reds Hall of Fame Grille buffet is on the dining plan. The price is $24.99, or $19.99 with a season pass, or a $5 upcharge as a dining plan redemption. The Fast Lane Plus entrance is indeed the single rider line for WinterFest.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    Reports are that the second train is running on Flight of Fear tonight.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    The new Christmas buffet at Reds Grille is well-worth the $5 dining plan upcharge. The menu options are similar to last year's International Restaurant buffet; I especially enjoyed the mashed red potatoes and maple glazed ham.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    In general, Sunday should be the least busy night. This was the case on Opening Weekend last year. I don't worry too much about crowds at WinterFest, as there's plenty to do without waiting in lines.
  16. I have a hard time envisioning Hershend (which doesn't sell alcohol in its parks) purchasing a park named after a brewery. If SEAS decided to spin off the Busch parks to another operator, I'd personally like to see them go to Merlin.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    ^ That's correct. Parking gates open one hour before the park opens, and turnstiles open 30 minutes prior, along with most of International Street. The park opens at 5:00 (4:00 on Saturdays), with the lighting ceremony at 5:30.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    One more day! The park is looking great on the webcams tonight: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/explore/live-video As a reminder, Tinsel Town opens as a new area this season. Tinsel Town Diner (Juke Box Diner) features burgers, patty melts, and a turducken sandwich. Horse-drawn carriage rides are offered for $40 per group of up to six riders. The Enchanted Theater is open this year, with What The Dickens and A PEANUTS Guide To Christmas playing there. Coney Barbecue becomes Smokehouse Christmas, featuring roast beef, smoked turkey, Christmas sausage, and rotisserie chicken. Pull-apart cinnamon bread will be found this season at Claus Confectionary (Rivertown Funnel Cakes), along with funnel cakes, hot chocolate, and other treats. Can't wait to see everyone there tomorrow!
  19. Nothing would fit the theming in New France quite like an advertising wrap for Snickers on one of Invadr's trains.
  20. I'm curious how the pass situation would work out. Gold memberships including unlimited admission and parking to all Six Flags parks can be had for $80/year or less. The same level of access to SeaWorld parks costs at least $180 - and can be much higher depending on your home park.
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    Sit On it - A nostalgic look back at KI...

    There's also this photo gallery with more historical photos: https://kicentral.com/photos/ Once we get everything tagged and categorized, they'll all be in one location.
  22. One issue with Cedar Fair purchasing the Busch Gardens and/or SeaWorld parks would be that they've never run animal parks, whereas Six Flags runs two. When Cedar Fair bought Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, the animals were not part of the purchase.
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    The temperature was part of the issue on the colder days last season, when getting the boiler to pressure took extra time. Really glad the train will have better capacity this year!
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