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Everything posted by malem

  1. I-71 will be closed in both directions at the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge (mile marker 34, in Warren County) on Sunday, June 1 (tomorrow) from 5:00am through as late as 10:00am. Those approaching Kings Island from the north may need to take an alternate route. The best way to get to the park will be via the posted detour. Those familiar with the area could continue on OH-48 past I-71 to Mason Rd. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D08/Newsreleases/Pages/I-71-detour-scheduled-for-Sunday,-June-1.aspx
  2. Since a few guests invariably forget to check the park calendar before planning a visit: Just a heads up that Kings Island is closed tomorrow, Sunday, April 23, 2017 for a private event.
  3. The bridge will be closed from 5am-11am this morning. Implosion at 7:15. Public asked to stay away. http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/things-know-about-implosion-ohio-highest-bridge/dDiQ82EdkcJW4qgZzwJ4FL/
  4. Depends how much Samsung is paying for the sponsorship.
  5. Glad to hear that affected rides are coming back online.
  6. ^ If they'd close early, you'd get a raincheck good for another admission, which isn't super helpful when the cost of getting there is more than that of a ticket.
  7. VR would seem to kill the advantage of being on the world's tallest Drop Tower. With a phone strapped to your face, might as well be riding a much shorter one.
  8. If temperatures will only get into the 60s, Soak City generally doesn't open to begin with. Unless it's a gold pass preview weekend for a new ride, in which case they might open Soak City at 57° with rain.
  9. Not sure about Michigan's Adventure, but Kennywood is notorious for closing due to inclement weather - even if it will clear up later. With that park, it helps to have flexible plans if possible.
  10. It's rare for Kings Island to close for weather; they try to keep the park open if possible. Case in point:
  11. It's impossible to predict exactly how crowded the park will be, but this Friday shouldn't be anything like last Friday's preview event. Following the debut of Banshee, the operating day comparable to this upcoming Friday (Fri, April 25, 2014) was a good day to visit. It wasn't walk-ons, but waits weren't bad. I recall waiting in a Banshee line with one of the long switchbacks open.
  12. As posted in the Winterfest thread, GM Mike Koontz revealed in an interview that the plan is to operate Mystic Timbers during Winterfest.
  13. If it's raining hard, I look down and/or use my hand to block some of the rain from hitting my eyes. This strategy might not work for people who wear contacts or prescription glasses. Personally, I think coasters are better in the rain. As a bonus, lines are shorter.
  14. Food venues at the park undergo regular inspections. The foods department has been known to read this thread, but following up with the park directly would be most effective if someone notices a potential violation. These things are taken seriously. I had good food experiences on Opening Day. Fast-moving lines and hot food that tasted like it should. Night and day compared to the beginning of last season.
  15. Some will do it just because it's an exclusive product, even if there's little practical benefit. A relatively cheap way to separate from the masses. Cedar Point has spaces in the main lot that are as close as the preferred lot. Then there's the Soak City lot.
  16. ^ Weekdays in June, you should be good without it as long as you're strategic about when to ride things. (eg. not riding Raptor/Gatekeeper until evening)
  17. ^ Careful, you're going to give Jonathan nightmares.
  18. 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.
  19. The park allows guests with special dietary needs to bring in food. Just let security at the metal detectors know why you have food, then stop by Guest Services on your way in to get it cleared.
  20. The mechanism to change it yourself was removed in InvisionPower 4. I just reset it to defaults for both of you.
  21. From what I could tell, all of the chaser lights on Vortex's lift hill were lighting up on Saturday. Great to see details like that being taken care of. Vortex is still using incandescent bulbs for a more classic look.
  22. Per signs on the highway, I-71 will be closed for a period of time this Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge. Kings Island is closed for a private event that day. Demolition work on the original southbound bridge will be concluding. Here are videos from the 2014 demolition: http://www.omniproservices.com/jeremiah-morrow-bridge-demolition-2014.html
  23. ^ I will investigate that. Is it happening for you 100% of the time when loading that page of that thread, or only some of the time? Some CPU cycles are used by the forum's mechanism to check for new replies and notifications. InvisionPower's default is to check for updates every 20 seconds. We'll look into tweaking this and/or turning it off for mobile browsers. In Chrome, this spikes the CPU to 1-2% each time for me. If it's sitting at 25%, it could be a Google advertisement. Can you tell if it's happening when certain ads are loaded? We can block specific ads if they're causing problems.
  24. The only coasters without storage available on the ride platform are Mystic Timbers, Banshee and Firehawk. Flight of Fear uses an article storage area near the ride platform instead of bins. I would not recommend leaving valuables in that area.
  25. This deserves its own topic, so I split it off from the 2017 Kings Island discussion thread. Instrumental music on International Street helps create a bold front gate statement at KI. Expectations are set high from the moment guests enter the park - as they should be.