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  1. Just a heads up that tonight at midnight EDT is the (extended) deadline for the Six Flags flash sale.
  2. Six Flags did Holiday in the Park before Cedar Fair did WinterFest. Breaking down the somewhat confusing choices for those doing 2019 passes/memberships during the annual Flash Sale, which runs through Monday (always extended through Tuesday): Gold pass (less than a daily ticket): parking & admission to all dry parks Gold Plus membership (+ ~$20 per 12 months + $20 refundable security deposit): Adds standalone waterpark admission and a priority gate to skip the often-long lines to get into the park. Platinum membership (+$24 per 12 months): Adds unlimited soft drinks at fountain locations. Note that Six Flags doesn't (yet) have refill stations at their parks. Diamond membership (+$36 per 12 months): Adds preferred parking and one skip-the-line voucher each visit Diamond plus membership (+$72 per 12 months): Adds a second skip-the-line voucher each visit, Fright Fest maze access, a dolphin encounter at SFDK, and significant in-park discounts Be careful if choosing a membership, as Six Flags may involve a collections agency if charging your credit card fails for two months and if you don't respond to e-mails about the problem. You are agreeing to a 12-month minimum term, and cancellation thereafter requires a notice of between 43 and 77 days. Season passes are a lot simpler, but they have to be renewed in-person at the park each fall to get free gold benefits.
  3. The park hours are listed on the website as 5pm-1am on December 31, which seems to indicate that we won't see an upcharge for the event itself. I take the split hours to mean that WinterFest activities end at 10pm, to be followed immediately by New Years Eve festivities.
  4. If you buy a new platinum pass at another park, you get the new pass perks offered at that par, but it isn't valid at other Cedar Fair parks until 2019. Your 2018 Kings Island pass would still be valid, but you would not get renewal perks (the free bring-a-friend ticket and free Fast Lane Plus). The one exception is if you buy FunPix for 2019, you get the rest of 2018 for free. If you added it to a new Cedar Point platinum pass, you probably couldn't use it at parks other than Cedar Point until 2019.
  5. Hope you enjoy your trip to this park this weekend, and welcome to KIC! We actually have a pinned thread about this topic, which I would recommend posting in. You can get to that here: https://kicentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/33749-plus-size-riders-what-can-i-ride/
  6. malem


    If he means why summer daily operation runs longer, that's a combination of being less reliant on local students for staffing and being relatively close to Michigan (where kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day).
  7. I'm assuming this location will replace Battle Creek Barbecue, which is near the area pictured in the artwork for Boathouse Grill. The food at Battle Creek Barbecue is really good, especially the brisket, though the building itself is dated. The new facility should be a big improvement, but I'm always a little sad to see a unique park building replaced by a more generic one. Here's a picture from CPFoodBlog for reference: Photo: CPFoodBlog: http://cpfoodblog.com/park-food-guides/worlds-of-fun-dining-guide/worlds-of-fun-battle-creek-barbeque/
  8. Per the park's website, bring-a-friend tickets are $17 at the gate or $16 online through August 26. Online orders are charged a processing fee, so it may be cheaper to buy your tickets at the gate. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/events/gold-platinum-pass-bring-friends-day There is typically a bring-a-friend special over Labor Day weekend as well, though prices may vary.
  9. We're at Kings Island streaming today's announcement live.
  10. You should be able to renew your platinum pass through any Cedar Fair park. The park you renew with will be the one you have renewal parks at.
  11. Unlimited 2018 visits at Kings Island: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/tickets-passes/season-passes 2019 add-ons (drinks, dining, FunPix, Fast Lane Plus) are only valid in 2019.
  12. Welcome to KIC! Most of us here like roller coasters a lot, but other types of rides round out the park experience. As a kid, before I got into coasters, my favorite rides were Phantom Theater, Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal, the antique cars, and the (original) Flying Eagles. I'd be thrilled to see any of them return.
  13. ^ The prospect of seriously injuring another guest should be more frightening than any criminal penalties that may result from doing so. The offending patron at Kings Dominion fled the scene, and he was technically following the rules in effect at the time by having his phone in a pocket.
  14. For reference, here's the post from CW via Twitter with their 2019 benefits. I would expect increased benefits for new passholders at Kings Island as well, considering that KI was singled out in Cedar Fair's second quarter earnings report for having a decrease in pass sales coming off last year's record season. We'll find out tomorrow when passes go on sale. (Source: https://twitter.com/WonderlandNews/status/1029508218505121794)
  15. Parks generally don't take any responsibility for lost or damaged articles, so that probably won't be an issue. Guests don't have to take their stuff with them to ride. I am curious how the phone pouch tests at Kings Dominion have affected load times on TT.
  16. It's disheartening that this is coming from high-profile individuals. Hopefully they come to their senses and remove the posts. When discussing illegal on-ride pictures, linking to the source is better than posting screenshots. We don't want anyone assuming such things originated on KIC.
  17. I'm personally not a fan of memberships and payment plans at parks, as you are opening a line of credit that can impact your credit history if you're not careful. This is especially true with Six Flags, which levies late fees for past due balances and aggressively collects any debt due on an agreement. That said, as long as you're careful to manage your account and understand what you're getting into, monthly billing can be very convenient. Be sure to read that agreement; depending on your renewal date, you must give notice 45-75 days before you want your Six Flags membership to end, even after month 12.
  18. It's a Tony Clark post. You can't necessarily tell the difference between a red herring, a hint, and an inconsequential detail. He's good at his job. The Witches' Wheel site is between the Magnum entrance and exit/Fast Lane entrance; I wouldn't read much more into it than that. It is a really fun ride, so hopefully we see a newer generation HUSS Enterprise or a clone (eg. Scream Extream at KK) debut somewhere in the park. Who's planning to be there on Labor Day for final rides? @acole5292?
  19. That is very good advice. We got 11:40am tickets around 11:10am on a Sunday, but we were very lucky. The people behind us in line had to wait until after 4:00pm. Time Traveler is indeed awesome. Ride it several times, as every ride is different. The spinning itself isn't too crazy; I wouldn't worry too much about getting dizzy, if you're sensitive to spinny rides. Thunderation and Outlaw Run are fantastic rides as well. I would recommend avoiding Thursdays for that park, as those are busier than Mon-Wed or Fri. If you visit between now and this upcoming weekend, the park is open until 10:00pm instead of the usual 7:00pm closing time. (Night rides!)
  20. I combined your two threads and changed the name. It should be good now. I have been to Six Flags St. Louis a couple times, though I have yet to make it to Over Texas. As for St. Louis, The Boss is running very well after the work on it prior to this season. Six Flags doesn't have a great reputation for maintaining wood coasters, so I was more than pleased. You may find that you don't need a full day there, in which case you might want to explore something else in the area. I very highly recommend visiting City Museum if you have time.
  21. Sadly, we forgot to detour to Campaign, IL on the way here to take him to see #Jonathan at the Kraft Heinz plant.
  22. Kings Island typically schedules discount bring-a-friend days at the end of summer, but they've expanded quite a bit this year. The offer is valid every operating day from July 29-August 26. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/events/gold-platinum-pass-bring-friends-day
  23. ^ That's an interesting point; I never considered the drinking straw factor. I couldn't find any real research on the subject in 2 minutes, but this science fair project found that drinking with a straw was more sanitary with respect to backwash. Let's hope most guests are washing their all-season cups with soap and hot water before each visit.
  24. Refilling used drinkware is the entire premise of souvenir drink bottles. It's gross, for sure - another reason why disposable cups are a great idea. Anyone with a compromised immune system should stay far away from soda fountains, especially ones that aren't behind a counter.
  25. A Tornado Watch is typically issued for a large area, advising that conditions are favorable for tornado development. It doesn't indicate eminent danger, but it's an indication to watch the weather and be prepared to take shelter if storms develop. Both Kings Island and Cedar Point have severe weather plans in place and are part of the National Weather Service's StormReady program.
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