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Everything posted by malem

  1. ^ Indeed, I wasn't okay with material changes to the rules after purchase. Luckily, that didn't end up actually happening. Customers rightfully got upset when they thought that they might get fewer meals than they paid for. I do agree with you that the website descriptions could more conspicuously qualify "unlimited" with the refill interval, but I don't see it as being a big deal. Really, I'd like the word "unlimited" to disappear from marketing speak. It's almost never accurate, and someone usually abuses it and ruins it for everyone the rest of the time. See MoviePass or Endless Crab.
  2. ^ Her inhaler isn't a phone, so it shouldn't be an issue at least for now. See also jtro223's comment above; Guest Services will evidently issue a tag for medically necessary phones to be allowed to the station. If the loose article policy is expanded beyond phones, I assume the procedure will be similar. Yeah, the policy stinks for guests responsible enough to secure all loose articles in zipper pockets before getting to the station. On the bright side, the length of time people are willing to go without phones might limit the length of the line.
  3. Meal plan intervals have always been clearly specified at purchase and have not changed after purchase. There was an uproar a few years back when a different set of rules was posted on the park website. The revised terms never went into effect for new or existing dining plans.
  4. I'm always one to advocate reading the fine print before making a purchase. I certainly do. My personal pet peeve is with menu board signs that read "drink free all season". I'm drinking all season for $29.99, not for free.
  5. I haven't made it to Kings Island as often as I'd like this season. For me, it's a combination doing more travel to out-of-town destinations and of having a longer season to visit Kings Island (for Winterfest). Less of my limited summer vacation time is being spent in Ohio. As "staycations" trend down and wages increase in a bullish economy, regional parks will have to find more ways to compete for leisure dollars and control staffing costs. Days with a stormy forecast that turn out better than expected (like yesterday) are usually great days to visit the park, although many food/drink/merchandise locations close when attendance is too low. Sometimes, you get days like last Friday that are true rain-outs. There was a combination of very low attendance and severe storms late in the day that put reopening rides in doubt.
  6. If the soda mix on one of the fountains is wrong, they need to know so that it can be fixed. Being notified of the problem, they should let you grab a replacement without redeeming another drink.
  7. Unlimited mobile data plans are throttled after a set threshold. Unlimited food at a buffet is limited to what a customer can consume in one visit. Unlimited rides are limited by capacity and attendance. "Unlimited" is a marketing gimmick that seldom means without any restrictions. If there's a problem with a food or drink, even if it was "free" with a dining or drink plan, ideally this is brought up to management so that it can be fixed.
  8. Regardless of how strictly it's enforced, a guest sneaking on a phone that accidentally injures another rider would be in a world of trouble with the park and with the law.
  9. Cedar Point has a roaming ride locker rental this season for ~$10, which is sure to become a lot more popular now. The locker bank at Magnum was sold out by the evening of my last visit, when the park was only moderately busy. I suspect that there will be a line to rent a ride locker at SV on many days. In an ideal world, this policy would come with a single rider line.
  10. The policy will annoy lots of enthusiasts who know how to use zipper pockets, myself included. Beats taking someone else's phone at 70mph, though! I suspect that this will deter some people from riding, faced with the prospect of going screen-free for 90+ minutes.
  11. It is a gutsy move on Kennywood's part, but I will admit the theme is getting the ride wider press coverage than it would otherwise enjoy. Which might be a good thing for the park. KI has a larger market than Kennywood has, so I wouldn't count on a similar move here. A Bengals coaster wouldn't be easy to market in Indy. Top Thrill Cubster was really well done for Opening Weekend. On a similar note, CP is certainly glad now that LeBron turned down their offer in 2014.
  12. I can't say that I expected Kennywood to make another go at a 200'+ inverting coaster, but the ride looks really fun! S&S/Arrow hasn't built something of this scale in North America for a good while, so I'm really looking forward to riding it. Looking at the photos on the Kennywood site, the seats look similar to those on S&S's more recent sit-down coasters in China. https://rcdb.com/10077.htm#p=53110 https://rcdb.com/9442.htm#p=35931 As for the theme... Steelers Country really threw me for a loop. This is a big enough investment to draw people from deep into Browns and Eagles territory, so I don't get why they'd limit their reach.
  13. The Banshee gift shop was closed and cleared out at the start of July. I believe the arcade machines moved in this week. The station/exit building is a cool space, so it's a bit sad to see the former gift shop area going to waste. I will say that in all my times riding Banshee, I can't recall seeing anyone buy something there.
  14. The extreme heat may have been to blame for some of the issues yesterday. All the rides (except BLSC, which was down for several hours) were operating most of the day. One lucky train of riders disembarked from the brake run of Mystic Timbers, walking back to the station via the shed.
  15. If you're not upgrading and are looking for ticket discounts, they are available at select Meijer, Discount Drug Mart, Costco and AAA stores. Prices and availability vary by location, so you might want to call around. If you are planning to buy fountain drinks during your visit, ticket options that include an unlimited drink wristband are usually a better value than standard tickets. As a gold passholder, I would also tend to recommend upgrading your pass to platinum (instead of buying tickets) for the flexibility and extra benefits (eg. early entry into the park).
  16. Banshee is taller, and it screams, so it might seem more intimidating to a first-time rider. Vortex is an older ride, having just celebrated its 30th birthday last season. It's not as smooth as Banshee, and the inversions are more forceful, which might seem scarier to some people. Personally, I love riding both. By the way, please don't create multiple, similar threads or make double posts, as this clutters up the forum. If you haven't already, I'd recommend reviewing the terms of service. https://kicentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4128-terms-of-service/
  17. I'm sorry about your experience at Steel Vengeance. RMC restraints aren't the most accommodating, being designed to closely hold the rider's lap and lower legs. It's not necessarily about having too much weight; it's all about your specific body proportions. When I was last there, a ride op was advising every rider to try the test seat before entering the line, unless they had already ridden Steel Vengeance. I can't say for sure if you'll have problems with anything at KI, but I wouldn't be too worried - especially if you fit into Millennium Force. Drop Tower could be a problem; the restraint is especially tight for tall people. I recommend checking out other threads on the topic of fitting into rides: https://kicentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/33000-can-i-ride-the-kings-island-roller-coasters/ Welcome to KIC, by the way! Let us know how your visit goes. To correct your typo, 52 inches is the minimum height restriction on those rides. Some rides do have maximum height restrictions, though you don't need to worry about these at 6'2". At Kings Island, the shortest maximum height restriction is 6'4" for Delirium.
  18. I use the Samsung Health app to record my steps in a park. At KI, I usually average about 30k steps (20 mi) per visit, more or less depending on how long I'm there and who I'm hanging out with. My all time steps record remains at 56519 steps (38.9 miles) at CoasterMania 2016, not including post-midnight steps at that event. I'd like to break it at some point, but it won't be easy.
  19. Reports from the park indicated it was a zen ride kind of night, after all of today's rain. Almost certainly, there weren't enough people getting in line to fill the trains.
  20. Shockwave was also listed for sale when its removal was announced. There was no buyer, so it was (unfortunately) demolished and scrapped. Looking at the photos, it doesn't appear that this slide is being saved.
  21. Really, the main reason Regular is on sale now is to show how great of a value Gold is in comparison. The only advantage of Regular is that it's a few dollars cheaper. Regular might make sense for a guest who needs 3+ days of summer admission, but who doesn't need parking, early rides, passholder events, etc. For the majority of guests, Gold is a much better choice than Regular. After July 4, the only pass options will be Regular and Platinum.
  22. Father's Day typically isn't very crowded, even with the bring-a-friend offer. Last Sunday was no exception. The Sunday following Father's Day has been added as a bring-a-friend day for at least the past few years. I would expect that to be the least crowded day of this upcoming weekend, with SpiritSong going on Thu-Sat.
  23. If I'm doing Soak City solo, I use my car as a locker. I only buy swim trunks which can securely hold a car key. When splitting the cost, the all-day locker prices aren't bad.
  24. Welcome to KIC! If you're watching a really old POV, you might need to consider the original framerate. When videos are converted from one format to another, they are sometimes slightly sped up or slowed down to adjust for the output type. An example is when a film is converted into a NTSC/ATSC format for TV. Mistakes when digitizing the video or converting for YouTube can result in more significant errors. If a video recorded at 29.97fps is being played at 24fps, for example, it would seem 20% slower.
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