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Everything posted by malem

  1. Saudi Arabia itself is almost certainly footing the capex bill, so funding shouldn't be an issue. Six Flags seems to be on board for IP and operations, similar to the China parks that are under development.
  2. You can upgrade paid tickets (including Kroger tickets) at the gate by paying the difference. If you plan on going again by the end of next year, it might make sense to upgrade all the way to a 2020 Gold pass. Complimentary tickets, which are sometimes used for promotions, have different rules and don't have any value toward a season pass.
  3. The South Padre Island park, which wasn't purchased by Cedar Fair, has announced its new name: Beach Park at Isla Blanca.
  4. The scare zones have become more intricately themed over the past few seasons. Since the areas are open to walk through, they handle a lot more guests than a maze can.
  5. A user on Twitter posted an image of the modified seat back. I know you're joking, but for the record, parks don't allow employees to comment on incidents, especially those that could be legal matters. That would be a job for the professional ride inspectors.
  6. Kings Island has still been adding Haunt attractions each season, but the focus has shifted more torward scare zones.
  7. Racing to Steel Vengeance, a lot of runners give out near the train tracks.
  8. On Banshee, flip flops are the only item allowed to be left in the station. I've seen them make people put their (closed) shoes back on to keep those from cluttering the station floor.
  9. Engineering the ride to "add 13 feet" just to keep enthusiasts from arguing about the definition of a giga would be pretty silly.
  10. Steel costs about twice as much now as when Fury was being constructed. Looking at it that way, it's great we're getting ours before such large coasters become uneconomical for seasonal parks. https://tradingeconomics.com/commodity/steel Using the terrain to the ride's advantage is a win in my book. He's entitled to his personal opinion, as wrong as it may be. That said, the author's fixation on contradicting the park on their own classification is deeply embarrassing, and this group's "editorial" staff should have helped him realize that. Publishing drivel like this reflects badly on all enthusiasts, which is why a lot of us are upset about it.
  11. A man suffered a collapsed lung after riding a Spanish roller coaster, apparently Red Force at PortAdventura Ferrari Land. This was presumably a preexisting condition aggravated by the ride, but the alleged response from the park's first aid is concerning. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brit-20-suffers-collapsed-lung-18956887
  12. Cedar Fair's season pass legal terms were updated for the purchased Schlitterbahn properties. https://www.cedarpoint.com/legal/season-pass-terms According to the latest Cedar Fair earnings call, the Schlitterbahn parks are expected to be fully integrated for the 2021 season, so it makes sense that those systems won't be ready next year. https://www.fool.com/earnings/call-transcripts/2019/08/08/cedar-fair-lp-fun-q2-2019-earnings-call-transcript.aspx
  13. The announcement poster on the fence features this picture of The Racer.
  14. malem

    Decoding 2020

    Kings Island has officially announced Orion.
  15. A crowd is already forming for tonight's announcement.
  16. malem

    Decoding 2020

    See the meetup thread. A bunch of us are meeting at Brewhouse in 15 minutes, at 5:30.
  17. T-Shirts will be on sale after the announcement near Zephyr.
  18. I just had the Chicken Shack smoked wings 10 minutes ago. They were definitely smoked. Not sure what was wrong with your wings yesterday.
  19. ^ I've had the smoked wings at Chicken Shack several times this season and have enjoyed them. What didn't you like about them? I typically get them without sauce, since they're already seasoned. Covering them in hot sauce makes them taste like normal buffalo wings.
  20. malem

    Decoding 2020

    Starlight tickets are $39 at the gate this season. If you're coming with a passholder, you could alternatively buy a bring-a-friend ticket. Assuming you plan to visit next year, your best option is probably to just purchase a 2020 season pass. You could do that on your phone and redeem immediately.
  21. malem

    Decoding 2020

    Here are the letters on the combination lock: A A A A * B E C C A C H D E D D I E I E E L I L H J N L N K L O N O L M R R S N S T S T S T U T Y Y And here is a list of all possible English words that match: https://dpaste.de/T8A3
  22. malem

    Decoding 2020

    I'm in the process of splitting out the recent off-topic discussion into a separate meta topic. Follow that thread to discuss the decoding or construction threads, or KIC in general. As a reminder, the TOS still applies in off-topic threads, so keeping it civil is much appreciated.
  23. malem

    Decoding 2020

    There are a lot more people who read KIC than who actively post on any given day. For people trying to catch up on a day of decoding, reading pages of people arguing is not fun. No one wants to kill the fun, but let's try to stay on-topic as much as possible in this thread. Other threads exist to discuss other topics, including the random discussion thread for posts that don't fit into any topic. The arguing and disrespect has really gotten out of hand here. Everyone's help in keeping the conversation civil is appreciated.
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