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Everything posted by malem

  1. I merged the duplicate threads together.
  2. ^^ Ha. One of the nice things about that area is that the parks are close enough together that you don't have long drives between destinations. If you stay in the Richmond area, where hotels are reasonably priced, it's a very doable drive to both Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion. Both of these are fantastic parks to visit; BGW is one of my favorite parks of all time. You might consider also visiting Six Flags America, especially if you have a Six Flags pass/membership. This is considered one of the lower tier Six Flags parks, so don't expect it to be like one of their premier parks like Six Flags Great America or Six Flags Great Adventure. Nevertheless, it can be a good way to spend a half day or so, especially if racking up coaster credits is one of the goals of your trip. Or Carowinds is 5 hours away, if you really want to make it a crazy drive. Another area to consider if you want to do a lot of parks in a short period of time is eastern Pennsylvania. Hersheypark, Knoebels, Dorney Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, and more are within relatively close proximity. Here's a handy Google Map I often use when planning trips: https://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/themeparks/map/
  3. CoasterMania was north of 1,000 last year, and it sold out. It was a crowded event, but those who stuck around until ERT ended at 1:30am were able to enjoy 15 minute wait times on SV or walk-on Maverick. Coasterstock is definitely the better of the two events.
  4. As of 9:50pm, it appears that tickets are sold out.
  5. The event is almost sold out. For anyone who wants to come who hasn't bought their ticket, now would be the time to do so.
  6. Either the 8-character alphanumeric code or the really long barcode number (which is displayed in the app) will work to authenticate your pass(es) to buy tickets.
  7. My ticket has been purchased. If you're planning to attend, buy tickets soon so as to not risk missing out.
  8. The $118 is a renewal price for Gold; regular passes are the same price new or renewed. Buying a single, new gold pass will be a few dollars more than a regular pass. The regular pass doesn't make sense for the vast majority of people when gold is available; it's primarily there to highlight how good of a value the gold pass is.
  9. The park prefers that its fans not fly over the park to get unofficial, off-season pictures or videos. Most fans with the means to fly over the park respect this request. Of course, any kind of drone footage of the park is prohibited by KIC's TOS. Prior to the popularity of drones, KI didn't take a stand on aerial photography. Photos and videos from this era will continue to live in KIC's photo galleries.
  10. ^ If you join ACE, you would get the required membership number and a printable, temporary membership card within a day or so.
  11. Sunset is at 8:09pm on April 9, so there should be time for night rides before the event ends.
  12. Late check-in has always been possible, with ticket/lanyard pick-up moving to Guest Services after the main check-in window closes. With Pre-Check, the materials are shipped to you in advance, so you're good to enter right away. One caveat is that if you're not in the park when it closes for the night, you might not be able to get in for night ERT. Disappointing, but understandable with the long lines it will be likely to draw as a new ride. After the public line clears, there likely wouldn't be enough time for an ERT session. Especially if noise is an issue. Hopefully everyone can make it to the charity auction, which will feature Orion night ERT.
  13. Mystic Timbers was done similarly to Banshee. Media invitees had a separate lanyard color to receive priority boarding in the Fast Lane line. This way, they can invite more enthusiasts without media having to wait behind a large crowd of them. I'd expect a similar arrangement with Orion. Of course, Media Days are not ERT. ACE members are there to fill seats when needed, create a fun environment, and speak enthusiastically with the media.
  14. It's great to see a Cedar Fair park bringing in a restaurant focused on healthier options. Hopefully it's the start of a trend. Which KI food location do you think could use a concept like this? Food at KI is already in a pretty good spot after three consecutive years of new restaurants.
  15. Seeking Alpha has analysis: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4316695-six-flags-recent-announcement-signals-multiple-problems
  16. Much of the stock price adjustment seems triggered by the default of Six Flags' partner in China, leaving those projects in doubt. The drop in domestic pass & membership revenue is surprising. The gold level monthly membership is cheap enough ($6-$9/month depending on park) that many just don't bother to cancel, regardless of how often they visit. Evidently the Planet Fitness model has its limits. Unlike Cedar Fair, they don't have much additional room to discount to drive sales. As a park guest, I'd love to see Six Flags take a more Cedar Fair-esque approach of investing in the guest experience while gradually increasing the pass/membership cost. While every SIX park gets a new attraction every year (unless you're SFMM in 2020), investments in areas like food and general park improvements have been lagging behind FUN for several seasons.
  17. ^ Leviathan was filled with sand after-the-fact. Here's a video explaining that process:
  18. The forecast is calling for widespread rain with temperatures near freezing. Doesn't make sense to open on a weeknight with those conditions.
  19. Diamondback closed early for a weeknight passholder ride night in 2018 due to noise complaints. They have more leeway on weekend nights when the park is typically open late.
  20. Maybe KI could pay to upgrade the insulation of that nearby house built before 1972. Those building houses later should have taken the amusement park into consideration. In a B-4 Commercial Recreation zoning district (as Mason designates Kings Island), the current Mason noise ordinance specifies a maximum "continuous" sound level from a fixed source of 65 dBA from 10pm-7am as measured from the property line (which extends to the river). This would be about as loud as a normal conversation. It's not clear how this would apply to a coaster train dispatching every 2 minutes, or how WKRC measured the sound levels.
  21. $6 shipping doesn't seem too unreasonable. USPS postage would be about $4, and labor costs can be significant when selling a limited quantity of items.
  22. YouTube typically issues Copyright Strikes when a channel receives a complaint. If this channel was terminated for copyright reasons, there were probably multiple complaints. YouTube creators need to be careful not to use others' footage without permission.
  23. I bought a ticket for the 9: 30 start time; looking forward to it! There were no available tickets 15 minutes after they went on sale. A handful of tickets gradually became available as abandoned shopping carts timed out, and it officially sold out after a little over an hour. Those who want to attend this event have to be quick!
  24. Winter Chill Out tickets go on sale today at noon. I'm planning to get a ticket for the 9:00am start time (or a nearby time, if that isn't an option). https://www.cedarpoint.com/play/events/winter-chill-out
  25. If you have any printed ride photos, the cardboard holder might work well to wrap your passes in. Or you could design your own card holder using a photo of your family at the park. Another option if you're feeling creative might be to transfer park-themed artwork to a plain cardboard gift box. I've done something similar with tape and an inkjet printer. If you want to just buy something, a Peanuts character holding the passes might be fun. Good luck, and enjoy your visits with the new passes!
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