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Everything posted by malem

  1. If you make your own pizza at home with fresh pizza dough, LaRosa's jarred pizza sauce (available at Cincy-area grocery stores) and provolone (not mozzarella) cheese, you'll be very close. The major difference between LaRosa's pizza at the park and at restaurants is the crust. The park uses frozen dough and massive-capacity ovens to produce huge quantities of pizza, whereas the restaurants use fresh dough and different ovens. I personally prefer the pizza from the restaurants.
  2. I'd suggest recruiting a non-rider volunteer to take everyone's coats when it's time to board.
  3. I doubt I'll be at the park when FYE does their polar meetup, but I'll probably wear shorts and a t-shirt to Winterfest at least once this season. A roller coaster ride is short enough that exposure to windchill isn't dangerous at temperatures the rides operate in. What gets you is walking through the park and waiting in line.
  4. They can (and do) revoke season passes, letting the user know they're no longer welcome on the park's private property. FAA rules and local laws notwithstanding. I didn't say that flying drones around the park is a violation of FAA rules in and of itself. Many property owners consider it trespass to launch or control a drone from their property without permission. Local laws can also affect using some types of public property, such as road right-of-ways, for that purpose. FAA rules do apply, mainly with respect to registration, staying below 400', staying within a line of sight, and not operating in a careless manner. Some people who have flown drones near or over the park have not fully complied.
  5. Just to clarify with respect to drones: Kings Island park rules are more restrictive than the law. These rules prohibit flying drones over the property. Those violating this rule are routinely issued bans from entering Kings Island. Many people found flying drones at or near the park are also in violation of FAA rules or local laws. Kings Island will notify relevant authorities if laws are being violated at or near the park. Drone footage of the park, no matter where it's taken from, is not allowed on KIC. Please don't link it here either.
  6. ^^ I'm of the opinion that flume rides shouldn't get you drenched. A scenic ride along the course, a thrilling drop, and an appropriate splash made KCKC the park favorite it was. If I wanted to get buckets of water dumped on me, WWC was (and is) the destination. For an example of a really horrible water ride experience, with apologies to @Shawn Meyer, look at what Cedar Point did in 2010.
  7. There's a fine line between them, but it comes down to tone, respect and accuracy. Constructive criticism should be supported in facts and honest opinions, avoiding a negative attitude when possible. Jumping to exaggerated conclusions should also be avoided, as that doesn't advance a civil discussion. It's not PR's job to entertain every discussion about the webcam on social media, especially ones that have already been answered. There are many other priorities, especially with Winterfest fast approaching. It's disappointing that we're not seeing the rest of the lift go up in realtime, but there's a whole lot of coaster left to build.
  8. Criticism of the park is definitely allowed, but everyone needs to be respectful about it. Posts contributing to arguing and park bashing will be removed. These types of comments create a negative tone that everyone is tired of.
  9. This thread has been cleaned up. Just another reminder to keep the conversation respectful. Those who can't comply will be given time off from KIC.
  10. As of today, Schlitterbahn has dropped the price of 2020 season passes for the holidays to $89.99. The price for New Braunfels was originally $144.99 ($104.99 child/senior) when passes went on sale in August, dropping to $129.99 ($89.99 child/senior) last month.
  11. The value of the assets and land, minus the reputational cost of being associated with that property, apparently isn't worth $6M. That price never suggested a business that would be a going concern. Surprisingly, the local auditor still appraises the property at over $25M as of this year.
  12. According to Kings Island via Twitter, Vortex's final rider count is 46,030,685. That works out to an average of 862,117 riders per season over the past four seasons.
  13. It's good to see the guestrooms being refreshed. They were still pretty nice, but they were definitely due for a remodel considering the price they sell for. Bedbugs affect all types of hotels, from Motel 6 to Four Seasons. Part of the risk of having different guests bring their stuff into the rooms every night. The first thing I do when entering any hotel room is to check the mattresses and behind furniture for signs of bedbugs. GWL follows industry best practices for detecting and eliminating infestations.
  14. There will be a holiday pass offer at KI, of course, but it won't be the same price as the fall pass offer. If you want the absolute lowest price, now is the time to buy.
  15. I got 28 rides this weekend, including 5 today and 13 in a row last night. Going up the lift in what I knew would be my last ride in seat 7-1 was surreal. The park was packed today, but Vortex's send-off deserved a large crowd. It was great seeing so many familiar faces, old and new, turning out for a last ride. Vortex's original 1987 crew gathered at the park for the last day, and the final public train was reserved for them. I was much sadder at the end than I thought I would be. Vortex was a very special ride and a quintessential part of what made the Kings Island of my memories Kings Island. The future is bright, but today is truly the end of an era.
  16. Cedar Point just announced on Twitter that the park is nearing capacity and that the causeway and chaussee are both closed to incoming traffic. Incoming guests are invited to return tomorrow or next weekend.
  17. Indeed, Diamondback and Banshee wouldn't be able to run most days of Winterfest due to temperature. Kings Island will be busy getting all their coasters ready to open on Opening Day 2020, something not all park chains will achieve.
  18. This M&A talk might shed some light on the timing of the CP pass fire sale. My hope is that cheap passes this fall proved that the Six Flags model of giving away the gate to fill the park doesn't necessarily work as well on the Cedar Fair side of things. Especially with CP, families accustomed to paying $300/night to stay at Breakers are likely to demand much more from their vacation than guests used to paying $59.99 for an entire season at their local Six Flags park, with all the other SIX parks included free. Kings Island, Cedar Point, Carowinds, Knott's Berry Farm, Canada's Wonderland and Schlitterbahn really deserve to remain premium destinations regardless of who owns them.
  19. The connection issues I've seen are issues with the cloud provider they contract with for management and the captive portal. I haven't had any problems connecting since early this season. Since most of the equipment was installed c. 2017, it is unlikely that 802.11ax is currently supported. Someone with a capable device (Pixel 4, Galaxy S10 or iPhone 11) would be able to tell for sure if a given access point supported it. Maybe @acole5292 can tell us on (Vortex) Closing Day.
  20. It's long been speculated that one of the bigger factors preventing a Six Flags merger is Cedar Fair's tax advantage as a limited partnership. A merged entity would almost certainly be a taxable corporation rather than a pass-through partnership. I really hope this doesn't go through. I'd hate to see a combined chain with as much debt as this deal would create, and I'd hate to see the Six Flags management style applied to any of the Cedar Fair parks.
  21. HalloWeekends Sundays haven't been bad so far this season. Fridays have been pretty busy, and Saturdays have been nuts (with the parking lot filling to capacity on good-weather days). Gold Passes are new at Cedar Point for 2020, and the introductory price of $99 is drawing lots of people to the park.
  22. The Racer has been running well all season, but rides this fall have been particularly impressive. Blue Racer has a slight edge, but both Red and Blue have been delivering lots of airtime these past two weekends. I highly recommend riding both sides when visiting Haunt this year.
  23. Check the terms of your ticket to see which dates it's valid. Most 2019 single day tickets are valid any operating day through October 27, 2019, including during Haunt. If you're referring to discounted starlight tickets sold at the front gate, these are not offered during the fall season. Hope you enjoy your visit to the park!
  24. I wouldn't expect another major installation in 2021 or 2022 as Kings Island continues its focus on Orion and then the 50th anniversary. Sometimes, a ride reaches the end of its service life sooner than everyone would have liked. Today is a sad day, but the future for the park is bright.
  25. I'm sure Vekoma is willing to supply parts for any of their rides, for the right price. As older installations reach the end of their service lives, it becomes a cost/benefit analysis. An interesting tidbit: if Boo Blasters remains past 2020, it will have beaten Phantom Theater to be the longest lived theme our dark ride building has seen.
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