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Everything posted by malem

  1. 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
  2. ^ Leviathan was filled with sand after-the-fact. Here's a video explaining that process:
  3. The forecast is calling for widespread rain with temperatures near freezing. Doesn't make sense to open on a weeknight with those conditions.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 meas
  6. $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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. I'd suggest recruiting a non-rider volunteer to take everyone's coats when it's time to board.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 sig
  15. 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.
  16. ^^ 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.
  17. 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, bu
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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 K
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