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jdawg1998 last won the day on April 4 2013

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  1. How was your ride on Mystic Timbers?

    Besides the shed, I am honestly disappointed with the "story" as well. I could honestly tell you nothing about what the story is. First of all, why in the world do they have to put a FunTV in the queue? If KI wants to immerse you in a theme, why would you have pop music playing amidst the specially composed score and other videos of the woods that are supposed to build up the story? It is highly distracting, not to mention, if we are actually in some lumber company's shed, why the heck is there a FunTV in it? Also, even with the videos they show of the people in the woods, I have absolutely no clue what is happening. I can't hear anything, and the line moves too quickly to even see half of what happens. Plus, there is very little theming other than that. There's two signs that say "Hearing Protection Required" and "This Many Days Since An Accident" or whatever it is...that's it. And a bunch of wood. I was looking forward to an actually themed queue. There's not much going for it. And lastly - this is coming from a ride op who has to do spieling himself and understands that KI employees all spiel - but the spieling on Mystic RUINS everything. My favorite feature is the ignition sound when the ride starts, but it's droned out by "THAT ALL CLEAR SENDS YOU GUYS OUT OF HERE, ENJOY YOUR RIDE ON MYSTIC TIMBERS!!!!" and after we've "survived" the shed all you hear is "WELCOME BACK RIDERS HOW WAS THAT RIIIIIIIIDE?!" If Kings Island ever wants to have a ride with complete immersion, they need to cut the small things that ruin it all - FunTV's, spieling, lack of storytelling, lazy theming, etc... Sorry for the rant. Continue discussion.
  2. Mystic Timbers Overall Thoughts Poll

    I absolutely love it. It was intense. For such a small coaster compared to other attractions at Kings Island, it packs quite a punch. The pacing is ridiculous -- it just keeps moving. No slowing down. Constant airtime and speed = an amazing ride. As for the shed; well...that is a pretty extreme disappointment. There was so much potential for it, but Kings Island apparently isn't capable of high-tech theming like you'd see at Universal or Disney. I didn't even know what was happening on my first ride since I was in the last row. Ride: A+ Shed: D-
  3. How is it like working at KI

    You must be 16 in order to work ride operations. Everything else you can be 15 (merchandise, food, admissions). Working in rides for two years, I can definitely say I've loved it. You develop great friendships (and I've also met my current girlfriend while working there), you learn how to dedicate yourself to work, and you are given the opportunity to make each and every guest's day the best day ever. Testing rides is my favorite. I think I rode Adventure Express 100+ times this year. I also got to test ride Sling Shot a few times. I began my KI job in merchandise when I was 16, back in 2014. I worked in Banshee photo/store. That was a ton of fun too. I just found it boring standing behind a counter for many hours a day. Rides is much more fast-paced. Good luck in your endeavors in the future. Sounds like you have some time to wait till you can get a job at KI, but I was aspiring to work there since I was 10. If you ever have any questions, ask me, as I'm a current employee and have two different departments under my belt.
  4. First off, I must say I'm surprised this is being open for a third season. Second off, why in the world is this on Yahoo! Sports?
  5. Official: WinterFest 2017

    I guess I misunderstood; I was thinking that Winterfest was coming this season. Now I'm not even excited. Not sure how I feel about waiting an entire calendar year and then some for this...it was just announced so early! Regardless, this will be a great event. I just wish it was happening this December.
  6. Mystic Timbers Construction Progress

    Am I the only one who has noticed "construction" spelled as "constuction" in the thread title?
  7. Universal Trip 2016

    Hey guys! While waiting for the 45 minute line on Forbidden Journey, I thought I'd start writing a quick trip report for my amazing visit to Universal Orlando Resort. I got to Islands of Adventure yesterday, all alone, and rode my favorite ride of all time, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. It's crazy that though it opened when the park opened, it is still a perfect attraction. Since yesterday, I rode it three more times and definitely will ride it again - these Express passes sure come in handy! I then rode my second favorite, Forbidden Journey. It's been made tamer since I last rode three years ago, but it's still an impeccable experience. Universal has still put me in awe over the details in their theming with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. No other park comes close to touching it. I decided to then ride the Hogwarts Express over to London. Even a simple train ride here is complete perfection. But Diagon Alley - wow, wow, wow. And Escape from Gringotts - wow, wow, wow. You can't find rides like this anywhere else. Not with this level of intricate theming. Other rides I've been on are Jurassic Park River Adventure - a classic, though the animatronics could use some updating. Doctor Doom's Fearfall is even pretty fun. But what really made the day was when me, CoasterGeek101 (Alex, if you know him) and MrBestDayEver (Will, if you know him) discovered while eating at Three Broomsticks that The Incredible Hulk was in technical rehearsals for the first time since it closed down to be rebuilt. And all I can say is, it was incredible. Best roller coaster experience I've had. We ended up riding it two more times on the trip, at least so far. And then Kong: Kong has gotten criticism it doesn't deserve. Sure it may have screens, but they are utilized so well. And the queue is the best queue of any theme park attraction in the world. It's scary, creepy, and gives me goosebumps, to be honest. The ride does not live up to the queue, but it's still in my top 5 at Universal. I'll probably give a better description later as I'm approaching the start of Forbidden Journey. Talk to you all later. #UOBestDay
  8. New For 2017: Mystic Timbers!

    Alright, so: Last night when I watched the reveal I was extremely disappointed. I expected at least something bigger and faster. I even went on a rant with my friend about it. All day today at work I complained about "Mystic Timbers". But, all of a sudden, I realized this is a perfect addition to KI. It is something that seems unique and has charm that no other newer coaster at KI has. I trust they will theme it well. The coaster itself looks fun - nothing too intense, but it looks like a great one to marathon. Needless to say, I went from angry to extremely excited about the ride within a few hours. "Mystic Timbers" is still a horrible name though.
  9. Kings Island 2016 Discussion Thread

    ^How was your ride on the amazing Adventure Express today?!
  10. Current wait times

    I'm actually surprised they didn't decide to close the park at 10 tonight. Also, does anyone feel bad at all for KI? I kind of do. This weekend should've been huge, as usual, but thanks to the weather, it flopped. And especially now with these amazing fireworks going off - there's not many people seeing them.
  11. Theming rundown

    I know this has been talked about a lot but it's been bugging me. Why is Kings Island so stubborn about the music played in the parks? We all know Don and other important KI people look over this site and our recommendations. How come they won't just attempt to have music that relates to the area's theme? Is it out of laziness, not caring, or some other reason?
  12. Guests Say The Darnest Things

    Someone asked me yesterday if Adventure Express "stayed as low as this platform (station) the whole ride". Essentially wanting to know if the ROLLER COASTER she was about to ride had no hills whatsoever on it...
  13. Boy, we really need some more teasers/hints. Things are getting boring around here. C'mon PR team, I know you can come up with something to "stir the pot"!
  14. Kentucky Kingdom

    Today, I went to Kentucky Kingdom with some friends. We rode Storm Chaser twice, the Angry Birds ride, then spontaneously left for Holiday World (completely unplanned) and spent the rest of the day there. After I spent $30 on KK. It's nothing against KK. I just despised the layout, it was hot and tiring to walk around, Storm Chaser underwhelmed me, and honestly I didn't want to wait in the long line Lightning Run had (running one train). I'm sure it's a great park but meh, I wasn't feeling it today. Holiday World was fun as always though! Now, we are going to KI to cap off the day. We are crazy.
  15. Ride spieling thoughts?

    I have noticed this year the automated spiel at the end of FoF still plays, but for some reason, there's a ride operator with a mic yelling out "welcome back guys, how was that ride?" It 100% ruins the experience. Can't believe that's even a thing. I think overall, Holiday World has the best automated spiels.