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  1. When I went to the park, I went directly to Kraken right at opening so I was able to ride it both ways with minimal wait. Their headsets did not fit over glasses, so being very nearly legally blind, I wasn't able to enjoy the ride at all with the VR. The focusing mechanism mitigates this a little, but my eyesight is really bad and my two eyes are not equal. Their system just couldn't accommodate bad vision at all. So maybe my frustrations left me a bit biased, but I think the ride is better without VR and it certainly wasn't worth killing the capacity like it did. I'm not upset to see that feature gone.
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    Kings Island Removing an Attraction?

    Greg Scheid used almost exactly those words in reference to Firehawk during the Banshee announcement. I knew my Sheldon Cooper-esque eidetic memory would come in handy one day! It's around a minute into this video: I do believe the ride is Firehawk. That said, I don't believe that "one of our own" is meant to be a clue.
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    Kings Island Removing an Attraction?

    The fact that it needed new footers is not ominous at all. Diamondback had to close for a weekend a few years back because some footers needed replaced.
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    Kings Island Removing an Attraction?

    ^ Plus, this is purely anecdotal but Firehawk seems to have taken a sharp and fast dive in popularity over the last few years. I know, I know. Wait times do not equal popularity. However, I remember maybe 5 years ago, Firehawk would consistently fill its line and have hour-plus waits. Nowadays, it seems like half the days I'm at the park, it's sending half-empty trains. Vortex ridership has probably gone down in the last five years (we did get a new giant loopy coaster in that time, so that's to be expected) however, it doesn't seem to have been affected nearly as much as Firehawk. Also keep in mind, Firehawk may be a fairly recent addition to KI, but the ride had been around for many years before it ever made it to our park. Having just ridden Blue Hawk at Six Flags over Georgia last week, I was very impressed by that makeover. Any chance Vortex is being "removed" but actually getting a refurbishment a la Blue Hawk or Rougarou? I think the chances of that are somewhere above zero. Very inexpensive compared to a new ride, but it would undoubtedly boost ridership quite a lot for at least a short time. All that being said, Vortex is my favorite ride and Firehawk and WindSeeker are my wife's favorite rides. One of us is going to be having a bad time pretty much no matter what, it seems.
  5. ^^Also worth noting, Delirium being painted was never announced. That ended up just being a surprise when we showed up for Media Day. Whatever they have contracted Baynum Painting to do, I don't think we'll necessarily hear about it. Does Baynum do woodies? The coasters that really need painted are Vortex, Racer, and Diamondback. Of those, I'd imagine Vortex would be the one to get fresh paint, given that it needs it pretty badly and is in the same general area as the improvements we're speculating on.
  6. Tiques where the Dinos were Racer refresh (not a refurb, as I think it'll just be some track work, new paint, and maybe some station improvements) Fresh coat of paint for either Vortex or Diamondback (but probably Vortex since it seems everyone agrees the other improvements are going in Coney Mall)
  7. Well, building a track for them would require permits, which haven't been filed. But running them on a road that already exists wouldn't require any. There's a nearly half-mile long road in Coney Mall that was recently vacated and is currently only used as the queue for a Haunt (and queues can be easily moved)...
  8. So I was in camp 'Tiques, but now I'm leaning toward a refresh of Racer with the return of the backwards train. I found an article from 2008 when the backwards Racer was turned back around to face forwards. Notice the verbiage in the first paragraph. http://www.fox19.com/story/8118165/no-more-backwards-racer-at-kings-island
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    Kings Island Steakhouse

    Part of me loves that idea. But part of me is also so loyal to the Kenwood Texas Roadhouse location that it would feel like cheating on a significant other to ever eat at a different location.
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    Kentucky Kingdom

    ^It wouldn't surprise me if that were true. Most people aren't like us. Most people go only to the park that is closest to them with maybe the occasional trip to a destination-type park. Kings Island and Kentucky Kingdom really don't compete with each other, so an agreement like this costs both parks nothing and gives them a nice perk that can help with recruitment. Kings Island dollars are much more threatened by movie theaters, the Cincinnati Reds, and other entertainment options in Cincinnati than they are by Kentucky Kingdom. When I was at Silver Dollar City an employee there told me that they have an agreement so that they can get into SFStL with their employee badge, so I know that agreements like these do exist.
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    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    I think Cedar Fair just hates racing coasters that share names with great classic rock anthems.
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    Bengals Game PBS

    Paul Brown Stadium is the most unappealing stadium/ballpark/arena that I've ever been to, including D1 college venues. Great American Ballpark has beautiful concourses and is always lively and exciting even when the Reds are a dumpster fire. Paul Brown Stadium feels like a parking garage on the inside. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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    The Giga Speculation Thread

    I'd rather have Batman, personally. Banshee is fun and all, but honestly, I think it's one of the weaker Inverts I've ridden. The only one that comes to mind that I'd put below it is Patriot. FWIW, though, both Banshee and Patriot kill it aesthetically. Both are extremely beautiful coasters.
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    Cedar Fair additions 2018

    Looks like Timbers is the new Hawk...
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    Kentucky Kingdom

    If it helps make your decision, every trip to KK that I have ever made has been on a Saturday and I've never felt like I didn't get to do everything I wanted to do. Do in a Sunday, you should be fine. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
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