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  1. Congo Falls.....best air time in the park Even on hot days when I've been this summer, on sunday's since mid week wasn't possible for much of this summer like it has been in the past for my family, Congo falls rarely had much of al line. It does tend to eat lines pretty quickly even with only 2 boats running like it seems like it usually does. My kids love it, I love it, but I do agree that its location is no longer ideal and I'll assume its somewhere near the end of its service life (though for all I know, those things could run forever with minimal maintenance, I just know its been around for a while). I'd love to see it relocate elsewhere in the park, but that seems unlikely/expensive relative to what, if any increase in customer satisfaction it would provide elsewhere. I'd love to see something similar to it takes its place elsewhere in the park to make room in that spot, along with the removal of Invertigo and perhaps Timberwolf for a B&M dive machine. I know some don't get all that excited for dive machines, and with Cedar Point getting their not all that long ago, I suspect KI would have to wait another 10 years or so, but that is an ideal location for a B&M dive machine. Station back by the lift hill for Congo Falls, hold/drop/dive facing out towards the entrance where Invertigo's lift hills, loop back towards the front of Invertigo/congo falls, loop around with some interaction with the plaza area, etc... Just not sure there is enough room there for all of that w/o eating into Timberwolf's spot (which wouldn't be much of a loss in my mind)
  2. I think you could do a bit of theming on all the older coasters. When they re-themed The Bat, I suggested that they take the bridge to SOB station and transform that to a cave looking entrance. Made you feel like you were entering the jungle. Could possibly even try and that bridge to a semi-local attraction down at Daniel Boone state park, the Natural land bridge. The Racers could be a good spot to redo the line area and add some pieces of KI history in there. A sort of mini-hall of fame that you could switch up story boards every once in a while to keep it fresh. I don't know if they still have it, but the recreation of The Shooting Star at the entertainment junction is awesome; doing a recreation of The Racers or The Beast in that que would garner some eye balls and add to the experience. BLSC has a ton of theming already; most don't like it, and I've suggesting switching it out from a Hollywood theme to a cincy-275 theme, but theming it has. Beast is OK, if they could get the water back on near the station, otherwise the working mock up of The Racers that I suggested earlier, but done for The Beast and its history would work great in that back que. Diamondback, I have no great answers for, but the ride just kind of exists. Great ride, but they could add some sort of "story" similar to what Cedar Pointe has done with some of their coasters, perhaps play on that theming a bit to be the "down south" cousins, etc...
  3. The better plan would be to have it open in a limited capacity and sell the crap out of it as a conference center where businesses could hold meetings and their employees families could use the park during the day while the employee's sat thru morning meetings. then everyone joins up for lunch and goes about their way to enjoy the park in the afternoon. Seems like there would be/should be a market for that during the week. Then let the restaurant serve as a reservation only restaurant during the evenings and on weekends. Could even clear it out for a reservation only "dessert and fireworks" special starting around 9:30. How many families would want to take advantage of a nice ice cream sunday, cakes, pies, fudge, etc.... right before the start of fireworks. Seems like that could be a money maker on a daily basis.
  4. This came up as a rec on my phone yesterday: Like the content creator, I don't really want this to happen, but have to admit it would be fantastic.
  5. Oh my, so much for my hope that the victim was transported just to be closer to home. That doesn't sound good at all. I'm sure this is being examined to determine if its a manufacturing defect or a maintenance issue (or perhaps both). Seeing how the que line is in the middle of the ride and near the break area, I wonder if this incident will lead to future que lines being less interactive with the ride itself to avoid any potential future incidents
  6. Stunt coaster is a great family ride, and the type of coaster that KI needs more of. I've mentioned several times that KI needs a nice intermediate coaster, something like fire chaser express that could accomadate the 44" height crowd and still appeal to the 48" and up crowd and especially the 30+ crowd that is taking their 44" height children to the park. While stunt coaster is a 48" requirement, it fits a lot of the same gaps that fire chase express does. fire chaser express is an awesome ride by the way. BUT (there is always a but), I agree that it is an eyesore. Personally, I'd change the name to Cincy Stunt coaster, then theme the billboards and attractions to cincy are places and themes. Perhaps one for mason, something in Northern Kentucky and Indiana, one of the billboards for LaRosa's or skyline, etc.... Perhaps not worth the costs, but make it more unique to the area, perhaps exchange out some of the cargo containers for replicas of area attractions.
  7. While the incident sounds terrible, and I pray for a full recovery, I will hold out hope that the victim was transported to be closer to their home, not because the injury was so serious that a level 3 trauma center couldn't handle it.
  8. I skimmed thru most of this, and I've mentioned this before, but I'd love to see the park (and Cedar Pointe as well) hook up with Schmidt's out of columbus. Multiple type of sausages or side to choose from, plus one of their cream puffs to polish it off. If only there were a German themed restaurant building to place them in..... Between Skyline, LaRossa's Greaters and Tom and Chee's....they have a nice mix of "local" and traditional fare to choose from.
  9. agreen browntggrr. We've been talking about a boo blaster reboot for at least as long as I've been here, and probably well before then Ironically, just looked at my registered date, and it was 2011, so happy 10 years to me, but perhaps we haven't been talking about a reboot of boo hill for that long. Then again, people were probably talking about a reboot back to phantom theater when boo Blasters go rethemed back in 2010. anyhoo, its time. I'm happy with the concept, just needs improved functionability and theming.
  10. Finish retracking and repaint The Racer, ideally with the original scheme, but just repainting it white would be satisfactory. Redo boo blasters (I'm actually fine with the attraction concept, just needs revamped, refreshed and consistently working guns). I know many want a return to phantom theater, which would be great, but I have trouble envisioning that going thru. I'd actually prefer a boat ride like they had years ago, but don't see that as possible either. Kids love boo blasters, so here's my idea: most important, all the guns need to work and work well. Revamp all the rooms to a different background. Pay some homage to phantom theater and even previous incarnations like the smurf boat ride (if possible w/o infringing on trademark licenses) at various points. Load up on easter eggs that pay homage to the parks history, present and perhaps even future. Make several items in each room easily interchangeable so that each day the ride is slightly different than the last. Even better if it could be done automatically while the ride is operating, but that would seem troublesome with each room constantly in vision of one or more cars.
  11. I haven't been to near as many parks as a lot of people on here, but on my 1 visit to ValleyFair, I wondered why that park received so little love. We did not originally plan to attend, but on a trip up that way to visit my wife's family, we found out that my wife's cousin was going to be there at the same time we were swinging thru Minneapolis, so we altered plans and met him and his kids there. Obviously, the attendance numbers must be lower otherwise it would receive more love from CF. Minneapolis is a huge city in its back yard, but i suspect the Dells pull a lot of the would be Wisconsin population away from an annual visit or two. Lots of Iowa and South Dakota plates in the parking lot but neither are huge population centers. Anyhoo, Mystic Timbers is my favorite ride at KI, I like Renegade a tad bit more than Mystic (though perhaps some of that is because it was my first CGI and I had 0 idea of what to expect; it blew my son and I away). wild thing has a great first drop, fantastic air time hill on the 2nd hill, and solid set of bunny hills at the end, unfortunately the middle section takes away a lot from the ride. Maybe give some TLC to High Roller, add in a decent invert and a modern looping coaster (I think their version of corkscrew is the only looper out there and well we all know how those bang you around) and you would have a very solid set of coasters. throw in some decent flats (not a bad set of flats last time I went, though flats are not my thing as I can't do a bunch of spinning things) and you'd be cooking. Don't know if the area would support that kind of investment or not.
  12. Random thoughts.... Peanut characters used to (perhaps still do) roam around the tower for their show on that small stage by the fountains. A peanut parade to "open" up the park could be a good idea, help lead the kids back into Planet Snoopy. The animal farm......it stinks, literally. I don't know how popular that is, but that is a big area devoted to animals that do what animals do (and often cleaner than their human counterparts) but causes an unpleasant order. My plan... Reboot Boo Blasters... Concept is good for kids, but need fresh targets and guns that consistently work. Take the other half of the building, or at least part of it to leave some room for storage and turn it into an indoor playground, foam ball shooter area. ValleyFair has one and it was a great place to cool off while kids could run around and have fun. Remove Whirly Birds. I'm thankfully it was never a huge draw for my kids. Ride was hot, the pedals never seemed to do anything, lines were long and slow. I'd take this area and create your indoor dining area here. Probably need to relocate the Snoopy Boutique as well. There seems to be a bit of a dead area next to the Linus Launcher, plus in that area you are close to rivertown and rides that get you wet. Remove the snack shack in that area to again open up that path, then in the dead area (behind the fence with the peanuts pictures) I'd do some sort of aqua feature/maze/splash area thing that the kids could run around in and cool down. Finally, I'd remove the snoopy junction train ride, plus the Peanuts off road rally and the petting zoo, old stage and add a couple of small rides to compliment the beetle bugs (wooden ship, or hot air ballon type rides like Cedar Pointe has plus a new family coaster aimed at the 42" or 44" crowd. Ideally, a fire chaser express clone, but something that helps bridge the gap between Woodstock express and Adventure Express that only FAAC seems to fill. With the sit down dining expeirence, that would leave room to relocate a few of the snack shacks they have scattered around, some of which are rarely open to open up more space perhaps even add a new building that could help faciliate Picnic Groove's need (or enhance what they do back there, I've never been)
  13. I hope they never change the essence of the front entrance to the park. Updates, for sure, new restaurant/ticket counters/customer service/entry ques....absolutely. Essence - leave it like it is. What is this Essence that I'm talking about? Its about the slow gradual incline from the parking lot up to the front entry plaza. I could do w/o the security aspect cluttering things up, but its the reality we have to live with, and as such, I actually think they have placed the security clearances fairly well. Anhoo, back to the point.... the slow walk up the inclined entry, sure you see the tower, you see some rides, you hear some going, but you don't really get a feel for the park. You proceed to the ticket counter if needed, or straight for the pass/ticket scanners. Now the ground is relatively flat, its relatively quit and its absolutely shady. You can hear the excitement in the air, but if you've never been you don't get a sense for what is about to hit you. As you proceed into the park, you get the 180 flip from shaded cover to full sun. You get the full view of the tower, the sounds of the fountains, the smell of the baked goods, food and sweets. It all combines in a flash to hit you like a ton of bricks and lets you know that you've arrived somewhere special. Above all else, the essence of the front entry they nailed. I have never been to an amusement park that nails it quite like Kings Island has nailed their front entrance. Disneyworld is pretty solid with the castle in view, but you don't get the rush of fountains that makes KI's better. I haven't been to as many amusement parks as others, but in my mind, they couldn't have done it any better. Sure the building/restaurant could use a face lift/update as mentioned earlier, but the feel, the smells, the sounds as you step into the open area is as good a feeling as you can find.
  14. After reading some of the recent comments here, are Sundays the new Wednesdays at KI? Went after church yesterday, expecting it to be fairly crowded but hoping the early morning rain (that happened before most woke up) might lessen things a bit. Got to the park around 10:30 and lines at the parking lot were light, got a spot up fairly close. Got into the park shortly before 11:00, got my youngest son measured (oh so close to 48") while the wife and oldest son went to ride Orion. Shortly after getting him measured (or perhaps while he was getting his band) they had rope drop so we walked back to Planet Snoopy. 0 wait for FAAC, my son and daughter got front row, I got second and I think there were 2-4 other people on the train. Jumped over to woodstock express and again a station wait. By the time we were done, my 2 youngest wanted to ride it again, so I had them get in line and I was texting with my wife who was off of Orion and headed back our way. Line at Woodstock Express had grown to a 3-4 train wait as parents and their kids started getting there, nothing terrible but my wife was at WE before my kids even got on again. Daughter wanted to ride Mystic Timbers for the first time (she's finally braving up a bit) so we headed there while my wife and youngest son did the peanut 500. Mystic at 0 line, got front row seats with my daughter on her first ride. As we got off, my wife meet us there and rode with her for her second ride and again it was station wait. Two youngest wanted to do WWC, so I took them there kinda expecting some sort of line with the hot humid weather, nope, they were sending out empty boats. Wife and oldest son rode The Beast with maybe a 5-10 min wait. Next was Stunt coaster, with about a 10 min wait, lunch, then Racers with a station wait (twice). Banshee was maybe 5 minutes. Congo falls was a station wait, Viking Fury the same. Back to Planet Snoopy and the Pumpkin coaster was a 10 min wait, Beastie was down to a 5 min wait, maybe less and nobody was in line for boo blasters (seemed darker in there, and odd that they had no line separator, not that you really needed one). Super fun day, got in way more rides than I ever would anticipate. Think my daughter is ready to do The Bat next time, and The Beast. She's growing confidence on coasters that she didn't have even a few months ago. Racers were waaaaaayyyyyyy to big in May, now they look tiny I think she realizes that once her younger brother hits 48" he's gonna want to ride everything that opens up to him.
  15. I've never been there, but found this extended clip to gt a sense for the park. One thing I noticed, was there didn't appear to be an abundance of life gaurds stationed. Maybe saw one in the whole video. Certainly its possible there were plenty there off camera, but just seems like there is a lack of life gaurd stations to even stage them and keep an eye on everything. Having just been to Cedar Pointe's water park, there are life gaurds everywhere that people can get in the water. Lazy river? One is never out of site and often there are 2 or more in site (and clearly they are trainied to have their eyes constantly scanning the river). Same story in the wave pool, seemed like there were always 12 or more on duty, didn't count by they had many stationed on each side of the wave pool. Multiple guards at the top of each ride, multiple guards at the bottom. Are life jackets mandatory? Seems like from a liability standpoint, they should be at that park. Don't know how deep the water is, but gotta figure its at least 10 feet deep in several areas where they are jumping off of large "cliffs". Tragic to here that anyone died, I wonder what lead up to the incident. Was she a good swimmer? Hit her head on something where she feel too far down due to not having a life jacket on. Get caught under a float? How many life guards were stationed? Lots of questions to be asked.
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