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Countdown to Opening Day for the 2021 Season: May 15th 11:00 AM!

Kings Island is now open for 2021.


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About HomerJay

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  1. I, sadly, haven't made it to KI in a few years. But I remember a few instances where I actually was able to ride while the fireworks were going off, which was incredible. Going through the woods with the fireworks giving the only illumination was unforgettable. Sorry to hear they close the ride during the fireworks, although I guess I can see why.
  2. Those jokes are horrible...but also horribly funny. I've been at Timberwolf for concerts several times and they've never shut down the rides when I was there. And the only thing I ever remember hearing from inside Timberwolf was people screaming on Drop Zone...and that was still not enough to distract from the concert.
  3. KCKC was my absolute favorite ride in the park as a kid! I remember we'd go to KI with my mom, aunt, cousins and grandparents and (of course) my grandpa wouldn't ride many roller coasters. So I used to love the chance to ride the Keelboats with him! I was always terrifed going up so high and anticipating the huge drop at the end (trust me, as a kid, it was huge). I don't remember it being intense or getting soaked, but it was definitely a fun ride and the line went so fast! It's sad that so many parks are getting rid of the log flumes, especially ones that were more leisurely than soaking.
  4. Nice work with the photoshop...I thought it was legit, but your confirmations...especially about 10 years left on Scooby and the "near future" changing of TR:TR and IJST confirmed it...this is an April Fool's Day joke.
  5. Oh my, how those pictures brought tears to my eye! Family trips to KI were the best parts of my childhood! That five hour drive from Detroit to Mason with my grandparents, riding the "Smurf Boats" as we called them...I loved the Smurfs, but was always terrified the ride was going to brake down and I'd be stuck in there with Gargamel staring at me! That history section is basically my childhood preserved online!
  6. East of Chicago is the best food decision at Cedar Point! Every time we go we leave the park about 5:00 for a dinner break and then go back for one last go-around at the Point! I'd love to see PKI open up something nice in terms of a restaurant. IR was alwas a nice option, and I wouldn't even mind seeing a Johnny Rockets or something. . . maybe in place of Happy Days??
  7. Seriously, have there been 13 pages talking about a logo??? Must be offseason. I really miss the old gothic logo. It always gave a resort-type feeling to it, that KI was a destination and not a typical theme park, if that makes sense. The new one just reminds me of day trips to Cedar Point (I only live two hours from there), which is fine, but doesn't remind me of Kings Island. Still, CF has done great things with The Point. I'm excited to see if they give some TLC to KI.
  8. I don't think you'll see as much recognition for The Vortex's 20 year anniversary as you did for The Beast on its 25th. The reason is simply that, while The Vortex is a beloved ride, The Beast is something that people see as very special to the park. It put the park on the map, it's still voted one of the best wooden coasters in the world. It's like how Walt Disney studios would throw a huge bash for Mickey Mouse's 25th birthday (although he's much older) and probably just do a mention of Donald Duck's. Still, I would hope to see some kind of recognition for the ride. It's arguably one of the
  9. I've never thought KI was a "dull looking park." In fact, I think one of the things I dislike about Paramount is how they seemed to make every area almost the same...even Rivertown didn't seem too unique after awhile. I remember when International Street was so much more than just a nice-looking midway and the shops were all special and unique. Coney Mall used to really feel like an old carnival and even Oktoberfest had some good theming. KI has never looked dull and I always loved its atmosphere more than parks like CP, where everything feels smashed together and fighting for room.
  10. Looking at that Disney page, any one of those would be an amazing addition to the parks! The rumor I've heard is that Lasseter wants to totally revamp CA and make it a bigger destination than it is.
  11. I don't think Paramount gets the credit it deserves. I think they really upped the ante about the quality of attractions KI received. Yes, The Beast and Vortex were there beforehand. But under Paramount they got some really interesting and intriguing rides with some really great theming (albeit, it hasn't been kept up all the time). I personally think the best addition made in the Paramount Era was Flight of Fear. Not only was it a unique and thrilling ride, but changes were made over the course of its history to actually improve it. Taking away the shoulder harnesses was the best thing to
  12. I haven't been to the park since IJST opened (living in Detroit and having very little vacation time does that). But I think that Adventure Express is probably the worst in the park. But even saying that, i realize PKI is special because even it's worst ride is still a lot of fun. CP has Disaster Transport, which sucks, and other parks have one dud. But PKI has some rides that, if not great, are at least unique and fun. I'd also add Face/Off, though, because while it's a lot of fun...it's not worth the long wait.
  13. We used to take long family vacations to PKI (and back when it was KI) and the highlight (for me) was always a nice lunch in the IR. After standing in the sun all day and running around, it was great just to sit down in a/c and have a nice meal where we didn't have to wait in a buffet line, it wasn't loud and the view was phenomenal. I've always wanted them to reopen it.
  14. Gosh how I miss the Smurfs Enchanted Voyage!! That was my favorite childhood ride and I still remember being terrified that the ride would stop in the middle and I'd have to get out and walk by Gargamel to get down the emergency stairs! Just such a great ride and much better than Phantom Theater (which was good) and Scooby Doo (which is not). Loved King Cobra! True, it wasn't the tallest or fastest or even scariest...but those bunny hills at the end were great for airtime and I loved that twist at the end.
  15. Why are some people censoring the first four letters in cockroach? It's not a nasty euphemism. That's what they're called!
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