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MDMC01 last won the day on April 8 2017

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    In addition to riding roller coasters, I also like listening to music, collecting Pokemon cards and playing the Pokemon video games. I consider myself to be an Adventure Trainer and my favorite type is Grass. See my signature for the team I'd have if Pokemon were real!

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  1. I agree that Flight of Fear is rough quite a bit of the time. However, when it runs great (by this, I mean when it runs smoothly*), it's one of my favorite coasters at the park. Though my attitude towards FoF varies depending on the ride experince, I do think it should stay at the park, (only because it's a unique coaster from the 90's and it's just a fun ride (when it runs well)! If the park is going to keep it around, I do suggest giving the ride some TLC. *IIRC, I've heard/experiences that one needs to sit in an odd row to get a smoother ride.
  2. It's interesting that you mention that @PatchesC... one of (few) problems i have with wearing masks is that a lot of people's voices sound muffled (especially behind that plexiglass).I have hearing loss in my right ear and wear a hearing aid most of the time (one of the exceptions being at Kings Island). I specifically remember going to get my car worked on a month or two ago and I couldn't really hear the guy who was processing my order once my car was ready. It was weird as I couldn't move closer because of the glass and social distancing, so I only half-heard what he was saying. I got the transaction done no problem, but still. Also, I've noticed that as a whole, smaller stores (small as in size, not whether they are a chain or not) are doing better at this mask/social distancing than others. I know this new normal is going to take some getting used to for businesses and the general public, but from my limited experince (I try not to go out much), the places i've felt most comfortable in so far are Big League Haircuts, Half Price Books, Whole Foods, and Fresh Market. As they say, we're all in this together! Also, Happy 4th!
  3. Thanks for all the first day updates, everyone! The former Vortex plot looks like an impressive canyon! I hope to (eventually) see it in person. Also, how is The Bat doing (as in, lines/cleaning/social distancing markers, etc- pictures would be appriciated)? Thanks again and stay safe!
  4. I think the very back row (as in, going up the lift facing forward) on the seat closest to the entrance gives the best ride. I quite like Invertigo, but I could see it being removed in the next few years. At the same time, it is the only one of its kind in the US, so there is that...
  5. Oh no! When I went to Hershey in 2015, it was among my Top 3 favorite coasters there (the others being Lightning Racer and Great Bear). It's a great ride and like @silver2005 said, I hope it's not a long-term issue. Side note: Even before riding, I remember being blown away by the teaser for this ride as a kid as I didn't know a coaster could perform such insane manuvers (and I had a similar reaction to the reveal of Steel Vengeance).
  6. Wow! Good stuff! All these pictures are getting me hyped to ride. Orion is going to be a great addition to the park. Though it may not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, I'm really excited about those 4-across trains. Though it's technically a giga, it looks like a giant B&M hyper to me (that turnaround has me thinking of Raging Bull, which is the only B&M hyper I've ridden) ,and that's quite alright! Also, ohmygosh, we are finally getting bathrooms in Area 72!!!
  7. Thanks to @chibul for posting the WOF info; it looks like the park wasn''t too crowded! I wonder if there is a possiblity that Invertigo may not be open as Boomerang appears to be closed. Also, I'm eagerly anticipating reports from those of us who are going to KI's Passholder week to let the rest of us know how it went. Finally, I agree about doing timed tickets or something like that with Orion, at least for the first month or two (because popularity coupled with social distancing) It reminds me of when I got a hand stamp to ride Dragster when it was new (I ended up not riding, though). However, If they do have an actual line, I still thnk it would be cool to have the line snake through Chaos, like Mystic Timbers line took us through Madame Fatale's.
  8. The one year I went to Holiwood Nights comes to mind... @malem driving us through the night to get to the hotels after park close; that was pretty epic!
  9. One time I thought about stopping at KI to ride something before heading up to Cedar Point for a weekend (It never ended up happening, though). I was inspired by a Coaster Studios video where Taylor went to KD and Knott's in the same day. I think the rule was you had to ride at least one thing (Dominator at KD and Ghostrider and KBF) and (I think?) get a meal there. He was successful! Also, this talk of challenges reminds me of something I did a couple of years ago. I did this interesting challenge where I rode every ride in what I called "The Core" (these were rides that (IMO) hadn't changed significantly since 2001). When I first did it in 2012, it was 22 rides and I was exhausted by the time I was done (the other successful attempt was in 2014 and that was just 15 rides). The whole concept of "The Core" was a big deal to me back then, but now I don't care as much (though I still do like my 90's/early 2000's rides!) Finally, I wish you the best on your challenge @CoasterDan!
  10. I watched TheTimTracker on Youtube over the weekend and I really appreciated him going into the parks (Sea World, Universal and BGT) and assessing the social distancing situation. These videos further solidified why I'll mostly be on the sidelines this year (as in, probably won't be going to KI or CP for 2020, as much as I'd like to). In the Sea World video, he even said something to the effect of "now is not the time to go to the parks". Also, even if I did go, the logistics of avoiding crowds, even to get one ride on The Bat, would be insane as there are so many places that could be potentially crowded. As a final note, I really hope someone does a video guide like this for Kings Island so people know what to expect.
  11. That is such a cool poster! Time flies... three of these coasters are no longer at the park and three got rethemed.
  12. Here's an article about Sea World's reopening: https://themeparkuniversity.com/theme-parks-101/seaworld-orlando-fumbles-reopening/
  13. Interesting... since I do not have a smartphone, I was planning on reserving online and then printing said reservation out to be scanned at the front gate (like one would a concert ticket). And @lifetimecoaster, I agree about there being too much technology in today's world. By choice, I don't have a smartphone or any paid streaming services. However, I do have a tablet (and before that, and iPod Touch) because I know that total independence from today's app-centered technology is (nearly) impossible. This way, I can enjoy the best of both worlds.
  14. This is great news! When I am able to, I'm very much looking forward to getting back in the park again. I'll probably wait a week or two before my first 2020 visit just to see how all of this will work in practice. I can't wait to ride The Bat again!
  15. That Scooby Doo picture is awesome! If this were an earlier time (like the 70's or the 90's), I could totally picture a Scooby Doo themed PSA with lines like this: "Like, social distancing, man" -Shaggy "Rah, Rocial Distancing!" (Yeah, Social Distancing!) - Scooby "Hey gang, we need to split up; remember to keep 6 feet apart!" -Fred "Social Distancing helps limit the spread of Covid-19. Jenkies!" Velma -MDMC, who is having way too much fun with this idea!
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