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About VortexBFForever

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    KIC Double Platinum Member
  • Birthday 02/25/99

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    Beavercreek, OH
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    Computers, technology, and, of course, thrill rides. I <3 Dollywood and Kings Island! (and of COURSE I like all the other parks I've been to!) Introduced to the dance-tastic world of Zumba in January 2015 - the rest is history. :)

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  1. Get rid of one coaster- The Poll

    And I am glad Kings Island is also home to what is considered one of the best Arrow loopers (Vortex)! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Get rid of one coaster- The Poll

    I feel a bit bummed that three of my favorite coasters (Vortex, Firehawk, Invertigo) have some number of votes for them...but that's what I get when I generally appreciate coasters for which many have mixed opinions! -BFF, who is also crazy enough to say she's enjoyed the one SLC she rode (Mind Eraser at Darien Lake).
  3. Get rid of one coaster- The Poll

    I may vote differently, but I’m not sure. I enjoy it on occasion (much like how you enjoy Firehawk on occasion) but it’s not as high on my favorites list as Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, Invertigo, The Bat, Firehawk and Vortex. It’s definitely something to think about. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Get rid of one coaster- The Poll

    I picked Backlot because of its placement. I always wonder what it was like to be at the park during the ‘Tiques days (as I never went to the park until two years after Backlot came). I really enjoy Backlot as a ride, but I’m one of the folks who wish for it to have a different location.
  5. KI Computer Systems that create the KI Best Day

    ^You would be correct! Brakes that rely on friction to slow/stop trains can only do so much (but enough, thankfully) when it rains, unless it is downpouring, in which then we would close Vortex. But when we do operate in the rain, two-train operation keeps the trains far enough apart that running in the rain won't pose a hazard, at least in terms of where a train hits the brakes at a high speed (at the end of the ride). There was a day this season, though, when it was drizzling but only in the slightest, and we were able to still run all three trains! Occasions like this are rare, though, at least to my knowledge.
  6. KI Computer Systems that create the KI Best Day

    ^Ghost trains are always interesting. I was at Vortex one morning when it rained so hard it made the sensors at the MCBR think a train was there -- all while the three real trains were parked in the station and on the two brake runs. This happened twice! My supervisor was there on a day where it was so humid we apparently had 5 trains for a moment.
  7. KI Computer Systems that create the KI Best Day

    WindSeeker and Vortex both use PLC systems. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. KI Computer Systems that create the KI Best Day

    I know the rides have computer systems that control their electrical components (sensors and the like) but I don’t know very many details. I want to, though! -BFF, who has geeked out over getting to see Vortex’s “brain” this summer.
  9. How is it like working at KI

    It was definitely exciting and worthwhile! One thing I did not expect was just how quirky/temperamental Vortex can be. It may not be as temperamental as its predecessor (the original Bat) but that doesn’t mean it’s not moody every now and then (as I found out firsthand in July...absolutely crazy July ). I actually enjoy that part of it a lot because quirks are all part of a ride’s “personality.” Working (and driving!) Vortex is literally a dream come true. WindSeeker is cool too, and I appreciate it a lot more. I’m excited to learn to drive WindSeeker next season! I do not know anyone who would think that I would not want to return next year. Anyone who would think that is crazy. Apparently, I’m in a literal depression over the fact that the season is over, primarily because I have been at the park nearly every day instead of twice a month, which makes quite the difference. Plus I had faced Closing Day without a Vortex ride, something else I had never done before. (Stupid Ohio weather lol) At least I will still get to go to the park for WinterFest, as I am a conductor on the Train! Thanksgiving break and Christmas break will be so much more fun this year.
  10. The Art of Amusement Park Planning

    I think your article is well composed, @Ride On_17! Great job! I always love walking up the Coney Mall midway and inevitably noticing the massive Arrow megalooper and Mondial WindSeeker standing prominently over what would otherwise be a dead end, drawing guests past the numerous games, restaurants and other rides in the process. Not to mention Racer which nicely spans the ENTIRE LENGTH of the midway! And of course, it goes without saying that the instrumental music nicely complements International Street. I'm so excited to hear it again next year (and to hear Christmas music during WinterFest )!!!
  11. 2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    I worked upwards of 50, almost 60 hours a week this past summer. Even though there's no overtime at Kings Island, I personally don't mind as long as I have a job there. My main reason for working there is having fun working two of my favorite rides and getting to be at the park almost every day! ANYWAY, pertaining to the topic, I'm excited for WinterFest and the opportunity to get to walk through Tower Gardens/Candy Cane Lane as well as skate on the fountains and eat in the International Restaurant! I'm also excited to see the changes taking place in my personal favorite section of the park, Coney Mall.
  12. 500 rides on Vortex...as of Opening Day 2018!

  13. Official: WinterFest 2017

    The sledding hill is located in Action Zone, but I have no idea where in Action Zone. We shall find out in three weeks and three days (as it is November 1st! Happy November!). I may find out sooner since I work during WinterFest and will have a training day in the coming week or two, but even if I do find out, my lips are sealed.
  14. BFF's Fall Break - October 20-22, 2017

    Day 2: October 21 After working a fun open shift, plus staying an extra hour to help get things rolling again after a technical delay, I headed back into the park as a guest with my crew-mate and friend Kayleigh, who also worked an open. We originally planned to get Fast Lane Plus, but since this was the second-most-crowded day of the entire season, Fast Lane of both types had sold out by the time we entered the front gate just after 6. Knowing that many of the coasters would have long waits, we spent some time deciding which ride to ride first. Moments later, we were on our way straight back to Vortex, because 1. We love riding it, 2. We love visiting our fellow crew members, and 3. It always has a fairly short wait even with a full queue! The end of Vortex's line extended to about halfway between the gazebo (where the big, refurbished sign is) and the end of the black railing. It was then that I re-realized just how much fun waiting in line can be...without electronics. Kayleigh and I talked the entire time about various things related to work, which of our fellow crew members were working as we spoke, and our different experiences riding and working on Vortex, just to name a few. 23 minutes later, we excitedly hopped into the back row for a fun twilight ride to start out our evening adventure! Of course, we had to ride WindSeeker as well, so we entered its nearly full queue, talked some more and said hello to our other fellow crew-mates in the meantime. Half an hour later, we took Seats 47 and 48 for our flight together on a full 'Seeker cycle. "See You Tomorrow" played during the wonderful (and cold) night flight! After WindSeeker landed us safely, we headed down the Coney Mall midway to check out lines for the other rides. Zephyr, as always, had one of the shorter lines, even though it filled up one switchback. Even then, we had to wait only two cycles/ten minutes! And yes, our Zephyr flight was well worth ten minutes, even with the driver saying "It's faster and sleeker and better than WindSeeker" on purpose because he knew we worked at WindSeeker. During the ride I found it very thrilling to look down while leaning slightly forward. With the cool breeze, the red lights, and the cover of darkness, it definitely made for one of my favorite rides on Zephyr! We met the troll! I found him funny, especially when he farted out fog, lol. We were hungry, so we stood in the Subway line for about five minutes only to not move at all. Then we just decided to book it to the associate cafeteria, where there would be no line and we wouldn't have to pay an exorbitant sum of cash. But first, we decided to ride Dodgems, as one of our crew-mates (who was promoted to assistant supervisor for Dodgem, Monster and Scrambler) was working there at the moment and we wanted to say hi! So we waited twenty minutes to do just that. And we rode, of course. I always love riding Dodgem. Where else can you bump into total strangers and not have to apologize (and vice versa) than on a bumper car ride?!? For dinner, I enjoyed some barbecued ribs and apple cobbler...for only $3. I know, you're jealous. After we finished at 9:00, we wanted to ride Racer and then Vortex again. But we feared that Racer would take too long to wait for and ride for us to ride Vortex again by 10, so instead we opted to ride Vortex twice. Back to the back of Coney Mall we went! Vortex's line was longer, so much so that it spilled outside the queue. No surprise for a night like this. It was also no surprise that we waited 24 minutes! We decided to ride near the front this time, to add some variety. Intense as always! Vortex was really flying tonight. And I know the number of "selfies" is more than I usually take, but I was just making sure we got one with each train. I know, I'm weird, but even the LITTLEST details count! Peek-a-boo. Our third and final Vortex ride of the night was aboard Train #3, which is why we are both holding up three fingers in that photo I took right before our ride. Since there were four people now working on the floor instead of two, we had to wait only 16 minutes instead of 24 even with the line at the same length as the previous rides! We rode in the back row again for another epic, speed-tastic, ejector-airtime-filled night ride on our classic Arrow looper before it was time for us to head out. While we neared the front of the line, I was literally jumping up and down, and having flashbacks to the 2010 season, when I was 11 and I would wait in lines this long to feel the excitement well up as I realized I was next to ride and only seconds away from boarding the train that would take me and 27 other riders on my next inverting adventure! This extremely crowded night could not have been a better opportunity to value quality over quantity. We rode only six rides in four hours, but each and every ride was special -- living proof that on a crowded evening, one does not need Fast Lane to have a #KIBestDay, or in this case a #KIBestNight! +Vortex: 4 (including that morning's test ride) YTD: 175 Total: 492 +WindSeeker: 1 YTD: 35 Total: 115 +Zephyr: 1 YTD: 4 Total: 25 +Dodgem: 1 YTD: 2 Total: 8
  15. Closure of Dinosaurs Alive and opening of lots of land.

    ^We even had a moment of silence for Dinos after it closed. The crew was feeling it today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk