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Everything posted by VortexBFForever

  1. I like to say that this is WindSeeker's taking its first fall without Vortex extra hard. After all, WindSeeker was paired with Vortex from its debut all the way through last year. Also, I was one of the lucky ones. It was cold, but the view was excellent.
  2. My vote would be for either a Mack multi-launch (I honestly have never ridden one but I have heard nothing but good comments on Copperhead Strike) or next-gen Vekoma looper since they really improved their design and have come a long way since their using Arrow's track design. I hope Vortex's successor isn't a B&M especially since we just got our third, but if it ends up being one then I won't complain about it since it would be better than having nothing in that spot at all. As long as it has inversions and at least one element that interacts with the midway in some way (like Vortex'
  3. ^ Express was my original favorite night ride, and is in my opinion the most underrated night ride in the park. It feels totally different from its daytime experience!
  4. This weekend also happened to be Columbus Day weekend, which is notorious for being one of the busiest, if not the busiest weekend of Cedar Point's season. I always avoid that weekend like the plague, and usually go the weekend after Labor Day or any other Sunday in September. I'm glad you at least got a few rides in even though the day was far from ideal.
  5. That's what I always did while riding Vortex! People always say to keep your head back on rides with OTSRs, but from my experience, it is best to hold your head forward. I actually tried riding while holding my head back and it did not work as well! Now if only everyone else knew so that headbanging complaints would substantially decrease...
  6. One of my favorite memories was my getting to ride Vortex's last public train with six 1987 crew members on Closing Day last year. I had always thought about what it would be like to meet just ONE person from Vortex's original crew, and I met SIX! Needless to say, I was star-struck. Working at Vortex and WindSeeker for three years was a big highlight. It was my dream to operate Vortex and be the one saying "All Clear," and that dream came true in July 2017. And of course, I can't forget my first Vortex ride in 2010. I remember feeling so proud of myself for experiencing my first six
  7. I am also very happy for @Vortex1987! Thanks @IceePiratefor stepping in to help! I know the feeling of desperately hoping to get a piece of my favorite ride (and yes, I bought one too )!
  8. The golden hour of what would turn out to be an extremely foggy October 18, 2019.
  9. Vortex's final Haunt is underway on October 26, 2019. Also peep Orion behind 3-Point Challenge's New Era Hats sign.
  10. Following up on @JCJTheHurricane’s post, I can attest that the app isn’t always accurate but we ride ops try to approximate the best we can. I too wonder how the app works for wait times. I have lately been timing my waits and noting how long the line is, while also including factors like cleaning time. I have been fortunate to experience very few ride downtimes while noting such lines, so hopefully the notes I take will provide a fairly accurate reference of wait time under current protocols. My personal testament to the app not always being accurate comes from last October, when o
  11. I was wondering what a "pork lion" tastes like too
  12. From my experience, Invertigo and Banshee are noticeably more intense/have more positive G's. Orion is not very intense outside of its helix, a.k.a. "Orion's Belt," where you will likely gray out to some extent.
  13. Cedar Fair themselves coined the term giga, so they have the authority to modify that definition as needed. As of 2020, they define a giga coaster as any coaster with a height or drop of at least 300 feet, the latter of which Orion has. If Orion is not a giga, then that means Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood (168 ft tall; 228-ft second drop) is not a hyper. I have not heard anyone question whether Phantom's Revenge is a hyper.
  14. I have never been to Carowinds and this is finally pushing me to make my first trip! I can't wait to pay those two Vortex trains a visit. It will be so cool for the same trains that gave my very last Vortex rides to give my very first Carolina Cyclone rides!
  15. On July 15, I replied to this topic saying I will pick an answer...eventually. I pondered this question during many a wait for Orion. My answer? Keep Orion. *everybody gasps* "But...but you love Vortex!" you all say. "Do you not want Vortex back?!?" Kindly let me explain. As much as I would absolutely love having Vortex back or at least having it co-exist with Orion, the entire process of slowly letting Vortex go would start over entirely. Last fall and winter, as fun and memorable as they were, also proved very rough for me emotionally and mentally. After months of fa
  16. About to board Orion after waiting 5:38-6:30 (52 min). Queue isn’t quite full, yet it is still filled up through all of Outpost 20.
  17. While I do like that I-Street has retained the instrumental music, I much prefer the songs that played in the 2017-2019 seasons, as they are orchestral pieces and not covers. I will say that it’s still miles better than straight up pop, yet I dearly miss hearing Rhapsody in Blue, La Vie En Rose, Gabriel’s Oboe, Aquarium, Somewhere in Time, Theme from Reivers, and the like. Nothing like walking onto I-Street right at an instrumental climax...
  18. ^Yesterday’s storms (and chances of such) scaring people away are my guess. I was there yesterday and all lines I saw were shorter than other days!
  19. I rode Carousel twice on Saturday! This ride is extra special to me as the first ride I ever rode at Kings Island.
  20. I love Orion, yet at the same time I could do almost anything to get Vortex back. In my nonexistent perfect world, the two would coexist. I’ll pick an answer...eventually.
  21. I must add that the ride references in the Quonset hut contain even more Easter eggs, namely in the captions of the Polaroid pictures adjacent to each ride's poster. Since that theming is by the Fast Lane queue, those smaller Easter eggs are much more difficult to notice from the slower-moving regular line, especially since that's where one would actually have time to look at those photos and references more closely. We haven't seen them all just yet!
  22. WindSeeker may be the star of this photo, but Orion and Racer make sure the spotlight is shared.
  23. A reference to a favorite ride in the queue of another.
  24. Rode in row 6 on the first train this morning and let me say...I cannot wait for my first chance to ride in row 8!
  25. Orion, for me, is a "wish list" ride. I hoped for some time that Kings Island would eventually get a B&M giga (since I have still never ridden Fury or Leviathan) so our getting Orion is literally a wish come true! When I rode today, I waited 2 hr 15 min with the line beginning just outside the ride entrance/old Firehawk exit. After so much time waiting to ride Orion and imagining it, my actual riding it feels like a dream. I'm fully in the moment and I know it's actually happening, yet at the same time I feel like I am quietly and smoothly flying through a dream. I rode in row 4
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