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  1. I also rode Blue Racer last night, in row 9 (a wheel seat!) and it was the smoothest ride I have ever had on it. There were still small bumps here and there as expected, but it is a night-and-day experience from my first ride in 2008 (which was the roughest). As the first big coaster I rode, I have a whole new appreciation for Racer and will definitely make sure to ride it more often!

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  2. Rankings are not my strong suit. I group my rides instead. But I will give it a try!



    WindSeeker (for sentimental reasons :))



    I love a lot of rides, and these are just five of them! And yes, Vortex would be on this list if it were still here.

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  3. A few weeks ago I dreamt I was riding Orion in a prone position, as if I was on Skyflyer. Imagine taking a 300-foot drop lying facedown!

    On top of that, Orion had SINGLE CARS instead of trains, and on one of my flights/rides, I valleyed. :P Even though I was lying down, I still rode on top of the track (like on a sled).

    Long story short, I dreamed the result of Orion and Skyflyer having a baby, and it was indeed very interesting (and thrilling!!).

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  4. As much as I enjoy and appreciate Orion, Diamondback, and Banshee, I do not want a B&M in Vortex's space. I personally hope for Vortex's successor to feature a handful of inversions with a lower height requirement (48") as I know from my experience working at Vortex that a lot of young thrill-seekers set foot inside Kings Island. Dare I say that it MUST be as photogenic as Vortex was, in its own way. Bonus points if it breaks a record!

    Right now, a Mack multi-launch has my vote. Granted, I have not yet ridden one, but Copperhead Strike looks fun (and photogenic) and I hope to visit Carowinds this year to find that out for myself!

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  5. Thanks to a several-minute-long station stop, my highest score on Boo so far is 6240, on August 23, 2020.

    Part of this may have to do with the fact that part of my job is maintaining and testing the blasters... :P

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  6. On 11/6/2012 at 12:21 AM, stashua123 said:


    I just hope this is just a rumor :o but its screams cape. I am not liking the direction Cedar Fair is taking if this turns out to be true.

    BUMP! And here we are, ft. the wonderful MultiQuote feature, in January 2021. Let's see how this topic aged! And yes, it was just a rumor at that time. Thankfully.


    On 11/6/2012 at 7:42 AM, Browntggrr said:

    Yes, it will be retired soon.

    Vortex is still sinking......

    Soon is a subjective term... :P


    On 11/6/2012 at 8:20 AM, Jr for Birdy said:

    The Vortex is not sinking and will live for another 10 years

    Vortex lived for 7 more years. Close enough :lol:


    On 11/6/2012 at 5:32 PM, PKIVortex said:

    I just hope when the day comes that Vortex does get retired, they give it's fans a chance to say goodbye. But I hope this isn't going to be for quite a few more years.

    We Vortex fans thankfully got that chance, with a month's notice.


    On 11/6/2012 at 9:13 PM, McSalsa said:

    perhaps Vortex still has 5-10+ years left on it, but the park is already thinking "what do we do when it does run out and needs removed?" and that could be where the rumor comes from...parks are known to think well in advance sometimes.



    On 11/6/2012 at 9:18 PM, VortexBFForever said:

    I KNEW you'd say that! :P

    I hope this is just a rumor, in my opinion, and I really hope Vortex continues to operate for at least a few years to come. It is actually a big dream of mine to work on Vortex when I'm old enough (16) and right now I'm 13, so it wouldn't be until 2015 that I would first be able to apply for and possibly achieve that dream.

    As one of Vortex's big big big fans, I would be CRYING if we lost Vortex.

    Hey look, my own take on it! Yes, Vortex operated for at least a few years to come; yes, I worked on Vortex (for three years, 2017-2019!); and yes, I was crying when we lost Vortex, albeit in varying degrees since the emotions hit in different amounts at different times rather than all at once. In addition, I got my wish of working on Vortex's final crew.


    On 11/7/2012 at 8:20 PM, Diamondback27 said:

    I would hate for Vortex to leave even though we all no it's not going to within the next 10-20 yrs.

    I wish. :(Now if you had said this between 1999 and 2009...but still, 7 more years was still rather good.


    On 11/8/2012 at 12:20 PM, homestar92 said:

    The day Vortex leaves is the day I stop buying season passes.

     I love Vortex so much that it is one of the central reasons I visit the park as often as I do.

    How did this play out? I'm genuinely curious.


    On 1/16/2013 at 8:38 AM, Guest KingsIslandPR said:

    The Vortex is one of the most popular rides in the park. There are no plans to retire the ride in the foreseeable future.

    Yay, 7 more seasons! Definitely longer than the "foreseeable future," as subjective as that is, so this was spot on.


    On 10/2/2014 at 1:28 PM, TombRaiderFTW said:

    Enjoy the rides you've got while you've got them.

    I live by this statement. I often like to say something along the lines of "don't worry about the future, because it'll undermine your enjoyment in the present" and that was definitely my motto with Vortex. I made sure I enjoyed it in the present rather than be tempted to worry about its future.


    On 10/2/2014 at 3:04 PM, The Interpreter said:

    Only until the end of their service life. Then, it becomes more economical to replace most steel coasters than to attempt continued maintenance.

    And to add, in the end we must remember that KI is a business...


    On 10/2/2014 at 3:08 AM, SOBwasaSOB said:

    Vortex may be my favorite ride. It is certainly the most picturesque at KI (of what I have seen i would say anywhere). I will be so very depressed if it is retired.

    Me too. And I was. A lot of us were and likely still are since barely more than a year has currently transpired. A lot of hearts ache over Vortex's 2019 departure for sure.


    On 10/2/2014 at 8:42 PM, CoasterKrazy said:

    Vortex will be replaced at some point, but not because of poor design. Either the ride will come to the end of its design life, or its marketable life. In the end, it comes down to money, and the point at which it no longer makes sense for the park to maintain the ride.

    You're on to something...


    On 10/3/2014 at 3:40 AM, McSalsa said:

    Vortex will probably reach its 30th anniversary in 2017. 35th is possible. 40th is a large stretch. But I'm 90% sure Vortex won't be able to hit 50, sadly.

    The Bat will probably outlive Vortex, but I'd guess it would too be gone not too long after.

    [Adventure Express] will probably be the last Arrow in the park when all is said and done...I could actually see this ride still running in the year 2040 or later, so long as its popularity doesn't drop off or the park decides it's in the way of some huge new coaster or something.

    Vortex indeed reached its 30th anniversary. I hoped it would reach 35. But alas, it settled right in the middle, at 33 seasons.

    The Bat's 29th season is this year (2021). Its 33rd season will be in 2025. We shall see how things swing.

    Let's hope the 11th Commandment continues to hold up for numerous more seasons! And let's not forget our four-decades-old Flume; it's technically an Arrow too. :)

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  7. On 1/20/2021 at 4:19 PM, WhatTheBlazes said:

    Just as a curiosity, VortexBFF, what is your current favorite ride at the park now that Vortex is gone?

    I have multiple other favorites for various reasons, but Orion has already proven itself as a favorite. I started working in maintenance as it was being built and I got to put sound equipment on it, so basically I helped build Orion! I had wished for a B&M giga to come to KI for some time, so Orion was literally a wish come true. When I felt sad over Vortex's demo, I could look over at Orion and see what was new, and watching its test cycles was a reminder to me (and later a lot of us) that things were going to be all right. Orion became so special to me even before it opened.

    As for other favorites, I have a soft spot for WindSeeker (the ride I worked along with Vortex and my most-ridden active ride), Diamondback (got me over fears of height and speed), and Invertigo (another ride I think is overhated) among others.

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  8. Little did 2003 KIC know that they had nothing to worry about as there were still 16 more years for them to enjoy Vortex. Not to mention, Vortex was only 16 years old and people were already worried about its future?!

    While there is nothing wrong with speculation, I prefer to not worry or think a lot about a ride’s future because that undermines my enjoyment of that ride in the present. :) 

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  9. I think I will wait until the next time my birthday (February 25) is on a Saturday, as well as when I have started attending Cedar Point more than twice in a year so I can appreciate Winter Chill Out a little more. :)

    I wonder what sold out faster: Winter Chill Out 2021 tickets or the online Vortex track slice kit sale on November 10, 2020?

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  10. I do not have a worst, but back when I was just getting into roller coasters, Blue Racer was at the bottom of my list. My first ride (not sure which seat but it was probably a wheel seat) had so much roughness and jackhammering that it turned me off for a few years. That ride was in 2008 and I didn't start riding it again until 2011. Even then, I would not ride that often or would ride the Red side...until last year (2020).

    I had my best Racer rides ever last year. Red was still pretty good, but Blue was consistently exceeding my expectations of how smooth it was (not to mention it would also win more often :ph34r:) and that gave me a whole new appreciation for Racer especially since it was my first big coaster! I rode it more last year than any other season, and I look forward to many more rides on both Blue and Red this year after the retracking!

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  11. As someone who delights in accruing unconventionally high ride counts, I took Orion's 300-foot plunge 219 times. I don't have all-season Fast Lane, for those of you who may be wondering, though every once in a while I buy it if I have friends visiting and getting it too.

    60 of those times were in the same day, as I did a day-long marathon on August 10 to pay homage to my previous day-long marathon on Vortex on August 9, 2019.

    Dare I say it, but Orion could be the first ride to match my Vortex ride count (1221 1/3), if my 334-ride WindSeeker count doesn't get there first!


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  12. In addition to the 1019 engraving, I have noticed how one of the cards that comes with the piece says Vortex featured two “verticle” loops.

    I think it’s funny, yet also a turnoff, especially for someone who’s a grammar perfectionist like me! :P But all that matters in the end is that many of my fellow Vortex fans were able to get a piece of a ride so special to us.

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