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    Scooby Let Me Down.

    Riding through there with "Linus and Lucy" among other Vince Guaraldi Peanuts themes would be very fitting. Make the entrance a giant version of Snoopy's dog house. Does Hanna Barberra have the rights to the old Enchanted Voyage melody? It's a very catchy tune when you listen to it.
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    Racer Track Work 2019

    I'm sure it will remain the original PTC trains. With Wildcat at Lake Compounce, they had to rebuild large sections of structure for that coaster to accommodate the Millennium Flyer trains. Racer is simply receiving new track in some areas rather than a full overhaul. Millennium Flyer trains would be very nice on Racer, though.
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    Racer Track Work 2019

    Another thing to keep in mind is that Thunder Road had major structural problems, while Racer does not.
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    Racer Track Work 2019

    Glad things are looking up for the ride. I hope GCI continues to do this work in the next few seasons as well.
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    Son of Beast needs work BADDD!

    I've often wondered what could've been myself. I never rode Son of Beast, but my father found it to be a very rough and uncomfortable ride. He's an engineer and he said, while Sonny was still SBNO, that the park should've invested money in rebuilding the coaster with stronger, more durable wood. One of his favorite roller coasters was Mean Streak at Cedar Point, the giant Dinn Corporation woodie built in 1991 (He had gone up with my mother that season to ride it; we still have photos of the new southern yellow pine structure in a photo album). Shortly before the coaster closed in 2016 to make way for what would become Steel Vengeance, we went up and rode it one last time (first and last times for me). Despite its roughness and bumpy ride experience, I actually enjoyed Mean Streak and could see why he liked it. The major downside to Son of Beast was that Paramount cut costs while building the coaster, explaining why they didn't use the best wood. Mean Streak, on the other hand, had a great structure with track that quickly got rougher over time. When the rumors of Son of Beast returning began stirring, which I knew there was no water to those theories, I began wondering to myself if had Son of Beast been similar to Mean Streak, with a much more sound structure, would it still be around to this day. Still, to this day, my father and I both look back at the possibilities and the potential the ride had.
  6. I decided to start this topic in the other amusement parks category, as it's about another park despite its connection to Kings Island history. It's no secret that in the early years of Kings Island's development, actor Fess Parker was planning to build a theme park in Northern Kentucky themed to Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, two television characters Parker played, called "Frontier Worlds." When the Coney Island group shut down the funding for Frontier Worlds, Parker's project was ultimately cancelled. Does anyone on here know where the park was planned to be built? I've heard it was near where I-75 and I-71 merged. Would be an interesting site to see in the future.
  7. I decided to start this topic in the other amusement parks category, as it's about another park despite its connection to Kings Island history. It's no secret that in the early years of Kings Island's development, actor Fess Parker was planning to build a theme park in Northern Kentucky themed to Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, two television characters Parker played, called "Frontier Worlds." When the Coney Island group shut down the funding for Frontier Worlds, Parker's project was ultimately cancelled. Does anyone on here know where the park was planned to be built? I've heard it was near where I-75 and I-71 merged. Would be an interesting site to see in the future.
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    Ideas for the Crypt building?

    It has always been my belief that Rivertown needs another "river" ride besides White Water Canyon. What if the park built a MACK water coaster on the current site of the building and themed it to the old Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal? They could call it "Keelboat Rampage." The ride can pay homage to other Kings Island attractions, defunct and existing. You would enter the ride through the old Tomb Raider/ Crypt entrance, with the queue rethemed to an old abandoned boat house located on Kenton's Cove (similar to how Disney themed and decked out Expedition Everest's queue line). The boat house was abandoned due to sudden rapid overgrowth (Mystic Timbers) and sightings of a rampaging monster in the wooded area the boathouse resides in (The Beast). This, however, may require the removal of the old Crypt show building, but it would really enhance the area.
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    Oktoberfest Discussion

    Maybe paint Sling Shot the colors of the German flag to freshen it up a little.
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    Resurrect a KI Coaster

    ^^^ Maybe make it a floorless coaster instead.
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    Resurrect a KI Coaster

    I chose The Bat. I visited the park this summer with my cousin who hadn't been to the park in years. He loved the current Bat when it was themed to Top Gun and was so excited when he found out it was still open. The Bat, the former Top Gun and Flight Deck, is one of my favorite coasters at the park. The only downside is that the coaster has a shorter ride duration and a layout similar to Vortex at Canadas Wonderland. The original Bat, as well as quite a few other early Arrow Suspended coasters, had two lift hills and unique layouts. The problem was the mechanical issues that arose as it was a prototype, as well as the wear and tear on the structure. If it were built with banked track and with the technical bugs worked out, it could've honestly been one of the best coasters at Kings Island.
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    Would a new skyride work?

    In the case for building a new Skyride, from what we've seen from the park the last two seasons, it seems that a rebirth of Coney Mall is taking place. Coney Bar B Que, Kings Mills Antique Autos, new lighting packages, these are all new additions that give Coney some nice refreshing look. If a new Skyride were built to span the Coney Mall midway, I would love to see a reproduction of the European style fountain in the middle of Coney Island's Mall. In 1964, Coney Island Management made plans to expand the Mall, requiring the removal of the Wildcat. When the Swiss Skyride was built in 1965, to add more visual appeal from above, the park installed a large fountain, which I believe was designed by Charles Flatt (the designer of the Royal Fountain on International Street) in the middle of the midway near the Lost River. The ideal location for such a fountain would be near the Zephyr where the hammer game used to stand. It's a very large plot of land that could benefit greatly by a large display like that. (Not my photo. Retrieved from the website Cincinnati Views) http://www.cincinnativiews.net/coney_part_4.htm
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    Would a new skyride work?

    I'm a bit indecisive about that, mostly because of the accident in 1977. However, Skyrides work at other parks, such as Cedar Point and California's Great America. The thing is, though, I can't think of a modern manufacturer that builds Skyrides anymore other that Von Roll, which is out of business. If a new Skyride were built, it would be cool to see it over Coney Mall, start in Oktoberfest around where the Tumble Bug used to be, past The Racer and end over near Kings Mills Antique Autos. It would help make Coney Mall look a little more like the old Coney Island.
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    Oktoberfest Discussion

    This is slightly off topic but still Oktoberfest related. Does anyone know who designed the buildings in Oktoberfest? Der Alte Deutsche Bier Garten (Hanks) was built with the park in 1972 and the Festhaus opened at Winterfest in 1982. I'm familiar with Bruce Bushman designing International Street as one of his last projects, as well as Darrel Daniels and the SkyRide stations, but is there some insight regarding who designed the other buildings in the park, specifically Oktoberfest?
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    International Street Discussion

    The lack of trees in the early seasons created a forced perspective that made the tower look taller than 300 feet, similar to how Bruce Bushman designed the windows and doors on the terraces on the buildings to be 3/4 scale in real life.
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