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  1. BlondyRidesOn

    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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    Kings Island Music

    ^^^ Totally agree with the Bernstein piece. I feel like they could've used more of his score in that film, and I just think it ties in very well with The Beast. Also, I forgot about Adventure Express. Still going with Williams' Indiana Jones scores, I would choose the original 1981 Raiders March with the London Symphony from Raiders of the Lost Ark and "Belly of the Steel Beast" from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, which I mentioned in a previous thread was played in the final tunnel with the temple god.
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    Kings Island Music

    The Racer- The current Racer Radio is good, but it would be cool to hear some more music from the late 60s and early 70s in the station. The Beast- "Metamorphosis" unused track from "An American Werewolf in London" by Elmer Bernstein The Bat- "Night on Bald Mountain" by Mussorgsky Banshee- "Ossuary 6 - Air" by Kevin MacLeod Vortex- "Vengabus (We Like to Party)" by Vengaboys Diamondback- "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" by Hugo Montenegro (Composed by Ennio Morricone)
  8. The Northern Kentucky one wasn't approved by the Army Corp of Engineers because of it comprising the strength of the levee and flood wall. Honestly, a permanent ferris wheel on the Ohio side of the river would look fantastic.
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    Next NEW Coaster

    Size doesn't always determine might. Mystic is a nice family coaster, but it has a large amount of intensity and force. In regards to the next new coaster, if we do get a giga coaster, the coaster after that should be one that pushes the limits again. At one time, Kings Island would be a trend setter for the coaster world. The Bat being the worlds first suspended coaster (Big Bad Wolf at BGW being the first successful one), King Cobra first looping stand up built from the ground up, The Beast being the longest and largest roller coaster at the time, even The Racer in 1972 was a risk. It would be cool to see a coaster that puts the park back on track as the king of thrills.
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    Discussion & History on the Kings Island & Miami Vally Railroad

    Somewhere on here, someone posted some photos of what we believe to be the house in the middle of Fort Coney prior to Kings Island's construction. Does anyone know where they may be?
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    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    Any chance The Racer will have that lighting during regular season and be incorporated into the fireworks show?
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    IAAPA 2018

    Will GCI still supply the Millennium Flyer trains or are they moving to the Infinity Flyer much like RMC discontinuing their original train design?
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    Ideas for the Crypt building?

    Why not build a Hopkins Super Flume that weaves in and out of the building, which can be themed to a mine of some sort. The Licking River in Kentucky is known for salt mines along its banks, maybe name it "Salt Mine Falls."
  14. I'm amazed by how much they look like the original Arrow models. Will they all be patterned like that, or will they be solid colors?
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    Future plans for Firehawk's station discussion

    But we already have The Racer and Mystic Timbers. Personally if GCI returns, I would love to see a Ghostrider style treatment of The Racer; same layout but new wood track and new trains. However, an RMC topper track woodie would be cool to see implemented.