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BlondyRidesOn

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  1. I knew that. It's amazing knowing that our area played, and still plays, a significant role in the amusement industry.
  2. Awesome! Thank you so much! I think I've passed that place many times without realizing it.
  3. Hey guys, long time no post. I noticed on the Kings Island discussion page on the forum menu, a topic was brought up regarding the Dinn Corporation wooden coaster that was planned for the 1992 season before Dinn closed their operations. But there was one thing that I always found interesting about Dinn. Their headquarters were located in West Chester, Ohio, not far from Mason in Butler County. I've lived in the West Chester my entire life and have always found it amazing that a major player in the amusement industry was located there. Does anyone know where exactly they and Denise Dinn Larrick's company, Custom Coasters International (CCI), were located in West Chester?
  4. The Racer gets over 1 million riders each season with only Diamondback, Banshee, and Mystic Timbers getting more riders. It's a walk on because it can launch 60 people at a time because of the two loading platforms, compared to 28 people on Vortex and 32 people on Banshee and Diamondback.
  5. ^^^^My pleasure! They were a lot of fun to make. And yes, they play many country renditions of popular songs.
  6. Hey! Long time no update. My Spotify playlists are ready to be released. A few songs are missing, some are unavailable, but I tried my best to get them as accurate as possible.
  7. If I remember correctly, they played the theme to "The Pink Panther" by Henry Mancini near the end of the Paramount years.
  8. Yes, "Fratelli Chase" by David Grusin. I was digging through old forums to see if I missed any from the original list and that was one that was listed, along with Beetlejuice by Danny Elfman, which they play during Haunt. I'll be sure to add one of the Addams Family themes, even if it isn't exact. If it ever becomes available, I'll be sure to replace it with the right track.
  9. I found other songs from other films, such as The Goonies and Pee Wee's Big Adventure. I believe I read that they played "Moon River" by Henry Mancini from Breakfast at Tiffany's and "Chariots of Fire" by Vangelis. The only thing Addams Family related I could find, aside from the main theme from the sitcom, was a 1 minute or so long piano cover of "A Party... For Me?"
  10. My pleasure @AZ Kinda Guy! I actually made a Rivertown playlist with the Pickin' On Series. I'm missing a few songs, but it has a good number of them.
  11. It's on the album, however it wouldn't let me choose it. I did find a piano rendition of the waltz portion of "A Party... For Me?" on The Bucket List album.
  12. They played the Star Trek theme for the fireworks, that I remember well.
  13. ^^I've been looking for the Addams Family piece for a while. It's on YouTube, just not Spotify.
  14. Hey! It's been a while since I've posted on here. I decided to comment on this thread rather than start a new thread since there are so many threads on this topic. As we've discussed, Kings Island has been making improvements to the soundtrack heard around the park, namely International Street and Rivertown. In my free time, I pieced together some playlists on Spotify of International Street from 2017 and 2018 as well as Rivertown. As a kid, I grew up going to the park under Paramount and eventually CBS/Viacom. One day, I decided that it would be cool to make a playlist of the music that played on International Street during the Paramount years. I searched through old forums and created a playlist of any music I could find from that era. These are the songs I have so far: - James Bond "Dr No." Theme by John Barry - Theme to Mission Impossible by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. (At least a similar version) - "The Saint" by Orbital - Love theme from The Godfather by Nino Rota - "Breakfast Machine" from Pee Wee's Big Adventure by Danny Elfman - Love theme from Romeo and Juliet by Nino Rota - "Unchained Melody (Orchestral)" from Ghost by Maurice Jarre - "Top Gun Anthem" from Top Gun by Harold Faltermeyer - Love theme from St. Elmo's Fire by David Foster - "Italia" from The Talented Mr. Ripley by Gabriel Yared - "End Credits" from Star Trek: First Contact by Jerry Goldsmith - Theme to Superman by John Williams - Love theme from Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith - "Rose" from Titanic by James Horner - "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop by Harold Faltermeyer - Theme to The Naked Gun by Ira Newborn - Theme to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by John Williams - "Imperial March" from The Empire Strikes Back by John Williams - Main Theme from Forrest Gump by Alan Silvestri - End Titles from Driving Miss Daisy by Hans Zimmer - "Where the Money Is" from "The Distinguished Gentleman by Randy Edelman - "Marion's Theme / The Crate" from Raiders of the Lost Ark by John Williams. Are there any changes that I need to make or any songs that I am missing out of that list? I plan to provide the links to the playlists on here sometime in the near future. Thanks everyone!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Another thing to keep in mind is that Thunder Road had major structural problems, while Racer does not.
  18. Glad things are looking up for the ride. I hope GCI continues to do this work in the next few seasons as well.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Maybe paint Sling Shot the colors of the German flag to freshen it up a little.
  24. ^^^ Maybe make it a floorless coaster instead.
  25. 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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