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  1. -Have The Gravity Group finish retracking/ reprofiling The Racer. -Repaint Racer to its original red white and blue color pallet. -Restore the Wurlitzer 157 band organ on the Grand Carousel & upgrade with MIDI program, much like Cedar Point's Wurlitzer 153 on the Midway Carousel. -Touch up the paint on the Grand Carousel to bring the ride back to it's post-1969 restoration standard.
  2. On my visit a couple weeks ago, the ride operators on Racer would dispatch Blue Racer first and then Red Racer about a second after. This way Red slowly catches up with Blue on the lift and they disengage from the lift chain at the same time. My brother and I saw it while waiting in line for The Beast just how even the trains were up until they spit off. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't RMC do the electrical work on Rebel Yell/ Racer 75 in 2019 to incorporate the jockeying up the lift? I thought I heard someone say that in the past.
  3. I find it's in the middle. For people like me, and other Kings Island history buffs, Racer is extremely integral in the park's lineup and in coaster history and that it should be preserved. It also seems to be very popular. The park concedes that it has gotten over 1 million riders each season since 1972, and that only Mystic Timbers, Banshee and Diamondback get more riders annually (which may change with Orion). However, for many years, I have heard people complain about the roughness. I find that most younger people don't have the appreciation for it. The track work and reprofiling this past offseason by Gravity Group and the park's wood coaster maintenance team seems to have paid off and it seems like it's making a comeback. I also really like the LED uplighting on the white structure and how it is incorporated into the fireworks show. In my opinion, Gravity Group should continue retracking it until the entire course is reprofiled and smoothed out. I threw out the suggestion on here of changing one of the hills coming back in and adding a double down to mix it up a bit and add more pops of airtime, but that's unlikely to ever happen. And like how BoddaH said above, bring back the red white and blue paint on the structure.
  4. I loved their galleries of old park pictures. I was hoping one day to use their photo gallery of the Paramount Story tiles to figure out which one was which. I'm gonna have to go on there before Monday and save as many photos as I can.
  5. Since Coney Mall is supposed to be themed to Cincinnati's Coney Island, why not recreate a modern version of the fountain that was there from 1965 - 1971. Top photo: Coney Island Central Bottom photo: Cincinnati Views
  6. Entry #4 Sunday night in Paris May 5, 2019
  7. Entry #2 July 31, 2020 Looking up.
  8. I have so many good photos of the Tower. This is one of my favorites.
  9. I got so excited when I first saw the front of the trains. When I saw the picture of the entrance, my excitement levels increased ten fold. I'm loving these improvements! Good job, Kings Island!
  10. Same here. I love riding it each time I visit, but it definitely needs some touching up to restore the airtime. I can't wait to try the new track this season to see how well it runs.
  11. Not my opinion, just a comment I read a while back: "Kings Island needs to tear down The Racer and Adventure Express because they need an update like Cedar Point." My actual opinion: They should add a double down element on the airtime hills on Racer immediately following the turnarounds, just to add more airtime.
  12. The reprofiling Gravity Group did should hopefully bring more airtime to The Racer. Can't wait to ride it this season!
  13. My pleasure! It was an exciting find.
  14. The murals on the rounding boards and on the central drum of the carousel were painted by Carole Lanter in 1969 when the ride was still at Coney Island. The restoration effort was supervised by Coney's special effects coordinator Dick Harsley and all 48 hand carved horses were repainted by Bill Tull. I attended the memorabilia sale at Coney Island on September 26, 2020 and purchased a photo of Carole Lanter repainting one of the murals during the restoration. You can also find this photo in the book "Cincinnati's Coney Island" by Charles Jacques Jr. Top: Carole Lanter painting one of the oil murals on the carousel rounding board in 1969. Bottom: The same mural at Kings Island photographed by me on October 11, 2020.
  15. Hey KICentral! I haven't posted on here in a while, but I have been updating my Paramount era I-Street playlist, adding songs that were missing that I came across. I recently found a video from FearFest 2001. The beginning of the video features the entrance with International Street and the fountains, and you can hear the Love Theme from Chinatown by Jerry Goldsmith as well as the main theme from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by John Williams. However, between the two pieces, there is some sort of march being played. I've looked online to see if I could find it, listening to all movie marches I could find, but they didn't sound familiar. It sounds similar to the Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa. https://youtu.be/qBDBIaiTPwc It can be heard from 1:20 to 1:41 the video and then again at around 2:14 to 3:09. It's kinda hard to hear over the fountain and the people talking, but I was able to make out a melody and that the song was in the key of B flat. Is anyone familiar with what this march is? Thank you!
  16. Going by when the episode aired in relation to park development that occurred shortly thereafter, and Mike Brady saying the plans were for a "new area of the park," my guess is he was the one who designed Lion Country Safari for the 1974 season.
  17. I knew that. It's amazing knowing that our area played, and still plays, a significant role in the amusement industry.
  18. Awesome! Thank you so much! I think I've passed that place many times without realizing it.
  19. 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?
  20. 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.
  21. ^^^^My pleasure! They were a lot of fun to make. And yes, they play many country renditions of popular songs.
  22. 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.
  23. If I remember correctly, they played the theme to "The Pink Panther" by Henry Mancini near the end of the Paramount years.
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