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  1. Spectrum91

    The Amusement Park Railroad Thread

    ^Pretty sure that whole commercial was filmed at Kings Island. Always cool to see some historical footage.
  2. Spectrum91

    USA Today Names KI Best Haunt

    ^Halloween Horror Nights should definitely be at the top. The houses are incredible quality, incorporate amazing original stories and great IP's, and are completely brand new every year. Meanwhile, Kings Island finally retired a 17-year-old house this year. Like good job to Kings Island having its fans vote for Haunt, but by no means is it actually a measure of how it compares to other events on that list.
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    Some history of the "International Air Show"

    ^Where was that at? And the full balloon and basket? Would love to see any pictures of it now!
  4. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2018/october/the-graveyard-of-old-kings-island-rides I enjoy that the park does the defunct ride graveyard every year, but I'm surprised by the number of errors in this blog post. Misspellings and wrong years for several attractions...
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    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    Wave Breaker opened at SeaWorld San Antonio in 2017 and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Universal Studios Florida in 2014. They've definitely been less active in the U.S. though. I agree that Skyrush crushes your thighs, but in my opinion the sheer speed and intensity of the ride make it worth it. I'd obviously prefer to avoid the discomfort, but I'll accept it.
  6. Spectrum91

    Clearing Up "Black Sunday"

    Interesting, I never knew there was a fifth. Here's a picture of it, from the Save Rye Playland Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArtDecoPLAYLAND/about/): And from a May 1998 article in The Journal News: However, an August 25, 1991 article in The Courier-News says: So I'm not sure if one of the articles is incorrect, or if the ride didn't open until September 1991 and barely operated. I also wonder where it was relocated if it was sold.
  7. Spectrum91

    Clearing Up "Black Sunday"

    Regarding the last line, it appears Kings Dominion's version also had an octagonal box at top - https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/134/358571356_6fe6c84fc7_z.jpg?zz=1. There's also been claims it was relocated to Play Centre in Brazil (https://KICentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8549-what-happened-to-flight-commander/&do=findComment&comment=137752), but I've never been able to find a picture of a flight trainer there, only reports of one.
  8. Spectrum91

    Clearing Up "Black Sunday"

    Excellent article and fantastic research! I agree with Gordon Bombay above that maybe the actual events and alleged ghost stories may work best in separate articles (or at least that's how I'm interpreting his post). Quick question though... toward the end of the article you mention that Flight Commander closed after 1995 and was sold for scrap. What's your source for this? I've been trying to figure out the ride's fate for a while now and stumbled upon an old post (https://KICentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/130-flight-commander/&tab=comments#comment-1757) that suggests it may have been relocated to Flamingo Land in the UK. Flamingo Land's flight trainer (ironically named Top Gun) operated from 1996 through 2004 and a picture of it can be seen here.
  9. I'd still be surprised if the train was open the first Winterfest. If it was open, then the fact it wasn't included in the article or map above suggest it was a last-minute decision. And this last-minute decision would have required staffing train engineers and ride operators, opening an un-decorated pathway between International Street and the train station (which would also require additional employees to clean and patrol it), and pulling the ride out of its off-season maintenance. It makes more sense that the 1982 Winterfest was smaller scale and, following its success, the park decided to expand the event in 1983 and have rides open during it.
  10. Guests for sure could not enjoy a ride on Smurf's Enchanted Voyage in 1982 - that attraction didn't open till 1984
  11. Spectrum91

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    That's what many people thought for 2013 too.
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    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    I personally don't even think they'll change the radio music.
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    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    ^But if the Coney smokehouse was to pull all of its food from the Soak City one, wouldn't the Soak City location need to operate pre- and post-season, when the remainder of the water park is closed?
  14. Spectrum91

    Haunt and Winterfest update with Don Helbig

    ^I don't foresee this actually happening, but Sally Dark Rides (who created the sets for Boo Blasters, and Scooby-Doo before that) has built a North Pole Adventure attraction. I imagine the company could easily integrate sets and props from this attraction and create a spooky festive new ride experience. Link: http://sallycorp.com/dark-rides/north-pole-adventure
  15. Spectrum91

    2018 Construction in Coney Mall

    ^Not necessarily. It's often the opposite.