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  1. Personally, if I share information and it turned out I said something wrong, I'd like to be corrected so that I can instead convey the right information. I don't think people are actively looking for things to correct or have malicious intents, but instead value accuracy and appreciate Kings Island history. Just my take on it, anyway.
  2. It looks as though the post was edited and several of the issues were corrected. Here are all the corrections that have been made: Phantom Theater opened 1992 (previously said 1993) Der Spinnen Keggers previously misspelled as Der Spinning Keggers Bayern Kurve previously misspelled as Bayern Curve There's still a few errors though: Flying Dutchman is listed as having closed in 1991, but 1990 was actually its last season Flight Commander is listed as having opened in 1991, but actually opened in 1990 Rotor is listed as having closed in 1982, but I'm pretty confident its last season was 1979 McScrappy's Slide is listed having closed in 1994, but it operated in 1995. This part has been updated though to note it opened as Flying Carpets, but that should be Flying Carpet.
  3. Yeah it's definitely not that old. Looks post-Paramount, so 2007 at the absolute oldest.
  4. ^I like how that website got both the location (Kings Island) and date (January 4, 1970) wrong on all of their Kings Dominion videos.
  5. The Smurf has sold for a staggering $1,025 - easily the highest I've seen a Kings Island collectible go for it. For the sake of archiving the item, here's a screenshot of the entry and all the current pictures attached to it.
  6. Seems to happen a few times per a decade, but a genuine Kings Island Smurf is currently for sale on eBay. At the time of this post, it's up to $260.55 with 5 days left. If I had to guess though, I'd expect this guy to fetch $600-$700 by auction's end. https://www.ebay.com/itm/153230145471?_trksid=p2471758.m4703 Smurf's Enchanted Voyage opened in 1984 (not 1982, as several online sources falsely claim) and closed after the 1991 season. It was a re-skin of the original Enchanted Voyage, which opened with the park in 1972, and was ultimately replaced by Phantom Theater. Here's some highlights of the ride:
  7. Thanks for sharing! Definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of Kings Island history.
  8. The plan view the park shared may be a little confusing, so I laid it over Coney Mall's current layout and added a bit of color. Here's what the ride will look like, and a gif showing the conversion. The names for the structures pulled from the image the park shared, albeit they were a little tough to read. https://i.imgur.com/lA8LtMl.mp4
  9. ^Pretty sure that whole commercial was filmed at Kings Island. Always cool to see some historical footage.
  10. ^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.
  11. ^Where was that at? And the full balloon and basket? Would love to see any pictures of it now!
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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