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  1. I'm not sure it really matters anyway. I've seen plenty of long lines for Steel Vengeance. I do remember how Son of Beast had a loud chain lift and that never deterred me from riding it.
  2. ^I completely agree with you there. I would like to have a ground up RMC, but on a larger scale, more like SV.
  3. I personally think it would be the perfect spot for a coaster such as Steel Vengeance. Plenty of land to have a rather large layout. Adding wood topper track to an existing coaster would not give them the most wood track in a park record, so I don't follow you there.
  4. A friend of mine at work suggested a coaster not listed in the poll. How about something similar to Steel Vengeance going there?
  5. The main factors of a ride's removal: Ridership Maintenance Cost Parts availability
  6. Cedar Point and Kings Island pull from very different markets. Market overlay is very minimal. In other words, what exists at one park has almost zero to do with what is available at the other.
  7. Never stayed at LHP. Having stayed at Breakers, it was updated a few years back and is top notch now.
  8. I voted none, but actually made one trip. One last ride on The Vortex.
  9. Well, yeah. Having a son who is now about to be 11 doesn't help either.
  10. Same here. Thank you for reminding me what the other site was called. It was escaping me after posting my reply. @BoddaH1994 , how many years has KIC been around for now?
  11. I've been around since its creation. A merger of 2 other Kings Island sites that banded together. I'm sure @BoddaH1994 remembers that all too well.
  12. Knowing Kings Island, they will find a way to appease the nearby residents. Sure, they may have an upper hand legally or otherwise, but they certainly don't desire negative publicity.
  13. @IceePirate you may be right about that. I can't really tell from the pic of the receipt she sent to me. I did mention earlier that it is 2 day shipping though.
  14. That is very true. I was just meaning that the $6 isn't too far off from what the post office receipt said the cost was. The bubble packaging was $2.19 and the shipping was $7.35. I don't know how they are shipping for cheaper, actually.
  15. I don't know about that. I won't say who, but an employee went to the park and purchased one for me, then is sending it USPS. Although, she is sending it to me me 2 day and wrapped in bubble. So, it cost me $45 and change.
  16. I rode FOF again this past October after not riding it for many years. It was mostly due to waiting for my son to be tall enough to ride. I just didn't want to ride anything that he could not. I found it highly enjoyable. No complaints. It does feel jerkier to me, but I'm positive it's just me getting older. I, like many others here, rode it with the OTSR's when it opened. A lot more painful ride. Adding those lap bars made it a much more enjoyable experience.
  17. I really dig this new concept. Hopefully a park will take a chance on S&S' new coaster.
  18. You will not hear much, if any, showing negativity towards the proverbial "wow, look at the size of that thing" from the GP.
  19. KIBeast


    He sure did! Although, it was not new to him. He had already reached the 52" height requirement before this year.
  20. KIBeast


    So, upon hearing the news of the impeding closure of The Vortex, I managed to arrange a year end trip to ride this classic one more time. For this trip, it was only my son and I that went. The wife stayed home to pack as we are moving on October 31st. It was not just a chance to ride Vortex one last time, but also would be the 1st time that he was tall enough to ride anything in the park. This will not be a long trip report. Just going to give some highlights. We arrived at 11am, right at opening. For the first 2 hours, we rode quite a bit. At 1pm, the park gates just flooded with a ton of people. Made for some very long lines as I did not have the money to splurge for Fast Lane. I hadn't been to KI for a Haunt in many years and it was nowhere near that busy. Now for the highlights. We went to Invertigo 1st and were met with a very short line. He was excited to try a new coaster as our first ride of the day. He really enjoyed it as did I. Rode Racer and noticed that it was noticeably smoother. Later, we rode the Blue side and it was as rough as ever. Normally, it wouldn't be noteworthy to me, but after riding the Comet at Hersheypark, there's no good reason for Racer to be as rough as it is. Comet is way older and far less bumpy. The next new coaster for him was Flight of Fear. He was genuinely nervous about riding. Maybe it's the indoor atmosphere, I don't really know. On a personal note, I would like to detract an earlier statement I made about this coaster and its theme. It still looks good and was groundbreaking at that time. Trey loved this new coaster as well. We had LaRosa's in Rivertown for lunch. Was really good except for the fact that we had to move twice due to bees hounding us endlessly. I don't care for the no lid, no straw thing they have going on. I would like to enjoy my lunch in peace. I had obtained a 2nd cup to split a drink with him since I have a cold. I wound up throwing mine away after one drink. The bees were so annoying, one landed in mine, so I trashed it. We went around to Diamondback since that was the last new coaster for him. It has been a number of years since I had been on it. We both loved it. DB has some great floater air time. This is his new favorite. Later that day, I paid $10 for 2 chances at winning Fast Lane passes. The 1st time, he landed on winner's choice, so he picked Diamondback. 2nd time, he landed on Banshee. Last summer, he spun the wheel and landed on Mystic Timbers twice. So, for the record, he's 4-0 against the wheel. We had our mandatory night ride on The Beast, which was epic as always. On our last lap for Vortex, also a night ride, as we waited maybe 40 minutes at most, I couldn't help feel a little bit sad at this coaster's impending doom. I also understand why it has to go and I am happy that for 3 seasons, Trey was able to enjoy this classic, iconic coaster. As a final thought, a friend of mine pointed out something that I have taken granted for years. The sheer size and area that Vortex now resides in stretches from Coney Mall to Rivertown. That's going to be a huge gaping hole left empty for at least another 2-3 years. That will be a sight to see. It does leave me with excitement for future expansion in this area. My mind goes nuts thinking about all of the possibilities of what may come.
  21. Great addition for Hersheypark. I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip this past July. However, I won't be back any time soon as I found myself exhausted after going up and down hills all day. I honestly can't believe no one even suggested the name Hershey Highway for this new addition.
  22. I have only been on one other Top Spin, which was located at Geauga Lake. The Texas Twister. I thought it was rather fun and I don't see why you couldn't put another one in there while themed to Rivertown somehow.
  23. A paint job, or lack thereof, has no bearing or telling of a coaster's fate. King Kobra was painted and then removed the following seaon. I think there's a possibility that a dive coaster or wing coaster could wind up in that area. (I have no insider info nor claim to. Just a guess)
  24. I wouldn't bet the farm on it ever being built.
  25. This is very reminiscent of Geauga Lake. I know that the waterpark at GL lasted a number of seasons, but does anyone think that Coney Island will last as long without their dry park?
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