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  1. 28 minutes ago, BoddaH1994 said:

    I’m not seeing the early factual error. It was a Smurf Cone when it dropped in 1980 or 81. Clearly intended to tie in the the Smurfs. Not sure if it was a direct tie in with ride; however, there was a Smurf ride, so I’d say that the logic is there. 

    @DonHelbig drop some knowledge.

    Blue Ice Cream debuted in 1982 as a tie-in to Huckleberry Hound and then became a natural tie-in with the Smurfs when they invaded Kings Island. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, Hawaiian Coasters 325 said:

    I was there! Was a great event! Btw I was the one who asked about the Timberwolf concerts and what Mike said is the concerts this year is a test and if they are successful (which I think they will be) they will hold them again next year. I also was the one who asked about the crypt building! I also was excited when Mike said he wants an upgrade to Boo Blasters which I hope happens! More specifically a new version of Phantom Theater. 

    Thanks for attending Coasterstock 2022. What was your favorite part?

  3. 2 hours ago, disco2000 said:

    So did this communication say Coasterstock social media updates by participants could only be posted on official KI channels and not on KIC lol:P

    Normally we see a KIC group photo of those that attended Coasterstock, and people are quick to post a tidbit from Mike during the Q&A so that they can be the first to announce it here LOL.  I was expecting to see someone post about Diamondback is on his list for a repaint, as well as a revamp/refresh of Boo Blasters, etc. along with the behind the scenes/photo opportunity pictures.  Normally one of the younger members are quick to post this stuff LOL or others provide a link to their twitter with pictures or maybe a video of the Q&A.

    Instead, nothing.  Like the event didn't even happen LOL

    There was not one post here about Coasterstock during the actual event.

    And yet somehow, despite not one post here, impressions for Coasterstock 2022 content was in the millions. LOL :P

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  4. 8 hours ago, DoomPlague said:

    I think he's just being cynical but there's good reason to believe The Bat may be the next coaster to get the axe such as it's location, its ridership, the fact that its creator is no longer in business, etc etc. And then when it happens "service life" will be the reason given (which is fine. They have to say something and that's about the only thing you can say).

    Its ridership? The Bat annually ranks among the top attractions in the park for rides given. 

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  5. 5 minutes ago, Oldschool75 said:

    It is strange that it’s not on the ride height table either. Yet it was on last years map. If it is still operating this season it’s a major over site by someone.

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    As noted on the park's website, White Water Canyon along with Soak City Water Park will open for the 2022 season May 28. A new map will be uploaded then. 

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  6. I remember it well. I enjoyed it, riding it multiple times every year throughout its run at the park. It wasn't included with park admission. I remember it being $3.50 at one point. There was a good variety of animals, and you got an up close look at many of them. It was worth the cost to do it. 

    I also experienced Kings Dominion's. The similarities between Kings Island's and Kings Dominion's were different. 

  7. 1 hour ago, FEARSOMERIDER said:

    What happened last night?  As we were leaving after the Fireworks, we noticed a sea of "blue lights' in the parking lot in the general area were you would cross the street where you enter the handicapped parking.  I assumed it was an accident

    Accident on KI Drive.

  8. 3 hours ago, BeeastFarmer said:

    I was not impressed when this was announced, and I still am neutral on it after I have seen it twice.  Partly cool but mostly flat.  Creates a major bottleneck and I think it would work better in Action Zone.  The conga line and rock-paper-sizzors are too corny for my taste, an the screen could be used much more effectively.  Juggler is awesome though as are the dancers.  I hope this first attempt leads to an advancement next year in a better venue.  

    How's the view of the fireworks from Action Zone vs. Area 72? 

  9. Saddened by this news. I met Paul in 1981. We did a couple of TV shows together talking about roller coasters in the 1980's and I enjoyed working with him on stories he was writing for industry publications. The last time I saw him was about a year ago when he visited Kings Island to ride Orion. He'll be missed by many. 

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  10. 1 hour ago, TombRaiderFTW said:

    I'm curious, did they have labels for each side prior to the first reversal? Like, it was forwards versus backwards, and now it's red versus blue. Were there any signs that called them, say, north versus south or something? Or was it just Racer, and it just had two unnamed sides?

    The cars were labelled N or S (North, South) depending on the side they operated on. 

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  11. Each side had a Blue and Red train from The Racer's opening in 1972 through the 2007 season. I made the suggestion to have one side Blue and the other side Red prior to 2008. 

    Depending on how long it took to dispatch a train, there were multiple times every day the ride operated from 1972-2007 when it was Blue versus Blue, Red versus Red. 

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  12. 2 hours ago, SnakePlissken said:

    This is Coasterstock after all. We are here first and foremost for getting extra ride time on coasters outside of park normal operating hours.

    For the majority of the attendees, Coasterstock is not about ERT. It's a weekend celebration, a big "Family Reunion" for many. A chance to unite or reunite with other like-minded people. Oh, sure, there's ERT. But it's far from the most important part of the event for many of those who return to participate in the event year after year. And the event was created to be that way. 

    You keep going on and on about Adventure Express not being part of the ERT lineup. As noted earlier in this thread, it is not located within the footprint of where other rides are located during the ERT sessions. However, you will be able to get in several rides on Adventure Express immediately following each of the morning ERT sessions during the first hour is open and you can get in a couple of night rides before the park closes as well. 



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  13. 56 minutes ago, SnakePlissken said:

    Some things to note here. I am not crazy about how the Train Q&A and our Banshee walkback is during morning ERT. Where is the love for Adventure Express? No ERT at all? I would love some 30th anniversary rides with all the effects running at night for ERT.  Who thought Flight of Fear night ERT was a great idea and where is the tour of the spaghetti bowl? ERT on that should be during the day because well the ride is indoors. Why would I ever want to ride it at night? There is no Haunt house walk through either. 2 years ago we had a lights on walk through Slaughterhouse. A lights on walk through of Kill Mart would be so amazing. But overall good itinerary.

    The Train Photo Opportunity and Q&A was done this way so attendees can come and go at their leisure, have an opportunity to capture better photos, have more of conversation with the engineers and conductors, and just overall to make it a better experience for those interested in the story behind our steam trains.

    Having the Banshee backstage photo opportunity during the ERT session allows attendees to come and go at their leisure and offered us the chance to fit in two additional activities after the park opened, starting with the chance for everyone to ride the Grand Carousel together and to offer a book signing with Evan Ponstingle, author of Kings Island: A Ride Through Time. Now you may not care about a ride on the Grand Carousel, but for many of the attendees it's something they're going to enjoy doing together as a group. 

    I'm the one who thought Flight of Fear ERT at night was a great idea. It's located next to Orion, near The Racer and falls within the footprint of where the night time ERT rides are located, which is Coney Mall, Area 72 and Rivertown. There are two different experiences being offered on Flight of Fear. One night it's lights on, the next night it's lights off. 

    Where is the tour of the spaghetti bowl and Haunt maze walkthroughs? While things are getting back to normal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we're not there yet with being able to have a group of this size together in an indoor facility. 

    In developing the itinerary for this event, it's always done with what the majority of the attendees would enjoy in mind. 


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