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  1. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    This may or may not be the case. However, I would not underestimate the effects of this "decoding". Over the last 25+ years we've went from most people maybe seeing a TV commercial or a newspaper ad of the new ride. Then came full ride POVs and full layouts released on the park's time. Now we have people digging up blueprints and posting them online before the previous season is even underway. I have assumed that speculation is good for business and subsequently early disclosure is bad for it. Every park at least acts as if this is the case. Logically it makes sense. One of the last things a park want to do is give someone a reason for not renewing the family's passes. "Let's just wait until the coaster." Once the habit is broken who knows if they'll come back. It's the same reason car companies don't talk about the upcoming all new 2020 model when the (5 year old design) 2019 model is still on the lots. There are two possible pathways in the future that I can forsee: 1) There will no longer be speculation when it comes to new KI rides OR 2) something will change with the policies/ordinances when it comes to new rider construction.
  2. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    Remember that Knott’s is in Southern California near Disney. Most of the theming (or expectations of their being theming) already existed at the time Cedar Fair took over. Cedar Fair has done a great job with that park, but I don't think you'll see that level of theming at their other parks. Knott’s is influenced by Disney and the prospect of catering to at least some Disney cross shopers. Ohio market vs the Socal market is why we get Mystic Timbers and they get a renovated Calico Mine Ride. Both cool, different markets.
  3. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    I don't mind the Haunt for what it is (although I mostly go to ride the coasters and the extra night rides are nice), but yes it should never be detrimental to the park during the regular season. Shuttering a former arcade during the spring and summer because it now houses a Haunted maze is stupid and lazy. I've never understood tolerating something as worse for the vast majority of the time for the purpose of making something better a small part of the time. (See also the new Royal Fountain).
  4. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    After looking at photos online it does appear that the top observation area does consist of two decks. I don't recall ever going to the lower one myself, but I may have in the past. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/longestaugust/7871291868
  5. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    Shaggy are you talking about the 50 ft observation deck that has been closed to the public since probably the '80s?
  6. I mean no offense to the hard workers of the landscaping department. I'm sure they execute to the highest level they can with the resources they're given. That goes for all departments I mentioned including food and entertainment. My point though was that Kings Island’s business model has changed (probably to an extent rightfully so), into more of a regular amusement park versus the original Coney Island meets Disneyland model. Coasters are now top priority and other facets are secondary. The fountains as originally built were a remnant of a time when aesthetics were a higher priority. It was nice to have them while still having world class coasters.
  7. Cedar Fair has always had the same business model (not including the Ouimet era), build big and fast coasters for the cash cow parks and do just enough to the small ones to keep the status quo. They get an 'A' when it comes to adding coasters to the big parks and maintaining the ones they already have. In everything else (theming and landscaping, food, entertainment and special events, etc.) they are average or as you said "three steps short of great." The fountains are a particularly sad case because they were spectacular and reminiscent of a different time and a much different business model. (From what I gather early Kings Island was probably most comparable to modern day Dollywood or Busch Gardens).
  8. It's interesting you say that. Personally, I don't think it's out of character for Cedar Fair at all.
  9. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    Thank you, Ronny. My question is why are plans like this not found for every new coaster or even Kings Island's recent additions? Do people not care as much to check their city hall? Is there some sort of wink and nod between the parks and the cities to keep them "tucked away" until after the announcement? Do parks not file them until after the announcement, (doubt it)? Frankly the enthusiasts have sucked the life out of the 2020 announcement as even much of the local news have shown the plans. I can't imagine the park is pleased with all of this, but this might be the new norm unfortunately. I think I might sit out the next decoding/rumor coaster thread. We're far from the days of TR:TR when everyone knew next to nothing about what it was!
  10. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    Exactly. Steel Vengeance is a blast from the drop to the brake. Just make the elements smaller!
  11. Yes, I'm aware. I meant keeping them. Cedar Fair has not.
  12. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    I think the old names have a certain charm. It seems every new coaster name is a monster, an intimidating animal, or some mythical or powerful force/magic, etc. I think the scary theme is overdone, personally, but ultimately it won't be up to me!
  13. KI Guy

    Decoding 2020

    Millennium Force: Cool name in 1999 for announcement and 2000. Outdated reference by 2001. What does it even mean? (Yes, I know a cheesy story explains it.) Intimidator 305: decent name, theme pretty good. Licensing fee and NASCAR popularity has been declining since even before its debut. Leviathan: Great, unique name that fitting a giant coaster. Fury 325: What does it even mean? Hopelessly generic. Shooting Star: Timeless. Throwback to Cincinnati history, everyone knows what a shooting star is. My point is Shooting Star has appeal even though it may not be the trendiest name.
  14. Good: Flight of Fear, Drop Zone, Kids Area(s), Royal Fountain, recaR, Park Map, Fearfest, Production and Presentation of shows. No pay to cut system. Waterworks to Boomerang Bay. Season Pass prevews. TRAMS! Bad: End of Winterfest. Loss of Flying Eagles, Italian Job Ugly: Son of Beast, Tomb Raider: The Ride. Park cleanliness and upkeep (later years).
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