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  1. Did Slingshot operate any of the past few weekends?
  2. I'm pleasantly surprised to see concerts in Timberwolf again and hope that they do well. Also interesting to see that they're allowing park people to buy tickets to just the concerts and not requiring park admission... it's been done at least one other time, for a Loverboy concert back in 1982.
  3. I wasn't at the park opening day, but I think the same was done in the past, if memory serves me right... coasters run slower when it's colder, and it may be a little chillier some of these earlier weekends, so it's probably a preemptive measure to make sure the train has enough speed to successfully engage with the lift hill.
  4. Monster opened at Coney Island in 1968, as noted in this May 19, 1968 article from The Cincinnati Enquirer. Monster reference is halfway down the left column.
  5. What a fun commercial - I laughed out loud when I saw a tire going down the drop on Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal. I'm intrigued by the inclusion of "And seatbelts on thrillers like these" at 0:23, showing Racer... I wasn't aware Racer had seatbelts in the 1970s? Did it, or is it just video editing and they actually showed the seatbelts on a different ride?
  6. The wheel was original to the ride when it opened at Cincinnati's Coney Island in 1968, as seen here (photo source unknown): It was removed sometime between 2004-2005. It actually sat in a park boneyard afterward for a few years, before being assumedly scrapped.
  7. Or a leaf blower during the season, maybe once a week or so. All that stuff is unsightly and (literally) trashy.
  8. Here's a wonderful pair of photos showing the flume with the lights. Both photos were previously shared in the Kings Island History Facebook group by user Pete Leaf Peters.
  9. Actually Racer did have its track shifted at some bents. You can see how the ledgers (long pieces of wood that the track sits atop) have been shifted down here... the old locations of the ledgers are the brown spots on the white posts.
  10. I think that the edges of the parking lot were gravel (it's a little hard to tell in photos), but the main section in the middle was paved. Here are a pair of photos from 1972, shared by Steve Reiner in the Kings Island History Facebook group. One more photo, cropped from one by the Ohio Department of Transportation in 1972... the far left and right definitely look like they could be gravel (also interesting that buses used to park on the right, whereas today that area is handicap / associate parking... I wonder when that changed?)
  11. Thanks for sharing! I really like the picture of Scooby-Doo and Mr. Red in front of the Eiffel Tower; I don't think I've ever seen that one before. Nice find!
  12. Thank you so much for having me! It was a lot of fun to discuss Kings Island's history, plus all the ways that the park will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
  13. Per the 2005 WinterFest map, you're correct that it was at 7:30pm. This is exciting for the event. The floats look really great and I bet the 8:30pm time will encourage visitors to stay at the park longer.
  14. I remember that mural being revealed during the off-season and scouring old photos to try and find it in an old picture. Turns out it was inside of the original Lost Parents location, pictured here (courtesy KIExtreme). The buildings painted around it were based off International Street's own shops/restaurants, and the two small blue windows directly to the left of Lost Parents were also revealed when the old baby care center was demolished.
  15. I realize it was sorta discussed in a couple of the replies, but just to reiterate since this is one of the biggest (false) Kings Island urban legends - Eiffel Tower's top antenna was not removed to make Drop Zone the tallest thing in the park... 1993 was the final year for the top antenna. Drop Zone didn't open until 1999. Are we to the point that Flight Deck is a nostalgic name/theme?
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