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    Most anticipated 2019 coasters

    I voted for the Harry Potter coaster but i am very curious to see how these 2 nes S&S coasters do (Steel Curtain and Maxx Force).
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    The Firehawk back-story...

    The original flying dutchman, Stealth at Great America was originally intended to leave the station in the sitting position and recline on the lift as well. I don't think it ever worked either. https://www.ultimaterollercoaster.com/news/archives/june99/stories/062299_04.shtml
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    Kings Island Removing an Attraction?

    I was never a fan of the placement of Firehawk at KI. It is kinda hidden behind the FOF building. A ride that that needs to be on display where everyone can see what makes it unique. Also while standing in the queue the area just seems dead. FOF is inside and adds no kinetic to the area and Firehawk dispatches so slowly it has the same effect. You just feel detached from the rest of the park back there. When i rode it as X-Flight at Geauga Lake it was front and center. I could be seen from the parking lot and also very well from the area of the park it was placed.
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    Kings Island Removing an Attraction?

    For the most part that is true. The only difference as I was told it is that it was going to be placed on the old King Cobra site before Delirium came along. One way that you can tell Firehawk was not originally designed for the spot it is in now is the height of some of the concrete footers. They needed to be built up because the supports are not long enough for the current placement of the ride. The development of what would become X-Flight and Batwing was far enough along before Paramount cancelled them that the ride was in the manufacturing process and promotional materials including souvenirs were being produced. The ride that was coming to Kings Island was also going to be called Stealth. I thought the sister coaster was going to Kings Dominion though not Carowinds.
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    BGW 2019: Finnegan's Flyer

    Between the screamin' swing and the water coaster it looks like a great year for BGW!
  6. The idea that Cedar Point is getting all the great coasters and Kings Island is not is just insane. Since Cedar Fair has purchased KI (2006) we have gotten 4 major coasters: Firehawk, Diamondback, Banshee, and Mystic Timbers. Cedar Point has also installed 4 coasters in the same time period. Canada's Wonderland has installed 3, Carowinds has installed 2, Kings Dominion has installed 3. Some of the smaller parks like Dorney and Michagan's Adventure receive little to nothing from year to year. We are hardly being neglected. Also Diamondback, Banshee and MT are considered some of the best of their type of ride and are all ranked highly in enthusiast polls such as the Coasterbuzz 100. From time to time "off years" are required for general park improvements such as restaurants, and other upgrades. For 2017 Cedar Point added some water slides and re branded their water park. It is important to have a well rounded park that has stuff for everyone to do. Not just roller coasters. Our time will come again. Just most likely not for 2019.
  7. That is a great find! I don't know if it really means anything as far as a future ride for Kings Island but it is very cool how they tied the story lines into one another. I also know that the teaser material for the new coaster over at Carowinds they reference Miami River Lumber and Steel Vengeance. Also i never realized the connection between SOB and Adventure Express.
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    Favorite coaster in Ohio

    Steel Vengeance followed by Maverick with out a doubt.
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    Yelling at ride ops??

    I worked on Tomb Raider it's first couple of years and we saw it at all. My favorite instance was a parent who told the greeter that their child was not riding. The kid who was very obviously too short made it to the ride and sat down. We noticed that there were legs in this seat that were not even long enough to bend over the seat and we saw 2 little legs sticking straight out. We up bared and checked him only to see what we had suspected. He was waaaaay too short. Then we had his father standing there making a scene on the ride screaming that there were lots of other kids he saw getting on that were also too short and that we were just singling them out. So we opened up all 77 seats and walked up and down every row with a height stick. His kid was the only one that was too short to ride. Finally he gave in and both him and his child walked out of the ride.
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    Kings Island Steakhouse

    I would love for the International Restaurant to re open for every day park guests. I think one of the reasons the restaurant closed is due to ADA and a lack of an elevator. They installed a new elevator a season or two ago. I always took that as a sign that it might re open. I do hear occasional stories of people watching the fireworks from the restaurant from years back. Sounds very cool! Crossing my fingers!
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    Current wait times

    Anyone know what the crowds look like today?
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    Ideas for the Crypt building?

    Just tear it down.
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    Awesome new set on the Bandstand!!