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  1. While I would be surprised if a madhouse made an appearance at Kings Island, Vekoma seems to be making quite a come back. They were recently purchased by S&S and have some pretty exciting looking new coaster projects going on in Europe and Asia as well as new trains. It looks like they are a very different company now than they were when Invertigo, Firehawk and Flying Ace Aerial Chase were installed. Lech in Poland looks pretty awesome don't you think?
  2. Sounds like cool concept. And i really like how the name seems to tie it in with Mystic Timbers potentially. This is really shaping up to be a pretty exciting season! LET IT BEGIN!
  3. Not good. It seemed haphazardly thrown together and it was pretty ovbious where the jump scares were gonna come from.
  4. Seeing the Sea World and Busch Gardens parks bouncing back makes me so happy. BGT is one of my most favorite parks!
  5. This has me really excited! I-street is the first impression a guest has when walking through the gates. I already thought it looked good but there is always room for improvement. On my personal bucket list of improvements that I hoped would come to KI was new fountains with choreographed shows. I thought that at the end of the day the fountains could also be choreographed with the fireworks. Very excited for this!
  6. 2020 will certainly be an exciting year for the Sea World / Busch parks. Every park is getting a new major coaster, Busch Gardens Tampa is getting RMC Gwazi, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is getting a new Intamin launch coaster, Sea World Orlando what looks to be a Wave Breaker coaster, Sea World San Antonio a GCI and now a B&M Dive for Sea World San Diego. Exciting year but I just hope they are not over extending themselves in the same way Six Flags did in the early 2000s.
  7. I would love for Racer and Beast to receive Millennium Flyers but I doubt that would ever happen
  8. Seemed like a cool concept. I hope the poor weather does not deter the park from doing it again next year.
  9. Rides like Surf Dog and the new Skyline rides like the Skywarp and Skywarp horizon definately blur the line between coaster and flat ride. Many enthusiasts look to rcdb to decide if it couts or not.
  10. 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).
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Between the screamin' swing and the water coaster it looks like a great year for BGW!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Steel Vengeance followed by Maverick with out a doubt.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. Anyone know what the crowds look like today?
  21. It does make me wonder how often wheels are typically replaced. In other words "how many miles" can you get out of a wheel. Not so much the up stops, just he main road wheels.
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