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Everything posted by BeeastFarmer

  1. Did it have sensors when it opened? I remember, as a child, there were employees stationed along the ride...the platforms at the top of each lift, the MCBR and up the 2nd lift where the train usually catches the train. I have always assumed they were the sensors, similiar to the employees at the top of the last lift on Kings Mills Log Flume. Of course, I could have been mistaken as a child. LOL
  2. Money was what drove this decision. They paid 150 million for it 3 years ago. Now selling it for 310 million. Even if you deduct the inflation out of the sales price, it's a very healthy return. Your reasons have plauged them for years and they knew these going into the purchase of the land., kind of like a nagging headache. I would imagine they had a pro and con list (also California being generally notoriously over regulated) and when a deal was offered at the price it was, they jumped to take the money and run.
  3. Jinkies! That's terrible. I'll reserve judgement on "Groovy" until I see it live, but I loved the BB logo.
  4. Does anyone here know why, in last night's FFF show, the words "Brady Bunch" replaced with the word "Groovy?"
  5. I've watched it from start to finish, and while it's not the most comprehensive ride through KI history, it is an excellent five part series. I am glad he was able to put the project together, it seemed like it would be a daunting task...glad he was able to finish it.
  6. I really like that concept! There could be a gate for the park near your pond for concert goers who buy a combo ticket. It also could be a neat place for winter shows and eats (Have a small indoor theater for live or electronic shows, a couple of eateries and maybe an indoor FEC or something)
  7. Has the pathway to Timberwolf been built yet?
  8. Agreed, agreed and agreed! If there ever is front gate renovation, I hope it is considered as Phase II of the Interntional Street rehab. Restore the landscaped logo berm on the left. Remove the banners and put flags back up. Add trees and flowers. Replace the shingles with another material and maybe add some dormers to break up the long bare roofline. Update the buildings on the left to look international. Replace the blacktop behind the Eifel Tower. Add some blue spruce trees and flower beds around the tower. Replace pavers in Tower Gardens. Remove the Junkyard Coaster and renovate the entire area into a Parisian Promenade with a few small classic flat rides, curved walking paths, lush landscaping and statuary and an Arc Triumphe. Oh and for goodness sakes, restore the ornate gas lamps on IS, entry plaza and in Parisian Promenade.
  9. ^Thank you for sharing those, @KIfan73! Very enjoyable and yes, the park has changed quite a bit. My favorite thing with your editing was the comment: "A pond" LOL
  10. I did not notice any pothole(s) on my ride yesterday.
  11. I went yesterday. I never experienced PT. I was impressed, but agree, there is so much material it is hard to keep up (I feel the same way about the Fun, Fireworks and 50)--this is not a terrible problem to have! ) Sensory overload. I have a much better appreciation for the ride after experiencing the show (I use the word experiencing purposefully. It is so much more than seeing the show.) But what made me even more appreciative was seeing children get sooo into the production. I saw clapping, dancing and smiles galore. I also appreciated that the show harkened back to a day when things were not so "careful"...there were some things that I consider edgy...references to smoking, drinking and dates. But all appropriately presented.
  12. So, kudos need to go to KI Security. They rescued the dog twice. The only thing I could see being done differently is calling Mason Police when s/he picked the dog up from first aid. If KI does not have a policy regarding this, the incident would be an opportunity to develop one. Not knowing, and not knowing Mason's policies, I think they did well. Now for the individual who is guilty of doing this, s/he should have the dog surrendered.
  13. I didn't hear that the park had been ill...
  14. So security caught up with him later and asked him to leave and he did without incident? I guess that's a win. But wow, the zombies following him around...
  15. I guess needless speculation about "land clearing" dates back 20 years at least.
  16. While I am not Mason or Ohio construction specialist, I doubt that a permit is required for small areas that are undergoing general maintenance. This hardly qualifies as "land clearing." It looks like routine maintenace. If you remember, a couple of posters here were convinced about something happening to Timberwolf when there some tree removals. It turned out to be sprucing up the venue to prepare for the summer concert series. I doubt they had to get a permit to remove those trees.
  17. I have enjoyed KK since I went in 2015. I was excited when the rights to operate the park were sold to HFE. I've waited for some HFE "flavor" to come into the park, and besides the Bluegrass Bakery, the front facing look has not changed much. I'd specifically like to see more entertainment. Harlem Globetrotters and the dog show are great (although I miss the sea lion show), but I would be ecstatic if they copied and pasted other things from other HFE properties.
  18. 1. Yes. Most places participate in the meal plan (except for outside vendors like food trucks, and any special event booths). The meals included are listed on the website, and on the menu board, there is an icon to indicate which meals are on the meal plan. 2. No, just choose your meal from the included meals. Show your pass at checkout-you can use the physical card, the app or a screen shot of the QR code from the app. 3. Just show them your pass and they will give you a cup. At the drink refill stations, it's easier. At the eateries, most clerks will ask if you want the drink. You do have to wait 15 minutes between refills. Please don't go get refills at the station in the middle/end of your meal without being scanned, like you would do at McDonald's. Unfortunately, you have to stand in line to be scanned and get a new cup. Funpix-I don't have it, but I'm fairly certain everyone can be included. Also, on ride photos can have multiple pictures added on the same pass. In other words, if your family is in three different photos, you can have them all added on the pass. Play and Save-I have no idea. Sorry!
  19. Water rights are very contentious west of the breadbasket. Lakes Powell and Mead are at historic lows right now, and the water from the Colorado River supplies water as far north as Idaho and as far south as Mexico. When I lived in Phoenix 15 years ago, there was a push to convert grass into xeriscape. But water still flowed like liquid gold. (I still miss my pool!). Many golf courses were making the switch to grey water and the use of it was being explored further. The golf course that my rental house backed up to used it. I'd venture a guess that some of the water in developments will be grey water.
  20. Glendale is suburb of Phoenix, and by locals, Phoenix is is considered more central Arizona. Ironically, Phoenix is hotter than Tuscon which is considered southern AZ. October-May will be golden for this park for outdoor attractions. It seems they have a good mix of indoor attractions as well. Interestingly, before Covid, there was a proposed huge entertainment complex in development for Casa Grande. This is between Phoenix and Tuscon. If that ever comes to fruition, it will be very interesting.
  21. I haven't seen the show in person yet, but from the videos I have seen, it does seem to me that they are a huge part of the show. The classic logo and Snoopy scenes especially seem to evoke emotional responses in the audience (and me too).
  22. Is there a tower for the Junkyard Coaster?
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