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  1. I would suggest you enter the park at Magnum and go straight to Maverick, but you may have an issue where the Cedar Point Shores parking lot in the back on the peninsula may not be open until 9:30. If you can park in the back, that would be my choice. Walk the Gemini Midway, cross the railroad tracks and into Frontier Town and go to Maverick. You should be able to get multiple rides during ERT. The GP line for Maverick can get into the 60-90-120 minute waits if the park is busy or ride issues. We get those out of the way while the riding is good. Maverick - Bins Top Thrill Dragster - Lockers Millennium Force - Lockers Magnum XL200 - Lockers? Gatekeeper - Lockers and Bins Sorta Valravn - Lockers Iron Dragon - Onride Rougarou - Bins? Wicked Twister - Lockers Blue Streak - Bins Raptor - Bins Hope this helps. We try to carry nothing that we can't ride with, hat goes in cargo pocket and fanny pack belted through pants loops under shirt etc. So we don't pay super attention to lockers or bins to know but this should help.
  2. Just FYI... I was at Cedar Point June 22-23 (Millennium Force Ride Night) and upon arriving at the front parking attendant at 8:50AM on Friday for Maverick ERT, we were told that as of the week prior, the Cedar Point Shores parking lot will begin opening at 9:30AM because apparently the ERT people are taking parking spaces away from guests wanting to park at Cedar Point Shores. When we did reach the security booth by CPS, there were indeed gates blocking entrance to the lot. Fortunately it was raining pretty hard on Friday and we stayed in the car until 9:45AM anyway, but this change is disappointing. It makes sense but hopefully only temporary. So, this may force you to change your strategy about getting Maverick ERT between 9:00AM and 9:30AM. When we were there in May, we were allowed 7 rides on Maverick without getting up but once to move back a row. I had to quit because breakfast was getting restless. How is the walking distance from the Marina to Maverick compared to walking from Magnum to Maverick?
  3. The video you referenced I have seen. The ride was still being tweaked at that time. The footage I am looking for would have been from what looks like media day where it was cold and raining since most of the riders were wearing rain gear as was the front mounted camera. Thanks for the reply.
  4. Not sure if these are mentioned in any of the forums yet, but WCPO uploaded a couple videos from 1979 showing The Beast running with four 4 bench trains and lots or aerial footage. Where is the film footage from that train mounted camera? https://youtu.be/lvEw08Id0WA https://youtu.be/VhKr12S2rH4 https://youtu.be/8THrVOGe3Hg https://youtu.be/Fpe2MG2Uj8w Interesting to note how quickly the riders bring the buzz bars down and dispatched, whew. It looked like that dude was granted single rider to get his numbers up. 5 car trains. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh0yfw8uINE I chose to link the videos rather than embed, hope that's ok.
  5. What is the processing system they use throughout the Cedar Fair chain, SQL server? Aren't all the parks internet linked to a central system to cross-reference platinum pass usage and attached amenities (meal plan) or do they all work individually and replicate applicable data overnight during low traffic instances.
  6. Soak City is the best place to park so you can get 5 rides on Maverick during ERT and then head to Top Thrill Dragster by 10 to get a couple rides in and maybe see or experience a rollback. Was there last week and the ride ops for Maverick let us stay on IF our lane was empty. We had two such rides. Edit: It is also nice to be able to go back to the car during the day if you need to rest or regroup in some way. We leave the souvenir bottle in the car until after ERT since TTD requires a locker. The drive in and out of the park is nice too. I typically pull up to the guard booth and then make that left into the parking lot to maybe get a spot under the trees that line the road.
  7. My first dive coaster will be Griffon, and will be my first visit back to BGW and KD since the 80's. Have lots of catching up to do. CP in June/July. Does Griffon have the shoulder restraints similar to Valravn or are they the older painful kind like Raptor. Thinking out loud, since Valravn is 8 wide and the newer restraints have slightly wider space requirements, and Griffon is 10 wide, I am guessing they are the older style. ....off to look for pictures...
  8. Hopefully the email that will be sent this weekend will include the time that I chose for The Beast tour. Having purchased event tickets in February, I failed to document the time that I chose. I hope there is some leniency in that department.
  9. That certainly makes a lot of sense. I guess I was not thinking that the change in braking method would change the dispatch intervals. I always assumed that the brake shed could stop the train if necessary. Thanks for the clarification, certainly enjoyed the education.
  10. I agree with you, although it seems in recent years that slow crawl of the first hill was to allow the train ahead of it to enter the last block (beyond the point in which the chain can stop the train). But I do vividly remember climbing the 2nd lift and watching the train on the first lift crest and enter the tunnel before our descent into the helix which contradicts with my first statement. Simply an observation, not an argument.
  11. This appears to be an early picture of The Beast. When did it become possible to walk on the roof of the 2nd tunnel? It appears that The Bat's short life had just ended as the ride is gone but the station remains. <http://im12.it/g/13490> Edit. Doing a google image search for all things Beast it is interesting to see that because most of the photos are POV of the first drop, over the years it seems that sensor placement has changed multiple times in terms of block positioning. Basically the train climbing the 2nd lift hill is in a variety of locations as the train crests the 1st hill. <http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/dabe707ef551874d771b8809384fa32e946569db/c=179-0-2305-1598&r=x408&c=540x405/local/-/media/Cincinnati/Cincinnati/2014/07/25/1406304330000-ki-beast.jpg> <http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/fb/c7/14/the-beast.jpg> <http://www.coastergallery.com/2000/beast3.jpg> <http://photos1.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/d/3/7/3/event_27714131.jpeg> <http://vacationthrills.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/IMG_0546-1024x768.jpg> Great old station photo <http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/files/beast_0.jpg> 4 Bench Cars <http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/78e67b0365b85a8f272b704b418ea78c6037b129/c=320-0-2444-1598&r=x404&c=534x401/local/-/media/Cincinnati/Cincinnati/2014/04/02//1396449464000-ki-rides-23.jpg>
  12. For those who have not seen it, check out the end of this video to see empty test runs early on. It is cool to see the train run through the helix without tunnels from the ground. < This is a great video of what some of the park looked like back in '81, lots of old rides. At around the 1:15 mark you will see that The Beast did indeed have 5 car 4 bench trains equaling 40 riders. Also notice the pond, switchtrack, open tires, and that there is no trim on the first drop. This video also shows a lot of the original Bat. It is clear to see that the swinging motion is unique to the banking of the remaining Arrow Suspended coasters still operating today. One can see why it tore itself apart. But that is a different story. I like the song too.
  13. PGalati

    The Beast

    What makes The Beast the classic ride that it is, and what could be changed, if any, to make the ride even better, if that's possible. Would changing the trains help or hurt the overall experience? Are PTCI360 trains worth considering, or even Timberliners? Would that have a positive effect on the trims located throughout the ride. Would Timberliners allow for better banking that isn't possible with the PTCs currently in use. Could some speed be gained? Think of it like a wooden Millennium Force. Obviously The Beast can't do 80, but 55 without trims from lift to lift. Or should it be left alone as it is. I was imagining of what it might look like if it was decided to reclaim the land that The Beast occupies. Not tear it down, just build around it and over it. Other coasters towering over its track that hugs the ground, a walking path located next to the covered brake run leading to a strata coaster that combines the launch and height of Top Thrill Dragster and a course like Millennium Force. I am not saying I want that, but that was the image I created when I thought about it. I guess at some point KI will run out of space and have to start inching closer to The Beast. Ride On!
  14. My bosses kids are in the last shot with the fireworks. Oh to have those Beast restraints again. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. 2016 is the year for Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Those parks will be our far reaching destinations this year. 2013 was Cedar Point, 2014 was Canada's Wonderland, and 2015 was Carowinds. Living just minutes from Kings Island will give us plenty of whim park time and having family in Knoxville gives us close access to Dollywood. Have yet to experience an RMC. Holiday World is highly considered too. Consider us being at Cedar Point during the week of Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force evening ride events while enjoying Maverick in the morning. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  16. I apologize if this is not the correct place to put this, but it seemed logical to me given the choices. We are beginning to make plans to visit Kings Dominion for the first time since the late 70's and I am looking for some suggestions for our hotel stay that is convenient to the park, like say 5 miles or less. I am not sure when yet but any advice you can provide would be fantastic. We don't need anything fancy because honestly we are hardly there. We typically like 2 queen non smoking with a refrigerator. If you frequent Cedar Point, we stay at the Knights Inn and have been happy with its price, location, and amenities. Anyone stay here: <https://www.expedia.com/Doswell-Hotels-Country-Inn-Suites-By-Carlson.h2481040.Hotel-Information?chkin=05%2F09%2F2016&chkout=05%2F13%2F2016&rm1=a2&hwrqCacheKey=080f6924-7645-4952-99ef-d739680e9957HWRQ1449510594486&c=a624a1c7-7fb6-4810-a125-b717a1200029&> Thanks for your time.
  17. Our first ever visit to Cedar Point was in 2013, Gatekeeper's premier. Was Shoot the Rapids an Intamin product? What problems did it have that created tension in their relationship. I am only asking because I don't know. Thanks.
  18. We did experience a fault during ERT which gave us several minutes to look inside the second launch under the station. It seems CP has a love/hate relationship with Intamin. Arguably the 3 best coasters in the park, Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster, and Maverick, experience more down time than the B&Ms or Arrows. I don't expect to see a new Intamin product in any Cedar Fair park for a long time, which some might consider a disappointment.
  19. According to the web site, Maverick is NOT listed as an ERT coaster, but Valravn will be. Hopefully this will change before the season begins. https://www.cedarpoint.com/plan-a-visit/platinum-passholder-benefits
  20. Is all of the Valravn track delivered? Maybe Hulk is next.
  21. Sorry for the link full of ads, but here are a few images of the continued destruction of a classic roller coaster. <http://www.wsoctv.com/gallery/news/local/images-carowinds-tears-down-iconic-thunder-road/gCWP9/#more-galleries>
  22. Having visited CP 3 times, Carowinds once, and KI multiple times this season, we feel the platinum pass was a good deal this year. The ASDP was a nice addition. With plans to visit KD, CP, and KI next year, for us it only makes sense to renew the platinum pass. I guess it comes down to how much of a priority is it to take advantage of the priveledge given. There is a growing interest in visiting Kentucky Kingdom, Holiday World, and DollyWood again. Have yet to ride an RMC, looking forward to it. Edit: If you do like the pizza, I suggest trying the gluten free pizza at the Festhaus. The crust is a little thinner but you get the entire pizza and no breadsticks. We get the GF pizza on the meal plan and buy a salad to split, works well. Is there any official word that the All Season Souvenir Cup is KI only or Cedar Fair wide?
  23. Top Thrill Dragster better be running :-) This Thursday (8-06-15) is Evening Ride Time for Top Thrill Dragster. Should be fun. Ride On!
  24. Fortunately we got to visit Carowinds in early June and got a handful of rides on Thunder Road. I really enjoyed the ride even though we have The Racer in our backyard. Since it was our first visit and not really being a water park guy, I did not pay close attention to the needs of water park expansion. I guess is it unfortunate that Carowinds created the water park so close to Thunder Road thinking they would not have the need to expand it. Every park should have their monster woodie (Racer, Rebel Yell, El toro, Voyage, argueably Meanstreak, etc) and Carowinds is choosing to remove theirs to benefit the water park audience. Hurler is the only adult wooden coaster at Carowinds. Do they plan or deserve the right to build another wooden coaster in their park, probably not in both cases, IMO. You can only have so many B&M's. Hopefully they will dismantle it with some dignity rather than a wrecking ball. Is all that wood going to scrap or can it be saved for use on Hurler and WE? Any chance of a relocate? Is that economically possible with a wooden coaster?
  25. CoasterDirected, There are 2 Firehawk posters available if interested. Read this post for my link to the pics. <http://www.KICentral.com/forums/index.php/topic/30728-kings-island-collection-for-sale/>
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