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Posts posted by MonteCristo

  1. 55 minutes ago, Shaggy said:

    The equivalent of being pushed over the side of a sharp hill in a shopping cart.

    What a great analogy!  Clip is pretty funny too.  I knew there was one at Indiana Beach that needed to go on my list. I sat here thinking what it was.  I think the last time I rode that I was maybe a sophomore in HS?  Definitely one of the worst rides, but not all bad memories :) 

  2. If you do purchase online, I believe you can opt to pay monthly for the pass with no additional cost after the initial processing fee.  So the earlier you purchase and choose this option, the less the monthly cost is is as it is spread over more months.

  3. 2 hours ago, chad_1138 said:

    It was the perfect storm to make for insane crowds:

    Mystic Timbers opened + Good Friday (lots of people off work/school) + sunny and 75-80.

    It was just a sea of people.  I don't think it'll be that bad this year since it's not a new coaster opening, but who knows...

    Oh yeah, I remember reading the posts about that on here.  I guess I didn't realize that was on Good Friday.  Hopefully it is not as crazy for everyone this year.

  4. Flight of Fear might be a good attraction to "convert" as you say to a Haunt attraction.  I think there would be space enough in there for some props, and if not maybe some added orange or black lighting.  Maybe some fog.  Who knows!  I like the idea of adding attractions back in.  I always thought Route 666 was such a cool idea back in the FearFest days.  

  5. 12 hours ago, chad_1138 said:

    Opening Day is Saturday, April 20 and Preview Night is on April 19 (Good Friday).  No new coaster this year, but I still have nightmares about that last Good Friday preview night...

    What happened on last Good Friday preview night?  

  6. If I am not mistaken, I believe that Intamin has been the only manufacturer to use the term "Giga" when referring to a coaster over 300 ft and this term was coined when they were building MF at Cedar Point.

    I do not believe any other manufacturer including B&M has ever referred to their coasters over 200ft tall as anything other than "Hyper" including any that happen to be over 300ft tall.

  7. 23 minutes ago, SonofBaconator said:

    A better example could be Millennium Force since that is indeed a giga that has both a loading station and an unloading station. I was amazed at how fast loading was with that extra station.

    I didnt realize that!  It has been about 13 years since I have been on MF and forgot about it loading/unloading this way.

  8. Expedition Everest is a great example of this!  The sort of system you described is exactly what I was thinking about. I would love this type of system if we end up with this Giga!

      While it is a bummer about the seat belts on FOF taking so long to get the trains ready for launch, I do much prefer these restraints to the OTSRs that used to be on this ride.  Sacrificed loading speed for ride comfort in that case.  

  9. 1 hour ago, SonofBaconator said:

    Correction- it was called the woods by user @bkroz but its the same general idea as the Black Forest. This is his work below.

    the woods.jpg

    I would follow this concept and expand upon it so both sections flow evenly.

    I think this would be great.  Could do a lot with that idea!  His outline is definitely a good start, especially with the Dark Ride.  Would be interested to hear what your ideas would be that go with this.

  10. I Would like to see a separate unload area for getting off of the ride like the Disney coasters, or FOF.  Banshee has figured the process out for the most part, but seeing the amount of time wasted at Diamondback with the trains being stacked all the time makes me think with the amount of ridership the coaster will have, it would be more efficient to do it this way.  That extra 30 seconds per train or however long adds up at the end of the day and allows for more riders for the day and quicker wait times.  Just my opinion!

  11. 10 hours ago, BoddaH1994 said:

    Side thought:

    Don’t you think that it’s interesting that so many people opt for food that they can get “anywhere” instead of food unique to the park? I get Skyline and LaRosa’s since it might have an out of town appeal, but CFA is fast food. What would the line for CFA be like at Dollywood or Kennywood? Probably minimal.

    Much progress has been made, but I feel like the reputation proceeded the food department. I have a feeling that we have more announcements ahead for 2019 - involving food options. It’s kind of exciting too.

    I have wondered this also about CFA.  I usually get LaRosa's as we don't have it where I live.  Chic-Fil-A seems to be everywhere though.  And it is kind of expensive outside of the park for quick service as it is, let alone paying almost double for the same food while inside of the park.  Maybe it is, as you seem to suspect, about the food quality.  

  12. 21 minutes ago, BoddaH1994 said:

    How far back was the line when you rode?

    My earliest memory of it had the line with a full hangar, full press area, about 10 lines of temporary queues outside, and a line that extended to the Zephyr. It was about 3 hours. Oh yeah, it opened with one train.

    This is about the same as what I am remembering.  3 and a half hour wait and a line that came out past the zephyr.  I think at this point there was a break in the line, for foot traffic to get through,  and a temporary rope que that formed near the center and down the Coney Mid-way back towards Monster but not ending that far down.  

    I remember hating it after the launch.  I was 11 and those headrests and banging around made sure it was a long time before I rode it again.

    Anybody else remember it similarly? 

  13. I still have never been to this event.  Have not even been a member of a coaster club before.  Which to go to this event, that is a requirement, yes?  Would love to come this year, and I finally have a schedule where that could be possible. 

    I know there has been some discussion on these clubs in the past, as before I made this post I did do a search. I found some good info about which costs the least to join etc.  Did not really find anything though on if any of these clubs have significant advantage over the others as far as KI event?  If money is no object, is there advantages of being a part of ACE over joining Great Ohio?  Specifically The Beast feature mentioned in the above post?  Of course it would be great to support all of the clubs, but if I have not been a member of one before, and if this will be my first Coasterstock, will there be more events I can attend as a member of ACE over Great Ohio or others?


  14. I think a big part of Slingshot's ridership comes from its visibility.  Where it is located is probably one of the more heavily traveled paths of the park and really contributes to the impulse buy of riding it, where so many people can see it in action.  When I come to King's Island, I am not seeking out the Slingshot, or thinking about it, but when I walk buy it, I think "Oh that looks pretty fun."

    While I agree about not personally liking where it is located, it just would not have the same visibility in X-Base currently, and therefore less ridership because of less people being lured in with that impulse buy to do it.

    Depending on what goes in to Firehawk's old spot and what they do with the rest of that area, that could certainly change, and in that case could end up being the perfect spot for a Slingshot relocation.