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  1. Kennywood has announced that they will not be opening on time this year, and that 2020 Passholders will have their passes extended through June 2021. I wonder if we might see something like this for other parks’ passholders. http://www.Kennywood.com/COVID-19
  2. LEGOLAND New York is delaying its opening until 2021. https://www.legoland.com/new-york/coronavirus-update/
  3. Time to bump this thread again... ... when you spend an unhealthy amount of time watching the Orion construction webcam.
  4. Greetings everyone, haven't posted on this site in quite a while, but I'm back now because I'm planning a trip to Kings Island and Cedar Point trip this year during the first full week of June. I visited these two parks for the first time in 2015 and I'm thrilled to be heading back, especially since the two parks will have added three new coasters by the time I get there. Just wanted to ask a few questions to make trip planning easier, and also wanted to share my trip schedule to make sure the plans sound feasible. Monday: Fly from Minneapolis to Toledo (with a stop at O'Hare) in the morning, drive to Kings Island, spend rest of day there. (I'm flying into Toledo because I found a nice airfare on American Airlines that was a lot cheaper than flying into Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Columbus.) Tuesday: Kings Island until 8 or 9pm, drive an hour or so northeast and spend the night somewhere. Wednesday: Finish drive to Cedar Point in the morning and spend the rest of the day there. Thursday: Cedar Point all-day. Friday: Cedar Point until mid-afternoon, then drive to Toledo and fly home. 1) For lodging near Kings Island, I reserved a room at the Super 8 Mason near the park, but from what I've read after booking it, people have given it some very negative reviews. I already paid a non-refundable fee for the room, so is it really that bad? Personally, I'm not very high-maintenance when it comes to where I sleep. As long as I have a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in, I'm good. 2) Since I'm a Cedar Fair employee (I'm a ride operator at Valleyfair), I'll be getting free admission and free parking at both parks. To any KI or CP employees on here, I'm assuming no on this, but would my VF associate ID allow me in the park for early entry/early ride time? Any other CF employee perks I should be aware of? 3) Since my visit three years ago was around the same time, I know what crowd levels to expect for the rides I've been on. How long should I expect to wait for the new rides like Mystic Timbers and Valravn, and what do you recommend as the best places to sit on those coasters? 4) Any good restaurants near KI or CP that'll be open after the park closes? 5) Anything else I should know that'll make the trip better? Any input is appreciated.
  5. ...you will make a trip to Mason just to drive by the park.
  6. ...coaster withdrawal starts making you go insane in the weeks/months leading up to Opening Day.
  7. Definitely Firehawk. While Vortex is the more intense ride of the two, it has a lot of headbanging that takes away from the overall experience. Firehawk is mostly smooth and thoroughly enjoyable.
  8. ...tonight, you will slowly start going insane and won't be cured until Opening Day next year.
  9. If Kings Island were to recieve an RMC, they'd most likely build a new one from scratch, but if I had to choose a woodie to get RMC'd, I'd choose Racer. I'm probably in the minority here, but I'm not a big fan of Racer. The only problem is, I'm not so sure RMC could do a lot with Racer because it has a fairly linear layout.​
  10. 1) Banshee 2) Diamondback 3) The Beast 4) Firehawk 5) The Bat 6) Backlot Stunt Coaster 7) Vortex 8) Flight of Fear 9) Adventure Express 10) Racer 11) Invertigo I have not ridden any of Kings Island's kiddie coasters.
  11. I posted a picture of Vortex and The Beast on my Instagram account, and someone commented: "Son of Beast is better but the carts flew off the track."
  12. I voted for a giga coaster because Kings Island already has a awesome wooden coaster in The Beast, and considering that the other Cedar Fair parks with B&M hypers have received gigas in the past few years, it seems likely that Kings Island will go the same route. I don't see them getting a new coaster until at least 2019 though.
  13. On Diamonback's brake run a few minutes ago during early ride time: "Son of Beast was The Beast with a loop." Yeah...no.
  14. I'll be posting a full trip report after the trip is over, but here's my day so far: -Banshee: Awesome ride! Rode it in the front row and it was plenty forceful. Definitely in my top 5. -Bat: My first Arrow suspended coaster and it was pretty fun. Nice drop and smooth for the most part. -Vortex: I thought I would hate this ride, but it was actually semi-decent. My favorite part was the double loop. -WindSeeker: Slightly freaky even for a coaster enthusiast . Provides some nice views though. Currently in line for The Beast.
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