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Everything posted by KIghostguy

  1. Holy cow! I watched the video, and this is so much more than just a "stunt show." Really, really impressed and can't wait to see it in person. I will say I am surprised that there's no mention of the biggest dreamer in Kings Island's story, Gary Wachs. Is there mention of him in any of the 50th programming this summer? He only founded the park...
  2. It looks beautiful, can’t wait to see it in person. I am absolutely baffled why this wonderful production is only lasting until August 21? It seems tailor-made for Haunt. And it would be great to do a Christmas version for Winterfest this year…
  3. Looks wonderful, but bizarre that the park never even publicized they were doing anything with Tower Gardens! What an easy positive PR story.
  4. I was told that the music is back in Orion’s station as of yesterday. So there’s at least one step forwards.
  5. I would rather Phantom Theater not come back at all as a ride if the alternative is a video screen shooting ride. I rode Knott’s Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair in March, and while it’s nice to have those characters and music back at Knott’s, lavish dark rides like Bear-y Tales and Phantom Theater are just not suited for turning into an arcade game.
  6. Ditto with this. Area 72 looks very shabby at night especially. The light inside the meteor, the focal theming point for the land, has been burnt out since early June of last year. Is it that hard to replace a light bulb? Surely Daniels Wood Land designed some sort of hatch into the prop so the bulb could be easily switched out. And the red lights on Orion's ride photo booth and Meteor Canteen are burned out or aren't turned on. The white spotlight aimed on the Bureau of Paranormal Activity logo on the front of Flight of Fear has been out of service for a while as well. And like you said, the Orion soundtrack not playing in the station. With the soundtrack not played in the queue or station, there's nothing tying the "Orion soundtrack" to Orion specifically at all. Since Area 72 is the newest land and it houses the newest coaster in the park, I'm surprised that they let it get to this point, and have let it exist in this state for so long--as I said, the meteor has been out for almost an entire year. At least they fixed the WERD Radio van for opening day this year. The audio and headlights had been broken since Labor Day-ish 2021.
  7. I don't mean to double post, but was anything else shared about this at Coasterstock?
  8. So why even pay to have a marketing department?
  9. Can’t wait. This is definitely the attraction that I am most excited to see this year!
  10. I don't think this is the case at all. Putting in exclusively family-friendly rides at Disneyland didn't stop two people from getting murdered there. Cedar Point didn't see an increase in violence when they closed the Pirate Ride and started almost exclusively building roller coasters. I don't think the types, or lack thereof, of attractions is what causes fights/brawls/violence.
  11. They repainted it in fall 2021 and counted it as one of the rides being painted for this season.
  12. I really hope they finish painting it by the 29th. For many people who will be there that day, it will be the first time they have been back to Kings Island in years. It would be embarrassing to show them a half-painted ride.
  13. April 29 will be a great day! Don’t miss your chance to pick up a signed copy of Kings Island: A Ride Through Time at the Kings Island Collections gift shop. From 1-3 p.m., you can get it signed by yours truly, PLUS two amusement park industry leaders: Dennis Speigel, CEO of International Theme Park Services, and Mike Koontz, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Island!
  14. The ride was custom-made for Kings Island. Yes, the park owns the characters.
  15. I like the sequins. But this would have been so much more impactful with the vintage logo, especially when taken in with the restored International Street around it.
  16. This is exactly right--the extra cost for pass holders coupled with a very cold winter that year led to a "very bad" attendance at both Kings Island and Carowinds. The Charlotte Observer titled their Carowinds Winterfest piece, "Walking in Empty Wonderland." Paramount Parks planned to continue the event, but once Cedar Fair purchased it, Kinzel and co. took one look at the numbers from the year before and decided to cancel it. The company was $1.24 billion in debt; I can't say I really blame them at the time.
  17. Behold what logo was used for the KI! Perfect. Wish they would just commit all the way to that logo already.
  18. Very nice article and look back on the park's beginnings: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/2022/04/01/kings-island-turns-50-years-old-history-cincinnati-amusement-park/7154240001/
  19. The plan was to have stamped concrete in the queue to make it appear disheveled and abandoned; unfortunately it was cut. Mystic Timbers was fortunate in that not a lot was cut overall. Interestingly, there were lots of changes to the storyline and Shed as they were developed, but not a whole lot of theming was actually cut. The transfer section of the Shed actually had more theming added to it than what was originally planned. The original plan was for that section to just be an empty room, until Mike Koontz became the GM. That's already on YouTube!
  20. The full loop had never been published before, so I recorded it on New Year's Eve, but just got around to actually posting it on YouTube. A wonderful storytelling detail that's easy to overlook. Those who read the book know that the voice of the "radio host" is the former Corporate Director of Cedar Fair Planning and Design, Greg Crane!
  21. I cannot contain my excitement for Phantom Theater Encore. How great to have those characters be center-stage in the park once again!
  22. Great news. Badly needed for a long time, and super happy to hear that this is happening! The characterization of the town as being an "old western town" in the blog is quite odd though--it's supposed to represent Lebanon c. 1803. I hope the Golden Lamb sign is brought back!
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