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Countdown to Opening Day for the 2021 Season: May 15th 11:00 AM!

Kings Island is now open for 2021.


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Everything posted by KIghostguy

  1. I saw guests on Saturday carrying around paper maps! I was overjoyed. They said they got them over by the height checking station near the front gate.
  2. Greg Scheid did consider putting in a wing coaster at the park, but at a different time than Thunderbird...I’d recommend checking out the book Kings Island: A Ride Through Time!
  3. This is not true. Diamondback saw a "near record-breaking year," according to Dick Kinzel. Banshee saw a significant attendance increase and was the reason why Mystic Timbers came only three years later, according to Greg Scheid. Mystic Timbers resulted in the highest-attendance year since 1998, according to Mike Koontz. I know you're going off the TEA numbers, but those are totally wrong. Cedar Fair said that Knott's Berry Farm surpassed 6 million in attendance for 2018, but the TEA numbers for that year was 4 million.
  4. I like to collect them. Plus, I prefer the physical aspect of holding it in my hands versus looking at an image on my phone. I would be legitimately surprised if there’s anyone that wants them to remain electronic for this year.
  5. I really, really hope that we’re back to paper maps this year. I was at Dollywood in March and they were using paper maps, so it’s definitely safe to do.
  6. I LOVED the parade and the food, but I hated the tacky decorations barfed all over the new International Street with a burning passion. I hope that this year they at least stay away from replacing the international flags on the buildings with generic Carnivale flags.
  7. It will probably be a blank screen during the day.
  8. The screen in front of Flight of Fear was fun for one night when they announced Orion, but it will look absolutely terrible now that it’s there for a whole season.
  9. Is Orion a “filler coaster?” Was Vortex scrapped for a new ride? I would suggest checking out Kings Island: A Ride Through Time. You’ll find your answers in there.
  10. I hope they have The Racer’s fourth hill lit up again this year. They added lighting to it in 2019 and it looked really nice, since that hill is the backdrop to Kings Mills Antique Autos! As I recall, it was on-and-off throughout the 2019 season, and I didn’t see it or photos of it lit up in 2020 at all. I don’t know if they removed it or if the lights burned out and they just never replaced it, but it looked really good. It was synced with the lighting package on the lift hill.
  11. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! Hearing such positive thoughts really make my day.
  12. Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. It’s truly an incredible park.
  13. This is great to hear; very rewarding for me as an author!
  14. Thank you for tuning in! It was a lot of fun to be on. I'm glad you enjoyed the episode!
  15. Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoyed the book. You can check out the photos that didn't make it into the book at: https://www.rivershorecreative.com/kingsislandphotos
  16. Check out the latest CoasterRadio podcast for the all the details on Kings Island: A Ride Through Time! http://www.coasterradio.com/episodes/1524.html
  17. New Kings Island Blog post: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2021/april/kings-island-a-ride-through-time-book-on-parks-history-now-available-at-the-online-store
  18. I can't wait to ride Orion again. I also can't to see my book for sale on the park's shelves!
  19. Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying the book and learning some new information along the way!
  20. They talked about my book on Cincinnati's Q102 Radio this morning! The segment starts at about 7:57: https://www.wkrq.com/episode/news-that-didnt-make-the-news-and-john-matarese/
  21. Thank you! So glad you’re enjoying it so far!
  22. Thank you so much for your kind comments! It means a lot to me. I’m so glad you enjoyed your ride!
  23. I would personally recommend Always Cedar Point by H. John Hildebrandt. It's an excellent memoir covering the author's career: 1974-2013. The Dick Kinzel biography is good as well, and covers his career at Cedar Point and Cedar Fair (1972-2012).
  24. So glad you’re enjoying it! It’s the comments like these that really make writing a book worth it.
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