MrPKI Posted October 15, 2007 Share Posted October 15, 2007 Today one of my good friends and I hit KI for what will probably be the last time this season (unfortunately). We both got passes back in May and they've been put to good use throughout the year. Neither of us particularly cares for the Halloween stuff, so Sunday was our day of preference to visit because we knew there would be light crowds. We arrived at about 10 till, and waited for the rope in AZ to drop so we could ride Firehawk. Today was the first time I've actually ridden it twice in one day because I don't usually feel like waiting in a long line. We rode once and then turned back around and waited for about 15 min. to ride again. After hitting a few more rides we went out to the car for lunch around 12:30 because my friend hadn't really been feeling that great (which is unusual for him), so we decided to rest. We came back in and rode some more, but eventually he realized he wasn't really feeling any better, so we resorted to doing some other things: I took some photos, we watched some people play the three-point challenge, we also visited the discount shops for all the Paramount merchandise, and I left the park for the day with five pieces of Paramount apparel for $15, not bad. They have a bunch of shirt racks outside the KI Keepsakes shop where you can buy 1 for $2 or 3 for $5. Also inside they'll give you a bag, and you can pick as much merchandise as will fit in the bag for $10. I didn't get any of that 'cause it was mostly stuff I didn't have a use for, but still not bad deals. I did get a couple of Winterfest items, one even without any Paramount branding, but it was still only $5, because it was something they would have sold with the Winterfest merchandise. We left the park around 5:30 because we'd done a good amount of riding and my friend was not in a position to do much more. Both of us would have liked to have ridden Sling Shot, and probably would have it they had kept the price at $5 the whole day, but it was changed to $10 later on because they had a lot of takers. (Should have bought the tickets when given the chance. ) I finally rode Skyflier for the first time back in early September and thought it was great, and I was hoping to get a first ride on Sling Shot, but it looks like that will have to wait until next season, oh well. I noticed a fair amount of enthusiast types walking around the park today. I didn't talk to anyone, but there were people with PPP shirts, a couple of people I recognized from KIC day, and some others that I overheard talking to an AE ride op about a part of the train that no longer exists I guess it was. I didn't catch all the words they were saying, but they seemed to be knowledgeable about the subject, and one was wearing a Top Gun sweatshirt, so it seems likely that they were of the enthusiast circle. One other thing I noticed from the day was that SOB seemed a whole lot smoother than it did 1-2 months ago. Today marked one of the best rides I've ever had on the coaster. On the flip side Beast, although not rougher than usual, was not so pleasant. I'm thinking now that the G-trains might not be so bad on this ride after all, at least for the rider's sake. Both of us were eventually stapled by the ride as is normal, and being a taller person, myself, the lapbars on PTC trains don't leave much legroom especially when you're stapled because you have to point your legs inward anyway. Anyway, I find the new SOB trains much more comfortable. Overall it turned out to be another good day for being at the park, not too hot, but not too cold. My friend although not feeling well for part of the time, enjoyed it as well, and he felt fine on the return trip. And we got to do some things we don't normally have time for at the park. On a side note, I was impressed with all the HH decorations, even though Halloween events aren't really my cup of tea, and I personally think that the mature themes that KI is going for this year are over the top, the sets and scenes throughout the park were well done in terms of decorating, and they left the mature content inside the actual Haunt attractions. So yeah, overall it was a great day. Hopefully I'll get to visit again before the season's out, but if not, this was not a bad way to end it. I hope you enjoyed my trip report. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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