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Save the Date: Kings Island's 2008 Opening Day!

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The date that we all have been waiting for has been announced! Sunday, April 20, 2008, will be Kings Island's opening day for the 2008 season! New for 2008! Kings Island will be open FRIDAYS in May! Click here to view Kings Island's 2008 operating schedule and remember to save the date, April 20, 2008!

Purchase your 2008 Kings Island season pass now and receive a FREE Gold Pass Upgrade and get the LOWEST PRICE of the year!

There are now some exciting new options for Kings Island season passes. A Kings Island Gold Pass gives you access to Kings Island's over 50 attractions including some of the world's greatest thrill rides, captivating live shows, games, diverse food and much more! Also with a Gold Season Pass you get special VIP perks such as exclusive ride times, early entrance to Boomerang Bay, discounted meal deals and an exclusive parking area!

New for 2008! Purchase a Cedar Fair Platinum Pass and get free admission and parking at ALL Cedar Fair dry and water parks! This includes, but is not limited to, Kings Island, Cedar Point, Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom, Dorney Park, and Knott's Berry Farm. On top of all of that, any Platinum Pass purchased through Kings Island will have all the privileges of a Gold Pass!

Go to Kings Island's new web site, VisitKingsIsland.com now and purchase your Kings Island Gold Pass or Cedar Fair Platinum Pass!

Are you an avid Kings Island fan or do you casually visit once a year? No Matter! KICentral.com is the site for you. Why not register on the forums of KICentral and tell us about your thoughts and experiences involving Kings Island! Registration is fast, FREE, and easy. Don't forget to keep checking KICentral.com for the latest news, rumors and information about Kings Island amusement park!

Regards,

Ryan

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Really? Obsession? The "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" thing on Dragster is part of the theme of drag racing and such. Kings Island happens to open on a Sunday this year, rather than a Saturday, simply because a company decided to pony up the money to buy out the park on what would've been opening day. It's not an obsession with Sunday that changed KI's opening day...It's an obsession with money, and I think Cedar Fair can justify that obsession.

I don't know the details on normal opening weekend numbers and what it costs to rent out the park, but the weather in April can be iffy, and if that weekend happens to be kinda crappy, attendance on a normal operating day, and thus income, would be down. Since a private company bought out the park that day, they are guaranteed to make a decent chunk of change, even if it rains all day. ;)

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^^^^ CP opened on Sundays for many years.

Saturdays were sold to Longaberger Baskets. So the official opening day was always Sunday.

This created many issues with some of the new ride seats that were put up for auction by the American Red Cross as "Be the First to Ride."

Longaberger has since not bought out CP's first day for a couple of years now. Weather or not it was because of the auction issue, I am unsure.

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Its amazing. About five years ago, the park was opening on the first weekend in April! Now they have pushed back opening weekend to the third weekend in April. But, compared how opening days used to be, we should be lucky the park is even open in April. Back when Coney was still open, it was rare that they started opening up for weekends before the traditional summer season started with Memorial day weekend.

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Selling out the park on opening day doesn't seem like a good idea. There are many new employees on these days who really don't know what they are doing creating long ride lines, food lines and overall confusion. The light crowds on opening day are kind of nice.

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but, from a revenue stand point it makes tons of sense. Also, the employees have to learn somehow, out of the pan and into the fire. Those long lines wont be noticed as much by those attending a company picnic as they would by a guest who paid full price to attend the park.

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The whole new employee thing is the reason the park used to have dry run days before the park opened to the public. These dry run days eventually turned into season pass holder days. It provided the employees an opportunity to get used to their new job, as well as to make sure the rides were functioning at 100% capacity. And since there were not people paying full price admission to get into the park, they didn`t have to worry about angry guests due to the lack of quality service. However, these dry run and season pass days fell by the wayside as a result of budget cutting.

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Selling out the park on opening day doesn't seem like a good idea. There are many new employees on these days who really don't know what they are doing creating long ride lines, food lines and overall confusion. The light crowds on opening day are kind of nice.

That could be the exact reason (along with revenue) to sell the park out to a company.

Chances are the park will not be at capacity, which will make it easier for the "greenhorns".

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Last year opening day the weather was perfect, it was pretty busy. It all depends on the weather on how busy it will be or not. But I have feeling since it's on a Sunday it will be pretty slow, at least the first part of the day.

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I agree. A park sellout on "opening day" is a great way to break in the newbies.

Also, the dry run days were not the days that were used to see if everything was 100%. Maintenance does that starting in Feburary.

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I agree. A park sellout on "opening day" is a great way to break in the newbies.

Also, the dry run days were not the days that were used to see if everything was 100%. Maintenance does that starting in Feburary.

Dry run days allowed rides people to be come familiar with their rides, games how the games operated and practice barking, merch to put finishing touches on their shops and for the food folk to get the stands cleaned and set up.

It also provided the opportunity for everyone to be fitted for their uniforms so that the wardrobe ladies could do any tailoring through the week.

It allowed all the other departments the opportunity to check out all the rides for the season.

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