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I don't think KI plans on building a huge roller coaster next year so this off-season or even that break between the regular season and Haunt to get a few improvements in there.

Break? There is no break between the regular season and Haunt. The park is open those weekends to companies for private sellouts.

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Terpy has many, many times said his favorite coaster, period, is Maverick, but only in the front row. Favorite wood is El Toro. Favorite classic wood is/was Rolling Thunder. Coaster that loves me most: Volcano: The Blast Coaster. Favorite Arrow mine train: Roadrunner Express, Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

What about the Night Row?

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<blockquote class='ipsBlockquote' data-author="The Interpreter" data-cid="621565" data-time="1401930337"><cite class="ipb" contenteditable="false">The Interpreter, on 04 Jun 2014 - 9:05 PM, said:</cite><p>Terpy has many, many times said his favorite coaster, period, is Maverick, but only in the front row. Favorite wood is El Toro. Favorite classic wood is/was Rolling Thunder. Coaster that loves me most: Volcano: The Blast Coaster. Favorite Arrow mine train: Roadrunner Express, Six Flags Fiesta Texas.</p></blockquote> <a href="http://s362.photobucket.com/user/x241/media/imagejpg1-1.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i362.photobucket.com/albums/oo63/x241/imagejpg1-1.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo imagejpg1-1.jpg"/></a>

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Terpy has many, many times said his favorite coaster, period, is Maverick, but only in the front row. Favorite wood is El Toro. Favorite classic wood is/was Rolling Thunder. Coaster that loves me most: Volcano: The Blast Coaster. Favorite Arrow mine train: Roadrunner Express, Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

What about the Night Row?

That's always one of the best places to sit.

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This topic and a recent, brief visit to Kings Dominion has made me wonder... Does anyone else think Avalanche at KD and Adventure Express at KI could switch places and very much mutually benefit each park in terms of theme? Avalanche's Olympic theme is a bit out of place in the Congo Safari Village area, and Adventure Express really doesn't fit the Oktoberfest theme at all. Apart from the tragic transferral of my favorite ride at Kings Island to a place 9 hours away from home, it really would suit Kings Dominion nicely, in my opinion. A smallish mine train-esque coaster is literally the only thing missing from that park's lineup, as far as I'm concerned.

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Let's hope every single employee on the Kings Island payroll is in Adventure Express' tunnels Right Now trying to fix them up and make them look good again.

What about the married ones? :)

Wouldn't hold your breath....things are a bit in the works over by the fountains and in the Planet of Snoopy.

Oh, that's where the married ones went! B)

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Well Adventure Express would have fit the original theme of the areaish around it. King Cobra, AE, Lion Country.... Then it went Actiony and the theme got lost...

Still Love the theme regardless. And I'm realizing as I type this that the comment is from June. I guess I haven't posted in a while, just been reading. haha

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Rode it in October. I was disappointed in both the upkeep and the ride based on memories from 15 years prior.

I thought the ride was extremely rough compared to memory (and other rides in the park). Granted, that could easily be difference in car/seat between the rides. My better half and the oldest agreed.

While it seems low on the priority list for maintenance, it's not on my list to be removed. I think Firehawk is at the top of my list. I love the concept (I was excited as could be waiting in line), I just find the restraints painful.

The KI coasters my family has little/no desire to ride are Firehawk, Adventure Express and The Bat (Top Gun, Flight Deck, whatever).

The Bat is fine, it's just too far removed and not worth the trek through nothingness for such a short ride.

edit: I should say that not wanting to ride a coaster and wanting it to be removed are not the same. I think the park should appeal to everybody, not just me. If someone wants to stand in line at AE, that's one less in line at Beast, Banshee, Diamondback...

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I also find the drive home from KI much longer and more boring that I did 15 years ago (and currently I live 15 mins closer than I did 15 years ago).

Shark who has grown in more than 1 way/direction over 15 years that may or may not have affected the ability to enjoy a coaster....

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Racer seemed a little rougher than memory, but not a ton. Vortex was just as I remembered. Beast was actually smoother than I remembered.

AE just seemed rougher. Like I said before, it could have been car/seat choice. It could also be influenced by the fact that I rode all of those others waaaaaaaay more than AE and just have a better sample size to draw from.

Regardless, with gold pass this season, I'm sure I'll hit AE a few times. I may, in fact, just to see if the car/seat choice was a significant factor.

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I also find the drive home from KI much longer and more boring that I did 15 years ago (and currently I live 15 mins closer than I did 15 years ago).

Shark who has grown in more than 1 way/direction over 15 years that may or may not have affected the ability to enjoy a coaster....

lol many of us have grown in various ways in 15 years, I'm sure! I actually shrunk by about 40lbs since then.

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I also find the drive home from KI much longer and more boring that I did 15 years ago (and currently I live 15 mins closer than I did 15 years ago).

Shark who has grown in more than 1 way/direction over 15 years that may or may not have affected the ability to enjoy a coaster....

lol many of us have grown in various ways in 15 years, I'm sure! I actually shrunk by about 40lbs since then.

Congrats! I am struggling with weight right now, so anytime posts something good like that, its worth a huge congrats....

I wonder about roughness as a psychological thing. 15 years ago, the steel coasters in the park were King Cobra, AE, Vortex, Top Gun, and Outer Limits. Not smooth in the transitions and somewhat rough. But 15 years ago they felt good. Now we have Diamondback and Banshee which by all accounts (except for a few) are buttery smooth. Could it be that psychologically we interpret it as rougher than it was 15 years ago, only because something smoother came along? While the wooden coasters remained the same because there is no "rougher" coaster. Heck maybe to even explain why The Beast seems smoother is because in our minds eye, the coaster is out of control and tough to ride?

Maybe?

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Those are all valid possibilities for my perception of AE's (lack of) smoothness. For each of us, perception is reality...even if that perception is not shared with others.

The only exception to some of the theories would be the impressions of the 14 year old. He doesn't have the memories of my prior visits on which to base his perception. However, he also benefits in some ways by not having the older steel coasters to compare/contrast with the new steel coasters etc.

It's all fascinating to think about, but in the end, doesn't change that my family is unlikely to get in line for AE. I may while they do something else as a pseudo survey on how car/seat selection changes the ride.

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Perception is such a cool thing. I think thats probably why the multi-colored dress was such a big deal.

Reminds me of how I hated Outer Limits when I was younger because my head banged around inside the harness. So I felt like it was a horrible ride. Now not so much. Same with Vortex as my head does not slam from side to side as much, I wonder if that changes the way I interpret things.

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Perception is such a cool thing. I think thats probably why the multi-colored dress was such a big deal.

Reminds me of how I hated Outer Limits when I was younger because my head banged around inside the harness. So I felt like it was a horrible ride. Now not so much. Same with Vortex as my head does not slam from side to side as much, I wonder if that changes the way I interpret things.

What's weird is that the opposite has happened for me with Flight of Fear (I should note that I've only ridden under the ride's current name and with lap-bar restraints). When I was younger, I loved it, but now it just feels rough (still a fun ride though... sometimes...).

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Perception is such a cool thing. I think thats probably why the multi-colored dress was such a big deal.

Reminds me of how I hated Outer Limits when I was younger because my head banged around inside the harness. So I felt like it was a horrible ride. Now not so much. Same with Vortex as my head does not slam from side to side as much, I wonder if that changes the way I interpret things.

Ya know...that's one we skipped when we were there last season and your memory matches mine (head hitting the harness). I'll make sure to check it out this season to see if it's better for me.

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For those who don't know how bad the overhead restraints were, imagine being put in a rubber headlock while riding Flight of Fear and all it's quick transitions.

Not fun.

it's called a headchopper effect.
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^No- headchopper effect is having support beams and/or track come really close to you and makes it appear to hit you.

Flight of Fear's restraints really limited how your head moved, and all you had was very hard rubber to bang against. With the way Flight of Fear whipped through its many s-curves, it made for one of the worst head banging experiences ever.

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