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12 hours ago, Enchanted Voyage Lover said:

I have a question. Will we walk by all season and look at the ravine, or will they put up a fence to block the ravaged area where the murder occurred? It would take a bunch if fence to hide the area. 

I'll say it depends on how soon "next" gets underway.  My guess is that strategically they are underway- but visual execution could be an unknown.  They've known that Vortex's days were numbered for a while (it was 30+ years old and beyond the average life expectancy of peer coasters)- so they knew that sooner or later they were going to have a vacant ravine.  My own opinion, with nothing to base it on, is that closing it in October 2019 was earlier than expected- but maybe by a year, maybe two.  

If next will be rolled out for 2021 I expect to see a fence this year.  If beyond... it may be an open field- though it may depend on the level of debris leftover come opening day.  

All that said, it will be the largest large piece of empty (prime) real estate that one would walk past in a park.  One that I don't expect to be vacant for long.  Maybe not 2021- but I'd put a few chips in on 2022.

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This is the KIC faux version of Mike Baxter, Man, writing to you today about that awkward phase all of us experience called, childhood.  If you’re a boy of a certain age, you have memories of going to the local K-Mart, Hills, Jamesway, or the Sears Christmas Catalog (Z’ers… look them up) to find a plastic die-cast model car.  My favorite was the 1985 Pontiac Fiero (look that one up too). The wheels didn’t operate too well and you couldn’t really play with them- but WOW did they look good from afar on a shelf with other similar toys.  But as you aged from single digits and onto teen years you stopped building and figured it was time to start destroying, or in my case- demolition derbies and a random imitation M80 I could find in July. But you never forget the memories of building it with a dad or friends and comparing them with friends.

We resonate with images, sounds, and excitement of the past… then for some reason unknown we like to watch their demise.  The Sanders Hall implosion on the UC campus was televised all throughout Ohio. The Sands Casino implosion in Las Vegas was literally a tourist attraction (not that I ever went there).  A big part of my childhood into adulthood was memories made at Riverfront Stadium watching the Wire-to-Wire Reds. I was there when one batter in, John McSherry collapsed and passed away. Barry Larkin’s 30/30 season. The 1999 season.  Ken Griffey Jr.’s first game as a Red. The last game in Sept. 2002 where they lost to the Phil’s… and the next night to see Pete Rose dive into the Riverfront 3rd base for the first time in 15 years. Not to mention to see the remnants of the Big Red Machine gather at the Stadium one last time before it closed.  

Riverfront Stadium was 1 year younger than Vortex when it closed.  In those rickety hollow Arrow tubes held the memories of riding the once tallest and loopiest coaster.  Driving past on I-71 during the winter when it was the only thing other than the tower you could see until 1999 (Drop Zone/Tower).  As trivial as a coaster can be- I’ll forever recall the sounds of the trains hitting the lift hill. No other coaster sounded like that… the rattle of the steel as it came over the LaRosas in Rivertown.  Not to mention once assuring my girlfriend at the time that I had been on it many times before and that she would love it.  Problem- I had never been on it- or any other coaster of significance up to that time.  Boy, was that an awkward hour afterwards.

With that- I can’t help but be somewhat disappointed that Cedar Fair had such a lock-down on The Vortex deconstruction.  A common phrase I’ve heard is that with Orion- they want people to be looking to the future rather than the past. The Reds began advertising the implosion of Riverfront Stadium a year before it fell- and it was a tourist and media spectacle giving way to a new Reds era at Great American Ballpark.  But it went out in “public” fashion for any/all to see.   

They have their reasons and it’s their company and their money- they certainly don’t need my opinion.  I just disagree.

 

Baxter, out.


 

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The loss of Vortex definitely modernized the Kings Island skyline.  The oldest steel coaster over 100 feet is Invertigo.  In the back of my mind, Invertigo doesn't really count as a major part of the skyline, so after that it's Diamondback. Which is just... wild.

On another note, since Vortex was pulled down in narrow sections, I'm hoping they were able to drop it within the ride path and preserve the sections of trees.

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14 hours ago, Enchanted Voyage Lover said:

I have a question. Will we walk by all season and look at the ravine, or will they put up a fence to block the ravaged area where the murder occurred? It would take a bunch if fence to hide the area. 

I'd personally love to see a sign celebrating Vortex, similar to what Kings Dominion erected after Volcano was removed. The ride may be gone, but 33 seasons of memories will live on for a very long time.

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20 minutes ago, befat said:

The loss of Vortex definitely modernized the Kings Island skyline.  The newest steel coaster over 100 feet is Invertigo.  In the back of my mind, Invertigo doesn't really count as a major part of the skyline, so after that it's Diamondback. Which is just... wild.

On another note, since Vortex was pulled down in narrow sections, I'm hoping they were able to drop it within the ride path and preserve the sections of trees.

I was thinking about this the other day (modernization), and realized Tim Fisher, who wanted to modernize KI when he was GM, is the COO of Cedar Fair. Probably no connection, but interesting nonetheless.

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13 minutes ago, KIBOB said:

I was thinking about this the other day (modernization), and realized Tim Fisher, who wanted to modernize KI when he was GM, is the COO of Cedar Fair. Probably no connection, but interesting nonetheless.

I meant to say oldest in reference to Invertigo, but you obviously knew what I meant.  I edited it in my original post.  

That is an interesting tid-bit on Tim Fisher. I believe Tim Fisher was GM when SOB was added so maybe he's helping making up for that mistake.

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38 minutes ago, befat said:

That is an interesting tid-bit on Tim Fisher. I believe Tim Fisher was GM when SOB was added so maybe he's helping making up for that mistake.

Tim Fisher was general manager when Son of Beast was built, but it was Al Weber that greenlit the ride in the first place.

The decision to remove Vortex was more of the ride reaching the end of its lifespan than it was an attempt to modernize the park.

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On 2/26/2020 at 10:43 PM, Vortex1987 said:

I just wish i could get my hands on a little piece of Vortex. It just hurts to see my favorite ride of all time to be removed. I just want one peice. A peice to forever remember Vortex. Thats all I want. :(

I will sell you an authentic Vortex footer bolt for $1000.

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37 minutes ago, flightoffear1996 said:

What is the definition of awhile I wonder?  I am thinking maybe the 2023 season we would see something in that space. That is valuable land in the park to leave empty for too long. 

Rumor has it they're just going to let the brush in that area grow out. I hope they don't. Coney mall needs a few more flat rides or another roller coaster even. 

 

37 minutes ago, flightoffear1996 said:

Also, that post makes me think that something forced the park to remove Vortex before they really wanted too.

I think your right about that. They did remove the ride rather quickly and CF was way more secretive about it's removal then they were about Firehawk's. 

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Pretty sure I saw on a Cedar Point winter chill out video they had the panel and a brake from Vortex setup in one of the shops.  The guy on the video kept setting it off.  Staff said it was only running about 20% power and wouldn't be enough to stop a train at that moment.  I thought it was cool they set it up and let people play with it.

 

 

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18 minutes ago, jimlaheyscar said:

Pretty sure I saw on a Cedar Point winter chill out video they had the panel and a brake from Vortex setup in one of the shops.  The guy on the video kept setting it off.  Staff said it was only running about 20% power and wouldn't be enough to stop a train at that moment.  I thought it was cool they set it up and let people play with it.

 

 

Which video was this?

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I can not help, but to acknowledge the fact that 2022 is the parks 50th anniversary. Orion could be the addition to get the Giga check mark. Vortexs removal could be the long planned step to make way for something incredible for the parks 50th anniversary. Or not, they honestly didn't do much for CPs 150th as far as major rides are concerned.

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35 minutes ago, ldiesman said:

I can not help, but to acknowledge the fact that 2022 is the parks 50th anniversary. Orion could be the addition to get the Giga check mark. Vortexs removal could be the long planned step to make way for something incredible for the parks 50th anniversary. Or not, they honestly didn't do much for CPs 150th as far as major rides are concerned.

Cedar Point and Knott's are celebrating big anniversaries this year (150 and 100) and are they getting coasters? No. The fact that CP did not build a coaster for their anniversary makes me rule out a coaster for Kings Island's 50th completely. I think 2022 will be a celebration year. Coaster 2024-25 and it doesn't have to be in The Vortex plot of land if they do what I think they'll likely do. 

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