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I had an idea for turning the chaos building into a walk-through attraction where it gives more back story on Orion and Area 72. Basically a rideless que with theming, audio, etc; an exhibit if you will. No scareactors or spooky alien stuff but just a genuine walk through attraction that can be converted back to a haunted house come fall.

I personally loved walking through Cedar Point's little museum that they have. Call me boring but I enjoy walking through Flight of Fear's que as much as I do riding the actual coaster. Am I alone on this?

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I couldn’t care less about an expanded story and elaborate theming. Kings Island doesn’t feel super cohesive as a whole to me in terms of theming. Unlike Disney, a 100 year old media company who use their properties to sell park admissions and sponsored products from other brands, Cedar Fair is using a model for their business that is quite a bit different than that I think. People like Cedar Fair parks for thrilling rides and nice kid friendly and family attractions.  Walt was a freaking genius who integrated his brand vertically from the very beginning and has maintained loyal and enthusiastic fans for decades. The attention to detail in those parks is mind boggling and often very educational. Cedar Fair doesn’t need this level of theming to keep people coming to their parks because I believe their customer base isn’t going to the park to live inside of a fantasy story all day or stand in long lines to learn about science and engineering (although I’d hit those exhibits up). I think Cedar Fair’s customers would appreciate more shade, fans, air conditioners, and heaters (for those chilly fall and winter nights) in their queue lines. I haven’t been to a Disney park since I was a kid, but the lines were so so long, I learned more there in three days than I did at school that year, and thrill rides were very scarce.  I guess I’m saying people don’t go to Cedar Fair parks for fully immersive experiences and people don’t go to Disney to ride coasters. 

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I think walkthrough attractions are cool. They are a nice break from the rest of the day (see Dinosaurs Alive) and offer something different. The next step up from a basic walk through attraction would be immersive experinces like Haunt mazes or Forbidden Frontier at Cedar Point. Though I heard Forbidden Frontier was getting mixed reviews, I absolutely loved it! It was so great to interact with all the characters and explore Adventure Island! 

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On April 24, 2020 at 12:47 AM, SonofBaconator said:

I had an idea for turning the chaos building into a walk-through attraction where it gives more back story on Orion and Area 72. Basically a rideless que with theming, audio, etc; an exhibit if you will. No scareactors or spooky alien stuff but just a genuine walk through attraction that can be converted back to a haunted house come fall.

I personally loved walking through Cedar Point's little museum that they have. Call me boring but I enjoy walking through Flight of Fear's que as much as I do riding the actual coaster. Am I alone on this?

You're not alone. I love this idea. The park could use a walk-through attraction or two. If not a themed one, the museum idea might be perfect for this. 

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So, I actually really like walkthrough stuff. I love Noah's Ark at Kennywood, and I enjoyed Wacky Shack at Waldameer and Kings Dominion's old walkthrough whose name escapes me at the moment. Those specific kinds of walkthroughs, though, seem to be a dying piece of history. I'm speculating that ADA requirements and some amount of liability are the causes of that.

As far as a modern walkthrough goes... I'm split. I feel like there's promise in the concept, but the first thing that comes to mind is something like Madame Tussaud's, which isn't my thing. I can't think of a good equivalent in the modern era. I'll take a highly themed coaster queue any day of the week, though.

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