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12 minutes ago, Quinn Hutchinson said:

Hi Yall...

I think that there is a new ride coming to Kings Island 1n 2022

IT WILL BE A DIVE COASTER

Hi Quinn,

Welcome to KIC! What makes you think that?

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2 hours ago, Quinn Hutchinson said:

Hi Yall...

I think that there is a new ride coming to Kings Island 1n 2022

IT WILL BE A DIVE COASTER

I'd wager a Blue Ice Cream that there isn't.

KI has a lot to offer, and I could see it being a few years before they add something that costly to the lineup. This year hasn't exactly been a great one from a profit standpoint, and I did recall hearing something about them just getting a fairly pricey coaster recently... I think if they do get a dive, it'd be a bit farther out than 2022...

 

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2022 I expect to be more of a focus on the 50th anniversary of the park. I say if they do add a new ride, it'll be a throwback to an older ride like what CP is doing for their 150th anniversary by bringing back the boat ride. People have tossed around the idea of them retheming Boo Blasters into a new version of Phantom Theater a bunch recently. I could see something along those lines. Or my biggest idea that is pretty unlikely is to bring back the skyride maybe have it in Coney Mall and have it start near Hanks/Racer's entrance and have it end where The Vortex station was (or near it). I also think we can expect a large celebration event based on the milestone and them taking a year off from Grand Carnivale just for the anniversary (then bring back Carnivale for 2023). In conclusion I think 2022 will be a year of celebration than a new attraction. 

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With 2020 being what it is, and 2021 perhaps being another slow year for the industry, I'd be shocked if KI got a major installation prior to 2023, and more likely 2024 or 25.  I assume everything is backed up across the company at best, so things that were originally planned for 2021 elsewhere won't open until 2022, 2022 pushed back to 2023 and on down the line.  At that assumes next year approaches something "normal" which is far from a guarantee at this point.

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I don't see Kings Island installing another B&M or high price tag coaster for a solid 5-6 years. We had 5 years between Banshee and Diamondback, and Mystic Timbers was medium sized investment between the 6 year gap of Banshee and Orion.

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1 hour ago, ThrillKingsFitzy said:

Well I know this sounds weird and not throwback but why not add a coaster that is a homage to SOB? RMC hyper hybrid anyone? Maybe even a gravity group? RMC’s aren’t very expensive anyways

I think an RMC ground up would be the best fit for the next coaster not just because it would be a perfect fit to the park, but because it doesn't cost as much as a B&M or Mack. However, I highly doubt we'll see a theme pay homage to Son of Beast or see the Son of Beast name reused again. I honestly expect these next few coaster additions in the CF chain to be fairly cheap additions. 

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Based on comments made during the Q3 2020 earnings call,  2022 seems too soon for a major attraction.  Something smaller and cheaper would make more sense.

https://www.fool.com/earnings/call-transcripts/2020/11/04/cedar-fair-fun-q3-2020-earnings-call-transcript/

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Through the first nine months of the year, we've spent approximately $120 million on capital expenditures with the expectation of investing minimal capital during the fourth quarter. For the full year, we are projecting capital investments of $120 million to $125 million reflecting a savings of approximately $60 million to $65 million from our original 2020 capex budget. At this point, we remain current on all payables for all active capital projects, and we have no material long-term commitments for new attractions, providing us maximum flexibility to tailor our 2021 and 2022 capital programs based on the speed of the recovery and our on the ground liquidity. With nearly half of our parks unable to open this year, many new rides and attractions originally planned for 2020 have yet to be introduced to our guests, meaning our capital investments for the 2021 season will be a fraction of what we've invested in previous years, and we'll be focused on completing projects already in process that are critical to reopening next year plus any necessary compliance or infrastructure work.

Because of uncertainty around the recovery and the flexibility we've built into our capital planning process, we are not going to commit to or provide specific guidance on calendar year 2021 capital expenditures at this time. Once business conditions normalize, we will be in better position to frame up what our capital programs for the 2021 and 2022 seasons will entail. 

 

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