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  1. If the product allows you to do the same thing, what difference does it make if it's called Fast Lane, The Flash Pass, or Daffy Duck's Quick Access Pass?
    11 points
  2. Stopped by last evening for my first visit of the year. An afternoon storm cleared out some of the crowd and left us with sub 20 minute waits for everything. Enjoyed my front and back seat rides on Banshee, front in Racer, back on Orion, back on Snoopy Soap Box, back on Mystic and Beast, the train for a nice break, and a long awaited Smurf(blue) cone. Got to watch my son working at his coaster like a boss, and finished with the fireworks and drone show. My first coaster rides since going on some very tough meds, and I felt great!
    11 points
  3. To preface, I am an associate working in Kings Island's Public Relations Department, reporting to Chad Showalter. After witnessing the reaction and response by my department to the tragic events that occurred that night, I am simply appalled and ashamed to have been a part of such a response. If Brad would like to ban me or delete this post, I understand. It doesn't shine the park and its leadership in a positive light and this site, after all, is a fan site. However, if you choose to let this stay, please read on for a window into how Kings Island's PR department operates. I will be remaining anonymous to protect my position, however it is likely I will be resigning soon. If you would like proof of my position in the department, I have attached screenshots of me logged into our X handle. If you still choose not to believe me, that is your right, but I still feel the need to get this out. Around 8:15 that night, I got a call from Chad Showalter himself (as others did) asking me to come to the park immediately to figure out how to deal with the media in light of a major incident. I wasn't told what it was but I threw some clothes on and rushed to the park. Luckily I only live ten minutes away but others with longer commutes arrived up to thirty minutes later. We all went into a meeting room in the leadership building (adjacent to the operations building) and were soon briefed on the situation. We were told a man was critically injured after being struck by Banshee, and that the media was already reaching out for questions. Chad put each of us on a different method of communication, such as emails, phone calls, and social media messages. This was when things started to get strange. Chad, who had just told us the severity of the incident, told us to play it down and tell the local media that he seemed to have "walked away" from the incident. One of my colleagues told him that the media would find out eventually, but he wouldn't have it. He told us to think about the present, or upper leadership would be on him. So, that's what we did. We gave the media the spiel he gave us, saying that the situation seemed to be under control and that the guest walked away. You will see and probably have seen that when the media initially picked up the story this is what they reported. Of course we were given pushback by some members of the press, as they had heard the fire/ems radio firsthand. We told them that was all we knew. As all of us juggled the chaotic situation, Chad sat in his office, door closed. We were left wondering what exactly he was doing to remedy the situation, as we were the ones doing everything. We stayed through the night, fielding calls, emails, and messages locally and from across the country. We left around 5 AM, just before the local media would begin their morning news programs. I returned to the office at 9 AM, as per my schedule. The day started as normal, with a heightened sense of tension in the air. For all we knew, Chad had never left his office. His door remained closed. At 1 PM, he walked into the office. I figured he was returning from lunch. This wasn't true. He had left around 2 AM the night before and came in late today to get more sleep. Meanwhile we were doing damage control and providing the same story we had provided the night before. I was astonished at this. He arrived with updated instructions on how to interact with the media. Our new command was to say "no comment" to every request. The next day, we got a taste of what it was like to be on Chad Showalter's bad side. He came in at his normal hour as scheduled, this time fiery and explosive. He called a meeting. We were then told there was a leaker, maybe two. Some employees who spoke to the media. He was obviously infuriated that his damage control had blown up into pieces. We were demeaned in ways I had never been before in my entire professional career. He retreated to his office, this time the door remained open, leaving his fiery conversations loud and clear for all to hear. He was talking to people named Dustin and Bonnie, I'm not sure who these individuals are, but I'm led to believe via context that they have something to do with operations, perhaps rides in particular. He barked commands at them. He told them to find the culprit at all costs, and bring them to him. When they seemed to pushback, his voice grew in anger, barking more commands and threats at the poor associates on the other line. The talk around the office now is a search is on for the leaker(s). I hear that supervisors at Banshee are talking to their associates individually, asking them if they were the ones who interviewed. So far, as far as I can tell, no one has been caught. But if someone is, I feel bad for what they're about to endure. To this day, we have not posted a statement on any form of social media. Not even an acknowledgment. After a similar incident at Cedar Point, they tweeted that an accident happened and that their hearts went out to anybody affected. Why couldn't we have done that? It all comes down from Chad, and his fragile ego. He bans people from the park at will, with no regard to who they may be. He is a person who has little morals and no respect for the park he was hired to represent. This disastrous response is not surprising to many within the department. His attitude has been this way for quite some time, now it's just out in the open.
    10 points
  4. Here's some pics of the first Haunt (was FearFest), and first under CF ownership. October 2007.
    9 points
  5. Here is a post to let you know what the new food items are for Grand Carnivale and a reminder that the KI Team should probably update the web site with this info. China • Smoked Duck Fried Rice- Duck Breast, Asian Vegetables, Rice & Egg Wok Fried
• Szechuan Beef Bao Bun – Steamed Bun, Double Cooked Beef, Pickled Cabbage
• Almond Cookies & Fortune Cookies France • Raclette – French Cheese, served on baguette & topped with arugula
• Crepe Florentine – Spinach, Garlic and Goat Cheese Stuffed Crepe
• Grand Marnier Crepe – Crepe with Orange Curd, White Chocolate, Chantilly Cream Topping (Candied Orange) Germany • Pretzel Bites – w/ Bock Beer Cheese
• Currywurst – Fried bratwurst, cut into pieces and simmered in a tomato curry sauce
• Schnitzel Slider – Breaded Chicken & Kraut between Potato Cakes served with sour cream
• Black Forest Trifle – Layered, Dark chocolate cake, Chocolate mousse & Local Cherries Italy • Lasagna Fritta – Pasta and herbed ricotta cheese, breaded and fried. Served with house-made marinara
• Piadina – Italian flat bread filled with Italian meats and cheese and Sweet Pepper Spread
• Cannoli – Crispy Pastry, filled with Sweet Ricotta and Chocolate Chips & Pistachios Spain • Paella – Saffron Broth, Seafood, Chicken, & Rice traditional style
• Buñuelos – Cinnamon sugar dusted, topped with chocolate & caramel sauce
    8 points
  6. 100 episodes. 100 times firing up the mic for the Attractions Group podcast. Everyone thinks that Tower Topics is the difficult one to produce since it’s three times a week but AGP is the one that takes much more planning and coordination. We started small, with some fragile individuals telling myself or Don that we wouldn’t make it to 10 episodes. Now we have had world-class consultants, park presidents, park owners, CEOs, stake holders, and even a WWE Hall of Famer on the show. The success of this show, along with Tower Topics is fully attributed to Don and I doing our best on certain fronts such as honesty and perspective. I cannot tell you how many people who have complimented us for this, and cited it as the reason for their continued support. In a day and age where there are actual written policies dictating veto power of your creative freedom and integrity, please use us as inspiration in knowing that you do not need any park’s cooperation for success. No one won’t watch your videos because you didn’t get to go to media day, but they may stop watching if you appear to be working off of a script or are clearly boxed in. Don and I will always ensure that Tower Topics is “for Kings Island fans, by Kings Island fans,” and AGP will always be our journalistic outlet, attempting to get the facts with no question off the table. If any park or chain does not work to work with us because of this (and it hasn’t been a problem… for the most part) then that’s a reflection of the other party, not us. I hundred thousand “thank you’s” goes out to all of you for your support. You make this possible! Here’s to another 100 and 100s and 100s more!
    8 points
  7. KIC does not know the validity of the OP claims. It may be true; it may be totally made up. If it is the latter, we sincerely apologize for any discredit to the PR department. We left it on KIC for a few reasons. 1. This needs to be treated just like any other employee that makes claims on social media. The KIC forums are no different just because it is a KI fan site and a different medium of communication. 2. If there was any truth to the claim, KI would want to look into the seriousness of it and decide for themselves. 3. KIC is more than happy to work with the park to help engage, excite, and promote the park any way we can. We have not changed our practices since I have taken over as media director (before Chad arrived and after Don was gone) nor do I plan to moving forward. 4. I felt like a lot of the criticism previously stemmed from the emotions about Don no longer being at the park. This seems to be more of a cry for help. 5. Lastly, no matter how much you may disagree with the communications department at KI, we do need to be respectful of our park. At what point is calling out something that you disagree with starting to actually hurt the very park you love and are passionate about?
    8 points
  8. 8 points
  9. Going by the blueprints, it shows it's going in the Pipeline Paradise plot.
    8 points
  10. A chain with a history of financial troubles marrying a chain that had financial troubles on the horizon... Solution: let's make the Titanic bigger; what could possibly go wrong?
    8 points
  11. There wasn't anything that changed for Haunt during my time there that I didn't agree with outside of replacing Hot Blooded. The show fit Haunt. It was popular, had a cult-like following. While it doesn't fall under change, I was never a fan of allowing No-Boo necklaces in the mazes. I thought that ruined the experience for those attending the event for the scares and they'd get grouped with others with the No-Boo.
    7 points
  12. New Sign on Eiffel Tower
    7 points
  13. Permits have been submitted, a Master Blaster water slide and Kiddie Pool upgrades are coming. https://www.whitewaterwest.com/en/products/water-slides/blasters/master-blaster/
    7 points
  14. I headed up to the park for a few hours late this afternoon to visit one last time before the merger was official tomorrow. I typically just ride based upon how busy certain lines or where I am at in the park on a particular visit. I rode Cargo Loco first and then decided to head over to Action Zone, where I decided to ride Congo Falls then headed over to The Bat. While I was in line for The Bat, I realized that unintentionally I had ridden a Cedar Fair addition (Cargo Loco), a KECO addition (Congo), and was getting to ride The Bat (ordered by KECO/opened by Paramount). After I rode The Bat, I headed over to towards International Street and stopped to ride the Grand Carousel (Coney/Opening Day Taft). While riding the Grand Carousel it hit me how much history this Carousel has seen throughout the years. From being at Coney to an opening day Taft attraction through all of the subsequent owners and changes, the Carousel has been one of the few constants since 1972 (or 1926 in the Carousel's case, even if it moved a few counties to the north). Throughout all of the changes, there have been good and bad and curious changes, but Kings Island has always weathered those changes. Change is one of those constants in life that we can't do much about. I have enjoyed the Cedar Fair era overall and if Cedar Fair and Six Flags take the best of both chains, we could be in for another good era. Just like all of the eras before it, there will be some good, some bad, and some curious changes, but I'm hopeful that Kings Island will be the same outstanding park it has been these last 52 years.
    7 points
  15. As Douglas Adams said, "a common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
    7 points
  16. I just wanna see Haunt get some teeth back to it. It has been such a shell of what it used to be (IMO). I still love going if for nothing else to get some foggy night rides in, but I sure as heck miss when the event had some bite to it.
    6 points
  17. Especially if you had already publicly made a statement from the beginning; which the park did not. If something newsworthy happens at your park and you don’t address it in a timely manner, you’re liable to have other employees speak up because people want to know what happened. In my opinion, not releasing a statement as soon as possible is an insult to the bystanders who were involved the incident: riders, associates, etc. When you’re in charge of being the bridge between the park and the general public, you want to address this as soon as possible. When I was in college, we were given scenarios where we worked at a company where something went wrong and we had to write up a PR response to the incident. Responding to incidents is textbook PR practice…if you’re not taking the time to address issues your company is having, you shouldn’t be surprised when other employees speak on behalf of the park- because you certainly didn’t.
    6 points
  18. Looks like they're basically keeping the Cedar Fair style of branding which I'm happy about. I thought the old Six Flags logo/branding was pretty ugly and outdated and the current CF branding felt pretty modern to me. Hopefully we see the current Six Flags parks drop the old Six Flags logos in their names and get new modern CF style logos in their names. Honestly this is giving me Paramount to Cedar Fair vibes and instead it'll be the current Six Flags parks that go through the transition and will see the most changes in the near future. We'll just have to wait and see, but honestly I'm digging the new logo.
    6 points
  19. As a warning, I suspect it will not be that difficult for management at the park to figure out your identity. But you likely knew that before you made your post. I agree with you. The park has handled this incident terribly. The park being more transparent would have done no harm to the parks reputation. I have spoken with a number of people about the accident and everyone I have spoken with has placed all of the blame on the individual. The park should have made a statement when the accident occurred basically saying that an individual entered a restricted area, and was injured and transported to a hospital. The ride has been closed to perform inspections and that the state will inspect the ride before reopening. The park could also wish for a quick recovery, etc. The park could have said something and shown some humanity, instead of trying to bury its head in the sand and act like nothing happened. Personally I have had minimal interactions with Chad, but what I do know, makes me think he is the wrong person for the job.
    6 points
  20. I’m briefly emerging from my lurking to inform you that my 2000th Bat ride is fast approaching! I plan to take it tomorrow afternoon/evening depending on how many I can get later today between the rain showers and storms. If you’re at the park tomorrow, come celebrate with me! The exact timing will largely depend on how close I get after work today…
    6 points
  21. Arguably one of the more unique signs for the park's history IMO. I loved the motif on it and the overall design stood out for guests who were coming to the lazy river.
    5 points
  22. Building credibility with your audience matters more than an invite to media day. Authenticity beats being a shill every time.
    5 points
  23. I'm happy to announce that Adventure Express issues I reported last week have been fixed and the ride is back to two train operation. Sent from my SM-G986U using Tapatalk
    5 points
  24. I’ve been reading a book and in one of the chapters it talks about fault and responsibility: The author used an example of someone dropping off a baby on a random stranger’s doorstep. Is the homeowner at fault for having the baby dropped on their doorstep? No. Are they responsible? Yes. Whether they call the authorities, take the baby in as their own, leave it, etc, that abandoned baby their responsibility even though they’re not at fault. After reading this it made me think of the Banshee incident in a sense. Is the park at fault for a man blatantly ignoring park rules to retrieve a loose article? No. Is the park responsible? Yes- it still happened on their property. It’s their responsibility to act during incidents such as this- calling EMS, evacuating riders, communicating with guests on the situation, etc. In summary, fault is about assigning blame, while responsibility is about taking ownership and action to manage or resolve a situation, regardless of who is at fault. When Cedar Point made their statement about Raptor’s incident, they took action to manage the situation even though it was not their fault, which presented a strong sense of responsibility on their part. It’s fitting that the word “response” can be found in the word “responsibility”, considering the former is the main topic of discussion at the moment.
    5 points
  25. Not close to Vortex but a survey marker in Coney Mall by arcade across from Skyline.
    5 points
  26. Combine the two “as soon as possible with the facts known at this time, shared in a way that won’t opinionize or anticipate an eventual outcome.” In this case, “a person, after entering a restricted area, was struck by a roller coaster car in motion. The person was taken via life flight to etc etc. at this time we have no additional information as to their status or the status of anyone else directly involved. We take the safety of our guests and employees seriously, and are closely monitoring this situation. We will share additional information as soon as it is made available to us.”
    5 points
  27. Sure! Google keeps enabling new "Ad Experiments" and makes it difficult to disable them. I've gone through and turned them off wherever I could find them. I'm not sure if it happens instantly or if it takes a few hours for the changes to take effect.
    5 points
  28. You’re absolutely right. Someone broke park rules, trespassed, and paid the ultimate price for it- that’s not on the park. If I was in charge of PR, I’d want to get the facts out as soon as possible so that media personnel don’t have to speculate. “At approximately (insert time) last night, a park guest entered a restricted area in the Action Zone area of the park and was struck by the Banshee roller coaster. At this time we are unable to provide information on the condition of the individual nor the riders who were on the ride at the time of impact. We are working with the state of Ohio as well as local law enforcement as they conduct their investigations into this matter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individual and their family, as well as the riders on the train, park staff and others who were involved. We will provide more information once it becomes available. All inquiries should be directed to info@visitkingsisland.com.” What I said was transparent and to the point. It took me 5 minutes to come up with that and it A.) acknowledged that an incident occurred. B.) Provided information. C.) Expressed cooperation and sympathy. D.) Redirected inquires to the park’s email.
    5 points
  29. Thanks, I appreciate it. And thanks for the post link. I was trying to go back and find it because I knew they said something. The unfortunate thing is it would’ve been so easy for Chad to have us do that. But a different approach was chosen and here we are.
    5 points
  30. In t minus 16 hrs and 20 minutes Six Flags and Cedar Fair merge. Tomorrow morning I am venturing to Six Flags Cedar Point to ride Batman (formerly known as Raptor) , Joker (formerly known as GateKeeper), and Dr Doom's Free Fall (formerly known as Valravn.) The midway we so gracefully loved will be decked out in DC characters and rethemed to Gotham City. On Tuesday when I return to Kings Island I will find that Action Zone has completely be rethemed the Banshee is now known as Batman, Invertigo is Superman, and The Bat is the Joker. All the retheming of Planet Snoopy is adorned by Bugs Bunny and company. I am very excited.
    5 points
  31. Here are a few photos of the track being fabricated for Phantom Theater..... Now the question is ask.... Can it be considered a coaster?
    5 points
  32. That’s a bit of an overreaction. A lot themed rides involve that type of verbiage. On Adventure Express, you’re distributing the ancient ruins On Mystic Timbers you hot-wire an old truck and there’s a shed full of sketchy stuff that they’re trying to warn you not to go in One of the signs on Diamondback says “do not disturb” On Boo Blasters you are told you are trespassing During Phantom Theater, one of the lines was “you’ve defiled our world, now escape if you can” On Hagrid’s motorbike ride, you’re literally going into the Forbidden Forest On Tomb Raider The Ride, you’re disturbing an ancient temple On Big Grizzly Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland, you get switched from tunnel 8 to tunnel 4.(8 being symbol for good luck in Chinese culture and 4 being a symbol of death) In Mystery Mine you’re entering an abandoned mineshaft and warned subtly that you’ll die Verbolten is a play on words the word Verboten which is translation for Forbidden in the German language. Cobra’s Curse is centered around people entering an area at the threat of being cursed I could go on When you’re riding these rides, the overall message is F*ck Around and Find Out-it’s part of the theme, fun, and thrill. Someone carelessly disregarding park rules and common sense by hopping a fence isn’t cause to call into question the verbiage of other rides.
    5 points
  33. A permit was filed on Masons website for a master blaster ride. What does everyone think about this. https://aca-prod.accela.com/MASON/Cap/GlobalSearchResults.aspx?isNewQuery=yes&QueryText=Kings%20island Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  34. I have fully archived this post as well, in case any site admins are pushed by Kings Island leadership to delete it. You can find it on various archiving sites like archive.org or by reaching out to me on other platforms (same username) where I can provide a link. If what you say is indeed true, then I feel terribly sorry that you had to go through that. Something tragic like that should not be kept hidden and quiet, it is a major event that requires transparency to show that the park even cares a little. Sure it's not fun to deal with but it's not something that you should be required to lie about when you know the actual truth.
    4 points
  35. They do And no I won’t trade lol
    4 points
  36. I think the opposite and they will be branded with SixFlags naming within 3 years. There is a reason they decided to go with Six Flags over Cedar Fair for merger name. As you pointed out, Six Flags naming is brand recognition and they will want to capitalize on it.
    4 points
  37. Using Canada's Wonderland as an example, they sent out a coaster survey in 2023 with a few concepts. Most are speculating that it is a new launched roller coaster, unconfirmed of course. There is major construction at Wonder Mountain, with footers popping up recently so they are building something big. Given the timeline these projects take, like with Orion where it started in 2018, they take time. Seeing how Kings Island sent out their own surveys this year, they are very likely still in the planning stage. Who knows what the merger will do to progress, but there is at least something on the table after all.
    4 points
  38. We created a short about this for Tower Topics (and plug KIC in it). We will do a full episode soon.
    4 points
  39. So excited for the water coaster. It is exactly what the waterpark needs attractions-wise!
    4 points
  40. Does this count as back to back coaster additions?
    4 points
  41. Standing at the Kings Island security, I felt a pang of something bittersweet. This was it, my last hurrah before the park became associated with Six Flags. The coasters rattled in the distance, the familiar roar a comforting rumble against the undercurrent of worry churning in my stomach. The day was a whirlwind of nostalgic thrills. I screamed through the inversions on Banshee, relishing the white-knuckled drops and the wind whipping through my remaining hair. I indulged in the sugary sweetness of a blue ice cream, the cold, gooey goodness a perfect counterpoint to the humid summer air. And I was captivated by the mesmerizing dance of colors in the bubble show, even though I wish the Maestro and company were still present, while Hilda Bovine's musical talent echoed in my memories. It is over, Hilda. You've sang. The people in C-suite mentioned the scariest thing. A shadow lingered beneath the surface of the fun. Kings Island, a place woven into the fabric of my summer memories, felt like a patient entering hospice care. The park that once pulsed with youthful exuberance now exuded a sense of uncertainty. Six Flags loomed on the horizon, an enigma wrapped in a coat of roller coasters. Would it usher in a new era of exhilarating rides and dazzling spectacles? Or would it erase the park's quirky charm, turning it into a generic theme park indistinguishable from its brethren? As I left, I stole one last glance back, a silent plea escaping my lips. Please, Kings Island, let your transformation be a paradise, not a purgatory. The park's future hung in the balance, and only time would tell if the metamorphosis would be a glorious ascension or a soul-crushing descent.
    4 points
  42. I think Cedar Fair started doing Six Flags practice last year with reduced staffing, dirtier midways and continued forward to this year with shorter hours, reduced operating days, Sysco "hand breaded" tenders and vastly reduced entertainment options!
    4 points
  43. The merger will result in cost conscious thinking, so I doubt this is even on their radar. If anyone would be looking at if any adjustments are necessary, it would be the manufacturer of the ride B&M. But even then, unless you install metal detectors at the rides to prevent any loose articles, including those in zipper pockets, from being on the ride like some other rides do, lockers and bins wouldn't have prevented this as people would feel they can secure the item or afraid someone would steal it from a bin or locker. At the end of the day, if someone is motivated enough, no barrier would stop them. Do you want an amusement park and ride areas to look like a jail? Inmates escape from jails, so additional fencing and razor wire and whatever else jails do wouldn't be the answer. A fence/wall is universally accepted as being a barrier that shouldn't be crossed.
    4 points
  44. Hello everyone! Welcome to yet another Kings Island trip report from McSalsa. I rode quite a bit of stuff yesterday, but I will try to make this manageable. This will be sorted into 3 sections: Ride Reviews, Food Reviews, and Misc (everything that doesn't fall into the first two categorgies basically). Will be sorted by order I when I did/rode things, and re-rides will be described in the same order...mostly. THE RIDES Orion (x2) Orion was my first ride of the day- I wanted to hit FOF first but it was already a big wait, and Orion was a near walk-on instead. As I neared the station, I realized I forgot my glasses strap back in the car, so my glasses when in my zipper pocket and I rode "Blurry" Orion. I could still see enough to tell what was going on, and I got some nice forces for a early morning ride. I rode again later on and the ride had picked up some more speed, and I had bought a new glasses trap by then as well (they are cheap in park). Both rides were great, as I have come to expect from Orion. NEW RIDE ALERT: Snoopy's Soap Box Racers (x2) I have finally added to my coaster count (now at 38) for the first time in 3 years! Woohoo! Snoopy's Soap Box Racers is a great addition to Kings Island. It packs more punch than I was expecting, especially in terms of postive G's. The first drop has good anticipation to it, with how it holds you 70 feet in the air, a little bit like a dive coaster. Going backwards is a pretty fun sensation too. I do wish they had planted some trees in Camp Snoopy, but the ride itself is great. Oh, and I rode from the last and 2nd to last cars both times, and my nephew I rode with on my first ride freaking loved it. Diamondback (x4) 4 Rides on Diamondback!?!? Well, that is because the ride crew was KILLING IT yesterday, keeping the line at 10 minutes or less basically all day- early on when crowds weren't bad yet, they were hitting 30 and 40 second dispatches (I saw a few times where the train ahead had not even hit the MCBR and there was one halfway up the lift!). And with Diamondback's great airtime and short waits, I could not resist. I rode near the front, in the middle, and twice in or near the back. The back is still the way to go, though the 2nd hill might have been a bit better in front actually. On 3 of the 4 rides, save the middle one, I got airtime that lasted what felt like 5+ seconds on a few hills. Lots of fun was had on Diamondback yesterday. Mystic Timbers (x2) Got in two rides here- one early in the day near the middle, and a second later on in the back row. Middle ride was good, but the back seat ride happened just as the ride re-opened after a brief rain shower and...WOW. That was a contender for the best ride I have ever gotten on Mystic Timbers! The ride was hauling and throwing me around like crazy! I think the hot temperatures and rain truly unleashed the wooden coasters yesterday, Mystic being no exception. I got "Cars" as my song both times, and Bats and Snakes in the shed. The Beast (1st Ride) I also got two rides on The Beast, my favorite Kings Island coaster. The first ride I was on a wheel seat and it was a bit rough, nothing unbearable (2020 or 2021 rides in same seat probably would have been agony) but it did pop my back- it hurt for a few minutes, then felt great oddly the rest of the day. Still a fun ride though. Later in the evening, I... (TO BE CONTINUED...DA DA DUM!) Backlot Stunt Coaster (x1) Didn't get to ride this last time due to a breakdown and huge line, but got it yesterday. I got front row, and got some decent forces and nice views. I did find I actually like Snoopy's Soap Box Racers a bit better though. Flight of Fear (x1) After snagging my 2nd Orion ride, I saw FOF re-open after a breakdown so I tried to snag a quick ride, but ended up still waiting 25 minutes (longest all day) because the capacity is poo. The ride itself is way better than it's capacity though, a little rough and the trains are odd but great intensity and forcefulness. It was worth the wait. The Racer (x1 Red, x1 Blue) With no real wait, I snagged rides on both Racers. I am still so happy they removed the stinkin' trim brakes! I rode Red Racer from 5-2, and Blue Racer from 1-2. Both rides were crazy smooth for wooden coasters, both had good airtime, and I won both times. Win-win-win! Adventure Express (x1) In spite of riding on a wheel, this was a very smooth ride, oddly. Usually that isn't the case on wheel seats. All of the theming, music and effects were working and the ride was a walk-on. Fun ride, but I need to speak to the station master. He needs fired, badly. I keep trying to go on the scenic jungle route, and he keeps sending me on the city of stone route! UGH! WHO KEEPS LETTING HIM RUN THE Adventure Express!?!? Grand Carousel (x1) I rode this one with our main group. Sat on a non-moving horse because I had just eaten a huge burrito at Enrique's- review of that later. A nice relaxing ride as usual. Banshee (x3) Oh boy. Recent events have made this coaster get some extra attention- though the line was always very short hence why I got 3 rides in. Anyway, I'll focus on the ride itself and not the recent tragedy. Banshee was running really smooth, though the vest was a bit tight on my 3rd and final ride. The g forces were great, and I rode 3 times in basically the same hour because the line was moving so well. More good rides on the world's longest inverted coaster. The Bat (x1) After the 100 billion mile hike, I also rode The Bat. No wait, and I had a fun time swinging among the tree tops. The "river" below the ride was pretty full due to the rain. This ride may be a semi-clone of Vortex @ Canada's Wonderland, but it makes great use of the terrain. Delirium (x1) While in Action Zone, I also got a ride on Delirium, my first of 2024. I enjoy the spinning and swinging of this ride, and it too had a short wait time- Sundays when there is a chance of rain all day seem to be great days at Kings Island. A question hit me when riding this though. I have heard Youtuber Ryan the Ride Mechanic say, the Zamperla Giant Discovery has a 20 year lifespan, then Zamperla strongly requests you remove the ride due to fatigue. HUSS Giant Frisbees are similar to those...and Delirium is now 21. How much longer does Delirium have left? Woodstock Express (x1) I got my 3rd ride ever in on the former Beastie kids wooden coaster, once again riding with my nephew and his father. This was after the rainstorm, and like Mystic Timbers, even Woodstock Express felt like it had gotten a speed boost from it. I got a little airtime and some strong forces for a kids coaster here. A great ride for kids in spite of being 52. The Beast (2nd Ride) OK, here is why I said I wouldn't group EVERYTHING together...my 2nd and final ride on The Beast, also my last ride of the day. I bought a Fast Lane for $12 so I could get on and off fairly quickly to catch the fireworks with my group at the end of the day. I do enjoy having that option this year. This one will be a bit longer, as I want to go into some details. May 16th, 2009: A 19 year old McSalsa (me) arrives at Kings Island for the 2nd time. I was afraid of roller coasters ever since my last trip to Kings Island in 2000, when The Racer scared me as a kid. 9 years later, I had returned to conquer that fear, and I had selected The Beast due to seeing the fact it mostly stayed near the ground. I boarded the train with my mother (she passed away in 2019 due to a heart attack) and we departed. I got a bit nervous as we climbed the lift hill, but once the train plunged into the tunnel- the fear evaporated. This wasn't scary. This was fun! The double helix did get me a little, but a love of roller coasters had been born that day. Ride #2- my first night ride, that same day- further sealed this. 15 years have passed, and once again I board The Beast- now for the 50th time. I sit in 5-2, and the train departs. It is not 100% dark but it isn't daytime either. Once again, the train climbs the lift hill and plunges into the same tunnel. The drop is a bit different- The Beast and I have both changed a bit in the 15 years- but the general effect is the same. Pitch black tunnel, hard turn, drop into ravine. Fun stuff. Turn, into the endless brake tunnel. Trim brakes of sadness. Turn, train bounces a bit during turn, I have grown to enjoy this "bounce" so I giggle a bit. We dive into the endlessly long midcourse tunnel, I look to the right to see trees and the forest THROUGH the tunnel wall's cracks. (Seriously try this if you can, day or night, it looks awesome). Exit the tunnel, and enjoy several turns deep in the woods. Two "eyes" stare at us ahead, and we begin to climb the 2nd lift. I have a huge grin on my face already. Enjoy the best view of the entire park. Turn left. Begin to drop into a tiny hole. Trim brakes attempt to stop us. Trim brakes fail to do so. Faster. Faster. FASTER. FASTER! FASTER! FASTER! WHEN ARE WE GONNA... The tunnel hits. The Beast roars. The car shakes violently in pitch black darkness. I am laughing like mad. We get a second to breathe, then it happens again. Utter chaos in darkness. This is the best moment on any coaster I have ever experienced. Then, The Beast decides to let us all live and releases us back to the station, same as it did 15 years ago. Ride #50 on The Beast, conquered. I get off, to go rejoin my group, and wonder when ride #100 is coming. I don't get to visit Kings Island nearly as much as I would like, so I will probably never challenge things like Carl Eichelman's 4000+ rides. But I absolutely understand why people love The Beast. The coaster that helped me overcome my fears. A true legend. Thanks for the 50 great rides (some not as good, some extra good- this one was the latter). And here's to plenty more rides on a true legend of a roller coaster. FOOD REVIEWS Coney BBQ I forgot to eat breakfast before coming to the park, so I ate pretty much after my first ride on Orion. There was zero wait because of this, so good idea I guess. This was my first time properly eating at Coney BBQ after trying some of the sides last time- this place is great. I got the rotisserie chicken meal, and the chicken was delicious, I also tried the Carolina mustard as a dip. It was so good, I "drank" the leftovers when I ran out of chicken. I also tried the spiral mac n' cheese, it was delicious and creamy. My one complaint would be the hush puppy- it was still good, but a bit overcooked and crispier than needed. A 9.5/10 meal, only due to the Hush Puppy. Enrique's I ate here after riding the nearby Adventure Express, around 3pm. I got a big chicken burrito and filled it with my choice of toppings. It was freaking delicious, maybe a little messy near the end but that is true for any good burrito. Service was fast too. Probably my favorite meal of the day. Pigpen's Mess Hall This was my "dinner" around 7pm. I got a Hot Dog with cheese and bacon, and the Ranch Potato Salad. The Hot Dog was huge and delicious, and the Potato Salad was great- though I needed to grasp for a second it was not like Kroger Potato Salad I am so used to. Pigpen's tasted like actual potatoes. This was also a bit slower because a few people ahead of me seemed to be confused and held up the short line. Once they passed though everything sped up. Another thumbs up from me! Festhaus I didn't really "eat" much here, more like I got chicken fingers for my nephews. I did try one and a few fries though- the chicken finger I had tasted fine, the fries were meh though. Weakest of all the meals I had, though it was stiff competition today. Kings Island has been very good for food in 2024 so far. OTHER STUFF (AKA MISC) I watched one of my nephews and his dad ride Xtreme Skyflyer. I can't believe that a kid can ride that, and not The Racer! They both loved it, I could see the kid's smile from 150 feet up it was so big! We also ended the day with the "Under the Stars" Fireworks and Drone Show. It was epic. If I had one complaint, it would be that there is almost TOO MUCH here- I was focused on the drones mainly and thus missed a few of the laser effects, etc. It's awesome though, and worth a few rewatches. Ride operations were amazing. Diamondback would be my pick for best crew this year, but Orion, Banshee and Mystic Timbers were also kicking butt. Beast too though that ride naturally takes a minute to load/unload. Food was also quite fast, I never had to wait too long for any of my 4 meals. It wasn't PERFECT though: I have some small complaints. The budget cuts kinda showed up- Racer wasn't racing until around noon, and some shops opened late. By the afternoon everything was open though. They also had some trouble keeping up with the bathrooms- I saw some nasty yesterday. The main part of the park was spotless though. Ride reliability was pretty good- weather took everything down around 5-6pm, but most rides reopened quickly, save Drop Tower and WindSeeker. Invertigo and the Eiffel Tower seemed to have some issues all day, though. Kinda bummed about the Eiffel Tower, I wanted to go up and look around. And that's my trip report! Questions and comments welcome. I will try and attach some photos- I got some good ones, I think. Thank you guys and MCSALSA AWAY!!!
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  46. On my way home from another awesome day at Kings Island. I got my 50th ride on The Beast (it was amazing), rode tons of stuff including Soap Box Racers, and ate some great food. I will post a full trip report later probably.
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  47. Hey y'all, "Uncle Henry" here, long time no see. Didn't expect to be here again but just so happened I was in town visiting the park with family.... today. Was in Action Zone AFTER 8 PM, riding Congo Falls as our last ride of the day to cool off. This news broke after we got back home and we were shocked to find out we were in the area in the aftermath of this accident. We saw no signs of anything out of the ordinary. So in that regard, kudos to the park for handling this in a way that didn't interfere with other guests. Really hope the person survived, but sadly all signs pointing to a fatality here. Invert coasters, by their nature, impact the highest part of a person's body if they're on the ground, and that's the most important part of the human body. REALLY hoping that whomever was on the ride that made impact with the victim is alright, as I know incidents like this can destroy the legs of the rider of impact. Wishing the absolute best to the families of any and all victims of today.
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