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  1. They just simply didn't want to have it. That "excuse" shows it in my opinion. Pretty much knew they were skipping it since last summer.
    4 points
  2. I think some of you give Chad too much credit in his role and responsibility with the park LOL. I am sure he is not the final go/no go decision on Coasterstock. If the GM or corp wanted it, they are doing it despite his objections. He can either be on board and participate or be shown the door. Everyone knows Coasterstock was Don's "baby", but was the coordination of the event the duty of the area manager, digital marketing position (which is not Chad's role) or was the responsibility given to Don the person due to his recognition in the industry? And if it was given to Don the person and not the position, then what position within KI would take it over when Don the person left? Did anyone complaining apply for the open position when it was posted? Many have put the park in a tough situation. If they decided to not have Coasterstock, what would happen is what we are seeing now with folks saying that the current staff isn't competent and can't put on the event. If they held Coasterstock and put on the best event ever and due to the upcoming merger brought in the actors that played the roles in the DC Universe and we all got to personally sit next to Gal Gadot/Wonder Woman and Superman for a ride people and they brought Beyoncé in for a private concert many would still say the event sucks because Don isn't working for the park and didn't host the event.... If you were the park GM and saw the enthusiasts community bad mouthing EVERY move the park makes, would you be willing to want to invest and put the time in to hold an event for them that is clear they wouldn't be happy regardless? Based on podcasts and appearances Don has made at several events, it appears many take the loss of Don working at KI harder than Don himself.... Unfortunately, Don leaving KI is one of those events that some people are never going to get over and will badmouth everything the park does moving forward. Don't get me wrong, constructive criticism for the park we love is fine as we all want more out of the park and know there is always room for improvement, but there are also many that believe this bashing has gone on long enough and it is no longer constructive criticism but rather personal attacks for the people left to fill Don's shoes. And really, how many enthusiasts events does a park really need to host in a year? If Don were still at the park and ACE did their thing and Coasterstock did their thing, people would probably complain the events were too similar. I thought in one of the podcasts Don said the reason for doing Coasterstock was to eliminate multiple enthusiasts events and just have one big one. These events are a lot of hard work behind the scenes and maybe Don wouldn't have wanted to put both on in one season if he were still at the park? If you are going to attend the ACE event with a pre-meditated mindset of not enjoying it and nitpicking every little aspect of it, maybe you shouldn't attend the event and let people that are going to enjoy the event have that opportunity to attend...it is hard to believe, but there are people that don't know who Don is and would attend the event and have a wonderful time...
    3 points
  3. Noasterstock 2024! So, who actually thinks the event will happen in 2025? The park doesn’t owe anyone anything, but this comes across as a slap in the face to many. It could’ve been a perfect opportunity to make a kind gesture to the enthusiast community that could’ve done wonders to repair the strained relationship between this/other communities. Event aside, I’m just knocked out by the complete display of incompetence from Cha… er, The “Kings Island Team.” I work in a similar role/field and the type content and actions displayed would probably get me fired. Just a bad look, dude. KI has the ability to do much better. And I know they will. I love the place and hate to be so aggressively negative especially after they’ve done so much, so well the last few seasons. Pretty disappointing.
    3 points
  4. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2024/january/coasterstock-2024-update?fbclid=IwAR1bN3w8QPUKjZysxSuV6YKIThx--gt6PLrO35YgS0AVnNfkQWPwdODCUXg Official notice. Kings Island is dedicated to offering a unique coaster event every year for coaster club members to take part in. In 2024, the park will celebrate our longstanding relationship with American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) by hosting its Spring Conference from May 17-19. More information will be released about this event and ticket purchasing in the coming weeks on the ACE website. Due to the timing, we will not have Coasterstock in 2024, but we are looking forward to its return in 2025. Throughout the 2024 season, Kings Island will host a series of coaster club opportunities, and we will be in touch with those clubs and past Coasterstock participants before the season begins with more details.
    3 points
  5. Update from Great Ohio Coaster Club on Facebook: Per Chad Showalter at Kings Island - Coasterstock will return in 2025. This year there will be some opportunities for coaster club members to attend behind the scenes tours,, early ride times, and other perks that will be announced by the park at a later date. https://www.facebook.com/greatohiocc
    3 points
  6. Liked the update and Woodstock Gliders will look great with the new look.
    3 points
  7. Looks like it’s coming along well! I did not expect Woodstock Gliders and Linus Launcher to be a part of this but I am all for it. I think it makes more sense instead of just having two things in the back of Planet Snoopy that are Camp Snoopy. I know it wasn’t mentioned but I still really hope to see the new gen Vekoma trains added to Flying Ace. Also, are they going to stick with the Flying Ace name and not change the name? I just think that’d be a bit weird with the completely different color scheme.
    3 points
  8. I think only special ones will. Loch Ness was a more historic coaster and might have stayed very popular too. I think the average Arrow will likely just get replaced. As mentioned I could see Magnum get similar when needed. And hope AE is saved when that time comes. I have hope for that given all the recent work they did for it.
    2 points
  9. I agree with this last statement. Those Arrows which have become icons and classics should receive the “Loch ness Monster” treatment. So that they can continue to be enjoyed for years to come.
    2 points
  10. That video though....just wow.
    2 points
  11. Save AE at all costs. That’s all that really matters.
    2 points
  12. Glad they are including Linus Launcher and The Flume in this retheme, the transition from rivertown to Camp Snoopy will be a lot less jarring than the transition to Planet
    2 points
  13. I was actually thinking of taking one of my kids this year too, I guess that derails that.
    1 point
  14. Agreed 100%, maybe a build your own Gyro place!
    1 point
  15. I really hoped Chad was going to pick up the reigns in 2024 and show the critics that the department has (not only the GP, but enthusiasts as well) wrong.
    1 point
  16. A Mediterranean restaurant at KI would be absolutely AMAZING. I’d love to be able to sit down and have a gyro at the park.
    1 point
  17. I wouldn't mine seeing a Chipotle there, but honestly I would really like to see Kings Island have a place where they sell Gyros and other Mediterranean foods! (Hummas & Pita bread!)
    1 point
  18. I don’t believe most Arrow’s will receive the treatment. I just think parks would just rather opt for a new coaster instead. Maybe the iconic ones like MagnumXL-200 could be retracked.
    1 point
  19. While the article does say that Linus Launcher will be part of the new area, I am hoping that it is also one of the repainted rides mentioned. That purple doesn't really fit with the Camp Snoopy / Rivertown transition. I also hope they repaint the outside of the restrooms building.
    1 point
  20. That’s a lot of work that’s been finished already since New Years. I’m sure they will try the best to have this open day 1. But 99 days to finish this is a very steep climb
    1 point
  21. I think anyone thinking it would open opening day were too optimistic especially after Holiday World themselves stated Vekoma confirmed to them Good Gravy would open first.
    1 point
  22. Construction update blog and video that the park just posted: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2024/january/camp-snoopy-construction-update Among some other interesting tidbits, it's worth pointing out that this says Camp Snoopy will be opening "late spring 2024." Does not seem optimistic for opening day, unfortunately.
    1 point
  23. I mentioned this before on an another thread. But, I would retheme Backot so that it ties in more with Rivertown and make the area it is in more aesthetically pleasing. New trains resembling Conestoga wagons. New name would be, “Horseless Carriages.” Story would be this: One of the more eccentric residents of Rivertown has developed a way for Conestoga Wagons to run themselves and has invited the public to test them out.
    1 point
  24. My first time going to Kings Island in 2001 as a 10 year old. The first time I ever seen the rides from the highway, and the first time I walked into the park. Never will forget that day
    1 point
  25. It's officially sold https://local12.com/news/local/cso-paid-millions-coney-island-cincinnati-symphony-orchestra-how-much-purchase-price-sold-amusement-park-concert-venue
    1 point
  26. I don't see how this is a good move for CF in the long term, though it does explain the Zimmerman-led, Six Flags-esque moves in recent years - the destruction of gate integrity via the Gold Pass being the most obvious. More troubling than that is that this does not feel at all like a "merger of equals" considering CF unitholders don't get a vote, and that the new entity will be Six Flags, while the two companies have similar valuations despite SIX having twice as many parks in the portfolio. This reeks of short term desperation from FUN, and SIX taking advantage of that desperation.
    1 point
  27. Saw this on Facebook this morning....that's normally Coasterstock weekend. Guess it's no more. Many thoughts on this....what are your thoughts?
    0 points
  28. I highly doubt that this is anything other than an ego thing. When the event has a pretty clear blueprint and is pretty standard each year, how could it be a timing issue? Tickets went on sale generally in February for the weekend before Memorial Day. People believing it’s a timing issue are hilarious… Does anyone really believe that even if it couldn’t happen on the weekend before Memorial Day the park had no other weekends that could have hosted the event? How can they host ACE Spring Conference with a likely similar/copy of itinerary of Coasterstock that weekend if timing is an issue?
    0 points
  29. Could they just be having the conference the same weekend as Coasterstock as a separate event?
    0 points
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