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  1. OK, so I used to post regularly... now about once-a-month. And though I am usually content to be just mildly amused by the back-and-forth banter it will bother me if I don't comment. Couple things: - I'm pretty sure "DispatchMaster" isn't an attorney- at least not for CF. If they were I'm pretty certain they wouldn't post comments on KIC providing a digital paper trail regarding his/her client. - DispatchMaster refers to enthusiasts as entitled, whiny, etc... These "enthusiasts" also tend to be a significant portion of the KI/CF Season Pass base- which I believe in other threads DM has also referred to as whiny and entitled. I don't consider myself an "enthusiast" but am a Season Pass Holder. My family and I have had Season Passes EVERY year since we moved to the northern Cincinnati area in 2005, or 19 seasons- though I'd say I had Passes a few other years despite the drive. In 19 seasons, not counting food and other entertainment purchases, we've paid CF between $8,000 and $10,000. And in that time, YES, there have been times where things were implied and/or assumed that didn't happen or changed mid-stream; this is commonly referred to as a "bait-and-switch". I used to know from a place I worked at, but am spit-balling here for the moment. at one time, Kings Island had approx 300,000 Season Pass holders. Someone can correct me on this but I think that is right. That's been a few years ago, maybe it's higher or lower now. Passes cost more now, but let's assume that in 2024 that 300,000 guests paid $100 for an annual pass, the majority of them prior to Opening Day. By my rough math, that means that the Season Pass Holders and the associated enthusiasts (you know, the entitled whiners and complainers) annually give KI/CF a $30,000,000 interest-free loan before the product has been delivered. Even if it is only 30,000 APs (which I'm fairly certain it's closer to the former)- that's still a $3M interest-free loan given. I've owned a handful of businesses in the past decade.... I've never received that kind of pre-payment, let alone an interest-free loan. I'm not sure why offering a tooth-and-nail defense of CF is a hill DispatchMaster seems to want to reside on. Most likely not an attorney, but sure comes across as a stakeholder of some sort... And if that is the case, I don't care to be looked at with annoyance and exasperation or viewed as whiny or entitled- "I would rather that you just said "thank you" and went on your way." (Jack Nicholson).
    5 points
  2. Kids were invited to come unveil the trains with Snoopy. https://local12.com/news/local/kings-islands-camp-snoopy-snoopys-soap-box-racers-cincinnati-derby-club-kids-join-unveiling-cars-mason-latest-coaster-adrenaline-track-thrill-seekers-updates-reveal-late-spring-visit-shaded-play-space-beagle-scout-acres-season 10:1 says they put it on social tomorrow and claim it just happened. Any takers… anyone?
    4 points
  3. It would be you to mention this
    3 points
  4. Well haven't posted here in awhile but as some of you know I have gone crazy on Orion the past 2 seasons 1528 in 2022 and 2100 in 2023 total rides now on Orion 5150, see you all at the park soon.
    3 points
  5. I have an idea, what if this year (well way later this year or next year) what if Kings Island came up with a Christmas themed maze, like Halloween Haunt but not scary but family oriented maybe a Santa workshop in which you enter a building and walk through the North Pole encountering elves, Snowman, and of course the big man himself, Santa Clause along with Kings actors of course or a maze themed to A Christmas Carol would be a very unique idea. What do all of you think?
    2 points
  6. He's a cowboy! Giddyup! Yeeha!
    2 points
  7. So is this a Kings Island post or a channel twelve post? I'm not the most media savvy guy, but these photos look thrown together and the quality looks like it was taken from a disposable camera on a cruise ship.
    2 points
  8. "I had nothing to do with it. I was on a cruise with my family when that went down." -- Tales of the Sea
    2 points
  9. It's ok, nobody in this market saw it either
    1 point
  10. John Matarese was there as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2_RK9Oizdg
    1 point
  11. All park pass and add ons went smoothly today too at KD! The park’s ride operations? Not so much lol one train ops on everything except Dominator. Carowinds had at least 2 trains on all the coasters yesterday. Still had a great time but the park is just not on Kings Island and Carowinds’ level operations wise.
    1 point
  12. Okay, I was impressed by the sign, Woodstock paint job, and purple being removed from Linus Launcher, but I just noticed the sign is surrounded by a small section of the old Nick Universe orange-ish shaded concrete, and that bugs me a little. Would've been a good time to expand the Rivertown paver work over to meet Camp Snoopy.
    1 point
  13. Some more photos from the article: Also a link to the article that works: https://local12.com/news/local/gallery/kings-islands-camp-snoopy-snoopys-soap-box-racers-cincinnati-derby-club-kids-join-unveiling-cars-mason-latest-coaster-adrenaline-track-thrill-seekers-updates-reveal-late-spring-visit-shaded-play-space-beagle-scout-acres-season?photo=11
    1 point
  14. One is just a throwback photo for long time KI fans who remember the old Enchanted Voyage The second one if I were to take a guess is the train for Snoopy's Soapbox Racers which is Vekoma. Plus they said in a construction update awhile back they expect the train to arrive any day.
    1 point
  15. ^Very well said. To take it one step further chain-wide. Remember that in the 2022 annual report released 2023 Q1, they noted that "In 2022, we sold a record 3.2 million season passes and generated more than $450 million in revenues from our suite of season-pass products, including all-season dining and all-season beverage....Operating costs and expenses for 2022 totaled $1.29 billion" So lets assume that each of the 3.2 million passes were all $100, that is $320,000,000 + $450,000,000 in pass add-ons = $770,000,000. So that leaves $520,000,000 that needs to be made up in resort revenue, single day entry, food and drink purchases outside of the season pass add-ons, and merch to reach their operating costs. Now we know that there were other more expensive passes then due to Platinum and Prestige Pass prices, so the total revenue from pass sales alone is somewhere between $320,000,000 and $640,000,000 if everyone bought a platinum pass at $200. Now granted not all of that is front-end loaded in your example, but season pass holders and associated add-ons accounts for well over half of their revenue.
    1 point
  16. I do find it ironic that you said the reason you quit getting a season pass was because in your mind they devalued the ERT that you enjoyed.... And yet you said "when purchasing a season pass, which explicitly states that it provides access to the park(s) during their public operating calendar, and there is no mention that these passes provide access to special events outside of the public operating calendar. Therefore, I expect to receive only what is spelled out and do not feel entitled to more." Then why did you feel entitled to ERT as that is not during the public operating calendar... Talk about being an unoriginal troll and changing your arguments to meet your narrative...as adorable as it is predictable...
    1 point
  17. Since you insist on continuing to be an unoriginal troll, I have no interest in continuing to engage. Carry on with your baseless "bait and switch" histrionics.
    1 point
  18. I never patronized the park and understand the historical significance and local sentiment. I rely on the anecdotal experiences of the Tower Topics podcast last week, where they discussed this topic...both said when they went in recent times, there were very few patrons. I just don't think, if this was the norm, the operation could have been viable, especially since parking revenues would likely go to the orchestra. Supposedly, Coney got the parking revenue from Riverbend and that was it's bread and butter. Most of what I hear is that the orchestra has stolen/closed resident's close by park. I just don't think the pool could be sustained with customers in a ten mile distance.
    1 point
  19. Although this debate is as adorable as it is predictable, we learned some valuable lessons about the new season pass program. This is discussed thoroughly on the Tower Topics that drops tomorrow, April 5, 2024. https://linktr.ee/towertopics
    1 point
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  21. I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves a good cruise story.
    1 point
  22. I am getting a Gold Season Pass with all of the add-ons. What I have yet to decide is which Cedar Fair Park will get the transaction and be referred to as my "Home" Park.
    1 point
  23. I think it's going to take a whole lot more than stripes to retheme The Junkyard Coaster!
    1 point
  24. In the past, when they have had pass holder preview days on Friday, they were from 5-10pm. So 4-9pm isn`t out of the norm for preview days.
    1 point
  25. Checking the webcams almost everyday and just stare at them wishing I was there!
    1 point
  26. They honestly look like shots that were taken from an average enthusiast, and the lack of people around the station raises eyebrows, not to mention they didn't showcase the test run (unless that's a clearance pull through).
    0 points
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