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  1. Doubt it. For posterity - I believe only the front half of the park will be utilized for the event. At least the first season. It will be a nice event that will draw locals. Louisville needs something like this. But does their pumpkin event hurt KI? Not really.
  2. One of the WORST parts of being a ride op was having to check seats for wallets, cell phones and (in the day - late '90's) pagers. People lost them constantly. When they did, you'd have to run your hand all around the edges, under the seats, between the seat and sidewall of train etc. I was never able to hide my disdain for doing that. The trains were notoriously gross. However, one such situation gave me one of my best "Working at KI" stories. I had to "swipe" the seat on Beast looking for a lost pager... I reached under the seat, felt something, pulled it out... and in my hand there was a... T u r d The people waiting to board the train, and myself, let out a collective gasp and "EWWWWWWWWWWW." I immediately threw it in the trash and demanded a "6", and went promptly to the restroom to scour my hands. Ecology was called in the meantime... Well, after their inspection - it turned out it wasn't p o o. It was a foam carrot from a prize stuffed animal that had gotten soggy/wet and turned brown from all the grease and dirt. After that, I refused to do the seat swipes anymore. True story. P.S. - We didn't find their pager.
  3. Great find... the thing that jumped out to me was the fact that the directional mural on top of Enchanted Voyage was in the midst of being painted. I knew it was added mid-1972, but this captured it in progress.
  4. I stopped by this past weekend to pay my final respects…
  5. I was lucky enough to eat there around 2000 or so when it was the original Crown Colony House. It was a very nice, relaxing sit-down full service restaurant. Tables had linens, waiters were in formal attire, full bar, high-end menu. (If I recall I believe I had filet mignon) Here's a couple pics I took on one visit there back in the day...
  6. To his credit, Mr Koontz has tried season after season to get the flyers back from Carowinds. Once they were installed this last time, it pretty much sealed the option of them being transferred anytime in the near future.
  7. I saw the new version of the Hatbox Ghost the week it premiered at Disneyland - and I loved it. Now although I'm excited to see it added to the WDW attraction, I am in the camp of people that has an issue with this version. At DL, the Hatbox Ghost appears just as you exit the attic and head into the cemetery "Grim Grinning Ghosts" 2nd act of the ride. This immediately follows the "Constance Hatchaway" bride subtext where her grooms all lost their heads. Perfect placement for the Hatbox figure. The new version at WDW has the Hatbox Ghost appearing just to the left of the endless hallway - very early in the 1st act of the ride - and long prior to the bride arc. The decision on his placement at WDW is obviously related to the recent movie storyline... where the Hatbox Ghost essentially walks/appears in the hallways. However when it comes to the original attraction's storyline - this placement doesn't jive. The general story/idea of the ride is that until you enter the seance room, and Madame Leota conjures the spirts to awaken, you do not physically see a ghost. Sure, prior to Leota, you get "hints" of the ghosts (shadows... footsteps... rattling doors, a hand trying to escape a coffin etc.) but you never physically see one. At WDW, now you do. IMO, the placement of the Hatbox Ghost in the WDW attraction defies the original storyline of the attraction. It just doesnt make sense.
  8. Typically, any signage that has licensed images or characters is destroyed (or re-used/reconceived elsewhere) once it is retired from use.
  9. The numbers seem tend to skew towards parks that not only launch new coasters, but to those that hold popular events. Dollywood was the primary host (and an excellent one at that) of the ACE Coaster Con (record-setting-attendance) in June. Carowinds was secondary. Seeing how many ballots are cast by ACE members, it seems logical they would fall towards Dollywood. Holiday World used to gobble up the GT awards... but since the unfortunate change of hands/management - the park has not catered to the ACE community like they one did. Hence, the virtual shut out. I would suspect KI is banking on Camp Snoopy earning the "Best Kids Area" GT next year. IMO -Ain't gonna happen. Its not a large enough expansion, and outside of Coasterstock (for which a return remains to be seen - given recent developments), the park has avoided hosting a large ACE event. They would need to overhaul the entire kids area to even begin to compete with Wildwood Grove. Just sayin'
  10. My prediction for 2024. Camp Snoopy. Family coaster. Amphitheater will remain. Coaster to the left of it, interacting with flume. I believe they may finally connect Planet Snoopy with Race for your Life via a path or midway behind Flying Aerial Chase. Although "Snoopy's Racing Railway" may be a shared name of the new family coaster, I do not think it will be a clone of the Canada's Wonderland GMBH. If I had to guess, I'd say CF got a package deal on a pair of coasters for Knotts and KI.
  11. I wish they’d sell these online - at KI Gear. Last year it seemed they were updating the site a couple times a week with new merchandise. This year, there’s only been a handful of merch offerings online - all season. For an avid Pin/Merch collector- like myself - who can’t get to the park every week, it’s maddening to see things being sold only at the Emporium. I wonder why they aren’t listing things online?
  12. I can already sense the potential for possible disappointment by all the CP fans when this announcement is made. I think those that have their hopes up for this to have a 500', 600', 700' (etc etc etc) spike, or a drastic change to the layout are going to be upset. All the speculation over this ride has really run the gamut - there's like a million Youtube videos on it. LOL! In my opinion, its pretty clear as to what they are doing... and they probably don't need a spike any taller than the tophat in order to accomplish it. Also, the name is pretty synonymous with CP... so it may be a simple update like "Dragster 2.0" or such. It will be interesting to see reactions online following the announcement. I am glad CP is reinvesting in their signature attraction, but frankly, I simply want it to work - consistently and safely. It doesn't need to break any records, it doesn't need to have a total re-theme, it just needs to function properly - the way it should have from the start. Can you imagine if they go through all of this only to face another bevvy of issues that force extreme downtime all over again? Oy - Lets hope not. I have my fingers crossed for them.
  13. Although I would have found Dominator to be a much more palatable choice, I still would have considered it a used, hand-me-down coaster. It has obviously proven to be the better choice of the two. It's still operating, still enjoyable, and still draws lines with little downtime. Cant say that for Firehawk. Frankly, I prefer KI wait further between coaster installs if it means the outcome will continue to result in a custom design/layout each time.
  14. I prefer Orion. I was expecting Fury to take my top spot when I rode... but it underwhelmed me. Sure Orion is shorter, but its elements are much more intense, and better choreographed than Fury. Orion's first drop, no matter the ridiculous debate of it's height, is far superior. 3/4 of Fury is high speed, yet drawn-out elements. I actually find Intimidator to be the more thrilling coaster at Carowinds. Now, if you took Fury's length and coupled it with Orion's intensity - you'd have a pretty close to perfect coaster. As to the topic at hand... I carry a chip on my shoulder when it comes to clones at KI. Firehawk was an abysmal coaster - sorry, but it was. It was beneath KI to install a second hand coaster that wasn't even good to start with. Relocating that coaster to KI ranks up there with removing the original Antique cars as one of worst decisions ever made at KI. If they had installed a custom B&M Flyer, it would still be there as a marquee attraction. Invertigo is currently the worst coaster at KI. There's zero novelty, and hasn't been an enjoyable ride for decades. I assume its still there because of its "curb appeal," but it needs scrapped and the land put to better use. For all intents and purposes, Top Gun/Flight Deck/The Bat was (is) a clone - and is the exception. I think its location (which gets a lot of crap) is actually what makes it feel unique compared to its Canadian counterpart. If you look at the list of best coasters at KI - past and present - not one was/is a clone of a pre-existing ride. The Racer, Beast, The Bat (original), King Cobra (later cloned), Vortex, Adventure Express, Diamondback, Banshee, Mystic Timbers and Orion are KI stars... and each one of those was built uniquely for the park.
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