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  1. Kings Island was doing this last year. I know there was a kiosk by Flight of Fear where you could purchase a single use Fastlane for either Flight of Fear or Orion. I believe that there was also a kiosk in Planet Snoopy selling some single use Fastlane passes for some Planet Snoopy rides.
  2. I think the days of building large rides like Fury 325 are likely over. Why spend $40 million on a ride, when you can spend $30 million for a slightly smaller ride that will still be marketable and bring in about the same number of guests? It all comes down to return on investment. It will be interesting to see if the Cedar Fair or Six Flags strategy of capital expenditures comes into play. Remember there was a time a few seasons back where Six Flags wanted to add zero new attractions to any of their parks.
  3. Kind of sad to see that Dreamland Drive In will not be returning. It was a great show (and it clocked in at around 55 minutes long). Outside of Kings Island, Dollywood is the only other park that I have had a season pass to. Big Bear Mountain is an incredibly fun coaster and a great addition. The park is wonderful and a must visit for anyone who has never been. I highly recommend it. Have taken my kids there, my in laws, my parents. It is a truly wonderful park and well worth the price of admission. Lets not forget the cinnamon bread either!
  4. Yeah, my Dad`s pass showed up in my app as well and he doesn`t live with me. That being said, we have drink plans on four of our passes, and it isn`t showing up in the app for my son, but is for the other three of us.
  5. I think the trend is for Cedar Fair to try and pull in rides to a cohesive theme. Look at what they are doing with Dorney Park and the Iron Menace area. They are retheming their existing Flying scooter ride to fit in with the steel mill theme. Even the new shops/food stands are getting rethemed. And they pulled in the Haunt into the storyline/theme as well. I definitely like the direction of this themed area that Cedar Fair is introducing to the parks. Time will tell if it continues once, and if the Six Flags merger goes through.
  6. The question is, is there really a market for this thing? I know that model railroading can be an expensive hobby, and is often looked at as a dying hobby. There are several people on Youtube who have built some amazing layouts. There is even a former poster on these forums (not sure if he has posted in a while) that is working on a layout in his basement.
  7. What is interesting is that Sea World Entertainment is renaming themselves to United Parks and Resorts. One can`t help but wonder what would happen if they merged with the Six Flags/Cedar Fair? Again the economics might not work out, and there are a few markets where they have some overlap (Texas and Virginia), but Sea World was interested in Cedar Fair before.
  8. Yep. The food brand was owned by the J.M. Smucker company. Not affiliated with Cedar Fair.
  9. And they allowed adequate time to complete the job so that it is done in time for opening day. I am not complaining about KI opening rides around Memorial day since the park is open until end of December with Winterfest. It just seems like Holiday World allowed ample time to execute their design in a reasonable manner, which will ultimately produce a better finished product.
  10. I too have ridden all of the four rides you mentioned (in addition to the three Togo stand ups that used to grace Kings Island, Kings Dominion and Canada`s Wonderland). While it is a standup coaster, it doesn`t ride like any other standup coaster. It is just a purely fun ride. I found myself laughing with joy on the launch, because it was such a unique sensation and different from any other standup coaster. The Sea World person who was conducting the tour told us "this is not your traditional standup coaster". And he was so right. It is a very re-ridable ride. Just all around fun. One of the things I disliked about Riddler`s and Mantis back in the day was the pressure that these rides put on your legs. There was only slight moments of pressure on your legs.
  11. I rode this ride when I was down at IAAPA Expo this year. It is such a fun ride. It is definitely a unique sensation. The fact that the "seats" can move 2" in either direction from the starting point (2" up and 2" down for a total of 4" of play), is a very unique sensation. I agree that I hope more rides like this get installed. I think I got five rides on it while at Sea World for an IAAPA Edutour, and could have done several more. It was just a fun ride.
  12. Yep, that is a concrete pump`s boom. Not a crane, just a way to get concrete into a hard to reach area of a site from the mixer truck.
  13. Thanks for the kind words, Pilotank. I remember all of our rides employees coming into the rides office with Kettle Corn. Good memories. I made it a solid twenty seasons at Coney. The ironic thing is that I applied there back in 2002 for my first job because it was closer to my house than Kings Island. My thinking at the time was that I would work one year at Coney, then work at Kings Island in rides the following season. One season turned to two, my brother and cousin worked there the second season (my cousin actually had a full time job there in maintenance and was one of the many people I know that still worked there that are now losing there jobs because of this). And before I knew it I had accumulated lots of seasons there. I agree, that given the right investment, the park could have been successful and remained a success. The kiddie ride, family amusement park segment is a good niche. Introduce the kids to rides, have a pool. Similar feel to what Stricker`s Grove is, but open to the public and with a swimming pool. Too bad the ownership wasn`t more involved to make it work. Especially with all the concert goers that walked through the park every year. Seemed like a lot of missed opportunities. I truly miss that, and the small town feel that Coney had. You would recognize the frequent pass holders, and even sometimes people from the same company picnics year in and year out. Such a bad ending to a Cincinnati institution. She deserved a better ending then what she is getting. Hopefully they can include some kind of tribute in the design of the new arena for Riverbend. I still wish I could go back to running the rides there. Fun Spot Orlando can make things work with just a bunch of smaller flat rides, go kart tracks and a small sized wooden coaster. I got to tour that location when I went down to Orlando last month for IAAPA for my work. I think a small park like that can still work in the Cincinnati area. It just needs someone with some capital to invest, and someone to know what they are doing to make it work. Will we ever see something like that? I doubt it, but I can dream, right.
  14. I don`t know how to feel. I still miss the rides and was hopeful that one day the rides would make a come back. I feared that this day would come where it would cease to exist. It is really sad.
  15. But it is not just temperatures that determine whether a ride is open. They need to factor in time to do the off season maintenance on the rides. Remember that the off seasons are typically the busy times of year for the maintenance departments. That is why they will typically rebuild one of Flight of Fear`s and Adventure Express`s third trains in the summer. Then in the off season, they only have to rebuild one train, so they can focus on other rides. Same reason why Mystic only runs two trains during Winterfest. They are starting the off season overhaul on the third train. If they had more rides open for Winterfest, it could mean that some rides might not be ready to run when the park opens in April. Would you rather have a ride like Diamonback open for Winterfest, but not open until Memorial day weekend in May?
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