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  1. 4 minutes ago, KI Guy said:

    You know that this is not how they have to add things. Diamondback opened in 2009. Construction started with tree clearing in 2007 and some footers were poured by opening day 2008. The timeline for Mystic Timbers was similar. To be clear, I don't fault the operators/management of KI. They have their hands tied if the people in Charlotte are slow to make decisions or decide to purposely open new attractions after opening day.

    I don't think CF executives are purposely waiting until after opening day to open new attractions seeing that both Wild Mouse and TT2 at Cedar Point opened on their target opening dates and KD is already well underway on their 2025 coaster likely targeting a March 2025 opening. Sometimes delays happen in construction especially in a world with part shortages and shipping delays. 

  2. 1 hour ago, johnjniehaus said:

    Coming back to The Vortex plot, I'm hoping we see a replacement in 2026. I really really hope that the park was happy with SSBR and they decide to partner with Vekoma again for a Vortex replacement. I would enjoy seeing a coaster like Fonix as our new loopers successor to Vortex. If they are going for a dive coasters, why not do a vekoma tilt model just to make it unique from what other parks in the chain already have? Oh but really wild idea, maybe they can give us one of those new Vekoma lunched Flying Coasters... So many possibilities! 

    But I'm also 100% behind a Mach Extreme Spinner. (Full circuit, not a shuttle coaster due to capacity issues). I have never ridden time traveler but I hear so many amazing things about it and ride to happiness and it would be something so special and unique for that prime plot of land which currently sits vacant and silent... 

    One day the wind will blow again taking the park by storm and The Vortex will have its revenge in a new form... coming to Kings Island spring 2026! 

    I really think whatever coaster goes in that plot will likely feature a launch. KI's two current launch coasters are cloned rides and are pretty old so it is time for a modern launch coaster. CF also seems to be adding more of these modern launches recently starting with Copperhead Strike in 2019, then TT2 in 24, then the rumored launched wing for KD, and then whatever that coaster Canada's Wonderland is building that is rumored to be a multi launch by either Zamperla, Premier, or Intamin. So it would make sense that KI would be next on the list for a modern launch. I think a Vekoma shockwave or Top Gun launch coaster with multiple inversions and a few nods to Vortex here and there (ie a batwing in the old Vortex batwing location) would be a great successor to Vortex. 

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  3. 3 hours ago, johnjniehaus said:

    Maybe this has been addressed already so I apologize if this is a double post but has the Eiffel Tower been closed the entire season so far? I've been to the park 5 or 6 times over the past two months and it's been closed every time. So if it's been closed the entire season, does anyone know why? Staffing, maintenance/waiting on parts, or is it just closed for the sake of being like Kings Dominion?

    It's been open some this season. Right now there is no ETA at this time as it is down for maintineance reasons.

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  4. 3 hours ago, Orion742 said:

    If the surveying near The Vortex plot of land is leading to where our next coaster will be going then I don’t see it being the Mack tower coaster or indoor/outdoor coaster as they wouldn’t fit easily. I believe that if it is The Vortex plot of land then it’s either the B&M giga dive or the family thrill coaster. Or it could be something entirely different as Canada’s Wonderland’s new coaster does not seem to be one of the coasters they listed on their survey.

    I really hope they don't go with the giga dive coaster. I just feel like any dive coaster going there would be a big disappointment as the park has had all this time to think up a suitable replacement for Vortex and I feel like a dive coaster would feel like a copy and paste addition similar to that wing coaster layout that KD was considering before Tumbili that thankfully got scrapped for what looks to be a more better thought out replacement for Volcano.

    I personally hope the park still goes with the Xtreme spinner idea, but not the shuttle coaster idea. Instead go with a more thought out layout ie Ride to Happiness or Time Traveler. However, knowing the park I feel like an Xtreme spinner would be more like Time Traveler with the controlled spin magnet on as it would help appeal to a wider audience which isn't necessarily a bad thing as most people I know who have ridden Time Traveler say it's outstanding. 

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  5. My prediction is a clone of Moosehorn Falls currently under construction at Canada's Wonderland. I honestly believe that CF will probably buy that type of slide in bulk and put them in multiple parks similar to what CF did with the drop slide complexes in the 2010s. 

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  6. 15 minutes ago, Tr0y said:

    Survey Marker in Coney Mall near Jukebox Diner:

     

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    Where exactly near jukebox diner is this? How far from The Vortex area? If it's close to it, then that likely means early surveying has started or is about to start. I believe for big new coasters surveying happens about 2-3 years in advance so this basically lines up for a 2026 coaster project which would mean 2025 season would be another decoding thread year! 

    Also I found out what this type of marker is used for. It is a MAG nail. It is used as a point where surveying equipment is placed on.

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  7. 14 minutes ago, Kenban said:

     Kings Island filled a permit to install one a few weeks ago.

    Source on that? Honestly I was going to post something similar on how it being a possibility that it could be a human claw machine seeing how CP is adding one and from the photos that I have seen of the progress on the CP one, it looks like something that would work in Area 72. 

  8. 8 hours ago, Timchat2 said:

    The Food & Wine Festival could be a preview of the summer events that might replace Grand Carnivale at some point soon. Worlds of Fun and Dorney Park are both offering Summer Nights events instead of Grand Carnivale this season, so Kings Island might do something similar next year.

    KI was actually originally supposed to introduce a Summer Nights event in 2020. I believe it was going to be in Action Zone, but Covid put it on hold and the park never brought it back. Same with the Island Nights they did in Soak City which idk why that hasn't been brought back.

    Another event I would personally watch is Carowinds Summer Music Festival and if it is a success I could potentially see the other CF parks with these concert venues do something like it only if CF is willing to invest big money into updating these venues as Timberwolf is not anywhere near as nice as the Carowinds Palladium. 

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  9. If ends up being a new attraction, this is likely the 4th Cedar Fair park that is expanding their waterpark in 2025 based on rumors. The other parks are Cedar Point (a slide complex was just removed), Dorney Park (Lightning Falls/Cascade Slides were removed) and Valleyfair (I've heard some rumblings that they plan to expand their Soak City into their rapids ride area, but take that with a grain of salt as I have no source on that outside of just rumblings.)

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  10. I personally wish what they would do during peak summer is bring out individual fire pits and sell s'mores kits and allow families to make s'mores as the sun goes down. There's just something special about roasting marshmellows as the sun goes down gearing up for fireworks. Knott's used to do this for Summer Nights, but I believe I heard they stopped doing it fairly recently so I don't think KI would do it, but I think that would be something fun to go along with Camp Snoopy. 

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  11. Before this thread gets locked as Camp Snoopy is now open, I just want to say it was an honor to be the one to start this thread back in August of last year and its crazy to see how much the area has changed from before construction started to now. It was a fun off season to watch this come together and I look forward to seeing what is next for the park!

     

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  12. Got to ride Snoopy's Soapbox Racers today as part of yesterday's ACE silent auction. They sent us around twice so I got to ride it twice and I'll say it is an awesome ride and a great addition and will be a big hit with families! Awesome job to Vekoma and Kings Island! Now I would love to see a Vekoma launch replace Vortex 

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  13. I personally wish the park would hit the reset button on all the music in the park. Especially on International Street, Rivertown, and Planet Snoopy. Gosh I can't go into words about how I'm not a fan of the music in either of those areas! Jazz does not belong on International Street, bluegrass covers of Thunderstruck/other metal/rock songs are just a big no to me, and cringey covers of pop songs sang by a kid group just doesn't do it for me! 

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  14. 44 minutes ago, Winterfestguy said:

    Almost every year at Coasterstock it has rained at least one of the days. Looks like the ACE event (in place of Coasterstock) will be no exception. Pack that rain gear and be prepared for last minute itinerary changes due to weather on Friday!

     

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    Nobody is surprised at the forecast lol. The 3 things guaranteed in life are: Death, Taxes, and rain at KI spring enthusiast events lol

  15. 33 minutes ago, CoastersRZ said:

    I guess now we know why Tower Gardens is temporarily closed.  Although the description on the KI website is fairly generic at this point.  Doesn`t describe pricing, what food and wine will be available or what entertainment.  This event is only going to occur Friday through Sunday.  

    They'll probably announce that closer to the start of the event. If I were to guess they'll have booths spread out with some in tower gardens and some around the tower and maybe some around the floral clock area. The entertainment and other activities if I were to guess will take place in the grass area near Diamondback's brake shed. I believe when they did the Brewfest years ago they would set up a stage near Diamondback's brake shed. 

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