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  1. 8 minutes ago, KIghostguy said:

    It’s currently grouped in Oktoberfest, but when it was built it was classified as Wild Animal Habitat. 

    That's odd. It was never considered an Action Zone attraction then. 

    Do any of you think a rethemeing of Adventure Express is possible if they ever do spruce up Oktoberfest? I don't think it will but it could be rethemed to Germany's Dark Forests similar to Verbolten. 

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  2. 24 minutes ago, SonofBaconator said:

    Remove the latter game as well as relocate Slingshot to make room for potential flats

    What area is Adventure Express in? I thought both it and the slingshot were apart of Action Zone even though they were so close to Oktoberfest?


    On 5/8/2020 at 11:24 AM, SonofBaconator said:

    return Oktoberfest to its former glory 

    Does Intamin still make the Drunken Barrels model? If they do then Der Spinnen Kegger has to return if not to Oktoberfest then to Kings Island in general. 

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  4. That Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle audio hit me hard in the nostalgia! I used to ride that thing ten times in a row when we visited Kings Island. I know people really hate it for replacing Phantom Theater, but The Scooby Doo ride will always have a place in my heart. 

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  5. On ‎3‎/‎24‎/‎2020 at 12:33 AM, Rivertown Rider said:

    Hopkins is still around in the form of Whitewater West.  While they do Shoot the Chutes rides, ala Congo Falls, a Super Flume in Rivertown would bring back that KCKC feel.

    An existing example of the Super Flume is Daredevil Falls at Dollywood.  I unfortunately can't see the park adding a new water ride when they have steadily become less popular over the years though.

    Sorry, I'm new here and I'm not very good with abbreviations. What does KCKC mean?  

  6. 1 minute ago, Kings Island lover said:

    I'm a ride op at the park. Ask only questions that are not about new things or when we are opening or whats leaving. But if it is a question you think we can answer then ask away. 

    What's your favorite ride to work at?

  7. 13 minutes ago, Shaggy said:

    Here's a fun fact for you.  When KI first opened, the children's rides in HB Land were clustered together and covered by a large "tent."  The tent was made of triangular tarps and when viewed from above looked like slices of pie.  So - ride operators referred to that cluster of rides as "pie."  Over the years, the name stuck and to this very day the park still refers to the various sections of Planet Snoopy (formerly HB Land) as "pie."  So if you work "South Pie" then that means you work on the kids rides in the south (lower) side of the kids area.


    I always wondered why they referred to the sections in Hanna Barbara land as sections of pie.

  8. I don't know if this is the right thread to ask in, but I had found an article that mentioned opening day attractions that were brought over to Kings Island from Coney Island. Two of the attractions listed were Kikiki Kangaroo and Motor Mouse. I've searched all over for more information on these two rides but I couldn't find any. Have any of you heard of/ remember these two attractions, or at least have info on them.


    Here's the article I found

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  9. On ‎4‎/‎4‎/‎2020 at 3:53 PM, McSalsa said:

    Kings Mills Antique Autos (Wanted to try these in 2019, but they were always a 45+ minute wait when I went past due to the fact they were brand new that year)

    I completely forgot about the Antique Cars. That's another ride I haven't ridden. I choose to re-ride Vortex instead when the group I was with rode them (a good decision considering I couldn't get back to Ki for a final ride)  

  10. On ‎5‎/‎15‎/‎2019 at 10:37 PM, TombRaiderFTW said:

    7. Adventure Express, Kings Island. Y'all may have heard of this one? It's one of the best mine trains (I'd put it on par with Silver Dollar City's and Six Flags over Texas's) but I also have a ton of personal history with it. We have family stories about me being scared of it. It's also the only coaster I've ever worked. I can't not love it. I'll cry when its day comes.

    I feel the same about The Beast and Batman at Six Flags St Louis.(Though Batman didn't make my top five) I've never worked at an Amusement park like you, but both rides were milestones for me. The Beast was my first intense/wild coaster and after riding it for the first time I felt so much stronger. To this day there is no ride that makes me feel as alive as The Beast does, and I can't say that I don't get nostalgic while looking at my ride photos. I will argue that this coaster help make me the rough rider I am today, and that is one of the many reasons that it is my number one (It's an amazing ride to me, even when I throw my bias to the side)

    Batman on the other hand was my first Inverted coaster. I was immensely scared of the rides forces. After riding though it became one of my favorite rides and another ride that fills me with deep nostalgia. It has since fallen out of my top five(I don't if it even hits my top twenty), but just climbing up the lift hill gets my memories racing.    

  11. Here's my ratings. Please note that I will not give a kiddie coaster over a 5( It's not like I don't think there fun, but they aren't very intense) and that just because I rank a coaster at 5 or lower doesn't mean I think of it as a kiddie coaster/ tame ride. A 5 or below rating can mean two different things depending on the coaster's targeted audience.

    The Bat/Top Gun: 7/10

    Adventure Express: 6/10

    Invertigo: 7/10

    The Beast: 10/10 (My number 1 at the park)

    Diamondback: 10/10 (My number 2 at the park)

    Banshee: 9.5/10 (Tied for my number 3)

    Mystic Timbers: 9.5/10 (Tied for my number 3)

    Flight of Fear: 8.5/10

    Backlot Stunt Coaster: 6.5/10

    The Racers: 6.5/10

    Woodstock Express: 5/10

    Reptar (I know it has a new name, but it's super long): 4/10

    Great Pumpkin Coaster 3/10 (Honestly I'm guessing. I haven't ridden it in years)  

    Defunct Rides

    Vortex: 8.5/10 (I'd usually rank it lower, but it was actually pretty smooth last season. When it's smooth enough the ride is actually really fun)

    Firehawk: 5/10 (I actually think the ride was a 7, but the restraints were a bit uncomfortable so it knocked it down a few numbers)  

    Scooby's Ghoster Coaster: 2.5/10 (another guess since I don't remember this coaster and I know I have the credit, but I was very little when I got it)  


  12. When the park does open, hopefully in may, I am really looking forward to getting some rides on The Beast. I only got to ride it once last season and it was a bad one. It was really hot and sunny outside and I sat in a wheel seat, so the ride felt like it was going a lot slower then usual. I'd love to get some better rides on it this season, including a night and even a rain ride if I can. I also would like to get some better rides on Banshee as both the rides I was able to get last season were kinda painful.

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  13. 3 hours ago, Bansheelover said:

    I never have rode Skyflyer or Slingshot, and have no plans to as long as they are upcharges.

    Other than a few newer kiddie rides, these two rides are the only ones there I haven't ridden. If they are going to upcharge you to get on a ride, then they should upcharge you for something other than a simple carnival ride.

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  14. On ‎4‎/‎1‎/‎2020 at 8:37 AM, IndyGuy4KI said:

    I can't speak for @BeeastFarmer, but I rode it in February. I had a love/hate experience with it myself. I loved it was the most unique ride experiences I have ever had on a coaster. It was VERY disorienting  (which I guess is the point) but I got off  and was a little dizzy and had a head ache for about 1/2 hr due to the forces and spinning. For me it was just a little to intense and is most definitely not rerideable. We were going to reride it before we got our first ride because it is a longer walk that getting to The Bat at KI, but my wife and I did not think our bodies could handle a reride so quick afterwards.

    I'm glad I choose not to ride it when we went to Magic Mountain. I had rode Green Lantern earlier that day, and once I saw it was a 4D coaster I instantly turned around. I didn't want to take my chances on it just being a bigger and rougher version of Green Lantern; I wanted to look into it first.  

  15. 22 hours ago, silver2005 said:

    ^That made more sense back then because 1) Bat only was around a few years and 2) OG Bat and Vortex were by the same designer.  Doesn't make any sense to re-use 30+ year old footers. 

    Yeah that's true. I definitely don't think they'll reuse it, but I also have a bad case of wishful thinking.

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  16. 12 hours ago, Klabergian Empire said:

    I could see the other half of the Firehawk plot and the area near it being developed for Area 72 and maybe a new coaster going into the DA area, but don't count on it happening soon.

    They should add some flat rides there. KI needs some new flat rides.

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  17. 7 hours ago, Shawn Meyer said:

    I said in another thread, maybe they plan to reuse some of those old footers for the next roller coaster. However, that's just a guess at this point.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't they reused some of the footers (and the stairs on the lift) from The Bat for Vortex? It'd be cool if they reused Vortex's footers.

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  18. On ‎1‎/‎28‎/‎2020 at 8:12 PM, BeeastFarmer said:

    I rode X2 and I hated it.

    Why did you hate it? I've never ridden it, and all I've heard are awesome reviews, so I'd love to hear a different opinion on it.  

  19. On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2020 at 4:41 PM, DeltaFlyer said:

    the roughness is part of the fun. 

    That's how I've always felt with older wooden coasters. I was one of the very few people who enjoyed the original Meanstreak. People said the layout was boring, but I always rode it for it's roughness. 

    I think wooden coaster roughness can go well with speed. On The Beast it makes the ride more wild and out of control (unless you ride it when it's to hot and the coaster meanders down the track for most of the ride).  That's why I love to ride it in the back of the train (I probably couldn't have done Meanstreak in the back. I have limits). But I still think wooden coasters can also be to rough (see my rant on The Boss above)    

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