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Gordon Bombay

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  1. On 3/2/2022 at 12:13 PM, IBEW_Sparky said:

    Not to be "that person", but to me this points directly to CF Corp saying "We can increase our FL+ sales if we take the two coasters that ALWAYS have multi-hour waits off of the early entry list".  Sorry, thats how I see em now, my disdain is approaching the level it was when Dick was running the show.  With that said and keeping to the point of topic, I am happy to see that MaxAir will be running this year for my first trip back since 2019.

     

    Is CF's "Fast Lane" system finally a proper "virtual" queue system that even Six Flags once figured out or is it still the "wristbands + just hop on whenever you want" amateur hour they introduced in 2012?

  2. A quick clarification to point out: that map is actually by a very talented man named David Cole. His “Metro Cincinnati” concept (and the associated website) were part of a thesis project he did where he (in great detail) envisioned a full fledged regional transit system for the area. 

    As for the actual plan (known as “Metro Moves”) in 2002—it would’ve differed quite a bit from the map above. Cole’s plan envisioned heavy rail and infrastructure based on the Washington D.C. metro system. Metro Moves would’ve been light rail and while it was ambitious and could’ve served the whole region—the original proposed funding mechanism would’ve been focused solely on Hamilton County. I.E. Had it passed and been implemented to full vision—there likely would’ve been other political hurdles in order to have trains running out of Hamilton County into places like Warren to serve Kings Island (which most likely would’ve served the Kings Mills highway exit area rather than the park directly). 

    It’s also important to note that this plan called for expanded “hub and spoke” bus service. I.E. The idea was that instead of the downtown-transfer centric bus system we have currently, buses would connect to regional nodes (imagine going from West Chester to Kings Island without going all the way Downtown first). Some of those ideas have been carried over to the “Reinventing Metro” plan currently in planning.. 

    I could go on for days and days about the history of this whole project, but I’ll end on this fun fact:

    In the original vision for Metro Moves, the first line to be built would’ve been a downtown circulating streetcar that would share tracks with light rail vehicles bound for the nearby neighborhoods and suburbs. What’s today known as the “Cincinnati Bell Connector” modern streetcar is based heavily off of the original Metro Moves plan (with some changes made to accommodate how Downtown/OTR grew compared to how folks thought they would grow in 2002). The Connector actually uses light rail vehicles currently and its existing tracks could accommodate future light rail transit if a plan were to come about. 

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  3. Such a great, kitschy video. 

    Always surprised me to later learn that “Water Works” opened without a wave pool while rivals Surf Cincinnati (RIP) and The Beach (RIP) had them from the start and a few years before KI added a water park. 

  4. 8 minutes ago, super7 said:

    Yes.  They had liens filed on them in 2020 for missing payments on their new rides.     The same rides that sat dormant all of 2021 even though they’re were completed.    Probably for the same reason. 

    Was this truly because they didn't have the financial resources to make the payments, or, was this some sort of behind the scenes contract squabble under extraordinary times?

  5. 17 hours ago, Oldschool75 said:

    Lol, you’re funny. Hey look, a wanna be admin here.

    Lol, you're funny. Hey look, a wanna be lawyer/air traffic controller here:

    19 hours ago, Oldschool75 said:

    That guy is illegally taking images

     

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  6. On 7/28/2021 at 7:04 PM, BoddaH1994 said:

    Looks like some trees have been wrapped for Winterfest already in Tower Gardens. I’m not crazy, right? These lights haven’t been up all season, right?

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    I'm personally hoping this is a sign that Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular may return.

    I've seen Broadway shows and Cirque shows. I've been to Disney parks and have toured the lights of Hollywood in LA. I know quality, top-tier entertainment and believe me when I say it: Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular was one of the GREATEST experiences I've ever witnessed. There was nothing like it on this earth. Absolutely incredible. 

    /s

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  7. 9 hours ago, robintodd said:

    I've always thought a great idea would be to set one side of The Racer backward during Haunt only.  It would add to the unique experience during the haunt season.

    I'm not entirely sure if this is feasible in terms of time. Not only do the trains have to be turned around, but their brake fins also need to be realigned. Then there's the matter of does the State have to come out and perform the same amount of tests/cycles/inspections etc. to certify the ride. 

    Magic Mountain, for example, did this on (old) Colossus by having separate trains that could be swapped out for backwards operation (the old B&M Psyclone trains). 

  8. The Beast is fine if you ride on rows 1 or 2 of any of the train's six cars, its that rear row of each car that gives you the shakes. That being said, so long as the ride was kept wood and true to its original layout—I would love to see it get a full overhaul that provided something like...

    • Nice re-tracking and re-profiling where needed.
    • Some sleek new trains that provide more comfort and smoother ride + a refreshed visual style.
    • Some nice refreshing of the station—clean up that olde queue line a bit, make it a bit more spacious, give a fresh look to the theming of the station. 

    All that being said, I think The Racer deserves some true love before The Beast... gleaming new paint job, new beautiful trains, synchronized racing, a nice light package along the course, fully revamped track, etc. 

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