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  1. I'm not at all suggesting that you all could be wrong and the park is actually going to bring back recaR, especially since the park confirmed that there was nothing to that, but I do find that an odd choice to include it. I understand the concept of an Easter egg, but like... I remember back before the 2011 season, when the park dropped a quick tweet showing that some light theming would be added to The Crypt. I believe it was tweeted on April 1st. I suggested that perhaps it was a prank on the park's part because of the date since The Crypt's de-Tomb-Raider-ification was not terribly popular in the enthusiast community. Someone pointed out that the park calling "April Fools" would be equivalent to admitting that The Crypt was a bit of a failure as-is. This feels like it has parallels. Like, "Here's that thing you all have wanted to come back for over a decade. We've been in a habit of bringing back old things. But this one is just a joke, haha. Fooled you! Now go enjoy your forwards-only Racer." Again, I want to be clear that I do not think the park is secretly going to bring back backwards Racer. Easter eggs are just Easter eggs: case in point, "number 5 is alive" on a poster at Cedar Point has NOTHING to do with Orion. I just think this was a slightly odd Easter egg to choose.
  2. CCI all day, baby. GCI and The Gravity Group are great, but neither are on CCI's level. Dennis McNulty is extremely underrated in the coaster world. Schwarzkopf is in an extremely close second.
  3. ^ I'm now realizing that would have been a great name for Firehawk. Flight of Fear and Fear of Flight. And then name X-base "Flights and Fears".
  4. It could be very interesting to see what Cedar Fair would do with the KC park if they purchase it. In my head, the park is so tied to the Verruckt incident that no rebranding is going to clear its name. I'd sooner expect to see them purchase it IF its individual assets can be sold off at a profit. It feels like it has too many parallels to Son of Beast (the name and physical presence is associated with danger) to continue as an operating waterpark. I also wonder if Kansas waterpark regulation has changed since the park last operated. Given the park's alleged issues with most of the slides not being approved by the state on opening day 2017, I'm wondering if there are elements of the park that would need to change in order for it to even operate.
  5. I could have sworn that I replied to a thread about this once. If I did, it must not have been this one or the one linked on the first page... Anyway, I'm actually not sure. It was definitely at Kings Island and definitely sometime in the mid-to-late 90's. A very likely candidate is Beastie, though Scooby Zoom and Scooby's Ghoster Coaster are also possible candidates. Adventure Express also happened around that time for me, but I doubt it was my first--the thing terrified me, so I wouldn't have ridden anything else afterward, and I know I at least rode Beastie and SGC back then, too. I really didn't enjoy coasters in those days. Then, something happened in the temple of the Triangle of Light in Rivertown...
  6. I'm so glad you had a good time! I always love reading about people's first Holiday World trips. It's such a nice little park!
  7. I wonder if it would make sense to introduce a "Platinum Pass Plus" tier where, for an additional $53, you can visit their premium waterparks in Texas. Disney does something similar with their ticketing. But perhaps that would get confusing with how many Cedar Fair waterparks are not separate gates.
  8. The Eleventh Comma... Oh wait, I actually like this one.
  9. ^ Listen... I used to love VF. I always made a point to ride it. Then I worked on it.
  10. If you get there at opening or within the first few hours, don't head to Raven first. Everyone does, and that ride will pull a long line because of it. Work your way from the back of the park (Thunderbird/Thanksgiving) to the front (Raven/Halloween). By the time you reach Raven, the line will have calmed down a little bit. If it's still busy, come back in the mid-to-late afternoon. Alternatively, if the waterpark is your goal, be in there as soon as it opens and hit up Wildebeest and Mammoth ASAP. They'll get and keep lines all day if it's even kind of busy, but you can beat the crowds if you stay ahead of them. Or, if there's a different slide you want to do first, head there. But if you're curious at all about those two, I'd recommend getting there first. Liberty Launch and Gobbler Getaway are both kind of underrated, in my opinion. They're both unique to the parks that people from this site typically hit up (although there's a similar ride to Liberty Launch at Indiana Beach--and no, Power Tower at Cedar Point really isn't the same, in terms of ride experience.) Have fun!
  11. I'm not sure that the park would appreciate me explaining why (if someone else wants to go into those details, feel free, but I'm not going to), but VF will also go 2-9 Weather on days where it's been very sunny and very hot for an extended amount of time. Basically, VF is capable of going down for any weather for a variety of reasons, haha. It'll come back up eventually--just give it a few hours. Toss in the unwritten but mandatory seating requirements, and I feel like it's a little more understandable why I always disliked working Viking Fury. (Seriously... PLEASE be nice to VF ride ops.) I might throw a party the day it closes for good.
  12. Ooh, I really like that idea. I don't know that Premier has any spinning models, but Backlot kinda does have a great layout for a spinning coaster since it has all those laterals and turns (plus the helix!) That would be a cool retheme, too. Gonna be daydreaming all day now about the MCBR and following tunnel being themed to, like, a wolf pack finding you and chasing you through the deepest part of the forest or something...
  13. No there isn't! Yeah... I'm looking forward to announcement day so this place chills the heck out again. For the newbies: traditionally, once a new coaster is announced, you'll have a few days where this place explodes. The new coaster will be hailed as one of four things: 1.) the best addition in park history and your entire state is now buying a pass, 2.) the worst addition in park history and you're publicly burning your pass, 3.) begrudgingly okay but really should have been [insert industry trend that fits your idea of the "hole in the park's lineup"] bUt Kings Island wIlL aLwAyS bE bEhInD bEcAuSe Cedar Point, or 4.) disappointingly and tragically not related to Son of Beast in some obscure way. That'll linger for about a week, and then the 1's, 2's, more irrational 3's, and a smattering of 4's will generally disappear or simmer down and this place will go back to being civil and fun again.
  14. If it's a renewal, I believe you should be okay. I renewed my pass in fall of 2017 and used it in April 2018 at Knott's (before KI's season started) without issue. If it's a new pass... I want to assume you'll be okay, but Cedar Fair's pass system works in mysterious ways.
  15. Warning: you're bordering on violating the Eleventh Commandment.
  16. IAAPA is an incredibly interesting and fun, if exhausting, event to attend. If you haven't been and have the ability to go, go. If you're thinking in any capacity about working in the industry, GO. The Celebrates event on (Thursday?) evening is always a memorably great experience. I've had some of my favorite memories with industry folks made at those events. You don't often find yourself waiting 10 minutes for Flight of Passage with Vekoma employees ahead of you, a past president of La Ronde making conversation with you, and Fred Grubb and Alan Schilke behind you.
  17. The practice being described here (apart from any rudeness) was, in my experience, part of the instructions for how to be a line separator. If you dislike the practice, please mention it to Guest Services. Please don't take out your frustrations on the ride operators. This can't be overstated: no one works at the park because they WANT to make you unhappy. For the record, I agree: it IS awkward to sit beside someone you don't know, especially if that person is a child.
  18. I feel like the delay with SC is because it's being built at Kennywood. I love KW, but they run on a schedule for building new attractions that makes Six Flags look like Cedar Fair.
  19. ^ I could be making this up, but I feel like I remember someone around here saying that the "move" happened for Scooby? Something about IPs not being able to coexist in the kids' area legally, so they avoided that by making SDatHC part of International Street. I feel like that was a fairly recent post, but like I said, I could be wrong.
  20. Listen. I know the answers to those questions. Don't ruin this for me. I'm enjoying the fantasy of this going well, okay?
  21. Yes, thank you! I don't do a ton of searching, but that 20-second limit was occasionally problematic.
  22. Indian-inspired food at Kings Island during an international festival with a parade and possibly a custom score-d nighttime show?! I think I just heard the hallelujah chorus. This is the kind of stuff I daydream about the park getting.
  23. ^ Just to add on to what he said: it's my understanding that Flight of Fear's launch system is designed so that the whole launch system turns on when the ride launches. LSMs can be programmed to only turn on the sections that are needed as the train passes over them.
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