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  1. 10 hours ago, DiamondbackFan said:

    At 1:36 of the below video: "we can go from 0-45 Kph or 0-200 Kph, it's all up to our clients"

    200 Kph = 124.274 Mph

    rcdb.com lists TTD speed at 120 Mph

     

    Adam Sandy is the guy in the video. Formerly a higher-up for Ride Entertainment, the firm that handles sales for Gerstlauer and SkyCoaster, among others. Now the Sales and Marketing Director for Zamperla.

    As someone whose career is built on keeping promises, I expect that he chose his words very specifically. You don't toss out "200 kph" without being sure that you can do it.

    To be clear, IF I'm on the right track at all, I really, really, really don't think Adam is part of Cedar Point's marketing. In other words, I think this might be an interesting piece of the final picture, but it is NOT a hint. I've been around these parts long enough to know that someone's gonna take an unrelated company's video as a hint from CP's PR department, and so help me, I'm not gonna feed that monster. :P

    For the record, this isn't me pretending to know something when I don't. Because I don't know anything about what CP has planned. I'm just offering what perspective I can.

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  2. 10 hours ago, Snowball said:

    It's a coat rack with some coats and a hat on it, and the arms of the coats pop out and hat pops up revealing the face and arms of a monster, it also has an air cannon in it that goes off when the arms pop out. I'm not sure if it was running in Cornered as it was in pretty rough shape last time I looked at it. May have just been used as decoration.

    Here's the link from the company that makes it: https://www.scarefactory.com/index.php/product/fix705-haunted-coat-rack/

    I know exactly which prop you're talking about--it caught me by surprise in Holiday Horror and is unique enough that I usually end up taking note of it each year.

    I did see it this year in Cornered, and I really want to say that it was operational.

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  3. 2 hours ago, Browntggrr said:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/cedarpoint/comments/zr3msr/top_thrill_dragster_dec_aerial_update/

    Lots of demo going on.

    Christmas tree, finish sign, footers on both launch & brake side still there.  Big hole where transfer track was and clearing at end of station is interesting.

    Very, very interesting. I can't think of a reason why the blocks between the final brakes and the station would need to be removed. Or why the supports halfway through the brake run to just after the station would need to be removed.

    The launch track and brakes make sense to remove, if the rumored launch conversion is actually happening (and I speculate that it is, though I question if Zamperla or Intamin is doing the conversion.) It's basically a given that new track would need to be fabricated. I could mayyybe understand needing to replace the supports to make that happen instead of being able to make the track work with the existing supports... maybe. But removing the footers, which is what appears to have happened on the back side of the station? I don't want to stir this into a bigger deal than it actually is, but that makes me think this won't simply be a track replacement.

    Someone speculated elsewhere that TTD will be converted into an Ice Breaker-style multi-launch. That seems a little far-fetched to me, but the footers going away makes guesses like that seem slightly more realistic. If the park is going to THIS much bother, it makes sense that they might choose to "plus" the ride somehow as a part of rebranding it, to help distance it from being That Ride That Hurt Someone. I don't know that I'd necessarily agree that simply painting New TTD as a new ride is the best move, if that's what they choose to do--it lends itself to the GP idea that amusement parks are unsafe and run by schemers who care little about safety and will slap paint and a new name on something that has had an accident just so they can keep taking your money--but I'm not sure what a better move would be. It's a tough position to be in.

    Winter Chill Out is gonna be an interesting one in 2023. Even with the second day being added to it, I expect that it will sell out immediately, and people will be expecting TTD news. And surely Tony Clark knows that.

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  4. On 12/19/2022 at 1:40 AM, PKIDelirium said:

    It would be nice if the area behind the former Crypt building had a bunch of trees replanted. Rumor from back when DB was being built is those were cleared in case they needed to use a tower crane installation to complete the back part of the ride, if the big Manitowoc crawler crane wouldn't work on the back road. True or not, it's been left an open grass lot ever since and re-foliating that area would made it look a lot nicer.

    I have a vague memory of someone from the park during the early stages of Diamondback's construction (maybe during Fall Freak Out '08?) saying that they didn't want the area around Diamondback to be clear-cut the way the area around Backlot was. I would argue that that still kinda ended up happening. The best time to fix that issue would have been in 2009; the next best time is now.

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  5. I like the new support color so much! If they want to go ahead and make all the supports that same brown, too, instead of having different colors on the lift hill, I'd be okay with that, too. It fits Rivertown so much better and removes a bit of that Kinzel era "red track, yellow supports" sterility of the early Cedar Fair years.

    EDIT: It looks like they might be repainting the lift supports yellow. Ah well, the brown in place of the tan is still a win!

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  6. Wow, thank you so much for sharing! This is extremely cool!

    If you would be okay with it and if the admins are interested, I'd love to see these saved and preserved somewhere on the site. These are some really cool pieces of history that I would really hate to revisit down the road only to find every link broken. That's happened a lot here over the years, and I hate it every time I see it.

    @IndyGuy4KI @malem @Dane @CoastersRZ

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  7. 42 minutes ago, Shaggy said:

    I figured they'd go the Crypt route rather than TR:TR.  I know firsthand the "hoops" they have to jump through with the Paramount licenses (more about that at a later time.)

    I'd love to hear more when the time is right!

    42 minutes ago, Shaggy said:

    I've really enjoyed this series - overall very happy with all the pin releases.  Its also been fun guessing, then finding out each week what the new releases are.  (Although the cost of S&H for each release is ridiculously astronomical.)

    Oh yeah--to be clear, I think the fact that this pin series is happening at all is really above and beyond. I don't mean to be backhanded, but prior to Mike Koontz, I kinda expected the 50th anniversary to pass by with about as much fanfare as the 40th (which is to say: without much fanfare beyond some commemorative merch.) The pin collection is a cherry on top of a fantastic and exceptional season.

    ...I just don't like the artistic choices around this particular release. :P But it's easy for me to criticize behind my keyboard when I don't know just how intrusive the rules behind this one were.

  8. ...Okay, I don't want to be a whiner, but I really had my hopes up that the TRTR pin would get the Top Gun treatment to avoid Paramount naming. The Crypt was not the same experience as Tomb Raider. I think many would argue that The Crypt was not a positive experience. I realize there was a lot of copyright to navigate with TRTR in particular, but surely there was another option than to make a pin representing that ride's worst version of itself? (Purely in jest, I have to imagine this is what it would feel like for Son of Beast fans if their pin had just been a picture of the track that replaced the loop!)

    Heck, even the back of the card the pin is attached to has a picture of the ride as Tomb Raider! Even a pin of something as abstract as one of the queue lanterns, one of the bowls with fire in the antechamber, or a depiction of the cave front with "2002" underneath it in the TRTR sign font would be a little more compelling for me.

    I mean, I'll probably still buy it since even Crypt merch has never been common... but I'm a little miffed. I was holding out on buying any pins to avoid that dastardly shipping charge until the TRTR pin became available. My hopes were admittedly up.

    Oh well. Such is life.

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  9. I want to say Six Flags stopped doing it a few years ago... I want to say it all disappeared by 2018. I could be wrong. If not then, then definitely by 2019.

    I'm still entertained and confused by some of Six Flags's ride choices for VR. Ninja at SFStL? Mind Eraser at SFA? You just blindfolded an innocent bystander and threw them in a pro boxing match.

    I don't agree with the anti-Six Flags bias the coaster nerd world has had for decades, but this is one where Cedar Fair definitively had a better execution.

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  10. We seem to have a couple threads like this, but this is the one that seems to be getting the most attention. Reposting what I said in one of the others:

    In general, I thought this season as a whole was fantastic and one of the best in the 14 years I've been a passholder as an adult. The park was in peak performance this year, and I absolutely loved it and love where we're heading.

    The announcement of Adventure Port has to be up there for me. I can't begin to describe the joy it brings me to see KI move closer to being a theme park.

    On a smaller note, one of my favorite personal moments this year was participating (and placing second in) the 50th anniversary art contest back in May. I don't typically do art for anything other than my own satisfaction, and it felt amazing to put the work in and see it pay off. Getting to participate in the signing event and meet park staff was one of the coolest things I've gotten to do at the park!

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  11. In general, I thought this season as a whole was fantastic and one of the best in the 14 years I've been a passholder as an adult. The park was in peak performance this year, and I absolutely loved it and love where we're heading.

    The announcement of Adventure Port has to be up there for me. I can't begin to describe the joy it brings me to see KI move closer to being a theme park.

    On a smaller note, one of my favorite personal moments this year was participating (and placing second in) the 50th anniversary art contest back in May. I don't typically do art for anything other than my own satisfaction, and it felt amazing to put the work in and see it pay off. Getting to participate in the signing event and meet park staff was one of the coolest things I've gotten to do at the park!

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  12. Ranking the ones I've been on...

    1. Adventure Express
    2. The Bat
    3. Mystic Timbers
    4. Racer
    5. Flight of Fear
    6. Backlot Stunt Coaster
    7. Beast
    8. Banshee
    9. Orion
    10. Vortex
    11. Firehawk
    12. Diamondback
    13. Woodstock Express
    14. Invertigo
    15. Son of Beast
    16. Scooby's Ghoster Coaster

    Flying Ace Aerial Chase and Great Pumpkin Coaster aren't ranked because they aren't bad rides, but they aren't really part of my KI visits ever.

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  13. 18 hours ago, silver2005 said:

    Alright KI lore experts- how does this AE touch up for this work into the 11th Commandment?

     

    On 10/19/2022 at 12:01 PM, TombRaiderFTW said:

    Listen, Kings Island. You might be new around these parts, but there's this little thing we like to call the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not mess with Adventure Express, or now you will pay.

    ...And I think I have a lot of faith that Adventure Express is going to be in top shape next year.

    I'm over the moon about this. I can't wait for next year.

    ;)

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  14. I can understand that. The difference between the front and back halves of Coney Mall was less pronounced pre-Kings Mills Antique Autos and arguably pre-WindSeeker, in my opinion. I really like the look of KMAA and the look of the Killmart building during the regular season, but when you toss in the removal of Vortex, it kinda makes that area feel half-finished and disconnected from the rest of Coney Mall. I would love to see something be done that brings the rest of that end (or Coney as a whole) into the vibe that KMAA and Killmart have.

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  15. Listen, Kings Island. You might be new around these parts, but there's this little thing we like to call the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not mess with Adventure Express, or now you will pay.

    ...And I think I have a lot of faith that Adventure Express is going to be in top shape next year.

    I'm over the moon about this. I can't wait for next year.

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  16. 1 hour ago, Shaggy said:

    The point here is, that doesn’t seem to be controlled demolition.  It appears something fell on it.  

    Agreed. I could be wrong, but wouldn't a park remove the lift chain before doing that kind of thing? I have to imagine that's storm damage.

    I like Grizzly a lot. I hope everyone was okay and they're able to get it repaired quickly.

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    1 hour ago, MDMC01 said:

    Super random Haunt question, as I know it gets cold around this time of year... has it ever snowed during Haunt (or Fearfest)? And if anyone (on here) has experienced this, what was it like?

    It has on multiple occasions. The time I'm familiar with was closing weekend 2014. It was like Haunt, but it very lightly snowed and some of the rides were closed. ;)

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