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  1. 3 hours ago, IndyGuy4KI said:

    KICentral admin will be there to capture as much of the historic day as we can

    Can I, pretty pretty please with a cherry on top, make a special request to said admin team to film the rededication, if there were not already plans to do so? Completely unrelated, you're looking very dapper today, and also, [insert other schmoozings to help make that happen.]

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  2. On 4/17/2022 at 11:38 PM, shadowscare said:

    If they don't have the equipment to report accurate wait times, then don't bother with it. All that does is leads to guest frustration.

    Here's what I find so strange though. I've found that when you ask the person at the queue entrance how long the wait is, usually their estimate is reasonably accurate. Am I alone on that? So in my experience the boots on the ground have a good handle on it, they just need access to keep the app updated themselves.

    You're not alone on that.

    Here's the thing: The person at the queue entrance can glance at the queue at that moment and semi-accurately guess what the wait will be. That's the exact same process for what happens for the app wait times; it's just done hourly instead of on demand. To get more accurate than that, they'd either need to call EVERY ride more frequently or install a digital system of some sort, which is going to cost money. This is coming from the chain whose front-of-line system is a wristband instead of the more intricate (some would argue more fair) digital systems out there. Cedar Fair doesn't seem to be super into putting more cost into overhead than is absolutely necessary.

  3. Personally, I'm glad for this. I prefer unique dining experiences to chains in parks most of the time. If I wanted Subway, Skyline, Tom + Chee, etc., I could and would just go to one.

    Realistically, I know people for whom Subway is one of very few restaurants they can eat at because of allergies, and I'm not excited about this change for them. Sure, they could just as easily leave the park, get food somewhere else (packed lunch in the car, go to another location, etc.), and come back, but still. I don't know any park's allergen-sensitive menus well enough to know if this poses a problem, but brand recognition goes a long way regardless.

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  4. 21 hours ago, BoddaH1994 said:

    1. The years 2020 and 2021 were struck from the records because of COVID. The mask mandates, truncated seasons, and opening of Orion were all manufactured by Mike Koontz in an attempt for himself and his senior staff to retire two years early. 

    This seems like the most reasonable assumption. I'm gonna go ahead and blindly assume this has all been Big Coaster at work.

  5. I worked in Rides from Haunt 2017 through summer 2018. I was hired during a job fair. That was one of the best jobs I've ever had. To date, it's the job where I have been most consistently surrounded by passionate, enthusiastic people who want to do good work. Everyone on my team was there to be safe and have fun. I miss working there often.

    If you're thinking of applying, do it.

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  6. I know nothing, but: "Project Soul" sounds a lot to me like the name of a project whose goal is to restore character to an amusement park whose previous owners lost sight of the original vision. It'd sure align well with a 50th anniversary celebration and a bunch of rides getting repainted.

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  7. It's also my understanding that there are ZERO HUSS Top Spins, of any variety, in the Cedar Fair chain anymore. Our Crypt was the first of a very quick and very quiet removal of them all. I believe Kings Dominion's was the last remaining one.

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  8. On 1/3/2022 at 9:36 PM, Oldiesmann said:

    I worked at the donut stand during the holiday festival in 2006. It was a fun experience - those donuts were quite popular and we even managed to sell some Dippin' Dots as well (people were asking for them so the park put a Dippin' Dots cooler in the stand and added it to the register).

    So, what I'm hearing is that *you* are the Dippin' Dots guy.

    Tell us your secrets.

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  9. 7 hours ago, Gordon Bombay said:

    Let’s be real… even if The Beast lost its ACE plaque… would anyone care? Besides Hitler.

    I'd forgotten about that. :lol:

    1. "It's okay, at least midget wrestling is coming back" made me absolutely lose it. How I don't miss that era.
    2. HOW IS THAT VIDEO 10 YEARS OLD. I remember it being posted here like it was yesterday.
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  10. 1 hour ago, super7 said:

    “The original design of The Beast had the upper and lower track in the helix on top of each other. In order to simplify the geometry of the crossover, the lower bents will be upper bents until the tunnel.”


    What exactly does that mean? 

    That part was really confusing to me, too. I'm gonna take a stab in the dark here:

    I think the post is saying that, prior to this redesign, the structures of the upper track and the lower track merged into one big structure before the tunnel. That merged structure had a higher amount of sway to it as the train passed over it that caused the ride to be rough.

    The Gravity Group is redesigning the supports in that area to remain separate and unmerged until the tunnel itself. Separating the structures until then will allow both structures to be more rigid, which will reduce the sway and lead to a smoother ride.

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  11. ^ See, here's what I'm wondering... I couldn't tell you where I heard this because it's been too long, but I feel I've heard before that KI converted the trains from 4-bench trains to 3-bench trains in-house. If there's anything to that, I wonder if PTC would even entertain doing that kind of refurbishment.

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  12. I'd be really curious to know what Pennsylvania's laws are on rides being up to ASTM code and/or ADA standards and/or other standards, whether Kangaroo was already there or not, and what change(s) will be required to get it running again. One could speculate that if the ride was carefully dismantled at the end of last year and did not have any issues meeting the standards required by law, there would be no reason to involve Premier in this process at all...

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