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  1. Where there is a family restroom there are usually men's/women's restrooms. Wonder if that Chaos Labs Building general health associations..... could be the location for that family restroom sign (and hopefully others) though if I had to guess, the Chaos Labs building is the maintenance sheds after a makeover.
  2. Last summer was the only time I've been to Dollywood, we loved it. Park had to shut down for a few hours due to thunderstorms (and a downpour) but that helped keep the crowds down a bit and we barely had to wait for anything. 10 min for Lighting Rod was the longest I think. Beautiful park, pretty good ride selection (especially for younger kids on the Coaster side with Fire Chaser Express). I think if they added a Hyper it would be about a perfect park.
  3. There is a lot more info missing as well. As mentioned above, with Casino's opening up, have all employees been tested, ie @ Miami Valley Gaming? Have all prisoners and gaurds/personal been tested? Are cases up because there are more tests happening and many of the positive cases are coming out of the prison population and/or the senior retirement centers? The headline paints one picture, the details may (or may not) paint a different picture. I'd love to know where specifically these cases are and how they were discovered.
  4. I like the look new look of the greatest flat to ever grace Kings Island! Looking forward to riding it again.
  5. If you could legit knock out all the rides @ CP by 2:00, then for sure if you got to KI by 6:00 and had FLP you could knock out all the coasters @ KI by 10:00 close.
  6. Its entirely possible, just depends on the crowds. That is a lot of hustlin though. If you got there for early ride time, you could get on Orion around 9:30 (assuming that will be available for early ride time next year) then move to FOF (which is also likely be early ride time next year I'd guess) then Stunt Coaster and The Beast and perhaps have all of those rides knocked out by 10:30. From there, lines should be pretty easy. Racer, Adventure Express would be quick over the Banshee, The Bat and Invertigo. KI should be done by 12:00 and that is without FP. Give you half an hour to hit the bathroom and get to your car, would put you at CF @ 4:00. From there, I don't know how quickly you could get thru the Pointe, crowds would obviously play a big role in that. Would be run to try.
  7. But the unknown is what makes the thought experiment fun. We don't have alternate universes, so no matter what happens, we really have no clue if something different would have happened under a different scenario.
  8. Makes me feel much better that I can answer how I correctly to all those questions and as long as I don't have a temp when walking thru the front door, I'm good to go. That is going to stop people? I think that is the problem many have with it. Anyhoo, serious question, what if these same requirements (and assume they will be strictly enforced) are instituted next season? What if the park told you/public that in order to remain profitable and operating like normal, they need to operate like 2019 rather than 2020 or risk shuttering permanently. You could still show up and wearing a mask, even a hazmat suit, but you know its going to be packed and many won't be wearing anything. Would you still attend if you are in the "must wear mask" crowd today? Same question on the flip side, if you are the anti-mask crowd and were told that next season your only way to get into the park is under the current guidelines, are you going to suck it up? Since i fall more in the later than the former, I must admit I'd probably suck it up at some point next year. heck, I may even do it this season still
  9. The wearing of masks is not as easy a debate as "I want to protect others/myself so I'll wear one" There is a lot more that has gone into the current situation, a lot of flip-flopping of "facts" by health officials, a lot of inconsistent implementation of the rules and regulations regarding shut down. If that is KI's policy to wear mask, either by company choice, or by state enforcement that is fine, it is my choice to attend or not attend and I won't complain that its "unfair" if I choose to stay home. Those rides and experiences will all be there next year. however, if the wearing of masks is like most other places I've been, even places where it is required, a good chunk of the people will have them down below their nose, or under their chin, open at the side, or just not on at all. As time marches on, facial coverings will get less and less enforced and I will feel non the safer because someone is wearing a mask but touching everything around me that I touch as well. I wish it was all simple and a I feel for businesses of all sides that have been greatly crippled (if not killed) for varying reasons as well as those they employ and the financial burden they have had to endure.
  10. Its a small world is a boring experience (from my perspective), low thrill and developed in a time where technology is way behind what could be done today.....yet the lines are always long and can you imagine the complaints they would get if they removed it? As shaggy said, that is a whole different set of issues. I like Boo Blasters as a "shoot" em up fun, immersive family experience. There is even a back story to the building and ride, however since they got rid of the pre-ride experience that story is mostly lost. However, it needs vast updating. Make all the guns work well (too many don't or are inconstant). I doubt we'd see something like this at a season park, but imagine if they revamped it so it took back over the entire building, made all the cars individually movable (I think that is how tower of terror cars work) and programed so that each car takes a different course thru the maze, Each ride would be a little different than the last and perhaps you'd have to ride it 4-5 times thru to actually see and visit each room? How cool would something like that be? Something like that would even allow an individual car to pause in a room or circle around an object offering different angles to "attack" the ghost from. I can only imagine the controls on something like that would be a fortune, but it could really enhance the experience.
  11. If the only requirement is social distancing, then FoF is easy. Aside from the being inside part, the social distancing aspect is easy. Only so many people inside the building at a time, use both sides of the que to help space those people, a line separator at the base of the stairs to send people up as a group to the next line separator to put you in your individual seat que (kind of like how Boo Blasters operates but w/ the employee at the base of the steps rather than at the end of the steps and short hall way)
  12. Thanks for that info, doesn't seem so bad. Getting 3 kids to the clinic when they are perfectly healthy (and other patients there are not) doesn't seem like something I wanted to do. Answering questions isn't bad, but honestly, if that is all it is, then that is more a CYA cause who's going to verify if you are telling the truth. I'll also add, that if masks are only required when one can't socially distance themselves, then I'll say you won't see many people masked once they get in the park based upon what I saw at my son's tee ball practice. Not a single person, parent or kid showed up with a mask, while you can naturally spread out on a baseball field, you can do the same at KI.
  13. What is a pre-entry health screening 24 hours prior to admission exactly? Does that mean my whole family needs to swing thru a clinic and get tested the day before attending the park? As chibul asked above, what does the mask requirements per protocol mean? If I have to take my whole family to a clinic w/n 24 hours of visiting and have to wear a mask the whole visit, I won't be attending KI this season. Cheers to those that do, but Orion and everything else can wait a year for me. Of course I've never been the dude who feels the need to wait 4 hours just to say I rode something the first day it was available, I waited until mid August to ride Banshee when the lines were short cause "it was always going to be there later". Any clarifications would be appreciated Don. Sucks that you have to be dealing with all of this, can't imagine the stress level you and your associates have been going thru the last few months.
  14. Until the state officially releases their restart guidelines on theme parks I don't think we'll get an answer. With the friday announcement, I would have thought those would have been published prior to today, but as is the case in the past, seems like it takes 2-3 business days to post the guidelines. Which makes no sense, if they are based upon the restart committees (of which CF has 2 employees on that committee) it would stand to reason that prior to DeWine's friday announcement that those protocols had already been agreed upon and all they had to do was push them to their web to make them official. I assume KI knows what they are, I don't know why they aren't published the same day as they are announced.
  15. I don't think a year round restaurant would work well when the park is not open (at least not as a traditional restaurant) but I think if they took the restaurant, and allowed it to operate as a restaurant during park hours then be used as a corporate event center during non-operating hours while also opening it up for the occasional wedding or corporate event during normal park times. I don't know the capacity, but having a wedding reception up there with dancing and end of the night fireworks isn't the worse idea. I'm not sure how it would work with the park being opened and having your guest both at your reception and at the park, or all hot and sweaty after a day at the park, but I'm sure a handful of couples would be interested in that. Obviously easy to pull off in the off season if they desired. I'm not sure how long before corporate events would work again, I'm not even sure how much they do them any more, but using that upstairs part for meeting/training in the mornings while the rest of the family plays in the park, meet for lunch then everyone hits the park in the afternoon would be a boon for training. mid week during the season. anyhoo, my point being, I think a revamped front gate is very much needed. They need to install self serve ticket kiosks to free up those lines. I'm sure the season pass processing area could use an update, the restaurant above could be upgraded and the overall look needs a boost. I look how awesome the relatively cheap halloween set up looks and realize that a more permanent setup could greatly enhance your feel to the start of the day. With that said, I never want a "front gate" coaster. Walking thru the "tunnel" under the restaurant and having the sound and feel of the fountains along with the visual of the tower is very magical. I am in favor of a "side gate" coaster update, ie getting rid of Invertigo and replacing it with something else and would give visuals to the side of the front entrance. I just don't want something that takes away from that feel you get when you walk thru the other side of the front gate. Perhaps a coaster that extended out well past the front gate work or even "under" the entry plaza would work.
  16. Soapbox... How is buying a game @ Target because 5% of their store is dedicated to selling something resembling real groceries any safer than buying a game @ gamestop who dedicates 0% of their isle space to anything resembling real groceries?
  17. Not KI related, but certainly crowd related. The big parties @ the Ozarks over memorial day weekend have happened approx 10-12 days ago. So far, there are no known cases of Covid that have sprung up as a result of those gathers (which involved very little social distancing) There is a report of one person that was there and was "likely" contagious with Covid at the time. https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/state-and-regional/no-new-covid-19-cases-from-lake-of-the-ozarks-crowds-missouri-health-director-says/article_6f36ad32-d125-5382-b78f-74bd0f6510ac.html
  18. You may or may not like the announcement or recommendations, but its obvious that the parks are going to open back up. They already know what the requirements will be and are putting those into action
  19. I'm guessing that somewhere, that has already happened
  20. Based upon the tents, Diamondback pond, Orion testing, and that people from Cedar Fair on on the re-oopening planning commission, its obvious that KI already knows the date that they will be allowed to open and under what restrictions. Thursday is just a formality for the general public.
  21. Turn Festhaust into "international house" with all the fixing from China, 'Merica, Mexico and Italy. turn Hanks into a German place, bring in Schmidts as a corporate partner. makes tons of cream puffs, count the cash. Turn the Bier Garten into a highly themed Bier Garten, extend the seating and have a party like atmosphere w/ live music and german songs/ dancing and celeberation (similar to hofbrau hause) every couple of hours starting at noon (say 1:00, 5:00 & 9:00) or something lasting for 30 minutes or so. Count the cash from increased beer sales. Take said cash, and relocate the entrance to Delerium so that it enters from Oktoberfest. Move the slingshot and install a ferris wheel. Make Auntie Ann's the official opening of Oktoberfest on one side, the path b/w the international house and relocated Delerium Que as the 2nd, the back back into Coney by the Coke Free Style as your 3rd, and Tower Gardens is brought into Oktoberfest by selling more cream puffs, and creampuffs only at the stand there that I think now does face painting or airbrushing or something. The Funnel Cake place would be the 4th start of Oktoberfest now locking in the area from all side/entrances. The Gardens is now a relaxing place to enjoy your cream puff or funnel cake vs the buzz and activity in the Bier Garten. Finally, the ladder game comes out, and a spinning keg ride is put in its place completing the transformation.
  22. Does that mean park employees or people that build the ride can ride? If so, anyone think people have been on it already?
  23. Our family get together in late June @ the pointe was cancelled as well with a full refund. The phone lines were closed, but the chat feature was up to make the process super easy.
  24. Agreed, lots of pops of airtime on MT. I'll say the same about renegade @ Valleyfair! Never been Ghost Rider (let alone to Knotts) but based on the POV, it looks like it has a ton of floater hills.
  25. They may sod some areas of the ride, but I would think most would be seed. Sod is expensive.
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