On Wednesday my wife and I made the trip from Indy for a day at Kings Island. I took advantage of the first responders week free admission and we got a ticket for her that included parking and a drink wristband all for $40. We hoped that going on a weekday in May would pay off with low crowds, and it certainly did. We didn't wait any longer than 10 minutes for any ride, and even then it was usually because we waited for a specific row when there were several empty rows in the middle. Rather than go chronologically I'll just do some bullet point highlights/lowlights from the day.
- This was my third visit to KI overall, and first since opening day last year. I only went then because I won tickets. We didn't get to ride much then but we did get to ride The Beast at night for the first time. Unfortunately there would be no night rides this time because of the 8 PM closing time.
- We were there at opening and went to Diamondback first. Unfortunately for the early entry folks, it was only just testing as we approached. We were on the third train of the day and went right back around for a second ride. We ended up getting double digit rides here throughout the day, including 3 in a row in the last ten minutes before closing. This is my favorite coaster in the park, especially from back row.
- On opening day last year we waited a combined 4.5 hours for two rides on Mystic Timbers. Combine that with the shed thing being waaaay overhyped, and it was hard to fairly judge this ride. This year, we got double digit rides on it, and it was fantastic. We rode several times in both back and front and loved both. I was pleasantly surprised at all the airtime you get in front. The first drop is better from back though. This ride never lets up and feels so fast. This is easily my #2 in the park now.
- I was a bit let down by some of the other coasters I've enjoyed before. Banshee and The Beast were somewhat underwhelming to me. The Beast has a great setting in the woods but after the first drop and hill after that it was kinda boring until the double helix. I wish I could've ridden at night again. Banshee has a lot of force but that's not what I really enjoy in a coaster. The roll towards the end was much better from toward the back than from the front.
- I had a first ever coaster experience--I rode Vortex by myself, and I mean literally. I remembered it being pretty rough from a few years ago. I asked the ride op which seat was best and he said front. He didn't seem confident at all but I still went up there. It was so quiet that it felt like I was in a POV video. It wasn't terribly rough in front but was also kinda boring.
- I skipped Firehawk and FoF because I didn't really enjoy either one when I rode them previously.
- Racer would be a great coaster if it wasn't so rough. I love all the airtime hills but after just a couple of them I felt like I needed cervical and lumbar decompression. It was really unpleasant.
- I rode Backlot Stunt Coaster for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't realize it launched at the start. It had one really good airtime moment and I did not expect the dark area to last so long. I would definitely ride this again.
- I went up the Eiffel Tower for the first time because we had so much time. I wish it had been a clearer day but it was still a great view all around.
Overall this was my best amusement park experience when considering the value we got for admission, parking, drinks and the all-day meal plan, and how much we were able to ride. I was bummed that I didn't enjoy some rides as much as I had on previous visits and that we wouldn't get a night ride, but at the same time I was glad it enabled us to just ride DB and MT over and over again, especially since they're right next to each other.