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KIghostguy last won the day on April 29

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    Author of Kings Island: A Ride Through Time, coming April 15, 2021.

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  1. Seriously? The sign spells Kings Island with an apostrophe. Last paragraph at the bottom…
  2. Why is the middle paragraph in quotation marks...who is talking?! Mike Koontz?
  3. Mason has a similar average December temperature to Hershey, where they run Candymonium, a B&M hyper, for their Christmas event. Given the crowds here, I would love to see additional coasters added to our Winterfest lineup. I understand that this event is for "experiences," but when you are running basically the same shows since 2017, you really should be giving repeat visitors a little something extra in my opinion. I am very glad that they opened Cargo Loco and Sol Spin for Winterfest this year!
  4. Apologies for this pretty crummy picture...but an update is better than no update. The construction fence has been pushed further out; it now runs directly against the queue for Woodstock Gliders. It does look like there has been a good amount of work done since the last weekend of Haunt. There are large tubes lying out; I assume these are drainage pipes that are either being removed or added. There is still digging equipment on site and it does look like they have started digging for the footers.
  5. I thought this was an interesting Richard Zimmerman quote from the conference call transcript at https://seekingalpha.com/article/4647047-cedar-fair-l-p-fun-six-flags-mergers-of-equals-conference-transcript. "One of the things that excites me is somebody who came into the Cedar Fair organization from the Paramount side understanding the movie studio and the drive for exploiting IP and enhancing that along with Six Flags. Looking at the Warner Brothers, we have – as we have said on prepared remarks, really three powerful IPs that we can think about how best fit within the portfolio Peanuts, DC Comics and of course the Warner Brothers connection. I am so excited to think about how we could potentially roll out and enhance the guest experience in all our regions and rethink how we use IP. IP is incredibly important, differentiator in the minds of our consumers and I think our ability to unlock how we look at that in the future gets me really excited and I know for our internal design staff on both sides. As we think about how to plot and plan the guest experience going forward, I think our challenge is working close – is to work more closely with the holders of the IP and think about how we might both benefit from a closer association." Unfortunately, this seems like we will likely see DC implemented eventually at the legacy Cedar Fair parks.
  6. Our CEO, COO, General Manager, and SVP of Creative Development all come from Paramount Parks, among others. Something like this would certainly be in-line with Paramount. That being said, I don't know if I would ever go back to Kings Island if they started using DC IP.
  7. I rode Adventure Express on Friday and was shocked at the condition that it was in. Still no audio or masks on lift 1. In the final tunnel, all the work lights were on, there was no audio, and the mouth of the final statue was gone! Not broken, not unmoving, just completely gone. On the bright side, the audio on the brake run is working again and the Stationmaster audio is pretty loud in the queue, which is good.
  8. I would say Worlds of Fun. I was there in August for my first time, and I was so impressed. The park is beautiful and well-landscaped. For its 50th, almost the entire park was repainted and refurbished with tasteful and detailed signage, trash cans, area music, and murals. It doesn't feel like a Cedar Fair park at all, and I mean that in a good way! It really feels unique and distinctive, with a strong sense of identity. They have a great museum that will be back next year with artifacts from throughout the park's history. I thought their coaster line-up was very good. Mamba and Prowler are excellent and worth the trip. They also have a great flat ride selection, including the very unique Cyclone Sam's. Dorney Park is fun. Talon and Demon Drop are very good. Iron Menace should be a nice, story-driven addition for them. It's also in a convenient location to other great parks. But as far as looking at the park itself, I would put Worlds of Fun above Dorney Park.
  9. Kings Island's marketing department reports to corporate, not to the park. I doubt Mike Koontz had any say in the decision of Don leaving.
  10. Page 70 for wooden coasters, page 72 for steel coasters: https://amusementtoday.com/issues/2023/2023gta/
  11. The Golden Ticket Awards were yesterday. The full results can be found here: https://95a87e.p3cdn1.secureserver.net/issues/2023/2023gta/assets/downloads/AT-GTA-2023i.pdf Regardless of what you think about the validity of them, I always think it's interesting to see where Kings Island is ranked. This year, they were finalists in a few categories. #5 Best Park #6 and #7 Best Wooden Coasters (The Beast and Mystic Timbers, respectively) #2 Best Kid's Area #4 Leadership Award (Mike Koontz) Something that I thought was interesting was that none of Kings Island's steel coasters ranked in the top 25 steel coasters list this year.
  12. Rick Bastrup, President of R&R Creative Amusement Designs, is releasing a memoir on September 8. It will cover the development of many of their memorable projects, including Adventure Express and Phantom Theater. Sure to be an interesting read for Kings Island and theme park history fans! https://rivershorepress.com/adventures-of-a-theme-park-designer
  13. Hopefully fixing the speakers in the station, they haven’t been playing the soundtrack since May.
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