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  1. any word on the official opening date of pantheon? looks like the park has already posted what days they'll be open in march, but no word on pantheon from what i can see. hopefully they have a special opening/media day and invite ACE members.
  2. has BGT released a formal opening date for iron gwazi yet? if they haven't, any realistic guesses? late march?
  3. I for one am excited for this event and will be driving down from Richmond. Kudos to the park for trying to do something in 2020. Mainly I'm going just to ride Copperhead Strike lol (haven't ridden it yet)
  4. looks like phoenix phall phunfest is canceled for this year? i can't find any references to it on the park's website. anyone know more?
  5. hallelujah! way to go busch gardens for being flexible and at least partially opening the park.
  6. looks like they're combining the covered bridge festival and PPP this year into one event on saturday october 10th. hopefully this event still happens and isn't cancelled because of covid. yall think flying turns and/or impulse will be open for this?
  7. Went to holiday world briefly today. Arrived 30 min after park opening to an absolutely massive crowd outside the gate (I guess bc today was a weekend). I bet it was easily over a thousand people all lined up waiting to get in. That said the line moved quickly and took about 30 minutes. There was no Health screenings or covid forms to fill out, which I thought was odd. Only went through a metal detector and that was it. Virtual queuing system was def nice, got to look around in the shops while waiting. love the made to thrill designed swag, but I can't stomach paying 30 bucks for a t-shirt. Got a ride in voyage, which I had never ridden before, which was excellent. LONG ride! Regarding covid.... I'd estimate less than 5% of people wearing masks. No one was really doing any social distancing either. This personally doesn't bother me, but I can see how it would really turn a lot of people away. That said, it was great to see many many people out and about supporting the local theme park and trying to get back to normal. It was very very hot, I suspect most people came for the water park
  8. Also meant to comment on coronavirus stuff. I would say virtually everyone in the park was wearing masks at all times. Social distancing was a mixed bag, not perfect, but overall not too bad.
  9. Went to the park today. Arrived at 10:30 and headed straight for Orion. Got an access pass and was able to ride 30 min later. Continued to get access passes throughout the day for a total of four rides. The line was never that long for Orion as long as you went within the last 15 minutes of your time window. Rode a handful of other coasters as well, lines were always 30 minutes or less. Observations : 1. All park staff at all rides, shops, restaurants, Etc were very cheerful and helpful 2. All park staff were pretty strict on mask-wearing and reminding guests to keep their mouths and nose covered at all times, including on the rides 3. Orion is an excellent ride. I would certainly rank it below Fury 325, and barely below Leviathan. If it were 20% longer I think it would beat out Leviathan. The sideways airtime Hill right after the first drop is incredible as is the turnaround. But overall it's just too short. That said, the first drop was particularly good / seemed like long duration, and the speed airtime Hill after the turnaround had what seemed like really extended air time 4. Banshee is incredibly intense. Is this the best B&M invert in existence? 5. Had never ridden Mystic Timbers before, so that was great to hit that twice today. The shed is pretty dumb though
  10. Went to the park today, had a good time. Not many people wearing masks, not many people being socially distant. But, since there were light crowds, everyone was kind of naturally socially distanced. I'm not too worried about coronavirus, so personally I was not bothered by any of this, but I can see how some people would be. It was depressing to see empty shops and restaurants and rides and games with a lone employee just sitting there with no guests to tend to. But I was glad to go and support the park and buy some swag. Also I think the water park had more people in it than the actual amusement park.
  11. I'm cool with Kings Dominion getting a 4D free Spin. They're not my favorite ride, but they're still fun and the GP should like it
  12. has anyone else noticed on the KI ticketing/reservation website the # of spots remaining for various timeslots for upcoming days has vanished? i sure hope the park isn't looking at reduced days/hours because of weak demand for reservations from the GP. i have a ticket/reservation for this friday 07/17, coming out of state, gonna be BUMMED if the park is closed. although i kind of doubt it would be on a friday
  13. hopefully all the coasters will be open, that's all i really care about. i also wonder if the campground will be open? i'll tent camp in july, don't care about heat, just wanna visit the park
  14. not sure if you can create a poll on here, but curious what the general TPR thoughts are in terms of B&M giga rankings, with the announcement of orion last night. obviously nobody has ridden orion yet, but based on the POV/layout, i would rank them as: 1. fury 325 2. leviathan 3. orion
  15. does anyone know if carowinds is doing a copperhead strike first rider auction charity benefit? (like they did on fury 325) i can't find anything on it. looks like the soonest anyone can get on the ride is for season passholder preview night on fri march 22 from 6-10pm, then the following day is the park's grand opening. will those days be crowded? any intel out there? found this article too: https://www.wcnc.com/article/entertainment/events/carowinds-announces-preview-night-for-new-roller-coaster-copperhead-strike/275-26a3217d-933f-424d-a74d-a01473dbd98c
  16. looks like a great addition to the park and a much-needed massive revamp of the entrance. just in time for ACE coaster con 2020!
  17. man, does this ride look awesome. glad to see dive machines breaking out of the mold into some new elements (loop). even that second element.....i don't know whether to call that a dive loop or a zero-g roll? and obviously that first drop looks incredible. other thoughts: -second half of the ride looks a little weak, but oh well -name really doesn't roll off the tongue well.....i kept forgetting the name of it over the course of today! i kept wanting it to call it yukon cornelius -great addition to the park -tunnel looks like a serious headchopper -definitely gonna have to make a trip up to toronto from VA -kudos to CW
  18. thanks for the info guys. i figured TC was going to open memorial day, but wanted some input before i booked a trip
  19. are they shooting for a grand opening of twisted cyclone memorial day weekend?
  20. does anyone know when twisted cyclone is going to open? any media day or opening day festivities taking place? (particularly for ACE members)
  21. interesting point.....i hope carowinds either demo's their hurler or does some wild RMC alternate version that is way different than the "paper clip" version at KD. given carowinds hurler proximity to fury, if they revamped it with something insane, imagine the 1-2 combo right there in that plaza.
  22. i was at media day as an ACE member.......late posting a TR. my main point of praise for the ride (biased since KD has been my home park my whole life) is to see the hurler re-purposed in such a terrific way. what a nice face lift for the area! agree with all previous posts about it being a great ride.....intense but not too intense. love the triple airtime hills and smoothness. can't wait to ride it in the summer once it warms up. also very happy to meet alan schilke and fred grubb at media day! #legends
  23. i saw the tix are finally on sale for the TITH event, which i am planning on buying. does anyone know typical turnout for this event? (how many people). never been to dollywood before, looks like a good time. and how confident are we that lightning rod will be open for this? pretty confident? i haven't been following construction in the off-season at all.
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