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Everything posted by pyrocoasterkid

  1. In reference to the discussion a few pages back about the weather: Yes, it really was one a pretty terrible winter when factoring snow AND cold (at least in Cleveland). If I recall, February was the coldest on record. It was brutal. Keep in mind, they don't start prepping in April. So the fact that April was fine doesn't mean they weren't behind from the previous months (namely January-February). Should it cause as many issues as it seems it did? Probably not... Also, cleveland.com did an interview with Jason McClure, please forgive me if it has been posted, but I don't believe I saw it anywhere: http://www.cleveland.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/05/cedar_points_jason_mcclure_tal.html A few notes: 1. He claims that "Valravn" hasn't been assigned to any particular project yet 2. August 2015 announcement for the massive open plot of land where the cars and theater used to be 3. No plans for RMC to come in and overhaul Mean Streak at this time.
  2. Greg Scheid has posted an update on Twitter of the rehab of Shake, Rattle and Roll. Looks to include a whole new ride area and queues, as well as the complete overhaul and new paint on the ride itself:
  3. As someone who has a Geography/Cartography Bachelor's Degree and a City Planning Master's Degree, I completely disagree! I have always been interested in a cross between my education and one of my hobbies (theme parks/coasters). I'm sure there is a good amount of planning that goes in to the design of parks, just like in cities. That said, I never found a job that crossed it all for me and have admittedly done little research on it, so I will be interested in seeing how people reply!
  4. Here is the banner they had posted at a Great Ohio Coaster Club party (courtesy of Oldiesmans over at kicentral):
  5. To quote their Facebook posting from the other day, there's a few pictures as well: "We're closed, but our lights shine bright for a very special night! Every year at this time, children with life-threatening illnesses and their families board a special Fantasy Flight from Cleveland, courtesy of United Airlines. It's all organized by volunteers and staff. They'll fly around and over Cedar Point to take in the beautiful lights before returning to land at the "North Pole." A great gift, indeed!"
  6. You mean like how they repainted Iron Dragon the exact same colors as Top Thrill Dragster one year after TTD opened right next door? It's almost like they had too much spare paint laying around and just threw it on Iron Dragon!
  7. So wait, let me get this straight...Most people complained of how "stupid" it was that CP was going to name a ride after LeBron, and now that they didn't, people are mad that they didn't follow through on their word? Sheesh, only in the enthusiast world could partnering with a worthwhile charity instead of renaming a coaster seem like a bad thing.
  8. Manhattan Express in 2003. Hands down the worst ride I have ever been on. Adding insult to injury that it was $13 even back then. It really is every bit of bad that TPR video shows. I showed that whole video to my family a few years after we rode it, and we couldn't stop laughing because we all felt the EXACT same way.
  9. Because Cedar Point themselves tweeted that they would, then stood by their tweet after he confirmed he was returning: http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/features/2014/07/11/cedar-point-roller-coaster-lebron-james-king-james/12536395/ Now for how long a ride may be renamed, that remains to be seen...
  10. Kings Island's Haunt page is now live, showing a few changes for 2014: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/scream#&panel1-1
  11. Son of Beast. Hands down. I believe it was the anti-rollback that made all the noise, but it was deafeningly loud and could be heard clear across the park. *edit: ^ Beat me by 2 minutes!*
  12. Not that it seemed there was much doubt, but the Cincinnati Enquirer uncovered the plans for a new Haunt maze back in the work going on behind The Beast: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/2014/07/08/whats-lurking-at-kings-island/12372243/
  13. Amazing help! I knew I could count on this site to get advice from a regular visitor of the park. Thanks a million! Glad to hear that Friday luckily worked out as a better day to go.
  14. Hopefully my post doesn't get lost in the discussion about Ninja here, but I was hoping to get some up-to-date advice on a good attack plan for my first visit to the park this Friday. Being right after the holiday weekend, I was hoping the Friday won't be too bad in terms of crowds? Unfortunately, I had no other options for a day to visit the park. I have read online in a number of places in which direction to attack the rides, but it was either out of date, or don't agree with each other, so I figured I'd come here. What direction would you suggest hitting all the major rides (I've read some things that say X2, some that say Full Throttle, some that say others)? I can be there at opening, and plan on staying til maybe 6:30-7pm. Also, when the calendar says the park opens at 10:30am, does that mean the gates open then or the gates open prior to this and the rides open then? Thanks everyone!
  15. I'm pretty sure it already re-opened. It had reopened from the LIM fire earlier in the month, but there was another fire on Saturday in an electrical panel. The pictures on the previous page were from Friday. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe it has reopened (again) yet: www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/warren-county/mason/fire-reported-at-kings-islands-flight-of-fear-roller-coaster-again
  16. I actually disagree. Its a good accent color against the other dark colors that is also in the logo. The Banshee in the logo has eyes that are glowing a bright yellow. There is also an orangeish-yellow in the lettering of the logo.
  17. It was recently mentioned by Don that the trains are expected to arrive on park property by the end of the January.
  18. The park has said a number of times that Banshee's harnesses will not have the tightening issue that GateKeeper had early on...which also was rectified mid-season. Evidently B&M and Cedar Fair learned their lesson.
  19. Proof of the excavation being done on the two previously (too?) low spots. This is the exit of the lift-loop: Originally from the KI website. So I wonder if this was a mistake by B&M or the crew/company that did the footings and in turn moved the dirt back around after they had completed their job?
  20. Why? The track is supposed to be completed by the end of Jan. Even though that isn't very likely. They say there on schedule. They haven't added like any track in almost 2 months!! I trust what they say. I can't see why they wouldn't meet that... or at least be close. Think about how fast what is already up went up. Also, two months? I think its been more like 4 weeks to a month. But looking great! Parks in the snow are always quite a site!
  21. It has been mentioned that Don Helbig said that no digging will occur at that section of the ride. Another note, the official name of the color is "Mystic Red." Kind of settles the debate of if the ride is a shade of red or not. Finally, a few pictures: (KI PR Facebook) (KI PR Instagram) The zero-g roll has started to go up: (KI PR Twitter)
  22. Hmmm.... It's worth noting, this exact same Tweet was sent out on August 3rd: https://twitter.com/KingsIslandPR/status/363832186694156288 If you watch the television commercial from 1981 at the beginning of this POV, the exact same line is used (sorry, I'm struggling to embed here): With the removal of the old Top Gun theming below the station, there is obviously something going on here. Reports from the last day also say the logo on the trains is gone along with the "aircraft landing stripes" on the station. It appears to be completely debranded. Maybe the "fake" Bat page from prior to the Banshee announcement wasn't actually a fake all along. Maybe this all will include a retheme of Action Zone as well?! I may have misworded my post here. By saying "at this point" I meant that section of the ride, not as in at this time. But I was just passing on what other posters had said on kicentral, I was not actually in attendance for the event. Maybe someone who was there can clarify?
  23. A photo showing how close the track comes to the ground just after the dive loop. Don Helbig says no digging will be done at this point. Courtesy of jcgoble3 on kicentral, who says he is 5'6": Awesome!
  24. To add to this ^, another pic from KICentral...it really looks a trough may be dug out here. It just doesn't seem like it is currently enough room for the train, legs/feet and a little extra space there. Or maybe it is just really deceptive, but I don't think so:
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