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  1. Wood: Voyage Beast Steel: Banshee Cheetah Hunt (IDK if this counts but it does interact with certain elements quite nicely) Vortex (Canada's Wonderland) Wild Eagle Ninja (SFOG) Loch Ness Monster
  2. I'm going to be going to Wonderland here in a few days and the drive seems a tad confusing. I'm staying with a friend in Windsor and we're day tripping it out to CW from their house. I'll be coming into Detroit on I-75 North and I need to find their house in Windsor. I've been told that the Detroit-Windsor tunnel can me closer to my friend's house, but it looks a tad more complicated. The tunnel seems to involve going from 75 to Lodge freeway (MI-10) and following that around to the tunnel. On the other hand, Ambassador Bridge gets me further away but it looks a tad easier, though the way the exit from 75 looks a tad confusing. Anybody who's driven that route know what would be easiest for a new driver? I only got my license back in October of last year so I'm still a tad new and I've not driven through a city as big as Detroit before. Getting there aside, we have a day for me to get all the creds there. How would you recommend getting all of them in one day? My top priorities are Leviathan, Behemoth, WMG, and Skyrider.
  3. I have quite a few rain rides under my belt... *Maverick *Banshee *The Bat *Adventure Express *GateKeeper It does hurt on most of them but that's part of the fun! A rain ride on Banshee is the best thing ever!
  4. Thanks! The theming is fun, yes, but the ride just beats you up so much it takes a lot away from the experience, I think. Dollywood should have just tried to get a traditional Eurofighter (SAW, Untamed, something like that) instead. It's pretty much polished poop in my opinion. Yes, it's a good drop, but there's a bit of headbanging on that element, and the first outdoor portion is just flat out vile. And I agree, there is a grey area but these alpine coasters aren't it. They're definitely creds. Now the bobkarts and sleds are iffy. Got my music video for this TR put together!
  5. So for vacation every year for my family we typically do a cultural city for most of it and swing by a local place for some coastering. This year they wanted to omit or shorten the park portion, so I decided we should stop in the Sevier County region of Tennessee to nab FireChaser Express and Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Day 1: Dollywood Took this at a run-down McDonald's we stopped at on the way. Ready to go to Dollywood! We got into Pigeon Forge at 2:15, a whole forty-five minutes before we expected to get in. But any time we made up was lost as it took an hour to get through traffic. Gotta love stupid people who don't know how to drive... Of course I go RIGHT for Wilderness Pass! Alright, time to heat things up! Thank goodness for the Q-bot I reserved! 1.5 hours for FireChaser? No censoredx: thank you! Speaking of Q2Q, when I requested that FireChaser Express be put in as my first ride, the lady working the building said "they're supposed to get another one here in a few years." Do I think it's credible? Potentially. If it's credible, do I think it will be an RMC? Yes. Obligatory launch shot! #StationSelfie YESSS!!!! This is the best. Kiddie coaster. Ever. The tire launches are surprisingly aggressive, and the first one without a headrest is so weird! The "kiddie coaster" bit they stuck before the lift could have been better, though. I'd have liked to have seen it go into a shallow drop out of the launch turn around over itself, and go back to the lift. Anyway, it goes up a nice lift with some decent view to the left if you look. From there it goes into a nice little dip, a turn, and into a nice drop into the overbank. There are two nice pops of mild airtime following and then a turn into the MCBR. Out of that there's a drop that goes across the waterfall and up into another airtime hill. Over that, you enter the themed set of consecutive s-bends. These are pretty mild and you really don't notice them, but the theming is nice. After that, it's time for the thing that makes all rides better...explosions! The train pulls into the building to some really elaborate theming and dialogue. After the flames move across the length of the train, Big Bertha falls over and there's some fog before a pretty aggressive backwards launch, definitely exceeded my expectations for a family coaster launch. After that there's a short backwards portion with pretty mild pacing into a slightly wild high turn into the brakes. Not a top tenner or even a top twentier, but it's not supposed to be. It's just a fun little family coaster that everybody can enjoy. Gotta say that my favorite part was the show building into the backwards launch. The audio is really loud and the building with the fire is HOT!!!! You can really feel the heat coming off of the pyrotechnics. And the launch rocks! Went for a spin on Wild Eagle next to be pleasantly surprised with how well it was running, but the Q2Q does almost nothing for the line. It dumps you into the line to the station wait, not directly into the station. It saved me ten minutes at most. Took on my favorite wooden coaster next; Thunderhead! I was a single rider and rode with this girl in a group of three...and got second to front! I had injured my shoulder two weeks before so it hurt a bit but it was soooo worth it for the craziest thing to ever come from GCI! Did Mystery Mine afterwards and got a front seat. And it reminded me of why I needed to ride FireChaser to like Gerstlauer again. Such a nicely themed yet awful coaster! Nothing like a good thwack to the head going into the brakes! I then went to Blazing Fury after my Q-bot gave me notification that it was back up and running. I had no idea why it was down but I went to check in and got into the station wait. And the guy in front of me was letting his crazed, feral children roughhouse and climb on the queue railings without saying anything. Yay, parenting! That being said, they said that the reason it had been down was because one train didn't load fast enough and when the train on the course got too close to the train in the station, it would shut the ride down. I've been vocal about my desire for them to put new ride hardware on this thing in the past, but I feel like there are quite a few parks that would go out of business if their rides had a system that shut the whole thing down if there was any stacking. I did Tennessee Tornado next and had quite a blast on it. Didn't do it again, though, as I don't find it that rerideable. I went back to FireChaser afterwards but there was some wait time on my Q-bot, so I hung around and photographed it. That's the switch track used for the launch/return. #nerdshot Pretty proud of this one to be honest. I love it when they make the footers less obvious. #nerdshot Both Wilderness Pass coasters! Getting all artsy in line! View from the station. I rode in the front this time and I have to admit it felt like it did in the middle. Just me with what I hope to be my kids' first coaster! Went for some Wild Eagle action afterwards. Waiting in the station, the computer controlling the airgates malfunctioned. Didn't know it was possible to break a B&M that wasn't called Diamondback... You get a great view of FireChaser waiting in line. Waiting for them to be cleared by maintenance, I nabbed a few shots. This was my favorite. And then I got to ride front seat right side alone. And got treated to some very unwelcome rattling, though nothing quite as severe as Banshee. Swinging by Barnstormer for a quick spin after that, I definitely did not go in here and I definitely did not obtain cinnamon bread. After that, I went to Market Square and got a sausage sandwich. Best food I've had at that park that wasn't cinnamon bread! There was definitely not cinnamon bread in this bag. Went back for some more FireChaser after that. Rode it in the back this time...HOLY CRAP!!!! This is definitely a backseat ride! So much airtime and aggressive twistiness, I loved it! It felt like a Backlot clone! Spot Wild Eagle! After that I went for Thunderhead and rode it before it got dark. I then went to Mystery Mine for some more punishment. I then went to Thunderhead again and sat with an ACE member on a credit run on her way to Kings Island! It wasn't dark but we still had a lot of fun on such an insane wooden coaster in the back. After that they shut the rides down due to lightning in the area...heat lightning. -_- Probably the same person who made that call was the one who wrote "RADAR STRICKLY ENFORCED" on the construction sign coming into town. River Battle and FireChaser being deserted. I thought this was going to have been the perfect time to ride Wild Eagle. A deserted FireChaser at sunset with the old-fashioned 20's music they play in the ride area made for some interesting atmosphere. I went to nab a test seat shot for you guys...when I saw a family sitting around with their kids in the seat like it was a bench! I'm fine if you need to actually use it or just want a picture or something, but don't loiter in the test seats! And Dollywood is the only park where I've seen people do it! Two years ago I wanted to try Thunderhead's and asked the two ladies sitting in it whining about their husbands to move so I could try it and they shot me dirty looks. Morons... FireChaser is in the depot tonight... Hopping over the waterfall as the sun goes down...NOT!!!! I went to go photograph Wild Eagle's plaza at night because I was sure it was beautiful when I heard screams from FireChaser! Looks like somebody finally realized that heat lightning is harmless! I had reserved Wild Eagle on my Q-bot and RAN into the Q2Q line to get put through and sent to the left. <3 A family let me ride with them since I was a single rider and they had three, and we got close to the back of the train. I had hoped to get on during the fireworks, and the way they did it, I was lucky enough to get a dispatch right at 9:30. Going through the loop...BOOM!!!! I saw the sky explode beneath my feet, it was so surreal and awesome! It felt like the sky was exploding around me with the fireworks, heat lightning, and the sun's last wave goodbye highlighting the mountainous horizon. Definitely the best individual ride of 2014! I threw FireChaser into my Q-bot next and went to watch the show from its plaza. Definitely a good place to watch it! A long exposure fail since I had nothing I could set it on...but this is too epic not to like! XD After filming the grand finale as FireChaser ascended the lift in the foreground, I went to go ride it. Love the touches of theming here. Got two rides during heat lightning! And it's a great night ride! The midway below it is lit up, you can't see where you're going on the mountain, and the lighting package on the show building facade is great. Not to mention watching the fire as a non-rider, it looks way more intense at night. All in all, five rides on this coaster and my verdict is that it's fun. Pacing is slow, it's supposed to be, but I still had fun on it. Hats off to Dollywood for finally getting a family coaster and a launched coaster. They couldn't have made a better choice. Showstreet looks gorgeous at night! Got the t-shirt and the hat with the flames on the brim. This...this could go down in history as the most hideous theme park stuff ever. And from DOLLYWOOD of all places... Tempting, very tempting... I've always loved Dollywood's ticket building. It's just so down home and inviting. After taking the trolley back to Ripley's Aquarium, I walked to Gatlinburg Inn to meet the family. There I presented the cinnamon bread and had their leftovers from a nice steakhouse on the river. Best part? No silverware, so I tore the rolls apart and made two little steak sliders! Day 2: Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster Started the day at the pancake house where my dad made a huge stink about them charging him for little sugar packets in the sixties! Modeling my FireChaser stuff in the restaurant! Nabbing a picture of our nice hotel room before we left...my sister felt the need to throw her deadmau5 plush toy in front of the camera. Bye, Gatlinburg Inn! You're not a cabin but you're probably the nicest hotel in the area! %5Bimg%5Dhttps%3A//scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/t1.0-9/10551051_889103804451981_3953784735920519169_n.jpg[/img] Drove past a half-built Goat Coaster on the way there! We're here! Got a selfie with the sign! Got mah ticket! It was SMAC's birthday, so there was a bit of a line. This looked like a lot of fun... The lift mechanism on this thing intrigued me. Having never ridden an alpine coaster I had no idea what to expect. Waiting in line for Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster! And a pretty long line at that for a ride with such low capacity. Got a free sticker since it was SMAC's birthday! My chariot awaits! I noticed the sanding they did to ensure a seamless transition. Didn't work as well on these as it does a B&M! XD Selfie going up the lift! It took a while to get to the top but the view was so worth it. After this I put my camera in my velcro pocket and got ready to ride! And it blew me away! This thing felt like a really unsafe roller coaster, I love it! I could have reached out and grabbed something if I wanted to, and the whole thing just felt so rickety as you sped down the mountain on it I couldn't help but laugh the whole way down! Did the whole thing without brakes and had a blast! Hocking Hills in Ohio needs one of these! As for the "cred/not a cred" debate with these, I do think that there can get to be a grey area with terrain rides, but not with these. This is definitely a roller coaster. It runs on rails like one, it's powered by gravity like one, and if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, I think it's a duck, and count it as such. Even though I don't keep count of ducks. Got an orange Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster shirt! And then began the gorgeous drive out of Gatlinburg to Charleston. Didn't know they built the hotel themed after the coaster before the coaster itself. And we drove past this park... ...and what do you know? A cred all the way out here! This was in the awful little tourist trap known as Cherokee, NC. Built around a Native American reservation, people come here for "culture" (in the form of the Mexican place selling "Indian Tacos" and a man wearing his Native American performer's outfit drinking from a can of Red Bull the size of my forearm on his break ). Upon further RCDB investigation, this cred is a powered Zamperla kiddie cred called Rudicoaster. Maybe I run it out here to get it when Dollywood gets their RMC? We arrived in Charleston safely but I'm afraid this trip report ends here. I'll probably post a trip report for Charleston elsewhere on TPR, though!
  6. This. I loved it when I first rode it but in the back the forces are just flat out amazing. Nobody can complain about a lack of intensity if they ride in the back. Hmm, I'd have to say Tatsu and Magnum were both pretty big disappointments. Tatsu just sort of meandered around slowly and I felt like it failed to execute the concept it was designed for. Magnum was just rough and the airtime felt so robotic and mechanical that I couldn't get into it.
  7. My final guess is the first multi-launching wing coaster in the world. Gotta go to work at 9:40 EST so hoping this can be over by then so I can go in and annoy the heck out of my coworkers being elated about the awesomeness of whatever this thing may be.
  8. Thanks so much, Paula! I've had so much fun following this and I can't wait to see the secret you've kept so well! I can't wait to see it when I make my first voyage (no pun intended) to Holiday World next year!
  9. I'm guessing a new type of B&M wing coaster, possibly with free spinning seats like the new S&S version, possibly with the magnets S&S said they'd use on theirs. Not sure how much they could get away with there but I think that's the general concept. Probably on the orange track as well. It had that unusual piece an it would work with the Native American mythology theme. On that note, beautiful theme choice here! Thanksgiving is the Pilgrims and Native Americans and they have the Pilgrims with The Voyage, now they have both!
  10. I feel like Banshee's rattle is slowly going away. I rode on the purple train the last time I was there and was expecting it to be deep fried death on a stick and it wasn't. I have to say it's gotten better since media day.
  11. I have a few theories: Mantis- Paint the top of the track yellow and the supports red and maybe the rumored floorless trains. Maybe paint the ride's plaza to look like a basketball court? Wicked Twister- It's an awful name in my opinion and all they have to do is paint the supports red, maybe add a loud basketball buzzer when it hits the highest point? Plus it goes back and forth. Mean Streak- All they have to do is paint the trains and if they RMC it they just have to keep the name for a few years. I personally don't care about basketball but as an Ohioan that's been forced to listen to all of this that's my two cents on it.
  12. I feel like if it's a B&M launcher (which fits in with everything discussed so far) it'll use Wildfire-esque trains with Banshee restraints. Think of it as having the same chassis and floor with two columns sticking out of the floor holding up two seats each like Banshee but sunny side up. I'm guessing it'll either be a launching B&M prototype, a family B&M prototype (with trains like SD2K's), or a Nitro-esque old school B&M rehash. Logic still tells me it's a Mack LSM but the almond footers are so strong I have trouble retaining this theory.
  13. I zoomed in on it and there's definitely a plate there. Nothing unusual about this piece. Just a flipped brake run with a piece balancing by its connector on top of it. I honestly resent the idea of Holiday World's new coaster being that orange color if they go with the theme hinted in 66 Days but the more I think about it, it would look really nice in the Thanksgiving section. I started speculating this thinking that a B&M launcher seemed farfetched, but after seeing this track and the Holiday World footers with the almond-shaped holes in them, I'm starting to think that's what this might be. GUESSES AS OF NOW: Yellow-China White-Gardaland Orange-Holiday World Blue-Carowinds Has anything been said about what appear to be supports on the right? If that's what those are, I wouldn't rule out Holiday World getting the white track with dark blue supports.
  14. I've actually thought they should add a Black Friday emporium in Thanksgiving for some time now. Kings Island has a shop across from The Racer that has mostly clearance and inexpensive souvenirs in it, maybe they could do something like that? Other holidays I would like to see include New Years, Valentines, Easter, and St. Patty's. Out of those, St. Patty's would probably be the easiest. Make a section that looks like BGW's Killarney area and put in an RMC themed to running to the end of the rainbow to get the pot of gold with a ruined castle-themed station and they would have a real knockout attraction. Maybe a small Easter Bunny-themed GG Timberliner woodie like Roar-O-Saurus could go in an Easter section? Plenty of possibilities for all of these, really.
  15. Alright, here's my analysis of this: This sounds a lot like a Gerstlauer Infinity coaster like Smiler or Karacho, but on a much larger scale. First off, Hansa Park is supposedly building a Gerstlauer hyper coaster, so this could be Gerstlauer's first "huge" coaster on the scale that another manufacturer would normally take on along with Hansa's. Reading the clues, it sounds like you are in a train themed to a ship (Day 21) which could be a reference to an Infinity themed to a ship or a Mack train. Anyways, you depart, go over PP's ride area over the water or in the channel, and do a small pre-lift section with small twisties (as mentioned before). There are large imposing ride elements beside you (Day 2, Day 5) One of the elements around the pre-lift is probably a barrel roll (Day 7)From there, you approach the lift, and stop for it to kick on as most Gerstlauers do (Day 9, reference to delayed departure), the 102-foot lift and 103-foot drop, probably a few large elements, and from there, it turns into a key to what is to come. *"Cannot stand upright" (Day 22, Day 38) references invesions *Each storm discussed represents a launch *Each "it gets dark" comment represents a tunnel." Pretty farfetched and we don't have all clues, but that's how I'm reading it.
  16. If anybody else noticed, that was MY picture that they photoshopped for that! XD I felt both offended and honored at the same time. I honestly think they were just trolling though. Looking at the rest of their channel you can get the vibe that they were, though.
  17. ^^^^ I've always thought that having one of those with the main train being composed of those themed to cartoon reindeer with a last car in the back themed as the sleigh would be great. It would offer different experiences and people who might struggle to fit onto the reindeer could ride in the back in the sleigh. As for 66 Days, I feel like this will be themed to a storm that rocked the Mayflower and interact with The Voyage to signify that. Keeping with the "The [two syllable word]" theme thy have going on, names I would find cool that would work are The Tempest or The Deluge. My manufacturer bets are on RMC or GG and I feel like it will be a looping wooden coaster, possibly taking the wooden inversion record at 4 or 5.
  18. Man, this bites, I have to work that day... I was at media day, though, so I've still done an exclusive Banshee event. If I somehow find out that they won't need me that week I'd totally do it, though. Everybody who's going have fun, though! I'm sure it'll be a blast.
  19. Pretty simple thread, name a park that comes to mind and what you think the most important addition to it in the near future could be. Basically, a giant place to just dump your creative ideas directed at specific parks. Not necessarily the Rumor/Crazy Idea Superthread, though, this is supposed to be more for realistic ideas that could benefit certain parks. I'll start with the biggest ones I've had lately: Dollywood Dollywood is an amazing park with a fantastic setting in the Smoky Mountains and as a result, some of the views you can catch from localities around the park are breathtaking. However, you can hardly get a good glimpse of the mountains from inside the park. The train provides a nice view and the view you get from the top of Wild Eagle is amazing, but I feel like the park needs a sort of observation tower that could allow families to enjoy the view that thrill seekers enjoy on Wild Eagle. The engineer in me that simply couldn't turn on this problem came up with a pretty reasonable solution. A Polercoaster. Maybe do a bit of an upgrade to the Wilderness Pass entrances and use this as the chief attraction in doing so. Cut out the basketball game by Tennessee Tornado (maybe move it to County Fair?) and in that spot open a Polercoaster with a mountain lodge motif. This could be a 300-500 foot tower that could crap all over Gatlinburg Tower nearby (which I believe is the biggest observation structure in the area). At the top of this there could be a two-tiered observation deck, the lower one holding a small park museum (put the Thunder Express car in the tunnel up in there) and maybe a souvenir shop and a full service restaurant, while the top one holds primarily an observation area. This would have so much more use than Skyscraper as unlike the paper-flat Orlando area, there's actually beautiful landscape to look at from this tower. You would ride up a tower painted a nice timber-y brown color with river rock accents in a nice glass elevator giving you a great view of the Smokies. On the actual coaster, however, you would spiral up and glide down on track painted a jade color (think the copper tarnish in some of Wild Eagle's decorations) with a 360-degree view of the Smokies surrounding you. Both the line for the elevators and polercoaster could reflect the "inspirational challenge" feel they used for Wild Eagle. I'd probably ditch the huge LED screen that it would have, but if it's an integral part of the design, use the layer to hold cutout steel sculptures of mountain life, like this picture but adapted for the Smoky Mountains complete with bears, deer, and eagles. If not, then maybe an animated mountain panorama on the LEDs, showing a mountainous view with the clouds moving and the occasional bird flying by and maybe a butterfly or two fluttering around in the foreground as a little homage to the park's logo. As for names, I'd elect to call the tower Big Bear Tower or Dollywood Tower and the coaster, which would be tricky to name, I would probably call Smoky Mountain Run or something really basic like that. Maybe Mountain Wings if they go with the butterfly ornament I get to in a bit? FireChaser just filled the two huge gaps the park had open and I feel like this would really bring something nice, fresh, and unique to the area as a whole. It would be something huge that could be seen from the entire park and possibly even outside, and act as sort of a "landmark." Most parks I've noticed have a "landmark"-type thing around them that serves as a visual icon for that park (KI and KD's Eiffel Towers, CW's Wonder Mountain, Epcot's Spaceship Earth, Cinderella's Castle, I could go on for pages if I wanted to) and Dolywood, while it is small, is a park I don't see as fully "regional" as it's located in an area that tourists from everywhere frequent and it aims to cater to those groups, so having a landmark attraction there would potentially make the park more of a Smoky Mountain icon. Maybe they could even put the Dollywood logo revolving on the LED screen if they have to go that route or put a giant butterfly capping off the tower, similar to what KBF initially wanted to do with its Windseeker. I think having one of these visible throughout the park and immediately outside of it would be really good for the park and set it apart some from other regional parks, because right now I feel like it straddles the line between a regional and national destination, and adding something that could be seen as an icon of Dollywood would really boost attendance from the tourist portion of the crowd it's trying to please. Just an idea that's been messing with my mind lately that I wanted to get out on paper. Busch Gardens Tampa When I went last November, Gwazi officially became my least favorite wooden coaster, taking the spot from Son of Beast. I sat down in the train, expected the padding to make it a bearable experience...didn't NOTICE the padding on that awful thing! However, I feel like the idea of a big, long, epic dueling wooden coaster was good and it would be an amazing ride if it wasn't for the Son of Beast-esque texture. My ideal fix would be to get RMC to reprofile (which shouldn't require much considering how well GCIs are typically shaped) the ride and I-box it, painting the I-box tracks the colors of their respective sides. In addition to that, as part of the reprofiling (and yes, I know I've suggested this for SFMM Colossus as well), add in two instances where the trains perform inversions in which one track zero-g rolls over the other and switches sides of the structure. I can think of a few places where this could be done. As for branding, have RMC try to replicate what a 4-seater Millennium Flyer car would look like and save the front plates from the GCI zero cars to repurpose on the RMC zero cars. Call the ride something like Gwazi Unleashed or Gwazi Unchained and maybe add some small queue upgrades, similar to what they did with Cheetah Hunt. And I LITERALLY just thought of doing this as I typed this, but maybe refit the drops with Medusa Steel Coaster's Smiler-style entry. It's a great layout with plenty of RMC potential, it's just that the texture is awful! So yeah, post away! Love hearing peoples' ideas, especially when they get as detailed as mine!
  20. I went to Adventuredome on a weekday in early May and it was dead, I walked on El Loco multiple times. Manhattan Express shouldn't have much of a wait if you go on a weekday either, and try to do it at night. I didn't do Desperado so I really can't comment on that. But I do feel like the other three should be doable in a day if you do Adventuredome early in the day when it opens and Manhattan Express at night, leaving you some extra time here and there to do whatever. Also, High Roller at night is something I recommend. It's a tad pricey but if you can afford it I would definitely recommend it.
  21. When I rode Colossus last month it was actually pretty good. My big issue was actually the tiny lap bars combined with strong ejector that hurt my legs. I'd have been content with just new trains with better restraints but this would be an epic RMC conversion. An idea I've had for this coaster was for it to have a sort of 360-degree high-five element. It would have a section where both sides zero-g roll, one over the other, onto the other track and switch sides. It'd be hard to support but if it could be done I'd love to see it. I would also expect the high turns to be like Medusa Steel Coaster's, nothing too crazy.
  22. I'm taking friends tomorrow. Should I assume FoF won't be running? It's unfortunate, I'm really hoping it gets back up and running soon.
  23. I haven't heard this being much of an issue yet for the ride, but I can certainly ask around for you to find out. Maybe, you are correct. If you could ask around you would be my best friend and I would buy you a cookie. And about the 7 on the trains thing, I noticed that too at one point but I didn't post about it. I wouldn't be surprised if they did this.
  24. Great TR! I love this park and FireChaser Express looks amazing! One question, how forgiving is FireChaser Express for larger riders? I thought the actual ride system was normally used for smaller family coasters so does it still accommodate adult riders very well? I want to ride it this season but I'm somewhat big so I'd like to know if I'd likely fit before heading down.
  25. Trip Report 5/29/2014 So my 20th birthday is next week and for it I got a Kings Island Gold Pass. Today I decided to make my first ever venture down to the Thrill Capital of the Midwest (Not the world, that's either CP or SFMM) to claim it and get my paws on my first usable gold pass! I was nervous about the drive so my dad drove down for the highway bit and I just followed him. After we got to the home stretch in Middletown, we split, he went home, and I finished the last third of the drive unescorted. I had driven to Kings Island with just someone to follow! I was so proud of myself! And this highway driving thing opens up opportunities to do Cedar Point and Kentucky Kingdom next season! First thing I did was get my Gold Pass processed. Apparently in this day and age of all this technology people still need to print their confirmation numbers, I was the only one to have pulled theirs up on their smartphone for them to punch in...and that was it! But regardless, I have my pass! And I got it on this date! As if the thread title didn't suggest it! First up on the lineup was none other than my baby and the best ride at the park, Banshee! Got the purple train the first two times but the last time I got the blue train (though it was rattling some), so three rides on my favorite Kings Island ride wasn't bad at all! What a way to celebrate the new Gold Pass! After a few spins on Banshee, I decided to go to Skyline Chili. At Kings Island. Just need a Red's baseball cap and this is the most Cincinnati thing ever... Diamondback was next...and it rattled a bit. I, that coaster's five years of existence, have NEVER had a rattly ride on Diamondback! It was in the middle-ish of the brown train if that helps anybody, but it rattled and I've never had it do that on me before. I cut across this area behind Eiffel Tower when I realized, there's a LOT of room back here and it looks boring except for Starlight Spectacular. They would HAVE to be able to move enough Starlight Spectacular stuff around back here to fit in a small flat of sorts. Maybe a new Flying Scooters reviving the Flying Eagles name? I got my painful history lesson on The Racer but when I got off...would ya look at that! Diamondback was down! I used to call it Diamondback, but after my last visit when they were stacking three trains deep because of the seatbelts I called it DiamondSTACK, but with it broken down on the lift like that...it's DiamondSTUCK!!!!! Where can this go from here? This HAS to become a thing! Okay, I KNOW I'm about to get blasted for this, but here goes. I've been wanting them to do a few minor touch-ups on The Beast to make it seem less dated and more nostalgic (the mantra I've been using to describe Cedar Fair's renewed focus on paying homage to parks' pasts). They have the new logo that they use on the merchandise and while they could have a new fancy sign made, I'd like them to stick with this iconic one. However, I noticed it seemed pretty faded. They should really repaint this sign and maybe put it closer to the path, maybe out in the center of the ride plaza like other modern Cedar Fair coasters (Leviathan, GateKeeper, Banshee). I've always had the biggest set of problems with this building. First off, you're about to face The Beast, the path to go do that should be ominous, not "BUY M&M'S AND COKE!!!! COLD DRINKS HERE!!!!" Either knock it down or make it seem relevant to the ride's theme other than "Beast Canyon." Put some boarded up windows, weathering, and a few warning signs on it Plus, these vending machines are well away from where the queue normally goes when it's full and I feel like they should be moved into the actual cattlepens. Additionally, The Beast is hard to see as it is and some unfamiliar guests coming to the park for their first time may not even know it exists and walk right past it. Decorating the queue as just another Rivertown building at the end of a path would probably make them just glance at it and walk away, especially with the "COLD DRINKS" sign. That ride plaza and entrance need to SCREAM that The Beast is back there. Plus, giving it some love would help make it feel more nostalgic. But it's a lovely station. Maybe hanging some lumber tools from the ceiling would help but it's fine as is. And all in all, a SICK, sick ride that I feel doesn't get the justice it deserves from its theming and plaza. I wouldn't change anything about the ride itself except maybe make it faster and smoother. I just feel like putting more on the plaza and queue line would be a good way to up this ride's publicity, both because it would be more noticeable from the Rivertown midway and because it would give the park a chance to advertise it. I LIKE the Beast Canyon thing they had going, though. Maybe turn Beast Canyon into a sort of subsection of Rivertown like X-Base is to Coney Mall? Finding space to put another attraction or two might be hard but I'm sure it can be done. I see you, Vortex! Seeing that Diamondback was still down, I went to go hit up Backlot Stunt Coaster. Fun little ride, good for families. I love the new Biergarten! Hello, Bat! I was getting into favorite seat on my favorite train on Banshee (blue train, front row, leftmost seat) when I feel my restraint pop up and they force us back into the gates. Banshee's down for weather! Great! I waited 90 minutes but they never opened it back up even after the rain so I left to get stuff out of my locker and continue my day at the park. Look at the line that formed outside! She REALLY doesn't like rain to stay down this long... I spent the rest of my day walking around and taking pictures. Got this nice Oktoberfest one, but I really feel like this area needs a facelift. Something to draw people in, like Cedar Point's Gemini Midway complete with string lights. Is this sign new? I can't recall having seen it looking like this before for some reason. Artsy overcast shot of Race for your Life Charlie Brown. I feel like they need to do something with this old queue... It wasn't today that I noticed how photogenic Vortex is. It's crazy to think that back in 1987 this ride was the new big thing at Kings Island and somebody else was probably photographing it from every angle like I'm doing with Banshee in 2014. I wonder if Banshee will ever be "that rough coaster nobody wants to ride anymore." And I can't wait to see what they DO want to ride! Sometime in the past The Bat was here, you can still see some of the old Bat footers! Old and new. She's still a-sleepin' back there... I felt dumb not having checked out Cirque Imagine, but hey, I'm a Gold Pass holder. I can see it any time I wish. And from there I left to brave Mason rush hour traffic. A good day to you!
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