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  1. From what I have read a county has to meet the requirements for a tier for 3 weeks before it qualifies which would actually allow a park to open. Right now only CGA would be allowed to open, no other park is located in a county in the correct tier. This whole reopening system still seems like garbage that’s not really based on what it should be. The rules as written allow CGA to open but require SFDK to stay closed which is just crazy. But then frankly shopping at a grocery store is likely more dangerous then visiting an outdoor amusement park.
  2. The layout came out in December it will be located on a corner of the parking lot near the main parks entrance, and is based on similar lands that have already been built.
  3. I have been hearing rumors for weeks that Herschend was in talks to acquire the park and had heard executives had been spotted touring the park recently. That map is pretty much a map of Herschend properties. Except I can cannot account for an extra circle to the west.
  4. It is actually 2,160 feet of track that are being replaced, it was announced by the park at an event where they also discussed what sections were being replaced. It works out that only 2 or 3 elements will continue being topper track and the station. Although you are correct I would think they can get this done in time for the 2021 season.
  5. Dollywood had a Q&A earlier today. Coaster Crew was there and posted on Twitter the magic number 2,160 feet of Lightning Rod is being replaced by I-Box, the ride is 3,800 feet long. So 57% of the track. Based on what I have heard it’s the launch through the first drop all going I-Box then a significant section of topper track. Just before the 45 degree banked hill it will become I-Box and stay that way through the brake run. So two sections of I-Box, and two of topper track, but the one will be very small just basically the station. So everything except the station visible from the park will be I-Box. This includes every area of the coaster I have every heard having problems, so I would assume it will be more reliable. It’s about what I had guessed when I heard about the work but the percentage of the ride and the number of feet of track being replaced still surprised me.
  6. Your a little high, an empty Millennium Force train weighs in at 19 tons.
  7. My speculation has been the launch, and high stress areas are going to be replaced with I-Box. As far as I know the dimensions of the track are the same. So it’s really just down to how they are connected together and frankly that does not seem that difficult. GCI just did something similar to White Lightning. Retracting the entire coaster seems unnecessary, but I have no idea how often maintenance is having to work on the track and structure. It also depends on how much of the track needs upgraded. The lightning strikes twice makes me suspicious of just how much work is planned, it gives me this feeling it’s going to be a lot more then I originally thought, or I am trying to read too much into a simple sign. I believe we will see the original front to the train return as well, I would think the removal will no longer be needed once it has been fixed.
  8. Kings Island has two executive chefs, who are likely responsible for the increased food quality over the last year or two. But they have really stepped it up this year. A month or two ago they started doing special dinners on Saturday nights, they start serving at 5PM and stop when they run out of food. The menu is different every week and it is being cooked out in the open at Wishbone Grill on International Street. This week was Grilled Flank Steak, Chimichurri, Fire Roasted Sweet Peppers, Fried Plantains and Warm Tortilla. If anyone is at the park on a Saturday night this year I recommend at least checking it out. It’s even on the meal plan.
  9. Replacing the launch track and high stress areas with IBox makes a lot of sense to me. IBox will hold tolerances a lot tighter then topper track and will spread the forces out across more of the support structure. For example if the train has had alignment issues with the launch or with the brakes IBox should help with those issues. It does not take much of a misalignment to cause serious issues on a launch. Plus the issues with what has been described by riders as potholes in the track, IBox would likely be a permanent fix. Most of the track is likely fine, but I could definitely see sections get replaced.
  10. Not a local but when I was there for Holiday in the park in 2018 they ran basically everything. All of the coasters and major thrill rides were running. I had a great time, the lines were short and the food was better during the holidays then the regular season.
  11. It’s actually not a bad location, just requires removing something. But it’s really unlikely to be a coaster. The park also just built dorms and the road the markers are on is the direct path from the parking lot to the dorms, likely they want to improve the road, maybe it’s just new lighting, maybe some security cameras, maybe even repair the road. It really just looks like infrastructure improvements.
  12. I might be wrong about this but I was under the impression that Cedar Fair corporate leaves ride repainting decisions to the park level and are paid for by the parks budget. If that is accurate Carowinds likely placed a higher priority on the rides paint job then the other parks. Kings Island has been spending discretionary money on Restroom renovations for instance.
  13. The second theatre has been used as a location for an HHN house for years now. They remove the seats and build a temporary floor before building the house. The cancellation came way too late to not perform this work. It takes several weeks to tear out everything and return the theatre to normal. Unless the park decided to not use this location it’s almost not possible the theatre is in one piece and usable right now.
  14. ^^ No idea where you got the idea most of the resorts are open... At Universal, Portofino Bay never reopened and Dockside has had its opening basically cancelled plus they announced a few days ago they are suspending operations at Sapphire falls, and Aventura hotels. So half their resorts will be closed. Disney World has 30 resorts, only 15 are open to the public, and NBA players are staying at 3. The list of closed resorts is pretty long, and a handful have reopening dates but they keep getting pushed later and later. I suspect a lot of the crowds are just locals, or at least people within driving distance. Universal has been offering deals to Florida residents. Kings Island has been seeing pretty big upticks in attendance on the weekends, last Saturday it was pretty busy with hour plus long lines on most of the big rides. I have heard reports Cedar Point is seeing a similar gain on the weekends at least.
  15. They also want to open Knott’s, although that’s year round typically. The big 4 parks, Knott’s, Cedar Point, Kings Island, and Canada’s Wonderland combined provide 80 percent of the chains profits. It’s down to profitability, they can make money at a much lower percentage of regular attendance then the other parks. Same reason why even parks that did open are closing earlier in the season then normal, except for Cedar Point and Kings Island. I doubt the park will have haunt or winterfest, the chain already cancelled it for the rest of the parks.
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