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So KI was meh. Though I still like going to it.

NEW STUFF:

Posotive

--New Merchandise

--Waterfountains Looked better

-Uniforms looked better

-New Shops

-New Paint

-More mulch/scenery in places

-Better park brochure

--Racer trackwork!

--New, cool signs/posters

--New shows!

-new music/tv spots in qeue line

-------bigger fudge samples!!!!

 

Negative

--IJST,Vortex, SOB, Face/Off Down.

-Seatbelts. They were blegh.

-Some paint looked odd

-Still didnt get the Cedar Fair feel with the ride ops

-Too many basketball games

-lack of info about ride status outside park

-mini break downs

-paramount stuff still there

-paramount story is garbage

-cost of stuff

-line jumpers

-didnt like these maroon uniforms

-removal of beverage machines

-slingshot down

-new KI sign looks tacky with flat top

 

I went to KI for a little bit, mainly to get my pass. But I could have gotten on IJST and Vortex, but the both broke down. It was Vortex's midbrake run. Sounded like it was steaming. I got 3 rides on Racer, and Racer was awesome! Frontwards is now = to backwards! Every hill besides coming back had airtime! There were little rough spots, it was GREAT! Delirium was also great as usual, only 20 min wait. Pics below.

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My CFKI reaction. Meh maybe next time

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Yay new brochure

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Gotta love those Cedar Fair movies

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New floral arrangements!

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Skyline looked nicer

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But kidtums new toys

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I am fearing alright....oh God..

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Nice revamped shop

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back to KI for Hot Summer Island show guys!

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Through the power of the internet, I am now in Paris

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Just okay

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dont like those colors

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I still managed to get a good Vortex shot :)

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Moments later....BOOO!!!!!

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Hey, there is my job!

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Thennnn....all of a sudden, there was a sound like 10000 pennies and change dropping on the track, then a big TSSSSSSSSS....sounded like Vortex was fried! It broke down....BOO!!!!

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Guy in the 1st car looks constipated! but the guy's face in the 3rd car sums up the moment....they have been sitting there a while.....

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Lift hill....mmm

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Happy 20th Anniversary, Vortex!

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Can't wait to ride that multi looper!

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A sight for sore eyes.

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Amazingly, the effects were working...but the ride wasnt! BOOO!!!!!

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Mmmm...smooth airtime through the trees

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Kings Island still has Subway! :D

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Red and black looks nice. Not alot of red at KI

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You can still see the tarp in there

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No loop! through the trees!

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Needs more red and black paint. But lookin good!

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The whole view

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What's that I see?

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Racer was a big improvement!

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New refferee outfits for games personel

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Familiar CF sign

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Used to be little racing cars there....not just a pile of dirt, looks nice! The plaq reads:

Construction of Adventure Express roller coaster is Dedicated to Robert G. Rinckel. And some other stuff about how he was dedicated....nice!

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Slingshot....down. BOOO!

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The two best flats out there.

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One of the few saving graces of KI

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New Signs.....a plus

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Updated Action Zone area

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WTF are you doing here?

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Now you can fly, ride Face/off, and ride SOB painless! (and allergy free!)

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That's not going to work here at KI...

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Aint it cute?

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Had different patterns and everthing!

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Waterfountains looked really nice!

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Flat top = yuck.

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Still kinda the same...Skyline looked nicer though...

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Now I can fly with a headache!.....memorial day weekend

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Yay new pass! Only 5 min in waiting! Kinda flimsy though...wierd...and they made you write your name on it....wtf

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MMmmm...loopage.

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To CF, almost everything is a level five ride. Adventure Express is intense as Beast and FoF! LOL!

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Finally sooo glad to see Drop Zone in operation

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KI Skyline

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Yay KI for 2007 season. Still PKI according to the sign

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Oh and due to a recent terror attack, SOB was bombed and King Kobra was but back in it's place for SOB...some nice trees aswell! A plus for top gun! (yea I wish)

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Yes it was..Your thinking 2005. As for your revue, I actually found it to be pretty good myself. Dont see what you hate so much aside from the belts and lack of Cobra As for breakdowns, its oppening day! There are bound to be a few things that werent 100% yet.

 

How was Racer? I never got to ride it, since it was broken down half the day.

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^Yea, I think Firehawk looks great! Besides the fact that the station looks like a garage so far....

 

^^Yea, it may be opening weekend, but they need to be presentable...they should have worked things out while testing and such.

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It saddens me to see you only have the season pass for KI, not park hopping, are we? I'm sad for you. At least hit up CP and GL, not far

If you ever want to go to Holiday World, hit me up and I'll take you some weekend if your parents don't want to drive that far. Forget about Vortex and ride Voyage!!

Also, tell me that isn't a photo taken from Racer's lift. I warn you, employees who were caught breaking park rules, especially blatantly (like taking pictures on rides, which is forbidden at King's Island, were often terminated immediately when I worked there. Just a warning, as it isn't worth getting fired.

 

-James Dillaman

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^^^It was about five minutes. It was also around 4PM on Sunday.

 

^^And yes, even though a 28oz Coke is 3.00, It sure as hell beats Pepsi!

 

^Hey, if I could get out to other places and great parks, I would! But the parents arent too enthused about the prices of gas, along with the parks.

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Don't worry things will get better at Kings Island. I had alot of fun this past Saturday will all the rides still down. Also me and my brother got a all you can eat buffet at Wings Dinner Buffet and drinks for $13.99.

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Hello readers of TPR!

 

New Awesome things I noticed today

-Slingshot is open!

-IJST was working 100%

 

 

I just got a back from a semi crowded day from Kings Island, and it was awesome! There was alot of band people and other groups of people. It was a cloudy day and it was predicted to storm, but thankfully for me, it had a few drizzles. I got to the park about 12PM and got my uniform and ID for my job! After that, my friend Micheal and I headed into the park, starting off in Action Zone. There was a full qeue for Delirium, Drop Zone, and semi full qeue for Face/Off. Sooo we decided to hit Top Gun. It was about 20 minutes, and we got into the last seat. We met up with out other two friends Josh (hockey guy) and Ignacio (crazy spanish guy), a total surprise! Top Gun doesn't have the voice over on the lift, but the ride is still just a good as before! A little pop of airtime and beyond NINTY DEGREESE sway power! After that, we met up with these two chicks. Me and mike didnt talk to them much, but they eventually ditched us. Meh, plenty of fish in the sea and long distance relationships dont work out. We got in line for adventure express, but it proke down right as we were going to get on. Soooo we got outa line and headed to Racer. The line was about 15 minutes, but we decided to skip. Instead, Mike and I headed over to Flight of Fear. Last year, I really didnt like it as much because it had a terrible MCBR stop. The guy outside said it was an hour and twenty minutes! I mean, the qeue was filled up, but it only took about 40 minutes to get on and off the ride! Inside the hangar it was abit brighter, there were more lights. Same with walking inside it, there were more flashing lights, along with cool new voice overs in the Flight of Fear area. Once inside the space ship, it was abit darker than usual, from what I remember. And when you entered the launching area, it was abit brighter. There wasnt really a voice over; there was this cool bass beat! It was really awesome! Everytime the train rolled in, the bass beat played....I love it! As for the ride......IT WAS FREAKING AMAZING! It was sooo much more intense than I remembered! I cobra roll and sidewinder were so intense....and the corkscrew at the end was increddible....go on Flight of Fear no matter what!!! Who cares what the line is, go ride it!

So after FoF, we got some food....3.39$ for a 20 oz.Coke and a cheseburger for like...6 bucks. So after that, we skiped Vortex and went to Italian Job. Italian Job was running....Awesome! All the effects were working perfectly! The water splash, THE SIRENS! The fire and helicopter, and a SPECIAL treat for me....

 

The lights were on in the subway part! There were about five white lights....and usually it is pitch black! It was really cool. After you blast out of the helicopter scene, you dive down to the right and then curve up to the right just abit again; then do a banked zig zag, then dive back down to the left before curving 180* up to the left and then diving out of the IJST sign. It was really cool seeing the track and was wondering if anyone else had this experiance?

 

Oh well, after IJST we walked around, past the 1/2 hour Beast line, passed the hour Tomb Raider line...and walked around Nick Universe. We met up with the other guys and decided to had back to Top Gun. Everything still had about a 45 min line. It rained for about 5 minutes, but it wasnt bad. Top Gun was awesome, and we sat in the back again. Anyone hear people yelling 'penis!!!' ? Haha well Ignacio started it all, then Josh and Mike and I piped up. Immature, but hilarious! Everyone was looking over, and soon people up in the front started, and then this kid who was exiting yelled it! Haha it was greatttttttt. It was about time to go after that...but one spin on Congo Falls, a water ride, HAD to be order! It was hilarious seeing Mike and Ignacio getting drenched! After that, we headed to the Eiffel Tower and got some awesome pics, then grabbed some Dip n Dots and headed back home.

 

Thanks for reading! And now as an award.....massive upload of pics!

Well, if you didnt read, here are pics.

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Tilted close up! Freakout

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Crowds and Delirium

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Drop Zone is going the....'dropping' part

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Back over to Face/Off for corba roll action

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Drop Zone. Awesome sign, awesome ride

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Stunt Crew grill and Delirium

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A Delierium shot....but Ignacio hassss to stick his head in!

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Vekoma loopage for that one guy again.

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After a minute there is the train. Only bad thing about F/O is the load/unload time

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Mmmm...cobra roll.....

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Yummy Intamin goodness

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This isn't Canada's Wonderland...wtf

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that is one intense S-turn

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There it is! It FLEW over that hill, and usualy it inches over...

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Lims go....tssstsssttstss...and then ops go Clear! and then the guy goes ACTION! And you are off!

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Moving those trains!

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No seatbelts! WOOT!

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Happy riders because they experianced Fire, water, helix, AND police sirens!

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Ahhh look out! Loved this shot

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Vortex races by

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The helicopter just took off!

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Told you to look out for the bilboard...

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Fire was working in all the right places!

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SPLASH! Yea it was working! I loved this shot too

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More floral with IJST! Loved this shot!

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No chickens....such an awesome sign!

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Hooray for greenery with coasters!

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Look out for that bilboard!!!!

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Rain + Helix + car at 45mph = a LOT faster and more intense ride!

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Helix of intense death.

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Mike...no sitting on the rails!

 

*Hidden Mickey Alert*

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ZOMG NEW ACCELERATER FOR KI NEXT YEAR!

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KI does a cool way of enforcing rules

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And corkscrews with awesome hangtime for those who love them aswell!

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And a loop for that one guy who likes beer and loops

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My camera stalled, I could have had an awesome batwing shot

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And finally, speeding through a batwing for ultimate confusion and blurr!

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Then turns around passed some trees into mass inversions!

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Unlike usual arrows, Vortex goes up another hill after the first drop!

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I loved this shot!

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Yup, there is some airtime in the front there!

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Hey, I work there!

(Fax is 513-736-8926 ext. 696969696) ;)

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Yummy batwing

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HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY VORTEX! :D

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Running all three trains is a good sign!

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Woah cool! Splash effects worked!

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hmm...Italian Job is lookin pretty good!

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Thhheeennn...I got an urge to spend 9.66 on this. It turned out to be pretty damn good! But they put mayonase on it! Yuckeh.

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I looooove Flight of Fear!!!

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Those lights are always on there now....and Abit more lighter in here....with SWEET BASS INTRO every time the train rolled in!

 

 

WARNING! AWESOME FoF Pic upnext!

 

Ok, here she is

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Enhalu Tishnay Enrico Suave

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And then it wore off

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See? It's abit lighter inside here.

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New flashy lights going into FoF....All that new paint on Firehawk got me feelin funny....

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This part looks good to me! This it how it should look alllllll over soon.

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It TURNed me on! OMG Im hilarious.

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Two yummy turns.

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Vertical loopage!

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See through station!

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Racer! Because it is retracked and awesome!

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See what I mean?

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View from FoF's outdoor qeue. They just need to paint the supports! And add the grass....

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Entrance?

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The closest you can get to Firehawk

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I absolutely LOVE this shot of Firehawk......yummy twistyness!

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FoF's entrance...new voice overs can be heard outside! And the Photo Op wasnt working....that means no blinding light during the launch! :b

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Flight of FREAKING AWESOME FEAR!

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Seatbelts and padded sides!....but it broke down....-yawn- and we left.

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Station shot! No more voice over. But they did say thanks for riding and have a nice day at KI! Hooray for CF frienlyness!

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Adventure Express' station. Gotta love the little drop out of the station!

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New Coca Cola Cool Zone outside of AE's exit!

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Tom Cruise gives Top Gun a smooth smile and a thumbs up. I agree!!!!

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Station shot! It used to jerk you right when the chain caught the car....but now, it is really smooth cary up the lift. Good job Cedar Fair!

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Notice the seatbelts! They are retractable unlike the ones that dangle in your face at Cedar Point. ....Is that girl about to sneese or something? Haha

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Yummy Top Gun shot showing just a preview of Top Gun's awesome sway power.

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Yummy twisted track

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No more world's closest shave.

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Umm...the jet took off?

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Layout out this Arrow masterpiece

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Top Gun flies by at F61 speeds!

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Hooray!

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No loops allowed.

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Ah, time for Top Gun....the true way to fly at Kings Island!

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Closed...why? Ohhh yea, almost pulled a Togo

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SOB....no sign of trains, but there is NO TARP!

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Day of bandies and church groups....and abunch of people with Superman shirts..WTF?!?!

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Face/Off was open allll day!

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Woaahhhh...I ran out of room! That's pretty cool.

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So does IJST. It is awesome James :p

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All that orangeish red....is FISH! Maybe Casey is down there somewhere.....

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Fountains!

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Racer...revamped and awesome!

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Crap.

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Top Gun in aerial action

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Progress? I dont know....

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And of course....Son of Beast

*note no tarp*

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Adventure Express is back up!

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Top Gun and Great Wolf Lodge squezes in

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Face/Off layout! Soooo origonal.

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Wild Thornberry's River Adventure. Not to be confused with Jurrasic PArk River Adventure

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Vekoma Mini needs love too!

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Nick Universe!

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WTF?! Cedar Fair...what have you done?! Why did you remove the flower clock?! It was so perrdy!

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Longgg wayyy down.

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Flight of Fear and Firehawk!

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Racer! And all that free land ;)

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Beast broke down for quite a while today

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Firehawk! Lookin great!...kinda

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The awesomeness of IJST with effects working!

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Vortex overview. Happy 20th Birthday!

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IJST overview...try to find the cars!

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Eiffel Tower time.....going up!

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I heard there was a new spiel for Drop Zone?

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Look back to TopGun

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Test Dummies in SOB's station?

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Speed never lets up on Top Gun!

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Check out that "WOW!..**NINETY** Degrese!!" look on that guys face!

 

I am beastly.

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I finally found a shot WITHOUT the fence!

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So much say power, you are still going back and forth on the brake run

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Mmm....curvy

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Back to Top Gun! Sexy curves

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Awww...the jets didnt work!

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Ignacio is still a spanish pretty boy, and Mike is still....well, Mike

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LOL! Ignacio and Mike in the front row!

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Yea, more loopage going on at Face/Off

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OMG look out!

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Over to Congo Falls! Where you will get a big helping offffffff....

 

Unexceptable Amounts of WETNESS!

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Dude! Great TR! You really brought the park to us. You covered so many rides and attractions in so much detail. Great job!

 

-Mike

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Great trip

Next saturday i'll be finaly in KI all the way from the Netherlands...

We need to buy a season pass first so we make sure to get there early.

Is there any way to get more out of our day ? We really would love to do all the coasters

Can you give us perhaps a list of coasters with what to start to beat some crowds ?

And will it be crowded next saturday ?

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Everything in the park looks good, except for the removal of the clock. WTF? You're operating an amusement park here, not a Vegas casino.

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Everything in the park looks good, except for the removal of the clock. WTF? You're operating an amusement park here, not a Vegas casino.

 

I believe the park doesn't install the clock until Memorial Day Weekend. With the uncertain Ohio spring weather, they usually don't put most of the flowers out until then. I really doubt KI would get rid of the clock, its one of the most beautiful and memorable places in the park.

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^ You ould be right, but I dont remember it not being there in past years

^^ I totally agree with you!

 

Alexander Nagel - Every picture can't be perfect! Just skip over them if you dont like em!

 

turbolaaf - Great to hear! I might be there aswell! If I were you, I would go to the Action Zone area of the park and ride Face/Off. It has a low capacity and can get a big line alllll day! After that I would ride Drop Zone and Delirium, for they are very popular aswell and can get a long qeue. Then head around the park in its circle fashion. Make sure to ride:

Flight of Fear

Drop Zone

Racer

Adventure Express

The Beast

Italian Job

Tomb Raider

Vortex

 

Make sure to get a park map to check out all the things in the park! I would reccomend to eat at Slyline Chili, Larosas, or 50's dine in for the price and quality of the food. There is almost always a great show going on either right out in the open, or inside at an aphatheater. I'll let you know if I will be going, so you could have your own personal guide!

 

almightyfire - Thanks! The park has changed alot!

 

Mike - Thanks man! Awesome analogy

 

Hemmy - it is deffinately worth a stop!

 

 

Thanks guys!

-Zach

 

 

OH YEA! One more awesome Flight of Fear fact

 

--It has fog inside the bowl! It was awesome and I forgot to add it in the TR

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Top Gun is a true swinging suspended coaster... Why does the Vampire not swing? BECAUSE THEY GOT RID OF THE TRAINS WITH THE FLOOR!!!!

 

 

So many rides covered in so much detail! I love it!

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