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Taking up the employee lot... booo

It will be quite an event though!.. I know a few people that are going down just to watch.

 

We were told to come 30-45 minutes earlier than usual because the parking is probably...a mile away from usual? I think I saw them opening up the grass area. -sigh-

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SheiKra under construction:

 

(credt goes to John Wiencek)

 

KI's new construction:

 

(credit goes to Dane Thomas, kicentral.com)

 

I think they look almost exactly the same, excluding the size. Obviously, SheiKra's is much wider having to fit dive track in there. But it seems slightly deceiving in the pix... this construction at KI could easily fit regular B&M track in there.

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SheiKra under construction:

 

(credt goes to John Wiencek)

 

KI's new construction:

 

(credit goes to Dane Thomas, kicentral.com)

 

I think they look almost exactly the same, excluding the size. Obviously, SheiKra's is much wider having to fit dive track in there. But it seems slightly deceiving in the pix... this construction at KI could easily fit regular B&M track in there.

 

But if you look at the wall on SheiKra, it is at least 6 ft tall (look at the workers standing next to it), while the wall on the new KI ride can only be about 3ft tall max. That's why I was saying I'm not sure if it will be a true splashdown, or just a run down the middle of the pond. I just don't think the wall between the pond and the track is high enough for a splashdown.

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Skramp, since the Dive Machine track is all around much larger, I can only imagine, that the trough needed for such track would be larger. I can't see why hyper track wouldn't fit perfectly in there. And who said the lake had to be overly deep to get the scoops throwing the water around?

 

Also, it appears as though there is footings in the trough just like SheiKra, again slightly smaller.. but still. What else could this be? I see no other explanation, unless it's something we haven't seen before.

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Kings Island needs a good coaster very badly...haven't been there since I was six and I always skip it largely due to the coaster collection.

 

I hope its a hyper coaster, after riding Sheikra I'm not a huge fan of dive machines.

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I went to Kings Island today, but I forgot my camera at home. The park was very crowded and had a 1970's area set up for the weekend.

 

Here is a picture from my cell phone. You can really see how far back the new coaster will go.

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Here's some photos from the Knieval stunt.

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And the crowd loves Robbie. Later in the news it stated he had some back problems.

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He made it!

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It looks like....

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He's up, is he going to make it?

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Coke Zero trucks....on FIRE!

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He's off and headed for the trucks!

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Ever seen BOTH decks open before? Neither have I.

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The crowds are here!

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Characters from the old KI era were there today. I saw some Hanna Barbara benches around there.

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The Hustler?

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The event set up

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Lines are forming already!

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News has spread about KI's new coaster

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I'll be going to the park tomorrow around 1:15 to 6 or 7, I'll be sure to take some pics!

 

On a side note, Son of Beast's onride photo as been moved from before the lift hill to where the loop was taken out. Finally!

 

-J "Who puts a camera before the lift?!" Z

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On a side note, Son of Beast's onride photo as been moved from before the lift hill to where the loop was taken out. Finally!

 

-J "Who puts a camera before the lift?!" Z

 

If they put it anywhere else on the circuit, they'd have just gotten a bunch of pictures of people wincing in pain.

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