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P. 403 - Park opening for a limited Holiday Event!

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Quick trip report from yesterday, 5/31/21, Memorial Day.  Took a chance on the crowds since they are still doing reservations and it was great.  Crowds were moderate at most and we got plenty of rides on the big 4 except Intimidator as it was down in the middle part of the day.  For the most part the crews were moving the lines along pretty well.  We got back to back rides on Copperhead around 3:00 and only waited 5 minutes each time.  The one exception to this was the crew on Intimidator as they were really slow and couldn't have cared less.  Part of the problem was the crew and part was they would have to check and recheck seats on every single train multiple times.  I started timing dispatch times at one point and they were averaging between 4 and 5 minutes between trains.  

Other than that it was a great day and felt so good to finally get back to the park and ride some coasters.  Fury was great as always and by the afternoon it was hauling as the temps warmed up.  Copperhead continues to grow on me and that's saying something because I've loved it from the beginning.  Got 2 back row rides yesterday and the airtime back there is just fantastic!  Such a fun coaster!

Headed to BGW this coming weekend and I guess we will miss Pantheon.  Major bummer.  I actually dreamed last night they were doing a soft opening and we got to get on ha!  Maybe that will come true but I'm not holding my breath.

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4 hours ago, coasternut79 said:

  The one exception to this was the crew on Intimidator as they were really slow and couldn't have cared less.  Part of the problem was the crew and part was they would have to check and recheck seats on every single train multiple times.  I started timing dispatch times at one point and they were averaging between 4 and 5 minutes between trains.  

 

Just curious, but what was causing them to have to check and rec-check seats?

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1 hour ago, CoasterGuy06 said:

Just curious, but what was causing them to have to check and rec-check seats?

After the train was loaded and they made it through their initial check to make sure everyone was locked in, inevitably the guy in the booth would call out check 53, check 42 or some other number corresponding to the car and seat number and they would have to go and recheck it.  A lot of the time they would have to unlock the restraint and  have the ride op secure them again.  I don't know if it was just a bad sensor(s) or what but they were running all 3 trains and it seemed to be happening on every one.  

In addition to all of this the crew were moving at a snails pace.  They were just going through the motions and like I said the trains were sitting in the station 4 and 5 minutes almost every time.  When we finally got to ride we sat out on the brakes for an eternity before finally getting back into the station. 

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Happy to announce that I made a reservation for July 18 and will be returning for a long overdue trip back to this park. I haven't been since 2007 so I'm obviously stoked for all the new editions, especially Flying Cobras.

Also looking forward to a visit to Myrtle Beach the day before to ride Swamp Fox and do a mini whore tour.

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On 5/30/2021 at 7:46 PM, CP_RULES said:

Is the show any good?

The Kings Island Fireworks show is the worst Fireworks show that I've ever seen in my life. Absolutely... 100%, no contest.

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On 5/30/2021 at 11:16 PM, disownedpear said:

Do the ops here have a problem with snapping on the flyers? The KD ones sure did ha. 

They actually encourage it!

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On 5/30/2021 at 11:16 PM, disownedpear said:

Do the ops here have a problem with snapping on the flyers? The KD ones sure did ha. 

They actually encourage it!

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On 5/30/2021 at 11:16 PM, disownedpear said:

Do the ops here have a problem with snapping on the flyers? The KD ones sure did ha. 

They actually encourage it!

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50 minutes ago, coasterbill said:

The Kings Island Fireworks show is the worst Fireworks show that I've ever seen in my life. Absolutely... 100%, no contest.

This was the finale to Sea World's Electric Ocean 2021 in Orlando. The whole show was awesome with lights, fountains, fireworks, fireballs, and lasers. And it ran about 10 minutes, double the length of KI's show.

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9 hours ago, KIEnthusiast said:

Judge 4

yourself

My judgement says this isn't great. Did anything happen other than one location shooting off a bunch of the same or similar firework? What? There were lights too? Cool. So cool. I bet kids enjoy it at least.

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For anyone that's gone to Carowinds this season... has the Drop Tower ever been open? We actually moved to Charlotte last fall and we're planning on heading to the park this Sunday, and I've noticed it's been listed as "closed" every time I've checked wait times this year. Obviously it's not a huge deal or anything (I was just curious) but I've always liked that you can literally just walk right onto that thing at any given time and marathon it basically. 

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1 hour ago, Alex26841 said:

For anyone that's gone to Carowinds this season... has the Drop Tower ever been open? We actually moved to Charlotte last fall and we're planning on heading to the park this Sunday, and I've noticed it's been listed as "closed" every time I've checked wait times this year. Obviously it's not a huge deal or anything (I was just curious) but I've always liked that you can literally just walk right onto that thing at any given time and marathon it basically. 

No. 

https://www.carowinds.com/scheduled-ride-closures

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14 minutes ago, disownedpear said:

Am I a dumb dumb or is there no park map posted to their website?

don't see it anywhere. .  they want you to download the free mobile app (which has the map on it), I suppose.

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Quick Carowinds question for our trip this weekend. We've purchased Fastlane for the day but just curious about the merge point for Fastlane, at the major attractions atleast (Fury, Copperhead, Afterburn, Nighthawk etc.). Are there any rides like Millennium Force at CP to know about ahead of time where the merge point is where you should still expect a 20-30 minute wait even Fastlane?

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12 minutes ago, Hilltopper39 said:

Quick Carowinds question for our trip this weekend. We've purchased Fastlane for the day but just curious about the merge point for Fastlane, at the major attractions atleast (Fury, Copperhead, Afterburn, Nighthawk etc.). Are there any rides like Millennium Force at CP to know about ahead of time where the merge point is where you should still expect a 20-30 minute wait even Fastlane?

It's been two years since I've been down there, but for all the rides you mention, I seem to remember the Fast Lane dropping you directly in the station and never with more than a 2-3 minute wait at most. Out of the park's coasters, the only major one that wasn't on the Fast Lane was Ricochet, their Wild Mouse, and that line was a pain to wait in so if you can get to that before the line builds up you'll be in a good spot.

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FUry, copperhead and I think afterburn there is no merge, it has it's own dedicated line.   I think nighthawk is right at the bottom of the stairs leading to the queue.

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Nighthawk will be your longest line.  The rest are to the station.

If you can do Nighthawk early, you'll help yourself.  Even thought FL line goes to the station, it's so slow loading that both lines will get backed up and you'll waste way more time than the POS deserves.

 

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