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Hey everybody!

 

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Kings Island (KI), this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

 

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

 

--Robb

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2005

February 19th, 2005 - Italian Job Stunt Coaster construction photos - SEE BELOW!

May 20, 2005 - Italian Job Stunt Coaster opens

September 22nd, 2005 - Park's award winning kid's area to get total revamp

November 30th, 2005 - Ghoster Coaster is removed

 

2006

June 4th, 2006 - Fire near Son of Beast

July 9th, 2006 - Major accident with Son of Beast

July 13th, 2006 - Q&A with Kings Island Public Relations about Son of Beast accident

December 13th, 2006 - State of Ohio release report on SoB accident. Park says SoB will be modified by removing the loop.

 

2007

February 5th, 2007 - Kings Island to get Geauga Lake's X-Flight, to be renamed Firehawk

March 28th, 2007 - Five new shows announced for 2007

June 9th, 2007 - During Coaster Con, new trains spotted on SoB transfer track

October 12th, 2007 - Geauga Lake's wooden coaster trains end up at Kings Island

 

2008

March 8th, 2008 - Racer will no longer run backwards during the 2008 season

August 6th, 2008 - Diamondback announced

August 20th, 2011 - Diamondback construction photos

August 28th, 2008 - Model of Diamondback on display at the park.

September 14th, 2008 - Diamondback construction photos

October 15th, 2008 - Diamondback construction update

November 11th, 2008 - Diamondback construction update

 

2009

January 27th, 2009 - Diamondback aerial photos covered in the snow

March 12th, 2009 - testing phots of splashdown element

June 18th, 2009 - Son of Beast closed for the season

August 27th, 2009 - Kids area to be rethemed as Planet Snoopy

 

2010

March 31st, 2010 - inside look at Boo Blasters conversion

April 6th, 2010 - Son of Beast removed from 2010 park map

April 28th, 2010 - Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular announced

August 23rd, 2010 - Kings Island announces new thrill ride for 2011

August 24th, 2010 - New ride will be a Mondial Windseeker

 

2011

March 18th, 2011 - Dinosaurs Alive! announced

April 4th, 2011 - New ride enhancements for The Crypt

May 10th, 2011 - Dinosaurs Alive! pricing details

July 18th, 2011 - Kings Island announces Fast Lane system

September 2nd, 2011 - waterpark to double in size for 2012

October 11th, 2011 - Trick or Treat with Dinosaurs at Dinosaurs Alive!

 

2012

February 14th, 2012 - Invertigo getting a new paint scheme!

February 15th, 2012 - Vice President & GM Greg Scheid now on Twitter!

February 20th, 2012 - Gold & Platinum Passholders get 1 hour ERT every day

March 3rd, 2012 - Kings Island debuts 40th anniversary park logo

April 27th, 2012 - Kings Island debuts new park food options

May 11th, 2012 - Soak City Water Park construction near completion

July 27th, 2012 - Son of Beast to be removed!

September 22nd, 2012 - Son of Beast demolition has begun!

November 20th, 2012 - Son of Beast completely demolished!

 

2013

March 27th, 2013 - Maintenance work continues in prep for 2013 season

April 11th, 2013 - World's largest dino animatronic coming in 2013!

June 29th, 2013 - Footers appear for anticipated 2014 coaster, let the speculation begin.

August 4th, 2013 - Beast behind the scenes tours announced for August!

August 8th, 2013 - Banshee is announced

 

2014

September 20th, 2014 - Report from Haunt RIP Party!

November 1st, 2015 - Woodstock Gliders announced - the return of Flying Scooters to Kings Island

 

 

2015

August 19th, 2015 - 7 story water slide complex coming to Soak City in 2016

 

 

2016

Jue 28th, 2016 - Mystic Timbers announced for 2017

August 18th, 2016 - Kings Island announces the return of Winterfest for the 2017 season

 

 

2017

 

 

 

2018

August 16th, 2018 - Return of Kings Mills Antique Autos announced for 2019 season

 

2019

August 15th, 2019 Orion announced is King's Islands' new coaster for 2020

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PKI has posted a few construction pics on thier website. There's not TOO much to look at, but it's still kind of interesting.

 

http://www.pki.com/italianjob/construct_photos.html

 

--Robb

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My visit this past weekend was great, even with Saturday being very busy and me missing out on FL until Sunday.    I went into Orion not having followed its construction or watched a POV or even

Get over it man.  You've made your point and we get it; it's silly that this park did not do a Winterfest-lite.  Make the 8 hour drive to KD if you want to experience that, just like all of us with KD

I went the weekend before last and wasn't going to do any sort of report or review, but with this discussion, I'll throw my hat in the ring. I thought Orion was fantastic.  Millennium Force is th

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I think the PCW Italian Job ride is in a better location then the one at PKI.

The one at PCW is located near the Great Canadian Mindbuster and the Orbitor ride in a new theme area called Action Zone. I think the PKI Italian Job ride in located in a themed area called Hell! - Hehe! 8)

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I think the PKI Italian Job ride in located in a themed area called Hell! - Hehe!

 

You know, I wanted to be ticked off at you for that comment, but then I realized.... it's true.

 

Other than park location, though (and for those who are unfamiliar with where the "hell" section of PKI is, it is right behind the Eiffel Tower) do you really think the ride designs are different?

 

Shari "There's pieces of track in the PKI parking lot" Shoufler

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So you do know where the "Hell" section is at PKI then. Thats good cause most people dont know where that is located. I think both Italian Job rides are going to have the same lay-out and paint job. 8)

BWT - Theres a "Hell" section at PCW too. Its right behind Wonder Mountain.

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Does it strike anyone else that Paramount seems to like pimping their movies that just royally suck with rides and the like. Am I the only one that sees this ride as being a potential nightmare? I mean those are ITTY-BITTY trains and what is it like 3 of them... This thing is gonna be a zoo all the time. Unless they have absolutely amazing maintenance the effects are gonna be down a lot. Besides half the ideas in the ride seem half thought out at best. I don't know maybe it is sour grapes...

 

Although truth be told I would KILL for a Sky Captain ride...

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Does it strike anyone else that Paramount seems to like pimping their movies that just royally suck with rides and the like.

 

In a word, um.... YES! Ok, here's the thing... I grew up with Kings Island being Kings Island. It was a great park... classic rides, good entertainment, and a little thing called Winterfest that brings a tear to my eye when I think about it. Then, Paramount came in, and tried, lamely, to imitate Disney, but, well... they ain't Disney.

 

Plus, I am just sour grapes that with all the land they own and haven't developed, they had to take down two family rides that hold a lot of memories for me, to put up this ride.

 

Shari "I still miss the Tumblebug and Cuddle Up" Shoufler

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So you do know where the "Hell" section is at PKI then. Thats good cause most people dont know where that is located. I think both Italian Job rides are going to have the same lay-out and paint job. 8)

BWT - Theres a "Hell" section at PCW too. Its right behind Wonder Mountain.

 

 

Beg Pardon? Hell section?

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Beg Pardon? Hell section?

 

I didn't say it, I was just agreeing (out of bitterness caused by the removal of the antique autos AND the eagle flyers)

 

Are you a Delirium fan, or park employee?? I finally got to ride that this summer and just loved it!

 

Shari "when you have a small child you never get out of Hanna Barbera Land" Shoufler

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Just in some new photos from PKI's Italian Job. Check them out!

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It would be the "Italian Job" without some police cars.

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Look ma! It's a helicoptor!

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This is the view from the entrance.

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PKI is still hard at work on the getting the ride ready for opening.

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This will end up being the "Warehouse" scene.

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Here is a shot of the train.

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Here is the "Splashdown" section of the ride.

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The parking garage houses an insane looking helix!

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Im fairly excited about this, just hope its open when I go. I think the mini cooper cars are cute, they're detailed but not as highly as I thought they would be.

 

I can definately see those things using the same premier lap restraints, but thats going to be one crowded mess getting into those cars. (Are the doors on there? I cant really tell, I know that the ride is suppose to be so realistic that youll have to open and close doors to get in from what I hear).

 

The track layout is turning out better too, too bad the coloring selection of the coaster isn't very unique, its something you would see in an enclosed ride, like RnR or Space Mountain.

 

-Justin

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^It's supposed to be like asphalt. I think it works really well since it's not really all about the ride "track" as it is about the ride experience (focusing on the scenes and such).

 

Joe "maybe a small yellow stripe down the middle would be cool though" C.

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^It's supposed to be like asphalt. I think it works really well since it's not really all about the ride "track" as it is about the ride experience (focusing on the scenes and such).

 

Joe "maybe a small yellow stripe down the middle would be cool though" C.

Thats true, I guess I didn't really think about the ride being on a road or asphalt, that matches the theme pretty good, and im sure it might turn out well when its all complete. Do you know for sure if they will do any effects to the track like CP did for dragster to make it feel faster? I was wondering if they may paint the ties holding the rails, but realized if they would have done that, it would have been shipped that way.

 

I just thought from Yours and Keith's video, that the track might have kindof a color scheme like yellow and white to it. (but sometimes promotional videos use different colors showing the ride before its built, I learned that when BGT did the video for SheiKra).

 

-Justin

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Heh, well it's not my video, Keith did everything. I just get to share the bed with him.

 

The park originally was going to have it painted yellow, but after seeing how bright and attention grabbing it was on the ride animation, they decided to go the route of ash gray - a very wise choice, I say.

 

Joe "just a bit over two months to go woohoo" C.

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OK, these definately make me more excited about this coaster. I'll be honest, when this ride was announced, I was a little bummed. Then I saw the video on the PKI website and that excited me a little bit more. These pictures pretty much made me determine that I HAVE to make a visit ti PKI this year. This thing is definately looking pretty cool.

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^See that's what's cool and weird about all of us in the coaster community...seeing those pictures made me confident in my decision not to bother with PKI this year!

 

To each their own!

 

Elissa "cute idea for the cars...but they still look kind of cheap to me" Alvey

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