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Pretty impressed with Kings Island this year. Operations were great, and the whole park looked really nice quite honestly.

-Beast gave a great ride a night

-Windseeker looks fantastic and is a nice addition

-Fast Lane is totally worth the money. Skipped 90 minutes lines all Saturday.

-Flight of Fear put a bunch of laser lights and stuff in the tunnel...simple but awesome!

-Diamondback hauling A$$, seriously was awesome. At night all the fog fills in the bottoms of the drops; so much fun!

-Whole park completely decorated for Haunt

-Stunt Track has....new effects in the helicopter scene?!

 

But yeah on a Saturday where all parking was filled up, and over flowing out of Boomerang Bay parking, the only line the Fast Lane had us wait for was Firehawk. And they were running FL line to one station and the other line to the other station; 30 minutes for Fast Lane.

 

I actually had a great time, and I'm glad I didn't buy a pass. I won't buy a pass next year; and will probably just go once again in October.

Missed you by a day for my day off in the park...Anyway I actually talked to Firehawk crew about their fastlane during the few hours I worked there. Doin it that way is annoying, but otherwise they're feeding a constantly refilling fastlane into both stations. Doing it that way, the same dozen or so keep reriding until they get bored, while everyone else stands in the same heat on an already blazing hot line. I guess they changed it so they could have a constantly moving line and one train always ready for fast lane....Did the seperater still send riders to the Fast Lane line to fill up trains?

 

The TPR member that works there NOW,

Jared

 

PS: I'll be working tonight , and probabbly pick up a shift somewhere on Sunday so make sure you swing by Monster/Scrambler/DOdgems if your in the park....

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^Not quite. During the day, they still have Planet Snoopy open, barn animals, and the other stuff they used to. Now dinotrail is added to the mix. At night though, lets just say that I came to a sudden realization last night that Monster and Scrambler are the only operational ride you can bring younger kids on....

 

And Maniac, DO IT! Self-promotion aside, Kings Island is a great family park with some gems here and there. I havent been to too many Haunts outside of CP/KI so far, but theres a few decent ones atleast (Tombstone Terrortory and Club Blood are my favorites right now) Just remember to come on a Sunday to avoid crowds, or Friday if you want Haunts...

 

-That one guy who works at KI for some reason

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^What you said about going on a Sunday to avoid crowds, you were absolutely right. Yesterday morning had some light crowds, but it got super packed as it got dark. (Posted TR about it. Includes very little about haunt and more about the rides.)

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Out of curiosity, did anyone manage to get pictures of the grave yard to support the discussion a few pages back about SoB?

 

These aren't mine, but I found them with Google.

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My MS Paint skills

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The grave last year

 

 

I think that SoB is getting a revival... whether we like it or not.

 

I've ridden it. I know. My back hurt for a week afterwards. I was 10.

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Have any of you taken a peek at the map being used for Haunt? It's a "revised" version of the 2011 map and there have been a few cosmetic changes including adding trees to the map and giving Invertigo it's missing loop. It actually looks quite a bit better than the one from the beginning of the season, and I'd assume these changes will carry over onto the 2012 map.

 

With that aside, I have a few other random statements about my visit today:

 

Although none of the mazes were open with it being Sunday, the park was nearly completely empty (with the sole exception of Planet Snoopy, which was completely packed), which was certainly a plus. Beast was actually running quite a bit better than I remember it running last year, but boy, those trims do bite! No matter- I still think I may have to move the ride up a spot or two this year. Diamondback also redeemed itself after my lackluster ride earlier in the season. Where you sit really makes a difference.

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I was at the park yesterday. It was really nice out, which would explain the huge crowds.

 

^The Beast was giving some great night rides (especially with the surprise effect along the track). As for the magnetic trims...It's one thing to have them on the MCBR, but killing the speed on the helix approach is just cruel.

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I feel Diamondback doesnt really matter where you sit so much as how much room you get. I try to avoid getting stapled on that thing AT ALL COSTS because it makes worlds of difference with the amount of airtime you get. Of course, I always take my pattend pending "cowboy style" whenever I ride (1 hand holding up the lapbar the entire ride and the other in the air). Those restraints fall FAST if your too reckless....

 

From my flatrides in Coney Mall today, the park fluxuated a bit. Started off suprisingly crowded (12 cycles on Scrambler first hour where I usually get about 7), and then went up and down in terms of capacity over the day. Also, we filled out our ride placement sheets for next year, so with any luck I'll be on Vortex or Racer crew next summer

 

As for the SoB coffin, just noticed theres more chains this year, and that the coffin itself is more "torn up". Interesting....

 

-That guy who works in Coney Mall now

 

^PS: If it was a night ride, Beast and Diamondback are LAYERED in fog. Epic

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^ What's the surprise effect?

 

It wouldn't be a surprise if we shared, would it?

 

I only kid, it was a "bonus prop" of sorts that I honestly forgot about until adamico2 reminded me of it back a few posts, but it was still nice that they put something out there.

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I just realized something- on the SoB coffin, I see the words "if" and "do", and on the Big Dipper coffin, I see the word "bad." Might this have any relevance to anything?

 

I'm not too certain about what the words could mean but notice the tombstone has changed as well, from "My Beloved Son" to this year "My Beloved Son 2000- "

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^On the site that I found this on, they thought it said 2000-2013. I can make out 2000-20. I think that this actually means that SoB as we know it may not exist as of the end of next year, and that a "new" SoB may be on it's way. Maybe an Intamin, with any luck. It also says "unloved son" this year, not "beloved son." CF finally realized that most people hated it .

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Well, I finally got a night ride on The Beast last night, and it was nothing short of spectacular. The entire ride was completely enveloped in fog and it was impossible to see the bottom of the drops. It honestly felt like it was going to explode as it rocketed through the helix. Easily the best ride I've ever had on it.

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^Nope, it was completely dark. It was impossible to tell where the tunnels even started. There was a blue light at the bottom of the second drop, but the valley was so filled with fog that a mysterious blue light permeating from the bottom of a seemingly-bottomless drop didn't take anything away from the experience. The prop out in the forest was also lit up with a dim light, but the ride was running so well that I could have cared less.

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^^I also got a night ride last night. It was the best ride I've ever had on it. It really was super dark and it was running on insane mode. The last bit before heading into the second lift and the helix were crazy. It was absolutely amazing.

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Not up on what went down or happened to Son Of Beast, anyone care to give me a brief synopsis?

 

I got to King's Island about 10 years back, I think the 2nd year of SoB, it still had the loop, and got about a dozen rides on it that day. Yeah it was a bit rough but not that painful. The worst thing was those oversized lapbars. It was a great ride though, I loved it or wouldn't have gone back for multiple laps. So what happened? Did it deteriorate that badly?

 

I thought it was a better ride than it's Pop, The Beast. I got to ride The Beast the year it opened in 79 and my memories of it being screamin' fast through the woods met with huge disappointment on my return visit, it felt like Grandma was driving that thing and wouldn't take her foot off the brakes.

 

Just read about the Topper Track on the SFoG thread and my first thought was SoB needs this or the Texas Giant/El Toro treatment. Be a shame to just tear that structure down.

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