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Yeah their dispatches really were incredible, I noticed also that there was usually at least 1 or 2 supervisors operating/attending. I wouldn't expect this to last forever though, likely just to make a good first impression and keep the long ass line moving (which it does).

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It was the same way on Leviathan last weekend. They had four people on restraints, one in the dispatch booth, and two floaters grabbing bags form riders and putting them in bins. It was the best ops I have ever seen. They were sending B&M 4x8 trains full with slow people who all had backpacks with consistent 45 second dispatches. They also had two people at the entrance filling up rows, down to the single rider. They left as few seats empty as possible. It was 10 minute waits in the queue and I don't think I stopped walking once. It was just a steady stream through the station.

 

Cedar Fair done got their stuff together on their star attractions.

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Now if only Six Flags would staff their rides this well. haha I know El Toro could definitely use this many people working. Having only 2 people check the long train and then having to go back and jam people in who don't fit takes a toll on interval times.

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An idea just hit me... When I was in line for Beast, I definitely got a good look at the construction. It looks like it will certainly be a haunted house, but I think it might be the new home for Wolf Pack. That way, demolition for as SoB's old station can happen and there is plenty of room there for future expansion!

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Bit of an odd question, but I assume people would be in the know around here. I'll be visiting Kings Island with three friends in a week and a half, and it likely won't be a while before I'm back in Cincinnati. As for Cincinnati chili, should we go with Skyline Chili or Blue Ash Chili? I feel like the former is more iconic while the latter might be objectively better, but for the overall experience I was leaning toward Skyline. How far off am I?

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I guess if you want to be more of a foodie, go to Blue Ash. But honestly. ..I live in Blue Ash and have never been. Never had the desire or drive to. Skyline is awesome and there's one right by ki. Go to skyline. If you love it, try Blue Ash.

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3 fast lane questions:

 

1) If I buy FastLane passes online (let's say: Quantity: 5) does each FastLane ticket come on a seperate printed sheet and barcode to distribute them to all 5 people seperately or do all 5 have to be claimed at once with one barcode at the park?

 

2) If I buy FastLane at the park, do you get a 10% merchandise discount with a platinum pass?

 

3) For diamondback beast and banshee, approximately how long is the wait from the fast lane merge point? (Assuming there is not a backup of fast lane users)

 

I can't seem to find these answers anywhere online and I'm sure there are some Kings Island experts here.

 

Thanks!

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Fastlane is a wristband for each person, so the group can split up if you want. Lines are long on weekends. I'm in the camp of "if you can afford it, why not?"" So I would say yes to the Fastlane regardless of line length ...it makes for a much more enjoyable day.

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3) For diamondback beast and banshee, approximately how long is the wait from the fast lane merge point? (Assuming there is not a backup of fast lane users)

 

The Fast Lane will take you directly to the station. Worth it? Yes. My wife and I never had to wait more than five minutes.

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KI Fansite posted that Flight of Fear has been removed off of Fast Lane.

 

 

Yeah, it's not showing on KI's fast lane website grid anymore either (Fast Lane). Guess that means it's down for the rest of the year. Hopefully they can get it fixed.

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Does anyone think that Flight of Fear (cough Fire cough) is getting removed? With 2 incidents in 2 weeks I think KI is done with this.

 

Nah. I'm guessing the problems were related and the ride has been completely fixed... if it is torn down, I'll never hear the end of it from my "semi-enthusiast" friend - FoF is his favorite ride at KI.

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Does anyone think that Flight of Fear (cough Fire cough) is getting removed? With 2 incidents in 2 weeks I think KI is done with this.

Yes, absolutely. If two small and harmless incidents happen within two weeks on a coaster, that calls for immediate closure & demolition.

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Does anyone think that Flight of Fear (cough Fire cough) is getting removed? With 2 incidents in 2 weeks I think KI is done with this.

 

Yes. That's exactly... what happened to the chiller.

 

JK, I'm sure FoF will be open for years to come.

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An idea just hit me... When I was in line for Beast, I definitely got a good look at the construction. It looks like it will certainly be a haunted house, but I think it might be the new home for Wolf Pack. That way, demolition for as SoB's old station can happen and there is plenty of room there for future expansion!

 

I like this idea, but I kind of hope they move Cavern of Terror to this new spot so they can get rid of the eyesore that is the old Tomb Raider building and put a new flat there. I've spent the last few days at the park and I've come to realize that, while it's still lacking a few types of coasters, it's pretty barren in terms of good flat rides. There's Delirium and there's Drop Tower, but other than that, everything is 40+ years old, for little kids, or a Windseeker. Surely the park could afford to give HUSS a little love in the next few years.

(I've also noticed that they seem to be taking Shake, Rattle & Roll apart-- is this purely for maintenance or might the ride be a goner? If so, that's even more of a reason to get some HUSS love.)

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Does anyone think that Flight of Fear (cough Fire cough) is getting removed? With 2 incidents in 2 weeks I think KI is done with this.

I don't want to be rude, but let me put this into perspective:

 

A woman died on New Texas Giant last summer. I think that would be a much greater reason to consider long term/permanent closure than one LIM overheating, causing zero injuries/very little down time. Even with the NTG incident, I don't think tearing it down was ever seriously considered. The same is true for many other coasters that have caused serious/fatal injuries.

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