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p. 792 - Camp Cedar campground to open in 2021!

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I know i might get a lot of crap for this since this is the KI forum, but I recently spent this past Saturday night and almost all day Sunday at The Great Wolf Lodge located next to KI. This was my second trip to the water park/resort. Overall the Great Wolf was pretty satisfying! The water park has a good collection of slides for all ages and the food service, games, etc. was very well taken care of. The water park has 2 Body slides (for young kids, teens can go on them), a master blaster (water coaster), a family raft slide, a triple funnel water slide, a pair tube slides, and a bowl slide. The kids area has water basketball, play zones, tipping buckets etc. The water park also has a "lazy river", although it wasn't slow at all. Feel free to enjoy pics of the water park, and KI. My next full trip reports will be from The season preview night (April 17th, hope to see some of you there!) and Opening Day (April 18th). Please Enjoy! And By The Way i think that if the park map shoes that the tower gardens are going to be re-done, it might just be true after all. and pics where takin with my Iphone 5s, sorry if some arent in good quality

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View from the window in the lobby. The watercoaster was quite fun!

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The Northen Lights Arcade has A flappy Bird game!? What!?

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Did not play the minature golf but the theming and black light effects where cool!

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Sadly not open :'(

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I really like the new paint job on The Bat

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Endings of the watercoaster and family raft slide.

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Bowlslide, and lazy river

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bowlslide. Still wishing KI and Cedar Fair would invest in some new slides for KI.

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play area with Basketball

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Childrens show area in the lobby.

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A backview of KI, somewhat of a rare pic to see i guess,

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Backside of the waterpark. Family raft slide is CLEARLY visible. Triple funnel waterslide is pictured to along with one of the every-age tube slide (orange)

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KI Sign is advertising already! April 17th and 18th needs to hurry up! ;)

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All is quiet as the restless soul of the banshee sleeps

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Honestly i was shocked as i saw that the Eiffel Tower was lit up in different colors at night.

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Preferably the best B&M Hyper I've been on. The worst investment (but great for views) was the windseeker models.............

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I have a quick question.

 

I have been to Kings Island three to four times a summer for the past several years (was right around Indy) I have done Dinasours Alive all of once...

 

To my question, does DA still bring in a massive amount of cash or is it tapering off? I ask because I was just thinking about its location and the fact that if DA was removed but path back there was widened slighty, I see a loop connecting that deadend that is Windseeker and Vortex to the deadend next to FireHawk. If they were to do this they would have all the land to the back of that property (KI owns a lot of that land, yes?) I know that is more than likely wont happen but I just hate that deadend with Firehawk and that seems like the easier option to me.

 

They could scrap Adventure Express I guess to get back there but I hope they don't. Even though it is rough, its one of the more unique mine trains left.

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To my question, does DA still bring in a massive amount of cash or is it tapering off?

 

 

I wont say that it brings in a BIG amount of cash but it does bring in somewhat of a lot of visitors, even since they've let Gold and Platinum passholders get in for free. I've seen quite a few dozens of people in it when i went threw it last year (about 5 times).

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I visited DA last year since it was free with my pass. It was my first visit since 2011 and honestly I don't see a reason to go back through anytime soon.

 

I will say it's fairly well done, and a nice break from the sun and I'm sure the kids enjoy it, but the area could definitely be put to better use.

 

I think the fact that the gift shop is a temporary structure could indicate that it may only have a few more seasons left in the park. I actually saw them making it free to passholders as an early indicator that its days were likely numbered, that and the fact that the movie is already gone.

 

For this year I'm hoping that they get rid of the stupid dinosaur in front of the fountains... 4 seasons of that tacky eyesore is enough.

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Howdy Folks,

 

I believe what I am about to ask is appropriately placed in this thread. If not, I apologize in advance.

 

I'm going to ask a VERY lucky girl to prom via the on-ride photo (asks are all about theatrics nowadays). Here is how it is going to go down on a perfect day:

 

1) Get in line for Diamondback

2) Get in to an appropriate seat

3) She asks me what we are doing for the photo (because that's what everybody does, I mean come on)

4) I tell her to smile big with two thumbs up

5) She listens to my direction

6) When the photo opportunity strikes, I reveal the phrase "PROM?" beneath my shirt, unbeknownst to her

7) Button my shirt back up, we go check out the photo, and she notices she replied yes without even knowing

8) Purchase that puppy

 

Notice I stated, "perfect day." Going into the logistics I'll need:

 

- to decide whether shirt or sign is a better route to follow.

- to figure out where the camera is and which direction to look.

- to find out which set of seats would likely yield least obstruction from extended limbs

- to know if Diamondback is a good ride to do this on (I'm concerned with quality of camera or a bad glare at certain times of the day).

 

Hopefully you guys could provide me with answers. I'd really appreciate it.

 

Also, hopefully she isn't scoping out these forums.

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Howdy Folks,

 

I believe what I am about to ask is appropriately placed in this thread. If not, I apologize in advance.

 

I'm going to ask a VERY lucky girl to prom via the on-ride photo (asks are all about theatrics nowadays). Here is how it is going to go down on a perfect day:

 

1) Get in line for Diamondback

2) Get in to an appropriate seat

3) She asks me what we are doing for the photo (because that's what everybody does, I mean come on)

4) I tell her to smile big with two thumbs up

5) She listens to my direction

6) When the photo opportunity strikes, I reveal the phrase "PROM?" beneath my shirt, unbeknownst to her

7) Button my shirt back up, we go check out the photo, and she notices she replied yes without even knowing

8) Purchase that puppy

 

Notice I stated, "perfect day." Going into the logistics I'll need:

 

- to decide whether shirt or sign is a better route to follow.

- to figure out where the camera is and which direction to look.

- to find out which set of seats would likely yield least obstruction from extended limbs

- to know if Diamondback is a good ride to do this on (I'm concerned with quality of camera or a bad glare at certain times of the day).

 

Hopefully you guys could provide me with answers. I'd really appreciate it.

 

Also, hopefully she isn't scoping out these forums.

What an awesome idea!

 

To give you a little advice.

1. Shirt, since signs can fly away and bend with the wind. I'd tuck it, too.

2. I believe the camera is along the helix leading into the MCBR, but I'm not sure.

3. I'd say the front row of any car.

4. I think Diamondback is a great ride for this! Beast would probably be a good alternative, since its camera is in the first tunnel.

 

Good luck, and I hope she says yes!

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Have a couple of questions. Heading to KI on May 13th which is a weds. Last time we were there Banshee was just breaking ground. I am curious on a good way to attack the park now that Banshee is there. We are coming from Minneapolis and Pittsburg so want to get in as many rides that day as possible.

 

1. Do we need to buy a Fast Lane Plus?

2. Plan of attack, where is it recommended to start?

3. We are pretty much sticking to the coasters so only looking for advice with those.

4. Probably skipping Invertigo and Vortex, Vortex killed my head last time there.

5. Any other advice for us? We are looking to get in at least 40 coaster rides that day so any help with a plan of attack would be greatly appreciated.

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Have a couple of questions. Heading to KI on May 13th which is a weds. Last time we were there Banshee was just breaking ground. I am curious on a good way to attack the park now that Banshee is there. We are coming from Minneapolis and Pittsburg so want to get in as many rides that day as possible.

 

1. Do we need to buy a Fast Lane Plus?

2. Plan of attack, where is it recommended to start?

3. We are pretty much sticking to the coasters so only looking for advice with those.

4. Probably skipping Invertigo and Vortex, Vortex killed my head last time there.

5. Any other advice for us? We are looking to get in at least 40 coaster rides that day so any help with a plan of attack would be greatly appreciated.

 

A couple things: You're more than likely going to run into school crowds until around 5p, but other than dealing with a bunch of pre-teens and teenagers, it probably won't be too busy. FastLane Plus is a rather huge cost if it's only going to be a couple people, especially if you're only going to be saving 5-10 minutes from waiting in line. Wait until you get to the park to determine if you guys want to buy FastLane. You'll know when you pull in how busy it is by how many buses are parked near the gate and how full the front 2 lots are.

 

Start with Firehawk and Flight of Fear early in the day, those lines get fairly long as the day goes on because of the lower capacity. You can save Banshee, Diamondback, and Beast for anytime of the day if you want because those lines move fairly quickly, since they're people eaters. Even if the park isn't busy, still do Firehawk and Flight of Fear first.

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Have a couple of questions. Heading to KI on May 13th which is a weds. Last time we were there Banshee was just breaking ground. I am curious on a good way to attack the park now that Banshee is there. We are coming from Minneapolis and Pittsburg so want to get in as many rides that day as possible.

 

1. Do we need to buy a Fast Lane Plus?

2. Plan of attack, where is it recommended to start?

3. We are pretty much sticking to the coasters so only looking for advice with those.

4. Probably skipping Invertigo and Vortex, Vortex killed my head last time there.

5. Any other advice for us? We are looking to get in at least 40 coaster rides that day so any help with a plan of attack would be greatly appreciated.

 

A couple things: You're more than likely going to run into school crowds until around 5p, but other than dealing with a bunch of pre-teens and teenagers, it probably won't be too busy. FastLane Plus is a rather huge cost if it's only going to be a couple people, especially if you're only going to be saving 5-10 minutes from waiting in line. Wait until you get to the park to determine if you guys want to buy FastLane. You'll know when you pull in how busy it is by how many buses are parked near the gate and how full the front 2 lots are.

 

Start with Firehawk and Flight of Fear early in the day, those lines get fairly long as the day goes on because of the lower capacity. You can save Banshee, Diamondback, and Beast for anytime of the day if you want because those lines move fairly quickly, since they're people eaters. Even if the park isn't busy, still do Firehawk and Flight of Fear first.

 

 

We had planned to wait till we get to the park to buy FL. Thanks for the advice of hitting Firehawk and Flight of Fear first, I had forgotten the lines got really long later in the day.

 

How is the line for Banshee normally? Where does the FL enter the line, is it a straight to the station FL line?

 

Thanks again.

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^ The Banshee line moves fast. For the day you're visiting, I wouldn't expect more than a 45 minute wait, if even that. I believe the fast lane line merges directly at the station. I also agree for what is being said about heading to X-Base first thing. However, when I went last year in July, the dreaded Diamondback seat belts were installed and the line seemed to move verrrrry slow. I'm not sure if it moves any faster, but it was no where near as fast as Banshee's, so I would knock out Diamondback after FoF and Firehawk. Also, the Beast is known by the GP as a great night ride, so expect longer lines even towards closing.

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^ No incident happened. Probably stupid insurance reasons but they are pointless either way. It did not affect the ride experience, but slowed down dispatch times significantly to like 5 minutes each. Like I said, this was in July so I'm not sure if they sped up later in the season.

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Diamondback's staff sped up quite a bit by the time I went last year. If Kings Island could, they'd enforce the new loose article policy on Diamondback like they did for Banshee and soon to be Fury (basically, you can't get in line with anything besides what can fit inside a zippered pocket) but I kind of didn't mind the staff taking bags and cups from everyone while they stepped into the train on Diamondback. Helped the load time quite a bit.

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^ No incident happened. Probably stupid insurance reasons but they are pointless either way. It did not affect the ride experience, but slowed down dispatch times significantly to like 5 minutes each. Like I said, this was in July so I'm not sure if they sped up later in the season.

 

When I visited Kings Island (Banshee Bash in late July), the Diamondback crew was getting trains out in about 90 seconds. While it isn't as good as a B&M hyper with just a lapbar, it's not bad by any means. Kings Island had better than average ride operators by Cedar Fair standards (and the Banshee crew was absolutely amazing), so it would really surprise me if dispatches were actually taking five minutes.

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