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Adventure Express - The surprisingly nicely themed lift at the end was unexpected...as, unfortunately, the fact that it turns right back into the station from there. Anticlimactic doesn't even come close to describing it...but still, the rest of the coaster is pretty exciting for a family coaster. 7/10, could be better if it weren't for that ending.

 

This is what makes Adventure Express so classic!! It's so hilarious the huge build up when all of it use to work, and then you turn into the station. That's the reason everyone loves the ride.

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Can anyone tell me if there's a reasonable method of getting from Cincinnati to Kings Island without a car?

 

I've been striking out trying to locate an efficient transit, train or shuttle service that doesn't require multiple transfers at weird times of the day. I found a taxi service that offers a $30 flat-rate fee (each way), but past experience tells me all that does is leave you trapped at the park at closing.

 

Figure it's at least worth asking before I just give up and rent a car.

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Taxi is really your only bet as the park is a good 20 miles north of the city. Are you flying in? If so that will make it worse as the airport is actually in Kentucky.

I'll be in Cincinnati for a wedding; as a passenger in someone else's car though. The car owner is anti-amusement park in every way.

 

My coaster trip budget is already maxed out for the summer so I'm trying to do a first-ever trip to KI as cheaply as possible. It's not helping that the Canadian dollar is taking massive nosedives in the last week (currently $0.76 for every US Dollar... and falling daily).

 

Oh well, I'm just gonna suck it up and rent the damn car. No way I'm being that close to a new-to-me park with a Platinum Pass and not going.

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Your friend won't drop you off? It's right off the major highway, I71 so it's pretty easy to get to from any part of Cincinnati. From downtown it should only be a 25 minute drive unless you're near rush hour. (Traffic will start building between downtown and KI around 3:30) And there's a convenient drop off area. And you could buy a ticket online, drink water, and get a snack in the park for less than 50 bucks, I believe.

 

Throw your friend 50 bucks! It's pretty expensive to rent a car, and time consuming. I'd use that as a last resort. Try downloading Uber or Lyft (personal Taxi apps, I'm sure you've heard of), too. You get 20 bucks off your first ride if you're a new member.

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My "friend" is actually a grumpy old man (related to me by marriage) that doesn't respect or even acknowledge "grown men that go to amusement parks intended for little girls." One of those. ugh.

 

I rather pay for the car rental.

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My "friend" is actually a grumpy old man (related to me by marriage) that doesn't respect or even acknowledge "grown men that go to amusement parks intended for little girls." One of those. ugh.

 

I rather pay for the car rental.

 

Oh, crap. Sorry to hear that! What a crotchety fun sucker. There are TPR members in the Cincy area, sorry none of them are reaching out! There used to be a stronger presence in Cincy.

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^ That's a really great idea.

 

Anyone in or around Cincinnati with a car on Tuesday August 18th want to go to the park with me? I'll provide gas, free parking, food and drinks (up to a value equal to that of a car rental).

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Where in Cincy do you need to be picked up and dropped off? If it is east side I may be able to help.

I'm not very familiar with the city, but I do know that we're staying somewhere near the University/Zoo area.

 

Honestly, I would try Uber. The Bus system (go metro) does run to Kings Island from that area, but looks like because of scheduling it would be an hour and a half trip. If I was in that area, I would pick you up and take you, but not gonna be down that way on that day. Or, you might want to find out the exact hotel, and contact them to see if they have a shuttle service. A lot of them do around there to take people to the airport, but they might be able to run you to Kings Island also.

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We have a trip coming up to Kings Island soon, and I can not stop thinking about Drop Tower. I have a love hate relationship with Drop Towers... I love the drop on them once I realize that I am not dying... But I HATE the slow ride to the top, and the sitting up there waiting to drop.

 

Having never been on an Intamin Drop Tower... I have only been on S&S Combo towers... How bad is Drop Tower?? Like do you mentally freak out all the way up, or is it not as bad as I am thinking, and I am just over reacting???

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Drop Tower isn't bad at all. They do assign seats and if you can get a view facing the Eiffel Tower/park or Banshee you get an amazing view. My ride last Wednesday had me facing Banshee and what an awesome view of the ride from up there.

 

Kings Island's Drop Tower does a single rotation as it begins going up and then it goes up pretty quick until you get to the top where it slows down.

 

Which brings the question - can Intamin program their gyro drops to do more than one rotation going up, like a gyro tower, and then stop rotating just prior to reaching the top?

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Bugeyed

 

How long do you plan on going to the park? I just need more details before make an offer to help. I don't want to make the wife mad by making a commitment that would annoy her

 

There is a slight chance to get you transportation but I most likely would not be able to hang out. Also slight chance of getting you Great Pumpkin coaster credit if your a credit whore. I don't want to get your hopes up I can try to help.

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We have a trip coming up to Kings Island soon, and I can not stop thinking about Drop Tower. I have a love hate relationship with Drop Towers... I love the drop on them once I realize that I am not dying... But I HATE the slow ride to the top, and the sitting up there waiting to drop.

 

Having never been on an Intamin Drop Tower... I have only been on S&S Combo towers... How bad is Drop Tower?? Like do you mentally freak out all the way up, or is it not as bad as I am thinking, and I am just over reacting???

 

I like the Intamin Drop towers better than S&S towers. The one at Kings Island gives me major butterflies every time!

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Bugeyed

 

How long do you plan on going to the park? I just need more details before make an offer to help. I don't want to make the wife mad by making a commitment that would annoy her

 

There is a slight chance to get you transportation but I most likely would not be able to hang out. Also slight chance of getting

you Great Pumpkin coaster credit if your a credit whore. I don't want to get your hopes up I can try to help.

 

I really appreciate your offer (and everyone's advice). I decided last night to pre-pay a car rental for the day. In the end the extra money seemed well spent to allow me to autonomously enjoy the park for a full day. And to my surprise it was actually quite a lot less expensive for a single day rental than it would have been in Canada.

 

Again, thank you to everyone for their very kind offers of transport and advice. Can't wait to visit your park for the first time on August 18th!

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Hello everybody,

My family and I, 4 people total, are making a trip from Chicago to come and visit Kings Island. It is our to be our first ever visit to Kings Island. We are going to be at the park for two days. What techniques and advice can you give a first time visitor to making the most most of their trip? What order should we hit the rides in? Is there anything that cannot be missed? Are there any cool tips or tricks that you have? Any things that are like hidden in the park? We want to make the most of our two days at Kings Island so any help and advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Ride FireHawk and Flight of Fear at opening to avoid long lines

Visit the park at night one day to get rides on Beast, Banshee, and Diamondback

The WindSeeker rides are more fun than people give them credit for

Don't forget about The Bat as it's not the most visible ride to find

Ride in the 2nd row of a car on Racer for a smooth fun ride on a classic

 

You can totally knock everything out in the park in two days and have plenty of time for re-rides.

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Just randomly logged on to the webcams, and managed to catch Diamondback transferring off for the night. This is why I love park webcams. You get to catch some things like this that you may not see every day. Not that transferring a train is all that special, but it is still fun to watch!

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^Start by turning the rudder outwards. Right when you hit the peak height of the swing out, turn it back inward. Repeat this process to build up your swing momentum. When you get really high, turn the rudder inward really fast. That will make the flyer dive down fast enough that the front cables go slack, and voila! You've snapped your flyer. Some flyers snap harder than others (Knoebels. OMG ), and some don't snap at all (Holiday World). Kings Islands snapping action is somewhere in the middle. Pretty fun, but not crazy either.

 

Hope this makes sense. The rhythm is pretty easy to pick up once you get into it.

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Thank you very much. I will try that out today.

 

Also, where was Flight Commander located? Here is a picture of its queue but I couldn't find where it was.

While on Windseeker, I saw a theater in the back by the Racer, so I was wondering if they still do shows there?

Are there any like old or abandoned things to check out?

Remnants of old rides?

Also, I have heard that there are still footers from the original Bat. Is that true? If so, where can I see them?

 

Thank you.

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Thank you very much. I will try that out today.

 

Also, where was Flight Commander located? Here is a picture of its queue but I couldn't find where it was.

While on Windseeker, I saw a theater in the back by the Racer, so I was wondering if they still do shows there?

Are there any like old or abandoned things to check out?

Remnants of old rides?

Also, I have heard that there are still footers from the original Bat. Is that true? If so, where can I see them?

 

Thank you.

 

I know you can see old King Cobra footers on the first drop of Banshee.

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Thank you very much. I will try that out today.

 

Also, where was Flight Commander located? Here is a picture of its queue but I couldn't find where it was.

While on Windseeker, I saw a theater in the back by the Racer, so I was wondering if they still do shows there?

Are there any like old or abandoned things to check out?

Remnants of old rides?

Also, I have heard that there are still footers from the original Bat. Is that true? If so, where can I see them?

 

Thank you.

 

The Flight Commander queue is located right between the Racer and Shake Rattle & Roll. The original concrete pad for the ride is still there too. It's elevated around 6 or 8 feet higher than the main path, so the queue is kind of tucked away behind some trees and the old ride platform.

 

Also, the Bat footers are found underneath Vortex, because that's where Bat was before Vortex was built in it's place. Some of the footers are half-buried in the ground, but you should still be able to find them if you look closely.

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Here's the Flight Commander queue and ride platform.

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