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

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For the record, that photo was taken in Fall of 2014 with a drone the park used.

 

I'm still keeping my eye on the area where the old funnel cake stand was. They built a whole new funnel stand, are moving the basketball throw under Diamondback's helix as well as putting a new soccer game next to it. And they also are redirecting the entrance (and i think exit) for the rapids ride, so something is happening with a good-sized plot of land in rivertown.

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Kings Island was designated as StormReady by the National Weather Service. It's a process that ensures the quality of their plans for preparedness, communication, shelter and safety during severe weather. They join a few other Cedar Fair parks with the designation, including Cedar Point.

 

Press release from Kings Island / Press release from the NWS

 

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As I broke the news yesterday on my facebook page, "Kings Island: Past Present and Future", KI has posed the new park map.

 

Noticeable things are the new games under Diamondback's helix before the splashdown, the new funnel cake stand, tropical plunge, new FunPix™ locations... and a big empty space where old funnel cake stand was in rivertown.

 

www.visitkingsisland.com/plan-a-visit/park-map

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New map design looks nice! But a new coaster in rivertown?............I cant see it.

 

I'm not guessing we'll see a Rivertown coaster either, but I'm definitely guessing that there's a good chance we could see a Gerstlauer Sky Roller like Canada's Wonderland is getting this year.

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Photo creds to the parks twiter! Slide pieces leading out of the splash pools have been installed!

 

 

^Honestly i can possibly see that. Mainly because CW is like a testing ground for Cedar Fair. Im still kinda wishing maybe they bring back a newer version of an old ride people loved back in the 70's, Like a rotor, an enterprise, or antique cars.

 

 

*Edit 3/26/2016 Just found a couple more recent picture (yes its recent) that a friend reposted from the KIGames twitter page. Looks like the games this year will be going digital!

 

Also found on Greg Scheid's twitter that the restrooms across from Hank's burrito shack (near the beginning of Coney Mall by Racer) is being completely updated.

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EDIT 3/26/2016 Photo cred to Greg Scheid's twitter.

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EDIT 3/26/2016 Photo cred to KIGames on twitter

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I'm wondering if they'll use Son of Beast's old station for the new B&M Giga gate coaster rumored for 2017 or 2018? If so, it's gonna be one long ride...Possibly longer than Fury 325? Maybe they even use the Son of Beast name. If the rumors are true, it's going to be interesting.

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I don´t agree with the front gate coaster thing simply because Matt has said that KI already has a fantastic front gate. I don´t see a giga happening either tbh. In a park that doesn´t get very good ROI for new attractions, I don´t think a $30 million giga coaster is the answer.

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Roller coasters that could fit in that little Rivertown spot:

 

Compact LIM invert like Wicked Twister

S&S free spin 4D coaster

an "El Loco"

A sky loop/ Premier's better version of a sky loop

An 800 foot tall polar coaster

 

Roller coasters that I think they will put in that little Rivertown spot:

 

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A sky roller, though. I had the opportunity to ride that sort of ride at Dreamworld Gold Coast, and it was fantastic. I would be ecstatic if that's what they're planning to put in that spot.

 

As far as a giga goes... I can see them doing it, but I can't see them doing the gatekeeper thing with it. I'd say it's much more likely to start in the old SOB station and travel around the behind x-flig--- I mean firehawk and flight of fear.

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If KI and CW are getting big coasters for 2017/18 and with CGA's upcoming expansions, I guess KD will continue to get shafted

Why do you think CW is getting something big?

 

Screamscape seems to think so. They also thought Michigan's Adventure was getting a clone of Lightning Run this year, though, so...

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A giga could definitely work for KI, but not as a "gate coaster." I could see the station going where Dinos Alive is now, stretching behind Firehawk and Flight of Fear and into the old SOB/Safari land.

 

As far as the Rivertown expansion goes, I'd rather see the Antique cars return over a coaster, but if a coaster is in the works, my choice would be a GCI twister. As great as Racer and Beast are, KI could use another more modern woodie. Something compact and fast-paced like Thunderhead.

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The only problem I see with KI getting a Giga coaster is Cedar Point being 3 hours away. From a locals perspective, yes, the park could likely support one. From a business perspective however, taking away from Millennium Force at their flagship park and undermining it with a bigger Giga 3 hours away is bad business. We'll see what happens, Banshee was a great addition and there's many things the park can add besides a Giga also.

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I'm. It sure that would happen in reality, a lot of GP makes a whole vacation based on being on the peninsula of CP, plus it's nothing compared to TTD to the GP... Even if it hurts for one year, the line up at CP is much more of a pull to there for many more families...

 

I would love to see a gate coaster at KI, but I don't think we would see it completely CHANGE the front of the park like they did at CP, that dining room over the gates is used quite a lot for events, and they would have to find a way to incorporate something of that nature into the new design...

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I can see them getting a giga but it won't be "bigger" than MF. Meaning it will be shorter in height, slightly slower in speed, and shorter in length.

 

I am just tired of KD getting left behind in the big ride dept. Granted they got a giga a while ago but Carrowinds got a B&M hyper and then a giga 5 years later. KD got a giga and then uhh oh yeah Maxair but lost a coaster too (not that losing SW bothers me at all). KI got a B&M hyper and then a nice invert 6 years later and now probably a giga. Wonderland has gotten 3 new coasters in 6 years.

 

I guess since KD got Dominator from GL they held off on anything else. Rumor mill suggests all they are getting is Hurler retracked (not redone) and nothing else. I shouldn't complain to be honest since I do have both KD and BG to go to within an hour from my home.

 

 

EDIT - I may be in the minority here but if I am making a trip to CP then I am definitely going to add an extra day to go to KI as well. Both parks are so worth the visit. I enjoyed both them a lot when we went about 4 years ago

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Either:

A) Giga back in the back where dino's is and stuff (ive seen dozers on the banshee webcams a couple times rooting around there) and maybe a small yet noteable flat ride in rivertown

 

OR

 

B) A rivertown complete renovation complete with a nice new GCI wooden (or RMC coaster) and park upgardes

 

 

Honestly i feel like we're getting a coaster, i would love to walk the park on opening day and try to see anything unusual happening but thats prom weekend. Cant miss that on your senior year . That next weekend (the 23rd - 24th) If i have a day off ill stay at the park and look around.

 

 

 

 

There was recently some Gold colored track spotted at the B&M plant in Batavia...........Could be going anywhere.........

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