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

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That'd be great if it was a remake of SOB but more up to date! With a few headstones while before you get on and Banshee was one of them lol. I saw that the Mr. Ouimet was at KI yesterday from some post's on their Instagram account people was saying. Anyone else see him there from here?

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Laser Beast Banshee on Fire?

 

But in all seriousness, how would you think KI would market this? Assuming it is a GCI, I would assume it would be barely over 100 ft, as almost every other design they have made. While a high-end GCI may be the best ride in a park with fewer coasters, I cannot picture this as being a marquee attraction at Kings Island. Even if it is one of the better GCI's, it would probably still not be considered a top three ride in the park by both the GP and enthusiasts. Would it be possible that they would market this as a family-oriented coaster, even if it is one of the better GCI's?

 

I am not saying that every new ride has to be giga coaster, but I am saying that it seems a bit odd for a park that added Firehawk, Diamondback, and Banshee back to back to back would decide to throw in a standard GCI (assuming that is what this is). I am saying that it is possible that they are going for a more-family oriented vibe, as advertising a new family coaster would make sense after the slew of highly thrilling coasters.

 

The only other situation that seems similar to this was Tatsu and Apoc at SFMM. They added Tatsu, which was a great fit for a park of its size. A few years later, the giant B&M was followed by a small GCI. It is interesting that Kings Island seems to be doing a similar thing.

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I'd have a hard time seeing it as a family coaster if it's 100 feet tall.

Two words: Powder Keg.

 

Screamin' Eagle comes to mind before Powder Keg imo, but yeah that too

Powder Keg was marketed as a family coaster. Screamin' Eagle was marketed as the tallest, fastest, longest coaster in the world.

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I'd have a hard time seeing it as a family coaster if it's 100 feet tall.

Two words: Powder Keg.

 

Screamin' Eagle comes to mind before Powder Keg imo, but yeah that too

Powder Keg was marketed as a family coaster. Screamin' Eagle was marketed as the tallest, fastest, longest coaster in the world.

 

Yeah but Eagle has the 42" height requirement and when I was at SFStL all the kids at the park wanted to ride it. It may have not started that way but it certainly is a family coaster now.

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Cheetah Hunt and Powder Keg were marketed as family coasters, and these designs are in some ways more intimidating than most GCI's. Additionally, Powder Keg was an addition to a park that was not particularly known for its coaster selection at the time, and it was still marketed as a family ride (as awesome as it is). Compare this to Kings Island, who has added a flying coaster, a hyper coaster, and a giant inverted coaster all in the past ten years. Additionally, they already have one of the most legendary wood coasters in the world. So, it makes sense to have a standard GCI marketed as a family of smaller coaster.

 

Also, I believe WOF to be a offering comparison with Prowler. Yes, they had a hyper coaster and a large invert when they marketed Prowler as their next thrill coaster, but WOF is a smaller park that did not already have a wood coaster as well-known as the Beast. Also, their hyper is far older, while Diamondback is still new-ish.

 

The ride itself will be good, but this seems like a bit of a strange addition considering the rest of the lineup, unless they go for the family vibe.

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At KI today. More trees removed from around the train station area. Also noticed trees being removed behind the Beast. Especially underneath the first bunny hop hill coming out of the first tunnel. From the top of the Racer turn around, behind the dinosaurs alive in a field is a large number of pallets shrink

wrapped that suspiciously look like track pieces of some kind. Sorry, no way for me to legally take pictures of the pallets

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At KI today. More trees removed from around the train station area. Also noticed trees being removed behind the Beast. Especially underneath the first bunny hop hill coming out of the first tunnel. From the top of the Racer turn around, behind the dinosaurs alive in a field is a large number of pallets shrink

wrapped that suspiciously look like track pieces of some kind. Sorry, no way for me to legally take pictures of the pallets

Not sure what the tree removal near The Beast would be for, but I'm pretty sure the area behind Racer and Dinos is for the fireworks.

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