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I'm guessing that it's going to be a plants vs zombies conversation of the Dino theater.

 

I'm going with this prediction as well!

 

Would that then get rid of Urgent Scare for Halloween Haunt? Keeping that open year round, instead of closing it off for Halloween Haunt. Not that it's not overdue to be replaced with a new haunted house/attraction.

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My hubby, friends and I are planning on a trip to Kings Island on Saturday, October 8. None of us have ever been during their Halloween event so are Saturdays pretty crazy busy? What is their Halloween event like? It's open 11am-1am that day and we're planning on being there for the long haul.

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My hubby, friends and I are planning on a trip to Kings Island on Saturday, October 8. None of us have ever been during their Halloween event so are Saturdays pretty crazy busy? What is their Halloween event like? It's open 11am-1am that day and we're planning on being there for the long haul.

 

Saturday's are very busy for Halloween Haunt, I would recommend buying Fright Lane to get front of the line for the haunted houses, if that's your goal. Or fast lane if your goal is the roller coasters. The park is open 11a to 1a, but the houses don't open until 6 or 7p. The outdoor one's might not open until 8p. I enjoy Halloween Haunt a lot, the houses aren't all that "scary", but with that being said, I have been going every Friday night for the last 5+ years, so I have the houses laid out and know what's going to happen next.

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I think its something to do with Action Theater too, but I wish for a little more.

 

You mean like a new GCI wood coaster? Then I have spectacular news...

 

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They're building a new coaster!?

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Saturday's are very busy for Halloween Haunt, I would recommend buying Fright Lane to get front of the line for the haunted houses, if that's your goal. Or fast lane if your goal is the roller coasters. The park is open 11a to 1a, but the houses don't open until 6 or 7p. The outdoor one's might not open until 8p. I enjoy Halloween Haunt a lot, the houses aren't all that "scary", but with that being said, I have been going every Friday night for the last 5+ years, so I have the houses laid out and know what's going to happen next.

 

Thanks! My hubby and I were just there 2 weeks ago so I got to ride the coasters then but we'll definitely look into the passes. With it being said, I love being scared to death and we all love going ghost hunting when we get a chance.

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Kings Island Announces the return of Winterfest for 2017!

 

After a 12-year absence, the long awaited return of WinterFest will provide Gold season passholders and Tristate residents with four seasons of fun at the 364-acre amusement and water park.

 

The focal point of WinterFest will be the world’s largest Christmas tree display with the park’s iconic 314-foot tall Eiffel Tower decorated with thousands of lights which will be seen for miles.

 

Below the Eiffel Tower, International Street will be transformed into a colorful and quaint winter village, featuring the fun of holidays past – outdoor ice skating on the park’s Royal Fountain, Christmas carolers, and homemade crafts.

 

Tasty foods, colorful gifts, live stage shows, fun rides, and of course, Santa’s workshop will all be part of WinterFest’s warmth and excitement.

 

Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train.

 

Operating dates, hours and ticket prices for WinterFest will be announced at a later date. The event will be included free for 2017 Gold and Platinum season passholders.

 

More details: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/what-s-new/winterfest

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Winterfest!

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/what-s-new/winterfest

 

Kinda seems that there won't be any coasters or thrill rides running though. Wasn't that part of the problem with the original winterfest years ago?

 

"Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train."

 

I don't think they gave it enough time to "catch" on, Christmas is all about tradition, giving something 1 year to "make it big", isn't allowing you to build the tradition. I thought it was fantastic when I went the last time it was going, was hoping to make it a tradition with my family, unfortunately that was cut short. Hopefully it catches on bigger and they decide to keep it around.

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Winterfest!

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/what-s-new/winterfest

 

Kinda seems that there won't be any coasters or thrill rides running though. Wasn't that part of the problem with the original winterfest years ago?

 

"Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train."

 

I don't think they gave it enough time to "catch" on, Christmas is all about tradition, giving something 1 year to "make it big", isn't allowing you to build the tradition. I thought it was fantastic when I went the last time it was going, was hoping to make it a tradition with my family, unfortunately that was cut short. Hopefully it catches on bigger and they decide to keep it around.

 

I guess too that we may see plans change between now and November of 2017. They may decide between now and then to get a few rides up and running.

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Kinda seems that there won't be any coasters or thrill rides running though. Wasn't that part of the problem with the original winterfest years ago?"

 

I honestly feel like Cedar Fair needs to learn from Six Flags (you don't hear anyone say that very often) and stop being so conservative with their winter events. Their ride lineup at Great America is a joke and I feel like if they planned on having any major coasters open here they would have announced that.

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Winterfest!

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/what-s-new/winterfest

 

Kinda seems that there won't be any coasters or thrill rides running though. Wasn't that part of the problem with the original winterfest years ago?

 

"Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train."

 

I don't think they gave it enough time to "catch" on, Christmas is all about tradition, giving something 1 year to "make it big", isn't allowing you to build the tradition. I thought it was fantastic when I went the last time it was going, was hoping to make it a tradition with my family, unfortunately that was cut short. Hopefully it catches on bigger and they decide to keep it around.

 

I guess too that we may see plans change between now and November of 2017. They may decide between now and then to get a few rides up and running.

 

I agree, wouldn't be that hard to get a couple of the indoor rides operating would be my guess, good thing about announcing this early, they can listen for feedback and adjust as it get's closer.

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Well here's a good example, I'm from Cleveland and without any real rides running, I see no reason to make the trip down there. As it has been announced, it will only really appeal to anybody living in Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs. I can see Christmas lights and ride a merry-go-round at places that are within 10 minutes from my house.... why should I drive 3.5 hours for pretty much the same thing.

Just my 2 cents

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Well here's a good example, I'm from Cleveland and without any real rides running, I see no reason to make the trip down there. As it has been announced, it will only really appeal to anybody living in Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs. I can see Christmas lights and ride a merry-go-round at places that are within 10 minutes from my house.... why should I drive 3.5 hours for pretty much the same thing.

Just my 2 cents

 

Yeah, I'd be going a few extra hours to Dollywood or Great Adventure if I were you.

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Well here's a good example, I'm from Cleveland and without any real rides running, I see no reason to make the trip down there. As it has been announced, it will only really appeal to anybody living in Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs. I can see Christmas lights and ride a merry-go-round at places that are within 10 minutes from my house.... why should I drive 3.5 hours for pretty much the same thing.

Just my 2 cents

 

I agree. It's more meant for locals, but also, look at the Cincinnati Zoo, they have the festival of lights every year and if anyone has ever tried to go, you know how crazy the crowds are especially on the weekends. A normal 5 minute drive off the exit to the Zoo turns into a 45-60 minute wait, just to park. If done correctly, can be very successful for the park and the company.

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I wonder if our platinum passes get us into winterfest?

 

The last time they had Winterfest, I believe it was separate admission, but I think it was still owned by Paramount at that time. That would be nice to be able to get into this with the passes, instead of paying another fee.

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Does anyone know if the Christmas in July was successful for KI or not? My family and I went to the breakfast with Santa that they had, I thought there was a pretty good turn out for it and overall very well done. I wonder if that was a test to determine if they would release Winterfest or not?

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