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Restraints aside, as enthusiasts, I think we forget that a high percentage of people are terrified of going upside down. The thought of having a wood coaster that doesn't invert at all surprising everyone with a slow inversion in a dark shed at the end of the ride is borderline evil.

 

To add to this is if I may. You also don't want the GP or anyone else to not ride cause they might think "oh that new wooden coaster goes upside down? It must be Son of Beast 2.0"

 

 

Also the park operating hours have been posted and the opening weekend and the weekend after that are interesting. The park will be closed the Friday before Opening day for a private event, and will be open to the public the next day! the following weekend, Friday and Saturday open for public and that Sunday will be closed for a private event?

 

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/hours-directions/kings-island-park-hours

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I don't know why no one else has pointed out the obvious yet. The Shed has LSMs in it, and we've only seen the first 1/3 of the PoV. After stopping in the shed, it blasts backwards through the track, ALMOST to the point of reaching the first lift chain, but then rolls forward through the course for a total of 3 uses switchback railway style.

 

Anyone who doesn't see this plainly obvious ruse is a fool. First triple-use continuous circuit wooden coaster, first LSM backwards launch non-hybrid wooden coaster. You heard it here first.

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whoa they are open on that first Sunday. It looks like whomever rents the park out picked Friday instead

 

The first Sunday is on Easter this year, and one week earlier than usual. It still looks like the usual Sunday buyout is on the 23rd. The private event on Good Friday appears to be something different.

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The pictures are great, and I'm sure the ride will be too, but I have to admit now that I've seen it from this angle it isn't quite as much of a "run through the woods" as I was expecting.

My thoughts exactly, but they need a lot of space for construction. Im not sure yet if I would rather have liked to have seen Mystic Timbers use the ravine to the left of the rapids and the right of the train bridge or the current site it is now.

 

Ideally, I would have liked for them to have used both the ravine for the out portion and the area over the rapids for the back portion so the clearing in the woods wouldn't be so wide.

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Kings Island's instagram just uploaded this picture with the caption "Notice anything different in this photo?"

Let the speculation begin

My thoughts of course are simply that Vortex is getting a new sign, because the park should warn everyone well in advance of when Vortex's final season will be.

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It looks like snow to me. Snow doesn't spontaneously combust when it gets above freezing. It's on the side of a small hill which means that it's probably in the shade for a large portion of the day which is why it's still there.

 

It wouldn't be snow its been average about 50 degrees for the past week. It would have melted by now.

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Interesting. It's not the worst coaster at Kings Island, but it is large and certainly unpopular. They don't need to remove any coasters, but I can see them having a lot better uses for the land it's on.

 

Every time I've been to KI it has had a decent line, I wouldn't call it unpopular.

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Interesting. It's not the worst coaster at Kings Island, but it is large and certainly unpopular. They don't need to remove any coasters, but I can see them having a lot better uses for the land it's on.

 

 

What do you consider the worst coaster at KI, just out of curiosity?

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Restraints aside, as enthusiasts, I think we forget that a high percentage of people are terrified of going upside down. The thought of having a wood coaster that doesn't invert at all surprising everyone with a slow inversion in a dark shed at the end of the ride is borderline evil.

It's not unprecedented, although it wasn't on a wooden coaster.

 

I don't know if GCI's restraint system would be up to the task though.

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Interesting. It's not the worst coaster at Kings Island, but it is large and certainly unpopular. They don't need to remove any coasters, but I can see them having a lot better uses for the land it's on.

 

 

What do you consider the worst coaster at KI, just out of curiosity?

I woul rank Invertigo and Flying Ace Aerial Chase lower, but I will say that Invertigo is far better than a normal boomerang. Flying Ace Aerial Chase had some rattling that Steel Lasso did not, but otherwise was fun. They don't really have a bad coaster there; just that the bottom few are rather mediocre.

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As a Kings Island native I absolutely love Vortex. But nostalgia aside, this ride has been on a severe decline in quality the past 4 or so years. It has been a staple in modern roller coaster technology, as well as for the park itself. I could, however, see it leaving the park within the next 5 years. Kings Island being the somewhat "locals" theme park that it markets itself to be, relies heavily on season pass sales. The ride locally has a lasting reputation of being rough, intense, and nauseating. Pretty much any person you hear getting off the ride will say so. As far as lines go I am sure Kings Island has the capacity numbers and are looking at it closely. Most of the time the ride is a walk on, except for the busy times of the year where most people in line are here on vacation and have no idea what they are in for. As much as I would hate for this ride to go, it has become a reality lately that some day soon we will have to part ways.

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