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Today was Media Day for Mystic Timbers and yes, I found out what is in the shed, and yes we are going to tell you! First off, the ride. If you're a fan of GCI wood coasters, you're going to love Mystic Timbers! It's fast, it's out of control, switches directions faster than you can anticipate, has plenty of pops of air, and overall a *solid* ride. This is not a "family" GCI woodie and it's more along the lines of Gold Striker or Prowler as far as longer, spread out GCI coasters. This one's a hit!

 

I got to ride both while it was still night and during the day and while it's a really good ride during the day, holy crap was it crazy at night. Makes me wonder after people discover it, which ride will have the longer night ride line, Mystic Timbers or The Beast. Hmm...

 

As for "What's in the Shed?" Watch the video below. Yes, I'm having fun with it and yes I'm hamming it up to an extreme (seriously, what did you expect from me?) but what I describe is actually *EXACTLY* what is in the shed! Not joking! Now there are different variations. One time we got Hall & Oats, another time we got Gary Newman's Cars. I also heard that Ace of Base is in there and Bonnie Tyler, but I never heard those two.

 

Basically you pull into the brake run which is themed to an abandoned shed due to some really unexplainable scary stuff that happened in the 1980s (yes, that's the story line) and the first thing that happens is you see some beat up "shed stuff" with an old cassette player. It plays a song for you. You can dance, you can enjoy it. It's there. Next you advance into a room with some projections of "spoooooooky things!" We saw angry trees, bats, I heard there were lizards, too. I think some eyes glowed at you and there was some nice product placement with a beat up Coca-Cola machine. And that's what's in the shed! lol

 

Honestly, it's "fine." I think as the park told me "Normally you just sit on the brake run waiting for the train in front of you to finish loading and dispatching. We just wanted to give the rider something to look at and have fun with it." And that's exactly what it is. Those of you who were expecting a drop track or an inversion, or giant ladies to come tickle you with feathers, re-adjust your expectations now.

 

I actually think it would have been funny as hell if you pulled into that first room and just heard Rick Astley on the tape deck playing! That would have been the ultimate theme park "We trolled you!!!" and it would have made me very happy! lol But the show scene is nice, too.

 

Anyway onto some photos & video!

Yes, that video does in fact reveal What's In The Shed!

 

And here is the park-supplied POV and B-Roll for your viewing pleasure:

 

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Here I am at Kings Island at 5am. I want you all to know that I normally don't even start getting out of bed until around 10am, so you can see the sacrifice I'm making here! lol

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It's still dark, but there are fountains.

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I'm tired, and I needed reminding where I was...

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I walked a few hundred feet from sign A to sign B and yet again forgotten. Thankfully I know now.

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Here's the ride entrance sign. But it's night time. It looks exactly the same during the day. But lighter.

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I took this sort of blurry picture of the train and people's bald heads. It's the only picture of the train that I took because I'm horrible at this.

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The sun is starting to rise and you can see that blue stuff in the air behind the coaster.

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This is probably going to be the best picture I'll take the whole day, so it's cool if you want to stop reading right now.

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I had to wear this thing in order to ride.

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It had my name on it! I love it! You know you're a celebrity at a coaster media event when everyone is wearing your name around their necks! lol I did do some TV interviews and newspaper stuff. If anyone happens to see them, please link us!

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There's a magical disappearing podium. It disappeared shortly after everything was done and it was never heard from again.

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Mike Koontz came out and said some words.

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Rob Decker said more words and things.

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Adam House was all "Doesn't GCI kick ass? Yeah we do, baby!"

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Don was all "pardon me while I eat this microphone. OM NOM NOM!"

 

Seriously though, great presentation. Short and to the point. And that's how we like it!

Here's the replay of the live stream:

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I figured we'll throw in some POV shots for you. This is "Imma gonna carry the train thing up the hill" section.

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This is the top of the hill where you see more roller coasters.

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You can see the ride is "Twisty" but I didn't say "Twiiiiisty" in the video because that's sooooo 2010!

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And here is the shed. Today we tweeted about things that could be in the shed, and this is what we tweeted:

 

#WhatsInTheShed? Measles. Everyone gets measles.

#WhatsInTheShed A giant spider web filled with fruit!

#WhatsInTheShed The nuclear fridge from Indiana Jones 4.

#WhatsInTheShed Hall & Oats are in the shed!

#WhatsInTheShed A guy with a megaphone saying "don't go in the shed."

#WhatsInTheShed The Boners of the Elderly.

 

One of them was 100% true. Another one was sort of true.

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Here's pictures of the roller coaster thingy.

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People seem to be having fun, but they were also promised free food, and that goes a long way at a media event! lol

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Dude. Front Row. Left Side. Has issues.

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Dear Kings Island. Please do not listen to the tree hugging hippies and mercilessly chop all these down. That would have been such a great photo!

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Cut these while you're at it. Thanks!

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This is the front of the train. It turns out you're in a crappy old truck going on a joy-ride. They didn't supply me with any Coors Light though and I'm OK with that.

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This sign has words on it. It's themed to a book that also has words.

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Here's the actual truck you're supposed to be riding in.

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#WhatsInTheSecondShed

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Hung out with Nick today at Kings Island. We both have similar social media woes. This means we need more alcohol.

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We took a picture. It was a nice picture. I'm trying to attack Cassy. Travis is all "LookatmeI'mcool!" Other dude sat down next me and said "I have no issues with you." And I was all... "Thanks...I guess?" It's cool, though. I have no issues with me either! lol

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Tomorrow this goose will be in the shed.

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They gave is this nice bag and a commemorative media day ticket framed! I'm actually giving one away on our Twitter, so go try to win it!

 

That's it! Media day DONE! Get out and ride Mystic Timbers. We'll be back at Kings Island later in the year!

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Thanks for the complete media day overview, Robb! Looks like a nice little coaster and the shed is pretty much what I figured it'd be. How long do media events last, on average?

It depends on the event. This one was from 5am - 11am. The upcoming Disney one is 3 days! lol

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After watching the POV's of the shed... wow that's hilariously bad. Could they not afford to make the projection screen the right size or aspect ratio? it's got white space all around the image.

 

Wow. Coaster looks great though!

 

I present Exhibit A "Adventure Express" a great coaster but an ending that makes you laugh and go "WTF was that?"

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I got to ride both while it was still night and during the day and while it's a really good ride during the day, holy crap was it crazy at night. Makes me wonder after people discover it, which ride will have the longer night ride line, Mystic Timbers or The Beast. Hmm...

Yes, the first Beast at night comparison! This has been a bigger question than the shed for me since it was announced. I can't wait to hear what more people think on this, especially as the ride ages.

 

Basically you pull into the brake run which is themed to an abandoned shed due to some really unexplainable scary stuff that happened in the 1980s (yes, that's the story line) and the first thing that happens is you see some beat up "shed stuff" with an old cassette player. It plays a song for you. You can dance, you can enjoy it. It's there. Next you advance into a room with some projections of "spoooooooky things!" We saw angry trees, bats, I heard there were lizards, too. I think some eyes glowed at you and there was some nice product placement with a beat up Coca-Cola machine. And that's what's in the shed! lol

I wonder if the park'll change up the "shows" for Haunt or not.

 

Honestly, it's "fine." I think as the park told me "Normally you just sit on the brake run waiting for the train in front of you to finish loading and dispatching. We just wanted to give the rider something to look at and have fun with it." And that's exactly what it is. Those of you who were expecting a drop track or an inversion, or giant ladies to come tickle you with feathers, re-adjust your expectations now.

Makes stacking a little more enjoyable. And depending on how it's received, I can easily see other parks adding "sheds."

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Great report! I'm glad I kept my expectations for what's in the shed pretty low, because this is Cedar Fair, and with all of the techy stuff they have been doing lately, I was expecting nothing more than some effects/screens/music. Looks like a GREAT coaster (pun intended), and it makes me even more excited to finally try Gold Striker this summer.

 

Haven't been to KI since 2014 and I loved it. One day I will get back... one day.

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Great coverage of the event. Your shed reaction had me rolling! Also caught me on the first drop "free food" pic. I somehow managed to be the darkest figure on that train! Much of what you said reflected my thoughts as well. A great, solid coaster overall! The shed definitely adds to the experience, and I'm happy that they chose to do something interesting instead of just have riders simply waiting to get off. It might not be worth all of the hype and speculation it had been getting, but it's better than nothing. Plus the coaster layout makes up for all of that!

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edit: there is a spoiler in this.

 

I took part in the First rider Auction Last night. Had a great time. It was a little different than the Banshee one but that is to be expected with it being for different foundations. I ended up in 6th for fundraising just shy of the top 5 cut off who got something signed by Andy Dalton and got to ride the first train out with him. I am not sure why they only included the top 5 for that it seemed odd but I got to meet him and shake his hand so I was happy. A huge thank you! to the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation and Kings Island for putting this event together.

 

I enjoy that they themed the coaster a bit and tried to give it a story, feels better than walking up to most of the rides with just a half assed sign and a queue to get in. The coaster itself is fantastic. I have limited experience on GCI as Thunderhead is the only one I have been on. I Like Mystic Timbers better. It seemed to get more intense to me as the ride went on and felt relentless the layout seems straight forward and boring but its strong pops and twists non stop until you hit the shed. The shed I ended up liking. I enjoy a bit of comic relief. I got Total eclipse of the heart most of the time and I couldn't help but think of The Dan Band from Old School with their vulgar version every time. As far as brake runs go this is the best one I have experienced, it gives you something to look at while you wait and in the summer it wont be miserable to wait. For me either the first row or last row was the way to go and sitting on the right side seemed to throw you around a little bit more for whatever reason. The middle felt like it jostled me more. We got 8 rides in I am headed back tonight but it will be for the kids and the kids area so I am not sure when I will ride again. I am looking forward to hearing all of the reactions from the people that don't travel and only know Racer and Beast with woodies they are in for a bit of a shock.

 

I also got to visit my new niece that was born at a tiny 5 pounds before we headed to the event so it was an awesome day.

 

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My badge, the green sticker represents what tier you were. Green was the top tier.

 

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As a group we managed to raise 60k

 

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I'm fat I like food. BBQ, Burgers< and chicken tenders to go with some sides.

 

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I'll always accept a tasty Busken cookie.

 

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As a fan of the Bengals and Andy this was cool for me.

 

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First train with top 5 and Andy

 

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The wife and I had a good date night away from the kids.

 

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Good night Mystic Timbers it has been fun.

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Those of you who were expecting a drop track or an inversion, or giant ladies to come tickle you with feathers, re-adjust your expectations now.

 

But what if we were expecting a brew pub and hot wings?

 

The ride looks like a lot of fun, and "what's in the shed" does beat sitting on an empty brake run while waiting for the next train to load up and move.

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I think that this coaster is fantastic, but it may be called "underrated" due to people still being salty over the fact it's not a giga coaster lol. However, it will still be highly regarded and could be called one of the best wooden coasters in the USA for sure! I think it has perfect pacing, sustained airtime, and great force. The shed does seem somewhat disappointing (even after facing reality of what it would be) but it's meant as a way to conclude the already themed attraction in some way. Of course it could have been handled better in one way or another, but budget was clearly a concern so I'll pass over it. I think the only thing they could add to improve it is some lights in the tunnel, and some more rust paint detailing on the front car's gate. Other than that, I think this ride is quite a fantastic addition for KI and for once I'm excited to see a wooden coaster age visually (it'll look natural for its setting)!

 

I hope CF keeps this quality attraction thing up!!!

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This train got intercepted by the Shed monster somewhere near the 4th quarter of the ride......

 

 

 

Seriously the shed is pretty cool, kinda reminds me of the ending of 7 Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom where there's just something cool to look at while you sit and wait to roll into the station. Looks like a really solid coaster, can't wait to get back there in a few years.

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Oh wow, nice to see what is in the shed. Were Holovis involved with the ride? They do some really good stuff, and I visited their base in England to try out some of their kit and VR things. I guess they made the projections for mystic timbers.

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This train got intercepted by the Shed monster somewhere near the 4th quarter of the ride......

 

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"The train was projected to win and carried the lead 70% of the course." Bwahaha

 

Looks like a hit. Glad to hear it comparing to the hier tier GCIs.

 

It will be a STRUGGLE to pick night rides! Beast, Diamondback, Banshee, and Bat are all excellent night rides and now you throw Timbers into the mix. I'll have to pick a midnight closing and get a fast lane to hit em all.

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Great pictures from everybody that got to experience media day and the first rider auction, thank you for sharing. Say what you want about Dalton, but he does a lot of great stuff for the community.

 

Can't wait to experience Mystic Timbers and the rest of KI this evening for pass preview night, already put in my time to leave work early and get there right at 4.

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I am leaving work early as well. This visit will be for the little ones though. We will be hanging out in Planet Snoopy and eating dinner at the park.

 

Enjoy. The wife and I got lucky, the grandparents offered to keep our little ones all evening. Going to be a little different being able to experience the park without 2 little ones and spending 90% of our time in Planet Snoopy.

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Glad to read the good reviews of Mystic Timbers. Looking forward to riding it later this summer. When I first read what was in the shed Verbolten came to mind.

 

 

It will be a STRUGGLE to pick night rides! Beast, Diamondback, Banshee, and Bat are all excellent night rides and now you throw Timbers into the mix. I'll have to pick a midnight closing and get a fast lane to hit em all.

 

As for KI that is probably the best type of struggle to have. Having done Beast, Diamondback and Bat at night I'm going to have to fight how to fit Banshee and Timbers night rides in my visit.

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That's great! And what a simple idea to figure out.

"Entertain the incoming train, while it's waiting to disembark."

So easy, I'm surprised a park hadn't figured it out till now.

 

Good going, Kings Island!

And thanks for the dramatic reveal, Robb!

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