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In other news, Kings Island's GM Mike Koontz (no... that's actually his name, I couldn't believe it either) confirmed in a recent interview with CoasterRadio.com that Mystic Timbers is scheduled to be open for Winterfest. No big surprise, but it's still awesome news.

 

Awesome! That pretty much confirms a trip down there for me. Hopefully that's also a good omen for DB to be open as well

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With any luck I'll be going to KI on Friday June 9th. It will be the only day, but should be a full day. Is it typically busy Fridays in June? Will Fast Lane be necessary if I want to ride all coasters once and some twice?

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So, turns out flights are cheaper for me if I leave a day later, meaning I could have an extra full day on my OH/PA trip. Thinking of going a bit crazy and squeezing Kings Island into this trip.

On a Saturday in early June (the 3rd to be exact) what can be expected from crowds? Fast pass recommended? If possible, what would a good plan of attack be like? Ya know, what to do first, better early rides, how it would work with fast pass etc

Thanks as always!

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So, turns out flights are cheaper for me if I leave a day later, meaning I could have an extra full day on my OH/PA trip. Thinking of going a bit crazy and squeezing Kings Island into this trip.

On a Saturday in early June (the 3rd to be exact) what can be expected from crowds? Fast pass recommended? If possible, what would a good plan of attack be like? Ya know, what to do first, better early rides, how it would work with fast pass etc

Thanks as always!

 

Yes do fastlane. Go to Mystic Timbers first, then flight of fear and firehawk because those are the next longest lines. Hit diamondback and beast next. After that it doesn't really matter. Stay away from banshee until mid afternoon.

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So, turns out flights are cheaper for me if I leave a day later, meaning I could have an extra full day on my OH/PA trip. Thinking of going a bit crazy and squeezing Kings Island into this trip.

On a Saturday in early June (the 3rd to be exact) what can be expected from crowds? Fast pass recommended? If possible, what would a good plan of attack be like? Ya know, what to do first, better early rides, how it would work with fast pass etc

Thanks as always!

 

Yes do fastlane. Go to Mystic Timbers first, then flight of fear and firehawk because those are the next longest lines. Hit diamondback and beast next. After that it doesn't really matter. Stay away from banshee until mid afternoon.

 

Excellent, thanks a bunch.

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So, turns out flights are cheaper for me if I leave a day later, meaning I could have an extra full day on my OH/PA trip. Thinking of going a bit crazy and squeezing Kings Island into this trip.

On a Saturday in early June (the 3rd to be exact) what can be expected from crowds? Fast pass recommended? If possible, what would a good plan of attack be like? Ya know, what to do first, better early rides, how it would work with fast pass etc

Thanks as always!

 

Last year when I did a trip that included Dollywood, Cedar Point, and Six Flags Great Adventure, I went to Kings Island on a Saturday and I'm glad I had Fast Lane Plus because it was the most crowded park day of my trip. So definitely get Fast Lane especially if you've never been to Kings Island.

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I went to the park on Saturday and up until about 3 the park was really quiet. Got on most of the coasters at least twice after getting in the park around 11 and slowing down when lines started to get long around 4. Diamondback still kicks absolute a$$ in the front, same with Banshee. But obviously the main thing to note is Mystic Timbers.

 

Got two rides on this awesome coaster, one in the front and one towards the back. Really like what theming there was to the ride and overall thought the Rivertown looks really good except for the section around Tomb Raider. That box just ruins the area and that area in general doesn't feel right. Next thing I noticed was how fast the line moved, ride ops were great and dispatches were fast. Getting on the ride, the trains seemed different from the ones on American Thunder and Thunderhead where they have cushioned seats where I can describe the material on MT's as similar to a B&M hypers or most modern steel coaster padding.

 

The drop is absolutely awesome, and is just a ton of fun. The airtime coming off the short turn over the lift was a ton of fun followed by the awesome set of hills and turns before the turn around. I can't wait till the trees grow in more and the track ends up being more covered. The returning air is good but the ride seems to be over so quickly after the turnaround. Heading into the shed had some good audio and theming and for a transfer and storage track it was pretty good. I got Maneater my first time and got both the tree and bat endings.

 

My overall opinions of the ride are super solid. I think it's not only a great family coaster but one of the best GCIs, probably my second favorite non-RMC wood coaster behind the Voyage. The airtime and smoothness are unparalleled by anything by Outlaw Run and Goliath and I found it a quite bit more fun and exciting than Thunderhead. Great addition to my home park and will be enjoying it again this Sunday and many other times this year.

 

Only thing I really noticed after not being at Kings Island for close to a year was the severe lack of ejector airtime, but that ultimately is super small and me being an entitled "enthusiast" I do hope though that whatever coaster KI adds next it was have some ridiculous ejector but overall very happy with the current shape of the park.

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Only thing I really noticed after not being at Kings Island for close to a year was the severe lack of ejector airtime, but that ultimately is super small and me being an entitled "enthusiast" I do hope though that whatever coaster KI adds next it was have some ridiculous ejector but overall very happy with the current shape of the park.

 

While it still doesn't qualify as "ejector", if you're looking for airtime at Kings Island and you're riding Diamondback in the front and not the back then you're doing it wrong.

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Only thing I really noticed after not being at Kings Island for close to a year was the severe lack of ejector airtime, but that ultimately is super small and me being an entitled "enthusiast" I do hope though that whatever coaster KI adds next it was have some ridiculous ejector but overall very happy with the current shape of the park.

 

While it still doesn't qualify as "ejector", if you're looking for airtime at Kings Island and you're riding Diamondback in the front and not the back then you're doing it wrong.

I know, I ride backseat nearly every time I go as well as front. The airtime is great floater the entire first half but front has better airtime after the MCBR.

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God I love Diamondback.

 

Both Mystic Timbers and Diamondback are great airtime filled coasters. Mystic Timbers surprised me with how many times it could sustain its airtime. Diamondback, alone, is the coaster incarnation of pure bliss (and nobody can tell me otherwise). Ejector airtime is always fun, but you really can't go wrong with sustained floater plus comfortable seats.

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Diamondback surprised me, especially that first drop. I'm so used to Nitro that when I visited I didn't think it'd be so different, but the first drop kept taking me by surprise.

 

Now if only they got rid of those stupid trim brakes...

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If everyone's still okay with "shed spoilers," I'll take a wild guess below...

 

 

Were they referring to the glowing eyes that appear "magically" the moment the brakes release the train? Similar to the Son of Beast logo?

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Diamondback surprised me, especially that first drop. I'm so used to Nitro that when I visited I didn't think it'd be so different, but the first drop kept taking me by surprise.

 

Now if only they got rid of those stupid trim brakes...

 

And the pointless seat-belts.

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I’m planning a trip to KI on May 15 and 16. Unfortunately, my body started telling me last year that it doesn’t like as big a dose of coasters as it used to. I’m trying to figure out whether it’s the G forces or the intensity that is causing the problem. Here was my reaction to some rides last year:

 

Anaconda (KD): No problem

Avalanche (KD): Last part way too intense

Back Lot Stunt Coaster: A couple of parts were bordering on too intense.

Batman: Way too intense

Dominator (KD): Way too intense at the end of the day

Fahrenheit: No problem early in the morning

Great Bear: Way too intense at the end of the day

Mr. Freeze: Way too intense early in the morning.

Riddler's Revenge (SFOT): Early in the morning: 1st ride OK, 2nd ride was not fun

Storm Runner: 2 rides late in the day were OK.

Thunderbird (Holiday World): No problem

Wooden coasters: No problem

 

Would anyone venture an opinion whether intensity or G forces are causing me a problem? Once I know, I’m trying to evaluate whether Diamondback and Banshee at KI will work for me. Thanks.

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