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^^You shouldn't have any issues with Diamondback. Banshee's another story; if you decide to ride it, I'd highly recommend going for the front row, in one of the center seats. I would not recommend Firehawk, as that ride might just do you in for the day.

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For me Mystic Timbers feels like the most intense coaster Kings Island has. I love it almost feels like a small version of the back half of Voyage. The only other coasters I consider to feel like its intense or fulling a lot of forces is Banshee mainly when you enter the bottom of the massive bat wing. Invertigo may give you fits also but i never ride that piece of poo.

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So i will be at the park on Sunday. How has early entry been for Mystic Timbers. Think i will be getting to the park around 9 so at 930 i can get to the ride quick.

From what I've seen on Friday and Saturdays, ERT hasn't been that bad. Maybe a 5-10 minute wait if i had to guess. You may be in luck on Sunday though as its a possibility for it to rain!

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Any advice on a Friday visit in early June (the 9th)? Will the park be really busy? Will Fast Lane be a necessity? It will be my first visit to KI, and likely only visit for at least 3 years or so. I should be able to make it right around opening. Is there a routine/order I should follow for the rides? What's the best food?

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So what is the SOB reference on Mystic Timbers I've heard a few people mention? I must have missed it on my 10+ rides.

 

It appears that nobody is going to answer this for us

 

I figured it out, I think.

 

There are red eyes on the right side as you are listening to the music.

 

Also, the things that play on the screens are nods to former rides. (Not sure if anyone has mentioned that fact)

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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.

 

 

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.

 

Hey there.

 

I am a 4th year returning Banshee crew member. My advice is this:

 

Ride in the first 4 rows of the train. It will not be as intense. The further back you ride, the more intense it will be. Of the 15 B&M inverted coasters I have ridden, our drop in the back is the most intense. Also, you will want to catch Banshee on a HOT day. It tends to run better and smoother on hotter days. When it is cold out, it will be a tad rough.

 

My advice for Diamondback is to ride it first in car 5. That would be rows 9 and 10. It is smack middle of the train, and provides nice smooth floater air, and is not as intense as front ofr back. HOWEVER, row 16 is the place to sit if you want airtime on every drop.

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Was at KI for the first time last Saturday. I was going to post last weekend but the trip really took a lot out of me and Sunday ended up with me being dead on the couch for the most part. I won't go into the details of the stupidity on my part that preceded arriving at about 4PM, but we did get there.

 

We rode (in rough order):

[*]Back Lot Stunt Coaster - That was a good fun warm-up. I always need a warm-up ride that is not full of airtime or inversions to get me in the mood.

[*]Mystic Timbers - I honestly didn't realise it was new until we got in the line (I'm not from around here). Good thing we got in the line when we did because it kept building after us. Great ride. My wife loves a good woody

[*]Flight of Fear - I didn't know what to expect but I really enjoyed it. Could have been a bit darker inside with more Space Mountain type effects but maybe that wouldn't suit it.

[*]Firehawk - It was OK. Something about the restraints that didn't sit well with me. I wouldn't be in a hurry to get back on it, but if I was near it and it had a short queue I would consider it.

[*]Banshee - We weren't going to bother because we had ridden Silver Bullet at KBF about 5 or 6 times when we were there a couple of years ago and Raptor at CP a couple of times last year. Figured it was just another install of the same coaster but I was mistaken. The best of the three I have ridden.

[*]The Racer - I wasn't expecting much but it was generally fun. I'd go on it again especially when it has no queue like we had.

[*]Adventure Express - I didn't even know it existed because it didn't show up on the app, but my daughter was looking at the printed map and pointed it out. Was well and truly dark by this time so not quite sure what to make of it. Seemed like a fun little ride.

[*]The Beast - What we mostly came for. People were suggesting we might need chiropractors after but I didn't think it was that back (Mean Streak last year and Ghost Rider a couple of years ago were far worse IMHO). Most disappointing part was we were stuck in line for well over an hour after a couple of breakdowns and we thought we might be able to manage one more ride on Mystic Timbers after it. We did get back seat though...not sure if it's a good or bad thing.

 

We had been in line for Diamondback at one stage but there was a breakdown pretty early on from when we got in the queue so we gave up. Never got back to it and from reading this thread I guess we missed out on something decent. Not to worry...I am sure we will be back as we have Platinum passes and it's not a huge drive from Detroit. Given that we did not leave the park until 11PM the drive home was tough. Lesson learned - it was too much travel for one day (when the stupidity of the start of the trip is taken into account).

 

Is there anything you suggest I really missed out on apart from Diamondback that I should have in the plan for the next time?

 

CG

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^ The Bat is a decent suspended coaster- one of the more fun ones out there that are still operating.

 

The drop tower and Delerium are also great flats if you're into that sort of thing.

 

Thanks. I love rides like Delerium. My only concern is the restraints. I'm a bit porky at the moment...I did not fair well through my first winter here. I have found on some rides like these in the past (and at the weight I am back to now) I have been on the limit and they have really had to work to get me in. I didn't not have any trouble with anything else I rode their last weekend though. Any idea if Delerium tends to suit someone in the more svelte range than the other harnesses there? In any event the fear of not fitting a harness will be my motivation to get off the sugar and other excess and back down to a more respectable mass.

 

You won't get me on a drop tower ever again. I hate them.

 

CG

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Im just going to say this. SOMETIMES you can have joy in proving people wrong. Last week Mytic set a capacity record of 41 cycles, only to be outdone yesterday with 42 and today with 43. GCI said that we could get roughly 800 people on the ride in an hour and the whole weekend we averaged about 1,000 an hour. Truly impressed with the crew honestly

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I'm just going to say this. SOMETIMES you can have joy in proving people wrong. Last week Mystic set a capacity record of 41 cycles, only to be outdone yesterday with 42 and today with 43. GCI said that we could get roughly 800 people on the ride in an hour and the whole weekend we averaged about 1,000 an hour. Truly impressed with the crew honestly

 

Since you're on that crew, does it seem like the shed has any affect on the ride's capacity, or is the crew just that good?

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I'm just going to say this. SOMETIMES you can have joy in proving people wrong. Last week Mystic set a capacity record of 41 cycles, only to be outdone yesterday with 42 and today with 43. GCI said that we could get roughly 800 people on the ride in an hour and the whole weekend we averaged about 1,000 an hour. Truly impressed with the crew honestly

 

Since you're on that crew, does it seem like the shed has any affect on the ride's capacity, or is the crew just that good?

Honestly, I dont think it does. Once the train leaves the station it takes about maybe not even 10-20 seconds for the train to park from the shed which is enough time in my opinion.

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Was at KI for the first time last Saturday.

I'm glad you enjoyed Banshee. Banshee brought in the era of B&M where they seemed to try to make their designs a little more intense, but still not old school B&M intense. It's a fantastic invert, as far as I am concerned, and possibly even my favorite or tied with Afterburn at Carowinds.

 

Sad to say that you really did miss out on something worth while with Diamondback. It has great sustained floater air time, a great layout, and decent forces for a B&M hyper. Make sure to catch a back seat ride on your next visit.

 

The fact that you were not quite sure what to make of Adventure Express means that you definitely have the same interpretation everyone else does... which is why I love it. It's a two minute long "wtf" experience.

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Im just going to say this. SOMETIMES you can have joy in proving people wrong. Last week Mytic set a capacity record of 41 cycles, only to be outdone yesterday with 42 and today with 43. GCI said that we could get roughly 800 people on the ride in an hour and the whole weekend we averaged about 1,000 an hour. Truly impressed with the crew honestly

 

I rode Mystic Timbers for the first time Saturday, I was extremely impressed with the crew that was working that afternoon. I know they were calling out ride capacity when I was there, which the gentlemen said "last hour they finished with 900 riders, let's attempt for more this hour." Everyone seemed to be on top of there game, fantastic job, very impressed. Oh and the ride itself is fantastic. Wish I would have gone back for a second round, unfortunately trying to keep a 6 and 2 year old to wait that long is hard to do.

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I'm heading to KI this Saturday. I plan on getting the FL+, because we like to ride whatever and whenever we damn well please at this park. I usually feel pretty good about that decision, as long as it's not a complete waste of money. Any estimates for crowds this weekend?

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This weekend is the Flying Pig Marathon and a lot of people come in from out of town I believe they said all 50 states and 20 something countries. We usually go the Sunday of the big races ( full and half Ill be doing the half this year) and have no issues I have always avoided that Saturday because I didn't want to risk the crowds. Regardless if the weather is going to be nice Saturday expect a big crowd from pass holders.

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I'm hoping to (finally) make my first trip to KI (also Cedar Point..but have that covered) next Summer..late June. Can anyone suggest some good budget-friendly hotels/motels near the park. I've seen some looking on Google, but figured I'd ask the experts and/or locals on this site. Basically just need a place to lay our heads so nothing too fancy. As long as the place is safe, clean, bug-free and within 15-20 minutes from the park I'm good.

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I'm hoping to (finally) make my first trip to KI (also Cedar Point..but have that covered) next Summer..late June. Can anyone suggest some good budget-friendly hotels/motels near the park. I've seen some looking on Google, but figured I'd ask the experts and/or locals on this site. Basically just need a place to lay our heads so nothing too fancy. As long as the place is safe, clean, bug-free and within 15-20 minutes from the park I'm good.

 

If you throw out a couple options after searching on booking.com or hotels.com we can give you advice. I don't think you'd be able to find an unsafe area around KI. Look off of the Fields-Ertle exit and I'm sure most will be 100 bucks or less.

 

https://www.hotels.com/search.do?resolved-location=CITY%3A1474793%3AUNKNOWN%3AUNKNOWN&destination-id=1474793&q-destination=Mason,%20Ohio,%20United%20States%20of%20America&q-check-in=2017-05-30&q-check-out=2017-05-31&q-rooms=1&q-room-0-adults=2&q-room-0-children=0&f-hotel-id=113602

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