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Oh okay, upon further review this rumor was started by one guy on KI Central, there's clearly nothing new going on when you look at the webcam and everyone else thinks he's an idiot. Nothing to see here.

 

Aha! They must be experiencing a massive blue ice cream brain freeze.

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I'll be visiting KI on Friday June 9th. Should I expect a crazy busy day? I'm probably going to spending the whole day there, and I hope to ride all the coasters once, and then re-ride my top three or four favourites a bunch. Am I likely to need Fast Lane (Plus)?

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could let me know which coasters are worse for jerking you a lot? Or not for those who may get sick a little easier? I have not rode rides in years and have issues with my back so can do smooth rides but not jerky. I have bought seasons passes this year but so far just been taking my little kids, but next weekend finally getting to go and do adult rides. Any tips would be appreciated.

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I'll be visiting KI on Friday June 9th. Should I expect a crazy busy day? I'm probably going to spending the whole day there, and I hope to ride all the coasters once, and then re-ride my top three or four favourites a bunch. Am I likely to need Fast Lane (Plus)?

If you're visiting on a summer Friday, I would recommend getting fast lane plus.

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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could let me know which coasters are worse for jerking you a lot?

Damn, I read that too fast...

 

I tend to avoid Firehawk, because it makes me sick. Vortex is going to smack your head around and Invertigo is sometimes guilty of making me a little sick and banged up. Racer can be hit or miss, but it does have a tendency to rattle your insides loose.

 

Other than that, everything else is very re-rideable. Even the aforementioned coasters aren't terrible as opposed to other the cautious coasters in other parks' lineups.

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I recently went to KI for the first time and really enjoyed myself, I was there for one day and rode every coaster except the kiddies and invertigo.

 

Mystic timbers is incredible and the airtime is crazy, but I'm really disappointed at what's in the shed.

On another note I feel like some of the coaster there are not worth the wait, firehawk was uncomfortable, vortex was an arrow, flight of fear is rough and unpopular opinion here, The beast was not enjoyable.

 

Diamondback, Banshee, The Racer, Backlot Stunt Coaster, Mystic Timbers were great rides.

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We went to Kings Island last Friday with the In-laws. It's become an annual tradition since they moved to Indiana for us to meet them at a park early in the season, with last year being a fantastic trip to Cedar Point. This time I was concerned the bar had been set too high and we were there on some sort of education day so the park was flooded with kids.

 

When we got there we picked up a handicap pass for my father-in-law. I just want to say that Cedar Fair has a fantastic program for this and the process was very smooth and simple and ride ops were very accommodating to getting us on the ride and almost always gave us seat preference even for front or back rows.

 

When we first got there we got the pass signed for Mystic Timbers and our wait time was about 40 minutes already so we wandered over to Diamondback which was a station wait so we went ahead and hit that while we had the chance. I love this thing. Even first thing in the morning on a rather cold day, it was hauling pretty good and giving some great airtime.

 

Afterwards we strolled back to Mystic Timbers and got loaded in the rear of the train. Now first off, I want to give a disclaimer: this ride, in my mind, is exactly what a wooden coaster should be on paper. Back in the days of all-nighters of playing RCT is there were woods in a park, this is the type of woody I would build in them. Step 1: big drop, Step 2: stay low and in the trees while delivering copious amounts of airtime and directional changes. That is exactly what this thing does. Especially in the back, we were thrown all over the seat as it was tough to see which way we were heading. I instantly knew this was one of my favorites and my wife said she liked it, but it threw her around a little more than she cared for.

 

Flight of fear is really starting to show its age these days, both this one and the one back home in Virginia. It is still a fun ride, just 20 years old at this point.

 

Banshee is a great ride, but the more I ride it, the more I am convinced it is a lower tier invert. I guess I prefer more snap to my inverts whereas this one is more prolonged intensity. The highlight is the slow roll and if I am saying that the highlight about a B&M invert is a slow element, something is wrong. I'll happily go back to having Afterburn rip my legs off. It also has developed quite a bit of shakiness which concerns me considering how new this thing is. The older inverts are still running like a dream but their newest model just isn't and I can't help but wonder if it has something to do with the trains.

 

Delirium, fantastic as always. These Frisbees are my favorite flats.

 

The Bat is a really solid ride. I really have a soft spot for the Arrow suspended coasters as Big Bad Wolf was my very first coaster so if a park has one of these, I will enjoy a nostalgic ride down memory lane. This one just happens to be a rather intense version and seems to be holding up well.

 

Backlot stunt coaster is a ride that I always enjoy. At least this one has most of the effects still working unlike at KD where you sit and listen to a loud soundtrack of gunshots with no idea what's going on.

 

We rode windseeker which seemed taller than the one at Carowinds, and I don't know why. I find these things terrifying.

 

We went over to the beast which was my father-in-laws last ride of the day. I told him the brief history of the ride and how it was nothing special, but just an old ride that plows through the forest for a mile and a half. Apparently when I said "plowed" he heard "meandered" so he was actually very impressed with the Beast. I must say, every time I ride this thing I enjoy it more that I what I remember. I kind of equate it to Millennium Force. It doesn't have to prove anything to anyone, it knows it is awesome at what it does and those that appreciate it are those that really experience that "coaster nirvana."

 

After the in-laws left, we had about 3 hours, which we spent going back and force from Diamondback to Mystic Timbers. I love Diamondback. But Mystic timbers... now we rode 3 more times, each time in the front seat (they weren't using groupers) and I have to say, I think the front is where it is at. After we rode the front, my wife declared this her favorite woodie, and I think it is my #2 after The Voyage and before El Toro. It's butter smooth right now and I really hope it ages well. Night rides on this thing are great (not quite Beast level epic, but still outstanding.)

 

After our Mystic Diamond love fest, we headed over to the Beast to get a night ride. This has been such an elusive experience for me. I've been to this park 5x and only got one night ride. This was my wife's first and she said it was much better than during the day. I forget how intense that helix is!

 

Afterwards we went to Applebees to watch Nashville beat Anaheim (Go Preds!) and decided that with the addition of Mystic Timbers this could be our favorite Cedar Fair park behind Cedar Point. hmm... that's a tough one.

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[...] The beast was not enjoyable.

 

That depends on what you were expecting. See below:

 

We went over to the beast which was my father-in-laws last ride of the day. I told him the brief history of the ride and how it was nothing special, but just an old ride that plows through the forest for a mile and a half. Apparently when I said "plowed" he heard "meandered" so he was actually very impressed with the Beast. I must say, every time I ride this thing I enjoy it more that I what I remember. I kind of equate it to Millennium Force. It doesn't have to prove anything to anyone, it knows it is awesome at what it does and those that appreciate it are those that really experience that "coaster nirvana."

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I don't know if I got a bad ride on The beast or something but it hurt, especially after the second lift. I wasn't expecting a huge ride or anything, heck I was expecting it to be rough and rickety, but it was rougher than I thought. and I didn't enjoy the layout

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Call me crazy, but I have never actually thought the beast was rough. If you aren't ready for the helix hip-check kidney shot then that can certainly be not fun. The helix is relentless in intensity and laterals but I've never found it rough. Ride the front.

 

I always recommend The Beast in rows 1, 2, 4, 5.

 

Listen to this guy ^

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Hey guys, semi relevant considering some of the posts on this page, but I just completed a very in-depth review of The Beast on my blog. I've love to hear your thoughts on it!

 

THE BEAST REVIEW: Still the most radically unique wooden coaster to ever exist

That was a nice read. I thought you did great explaining why the Beast can be thrilling for unusual reasons. It really is a different kind of ride and you don't get the most out of it unless you appreciate it as such.

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That was very well written.

 

I'll say this, we're going to Kings Island for only the second time in a decade in a few weeks. I'm really looking forward to Mystic Timbers, I'm looking forward to riding things like Banshee, Bat and Diamondback again and they have a ton of great coasters (many of which are much better than the Beast) but once the sun goes down there's no f*cking way we're wasting a second of our lives riding anything other than the Beast. The Beast at night is the single greatest coaster experience I've ever had, period and it's not even close.

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And you REALLY don't get the most out of it unless you ride it at night.

 

I've only ridden it at night. It was pretty good. Still, I'd like to see what it's like during the day.

 

Also I don't think it's as rough as some people make out. I rode Ghost Rider at KBF before a bit before the refurb and Mean Streak last year and both were far worse.

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Out of curiosity, where did you sit? 3-bench PTC cars are notorious for giving terrible rides in the 3rd row of any car. I always recommend The Beast in rows 1, 2, 4, 5.

Ohhh so it was a bad ride, I sat in car 2 row 3, but my parents were in C3R1, is that just a bad seat?

 

I won't be heading back to KI for a while, and I really want to enjoy this classic ride.

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I rode Beast in the very back as well as the back of other cars. It's far from smooth in these seats, but it's still a very good ride and not uncomfortable. I'd define it as wild.

 

That was very well written.

 

I'll say this, we're going to Kings Island for only the second time in a decade in a few weeks. I'm really looking forward to Mystic Timbers, I'm looking forward to riding things like Banshee, Bat and Diamondback again and they have a ton of great coasters (many of which are much better than the Beast) but once the sun goes down there's no f*cking way we're wasting a second of our lives riding anything other than the Beast. The Beast at night is the single greatest coaster experience I've ever had, period and it's not even close.

 

Beast at night was the single largest difference I've ever seen a ride make from day to night, but I'll still take Boulder Dash at night. It's one of the few coasters with an equally as great setting and it's a better ride. Banshee is really good at night too though as well as Diamondback. I'm so glad the park was open until midnight when I was there last year since their top attractions really lend themselves to great night rides.

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but once the sun goes down there's no f*cking way we're wasting a second of our lives riding anything other than the Beast. The Beast at night is the single greatest coaster experience I've ever had, period and it's not even close.

I love Beast night rides too, they're simply like no other, but Diamondback and Banshee night rides deserve some love!

 

Also, don't forget Mystic Timbers night rides!!

Basically any night rides at KI just rock

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Basically any night rides at KI just rock

Here here. Monstrous airtime hills into dark valleys on Diamondback. Unpredictable laterals and airtime bumps on Mystic Timbers through a dark forest. The strobe from the onride photo to blind you before the slow roll and dive into the dark valley on Banshee. And the epic mile-plus of wood through dark forest on Beast.

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