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I'm headed to KI next Friday. As of right now, it's looking like there could be a bit of rain and maybe a storm that day. Hopefully things start looking clearer in the days ahead.

 

If it does rain, but not too badly, how is the park? Do some rides close sooner than others? At what point does the park just throw in the towel and close? Does it go that far?

I can imagine there would be very little in the way of crowds on an overcast day with some rain, is this a safe assumption?

 

Stop looking at the weather, it's way too far out at this point and it'll only stress you out. Now it's saying 80 degrees and sunny. They have no clue this far in advance.

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I'm headed to KI next Friday. As of right now, it's looking like there could be a bit of rain and maybe a storm that day. Hopefully things start looking clearer in the days ahead.

 

If it does rain, but not too badly, how is the park? Do some rides close sooner than others? At what point does the park just throw in the towel and close? Does it go that far?

I can imagine there would be very little in the way of crowds on an overcast day with some rain, is this a safe assumption?

 

Stop looking at the weather, it's way too far out at this point and it'll only stress you out. Now it's saying 80 degrees and sunny. They have no clue this far in advance.

 

 

I just went to KI this past Tuesday, and though I DID look at the weather regularly, I didn't let it stress me out, because I know how it works. The forecast changed so many times, if I'd had a dollar for every time, I could have gotten Fast Lane for me and my three kids!

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During coasterstock, there was a group chatting with a Diamondback ride up during a storm delay. She said KI has 3 tiers of rides, with Windseeker and Diamondback among others being the tier that goes down first and comes up last. Mystic Timbers and the Beast are the ones she mentioned as middle tier and she said Vortex plays by its own rules. I noticed Flight of Fear and some flats like the troika never went down even when the rest of the park was down for a couple hours due to lightning in the area.

 

And although I'm sure it's happened, I've never seen KI close completely for weather.

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Thanks for the replies. I'm not really stressing over the weather, just trying to know what to anticipate if the weather isn't nice.

 

Tbh, I'm hoping it's overcast with some light rain so I don't have to buy FL+.

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I just went to KI this past Tuesday, and though I DID look at the weather regularly, I didn't let it stress me out, because I know how it works. The forecast changed so many times, if I'd had a dollar for every time, I could have gotten Fast Lane for me and my three kids!

How did you like Mystic TImbers? And the shed?

 

Just left the park and I have to say, The Bat was running absolutely mental today. Got the two most intense rides I've ever had on the ride today.

I definitely gained a new appreciation for Bat after riding Iron Dragon the other day. ID just felt very slow and boring, at least when we rode it, but Bat is always FLYING through the course! Just wish it was longer...

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So, after avoiding this thread so I didn't get the shed "spoiled", for over a month after our initial trip to KI was postponed from the second weekend of operation, I finally made it out to KI with my three oldest kids last week! It was their first time at the park, and I was very excited to take them, as it is one of the best parks for families and kids, in my opinion! We were all very excited for Mystic Timbers, and definitely curious about #whatsintheshed?

 

So what's the verdict, after all the waiting, and anticipation? Well, first off, let me say that I was one of those who had pretty low expectations for whatever was in the shed. At most, I thought maybe there'd be an animatronic tree, or something like that. I figured screens, lighting and sound effects, and stuff like that. So, basically, I was pretty much right on in my expectations, just sans the animatronic. However, the execution of it, and the fact that if you're sitting in the front half of the train you don't even really see the climax of the monster appearing on the front screen, was still a bit of a let-down, at least on my first ride, which was in the second row. I managed to twist, and get a glimpse of the "monster bat" as we headed into the station, otherwise I would have been really confused about whether anything had happened at all. Two rides later in the day yielded the "monster tree" - which is something I was expecting all along, and both rides were in the back, or near the back, so I got to see it clearly. Of course, back there, the music is more faint, so I guess each part of the train experiences some of the shed a little better than the other. So at first, I have to say I was a bit underwhelmed... However, in the end, I came around to the fact that Rob brought up in his assessment of it when he reviewed it. It's a brake run, essentially, and for a brake run, it's a heck of a lot better than just sitting around baking in the hot sun or doing nothing! So for that, I say kudos to Kings Island for injecting some fun into the end of the ride, and adding mythos into it, and hopefully, when I go back again, I can get the third ending, which I failed to get this time (I believe it's a Snake!)

 

As for the coaster itself... AWESOME!!! It's easily in my top 3 at Kings Island, and I may even prefer it to Banshee, which puts it pretty high in my overall coaster rankings as well! Such a great little coaster, and I can't wait to get more rides on it whenever I go back to KI (hopefully during Haunt!) I didn't get a true front seat ride yet, but I was second to front, and I did get back seat, and second to back, which seem to be the money seats for airtime anyway. Plus, I got a night ride, which was fabulous, adding to the great collection of coasters that provide fantastic rides after dark! I think the longest I waited for it was around 40-45 minutes, which wasn't too bad, considering it is the new hotness at KI. They definitely have a winner on their hands with this one, and as long as people can keep the true purpose of "the shed" in perspective, they can even get a chuckle out of that, and enjoy it for what it is!

 

Regarding the rest of my day there at KI, it was overall a wonderful day, with great weather, and a super fun time spent with my kids! Unfortunately, the youngest of the three I took was only 52 inches tall, so even though he rode Top Thrill Dragster the week before, he couldn't get on Diamondback at KI... So, I rode that with one of the kids while the other two went to Planet Snoopy, and then the other, while the other two went to Planet Snoopy, and that's how we handled that. I do feel bad for the little guy though, as he's my most die-hard coaster lover of the three kids (the older two wouldn't ride TTD last year, for comparison!) Here's hoping he hits a growth spurt by November, because we're going to Florida, and supposed to go to BGT and Sea World, but I'm not going to subject him to that if he's not 54'' yet, as most of the coasters there require that height. His favorite coaster at KI ended up being Banshee, another B&M with the new restraints, and therefore, the new, lower height restriction. Interestingly enough, both of the older kids' favorite coaster ended up being the same as their dad's, Diamondback!

 

I did something I've never done before, and got the All Day Dining Plan for us, though I only got two for the four of us to share. I definitely think it was a good idea, as the kids love to eat at parks, and the cost would have really added up! Sharing two plans was more than enough food, and by the end of the day, we actually were so full from eating every couple of hours, we didn't even feel like we had to eat when we were able to again. We also got the all day drink bottle, and utilized that heavily. Now, I probably should have gone with the disposable cup route, but the souvenir bottle is nice, and the kids liked it, so that'll be something fun they'll have now. But it was a pain to deal with most of the day, and necessitated a locker rental a couple of times - both when riding Banshee, and then at the end of the day when riding Mystic Timbers for the second and third times. One negative aspect of the day, was the ridiculous lines for food and beverages! Our longest wait of the day was for lunch, not even a roller coaster! That was a consistent trend all throughout the day as well, and it wasn't even a traditional "lunchtime" when we were trying to eat. Food and Drink lines were just bad, period, all day long, and resulted in the worst waiting of the day. If it wasn't for having the All Day Dining, I certainly wouldn't have attempted to eat and drink as much, but when you've already paid for it, you're going to utilize it, so wait we did... Still, we got to do plenty, and a fun day was had by all!

 

In the end, my biggest regret from the day was not being able to show my kids the greatness of a night ride on The Beast... It was to be our last ride of the night, but we utilized a hotel shuttle, and the last shuttle left at 10:30, which meant staying too late after park closing was risky. I timed getting into line for Mystic Timbers well, as we got on the ride after 9:30, and it was dark, giving us a night ride on that. However, the line for The Beast was long, at least a half hour, and then right after we got into it, they announced that they were suspending operations until after fireworks, but would run out the line if you were in it by 10:00. Still, I pretty much knew then, that there was no way we'd be able to be off the coaster and back to the shuttle by 10:30, so we had to get out of line. If I'd have known they shut the ride down for fireworks, I'd have hit that first, before a final Mystic Timbers ride, but oh well... There will be future visits to KI with the kids, and chances for them to ride The Beast at night! They didn't seem to bothered by it anyway...

 

Some final, random thoughts from the day...

 

-Vortex is terrible! I already knew this, but my 8 year old wanted to ride it (the older two kids took my word that it was terrible) and I didn't want him riding it alone, so I went with him. Well, it was awful. After getting off, I asked him what he thought, and my son said "It was like brain surgery!" So there you have it!

 

-We didn't ride Firehawk, or Flight of Fear. I described them to the kids, and they weren't interested. No big loss to me either. They're good rides, don't get me wrong. But nothing that is a "must ride" when I go to the park.

 

-One coaster I was really looking forward to riding with them, was Adventure Express, just to see their responses to the ending! They were quite amused, as was I, seeing their responses! So much fun, that little mine train coaster!

 

-We has possibly the two shortest waits I've ever had for Banshee that day! We're talking like 10, maybe 15 minutes, tops. I think it might have been 20, including waiting for the front our second time. I'm thinking a big part of the reason for that was that everybody was in the hour long line nearby for the Chicken Shack! I still don't care what anybody says... Banshee is my favorite Invert, and is perfectly intense in my book!

 

-Due to my older two kids being "afraid" of too much airtime for some unfortunate reason, I had to ride Diamondback in the middle (ugh!) and third row from the front (not as bad), and not back row as I prefer to. Still, that ride is great in any row, and still delivered a great ride, with solid air wherever! Definitely one of the best Hypers, and frankly, coasters, anywhere!

 

-I wanted to weigh in on the conversation about the Super 8 Motel from a few pages back... We stayed there two nights, and I would do it again. Sure, it's not the Ritz-Carlton, and there were a few minor bugaboos that fall short of acceptable standards from my stay (such as not having a shower curtain.) But at the end of the day, I got a hotel for two nights, for $100, that included a pool my kids enjoyed twice, a yummy continental breakfast we enjoyed two days, a shuttle to Kings Island that saved us at least $15 on parking, and the actual bed itself was perfectly fine, and presented no detriment to a good night's sleep! I'll take a bathroom/shower situation that was less than ideal in a trade-off for all of that anyday, and enjoy the savings in my pocketbook as well! I know some people are more picky than myself, and maybe some people have had worse experiences than I have. Still, on the whole, it carries a 60% recommended rating on Expedia, which is pretty good for a hotel of its star rating and caliber. I'd personally recommend it to others, and I'd personally stay there again! That's my 2 cents on the matter at least...

 

Well, if you hung in here this long, thanks for reading! TL:DR Kings Island has got a real winner on their hands in Mystic Timbers, and even if the shed is underwhelming from an experiential standpoint, it's still a great break run! I love this park, and look forward to returning again, as do my kids, who said they like it even more than Cedar Point! So, there you have it!

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^ great report! Debating if I should hop in the park tonight as we are staying at a nearby hotel, so that way tonight I can get a night ride in Timbers (never been on it yet) and then tomorrow get on the beast at night. Either way, your trip report makes me excited. I agree with you that Cedar Fair food lines in general are absolutely terrible. We seem to have similar experiences every time we go. Thanks for the post!

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^Thanks for your kind words, and I'm glad you enjoyed the report! If you have a pass, and can pop in tonight for no extra cost, I would definitely go in to get a night ride on Timbers, in addition to getting the Beast night ride tomorrow! It is such a great coaster regardless, but it definitely adds a little something to the ride to experience it at night, whizzing through the woods in the dark!

 

As for the food lines, as bad as they were, they weren't even the worst I've experienced in the past year! At Six Flags Great America last fall, the lines for everything, including every little food stand, were so atrocious, we completely passed on eating for the entire day at the park! Needless to say, we were all pretty "hangry" upon leaving the park that day!

 

Have a great visit to KI tonight, and tomorrow!

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^ great report! Debating if I should hop in the park tonight as we are staying at a nearby hotel, so that way tonight I can get a night ride in Timbers (never been on it yet) and then tomorrow get on the beast at night. Either way, your trip report makes me excited. I agree with you that Cedar Fair food lines in general are absolutely terrible. We seem to have similar experiences every time we go. Thanks for the post!

 

Just a note, if you do decide to pop in. I'm in the park right now sitting on the steps for the Mystic Timbers station. We've been in line for an hour and a half or so and this is the third breakdown we've experienced.

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Thanks for the heads up. I was looking at the wait times in the app and noticed it went down quite awhile ago. My fiance is still sleeping after a long long morning of driving since 430am and being at the Cincinnati Zoo so I think I will wait it out until tomorrow. Thinking of doing soak city as well since we will have the whole day. I guess we'll play it by ear.

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How do you guys think the crowds are going to be this Tuesday? I'll be heading to the park for my first time ever and they're open till 10, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to get there right at opening. Just want to know what to expect.

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I'm planning to go to Kings Island for 3 days during my Cedar Point trip at the end of June. I was looking at map quest I didn't realize how close Camden Park is to Kings Island I'm going to Kings Island for three days staying at Baymont Inn mile from the park. According to map quest Camden Park is only 2 hours east of Kings Island. Can you do both Kings Island and Camden Park in one day? Is Camden Park worth a couple of hours visits and to ride the Big Dipper? I'm planning to hit Camden Park real early in the morning then do Kings Island in the late afternoon and evening for the first day.

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How do you guys think the crowds are going to be this Tuesday? I'll be heading to the park for my first time ever and they're open till 10, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to get there right at opening. Just want to know what to expect.

 

If you happen to have a gold or platinum pass, Tuesday nights in May and June they keep Mystic Timbers open an extra hour.

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First time at the park tomorrow! To Fast Lane or not to Fast Lane? Hoping I make the right decision.

 

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Probably won't need FastLane on a Monday or Tuesday. Make a lap around the park first before you decide.

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Thanks for the TR, DILinator! Glad to hear your kids had a good time.

 

I was a bit disappointed with the shed the first time I rode it. I think I put my expectations too high, and I wasn't even one of the ones who thought it was going to be a drop track! Since then, and especially because of Coasterstock, it has really grown on me. I was saying, "Don't go in the shed!" before the Maverick tunnel (as was the employee working Maverick during Coastermania), and I've been putting on those old 80s tunes to reminisce about one of my favorite new woodies. During Coasterstock night ERT on Saturday, we were clapping and singing and swaying along to the music. I do seriously feel the shed and all the theming for MT really adds flair to that ride. I totally get what you mean about the front not getting the full experience, but the back's where it's at anyway.

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I'm planning to go to Kings Island for 3 days during my Cedar Point trip at the end of June. I was looking at map quest I didn't realize how close Camden Park is to Kings Island I'm going to Kings Island for three days staying at Baymont Inn mile from the park. According to map quest Camden Park is only 2 hours east of Kings Island. Can you do both Kings Island and Camden Park in one day? Is Camden Park worth a couple of hours visits and to ride the Big Dipper? I'm planning to hit Camden Park real early in the morning then do Kings Island in the late afternoon and evening for the first day.

 

The Whip is the best ride in the park.

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Another question for folks familiar with the area around KI.

 

What kind of traffic can one expect on a friday between 4 and 6 headed north from the park to Yellow Springs? Google Maps gives it a travel time of roughly an hour, but that's without much of any traffic. Should I expect dramatically higher travel time, or little to no change? Really not familiar with the area at all.

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Kind of thinking about making a run down to Kings Island on Sunday for the day (I live about 3.5 hours away). If I go, would I need Fast Lane (or Fast Lane Plus)? I've never been to KI before. Checked the weather and it's supposed to be around 90 degrees but dry.

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Another question for folks familiar with the area around KI.

 

What kind of traffic can one expect on a friday between 4 and 6 headed north from the park to Yellow Springs? Google Maps gives it a travel time of roughly an hour, but that's without much of any traffic. Should I expect dramatically higher travel time, or little to no change? Really not familiar with the area at all.

 

Normally the traffic is worse to the South so while I would expect a little longer than an hour it should not be extremely bad.

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Kind of thinking about making a run down to Kings Island on Sunday for the day (I live about 3.5 hours away). If I go, would I need Fast Lane (or Fast Lane Plus)? I've never been to KI before. Checked the weather and it's supposed to be around 90 degrees but dry.

 

You could ride everything in a day without Fastlane, but it would definitely be beneficial for re-rides.

 

Do you have a Cedar Fair Platinum Pass (I know you're closer to Cedar Point so I assume you might)? Are you planning to get there at opening?

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Speaking of Sunday, I'm going to be there on Sunday and was wondering if anyone has gotten familiar with the Mystic Timbers crowd patterns. Does it stay pretty steady all day long or does it tend to drop off later in the day like Banshee does? I've been to KI so many times that I'm not really concerned about prioritizing what order I hit things up, but I'd rather not wait in a huge line at 10:00 if it gets quieter later in the day.

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