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My experience the day I was at KI the other week, was that while Mystic Timbers' wait time was longest early in the day, it didn't go down significantly throughout the day, but remained steady around the half hour mark. Of course, being out in the woods, you're going to have a healthy line for it at the end of the day, just like The Beast does at that time.

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^ We were just there a couple days this week and found it to be similar. Held a steady line pretty much all day. The lowest seemed to be in the late afternoon and early evening (unless you have a gold or platinum pass). Since it's open for early entry, even right at park opening it's got a line that stays pretty steady all day. It seemed to grow later in the evening as well.

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We were there a few weeks ago and Mystic Timbers had a full queue all day. I highly suggest taking advantage of the Platinum Passholder Early Entry on it. We did end up waiting in the full queue later in the day though and it was only about an hour.

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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?

 

I don't have a CF Platinum Pass (I'll likely get one for next year; I just moved down to the Ann Arbor area three weeks ago). Also I would plan on getting there near opening or close to it. If it's anything like that Sunday morning I experienced at Cedar Point last year (10 rides in less than three hours), I would be in good shape without FL.

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If you get there at opening and don't have Fastlane I STRONGLY suggest riding Firehawk, Flight of Fear, and Backlot right away. They're all sort of near eachother. After that lines won't be a huge issue. You might wait awhile for Mystic Timbers and Diamondback but at least those lines move at a decent pace.

 

You might want to ride the hang and bang boomerang sort of early too since it's low capacity can impact it's wait times but if you don't need the credit just skip it because it's terrible.

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It was great that when we went recently, my kids took my word on the hang n bang boomerang being terrible, and then weren't interested in Firehawk or Flight of Fear, so we didn't even need to worry about those coasters' lines!

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If you get there at opening and don't have Fastlane I STRONGLY suggest riding Firehawk, Flight of Fear, and Backlot right away. They're all sort of near eachother. After that lines won't be a huge issue. You might wait awhile for Mystic Timbers and Diamondback but at least those lines move at a decent pace.

 

You might want to ride the hang and bang boomerang sort of early too since it's low capacity can impact it's wait times but if you don't need the credit just skip it because it's terrible.

Thank you for the tips! I've never been to KI before

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My personal hell was going in the "2017 gold pass" parking lane with my Cedar Point platinum pass and not having the gate open. Everyone honking at me. And then I had to do the dreaded cedar fair platinum pass backup maneuver to go into a lane with an attendant as everyone loudly huffed behind me when the reverse lights came on.

 

So the moral of the story is you need a Kings Island pass to use the automated Kings Island gate.

 

Oh, and mystic timbers was great.

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The last time I rode the hang 'n bang boomerang, my restraint opened up a notch going into the cobra roll and I about had a heart attack. Don't plan on riding again anytime soon.

 

 

The same thing happened to me on BTR at SFOG releasing from the chain. I know now that it was just not latched in that position, and is perfectly normal and I wasn't in any real danger, but at the time I was terrified lol!

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Was at KI yesterday for the first time, and I really loved it. The park is really nice, with a great atmosphere.

 

My home park is CW, and I was really surprised at how spread of everything is at KI. I guess when there's not urban sprawl closing in on you from all sides, you have the luxury of spacing things out.

 

This is my first trip to a park other than CW in more than 15 years, and the first one since I would even begin to consider myself an enthusiast. Being at KI gave me bittersweet feelings about CW. Wonderland really doesn't have its coaster game up to snuff in comparison, but it sure has a much wider selection of flats. Honestly, I'd say I like the parks about the same, but man, I really wish CW could get some more quality coasters. We enjoyed every coaster at KI, though certainly some more than others.

 

Our day looked like this :

 

Banshee x4

Invertigo x1

The Bat x1

Adventure Express x1

The Racer x1

Flight of Fear x2

Firehawk x1

Vortex x1

Backlot Stunt Coaster x1

Diamondback x1

The Beast x1

Mystic Timbers x2

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My personal hell was going in the "2017 gold pass" parking lane with my Cedar Point platinum pass and not having the gate open. Everyone honking at me. And then I had to do the dreaded cedar fair platinum pass backup maneuver to go into a lane with an attendant as everyone loudly huffed behind me when the reverse lights came on.

 

So the moral of the story is you need a Kings Island pass to use the automated Kings Island gate.

 

Oh, and mystic timbers was great.

 

That is strange because I know someone who also has a Cedar Point platinum pass and it works fine for the self scan lanes. Did it give you an error message or did it never seem to scan? Because I have seen problems with people not getting the machine to scan the barcode. The scanners are a little picky.

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I can affirm that the self scan lane worked fine with both our platinum passes (we left and returned so I scanned the girlfriend's the second time). But I also saw the car ahead of us having trouble with scanning (eventually worked).

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Weird that you guys had no issues. Maybe it had to do with early entry (the sign specifically said Kings Island gold pass)? Or I just have bad luck. No idea. It definitely scanned just gave me an error about not being in the system or something to that effect and to see an attendant. I keyed it in manually as well. Of course no issue when the attendant scanned it. Oh well.

 

Banshee and the bat rode better than I remember in the past, them cutting the caramel apples for you is awesome, and I did my first slingshot for $10 but it didn't do much for me. Adventure Express still makes me laugh everytime and Diamondback is a ton of fun and better than I remember as well. Overall a great visit.

 

What's in the shed? Delicious caramel apples that are bigger than my head! My apologies to the guy behind me for getting caramel all over his face.

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Had a fun weekend with Bernie:

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It kind of depends on what you want out of the park. KI is a great park for the FL+, because most of the FL+ lines go directly to the station. You're usually on Banshee within three minutes tops. It truly is the "ride whenever the hell you feel like it pass," vs. Cedar Point or SF parks.

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I've been here for an hour and a half and I've already been on Flight of Fear, Racer (red), Firehawk, and Adventure Express (all walk-ons or less than 5 minute waits) and also had some downtime to sit in the shade

 

 

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^That's where I was in the morning. Lines weren't all too bad there at that time either. Although once the afternoon hit, the flood of people came pouring in and I gave up on waiting in the significantly longer lines. Had a great day though! 25-ish minute wait for Diamondback, 30 for Mystic Timbers, walk-on and 5 minute wait for Banshee, and some other credits.

 

Side note: I think I'm starting to like both the Mystic Timbers/Diamondback duo more than Banshee. MT is just... wild! Still super smooth, and provides those sudden lateral + airtime forces no other coaster in the park achieves.

 

Diamondback confirmed my statement of it being pure bliss. Comfy open seats plus floater airtime heaven.

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Diamondback is still definitely my #1 coaster at KI, without a doubt! The airtime, especially in the very back, is certifiably nuts, and I love the setting! The big question for me right now, is whether Mystic Timbers has beaten out Banshee for the #2 spot! It's close, and it may be there. I think a few more rides at a later date may be needed just to seal the deal - especially some more night rides!

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I typically ride Diamondback just because my wife likes it. I have always found it to be mediocre but I also like intense coasters that throw me around or speed coasters. It is fun but not my favorite.

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Comfort and re-rideability play a huge role in my top favorite coasters. Diamondback just so happens to be a roller coaster I would have no problem marathoning if given the chance. For coasters that throw you around, Mystic Timbers certainly helps fill that void at Kings Island (unless maybe you include Vortex)

 

I realize the back row might be the best thing on the coaster, but I almost always opt for 2nd row. It's almost as good as a front seat ride due to the V-shape cars, and usually has a shorter wait there so I get on quicker. Love the feel of the wind up there.

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