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The last time I was at Kings Island was in 1984. There are only a couple rides that are still in operation from that time and the rest will be new to me. The ride selection looks pretty good. Not as good as Cedar Point, but decent. Highly looking forward to it.

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I'm genuinely curious what people without kids carry around where they would need fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, with the exception of photographers. I guess I'm a minimalist.

Wallet, car keys, phone. If I'm by myself at a park, then I'll get a fluffy bunny so I make sure not to lose those things. If I'm with family, then my wife usually hangs on to that stuff while I'm riding, then I take the stuff in the parent swap. No fluffy bunny needed.

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I'm genuinely curious what people without kids carry around where they would need fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, with the exception of photographers. I guess I'm a minimalist.

Wallet, car keys, phone. If I'm by myself at a park, then I'll get a fluffy bunny so I make sure not to lose those things. If I'm with family, then my wife usually hangs on to that stuff while I'm riding, then I take the stuff in the parent swap. No fluffy bunny needed.

Lockers are looking more and more appealing to us as we've lost items at parks several times recently (keys, phone). The annoyance of a locker is nothing compared to the annoyance of losing your keys and having to wait for a tow or locksmith (shoutout to Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World for allowing us to chill in the parking lot while we waited for AAA).

 

We usually try to secure our items in zip/button/velcro pockets (or as a woman, boobs hold items pretty nicely) but things can go wrong. With every mistake, we've learned. The last two losses were from my boyfriend, so hopefully he'll learn too.

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I'm genuinely curious what people without kids carry around where they would need fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo, with the exception of photographers. I guess I'm a minimalist.

 

Glasses are the big one. I can't risk putting them in a pocket or anywhere there's any chance of them being lost or damaged, since there's no chance of me driving home afterward without them. Phone too, since I like my shiny new expensive phones and would not be happy to lose one.

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I've never had a phone or car keys fall out of my pockets on any ride. I guess to be safer on Monday, I'll wear cargo shorts with buttons to make my keys and phone even more secure.

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fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo are looking more and more appealing to us as we've lost items at parks several times recently (keys, phone). The annoyance of a fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo is nothing compared to the annoyance of losing your keys and having to wait for a tow or locksmith (shoutout to Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World for allowing us to chill in the parking lot while we waited for AAA).

 

And what people don't seem to get is that is a hassle for the parks, also. Whether it be endless harassment of guests wanting the park to look for lost items immediately or extra time employees need to put in at the end of the day.

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I also want to say (as i am a ride op), not having Bins in a station moves operations a little faster. We don't have to wait for guests to take ten thousand years to put their stuff in a bin and sit down. It really does improve capacity and efficiency sometimes! Just look at Mystic!

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^I've noticed also that operations are much smoother & faster without the bins in the station. I'll use Fury 325 vs. Intimidator at Carowinds as an example. People get in their seats immediately and don't clog up the station to gather stuff when they get off the train.

 

When I go to parks I will sometimes have a small drawstring bag that I can throw all my loose articles, water bottle & camera in, but that's only when I'm with someone who isn't going to ride anything and can hold it. Otherwise I make sure I have secure pockets for my phone & wallet. If I have my camera, it will end up in a l-o-c-k-e-r if we're all riding...along with anything they have. I don't even bring my souvenir cups to the park anymore for the cheap (or free) refills since I don't drink a lot of soda anyway and hate walking around with more than I really need.

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I also want to say (as i am a ride op), not having Bins in a station moves operations a little faster. We don't have to wait for guests to take ten thousand years to put their stuff in a bin and sit down. It really does improve capacity and efficiency sometimes! Just look at Mystic!

 

I know where you're coming from, but if each guest were diligent enough to know what they're going to put into the bin BEFORE the gates open, it doesn't take more than a few seconds to do. I will gather both mine and and Michael's stuff and place it in the bin to cut back on time. It usually takes Michael a bit more time to get adjusted with the restraints, but I can do this very quickly most of the time.

 

It's when you get "those people" that put something into a bin and then get into their seat and realize that they forgot to take off their hat, glasses or flip flops...or "forgot" that they were carrying a refillable soda bottle half full of soda...that's when trains get stacked and capacity suffers.

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I also want to say (as i am a ride op), not having Bins in a station moves operations a little faster. We don't have to wait for guests to take ten thousand years to put their stuff in a bin and sit down. It really does improve capacity and efficiency sometimes! Just look at Mystic!

You would have loved the TPR group on Twisted Colossus at WCB. People were hustling to stash stuff in bins, jump back in their seats, and get the restraints fastened as quickly as possible. They told us over the PA how much under interval we were, and used those terms since they knew we'd know them. I had one ride op tell me she wished every train went out just like we had done it.

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I've never had a phone or car keys fall out of my pockets on any ride. I guess to be safer on Monday, I'll wear cargo shorts with buttons to make my keys and phone even more secure.

 

Firehawk is the worst if you have unsecured pockets. The awkward angle makes everything fall right out. I won't ride it unless I'm wearing pockets that can button or snap closed.

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I went to the park on Monday for the first time, and finally got around to mentioning it on here. Save for a few rain clouds that passed through and closed the rides for a bit, it was a great day! I loved the feel and atmosphere. I look forward to returning someday (hopefully sometime soon)

 

Some notes:

-Firehawk was much smoother to me than Nighthawk. It was a great surprise.

-Mystic Timbers was AWESOME!

-I was not prepared for the 2nd half of Beast

-Banshee is definitely my favorite ride in the park

-The ops for Banshee, Diamondback, and Mystic Timbers were hauling. Awesome job!

-Boo Blasters was the only disappointment. We sat down and picked up out blasters and found that none of them worked. So, we sat through the ride, and were told by the op when we returned that the specific car we were in was having issues all day. We were debating on going back in line, but the 45 minute wait and the stories of other people riding with bad blasters deterred us. The ride looked great; I wish KD had the same one.

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-Boo Blasters was the only disappointment. We sat down and picked up out blasters and found that none of them worked. So, we sat through the ride, and were told by the op when we returned that the specific car we were in was having issues all day. We were debating on going back in line, but the 45 minute wait and the stories of other people riding with bad blasters deterred us. The ride looked great; I wish KD had the same one.

 

Glad you had a good visit, unfortunately this seems to be a common issue with KI's boo blasters. It's more of a game to see if your actually going to get a car where all the guns work versus the actual game itself, my son loves that ride and is almost in tears whenever we get a car where the guns don't work, good thing there is plenty else to do, he forgets about it rather quickly.

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I have bad no luck with the Boo Blaster games on my last couple visits to KI, KD, and CW. IIRC, the guns at KI are the worst. It's a shame, because Emily always really wants to ride, but usually my gun doesn't work. When my gun does work, I crush her and it feels good to silence her crap talking... When my gun isn't working well, I frantically try to shoot at whatever possible, while she kicks my a$$. It always seems like when we do get a car with shitty guns, it's always mine that craps out. That's Karma, I suppose.

 

Has anyone seen the Doberman dog show at the park? I was pumped when I saw it advertised on FB, because Emily loves these types of animal shows! I hate all of your typical park shows involving actors, as I have no taste for any kind of live Theater. (and largely poor tastes in general) However, I enjoy animal shows of most variety.

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Interesting, I have never had issues with the Boo Blasters guns. I guess I'm just lucky! During my last visit, I scored a personal best: 1560.

 

As a side note, I'm enjoying the improvements around the park. Boo blasters broken effects have been fixed. International Street now has thematic music. FoF has the show lighting in the queue working again. Although, the whole "my pleasure" thing feels a bit awkward this far North.

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I too had a great time at KI when I went, and loved Banshee the most as well, such a solid coaster, with seven good inversions.

 

Tbh, I didn't do a single flat while I was there as I wanted to ride all the coasters and then re-ride Banshee and Mystic Timbers. But, if I went regularly, I'd probably be disappointed with the selection of flats, especially because I'm used to the assortment at CW.

 

As much as any park really benefits from more coasters, I'd love to see KI get some more flats in the future, as the coaster collection is really solid already.

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Hey everyone! I'm going to Kings Island for the first time in a long time, so I was wondering what everybody thought the best plan of attack for the park is. I was maybe thinking about starting out at Banshee and the Bat and working my way clockwise around the park. Also, as far as food is there any place or food item is a must try? Thanks!

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Strategically that might be the worst plan possible, but if you're just eager to ride Banshee then do whatever you want.

 

The rides where you'll have the biggest issue with lines are Firehawk, Flight of Fear, Backlot Stunt Coaster and Mystic Timbers.

 

If you have a Platinum Pass I'd get there for Early Entry, go right to Mystic Timbers, then at park open hit Firehawk, Flight of Fear and Backlot (probably in that order, but if you're coming from Mystic Timbers you could just hit Backlot on the way to Firehawk since you'll pass it). If you don't have a Platinum Pass then save Mystic Timbers for later and head for Firehawk when the park opens. Lines are rarely an issue at Banshee because of it's incredible capacity.

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Hey everyone! I'm going to Kings Island for the first time in a long time, so I was wondering what everybody thought the best plan of attack for the park is. I was maybe thinking about starting out at Banshee and the Bat and working my way clockwise around the park. Also, as far as food is there any place or food item is a must try? Thanks!

 

I'm not sure if it's in your budget, but Kings Island is probably the best park (at least in the CF chain) for skipping the lines. Their Fast Lane+ basically takes you to the very front of each attraction, and you won't have to wait hardly at all. No plan of attack is needed if you get one. It is 100% worth the money, especially at this park.

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The last time I was at Kings Island was in 1984. There are only a couple rides that are still in operation from that time and the rest will be new to me. The ride selection looks pretty good. Not as good as Cedar Point, but decent. Highly looking forward to it.

Honestly despite having a better ride lineup than KI, I prefer KI over CP. KI to me has a much better atmosphere around the entire park, wheras CP felt a bit more cluttered/cramped. I guess that's a sacrifice you've gotta make if you're striving to have the most coasters at one park though Both are fantastic parks nonetheless.

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Hey everyone! I'm going to Kings Island for the first time in a long time, so I was wondering what everybody thought the best plan of attack for the park is. I was maybe thinking about starting out at Banshee and the Bat and working my way clockwise around the park. Also, as far as food is there any place or food item is a must try? Thanks!

 

All depends on what you want to ride the most, which day you are going.

 

 

If you have a Platinum Pass I'd get there for Early Entry, go right to Mystic Timbers, then at park open hit Firehawk, Flight of Fear and Backlot (probably in that order, but if you're coming from Mystic Timbers you could just hit Backlot on the way to Firehawk since you'll pass it). If you don't have a Platinum Pass then save Mystic Timbers for later and head for Firehawk when the park opens. Lines are rarely an issue at Banshee because of it's incredible capacity.

 

This is the best plan if you don't want to wait in lines, if you want to limit your walking, then start at one side of the park and just go from ride to ride.

 

As for places to eat, are you from Cincinnati? Being a local to people that aren't from around here, I always suggest Skyline Chili, or Larosa's, both are local chains. If neither of those interest you, I would suggest either the Red's Hall of Fame Grille in Rivertown or Chicken Shack in Action Zone.

 

That being said, try to avoid eating during "peak" times if at all possible. Kings Island has issues with their food service and the crazy wait times to get anything to eat.

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It's a shame, because Emily always really wants to ride, but usually my gun doesn't work. When my gun does work, I crush her

 

 

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Hey everyone! I'm going to Kings Island for the first time in a long time, so I was wondering what everybody thought the best plan of attack for the park is. I was maybe thinking about starting out at Banshee and the Bat and working my way clockwise around the park. Also, as far as food is there any place or food item is a must try? Thanks!

 

All depends on what you want to ride the most, which day you are going.

 

 

If you have a Platinum Pass I'd get there for Early Entry, go right to Mystic Timbers, then at park open hit Firehawk, Flight of Fear and Backlot (probably in that order, but if you're coming from Mystic Timbers you could just hit Backlot on the way to Firehawk since you'll pass it). If you don't have a Platinum Pass then save Mystic Timbers for later and head for Firehawk when the park opens. Lines are rarely an issue at Banshee because of it's incredible capacity.

 

This is the best plan if you don't want to wait in lines, if you want to limit your walking, then start at one side of the park and just go from ride to ride.

 

As for places to eat, are you from Cincinnati? Being a local to people that aren't from around here, I always suggest Skyline Chili, or Larosa's, both are local chains. If neither of those interest you, I would suggest either the Red's Hall of Fame Grille in Rivertown or Chicken Shack in Action Zone.

 

That being said, try to avoid eating during "peak" times if at all possible. Kings Island has issues with their food service and the crazy wait times to get anything to eat.

 

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm going on the Monday or Tuesday (26th or 27th) which I figured would help with the lines. I have only been to the park once before and that was the year Diamondback opened. My main goal is to get on Banshee and Mystic Timbers, especially since MT will be my first GCI!

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