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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!

 

Just buy a line skipper.

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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!

 

Enjoy your visit, weather looks to be nice both of those days. Start with MT first, should be ok with Banshee anytime throughout the day.

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When I was at KI a few weeks ago, Banshee was practically a walk-on during the lunch-rush times, as everybody and their brother was in hour-plus lines for Chicken Shack, and Panda Express! So if you time it to hit Banshee around lunch time, that might be your best bet! (You just might want to skip eating at the park that day - fair warning! )

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We're headed to the park next Saturday, with FL+ in hand. I've never been to this park on a weekend, outside of the Haunt. Are FL+ lines still pretty much walk-on, during Saturdays?

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We're headed to the park next Saturday, with FL+ in hand. I've never been to this park on a weekend, outside of the Haunt. Are FL+ lines still pretty much walk-on, during Saturdays?

You should have no problem with lines if you have FL+. Even if the park is super busy I've noticed not many people buy FL/FL+

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^ Although I am sure that Firehawk would be the usual slow-loading, super low capacity coaster - even with FL+. You could walk right up to the air gates with FL+ and it'd still be a 15 minute wait!

 

Just wondering about why I am reading how horrendous the food and beer lines are at this particular park this year? Is it the combo of new (slow) staffing, combined with people that think that they have to eat at noon and 6:00 every day? Are there less restaurants now?

 

I don't seem to recall this being an issue when we went a few years ago for the Halloween event when the park was pretty slammed. Heck, we practically had a front seat at the bar (which was where we pretty much spent the afternoon because the lines were so long) and never had to wait for a beer/drink.

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^The park did not add enough infrastructure to support the new unlimited drink plan. This is really clogging up the lines at the food stands. Also, I have yet to see the train station Coke Freestyle machines operating this year, and I've visited on a Thursday, 2 Fridays a Saturday, and a Sunday, the most recent of which could not be considered early-season.

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^^ Amen, brother!

 

I will sometimes break down and buy a bottle of water for Michael and I to split if the park only hands out the really tiny cups of water...and if the water fountain water is tepid and tastes like it was pumped out of the local stream (usually the norm).

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Hm, would probably be a good idea to hunt out the locations of them on a hot day to save that bit of money, because the few times I did see water fountains, they were open for people to walk up to. Park does a good job advertising their food/drink stands and telling folks to get free small cups of water from them, which kinda makes you forget about the water fountains when you're dehydrated and desperate for a drink.

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^ Although I am sure that Firehawk would be the usual slow-loading, super low capacity coaster - even with FL+. You could walk right up to the air gates with FL+ and it'd still be a 15 minute wait!

 

Just wondering about why I am reading how horrendous the food and beer lines are at this particular park this year? Is it the combo of new (slow) staffing, combined with people that think that they have to eat at noon and 6:00 every day? Are there less restaurants now? \

Yeah, Firehawk would e a concern if we liked the ride, but we despise it. Even B&M flyers make me feel like crap, so you can imagine the effect Firehawk and Nighthawk have on me!

 

I really hope it's not going to take 20 minutes to get a beer. Like you said, we never had any issues when we go to certain areas of the park. The beer garden has always been a winner for getting a quick beer. I'm going to be truly disappointed if "beer man" takes up too much of our time. I expect it on events like haunts, but not during the regular operating season.

 

the unlimited drink plan dealie is a real head-scratcher for me. the appeal of drinking unlimited soda all day long completely escapes me.

 

when i'm at a park (or anywhere else for that matter) i'm either drinking free water from a drinking fountain or beer. that's pretty much it.

 

as a general life rule, i won't pay money for drinks that don't have alcohol in them.

 

I like your style, Dan! Although park days are usually the one exception where Emily and I split a regular Coke. For some reason it seems to literally immediately shake off any kind of low grade headache we get from early day riding. Other than that, I haven't been a soda drinker for years, with the exception of rare occasions or a splash of Coke in my whiskey or bourbon.

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^ I was thinking that you said that you didn't care for Firehawk, but couldn't remember if that was you or not!

 

We have never had any issue at the beer garden with getting beers either - nor had a problem finding a table to sit at. I will be curious to hear how the op's are at the park after your visit.

 

Same here on the soda. I keep a few of those small cans of Coke, ginger ale and 7-Up in my garage fridge for Michael and any guests that may stop by for a drink, but the only time that I can think of when a Coke tastes good (without alcohol in it) is when we go to the movies and split a bag of popcorn. I don't eat popcorn a lot either, but those two seem to go hand in hand at the movie theater for whatever reason.

 

Although now that I hear that more movie theaters are starting to serve food, beer and mixed drinks, that standard combo could change for me in the future!

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The beer garden and the bar in Reds still don't get lines. Also, they'll give you large cups of water, if you ask, unlike the other locations.

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The beer garden and the bar in Reds still don't get lines. Also, they'll give you large cups of water, if you ask, unlike the other locations.

Where's Reds?

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The beer garden and the bar in Reds still don't get lines. Also, they'll give you large cups of water, if you ask, unlike the other locations.

Where's Reds?

Restaurant with Sports bar type area across from Mystic Timbers (by Diamondback). The one time I tried to go there for a beer was during Haunt and I waited forever and eventually gave up, but I'm sure it's more reasonable during the regular operating season. Plus, it's air conditioned.

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Anyone think about the what ifs with Son of Beast? If they didn't tear it down, you think it could had been renovated like Texas Giant and many other wooden coasters?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but as far as I know by the time SOB was torn down, the coaster's wood was already rotting in some places. I believe RCCA used a subpar quality wood, ontop of Paramount dropping RCCA and finishing the coaster themselves. Nobody would have wanted anything to do with the ride by the second time it closed.

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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.

I kind of agree with you. Kings Island seems to have more mature trees spread throughout the park while most of CP's mature trees are in the Frontier Trail area. I will try very hard to get back to KI this season and get on the coasters I missed (mostly Diamondback, Beast, and Mystic Timbers).

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Restaurant with Sports bar type area across from Mystic Timbers (by Diamondback). The one time I tried to go there for a beer was during Haunt and I waited forever and eventually gave up, but I'm sure it's more reasonable during the regular operating season. Plus, it's air conditioned.

Thanks. And yes, you have to work a lot harder for your beers at the haunts. Most of the beer stations ran out by 9, with the few remaining beer service places having lines that looked to be close to an hour long.

 

Story time: We even had one bar tender in the Fest House kind of freak out. We paid him our money for our last beers of the night after waiting 15-20 minutes and settling for the only thing they had left which was a dark Yuengling. Every line beyond that looked an hour long. He goes to pour our beers and the keg is completely tapped. He yells "AW FUCK! FUUUUUCK!!!" We just laughed and he told us he'd have to find a supervisor to get our money back or maybe find some more beer, which he thought was a long shot. We told him we didn't care what kind of beer we got as long as we got something, since the park was drying up. He delivered (literally) and came back a couple minutes later with a couple tall boys of something. I think maybe Budweiser or Bud Light? We were pretty buzzed and beyond caring. He was pretty irritated as he told us "All they hire is these F**king kids who aren't old enough to handle beer and we're F**ked when we run out!" We talked to him about how packed the place was for a few minutes. Seemed like a nice older guy who had had about his limit with the Haunt crowds, haha. We decided he was our favorite "beer man," since he came through in a clutch situation despite completely excusable meltdown. Seems like the bad thing about the late opening is that the majority of patrons left behind are teenagers who are all jacked up on sugar and caffeine. By 1030 we looked around at what seemed to be literally a 10 (teen) to 1 (adult) ratio and GTFO of there! I hope that isn't the case this Saturday when the park is open until Midnight.

 

Pro tip for the Haunt: Discretely drink parking lot booze at your own risk. I emphasize discretely, as I was busted by a couple overtime duty plain clothed cops working the Carowinds Haunt last year. Very sneaky. It was an 'oh shit' moment as we were caught red handed drinking a few ice cold Yuengling bottles after dinner. (Keys out of the ignition, car in park, no intention of driving for many more hours) Luckily we were sent on our way without. Sometimes you take desperate measures when beer lines surpass 45 minutes.

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Sorry, but I got a bit of a laugh out of this. Most people say someone comes up clutch when they make a last minute play in a sport. But prozach say the beer man came up clutch to get a beer when the kegs were kicked...

 

Not saying I disagree, just struck me as funny when I read it.

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