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p. 792 - Camp Cedar campground to open in 2021!

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Anybody know what's been going on with bat? Seems like it's been down for at least a week.

My friend was at the park last week 2 days and it was down both days and today I stopped in at the park and it was posted at the front of the park that it would not operate today.

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Was at the park just briefly this morning on our way through town, first time since 2007 - and I have to say, I was blown away. The park was beautiful. Way nicer than I remember it being. It felt like an entirely different park. It was well-kept, nicely landscaped, nicely filled out, more modern, clean, and the crews were just killing it. Had a wonderful couple hours. Just had time to ride what was new to me (Mystic Timbers, Diamondback, and Banshee), and really enjoyed all three. I was highly, highly impressed

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The only thing that you missed out by not riding SoB is a chiropractor bill that your insurance wouldn't cover. It literally was the most painful, horrible coaster that I have ever ridden in my entire life. I am soooo glad that Banshee took it's place!

 

I rode SoB in its first couple years (I think it was May/June 2002?) and while it was rough, I didn't think it was bad at all. I know it got much worse later on its life and Banshee is a huge improvement over what SoB became, but early on I really enjoyed it.

 

As for the report, nice pictures! I like that SoB tombstone and I love the Diamondback splashdown. When I was there a couple months ago I rode back left wing and ended up soaking my entire arm on it.

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I rode SoB the week it was opened and as soon as a few hours before the last accident if I am remembering right could be wrong that could have been the first accident. Anyway i was younger and weighed a lot less when I did the majority of my riding on it. Like Vortex as a kid it was easy to deal with the roughness but I don't even ride Vortex anymore and I am sure SoB would be the same if it were still open. After they Took the loop out there was no real reason for me to want to ride it as that gimmick was gone and the ride was a very boring layout to me. I do think other than a couple of rides I had on it it remained consistent in its roughness though.

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^^ I wished that I could have tried it once in the front seat at night with the loop, but I agree that the layout was pretty awful.

 

It was like they took the two final helices of the Beast and stretched them out for a couple of miles into this long, monotonous jackhammer-fest.

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To me, the worst part of SoB, was after the loop! I don't know why exactly, but that last portion of the ride just KILLED my back! I literally had back pain for days after riding it... Only time that's ever happened in my many years of coaster riding...

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Speaking of SOB, even though its completely gone now, I'm still bothered by the placement of the on ride photo! Why, why, why on earth was it placed right before you engaged the lift hill?! I'll never understand that lol!

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What is the Halloween event like at Kings Island??

Any specific questions? I went about 4-5 times last year and had a blast! Ape is right about it being crowded, but I found the mazes didn't have as long of waits as the coasters, all of which are awesome at night! It would be really tough to do everything in one night. I've been to a handful of Halloween events, and I'd put KI Haunt as my favorite after Knott's and Horror Nights, which we all know are industry bests. If you have the chance to go, definitely go!

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Kings Island put the season pass renewal options up. They are now offering the season long fast lane plus option for 2018. It is $499 which is what I expected the price to be. If you visit frequently on Saturday and Sunday I could see how it might be worth it. Knott's also added the season long option at $499 so that only leaves Cedar Point without ability to purchase a season long Fast Lane.

 

At least for Kings Island, 2018 platinum pass renewal, Dining plan, Drink Plan, and Fast lane Plus brings the total to just over $850 with taxes and fees.

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Kings Island put the season pass renewal options up. They are now offering the season long fast lane plus option for 2018. It is $499 which is what I expected the price to be. If you visit frequently on Saturday and Sunday I could see how it might be worth it. Knott's also added the season long option at $499 so that only leaves Cedar Point without ability to purchase a season long Fast Lane.

 

At least for Kings Island, 2018 platinum pass renewal, Dining plan, Drink Plan, and Fast lane Plus brings the total to just over $850 with taxes and fees.

 

While Dorney is selling all season fast lane plus for $125 next year

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What is the Halloween event like at Kings Island??

Any specific questions? I went about 4-5 times last year and had a blast! Ape is right about it being crowded, but I found the mazes didn't have as long of waits as the coasters, all of which are awesome at night! It would be really tough to do everything in one night. I've been to a handful of Halloween events, and I'd put KI Haunt as my favorite after Knott's and Horror Nights, which we all know are industry bests. If you have the chance to go, definitely go!

 

My friends and I have talked about it for the past 2 years and this year we are making sure we go. Got any specific plans of action?

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A few weeks ago I was able to visit KI for the second time this year and just got around to writing my trip report and uploading pictures. I had an amazing day filled with tons of great riding, including some epic night rides on Mystic Timbers and the Beast. Check it out! http://thrillsawait.weebly.com/trip-reports/night-rides-or-bust-kings-island-8-11

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We are going to make our first trip to kings island this weekend. We have season passes to all the cedar fair parks that we purchased last year. Any recommendations anybody has for hotels would be appreciated. And what type of crowds can we expect on labor day weekend? Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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If the weather is moderate to nice I would expect significant crowds on Saturday and Sunday over Labor Day weekend. KI has a huge local season pass base and they tend to show up on weekends and holiday weekends. If it's in your budget I would plan on a Fastlane Plus purchase for at least one day if you plan on spending multiple days.

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We are going to make our first trip to kings island this weekend. We have season passes to all the cedar fair parks that we purchased last year. Any recommendations anybody has for hotels would be appreciated. And what type of crowds can we expect on labor day weekend? Thanks for any advice you can give me.

 

Depending on how much your looking to pay for a room, there is a Great Wolf Lodge right next to KI, however very expensive. If your looking for something reasonably priced, check out the Baymont Inn & Suites in Mason right down the road. Stay away from the Super 8 in Mason, I have never heard anything good about it. There are a couple hotels the next exit down on 71 such as a Holiday Inn Express and a Marriott.

 

As for crowds, like said in the post above. I'm sure it will be crowded if the weather is nice. However, as of right now they are expecting the end of Hurricane Harvey to reach up here Friday evening, just in time for the weekend, which could help keep the crowds away.

 

They do also have dollar days this weekend, which could help you save some money if you choose to shell out the money for Fast Lane Plus.

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We are going to make our first trip to kings island this weekend. We have season passes to all the cedar fair parks that we purchased last year. Any recommendations anybody has for hotels would be appreciated. And what type of crowds can we expect on labor day weekend? Thanks for any advice you can give me.

 

Stay away from the Super 8 in Mason, I have never heard anything good about it.

 

Well, never say never! You're about to!

 

I took my three kids there this year, and stayed two nights, and it was great! It cost less than $50 a night, had a nice Continental Breakfast (including waffles!), a pool the kids loved, and the best part for us (as non passholders) was that we didn't have to pay for parking at KI, since they had a free shuttle to the park! Sure, the place isn't the Ritz, but the worst snafu, was the lack of a shower curtain when we got there. If I had really pressed the issue, we could have gotten one, but it wasn't a big deal to me. Other than that, the room was great, and we enjoyed our stay there! So yeah, if you're budget conscious, and don't need anything fancy, and like a few extra frills, the Super 8 in Mason isn't half bad really! (And now there's at least ONE positive review on TPR about it! )

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