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

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Oh yeah, blue ice cream (Smurf cone) is still just as great as it always has been. Don't miss this!

Maybe I'm missing something, but with a Graeter's inside the park, why would you want to eat any other ice cream?

 

I don't know if you're being sarcastic or not

 

Preference! I like soft serve and the blueberry vanilla flavor. Graeter's is very good but I wanted something else. I can get Graeters even in Chicago.

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Glad you guys had a good time in what might be my favorite park. I've still haven't tried blue ice cream, yet. Dairy makes me bloated and feeling like shit, despite my love for ice cream.

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^They are currently building dorms at Carowinds

 

I must say I had a great first visit at Kings Island last Thursday and Friday. The only thing that would have made it even better is if the weather had been cooler. It was just HOT. We were spoiled at Cedar Point earlier in the week with cooler temps and the breeze off Lake Erie. Both days consisted of mostly walk-ons for most of the coasters. The longest wait I had for anything was 20/25 minutes for Flight Of Fear. The only troublesome one I almost didn't get the credit for was Backlot Stunt Coaster. Everytime I walked by the first day it had just went down. Same thing the next day until after lunch when I hurried up and got on as soon as I went by again and it was running. I will say that ride operations weren't as on point as it was at Cedar Point the prior 3 days. They were pretty good for the most part, but didn't have the same hustle as CP. Since crowds were light, no big deal; just a comparative observation. Food operations were decent since the park wasn't too crowded. I had read stories in here of hour waits for food. I waited maybe 5 minutes at Festhaus and Tom & Che...lol

 

Some quick ride observations (in order of riding):

 

*Firehawk: Definitely better than Nighthawk. No headbanging or shaken to death. Not a top 10 or 50, but re-rideable.

*Vortex: Tear It Down. This was the 2nd most miserable ride experience among my Carowinds, CP, KI & KK trip (T3 worst).

*Beast: Great ride. New #1 woodie. I sat in the middle seat, back car (non wheel). Sadly no night ride (too tired).

*Mystic Timbers: Packs quite a punch. That shed however? Pointless. Maybe if it was at the beginning of the ride?

*Woodstock Express: Just a fun ride like it's siblings at Carowinds and KD.

*Bat: Great suspended coaster. Not as good as BBW was, but much better than Iron Dragon.

*Invertigo: Not bad, not great. Definitely better than the standard sit-down boomerangs I've been on.

*Banshee was great. The only thing keeping it from being my favorite invert are the tightening vest restraints.

*Adventure Express: Enjoyable mine train coaster with unexpected "theming".

*Racer: Great pair of racing woodies. Not as good as Thunder Road to me, but rode fairly smooth.

*Flight Of Fear: Love the one at KD. This one was ok as well...a bit more "jerky" in places. Nothing horrible though.

*Flying Ace Aerial Chase: Better harness than some of it's clones. Still a bit shaky for a kiddie coaster.

*Diamondback: Quite surprising. I have it almost tied with Mako for favorite hyper. Definitely better than Intimidator.

*Backlot Stunt Coaster: Great family ride. It had a few nice surprises as well and was better than expected.

 

*Great Pumpkin Coaster: I was denied for not having a child. I already knew this, but since there was no line I tried. Oh well....lol

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^Beast at #1, from only a day ride in the back car? I like your taste. Yeah, you know the deal about night rides on it, but I have much respect for day rides as well. It still has that dreamlike quality for me in daylight.

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Well, I take back the pointless part in regards to having shade. It was quite hot both days I was at the park. Had I sat in the front at least once, maybe it would have made more sense. I'm just a back-seat rider for most coasters.

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I honestly don't understand all the hate for Vortex. I rode it in second to last car, front row. It had a couple of rough spots, but I found it smooth compared to most of Cedar Point's Arrows (and Rougarou). Even the wild mouse turn into the MCBR wasn't bad, but maybe I had just read so much complaining about it that I knew to brace for it.

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I rode Vortex at the end of my Saturday night drinking binge. It actually made it fun... It was even more fun that my group was cursing in pain.

 

The shed gives the riders something to do other than try to think of ways to graffiti the trains and walls. I didn't see any chewing gum on the walls, which is a nice change. People seem to enjoy it. I think it's really corny, but it gives me something to look at.

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I've said this a few times before but I seem to be in the minority that really enjoys Vortex. It's definitely something that you need to ride defensively, and even then it will still beat you up so I understand the hate. But for some reason I really like the ride. The first drop in the second to last row is a lot of fun, and I'm a fan of the old Arrow corkscrews.

 

My girlfriend hated it though. We were there for a couple days and she told me that if I wanted to go on it again the second day she would gladly watch me.

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she told me that if I wanted to go on it again the second day she would gladly watch me.

Sounds familiar. I did con Emily into going this time around, though. I was surprised. It's hard not to look at the ride and appreciate the history and nostalgia. It looked great near the time the park was closing, so I decided to ride it with the historical appreciation. I really enjoyed it... for one ride.

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I don't find the Mystic Timbers shed pointless. I would much rather sit in a dark shed on hot days then bake in the sun.

 

 

Honestly, the shed is your standard brake run, except not standard, and with a cool "show", and cool shade. I'd love to see more coasters with these type of brake runs!

 

"The Shed" was massively hyped by KI, setting some enthusiasts with overactive imaginations up for the fall of inevitable anticipointment. However, I think most of us with tempered expectations, can appreciate it for what it is... and yes, enjoy the shade on hot Summer days!

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While at Kings Island, you overhear two and only two conversations from the GP:

 

1) High school sports scores/where they're going to college/upcoming games/etc.

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2) The shed, how it's scary, there's a new monster, etc.

 

The shed isn't for enthusiasts, it's for the GP. The station is for the enthusiasts. There are dozens of easter eggs involving KI history, other CF parks, coaster manufacturers hidden (and obvious) in the station!

 

I'm surprised there's still talk about the shed being 'disappointing/dumb' as if there was supposed to be a drop track installed for someone's visit. You all know damn well what's in it and what to expect, haha.

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While at Kings Island, you overhear two and only two conversations from the GP:

 

1) High school sports scores/where they're going to college/upcoming games/etc.

or

2) The shed, how it's scary, there's a new monster, etc.

 

The shed isn't for enthusiasts, it's for the GP. The station is for the enthusiasts. There are dozens of easter eggs involving KI history, other CF parks, coaster manufacturers hidden (and obvious) in the station!

 

I'm surprised there's still talk about the shed being 'disappointing/dumb' as if there was supposed to be a drop track installed for someone's visit. You all know damn well what's in it and what to expect, haha.

 

The shed was a brilliant marketing strategy for the ride and still is incredibly effective with the GP. It was a relatively simple add-on the park made and it generated a ton of discussion. I'll always remember all the hype for the shed on opening day of the ride.

Lots of people (GP and enthusiasts) still complain about how cheesy it is, but the fact that it's still a large topic of conversation just attests even more to it's effectiveness. Seriously, what other coaster do people talk about the brake run more than the coaster itself?

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Isn't the shed there so you have something to look at while they stack your train?

 

Also fun vortex game: sit in back row and watch people's heads snap side to side as you go over jerky transitions. You can watch the wave as it comes back to you and then brace for it.

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