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Hi TPR,

 

As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Kings Island on Saturday, July 21st. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?

 

Thanks!

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Hi TPR,

 

As a stop on my summer trip, I'll be visiting Kings Island on Saturday, July 21st. How should crowds be? Is there a good itinerary for how to get each credit, and are there any notable non-coaster rides that I should check out?

 

Thanks!

 

You should definitely get there a little before 9:30 for the early entry if you have a gold/plat pass. The lines to get in can build, so 9:15 should set you right. Absolutely get the fast pass, you'll need it.

 

Pick your poison between Invertigo, Flight of Fear/Firehawk, Stunt Track, the smaller coasters. Not sure if Invertigo/FOF/Firehawk would be open right away at 10am so maybe start with the little wooden coaster/junior inverted and go to Stunt Track if you're bent on getting *all credits possible*. Honestly I wouldn't suggest you try to get on the kiddie coaster (no adults) or the junior inverted since it's one train and a crappy Vekoma inverted coaster. You're at KI on a Saturday in July, so I'd suggest you use your time more wisely on better/more memorable rides. Just my advice (especially if you're not budgeting FL).

 

Drop Tower has been closed in the last 3 visits and I asked an op if it had been open at all this season and they said yes, but I don't know what's up with it. If it's open, ride it for sure. Windseeker gives great views of the Beast from above, check that out if it's open. Viking Ship in the outer most seats is a great floater-filled ride. Shake Rattle and Roll/Troika is a classic.

 

Try out Diamondback in row 2, 10, and 15.

Ride Banshee in the front and then try the back.

Ride Bat in the front and back - 2 very different experiences.

I'd say Racer/FoF/Adventure Express/Vortex/Stunt Track/Timbers are all front seat rides.

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Woodstock Express (kiddie wooden coaster) is fair game to anyone, and is actually a fairly nice little wooden coaster. Flying Ace Aerial Chase (family invert) is alright. Might be a little jerky, but not on the same roughness level as a coaster like Vortex.

 

For flats, I can second Drop Tower and maybe Windseeker if you like those, but also Delirium if the line isn't too lengthy.

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Drop Tower has been closed in the last 3 visits and I asked an op if it had been open at all this season and they said yes, but I don't know what's up with it. If it's open, ride it for sure.

 

Drop Tower was open at the park today. First time at the park in a few years so was my first time riding Banshee and Timbers. Also got a ride on the last train on Beast for the night.

 

Some advice: Don't forget to ride Beast at night. Timbers also gives a somewhat good night ride.

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Absolutely get the fast pass, you'll need it.

Be prepared for long FL+ waits on Saturday. It might take you five to ten minutes to get on Beast..........

 

Seriously, I've never been to King's Island where FL+ has make almost every ride taking you into the station within a couple minutes, sometimes immediately. It's the best combination of having larger rides compared to no wait with FL+ that I've ever experienced. Even during packed weekends at The Haunt I've never waited more than 5-10 minutes using FL+. The bang for your buck is incredible. I've said it 100 times, but it's worth repeating.

 

Head to The Bat first, since there is no FL+ entrance. Getting there early I've never seen the wait more than ten to fifteen minutes.

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Anybody at the park today and know why Delerium (sp?)was closed? Wes and I wemt about 6-7 hours and when we got there it was not packed. It could've been the fact that they were calling for rain but I liked no long waits for rides that I rode anyway. I got to talking to my cousin and she loves Mystic Timbers as well so next time I go she can ride with me as I don't like riding by myself. We did ride the rapids ride once and that water was so cold and I got freaking drenched but we was headed to water park afterwards so it didn't matter. Out of the flats they have I love the scrambler, windseeker and the swings. Best coasters that I personally like is Banshee, Mystic Timbers and BSC.

 

They have a nice waterpark but I much prefer Splashin' Safari a million times. I do wish they would get a water coaster at least but according to my husband said it would have long waits as well.

 

Food wise, I had a bacon cheeseburger from Festhaus and it wasn't good. The fries are amazing though. Best place to eat is the new bbq place though. The pulled pork is amazing.

 

Don't know if we'll be back next Monday or not. If so, does anybody wanna meet up?

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Best place to eat is the new bbq place though. The pulled pork is amazing.

 

This BBQ place is great. I was with a couple people and we all shared so I was able to sample a few different things. It all tasted great and I thought the portion sizes were really big. Prices weren't bad either. It's definitely somewhere I'll be going back to on future visits.

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Best place to eat is the new bbq place though. The pulled pork is amazing.

 

This BBQ place is great. I was with a couple people and we all shared so I was able to sample a few different things. It all tasted great and I thought the portion sizes were really big. Prices weren't bad either. It's definitely somewhere I'll be going back to on future visits.

 

I have to agree that this place has some great food, however disagree about the portion size.

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Best place to eat is the new bbq place though. The pulled pork is amazing.

 

This BBQ place is great. I was with a couple people and we all shared so I was able to sample a few different things. It all tasted great and I thought the portion sizes were really big. Prices weren't bad either. It's definitely somewhere I'll be going back to on future visits.

 

I have to agree that this place has some great food, however disagree about the portion size.

I don't know, pretty sure this BBQ place is in America, and therefore by definition the portion is really big.

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Question about the waterpark: do they have showers? CP did, but when we went to KI waterpark, we couldn't find any.

 

Since I'm posting anyway, I might as well share our experience at the water park a few weeks ago. I've lived near KI since Fall, 2016 and had never visited the water park. My friend hadn't either. She and I feel similarly about water parks. Standing in long lines in bathing suits is uncomfortable for us and nearly negates any thrill we derive from the slide experience. Plus, I'd just rather ride coasters.

 

It was a Monday, but still pretty busy. We managed to ride 2 slides and crowd into the lazy river before heading over to the dry park.

 

One of the two slides we did was the drop slide, can't remember what they're called. I had experienced my first drop slide at CP during CoasterMania this year, and while it was completely terrifying, I still loved it! I was disappointed to find that the KI drop slides are SUPER strict when it comes to jewelry, so my friend had to skip out of line to take our rings, earrings, and necklaces and hide them in the grass.

At CP, there are 4 drop slides and 4 people can all drop at the same time. At KI, only one person could go at a time, which meant the second person to slide would basically be alone on the slide tower. The slide was still a lot of fun, but I'm not sure if I'd do it often because of these inconveniences.

 

I have to say that the lazy river is probably the funnest and most wet lazy river I have ever seen.

 

We went to the dry park after that. My friend has been afraid of coasters, but I somehow managed to get her on Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, Adventure Express, Bat, and Beast at night. We were in the second to the front row, and she LOVED it! Overall successful day!

 

Oh, on the topic of park food, I have a mini rant. I've been vegetarian for about 12 years now and I seriously have been disappointed with the number of vegetarian options at theme parks in the Midwest. We wanted to go to Red's, but I found there were no vegetarian entreés on the menu! I've basically eaten at Subway the last few times I decided to eat in the park. Even Six Flags has locations that serve veggie burgers. Unless I'm missing something... WTF KI? It's not like I'm the only vegetarian on earth. I feel even worse for my vegan counterparts.

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By the time we got to Beast, she was feeling a bit more confident about riding coasters!

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My second time eating blue ice cream, and still as amazing as the first!

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Glad you had a good time. You're right, the vegetarian options are very limited. I do like that the website outlines everything for vegetarian, vegan, egg free, etc.

 

For vegetarians you get:

 

Soft Pretzels - Cart locations around the park

 

Auntie Anne's Pretzels & Nuggets

 

Strawberries with Whipped Cream- Festhaus, LaRosa's International St., LaRosa's Rivertown, Skyline Chili International St., Coke Market Place

 

Coleslaw - Reds Hall of Fame Grille

 

Fresh cut Fries - Rivertown Potato Works

 

Mac-n-Cheese - Festhaus, Snoopy Grill, Reds Hall of Fame Grille

 

Burrito Bowl - Hank's Burrito Shack

 

Side Salad- Festhaus, International St. LaRosa's & Rivertown LaRosa's

 

Hope you like pretzels!

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^Don't forget cheese pizza (La Rosas), veggie sub (Subway), and veggie grilled cheese (grilled cheese place by Diamondback). So, mostly sandwiches (or foods similar to sandwiches), and I work for a sandwich place and make myself free sandwiches all the time.

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Sounds like you had a fun time and I'm glad you broke your friend out her coaster shell. If I've said it once, I've said it 100 times. It's a pretty good formula to pack a cooler lunch and go out for dinner.

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Oh, on the topic of park food, I have a mini rant. I've been vegetarian for about 12 years now and I seriously have been disappointed with the number of vegetarian options at theme parks in the Midwest. We wanted to go to Red's, but I found there were no vegetarian entreés on the menu! I've basically eaten at Subway the last few times I decided to eat in the park. Even Six Flags has locations that serve veggie burgers. Unless I'm missing something... WTF KI? It's not like I'm the only vegetarian on earth. I feel even worse for my vegan counterparts.

I've struggled to find anything edible at a number of parks I've visited (SFOT stands out) — I think unhealthy / bad food just comes with the territory of hedonic spaces? It's odd, though, in that you'd think there'd be a calling for legitimately healthy options at theme parks, given that they can be a workout just to get around. I mean, I understand why deep-fried-bacon-fat-on-a-stick-drizzled-with-sugar-and-fat would exist in a "carnivale"-esque environment (Bakhtin would have a few things to say about this, and Gargantua would definitely get walk-of-shamed), but surely there's also a real calling for food that's not terrible? Perhaps it's not realistic for parks to get fresh-delivered produce over frozen / pre-packaged stuff? Seems like there's possible business model waiting to happen. I wonder how food trucks might work in parks if they were developed in such a way to handle massive crowds?

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We've found salads and wraps at a lot of parks. These food options are not that healthy for us considering how we normally eat, but they're definitely the healthier choice over other park foods. If legitimate health food stands could hold their own in parks, they would probably already exist. However, healthy food is usually more difficult to keep fresh and healthy food is often more expensive to produce. Also, people who eat healthy differ vastly in opinions. A vegan might think a vegetarian eats unhealthy. Someone who eats a paleolithic diet might think that vegans and vegetarians eat unhealthy. A ton of people who eat healthy don't think that a whole wheat sandwich with a tub full of fruit is healthy at all, so how do parks cater to all of the varieties and opinions of health conscious eaters? They don't. My wife and I are picky and we don't expect what boils down to a carnival type atmosphere to have what we're looking for.

 

Again, if you're diet is strict there's a solution. Pack a cooler lunch and leave it in the car. Our Igloo cooler is our sidekick. We carried cold food brought from home across three parks in a week on our Pennsylvania trip in order to eat our healthy lunches. (Notice I didn't say Sh*t about dinner...) Ice is cheap and filling/draining our cooler is only a minor i nconvenience.We should all know what we're getting into before going into a park.

 

Emily and I don't eat bread or processed foods unless we're cheating. I can only imagine what a gluten free coconut wrap using unprocessed meats and toppings would cost at Six Flags/Cedar Fair and they would be discarding old supplies constantly. There's a lot less shelf life without preservatives. Be realistic. Bring your own food.

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My wife and I are picky and we don't expect what boils down to a carnival type atmosphere to have what we're looking for.

Exactly. We usually just assume we won't be eating when we visit a park. If we do find something, then it's a bonus! It's not that hard to find surrounding locations that serve decent food. I'm just surprised there's no real push for it at such places, even though fresh / natural food probably wouldn't be sustainable there.

Again, if you're diet is strict there's a solution. Pack a cooler lunch and leave it in the car. Our Igloo cooler is our sidekick.

That's definitely a great solution if you're traveling by car! Unfortunately, we often fly when we travel or travel light, so it's a bit tricky. Good idea for road trips, though!

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We've found salads and wraps at a lot of parks. These food options are not that healthy for us considering how we normally eat, but they're definitely the healthier choice over other park foods. If legitimate health food stands could hold their own in parks, they would probably already exist. However, healthy food is usually more difficult to keep fresh and healthy food is often more expensive to produce. Also, people who eat healthy differ vastly in opinions. A vegan might think a vegetarian eats unhealthy. Someone who eats a paleolithic diet might think that vegans and vegetarians eat unhealthy. A ton of people who eat healthy don't think that a whole wheat sandwich with a tub full of fruit is healthy at all, so how do parks cater to all of the varieties and opinions of health conscious eaters? They don't. My wife and I are picky and we don't expect what boils down to a carnival type atmosphere to have what we're looking for.

 

Again, if you're diet is strict there's a solution. Pack a cooler lunch and leave it in the car. Our Igloo cooler is our sidekick. We carried cold food brought from home across three parks in a week on our Pennsylvania trip in order to eat our healthy lunches. (Notice I didn't say Sh*t about dinner...) Ice is cheap and filling/draining our cooler is only a minor i nconvenience.We should all know what we're getting into before going into a park.

 

Emily and I don't eat bread or processed foods unless we're cheating. I can only imagine what a gluten free coconut wrap using unprocessed meats and toppings would cost at Six Flags/Cedar Fair and they would be discarding old supplies constantly. There's a lot less shelf life without preservatives. Be realistic. Bring your own food.

Post of the week nominee!

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So I normally ignore teasers but this one is pretty interesting. Kudos to the guys at KI Central for doing the heavy lifting and piecing this together because I had no clue what any of it meant. Hell, I didn't even know about this teaser existing before reading that write-up so I'm just regurgitating some information here.

 

This teaser was found at Cedar Point

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The obvious references here:

 

- The building in the top right appears to be the Beast's Station

- Kings Island has 4 wood coasters. "Number 5" might imply a 5th.

- The text about bringing it "back into service" may imply a ride that's been removed

- Outpost 5 was written on the Son of Beast station

- Evidently the old boarding message from Adventure Express quotes a portion of this poster directly though I haven't been able to verify that and I really don't know if I'm nerdy enough to try. Evidently Adventure Express is headquarters to this "mining operation" and its where all the outposts are linked too.

 

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So... that's fun.

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Someone from RMC was seen over by Racer; at least I seem to remember that from a few pages back. Could this be RMC racer? The bottom says "track 2 is no longer in use." Maybe a Twisted Colossus sort of deal?

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