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^Honestly, almost every major coaster at Kings Island I would consider a "must" for night rides. It is THE park for that kind of stuff. Beast, Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and even Vortex, Firehawk, and others are all fantastic at night. But I would definitely prioritize Beast for night rides, because while the others are definitely great, a front row ride on the Beast at night is unlike any other roller coaster experience out there.

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Alright that's one question answered. Thanks you for answering my question. We were planning on riding Beast at night at least twice at night even ending the night with it. So what about requesting the front row if you have FL? The friend I'm going with can only ride inverts in the front row(I have no idea why).

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When should you line up for a night ride on any of them? I also have a friend that will be with us and she's worried about not fitting on certain rides..I know Banshee has a test seat but does the Beast? She's really hoping to be able to fit into it.

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^^I went from st. Louis on a Haunt Saturday last year with FL+ and requested front or back seat like 3/4 of my rides on the major rides and wasn't denied a single time. I think you will be fine riding wherever you want, if you just ask nicely all of the groupers were accommodating.

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Alright that's one question answered. Thanks you for answering my question. We were planning on riding Beast at night at least twice at night even ending the night with it. So what about requesting the front row if you have FL? The friend I'm going with can only ride inverts in the front row(I have no idea why).

 

Last year, I didn't have any trouble with groupers in the standyby lines for any ride. I can't imagine you would coming through the FL Line.

 

For Beast, with a 10PM close, you'll likely only get one true night ride (pure darkness), and that's if you get in line at like 9:45 or later. Note that they stop operations of the ride for the fireworks show, then resume after that.

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^ Well appently weren't not going to get Fastlane now. Instead we're going go Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the troubles I have with my friends they never want to pay extra for the line pass only because one them can't afford it. So I guess I should ask what we expect from lines on a Saturday and Sunday now since we aren't getting fastlane.

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You know that's not a bad idea. They can wait in line if they want but I'm not. I was kind enough not to do that to them during our trios to Cedar Point but since this is our first ever trip to KI I'm doing it. Well for CP it was understandable since FL+ is so much more expensive than here. Not to mention that we're coming all the way from IL and leaving early Saturday morning instead of on Friday. I had to take off work for this also and the friend who's driving is off on weekends.

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You know that's not a bad idea. They can wait in line if they want but I'm not. I was kind enough not to do that to them during our trios to Cedar Point but since this is our first ever trip to KI I'm doing it. Well for CP it was understandable since FL+ is so much more expensive than here. Not to mention that we're coming all the way from IL and leaving early Saturday morning instead of on Friday. I had to take off work for this also and the friend who's driving is off on weekends.

 

See...I look at this in another perspective.

So you are going to miss a days work, spend all that $$$ for a fast lane, separate from your friends, all so you can skip a couple of lines?

If you plan your day right, you can get away with not needing fast lane. Hit mystic timbers and Diamondback first thing in the morning. Next, try to do stunt coaster. The only longer lines you will have to worry about are for the beast, firehawk(if you even want to ride it), and flight of fear. Vortex, racer, adventure Express, banshee, and the bat lines are very manageable. Typically, banshees line dies out at night making for a few rerides.

If you have a platinum pass, you get early entry for a few coasters. Last time I was there, it was mystic timbers and a few other rides. I would check with the park though, as I hear they are switching the morning ert rides every so often.

 

I have done a bunch of Saturdays at the park, and was able to do all the coasters(and 2x on a few) , a bunch of spin and hurls, log ride, see a show, and eat my meals....all with no fast lane. You just have to plan it right. They also have an inverted boomerang coaster that we always skip because it's not very head and ear friendly.

Sundays at the park are typically slower. You should be able to bank a bunch of coaster credits with no fast lane.

 

The only time I have used fast lane at the park, was when I renewed my pass and got a free fast lane. Even then, it really wasn't needed. As a matter of fact, we ended up waiting longer for the beast in the fast lane line on that day...I remember that we were laughing at that.

 

Now if you are planning on just doing the coasters hardcore non stop, the fast lane is you're friend. If you do choose to get fast lane, wait till you get to the park and monitor the crowds first. You may not even need it. For me, I skip on the fast lane for the reasons mentioned above, but also because we have been to the park a bunch of times. I mean...its nearly $100 just to skip a few lines. If you are going to be there for 2 days, you will have plenty of time to get multiple rides on each of the coasters.

 

A few things...

Beast at night is a must! Like mentioned, the line closes early for the fireworks show.

 

Take the time to check out a few shows and explore the park. The coasters are great, but this park has a lot of other things to offer as well.

 

Its obviously your trip, but I would skip firehawk and faceoff in exchange for extra rides on the beast and mystic timbers. Banshee is great as well. It's one of the more intense B&M coasters.

 

Food wise, our favorites are panda express, skyline chili, outer Hanks burritos, and larosas(sp) pizza. A lot of people like the new bbq place as well. We tried it, and while it was good, the portion size was a bit small for our liking.

 

A few things to do if you find the time are the train and Eiffel Tower. From the tower, you can get a great view of the entire park, and the train ride is a lot of fun as well.

 

Hope this helps, and have a great time at the park!

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^ Well appently weren't not going to get Fastlane now. Instead we're going go Saturday and Sunday. This is one of the troubles I have with my friends they never want to pay extra for the line pass only because one them can't afford it. So I guess I should ask what we expect from lines on a Saturday and Sunday now since we aren't getting fastlane.

 

Well (pulling up queue times)...

 

Diamondback hit 105 minutes yesterday and wasn't much better on Saturday, Mystic Timbers hit 120 both days, Banshee (which never has a line) was between 40 and 50, Beast, Firehawk, Flight of Fear were generall over an hour. Tons of other rides had lines between 30 and 60 minutes. Vortex hit 45 and it's a pile of hot garbage.

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Nothing like going to an Amusement Park to spend a day with your friends... Only to ditch them for all of the coaster lines because you want to get more rides in! I mean, to each their own, but I never go to a park alone, and part of the fun and point of going to a park is to spend time with the people I'm with. If I went to a park with a group of friends, and one of them ditched us to use a fast lane, I'd think of them as a douche, and not a very good friend. But that's just me...

 

Plus, they have the best Amusement Park Halloween Haunt, in my opinion! I'm planning to take my kids and girlfriend there this year, for their first time, in what will probably be my only remaining coaster trip of the year. It's become an annual tradition, as it's SO great!

If you consider Knott's a theme park, then definitely!

 

Well, I've never been to Knott's Haunt, so I really shouldn't have an opinion on it! However, when I refer to the Haunt experience - at least to me - I'm including the experience of the park ambiance, and especially the coasters I'm able to ride in the dark. Given KI has the best collection of coasters to ride in the dark, that weighs heavily on that statement of mine, and would probably mean I would still prefer it over Knott's, even if I did experience Knott's. I mean, you know me, and my typical lack of interest in the haunt mazes first hand!

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^ To be fair I never said I was going to ditch my friends. I could buy FL+ so I can skip the lines then once on I'm off the coaster I can wait at the exit for them. I'm not going to ditch my fiends unless they suggested I do it.

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Nothing like going to an Amusement Park to spend a day with your friends... Only to ditch them for all of the coaster lines because you want to get more rides in! I mean, to each their own, but I never go to a park alone, and part of the fun and point of going to a park is to spend time with the people I'm with. If I went to a park with a group of friends, and one of them ditched us to use a fast lane, I'd think of them as a douche, and not a very good friend. But that's just me...

 

Plus, they have the best Amusement Park Halloween Haunt, in my opinion! I'm planning to take my kids and girlfriend there this year, for their first time, in what will probably be my only remaining coaster trip of the year. It's become an annual tradition, as it's SO great!

If you consider Knott's a theme park, then definitely!

 

Well, I've never been to Knott's Haunt, so I really shouldn't have an opinion on it! However, when I refer to the Haunt experience - at least to me - I'm including the experience of the park ambiance, and especially the coasters I'm able to ride in the dark. Given KI has the best collection of coasters to ride in the dark, that weighs heavily on that statement of mine, and would probably mean I would still prefer it over Knott's, even if I did experience Knott's. I mean, you know me, and my typical lack of interest in the haunt mazes first hand!

 

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^ To be fair I never said I was going to ditch my friends. I could buy FL+ so I can skip the lines then once on I'm off the coaster I can wait at the exit for them. I'm not going to ditch my fiends unless they suggested I do it.

 

So instead of spending X amount of time standing in line with your friends, you're going to spend X amount of time standing at the exit by yourself waiting for them. Still doesn't sound like a very good friend to me. ::shrug::

 

If you wanted to be a good friend, you'd buy the FL pass for those who couldn't afford it. Just sayin'.

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Does FL+ at Kings Island cost significantly more than a second day's admission? Maybe opt to go to the park just one day and offer to pay the difference between what they would have paid for a second day and the cost of FL+?

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I think it starts at $75 for most days, so yeah quite a bit more expensive than the $30 bring a friend tickets for Platinum Pass holders.

 

Edit - I was thinking of Kings Dominion. FL+ at KI starts at $70 and bring-a-friends start at $16.

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Yeah I'm not going to rush to decide what I'm going to do right now. I'll just wait until right before we arrive at the park to decide. Now thanks to Bill I know I can use queue times to check how long the wait times are before we arrive. If they're too long then I'm buying Fastlane plus. However all of this will also depend on what the weather is like.

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During our 2016 CP and KI trip...

 

We were able to ride every coaster at Cedar Point without fast lane (ditto the year before). After being used to the operations of Six Flags Great America, the waits seemed fairly minimal. The year before, I remember Maverick having a 1-hour wait, which was double any other wait.

 

Although we went to King's Island on a day when they closed at 5PM (private rental?), we rode every roller coaster, many twice, and 3 rides on the Beast, and 9 times on the Flight of Fear. A storm had blown in around 4pm and were among the last people left in the park, hence the Flight of Fear marathon.

 

Our 2015 CP trip and our 2016 CI/KI combo trip were both late August, just after schools were resuming. Many coasters were practically walk-on and coasters were all we did.

 

However, our 2017 CP/KI combo trip was during Labor Day weekend. Fast Lane would have been nice at both parks. Again, all we did was the coasters, but we didn't get a chance to cover all of them. The remnants of hurricane Harvey also led to Cedar Point's rides being grounded for some time, and we got soaked as well! I was so disappointed that we didn't get to ride Maverick. Despite the chilly, rainy day, CP was a packed in comparison to our first 2 trips.

 

We hit KI the next day. The hurricane remnants had long passed Cincinnati and the weather was beautiful and sunny. The park became packed! We ended up skipping both of their Vekomas as well as anything smaller. We ended with a night ride Mystic Timbers, which was an awesome ride. I knew it would be as I am familiar with SFSTL's CCI, American Thunder.

 

This year may be the odd year out. My group has sort of disbanded, at least temporarily. People have moved on and are busy with their own lives. There is talk that we may still do a CP/KI trip later in the fall, but I know things don't always work out. If we don't get to go this year, and who knows about next year, it will be a real let-down for me. Especially since I have been stoked over Steel Vengeance for over a year now. And I have also been able to hit at least one of my local Six Flags parks each year since 2013. It appears that string will end this year as well.

 

But this year won't be a total let-down. Back in June, I went on a trip around Lake Michigan with my other group. We climbed lighthouses and sand dunes, went on a catamaran cruise, hiked to waterfalls, etc. Toward the end of the 6-day blast of adventure, I added Michigan's adventure to my amusement park dossier, which becomes the third Cedar Fair park I have visited. Of the 3 of us, we each had a different favorite coaster. Mine was Shivering Timbers. My one friend, the youngest, preferred Thunderhawk, while my other friend, the oldest, preferred Corkscrew.

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Give me the busiest Saturday of the summer, and I'll ride every "adult" coaster (save Face Off) by 2 pm.

Just be in line at the gate at least 15 minutes before early entry and tackle the rides in this order:

Mystic Timbers

Diamondback

Flight of Fear

Firehawk

Stunt Coaster

Beast

Vortex

Racer

Adventure Express

Banshee

Bat

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As much as I would like for us to get there before opening I know we aren't. We're heading out at 6am and it's a 5+hour drive at least plus the time change. So there's no way we're going to get to the park before 10. I expect were arrive a hour or two after opening. That's why I wanted us to leave Friday since I'm off work and the friend that's driving only works till 10am. I think right now I'm not totally worried about crowds it's the predicted weather for Saturday that concerning me the most.

Although we're going part of the day Sunday so thanks for tip.

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I've been at the park for the past several days. The ride operations have been great! Soooo much better than that place to the north... There has been major land clearing behind the Great Wolf Lodge. Not sure if this is the hotel or KI. It's really off the beaten path, behind The Bat. Should be interesting... I love this park so much more than Cedar Point - the food, rides, and most of all the employees. They know customer service!

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