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

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Get over it man.  You've made your point and we get it; it's silly that this park did not do a Winterfest-lite.  Make the 8 hour drive to KD if you want to experience that, just like all of us with KD

My visit this past weekend was great, even with Saturday being very busy and me missing out on FL until Sunday.    I went into Orion not having followed its construction or watched a POV or even

At the risk of veering off topic, people are just incredibly selective in what causes of death they choose to care about. People only care if it's high-profile, tragic accident, something new and scar

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^ A bunch of dudes smelling like ketchup and onions arguing over who's going to go in front of who on a two train wait.

 

Love the juxtaposition of “It’s Amazing Here” and “Firehawk is Closed”

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Wonder what it was like trying to get on last train of firehawk

 

Considering how crazy I've seen some enthusiasts get with the last ride of the season (or even night) on some rides, I assume it was wild. Or maybe everyone realized they should just be riding Mystic Timbers instead.

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I would imagine some people get pretty anxious about it. Being on the last train of the season has probably started quite a few arguments, which would be funny to laugh at.

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I would imagine some people get pretty anxious about it. Being on the last train of the season has probably started quite a few arguments, which would be funny to laugh at.

 

Oh it's always hilarious. Especially at CP considering all the crazy fanboys we have up here. I could tell so many stories but I don't want to derail the Kings Island thread lol

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Being an operator on Lightning Run at KK, I can only imagine that it must've been bad. Every single night when the last train would come in, riders would always without a doubt chant "one more time, one more time!" While it's kind of funny, some people actually get rude about us not sending one more train out. Being Firehawk's last train, ever, it might've been bad.

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Lake Compounce did it once. I can't think of any other park I've had that Hail Mary of a request granted.

 

I think the most baffling part about people trying to get on the last train of the night/season is when they park themselves in the queue and sacrifice laps in the same seat just so they can say they were on the last train. Wouldn't you rather get on immediately and get bonus rides as well in other rows? I passed the same couple at Cedar Point's Millennium Force passholder ERT. They waited for a good 15-20 minutes in the front row so they could get the last ride of the night. Meanwhile, I passed them at least 2-3 times for extra front row rides.

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The only time I've been sent for an extra lap was on Twisted Colossus, but the riders weren't cheering for a second ride; the ride op actually offered it: "You guys wanna go around one for time for last ride of the night??"

Just one reason why I maintain that TC has the best crew at SFMM.

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Firehawk gave its final rides last night and will now be laid to rest. The steel roller coaster gave 6,761,893 rides during its 12 seasons of operation at Kings Island, an average of 563,491 rides per season. Its record year was 2014 when 624,016 rides were given.

 

The ridership says it all.

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After Firehawk broke down at least five times on Saturday including once where a train was stuck at the top of the lift with guests for 45 minutes. The last issue on Saturday when they decided to give up and try again on Sunday, it broke down 5 trains after maintenance got it working and it was so bad they just evacuated the people off the bottom of the lift and from the brake run instead of trying to get either train back to the station. I think anyone who tried to wait for the last train instead of just riding it while it worked was crazy.

 

Anyways it’s not the actual last train, just the last train for the public. The employees get rides after the park closes.

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With closing day behind us, I just wanted to share some pictures captured! Surprisingly, Urgent Scare's pathways where open all day and gave some great day time views of Red Racer after the split! (The first Banshee picture is from Slingshot's exit) I was fortunate to get 5 rides in on Firehawk Sunday as well as being able to be on the last public train of the ride!

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I think anyone who tried to wait for the last train instead of just riding it while it worked was crazy.

 

 

I was fortunate to get 5 rides in on Firehawk Sunday as well as being able to be on the last public train of the ride!
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I think anyone who tried to wait for the last train instead of just riding it while it worked was crazy.

 

 

I was fortunate to get 5 rides in on Firehawk Sunday as well as being able to be on the last public train of the ride!

 

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And on top of that comes to the forum to brag about it

 

 

 

 

It's crazy that the park will be open again in less than 1 month! Two trains will be running on Mystic Timbers.

 

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I think anyone who tried to wait for the last train instead of just riding it while it worked was crazy.

 

 

I was fortunate to get 5 rides in on Firehawk Sunday as well as being able to be on the last public train of the ride!

 

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And on top of that comes to the forum to brag about it

 

Hey now the line was only about 15 minutes long so it wasnt that bad!

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I think anyone who tried to wait for the last train instead of just riding it while it worked was crazy.

 

 

I was fortunate to get 5 rides in on Firehawk Sunday as well as being able to be on the last public train of the ride!

 

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And on top of that comes to the forum to brag about it

 

Hey now the line was only about 15 minutes long so it wasnt that bad!

 

Wow a one train wait!

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I only squeezed one ride in right when I saw it reopen for the second time in the day. Glad to pay a final respect, but I wasn't going to wait in either standard OR Fast Lane line for longer than 10 minutes.

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Paying respects to a now-fallen soldier.

Otherwise, it was a great day at the park, apart from the cool weather and some rain. Diamondback was walk-on for a few parts of the day, and I couldn't waste that opportunity!!
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How about some "off season" fun? Here are some shots from when I worked on Diamondback in the opening season. Look how fresh that paint is!

 

And yeah, that grass is always meticulously mowed like there's a RCT gardener out there

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Great pictures, guys!

 

I'm sad I didn't get to go to KI and ride Firehawk on its last weekend. I wanted to go but work and a disastrous group project got in the way. I can at least rest easy that my last ride on it the weekend before was one of the best experiences I have had on it.

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Has anybody else noticed that Google has listed Kings Island as "Permanently Closed"? I submitted multiple corrections that it wasn't the case, but for some reason it still shows up on Google as "Permanently Closed" when it isn't the case. Was just curious about if anyone else had noticed that. And nothing's changed since. I wonder if it had anything to do with the closing of Firehawk and someone erroneously marked it for the entire park rather than the ride itself.

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The proof.

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Google doesn't have an option for seasonally closed. It's either closed for the day, in which case Google gives the opening time tomorrow, or else it's permanently closed. It's a complete oversight on their part but it happens with every single seasonal property, be they hotels, restaurants, or whatever.

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