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

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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

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

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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I'll take sub-40 degree rides any day over having a splitting headache from being dehydrated in the 95 degree sun all day. Some of the best rides I've ever had at a park were this past April on Banshee and Beast after dark with temps in the 30s.

 

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^Yea, the only blue ice cream item that I am aware of, is the blue ice cream flavored hot chocolate.

 

Oh man I hope you're wrong because I was really looking forward to the ice cream. I'll have to look into this.

 

I did confirm that the International Street restaurant is only accessible with a buffet ticket, meaning you can't just go up to see it or just to get a beer/glass of wine. Damn. I get it, though.

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^Yea, the only blue ice cream item that I am aware of, is the blue ice cream flavored hot chocolate.

 

Oh man I hope you're wrong because I was really looking forward to the ice cream. I'll have to look into this.

 

I did confirm that the International Street restaurant is only accessible with a buffet ticket, meaning you can't just go up to see it or just to get a beer/glass of wine. Damn. I get it, though.

 

Not sure if this helps....

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Went to the park last Saturday and the lines were also nonexistent. The second I walked up to flight of fear, I got on. So, we rode that probably 5-6 times. There was maybe a 2-3 minute wait on Mystic, but mostly it was a walk on.We got about 4 rides in on that. I've been to Winterfest twice this season, but sadly, I don't think I'm planning on going again until next spring.

EDIT - I lied. I just bought my little sister a ticket, so I guess I'll be heading that way next weekend.

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Here in the great State of Ohio ("The Buckeye State™", "The Heart of it All™") we only have one amusement park that does a holiday event, Kings Island. Since I work weekends my only real opportunity to try to get to the park was Monday 12/17 or Tuesday 12/18, since the park will be open the full week.

 

Edit because of tl:dr. Best Western by the park was cool, Winterfest was fun, I love Mystic Timbers.

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Hey man, vegans and vegetarians need their stoner food too That being said I was at 2 music festivals over the summer where White Castle was *giving away* the Impossible slider *for free* and the trash cans in the area were filled to the brim since people were taking one bite and tossing them. Nice to cater to everyone, but not everything is a good idea haha.

 

So after White Castle and a quick stop for air freshener since the air quality of the car interior had plummeted, we continued our journey.

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I agree Boo Blasters is frustrating to 'play' and I usually end up just watching and riding. I'd hope a new theme/overhaul is on the horizon soon? It used to be such an amazing dark ride.

 

Glad you enjoyed Mystic Timbers. Thanks for the report!

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Made it down for my first Winterfest experience this past Saturday (Dec 22) and I'll have to admit I really enjoyed myself, about 100x more than I thought I would!

 

Enough people here have posted tons of pics and I don't really take any when I go to parks but the park really knocked it out with the lights, decorations and re-themes for the shops and food stands. I wasn't even too disappointed in the rides line up. Rode Flight of Fear and Mystic Timbers once each (my nephews took multiple spins thanks to the single rider lines) and a few flats. But once we ate, did the ice skating and shopped around a bit time really flew. If I was local I would definitely hit Winterfest more than once cause for what it is, with the all activities, shows, etc it could could be a multi-day event. In fact I heard multiple families say they would be back next weekend. I think CF really has a winner on their hands.

 

Personally, I would love to see a few more rides open for next season. I'm sure the new antique cars will be open with lights to drive through. Maybe 1 side of Racer or Backlot. But honestly I didn't even notice the limited ride line up too much just cause I was having such a good time doing everything else available. Didn't even see half the park! Can't wait to see these events grow through out the coming years.

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While I very much enjoyed the sliders and the trip down memory lane, one small thing did bother me. The NEW Impossible Slider. Made with that Impossible beef. If you want to be a vegan or vegetarian, more power to you. If you want to live a healthier life, go for it. But White Castle, what the hell are you doing? You've built a long history of being delicious and totally horrible at the same time and NOW YOU ARE THROWING THAT PROUD TRADITION OUT THE WINDOW AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO YOU ARE ANYMORE!

Ok sorry, I'll stop.

Such hate! I actually really like the Impossible sliders, and it has caused me to go to White Castle more. There aren't many fast food places that have vegetarian food, so when it's late at night and nothing else is open (including Subway, my usual go-to) it's nice to know I can get something at White Castle. I think vegetarianism and veganism is catching on (I hope) so I think it's very smart that fast food chains get on board! Also, unless they discontinued them, they used to have veggie burgers and black bean burgers but I guess people didn't order them often because I always had to wait while they defrosted them.

 

Tonight I was supposed to go to KI with a friend and her daughter for NYE, but with the rain I'm not sure I'm gonna go. Anyone else going?

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I went last night for a couple of hours around 10pm and was really happy I did. Not only was it warm (but windy) but the crowds were low because of the rain all day. I walked right on Outer Limits and Mystic Timbers had a 15 minute wait.

 

It was night and day crowd wise from Friday and Sunday where I walked in saw the line for Timbers and left.

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The Autos construction site is looking great, firehawk deconstruction has yet to start, racer has received a retrack on the blue sides turn around, and the all new employee dorms are coming along nicely! Also got to test out my new camera from Christmas! Have a happy new year guys and get ready for new rides opening later this year! Also Check it out here:[youtu_be]

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Racer retrack!

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Where exactly are the dorms being built?

 

You can actually see the dorms being built from the Banshee cam on KI's website, but it's not particularly obvious to those who aren't aware of the site location. It's at the top center-rightish of the screen, just right of the greenhouses (I believe that's what those are):

 

KI's Banshee Cam

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Not as sad as seeing pictures of Dragon Challenge getting scrapped, but still sad.

 

I wonder how soon we'll start to see other ground work and movement on that giga?

 

I also wonder if they will issue an off-season picture ban like Cedar Point did with Vengeance. The park is definitely in a more rural area but I can't think of anywhere in particular someone could go to legally spy on the area during the off-season, assuming the cameras are pointed away. Also assuming the biggest portions (viewable from the street) aren't immediately constructed.

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KI seemed to encourage the public to see Banshee with the active web cam. I think they were pretty open about Mystic Timbers, too. 'If' anything gets constructed in that area anytime soon I think they'll let everyone see the development. It seems to work for them from an advertising standpoint.

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It probably doesn't work this way, but wouldn't it be a Hoot if the Firehawk steel pieces are melted down at the Batavia plant and made into the new track pieces for the upcoming B&M!

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Not as sad as seeing pictures of Dragon Challenge getting scrapped, but still sad.

 

I wonder how soon we'll start to see other ground work and movement on that giga?

 

I also wonder if they will issue an off-season picture ban like Cedar Point did with Vengeance. The park is definitely in a more rural area but I can't think of anywhere in particular someone could go to legally spy on the area during the off-season, assuming the cameras are pointed away. Also assuming the biggest portions (viewable from the street) aren't immediately constructed.

 

There is not much the park could do. The park banned drones flying above the park but since the location is near enough to Great Wolf Lodge, there will be people with drones who do not even have to fly them above the park to get pictures. Also recently an enthusiast in the area who has access to a plane took demolition pictures of Firehawk. But as of right now the only obvious construction work is the dorm, and the demolition of Firehawk.

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Well....I guess this answers everybody's question about where firehawk will end up.

 

Oh wow.. After Eurosat this is the second coaster I rode that is being demolished.. But Eurosat got reborn in a (hopefully, I will see it in April) better way.

So I have mixed feelings about this photo. Sure Firehawk was not a "good" coaster, but too see this as my first flying coaster and the first coaster I ever rode in the States I'm a bit sad to see it being biten into pieces .

 

So I put all my hopes in Cedar Fair to put something in there that makes everyone riding it proud to have it in their count. Perhaps the replacement will be my son's first coaster overseas!?

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