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

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I am SO excited to see this!!! International Street has always had the potential to be one of the most gorgeous park entry plazas anywhere. And now it just might be!

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Having ridden both I can safely say I preferred Firehawks double in-line twist, helix and fly to lie over Nighthawks double corkscrew.

 

Having ridden both I can safely say I prefer being smacked in the face repeatedly with a ball-peen hammer.

 

Looks like a major renovation is coming to International Street: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/january/international-street-and-royal-fountain-to-get-major-offseason-renovation

I can’t wait to see the outcome. I’m really happy about this.

 

Oh sweet, I hope they hired the same guys who did the main street renovation at Walibi Holland!

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Oh sweet, I hope they hired the same guys who did the main street renovation at Walibi Holland!

 

Wow, is that ugly. I believe the facades will probably go back to the more authentically European 1972 look with browns and yellows. I hate the horrid, bright colors they have now. The focal point when you walk in should be the Royal Fountain and Eiffel Tower and the buildings should not be visual disruptions to that straight shot, which they are now.

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Circa 1976 beauty

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In other news, this fake giga video has now been shared on Facebook 34,000 times and a different friend from home texts me nearly every day asking if I’ve heard about Kings Island’s new roller coaster...

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I expect to be back at the park again this year. My friend works for P&G and they rent out the park one of the weekends between Summer season and Fright Night. I'm real excited about the front transformation (and the Antique Cars, honestly). I really do enjoy Kings Island as a park more than Cedar Point, though I give the nod to Cedar Point coaster wise.

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I don't think the 1972 look is coming back. It looks dated compared to the park's offerings. Not going to happen.

 

Also, the fact that the fake KI giga video has gone viral is hilarious.

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I don't think the 1972 look is coming back. It looks dated compared to the park's offerings. Not going to happen.

From the blog:

Kings Island’s International Street is set to receive its first complete makeover since the park opened in 1972.

 

No element of International Street will be left untouched as crews update the Royal Fountain, install more than 130,000 new pavers, improve each building façade and enhance the landscaping. The renovation will take guests back to what Kings Island looked like when the park first opened, allowing guests to discover the magic of International Street again.

I've been trying to figure this out since it was originally posted. The second line makes it sound like they are renovating it to look like it did in '72, but they also say it's the first makeover it's had since the park opened.

I haven't been able to find many '72 pictures so if you guys have more of them or side-by-side comparisons, keep them coming.

 

Also DBru I'm pretty sure I've already had a friend share the Giga video to me as well, but thankfully most of my FB friends are from CA and could not care less about Ohio coasters. Still, I find it amusing when random FB friends of mine who I rarely talk to share videos of new coasters (or "new coasters") with me as if they would come across the news before me

 

Oh also they announced that Coasterstock is May 17th and 18th (Don Helbig via FB group). I wish I could go but it's the Friday and Saturday before graduation and I'm having family come from CA to see me graduate, so they wouldn't be too happy if I dipped on them for coasters.

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I've been trying to figure this out since it was originally posted. The second line makes it sound like they are renovating it to look like it did in '72, but they also say it's the first makeover it's had since the park opened.

I haven't been able to find many '72 pictures so if you guys have more of them or side-by-side comparisons, keep them coming.

 

I have attached a 1972 postcard. Absolutely stunning. Can't wait to see that look return.

Sidewalks were removed in 1982. That same year, the trees were planted and those ugly cement walls went up around the Royal Fountain. The ornate landscaping around the fountain gradually started fading away under Carl Lindner's ownership and was completely removed under Paramount. The buildings received a minor repaint in 1982(?) and the current colors were under Paramount. The Royal Fountain was last updated in 2003.

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1972 International Street

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International Street looks much better now than it did in that old picture. I have no idea what anyone is talking about.

 

I think the pavers will be nice but I doubt that the average guest will notice this. I could be wrong but it sounds like a lot of PR speak for (most likely) barely noticeable infrastructure work.

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While guests might overlook the pavers. The concrete wall surrounding the fountain has been removed, they are replacing and adding additional fountain nozzles which will be computer controlled and feature LED lighting. The pump room under the band stand is being replaced, and the band stand is being totally rebuilt with a larger stage.

 

I would like to think people will notice the fountain shows set to music. So far it sounds like a nice upgrade.

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O'Rourke Wrecking Company posted a video of Firehawk's lift hill being demo'd, on their Facebook page today. They've finished demo on everything to the right of the lift hill, as well as some of the straight sections of track on the left. It's odd to see the loop sitting, untouched, amidst the track fragments that still remain.

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As the lift fell, does anyone else think it looks like an AT-AT or some Star Wars robot being destroyed? Anyone? Just me... ok.

 

As sad as I am to see a fun (yes, I said it) coaster die, it's exciting to think what can and will rise from the ashes.

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https://twitter.com/Scott_Erickson/status/1087900009541128192

 

So a composer who has done work for Disney is working on a project for Kings Island. Fountain show, Fireworks show, or station music?

 

I am leaning towards new fireworks show. I assumed they were just going to use classical music for the fountain shows.

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