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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

I went the weekend before last and wasn't going to do any sort of report or review, but with this discussion, I'll throw my hat in the ring. I thought Orion was fantastic.  Millennium Force is th

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I've been every year since 2015, and I've never found lines for the coasters to be very long. Haunts can be a different story though, generally being longer the closer you get to Halloween. Typically, I prefer going to Haunt there in September for this reason.

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Thats perfect, i'd be with my kids (7&9) so we probably wouldnt do the haunts.

The Haunts generally open an hour or two after the park, and when they do, the coaster lines on Friday are generally not too outrageous. Especially in September and early October, as DILinator said. If you stay until closing, in the last hour of operation a lot of them will be virtually walk-on as well.

 

Also of note, a lot of the walkways are transformed into scare zones during Haunt, so it might be tough to avoid scary things during that time. You can always purchase a "No-Boo" necklace for your kids so the scareactors don't try to scare them. I don't think they generally try to go after kids that young anyway though, but if your kids are easily scared, they might still see some scary things.

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^Yeah, along those lines, Haymaker, I wanted to mention that I took my kids last year, who are a little older than yours, and got one No-Boo necklace. Even though I took three kids, the one necklace was enough, and nobody tried to scare them. Just make sure you get a map, and avoid the Scare Zones once they open (which is possible), because some of them have scary imagery, and things that automatically pop out, that the necklace won't help. It's a great time though! I highly recommend KI Haunt to everybody!

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Just make sure you get a map, and avoid the Scare Zones once they open (which is possible), because some of them have scary imagery, and things that automatically pop out, that the necklace won't help. It's a great time though! I highly recommend KI Haunt to everybody!

Thank you for reminding me about the Pumpkin-bot that scared the sh*t out of you last year

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Haha! It definitely didn't scare me that much! I mean, it was a surprise, for sure. But I actually took it in stride pretty well. So well, in fact, the kids actually thought I already knew it was there!

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Ill consider the no boo necklace but they arent too bad with that kind of stuff in public areas vs. a haunted house. My wife is a Halloween enthusiast so theyre somewhat conditioned to it.

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Thinking about heading up there this weekend. With school starting back up for most places by then how do you guys think the crowds will be? I know when I went to Carowinds around this time last year the lines on most coasters were 10 mins or less on average.

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I went around this time last year and lines weren't too bad. A few coasters had 30 minutes or so on that Saturday. FastLane+ isn't a necessity, but it's still a good purchase.

 

Alright thanks! Good to hear.

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Anyone that’s not an entitled enthusiast that feels the need to overly critique this coaster and can enjoy it because its going to be fun regardless of stats feel free to reach out to me when you make your visit to ride it. I live nearby and would love to come catch a ride or two with you when you’re at my home park.

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Anyone that’s not an entitled enthusiast that feels the need to overly critique this coaster and can enjoy it because its going to be fun regardless of stats feel free to reach out to me when you make your visit to ride it. I live nearby and would love to come catch a ride or two with you when you’re at my home park.

 

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Anyone that’s not an entitled enthusiast that feels the need to overly critique this coaster and can enjoy it because its going to be fun regardless of stats feel free to reach out to me when you make your visit to ride it. I live nearby and would love to come catch a ride or two with you when you’re at my home park.

 

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I live nearby and would love to come catch a ride or two with you when you’re at my home park.

catch a ride or two = drink a beer or two

 

I should have hit you up when we came to town this last time, but the trip was kind of last minute.

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I live nearby and would love to come catch a ride or two with you when you’re at my home park.

catch a ride or two = drink a beer or two

 

I should have hit you up when we came to town this last time, but the trip was kind of last minute.

 

When were you here? I spent 4 days in a row at the park a couple weekends back and then this weekend I was there Saturday.

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Anyone that’s not an entitled enthusiast that feels the need to overly critique this coaster and can enjoy it because its going to be fun regardless of stats feel free to reach out to me when you make your visit to ride it. I live nearby and would love to come catch a ride or two with you when you’re at my home park.

 

Thinking the first or second week in June next year. Haven't been since 2016 so need to hit Mystic Timbers also. You better be ready.

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I live nearby and would love to come catch a ride or two with you when you’re at my home park.

catch a ride or two = drink a beer or two

 

I should have hit you up when we came to town this last time, but the trip was kind of last minute.

 

When were you here? I spent 4 days in a row at the park a couple weekends back and then this weekend I was there Saturday.

We were there on the 10th. It was a beautiful day and the park was packed. FL+ Diamondback lines were about 20 minutes.

 

Also, I think Mystic Timbers is Emily's favorite new coaster at the park. The Beast seemed kind of rough this year and we didn't get a night ride.

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Anyone that’s not an entitled enthusiast that feels the need to overly critique this coaster and can enjoy it because its going to be fun regardless of stats feel free to reach out to me when you make your visit to ride it. I live nearby and would love to come catch a ride or two with you when you’re at my home park.

 

I enjoy meeting up with people when it works out, and it seems like KI is the place I've done that mostly, lately! Years ago I met a bunch of people at CP from a site I frequented at the time (now defunct), and many of them are still close friends! However, I also have met people, particularly from one site and club which shall not be named, who were A-holes, for the most part (ironically, at a KI event), and then of course there's the ones you always hear about who frequent Enthusiast events, that are... shall we say, socially challenged.

 

All that to say, the people in the community I least like to be around, and I'd have the least interest in meeting up with, aren't actually the overly nerdy ones who are socially awkward, or even the alleged "entitled enthusiast" who may not have a nuanced or mature perspective on coasters or the hobby, but is at least a decent and friendly person. It's that other group, the likes of which I met at that one event I referenced earlier, who think they're better than other enthusiasts, think they know how everything in the industry works better than other enthusiasts, and just generally act like cocky, condescending A-holes to anybody who dares have an opinion that they find inferior. That's who I avoid, and thankfully, most of the people I've met up with, outside of that one club, are not that kind of enthusiast (who, humorously enough, also often try to dis-identify with being an enthusiast the most often.) To me, enjoying parks and coasters is about fun, and just having a good time doing something you enjoy. People in that last category suck all the fun out of the hobby in my opinion, and I often wonder why they're even involved, if they've reduced it to such an elitist and pedantic endeavor.

 

Sorry for the rant, I was just thinking about this topic, and saw this as an opportunity to bring up my thoughts on the matter. As for yourself Ape, I'll have to let you know next time I go to KI, and I don't know if you've met up with RAWKIN yet, but we often meet up when I go down there. Not sure if I'll be back this year for Haunt (which would sadly break my streak of going), but I'll definitely be back next year, if not for Opening Day, I'm definitely planning on going for Coasterstock, and also during a family vacation the weeks after Memorial Day. I bring my three oldest kids with me when I go to parks typically now, as we all have a blast together, and they're my favorite people to be around and ride coasters with, but I'm always open to meeting new people too!

 

We were there on the 10th. It was a beautiful day and the park was packed. FL+ Diamondback lines were about 20 minutes.

 

Man, what a difference 5 days makes! The 15th was a beautiful day as well, and the park was possibly the least busy I've ever seen it! Never waited more than 15 minutes for anything in the standby queue, including 10 minute or less waits for Mystic Timbers, which I've never had before. Of course, the downside was Diamondback was down the whole time we were there. Luckily though, KI is awesome enough, that even without our favorite coaster there, we all still had a blast!

 

What you're describing makes me nervous about our trip to the frequently busy CW in a couple weeks, as it'll be a Sunday, and even with FL+, I worry it will have some waits like you mentioned. It'll still be better than not having FL+ though, so there's that consolation. I'm just not typically a weekend (or midsummer) park goer, so crowds aren't usually too bad when I go places.

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I won’t be at coasterstock, it’s always the same weekend as Rock On The Range/ Sonic Temple. As long as you bathe properly/ deodorize and don’t try to tell me I’m wrong for liking one coaster over another then I am very easy to get along with. I can’t stand people that show up to events smelling horrid.

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^Ape, I'm not sure how we haven't met yet since we both go to KI pretty often. Maybe we should make that happen! I promise I shower and use deoderant!

 

Now that we're almost into September (what what?? How did August go by so quickly!) you know what that means... Haunt is upon us!! I'm getting ready to start digging out my Halloween decorations that I'll then leave up until uncomfortably close to Christmas.

 

Looking at the Haunt website, it doesn't look like there are any new mazes or shows this year Which mainly sucks because a few years ago there were two additional mazes (Sorority Slaughter and CarnEvil) that have yet to be replaced. (I realize that the building Sorority Slaughter was in has since been demo'd and rebuilt into a restaurant, but still, we're down two).

 

However, the good news is that all the mazes from last year are returning! I wasn't sure if we'd see Field of Screams back with all the construction, but thankfully it'll be back, and hopefully we can get some nice construction pics of Orion from the queue.

 

Also good to note, there are four new scare zones this year: International Street Fear (International Street), Rivertown Reaping (Rivertown), Shipwrecked (Action Zone), and Zombie Mall (Coney Mall, also home to Coney Maul scare zone). Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think now most major KI walkways open during Haunt are going to be scarezones. So while there are no new mazes this year, if these new scare zones are even half as immersive as Pumpkin Eater (new for last year), then this year's Haunt will still be a step up!

 

Anyone planning to go on the 20th? I always try to make it out for the first night of Haunt, so hmu!

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Kings Island takes a lot of pride in their Haunt, so if there isn't anything new offered this year I hope they just focus on adding more details to the current line up and packing them with as many actors as much as possible.

 

Signed, ex-Urgent Scare 2009/2010 patient 011; Trail of Terror 2008 bandit.

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