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^agreed. One can only wonder what's in the grey building for the queue. I would think maybe a pre-show?

To me it looks like the building is for the ride exit, which means that it should be a gift shop.

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^agreed. One can only wonder what's in the grey building for the queue. I would think maybe a pre-show?

To me it looks like the building is for the ride exit, which means that it should be a gift shop.

The blueprints indicate that structure to be in the queue and both the regular and FastLane queues are routed through it. It's marked as "Quonset Hut" and "Prop Building" on the blueprints.

 

For reference, Orion's entrance is through Firehawk's ride photo booth. Orion's exit is through Firehawk's former entrance.

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You're right. I had forgot that the Firehawk queue appears to have been added as an extended Flight of Fear queue (That is correct, isn't it?). If I have that right did FOF actually need more queue?

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Flight of Fear's queue outside of the building is the same as it was the day it opened. The additional switchbacks that it once needed that have since been removed were inside the building, in the UFO room.

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Flight of Fear's queue outside of the building is the same as it was the day it opened. The additional switchbacks that it once needed that have since been removed were inside the building, in the UFO room.

 

You’re thinking of Kings Dominion. To be clear Kings Islands version still has all of its indoor switchbacks. This year they are removing the outdoor switchbacks and using that space for lockers. Flight of fear will still have it’s indoor que but will use firehawks old que as new outdoor que.

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Yeah, they've enclosed the sides of the FOF outdoor queue area instead of it just being open, and are apparently increasing the amount of space that was formerly switchbacks for additional locker area, so there's less lanes outside the main building than before. Firehawk's old maze has been altered and connected in so any excess queue for FOF doesn't spill out and congest the midway, because while it is somewhat uncommon for FOF to need much outdoor queue space, Orion being right there will certainly increase the ridership since it'll be exiting right by the FOF entrance, and it'll probably need that excess queue capacity for a while at least on the busy days.

 

Regarding the state of the Vortex plot, this recent drone video shows the rather trampled-looking empty terrain being fenced in.

 

They seem to want to basically bury Vortex at this point because the only mention since closing day was the addition of Vortex as a Nanocoaster Classic, and a limited commemorative ornament during WinterFest that used the same logo from the station banners and the Final Crew badges. They had said they might sell parts, like how they did the SOB track plaques and bolts, but nothing seems to have come from that. Maybe they think it would detract from promoting Orion or something.

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Kings Island isn't opening until mid-May at the earliest, so we will have to wait until then for Orion. Also, here is a cool video of Orion testing! The pacing looks outstanding. I love how the ride is really woven into Kings Island's terrain.

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I heard about the mid-May open. Crud. I wonder what that means for Coasterstock which is on my son's birthday and is supposed to be his present.

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TBH, I wouldn't count on any opening date any park sets at this point. They're being optimistic, with reason. They don't want consumers to completely cancel their plans instead of settling with delaying them. I could be dead wrong, but these shelter-in-place orders are doing the same thing. If you say you're going to lock everything down for two months people are more likely to panic. At these this is my theory.

 

BUT, I was also dead wrong when I said this entire thing was an over exaggeration by the media, so who knows. (You can only cry wolf so many times before you get complacent and the wolf actually shows up.)

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FWIW, I have tickets to Coasterstock with my kids, so I messaged them specifically about this, and they said "At this time we do not have additional information about the Coasterstock dates. If specific events change or move dates the information will be posted on our website." So, my takeaway from this is that it is still on at the moment, and while there's a decent possibility that changes (my personal guess), it'll simply move dates, rather than be cancelled. That is my read of that response at least. Again, FWIW...

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Ok thanks for the info which is neither surprising or unreasonable. Just frustrating not knowing what's going to happen. I would imagine if there is a change of date they will probably offer a refund if you cannot attend on the new date. But I hope to see you there!

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Ohio's Governor noted the other day that the expect the virus to peak around May 1st... If that is true, then I can see park openings in Ohio being pushed until June.

 

I find it very unlikely May will be the month KI or CP opens here.

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Still waiting for a decision to be made about Coasterstock. As much as I was looking forward to this, we have no idea what kind of season any park will have especially if we're still social distancing.

 

I am gonna say about 99% of them cancelling or rescheduling.

 

Anyone else?

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What's it like working for Kings Island in 1979? August 15th pizza party and Beast rides, Saturday Night Fever, and a summer of love!

 

Found during spring cleaning at home! I put some videos on my Instagram if you want to see more of inside the pamphlet.

 

Pay was $2.80 an hour! No beards/sideburns for the guys!

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It's surprising how little the Beast is mentioned in some of these old docs I've found, but it was the opening year so they probably how no idea how big of a hit it would be!

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