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P. 829: Adventure Port themed area announced for 2023!

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The general manager who did most of the theming on Mystic Timbers is still general manager, so I’d imagine it would have been impressive.


Thats usually not up to the general manager. They might have a say in some things, but not all of it.

It is, mostly. You should ask him sometime about Mystic Timbers. What that was going to be before he became GM in late 2016. Also worth noting the same people were at corporate in 2014 and 2017, but compare Banshee’s theming to Mystic Timbers as an entire story-driven coaster. So...why the change? Answer: a change in leadership at the park.


Mystic Timbers also has a back story behind it, which gives them the chance to do the theming they did. Banshee does not. Most of all that comes from corporate. And like i said, the GM might have some say in the theming, but probably not all of it.

If you ask him, you’ll get your answers. I’ve found he’s pretty approachable.

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Just found this in my Folder of Theme park stuff. The centerfold of a past Park Guide.


Too bad the "son" didn't turn out as bad as the father was/still is.


Which was a bad thing.


Happy Birthday, Kings Island!

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The park did just get a new plot of land opened up... They could do something interesting from the ground up sometime in the future (at least if Orion first pans-out well enough this/next year).

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That's a really cool article! I always seem to forget that FoF was the first magnetically launched coaster (along with its sister at KD). It's a wonder that it was so successful--I mean, the ride's still running nowadays and it's almost on its 25th season.

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Great photos! Cedar Fair has certainly done wonders at Kings Island.


I can't really argue with that but I sure did enjoy the 'Paramount" era at Kings Island, and Carowinds too I guess since it was the only other park I made it to while it was still Paramount. Sure it had some cheesy themeing but even just slapping "Paramount" and some movie references up here and there made the park feel bigger on national scale than the place i grew up going to as a kid, even if in reality it didn't.


And Paramount gave us Top Gun The ride which is still the best movie/coaster crossover ever, Cedar Fair may have removed the themeing but they can never take my memories .

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Not Kings Island, but I can say that the Paramount era at Kings Dominion resulted in some of the best innovation the park has seen in terms of coasters. Starting with Flight of Fear, followed by Volcano and Hypersonic XLC, they were kinda in the front-running of new technologies. I don't think it was as bad as many now make it seem.

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Came across an interesting article today... Thought it was worth sharing here.


Expert: Kings Island may open on July 1

With face masks, ride appointments, 6-foot distancing


This is a big week for theme park fans, with the reopening of Disney Shanghai in China, the first major theme park in the world to reopen after the COVID-19 shutdown.


Other parks -- including Kings Island and Cedar Point in Ohio -- are watching to see if they can reopen as well.


This was supposed to be a record-breaking year for Kings Island with the opening of its new, 300-foot giga coaster, Orion. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic has the park empty and the opening day uncertain.


Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, travels the world consulting for amusement parks. Speigel, a former assistant general manager of Kings Island, is considered one of the top theme park experts in the country.


"Well this has certainly been a roller coaster ride for the theme park industry this year," Speigel said.


But he is optimistic with this week's reopening of Disney in China, and he expects other parks to follow that timeline closely.


"Disney Shanghai, use that as a window," Speigel said. "They closed in January, and they are opening today."


Using that time frame, he expects a number of major theme parks in the US, including Kings Island, will reopen on or around July 1.


He said that is based on 3 1/2 months the Chinese park was closed. The same time frame for Kings Island and other Cedar Fair-owned parks, shuttered since mid-March, would be July 1.


Another hint of a July 1 opening: Disney World in Orlando is now taking hotel reservations starting that date (though it has not yet announced a park opening date).


Disney CEO Ed Chapek says they are now planning for the parks to reopen later this year, and may require guests to wear face masks, even in the summer heat.


Speigel says every theme park in the country is watching to see how Disney's China reopening goes.


"There's going to be distancing in lines, restaurants and merchandise, and on the rides," he said.


The big changes you will see


Based on park owner Cedar Fair's conference call to Wall Street last week, Speigel says to expect:


Face masks on park employees (and possibly guests)

- 6-foot social distancing on ride lines

- Appointments for ride times, which means you will need to have the park's app on your phone.

- Constant wiping down of rides, including restraints, making loading time longer.

- Seating in every other row on many rides, which means ride capacity will be cut in half.

- Cashless transactions in stores and restaurants.

- Fewer guests in park


To make that work, parks may need to open at one third capacity, which Speigel says for Kings Island would bring peak admission down from 40,000 a day to just 15,000 guests.


"We're going to see a reduction," he said, "and that's going to be the norm for a while."


And that sharp reduction in park capacity would almost certainly mean reserved tickets, Speigel said.


"The last thing Kings Island or Cedar Point wants to do is have you drive from a distance, get to the park and they say, 'Hey, you can't come in here,'" Speigel said.


Kings Island spokesman Chad Showalter said the park has no opening date or announcement yet.


But parent company Cedar Fair said it is hoping to open all of its parks this summer, assuming states allow it, and is automatically extending all season passes through next year as well.


Of course there is no "official" opening date yet... However, at least it seems more hopeful that they will be opening this year!



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Agreed there would be no reason not to offer fastlane. As far as needing it with lower capacity I would say that depends on what sort of sanitizing they intend to do to rides and how badly that slows ops down. However, can't imagine you would risk a fastlane sell out so I think you would be safe to get to the park and check out lines and then buy if necessary.


We should have been leaving tomorrow for Coasterstock. Instead of riding Orion on his 17th birthday my son is getting cupcakes at Grandma's........not quite the same. Although he is being very gracious about it so I guess he is growing up.

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