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

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I would say it will be less than that, and a chunk of that weekday crowed is in the water park. I would not see the water park opening at this point in time.

 

Not KI, but a couple of weeks ago Oakland County announced that their county-run water parks won't be opening at all this summer. They mentioned COVID as the main cause, but I wouldn't be surprised if budget cuts were a small part of their decision

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As of Yesterday most of Ohio will be open by the end of the month. The next thing to talk about would be the bigger gatherings of people. I feel within the next week or so we might have a timeline for Amusement Parks and waterparks to open. They did give the okay to open pools even with many cities saying they will be closed all summer. I thought we would not see parks open at all but everything seems to be moving along much quicker now.

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To be fair to CF they can knock it out of the park sometimes with ride presentation - I love how Fury looks with the whole neon honeycomb aesthetic. Orion definitely looks to be a lot more pared down in this respect, though, but I'm looking forward to seeing it in real life.

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^Oh, absolutely! Heck, even Leviathan was done well, without being too extensive, to fit in both with the area and the theme. I've always been impressed with the Diamondback area at KI as well. Orion does look very "Cedar Point-ish" in its use of expansive concrete, and bare bones attempt at a theme. Given the space available, and the theming potential, it's a little disappointing, but not at all surprising. Also, it doesn't make the ride less thrilling, to be clear. It also looking very visually appealing, towering above the entrance, and area, like that!

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I wonder how much of the.. lack of "theming" could be blamed on last minute cost cutting due to COVID-19. KI usually doesn't go for the concrete jungle aesthetic that CP has. Last minute decisions to cute the cost of landscaping or anything additional. Sure many things were already planned for and probably quoted, but maybe they decided to take a much more conservative approach once things started looking doubtful for a scheduled opening day. Saving a few thousand to hundred thousand dollars on unnecessary plants and signage could help long term for the company.

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Mystic Timbers on opening day 2017 had a similar approach: station architecture that matches the area and "Miami River Lumber Co." written above the ride operator booth. That seems very similar to here, the station architecture matches the whole Area 72 vibe and there is a themed sign above the booth you can see in the video--it ends in "ting." For Mystic Timbers, even though the station was plain, there was still tons of theming in the queue, in the plaza, onride, etc. So for Orion, who knows, maybe they're busy installing props or something in the queue. But on the other hand, Cedar Fair did cut out $75-100 million of capital, and a theming package would be an easy thing to cut...

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