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Banshee even with half empty trains running really intense thanks to the heat! The drop in the back row is so good, such a nice pop of air. It's too bad those vests squeeze you in against the seat so tight, you feel every imperfection along the track. Nothing has changed since day 1, it rides the same. The speed it picks up going down hill out of the zero g takes me by surprise and that loop down there makes your legs weak!

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Banshee is for sure intense, I just wish it was more 'snappy' like any of B&M's other inverts. Even Silver Bullet is far better in that regard. The transitions in/out of the elements are just terrible, IMO. The same layout, designed 10 years prior with the standard trains would have been a huge improvement. Still dig the ride, but man, I just don't like what they did with the dynamic design of it. It's a bummer!

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Banshee is for sure intense, I just wish it was more 'snappy' like any of B&M's other inverts. Even Silver Bullet is far better in that regard. The transitions in/out of the elements are just terrible, IMO. The same layout, designed 10 years prior with the standard trains would have been a huge improvement. Still dig the ride, but man, I just don't like what they did with the dynamic design of it. It's a bummer!

 

So true. Watching the trains run through the track off ride is so fun. That first immelman inversion is so funky!

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Kings Island was amazing for July 4th! We LOVED ORION!! It’s unfortunate how much this ride has been railed against before opening and even by some enthusiasts who’ve ridden and been like ‘meh’ and ‘underwhelmed’. We had three front row rides and one back row; definitely prefer the front for the speed effect. Orion is so much fun and when I came into that insanely high brake running At the end, I was giggling my butt off. The wave turn is yes, not like RMC’s but last I checked, B&M And RMC are completely different coasters. The wave turn is great but stupid fast and quick and that’s because Orion just plain hauls. But the two elements I live even more are the speed hill with ‘flojector’ and the last sideways ‘flip hill’ before the brake run that actually felt a little like a second wave turn.

 

Full disclosure, haven’t ridden fury but cant wait to. Should be fun having the Orion ride in before fury, and fury will definitely get a fair shake opinion wise.

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So....how exactly is the line ticket thing working. We will be there at park open when we go. Are they letting a certain amount just get on and then when the line gets to a certain point begin to hand out line tickets?

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I saw earlier someone asked if the water park was going to open, I "hear" none of the cedar fair water parks will be opening this season.

 

Cedar Point Shores is confirmed to be staying closed, Soak City is TBD

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They didn't scan anything, so I can imagine you just get back in line for a ticket. Things change daily so I'm sure they are working on making it fair.

 

As of yesterday, there was a sign saying one boarding pass per passholder per day. It's done on the honor system. When I came back later in the day to ask if the standby queue would reopen after the final boarding pass time, the employee actually tried giving me a second boarding pass that I turned down.

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I saw earlier someone asked if the water park was going to open, I "hear" none of the cedar fair water parks will be opening this season.

Wow, RIP Dorney Park, I guess.

 

Well, they did officially come out and say that Wildwater Kingdom wasn't opening with Dorney Park's rides on the 8th, but haven't ruled it out completely. CF also owns (and operates?) those two Schlitterbahn parks in Texas, and they've been open since the middle of June.

 

In states where masks are not mandated, staffing is probably a major issue more than anything else. Figure 2 lifeguards per pair of slides, not to mention the 10 at the wave pool and who-knows-how-many for the lazy river, then you have all of the food service stands...it all adds up. In states that have said "if you're in a public place you have to wear a mask," then waterparks are a non-starter.

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I saw earlier someone asked if the water park was going to open, I "hear" none of the cedar fair water parks will be opening this season.

 

Cedar Point Shores is confirmed to be staying closed, Soak City is TBD

 

and the Worlds of Fun calendar still says hours pending for Oceans of Fun,, have they filled the pools at any of the parks or left them empty?

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I saw earlier someone asked if the water park was going to open, I "hear" none of the cedar fair water parks will be opening this season.

Wow, RIP Dorney Park, I guess.

 

Well, they did officially come out and say that Wildwater Kingdom wasn't opening with Dorney Park's rides on the 8th, but haven't ruled it out completely. CF also owns (and operates?) those two Schlitterbahn parks in Texas, and they've been open since the middle of June.

 

In states where masks are not mandated, staffing is probably a major issue more than anything else. Figure 2 lifeguards per pair of slides, not to mention the 10 at the wave pool and who-knows-how-many for the lazy river, then you have all of the food service stands...it all adds up. In states that have said "if you're in a public place you have to wear a mask," then waterparks are a non-starter.

 

a few weeks ago they were offering a $200 bonus for lifeguards at Oceans of Fun, CF mandates masks at all of it's parks no matter what the local mandate is, Kansas City right now is only mandating masks indoors

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I saw earlier someone asked if the water park was going to open, I "hear" none of the cedar fair water parks will be opening this season.

Wow, RIP Dorney Park, I guess.

 

Well, they did officially come out and say that Wildwater Kingdom wasn't opening with Dorney Park's rides on the 8th, but haven't ruled it out completely. CF also owns (and operates?) those two Schlitterbahn parks in Texas, and they've been open since the middle of June.

 

In states where masks are not mandated, staffing is probably a major issue more than anything else. Figure 2 lifeguards per pair of slides, not to mention the 10 at the wave pool and who-knows-how-many for the lazy river, then you have all of the food service stands...it all adds up. In states that have said "if you're in a public place you have to wear a mask," then waterparks are a non-starter.

 

Noah's Ark was full this weekend, White Water in Branson and Big Surf in the Ozarks have opened, they don't recommended masks in the water

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My point was that masks + water park =/= a functional solution. Wet cloth isn't exactly breathable (ever heard of waterboarding?). If the state requires masks EVERYWHERE, with no exceptions, then there's no point in opening a water park.

 

You can bet if Oceans of Fun opens, masks will be required for entry and in food lines and then when not on rides or generally walking around. This is the exact policy that has been implemented at CF's Schlitterbahn parks:

 

"Face coverings are required for entry into the park, in food and beverage lines, bars, merchandise locations, restroom facilities, and as you exit the park. Face masks are encouraged while walking throughout the park. For your safety, we ask that you remove face coverings when experiencing water attractions or pools. Face coverings are not required while waiting in line for water attractions, nor for guests under the age of two-years-old."
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My point was that masks + water park =/= a functional solution. Wet cloth isn't exactly breathable (ever heard of waterboarding?). If the state requires masks EVERYWHERE, with no exceptions, then there's no point in opening a water park.

 

You can bet if Oceans of Fun opens, masks will be required for entry and in food lines and then when not on rides or generally walking around. This is the exact policy that has been implemented at CF's Schlitterbahn parks:

 

"Face coverings are required for entry into the park, in food and beverage lines, bars, merchandise locations, restroom facilities, and as you exit the park. Face masks are encouraged while walking throughout the park. For your safety, we ask that you remove face coverings when experiencing water attractions or pools. Face coverings are not required while waiting in line for water attractions, nor for guests under the age of two-years-old."

 

 

some wateer parks have opened in states with a mask mandate, like Raging Rivers in Grafton IL

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some wateer parks have opened in states with a mask mandate, like Raging Rivers in Grafton IL

 

From their own website:

 

"We are limiting park capacity to 50% at this time, we encourage social distancing, guests are not required to wear masks and no reservations required."

 

From the IL Department of Public Health:

 

"Everyone over the age of 2 who can medically tolerate a face covering over their nose and mouth must wear one in a public place when unable to maintain a safe distance (6 feet) from others."

 

I couldn't find any exception in the IL rules for water parks, so it sounds to me like they're breaking the states own rules. Good for them resisting tyranny.

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some wateer parks have opened in states with a mask mandate, like Raging Rivers in Grafton IL

 

From their own website:

 

"We are limiting park capacity to 50% at this time, we encourage social distancing, guests are not required to wear masks and no reservations required."

 

From the IL Department of Public Health:

 

"Everyone over the age of 2 who can medically tolerate a face covering over their nose and mouth must wear one in a public place when unable to maintain a safe distance (6 feet) from others."

 

I couldn't find any exception in the IL rules for water parks, so it sounds to me like they're breaking the states own rules. Good for them resisting tyranny.

 

CDC doesn't recommend masks while swimming

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some wateer parks have opened in states with a mask mandate, like Raging Rivers in Grafton IL

 

From their own website:

 

"We are limiting park capacity to 50% at this time, we encourage social distancing, guests are not required to wear masks and no reservations required."

 

From the IL Department of Public Health:

 

"Everyone over the age of 2 who can medically tolerate a face covering over their nose and mouth must wear one in a public place when unable to maintain a safe distance (6 feet) from others."

 

I couldn't find any exception in the IL rules for water parks, so it sounds to me like they're breaking the states own rules. Good for them resisting tyranny.

 

CDC doesn't recommend masks while swimming

 

Because its similar to waterboarding

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Orion is good. It's fun but for me, it just seems like its missing something.

I also feel Kings Island is doing a great job at running the park with everything that is going on. i never felt not safe with when I was at the park yesterday.

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