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Maybe it's because I hadn't been on Adventure Express in a couple years but I thought it was so much fun with how overgrown that area is now. I would love to try it at night, you really feel secluded and you can't see Banshee as well. Son of Beast's helix and area that stretched beyond Banshee is grown in now as well.

 

Kings Island has so many great night rides, but not enough time to enjoy them all!

 

Orion, Mystic Timbers, Beast, Diamondback, Banshee, Bat, and Adventure Express.

 

Did most of them last year at a Friday night Haunt. One of my favorite park nights ever.

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Today was blazing hot at the park. I was there July 4th weekend but today felt miserably hot.

 

Lots of people. Queue lines had people in them. More people at the park than I expected. Good to see.

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Adventure Express is an underrated and hilarious night ride. The best beer man is close, too.

 

The "best beer man" for you is the Biergarten and not Miami River Brewhouse, which is air conditioned and you can actually get a variety of food at? Talk about disregarding the opinions of those who do not extol the virtues of and glory that is the NA Miata.

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Well, if we're talking about NA RWD Japs, then we'd be sinful not to mention the Toyobaru twins, the BRZ and FRS.

 

The food options at KI might be tempting, if it wasn't for Roosters within a 20 minute drive for pitchers of ice cold Yuengling and some of the best chicken wings I've ever had.

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This is my first time posting on this site, but I just had to ask. I know sometimes roller coaster enthusiasts are riding to beat a record. I was riding the beast today and about halfway through the ride I noticed a man in the front row who appeared to be standing up. His entire backside was above the roller coaster seat. I thought to myself that there is no way someone would be able to standup on a roller coaster. Then when we were climbing the second hill, I noticed only his head was showing above the seat, making me assuming that he was in fact standing up. As we began to descend the second hill, I noticed him once again standing with his arms spread out . Before we reached the tunnel I ducked and closed my eyes in fear. After the helix I noticed that he was once again back in his seat. Prior to arriving back into the Stanton I asked the two girls sitting behind me if they saw what I saw. One of them said yes, but she couldn’t tell if he was just tall. When we arrived Back at the station I informed the ride attendant and he commented, “how does someone stand up” and he walked away. I then informed the supervisor and pointed the guy out. She looked at him and said “oh yeah “ and walked away. Then while I was leaving the exit que a woman with her daughter came up to me and asked about my conversation with the supervisor. She mentioned that she thought he was standing but didn’t think that would be possible.

 

I am confused. Has anyone heard of a man standing on the beast in the front row? Was he doing a stunt, maybe filmed? I had never seen anything like it. From my interaction with the crew it sounded like it was known about,

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As promised, here are my pics of the Area 72 region:

 

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Crossing under the Racer drop...

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Old school Volvo wagon decked out in conspiracy theorist decorations, quite fitting.

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The front side.

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Some signage

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More signage

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The new restaurant

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Their menu. Not really anything up my alley, but more places to refill the season drink plan is always a plus.

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Some theming added to the front of Flight of Fear.

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New "Flight of Fear" sign to fit in with the rest of the new Theming

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Additional decoration

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Orion's pre-queue building, including a photo-op.

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New locker area. Boo.

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Nice overview

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Orion's ride photo booth

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A closer overview

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A view of the queue from outside it

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Finally, what I believe to be a new sign when entering the Flight of Fear queue, which may actually be old.

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And now, for some of the finer details from Orion's queue:

 

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The inside of the pre-queue building, including an easily bypassed green-screen photo-taking of unknown purpose.

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It's the little things to appreciate...

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Some signage

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L0ckers in the non-air-conditioned, gonna-get-super-hot-with-the-sun-beating-on-it metal building in the middle of the queue.

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More l0ckers. Each of these contained some throwback tidbits to earlier rides or Orion stuff.

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Screens showing the thematic preview.

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Bulletin boards listing out various KI attractions, some still existent.

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Bulletin board 1 closeup

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Bulletin board 2 closeup

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Bulletin board 3 closeup

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Station, with banners overhead.

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Cool throwback in the station.

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Awesome pics, Mike! I am super excited to visit here for the first time on the 22nd! Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions on a good order for the rides? Should you do Flight of Fear first after getting the Orion pass or head to Diamondback and Mystic Timbers? Is Backlot Stunt Coaster good to do early? It'll be a Wednesday, so I'm hoping for low crowds but am not counting on it.

 

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Awesome pics, Mike! I am super excited to visit here for the first time on the 22nd! Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions on a good order for the rides? Should you do Flight of Fear first after getting the Orion pass or head to Diamondback and Mystic Timbers? Is Backlot Stunt Coaster good to do early? It'll be a Wednesday, so I'm hoping for low crowds but am not counting on it.

 

Honestly, here's how I'd tackle it if you've only got one day, a 10:30 reservation, and aren't buying Fast Lane. Note that this is based on my preference of rides.

 

-Go straight to Orion at opening and wait for them to hand our access passes. If you are quick enough, you may be able to get in the standby line and ignore the whole access pass situation all together. If you can do this, do it. Otherwise, grab your access pass. The time you receive will determine the rest of the course of action for the day.

 

-If your pass is for noon-1:00, hop on Flight of Fear. If that somehow takes less than a half-hour, go grab Racer next. Return to Orion and get your ride in there. Then continue with the below.

-If your access pass is for later in the day, go to Beast and then start working the park in a clockwise loop, so Diamondback next, then Mystic Timbers. Skip the kiddie coasters (Flying Ace Aerial Chase and Woodstock Express) if you want or if the lines are long (for FAAC, it's long if you can see the back of it from the midway). Cross International Street into Action Zone, and grab Banshee and Bat (skip Invertigo if it has any kind of line). Adventure Express next, then Racer, then finally back into Area 72 for Flight of Fear. Backlot is skippable for me since I have one in my home park, but you can work that in whenever you're in the area. Whenever your Access Pass time is for Orion, deviate from the above plan and go get that done, and then grab Flight of Fear afterwards and then continue where ever you left off on the plan.

 

In using an access pass, I found it best to be there 15-20 minutes BEFORE the hour its due so you can line up, or in the last 15 minutes of the hour so most of the other passes will have gone through already. Even with half the seats blocked off, Orion is still a people-eater.

 

I was there on a Saturday and didn't have any issue with crowds, so being there on a Wednesday you should be fine. Worst case scenario is you have to buy a Fast Lane, which wasn't even available during my trip.

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Awesome pics, Mike! I am super excited to visit here for the first time on the 22nd! Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions on a good order for the rides?

 

I was at the park on the 15th (also a Wednesday) and was able to get 5 rides on Orion without FL. They will start letting people into the parking lot as early as 10:15, and once you're parked, through the temperature check, and into the park, you can head straight to Orion. They will typically start letting riders on around 10:30 and will start giving out access passes when the park actually opens at 11. I was able to get 3 rides via the standby line before 11, then grabbed an access pass and headed over to Beast and then Banshee, which were both walk-ons.

 

The park was not very crowded the Wednesday I visited, so they did not run out of access passes until later in the afternoon (around 5 or 5:30 if I recall).

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Went to the park today. Arrived at 10:30 and headed straight for Orion. Got an access pass and was able to ride 30 min later. Continued to get access passes throughout the day for a total of four rides. The line was never that long for Orion as long as you went within the last 15 minutes of your time window. Rode a handful of other coasters as well, lines were always 30 minutes or less. Observations :

 

1. All park staff at all rides, shops, restaurants, Etc were very cheerful and helpful

2. All park staff were pretty strict on mask-wearing and reminding guests to keep their mouths and nose covered at all times, including on the rides

3. Orion is an excellent ride. I would certainly rank it below Fury 325, and barely below Leviathan. If it were 20% longer I think it would beat out Leviathan. The sideways airtime Hill right after the first drop is incredible as is the turnaround. But overall it's just too short. That said, the first drop was particularly good / seemed like long duration, and the speed airtime Hill after the turnaround had what seemed like really extended air time

4. Banshee is incredibly intense. Is this the best B&M invert in existence?

5. Had never ridden Mystic Timbers before, so that was great to hit that twice today. The shed is pretty dumb though

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4. Banshee is incredibly intense. Is this the best B&M invert in existence?

 

Is Kings Island selling crack in the gift shop now to try to make up for some of those covid losses?

 

(Lol but thanks for the report though. Glad you had fun )

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4. Banshee is incredibly intense. Is this the best B&M invert in existence?

 

No.

 

Also, Great report. Glad to hear how the park is handling the changes they are dealing with. Might make a trip up there later this month!

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Awesome, thanks! I'm sort of debating taking a trip out there later this year, mainly because there's nowhere else to go and all of our other travel (and wedding) plans got cancelled so we're sitting on a bunch of vacation days.

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