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

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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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I went on it for the first time in years the other Friday! It's a nice little flume, just how I remembered - it just kinda rides along the trough and bumps around haha. It's from 1971, to be fair.

 

Thankfully what used to be a firehose that would just drench the entire log has been toned down to a water fountain

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Is Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown open? Asking for a friend.

 

It opened with the park each day I was there, the 11th and 12th.

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I know they have a loyal group of scare actors, but I'm surprised that it a) they will have enough staff to cover haunts b) they will spend the $ on the extra workers c) will spend the extra $ on haunts.

 

They have a brand new giant coasters, I'd think that's enough of a draw! But if it does happen good for them.

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I fail to see how haunted walk-throughs will work in "pandemic mode" (I thought indoors was supposed to be the devil?), but more power to them. I'll be there.

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Looks like Kings Island is still planning on having Haunt and Winterfest this year.

 

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/haunt

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/winterfest

That means nothing. Every Cedar Fair park changes their haunts and winterfest pages to "_____ will return in ____" as soon as the events are over. Until there is an active link on the main webpage or they start removing haunts from the page then there is nothing to read into it. If parks change anything for their haunt season you can type in the url and will see that certain haunts are missing, this happens every year. The best example to show that this means nothing look here ValleyScare. The park doesn't have a plan to open and its haunt page is the same as kings island. Orion has been added but was probably and automatic update when they updated the site before the season started.

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