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Mike, got our fri/sat FL online earlier this week for the trip. Had a hunch it might get sideways. We did enter earlier today around 10:45 and there were few lines which might replicate slightly tomorrow, though it is a Saturday. Also forgot Bat doesn’t even take FL.

 

We have two additional great wolf water park wrist bands if you want them?! These slides are pretty damn fun and lines are minimal. Good til Sunday.

 

You have a PM sir.

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I had a great view from Beast's queue LOL. I thought it was cool how they kind of synced Orion's mood lighting with the fireworks.

 

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So, my first night back at KI turned alright. Ended up with rides on Mystic, Racer (Red), Adventure Express, and 3 cycles on Beast - 2 in row 14, and my last ride of the night at around 10:40 PM in the front row! Still the best coaster at this park as far as I'm concerned.

 

Given that I only included KI on this trip to try to get some night rides on Beast and Orion, I'm gonna call this a win. With the lack of FL availability for tomorrow, I'm gonna sleep in and get to the park whenever I do, planning on staying until close to try for that night ride on Orion. Unless people tell me that Mystic is better as the night ride, which I have experienced and is pretty damnned good in itself. Hint hint.

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^ I will say that a back row night ride on Orion is quite enjoyable.

 

If you time things right, you might be able to swing both Orion and Mystic. Orion's line was pretty consistently ~45 minutes all day, and Mystic Timbers was even longer. Assuming it's more crowded tomorrow - with sunset around 8:40 pm, you could potentially enter Orion's queue around 8 and get on around 9, then head over to Mystic Timbers? Hard to guess how much more people will attend tomorrow, though...

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Day 2 update: Got to the park around noon, bought my all-day dining wrist band, rode Bat (front row, 50 minute wait) and Banshee (back row, 20 minute wait) with two meals in there too. A little too hot, so I left and came back to my hotel to rest and pack, then going to head back to the park around 7 PM for another meal or two and to grab yet another lap on Beast and try for night rides on Orion and/or Mystic Timbers.

 

Packing now will help later, since I'll be on the road by 6 AM tomorrow to make it to Cedar Point for opening.

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Mike, the teenager crowd is something I usually don't experience, so that sucks. We've always found it to be more mature than the Six Flags crowd (atrocious), but less than Busch crowds (especially BGW).

 

Glad you had fun. KI has a fantastic night ride selection.

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I know you record your wait times a little differently, but 50 minutes for The Bat?! Holy cow lol

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Yeah. It was crazy.

 

Zach, the teen groups here are still mild compared to a Six Flags crowd, and I guess I'm exaggerating their "obnoxiousness" and I'm just getting old and can't tolerate any presence of today's youth culture LOL.

 

So I'm back at the park now, lines are still bonkers per the app. Like 105 minutes for FoF. I've been standing in line for Beast for about 20 minutes and just started up the ramp so I guess that's no too bad. My plan ito get in line for Orion around 8:15 to get a sunset/night ride there then head to Mystic.

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All the locals with passes have been going to KI for years. They know at night is the best time to be there so I have full confidence the park will be close to limited capacity when open till 10pm.

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^ I will say that a back row night ride on Orion is quite enjoyable.

 

If you time things right, you might be able to swing both Orion and Mystic. Orion's line was pretty consistently ~45 minutes all day, and Mystic Timbers was even longer. Assuming it's more crowded tomorrow - with sunset around 8:40 pm, you could potentially enter Orion's queue around 8 and get on around 9, then head over to Mystic Timbers? Hard to guess how much more people will attend tomorrow, though...

 

Thanks for the tip... It paid off! Got in line for Orion at around 8:10 a got off around 9:25, plenty of time to make it over to Mystic, where I currently am after snagging another grilled cheese to get the 4th meal out of the wrist band. Been waiting bout 20 minutes so far, with probably another 20 ahead of me (plus the fireworks shutdown if they do that on this ride). All in all, not a bad 2 days at KI when I kept my expectations in check.

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July 4th on MT was great. As you crested the lift hill you could see fireworks all along the horizon from all different places. KI's fireworks started going off about half way up. It was cool.

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Thanks for the tip... It paid off! Got in line for Orion at around 8:10 a got off around 9:25, plenty of time to make it over to Mystic, where I currently am after snagging another grilled cheese to get the 4th meal out of the wrist band. Been waiting bout 20 minutes so far, with probably another 20 ahead of me (plus the fireworks shutdown if they do that on this ride). All in all, not a bad 2 days at KI when I kept my expectations in check.

 

Sweet - glad it worked out! I've heard night rides on MT are just as good as Beast, if not better.

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Just a random thought - isn't it kind of cool how Orion and Diamondback are on the same sides of the park as the Racer track that shares their color? (blue east, red west)

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Yeah. It was crazy.

 

Zach, the teen groups here are still mild compared to a Six Flags crowd, and I guess I'm exaggerating their "obnoxiousness" and I'm just getting old and can't tolerate any presence of today's youth culture LOL.

 

So I'm back at the park now, lines are still bonkers per the app. Like 105 minutes for FoF. I've been standing in line for Beast for about 20 minutes and just started up the ramp so I guess that's no too bad. My plan ito get in line for Orion around 8:15 to get a sunset/night ride there then head to Mystic.

 

 

OLD???? You're in your 30's, how do you think that makes those of us in our 50's feel, lol! Also, teens at a theme park? Who would have thought of such a thing, although after spending everyday with 7th graders for the last 27 years, I am glad that this is my last year teaching.

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my last ride of the night at around 10:40 PM in the front row! Still the best coaster at this park as far as I'm concerned.

 

So wait, was that you that drove 9hrs to ride?! If so then I was the one in the FastLane that let you go ahead of me! That front row ride was my last also! It was an awesome day!!

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my last ride of the night at around 10:40 PM in the front row! Still the best coaster at this park as far as I'm concerned.

 

So wait, was that you that drove 9hrs to ride?! If so then I was the one in the FastLane that let you go ahead of me! That front row ride was my last also! It was an awesome day!!

 

Yep, that was me! Small world haha. Didn't have time to explain it all, but after visiting KI when they were only open until 7 and CP when half the coasters were closed back in July, I made another trip out here from Delaware (the state, since you have to mention this in Ohio where there's a town called Delaware) solely for the purpose of getting night rides at KI and a chance at Dragster at CP.

 

Thank you again, so much. Not enough words to express my gratitude here. Had I known you were on here I would've invited you back to my hotel for a tasty adult beverage (since Ohio has gone stupid with their COVID restrictions for bars).

 

Yeah, it was an awesome day. My complete report is forthcoming.

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Peripherally related: One time i ended up in the front seat of Banshee next to an odd gentleman in a Red Wings jersey. He told me on the way up the lift that Banshee was his favorite ride and he was not happy that they had not been playing the scream at the top. He then yelled "Banshee scream!" at the top and replicated the scream as loud as he could.

 

One of the weirder interactions I've had on a ride.

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Does Banshee still make the scream effect when the train crests the lift?

 

Yes, but if you're in the first few rows you won't hear it because you're down the hill already.

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my last ride of the night at around 10:40 PM in the front row! Still the best coaster at this park as far as I'm concerned.

 

So wait, was that you that drove 9hrs to ride?! If so then I was the one in the FastLane that let you go ahead of me! That front row ride was my last also! It was an awesome day!!

 

Yep, that was me! Small world haha. Didn't have time to explain it all, but after visiting KI when they were only open until 7 and CP when half the coasters were closed back in July, I made another trip out here from Delaware (the state, since you have to mention this in Ohio where there's a town called Delaware) solely for the purpose of getting night rides at KI and a chance at Dragster at CP.

 

Thank you again, so much. Not enough words to express my gratitude here. Had I known you were on here I would've invited you back to my hotel for a tasty adult beverage (since Ohio has gone stupid with their COVID restrictions for bars).

 

Yeah, it was an awesome day. My complete report is forthcoming.

 

Man it was my pleasure!! No thanks needed!!! I was happy to do it! That was out 4th ride on it but we weren't ready to go so waiting another train was no problem at all!!! Also the crew was awesome and we were talking during the fireworks.

 

Man CP was still trash when we went that Wednesday. Dragster broke down for 1 1/2hrs at 5:30p so we missed getting on Millie, Val, Rap, and Gate!!! It sucks because this was my brother's first time and CP showed him a bad time. I hyped it up because when I went in 2018 it was the best experience I've had. KI was still awesome as it was that trip.

 

Man you weren't lying about Ohio's bar scene!! We tried to find a place after CP and all shut down at 10:30!

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They're starting to do the same here in Kentucky now. Restaurants and Bars cannot serve after 10pm and has to be closed by 11pm now.

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Peripherally related: One time i ended up in the front seat of Banshee next to an odd gentleman in a Red Wings jersey. He told me on the way up the lift that Banshee was his favorite ride and he was not happy that they had not been playing the scream at the top. He then yelled "Banshee scream!" at the top and replicated the scream as loud as he could.

 

One of the weirder interactions I've had on a ride.

LOL sounds awkward. I thought it was bad enough he was wearing a Red Wings jersey.

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That sounds incredible and I hereby vow to do a Banshee scream on every coaster ride so long as I shall live.

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Man it was my pleasure!! No thanks needed!!! I was happy to do it! That was out 4th ride on it but we weren't ready to go so waiting another train was no problem at all!!! Also the crew was awesome and we were talking during the fireworks.

 

Man CP was still trash when we went that Wednesday. Dragster broke down for 1 1/2hrs at 5:30p so we missed getting on Millie, Val, Rap, and Gate!!! It sucks because this was my brother's first time and CP showed him a bad time. I hyped it up because when I went in 2018 it was the best experience I've had. KI was still awesome as it was that trip.

 

Man you weren't lying about Ohio's bar scene!! We tried to find a place after CP and all shut down at 10:30!

 

If you're still in Sandusky, the only bar to drink at after CP is the Thirsty Pony. Last call is at 10 but they are running some kinda of special where they'll bring you four drinks right at 10:00 for less than normal price.

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Not sure on hours, but Small City Taphouse in Sandusky (as well as CLAG brewing, attached) are not far from the park. Basically, one of the best beer bars in the state. Also have Asian food (sushi and all that). Worth checking out.

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