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That was the most positive review I have read yet on Orion! That looks like a nice beer garden. Good spot to drink and coaster watch.

 

The beer garden is next level. Seriously... I could have spent hours there.

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My visit this past weekend was great, even with Saturday being very busy and me missing out on FL until Sunday.    I went into Orion not having followed its construction or watched a POV or even

I went the weekend before last and wasn't going to do any sort of report or review, but with this discussion, I'll throw my hat in the ring. I thought Orion was fantastic.  Millennium Force is th

Get over it man.  You've made your point and we get it; it's silly that this park did not do a Winterfest-lite.  Make the 8 hour drive to KD if you want to experience that, just like all of us with KD

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Thanks for the trip report and Orion review. Have not been since 2016 so now I have two new coasters to try out. Hoping they keep the Orion beer around for next year too. I have been to KI three times and have never rode that Boomerang. Why would I waste my time? Good to see you didn't either.

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Invertigo is decent and that's puzzling to me. It was built during a time when SLCs and Boomerangs were rough, so I have no idea why marrying the two ride systems would make the experience smoother.

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Thanks for the report. The crowd levels seemed manageable. I am planning a trip on September the 18th. I got nervous b/c I heard Cedar Point has been slammed over the weekend. Your report put my mind at ease a little.

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I echo what Bill said about the park being very busy on Sunday.

 

I will also mention that I must have ran into a bottleneck when it came to FastLane. I rode The Bat (which does not offer FastLane), DropTower, Banshee, Adventure Express, Orion, Antique Cars, The Beast, Italian Job Backlot Coaster, and the Train between 11:00 and 1:00. Then I got caught in a traffic jam at Diamondback, which had a 20 minute FL wait. And finally I went to Mystic Timbers, where I waited a half hour. To be fair, I don't think MT opened with the park, so that may have explained the wait, but I was so used to the walk ons that the 30 minute wait was slightly upsetting. That was until I got assigned to the front seat. Sweet Fancy Moses, Mystic Timbers is insane!

 

FastLane was definitely worth it. I highly recommend anyone going to the park purchase it in advance as I don't believe it is being sold at the park.

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It's not too unusual for Diamondback to hold 20 minutes, but it definitely tapers off near the end of the day. It's kind of the exception. It's operations aren't the greatest.

 

I'm glad to hear a review of a giga from a snobless point of view. I don't know how you could help but to share the same opinion. Although, I hope you enjoyed my "13 feet/ounces" shy trolling on facebook.

 

If/when you go back, go for the Haunt and get Fright Lane/Fast Lane combo. You'll thank me.

 

Glad you had a good time. We love KI.

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Mystic was up and down constantly Sunday morning. It had a ton of issues so that explains that. We went over there twice and struck out before we finally got on. Thankfully once they got it running early in the afternoon it ran like a dream for the rest of the day.

 

I'm glad to hear a review of a giga where I don't know how you could help but to share the same opinion. Although, I hope you enjoyed my "13 feet/ounces" shy trolling on facebook.

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Cincinnati is a beer drinkin town so no doubt KI has 2 great beer gardens! The one next to Diamondback is no doubt awesome, and the bartender that was working the 2x I went in July was such so great - giving samples, small talk, suggestions etc. Glad you guys had a great visit again!

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Glad you enjoyed it. We loved Orion too, and since our home park hasn't had a new coaster in a long time and has no hyper, much less a giga.....I cannot understand the complaining that occurred. Show a little gratitude, we happily drive the 6 hours one way at least once a year to visit. Coasterstock usually hits on my son's birthday and since it was cancelled this year to the virus that shall not be named we missed out on those night rides this year. Although we were happy to at least get a daytime visit in the last week of July. Coasterstock was one of the most fun events I've ever been too, albeit brutal at 16 hours two days in a row.

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I feel that KI is one of the 'most improved over the last 15 years' parks in the US. I remember dreading going there. No shade, long lines, crap rides, terrible food, etc. Cedar Fair actually really seemed to make a positive difference which I wouldn't have given them the credit for early on. I actually like the park too now!

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I really need to get back to KI one of these years. The last time I went was one of those dystopian years after Son of Beast had the loop removed and the best coaster in the park was probably Flight of Fear or Firehawk. I spent more time in the waterpark than the dry park. Now the park looks to have a lineup that might be top 3 in the nation.

 

Even more dystopian was during that same trip, I visited SFKK 2 weeks after the Superman Tower accident. I've never seen less people in a park on a sunny summer day.

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^^Speaking of Flight of Fear, you just reminded me that I forgot to mention how much I love how they revitalized Flight of Fear when they added Orion.

 

They added more theming to the outside of the building and some cool lighting, they added an outdoor overflow queue (was that Firehawk's queue?) they put up walls on the entrance area to make it look better and all of the effects and theming looked to be in great shape.

 

I'm a big fan of those rides and it's nice to see that this one is so well-taken-care-of.

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Back in Cincy for these last two Saturday Night opportunities at KI! Anyone else going feel free to reach out.

 

It's been 85* here recently and the forecast looks like it's going to stay that way through the weekend. Likely gonna be another busy couple days as locals are getting the most out of their pass and people are coming in from out of state.

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Was there ever a bathroom back by Flight of Fear/Firehawk before they made it Area 72? I was surprised how there was no bathroom back there in my recent visit and I think the closest ones were over by Windseeker or Adventure Express.

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The last time I went was one of those dystopian years after Son of Beast had the loop removed and the best coaster in the park was probably Flight of Fear or Firehawk..

 

Was Beast closed for some reason while you were there?

 

Was there ever a bathroom back by Flight of Fear/Firehawk before they made it Area 72? I was surprised how there was no bathroom back there in my recent visit and I think the closest ones were over by Windseeker or Adventure Express.

 

Nope. Same issue at Kings Dominion surprisingly; the nearest bathrooms to their FoF/i305 area is buried up in the middle of Safari Village.

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KI is one of the parks I need to get back to most (I was supposed to this summer, but you know...). My last visit was in 2015 and I liked the park atmosphere, but found the coaster lineup slightly underwhelming since it lacked what I would consider a true headliner. Diamondback, Banshee, and Beast all came up just short of that for me. From the looks of it, atmosphere and especially f&b have improved even more and Orion or Mystic Timbers could be that halo coaster I've been waiting for.

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Was there ever a bathroom back by Flight of Fear/Firehawk before they made it Area 72? I was surprised how there was no bathroom back there in my recent visit and I think the closest ones were over by Windseeker or Adventure Express.

 

Nope. Same issue at Kings Dominion surprisingly; the nearest bathrooms to their FoF/i305 area is buried up in the middle of Safari Village.

 

Ok thanks. Honestly Kings Island has improved so much my only issue with that park is a lack of bathrooms.

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Was Beast closed for some reason while you were there?

 

Haha actually I'd never seen a POV before I first rode it and I didn't know anything about the layout other than what you can see in pictures. I still remember halfway through my first ride thinking how it was the dumbest thing I'd ever ridden, especially considering the hype. After a couple more rides and a magical front seat night ride it grew on me a bit. But yeah...when I first saw 2/3rds of the layout was just long straightaways through the woods it was a WTF moment for sure lol.

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I feel like the more coasters I ride the more I appreciate coasters that are just flat-out-weird and the Beast is flat-out-weird. Also, all of the hype is real for the night rides.

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