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Headed to the park tomorrow.  Can't remember seeing it but are they shutting down ride lines really early like some other parks?

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17 hours ago, PKI Jizzman said:

You can buy fast lane online the day of, IF it's not already sold out. Passholder weekend I bought it online when I pulled up a mile back in the car line. 

You can only buy FL online/on app. You pick it up once you enter the park on the left. 

 

I think today was more so people getting an extended holiday weekend, but who knows. To be fair FL+ was only $75 and FL was $60. Pretty cheap, I think it's usually around $90.

Fast lane waits are 10 min or less, Mike can detail that. FoF is just the longest due to capacity and the merge line is at the space ship. 

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13 hours ago, Zand said:

I definitely want to come back soon, maybe in October with FP booked so I can get lots of night rides.

Highly recommend this. I went in October 2019 and had one of the best days I've ever had at any park. Watch out for deals though, they had a great deal that included FL+ that was only valid Friday and Sunday, and Saturday was a much better day with FL+ despite a much more crowded park.

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Add me to the list of KI fans, I liked it better than CP too. We went in a Friday Haunt night and it was on of the best park atmospheres I experienced, up there with Disney's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Btw, @Zand... Bat would be trekking halfway to Michigan, not Kentucky 😂

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I prefer Cedar Point.  

But, I prefer the ease that Kings Island offers most days.  It's hard at CP to have a day of mostly walk-ons with FL.  Rarely a problem at Kings Island.

The Haunt nights with FLs are great at KI.  Not cheap, but a ton of fun.

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Pretty awesome day so far! Started with a walk on front row ride on Adventure Express and walk on back seat ride on Racer. From Racer I saw a grand total of 8 people on a train on Orion! Good two back seat rides there in 15 mins! Now in line for Flight of Fear (might be the only line of the day, but its only to the UFO). Rain has been steady but light, but everything is running as far as I can tell! Should get plenty of riding and beer drinking in today!

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FL+ at KI is so easy to use and I've never waited more than 10 minutes having it.  Really wish CP would get their act together and make it as convenient as it is at KI.

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2 hours ago, jarmor said:

Headed to the park tomorrow.  Can't remember seeing it but are they shutting down ride lines really early like some other parks?

Nope.

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3 hours ago, prozach626 said:

Is it just me, or has Kings Island become the shining star in Cedar Fair's Line-up? As far as resorts go, Great Wolf Lodge may not be Breakers, but it's right next door. Or, there are plenty of hotels nearby.

I totally agree! They care about the customer experience. Cedar Point just doesn't care anymore. They demonstrate this on a daily basis. They've lost the definition of CUSTOMER SERVICE. Not the case at Kings Island. I really love that place.🤪

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Line for Flight of Fear ended up being 10 minutes (including a quick breakdown that involved sending a test train) and typical good but slightly rough ride. Had lunch at the Brewhaus which, to be objective, isn't nearly as good as the one at BGW but still nice to get out of the rain and grab some beers. Had the Blue Ice Cream beer which was very sweet but pretty good.

Spent the next 45 minutes in Action Zone. Delirium was coming to a stop as I walked by so I hopped on. Giant frisbees are always excellent, but getting a rare ride with no wait is even better. Went over to Banshee next and the gates were open when I got to the station, so hopped in back. Ride back there didn't feel quite as powerful, kinda felt Alpengeist-esque. More graceful through the elements. Still amazing. Headed back to the Bat, which unfortunately was pulling away and only running 1 train, so I had to wait a WHOLE THREE MINUTES for a back seat ride. Oh the horror!😆 It seemed even wilder in back, especially having to ride with eyes closed because the rain was dropping off the wheel assemblies right into my face. As I walked back up, Drop Tower was on its way up so I got right on the next load. Restraints locked, all clear, hold, "Drop Tower is currently down for technical reasons." Kind of a bummer, but instead got another front seat ride on Banshee which WAS as great as last night. What a masterpiece.

Headed up the Eiffel Tower which had a nice breeze and rain in the face at the top. Quickly took some pics and headed back down. After a 3 train wait (my 2nd longest wait of the day) I hit Stunt Coaster which is always a good time.

Made my way back to the Beast and first rode in row 17. Pretty wild and man is that helix crazy. Went back around and got a walk on SOLO front row ride. On the Beast of all rides, what a zenful moment. What wasn't zenful was that the rain picked back up, so had to get a "night ride" with my eyes closed the whole way! Empty train kinda meandered but still a lot of fun.

Hit 2 walk on rides on Mystic Timbers. This thing just blows me away. This may be a sin on this site, but I think it's better and has more airtime than Phoenix. Don't @ me. 😂

Currently at Miami River Brewhouse enjoying a Giga Coaster beer and a giant pretzel. Unfortunately down to the last few hours of the trip.

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Mystic Timbers is great, was my fav ride there and we'll see if it remains so after Orion, though it wouldn't surprise me. Sounds like it was a good time and dang now I HAVE to try the blue ice cream beer lol Also seems like crowds were no issue which gives me hope but also guessing rain kept people away. 

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I found Jesus. He was reincarnated as the front row of Diamondback. This thing is 100% a front row coaster and holy hell do those camelbacks produce up there. Rode it 4 times in the front, getting pelted by the rain and loving every second of it. Went in the back once just to make sure I wasn't hallucinating and yeah...it isn't half the ride back there that is in front. Sorry Banshee, your stay as the #1 coaster ar Kings Island only lasted 24 hours or so.

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Add me to the list of people that think KI is the real star of Ohio. Yes I love CP too, but so much of that park is just a bland concrete jungle it feels like. Plus the crowds have always been more manageable at KI compared to CP and my days at KI in 2011 had the best operations I have EVER seen at a park. Here's a pic from that trip of Diamondback where one train is heading into the splashdown and the train behind it is cresting the lift. Sad is seems like recent CF training will prevent this from happening again. 

 

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Remember when we all thought theme parks might be doomed by COVID? It is fantastic to see all the people flocking back to parks like Kings Island. Great reports all, thank you!

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I actually said the same thing, about KI being the better park, to a lot of people I met and engaged in conversation with in lines at both CP and KI.  I'd mention how many parks I've been to (nerd alert, I know), and every time, they'd ask "What's your favorite?"  Without hesitation, each time I'd say "Kings Island...while Cedar Point may have some insane coasters, and a fifth of my Top 25, their operations, employee attitude, and food service (both in quality and to my preferences) are generally horrible.  Kings Island delivers *everything* I look for in a park."

Oh, I guess CP's better on smoking zones too (there are four, since you can exit any gate and re-enter) haha.

Honestly, if they sent Maverick down to Mason, Kings Island would have the one thing I think it's sorely missing (a nutty Intamin), and Cedar Point would become a once-every-few-years trip for me. Kings Island will, for the foreseeable future, be a multiple-trips-a-year park.

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3 hours ago, Zand said:

I found Jesus. He was reincarnated as the front row of Diamondback. This thing is 100% a front row coaster and holy hell do those camelbacks produce up there. 

I found Apollo's Chariot to be the same way. I sat in the back the first time and it was good, second ride in the front row was amazing. Intamin's seem to be back row coasters, B&M's front row. 

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6 minutes ago, Haymaker said:

I found Apollo's Chariot to be the same way. I sat in the back the first time and it was good, second ride in the front row was amazing. Intamin's seem to be back row coasters, B&M's front row. 

I've always ridden Apollo in the back because of the first drop. Always enjoyed the whole ride back there, but will have to give the front a try next time.

On the other hand, Diamondback went from IMO the most mediocre B&M hyper in the backseat to *possibly* ahead of Nitro in the front. It feels like it wants to launch you to the moon on all the camelbacks before the MCBR.

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Row 2 is my favorite on Diamondback since you hang over the edge! It's excellent in the front, middle (row 6 or 10) and back, but that's where you feel the rattle. It's a ton of fun to reach behind and touch the water spouts on a hot day too!

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3 hours ago, dankeykang said:

Pro tip: visit your home park when the morning forecast shows storms all day. It never storms all day. Walk-ons everywhere today. 

Mason can be its own little weather bubble. Always breezy and a flat plateu before it gets a little hilly/uphill 71.

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Ahh gotcha.  Yeah there were a few brief weather delays today but the radar guy did a really good job clearing rides to reopen as soon as things started to lighten up.  Getting on all the major coasters plus the drop tower only took about 3 hours (no Fast Lane).

Operations today were some of the best I've ever seen, even by Kings Island's lofty standards.  All the praise this place has gotten recently is 100% warranted.  

 

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15 hours ago, dankeykang said:

Operations today were some of the best I've ever seen, even by Kings Island's lofty standards.  All the praise this place has gotten recently is 100% warranted.  

 

I meant to touch on,this a couple days ago...the ops were really cranking out trains both on busy Tuesday and rainy Wednesday. But what struck me as odd is Banshee, Mystic Timbers, and Orion all running with 3 trains despite not having MCBRs. Despite the great ops, that 3rd train always ended up back at the brakes right as the 1st train was leaving or even got stacked a bit just to sit again once it moved up. There were a few times Banshee at least had a train starting up the lift when the one on the course returned, but I never saw Orion or Mystic Timbers not stack that 3rd train because the rides are simply too short.

Enjoyed the Beast crew, especially the ride op cracking corny jokes every load cycle. But thought all the crews were fantastic.

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