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

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Pretty sure it's been talked about somewhere one here, but we can officially add Racer to the list of rides being painted this off-season:

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2022/march/bringing-back-original-color-scheme-on-the-racer

Looks pretty snazzy to me! Was kinda hoping they'd bring back the backwards train though, now that sounds fun!

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Fun interesting updates to the Beast, but will it be finished before the quickly upcoming opening date? Tbh take as long as you need. 

Idk why but I'm not loving the old school paint scheme. Perhaps because so few besides the Bradeys see the Racer that way? I'd love to bring back backwards. Oh well, just keep it smooth. The Adventure Express refresh needs to be talked about more, honestly. 

What ever happened to the disastrous Camp Cedar?  Has anyone stayed there or booked a reservation yet?

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Kings Island is a fine example of what a corporate park can be. They do so many little things such as upkeeping iconic attractions like Beast, Racer, and Carrousel, while adding or restoring minor touches most corporate parks wouldn't care to do.

Kings Island really cashes in on nostalgia, even with such minor details as hidden easter eggs in Mystic Timbers' shed, the SOB eternal flame in Banshee's queue, and going as far as repainting and renaming Flight Deck to The Bat. Not only that, but the park sells these things from a marketing and PR standpoint so well. Cedar Point is removing old attractions and replacing them with mediocre food venues, while Kings Island finds huge success just by adding what would typically be an outdated attraction like the Antique Cars.

Despite the mega-park Magic Mountain, I still believe Six Flags Fiesta Texas is a strong contender for best park in the Six Flags chain. Likewise, as far as Kings Island goes with Cedar Point in Cedar Fair's line-up, I think Kings Island is the best single day park in the chain, if not one of the best in North America. 

I can't say enough good things about Kings Island. I'm glad I'm within six hours of it.

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Beast will be longer and steeper.

https://www.wlwt.com/amp/article/cincinnati-kings-islands-the-beast-to-break-own-records/39581555

When the Mason amusement park opens in May, The Beast will move from a 7,359 ft. coaster to a 7,361 ft. ride due to offseason re-tracking and reprofiling work, including the addition of a steeper drop, from 45 degrees to 53 degrees.

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We knew the angle difference, but good to know those extra two feet help it keep its record LOL.

The big question:  Does this count as a new credit? :lmao:

Edit:  On another note, they've announced the Early Entry ride lineup for this year.

April 16 - May 27
Banshee
Delirium
Drop Tower
Boo Blasters
Great Pumpkin Coaster

May 28 - July 31
Orion
Racer
Dodgem School
Woodstock Express
Woodstock Whirlybirds

August 1 - October 30
Diamondback
Mystic Timbers
Flying Ace Aerial Chase
Snoopy's Space Buggies
Woodstock Gliders (Flyers!)

Soak City (May 28 - September 5)
Mondo Monsoon (funnel slide)
Pipeline Paradise (surfing simulator)
Splash Landing
Tidal Wave Bay

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On 3/29/2022 at 10:42 PM, PKI Jizzman said:

Idk why but I'm not loving the old school paint scheme. Perhaps because so few besides the Bradeys see the Racer that way?

I don't usually editorialize on this site but...red, white, and blue was what The Racer was painted for for 20 seasons. It was hardly just the Brady Bunch that saw the ride in that state.

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19 hours ago, RideThroughTime said:

I don't usually editorialize on this site but...red, white, and blue was what The Racer was painted for for 20 seasons. It was hardly just the Brady Bunch that saw the ride in that state.

Ayy he is human after all! I'm just kidding, kid. I just find the Americana theme tacky these days. But yay for fresh paint.

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44 minutes ago, Haymaker said:

Why?

It looks nice standalone like at the original Americana or Coney Island Cincy but when it's against the rest of the modern park with Orion looming, a huge 300ft swing, and Stunt spewing fire across the midway it feels like a contrast. Vortex is gone and that removed a chunk of the ambiance as well with the classic Arrow lift chain, cerchunking trains. 

Oh but I did forget this is the park that does the pledge of allegiance before the gates open every day so take my personal preference with a grain of salt, haha. This fits perfectly. Nevermind. 

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Don’t miss your chance to pick up a signed copy of Kings Island: A Ride Through Time on April 29 at the Kings Island Collections gift shop. From 1-3 p.m., you can get it signed by yours truly, PLUS two amusement park industry leaders: Dennis Speigel, CEO of International Theme Park Services, and Mike Koontz, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Island!

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On 3/31/2022 at 8:40 PM, PKI Jizzman said:

Oh but I did forget this is the park that does the pledge of allegiance before the gates open every day so take my personal preference with a grain of salt, haha. This fits perfectly. Nevermind. 

If by "Pledge of Allegiance" you mean "National Anthem," then yes, as does every Cedar Fair park I've been to.

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^ The exception I found about 8 years ago was Canada's Wonderland. I understand this, but they didn't even have an American flag at the entry way. They had to have at least 15 - 20 different country flags displayed. I asked about it. No intelligent response from anyone there! I said Cedar Fair is a US corporation, and I'm sure at least half of their visitors were from the US. Not sure if that ever got resolved. I hope so.

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1 hour ago, coasternut said:

^ The exception I found about 8 years ago was Canada's Wonderland. I understand this, but they didn't even have an American flag at the entry way. They had to have at least 15 - 20 different country flags displayed. I asked about it. No intelligent response from anyone there! I said Cedar Fair is a US corporation, and I'm sure at least half of their visitors were from the US. Not sure if that ever got resolved. I hope so.

 

Canada's Wonderland does play the Canadian National Anthem around the time the park does open, but it may not always be heard depending on noise and if the speakers at the front gate are working properly. The flags displayed on the entrance represent the 13 provinces and territories in Canada. The other flags at the entrance to the Grande World Exposition of 1890 section off of International Street are replica flags of countries from a long time ago based on the ones that attended World Expositions around that time.

Sure, the park could erect an American flag, but they never have in the 41 years of operation despite being owned by American companies throughout its whole existence. Many people know it is and has always been American owned, so having a flag or not having a flag makes no real difference in my opinion. :)

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4 hours ago, coasternut said:

I'm sure at least half of their visitors were from the US.

So a park in another country, not even at the edge of the border, near a major Canadian city, sees more foreign visitors than Canadians? Curious where you got that stat from... -- anyways, yeah, what Johnlloyd said.

Anyways... back to Kings Island... and editing my post...

Edited by anonymouscactus
Oops... all berries! And wrong thread!
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9 hours ago, Mike240SX said:

If by "Pledge of Allegiance" you mean "National Anthem," then yes, as does every Cedar Fair park I've been to.

Herschend parks as well. Love it.

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