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3 hours ago, KICoasterkev said:

Seen some videos and pics, people have put up online of the Grand Carousel all renovated, it looks amazing! 

Don't show this to the SFStL thread...according to their fanboys it takes two years to properly renovate a carousel.

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Kings Island just posted an update on Youtube:
 

 

BEAST UPDATE: Track work has been completed on the world's longest wooden roller coaster, and trains have begun cycling. The exact date the ride will open this month has yet to be determined. #KI50

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You can certainly see those trims tugging hard on the drop, maybe it is extra hard for testing, maybe not. Either way that footage looked great! I am considering an Ohio trip with my husband to introduce him to Cedar Point and we would stop at KI as well. Neither of us have been to KI, but the Beast is a ride I have been wanting to ride for years. Glad to see it get some love instead of being torn out or even RMC'd!

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1 hour ago, CP_RULES said:

You can certainly see those trims tugging hard on the drop, maybe it is extra hard for testing, maybe not. Either way that footage looked great! I am considering an Ohio trip with my husband to introduce him to Cedar Point and we would stop at KI as well. Neither of us have been to KI, but the Beast is a ride I have been wanting to ride for years. Glad to see it get some love instead of being torn out or even RMC'd!

I think it's running "sluggish" because it's empty trains.

and tho Beast is certainly a great reason to go to KI, as is Orion? (my 1st trip ever was last year for Coasterstock, and going back again in less than 2 week!). . . . the reason I'd say *absolutely* go to KI?

Mystic Timbers.

it's unbelievable how fantastic it is.  not a bad seat anywhere.

also excellent?   Diamondback (row 2 wing seat).

and very good coasters:  the Bat, Banshee, Racer, Adventure Express, and Flight of Fear (as long as in the front 1/2 of train).

some very good flats there too, including a great flume in "Race for your life Charlie Brown". .that will SOAK you.

 

Highly recommended park, and also highly recommended to get FL+ for it. . . it's on 90% of the rides (coasters and flats), and 95% of them it drops you directly in the station rather than merge further back in the line as it does at CP)

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and they JUST updated an hour ago. . it's opening to the public tomorrow!

UPDATE: After more than six months of retracking work, The Beast is scheduled to re-open to guests on Sunday May 8. The 43-year-old wooden roller coaster -- the longest in the world at 7,361 feet -- has received over 2,000 ft. of replacement track and a steeper first drop.

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The longest wooden roller coaster in the world gets an overhaul within a matter of months, but the carousel at SFSTL is going to take at least three years to complete.

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On 5/7/2022 at 3:32 PM, CP_RULES said:

You can certainly see those trims tugging hard on the drop

Yeah, I noticed that too.  Look everyone!  We made the drop steeper but we put hard trims on it! 

 

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Reading some really great things about The Beast. This is one of the rides that has contributed to my love of roller coasters the most. I am not sure yet if it'll work out for us to make a trip to Kings Island this year. I'm really hoping so.

Looking forward to hearing folks thoughts on how it is running!

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On 5/7/2022 at 5:32 PM, bert425 said:

Highly recommended park, and also highly recommended to get FL+ for it. . . it's on 90% of the rides (coasters and flats), and 95% of them it drops you directly in the station rather than merge further back in the line as it does at CP)

I really really want to go to KI, but now that TTD down for the season at CP has been confirmed I am not sure... My husband is not an enthusiast and only entertains these trips for me. He asked me where I would want to go to include a park too, and Ohio was where I said. I am not sure Cincinnati provides enough of a draw for a whole trip for us. As a non-enthusiast, TTD was a must for him and CP was the icing on the trip.

I also have HUGE doubts about Mystic Timbers based on my Prowler experience. I would go into it with super low expectations, surely it could beat those. 

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TTD is a one trick pony, and I've ridden it maybe 3 times in multiple trips to CP (MF, Maverick, and several others, I greatly prefer to TTD. . hell, I've even ridden Cedar Downs WAY more than TTD. . LOL. . and that's not even a coaster).

Kings Island is amazing, and think it's a better park than CP - especially for a non enthusiast, since they don't have as many "extreme" coasters as CP does. . and most of KI's coaster collection is mid-upper tier thrill, with don't' miss ones such as Orion, Beast, Diamondback, Bat, Banshee, and Mystic Timbers.  I'd throw Adventure Express in there too. . a very fun (and fast) Mine train coaster.   As well as some amazing flats including Boo Blasters on Boo Hill. .which is unlike any other version (think Disney Omnimover like Haunted Mansion, crossed with shooting dark ride).

If I had to choose?   I'd go to KI. .. and yeah, no comparison between Mystic Timbers and any other coaster. . the trains are great (no wheel seats, so wherever you sit, it's smooth). . .love that one.

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they've posted multiple updates on their YouTube page:
 

 

 

. . . they didn't redesign the ride, it's the same layout, so not really any rush to put out another POV, is there?

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besides, this is one of my favorites at the park. . .talk about a fast and fun mine train. . and that final lift hill!
 

 

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I've heard good things about the Beast so far. Sounds like the biggest difference is the long covered straightaway section's trims have been reworked or redone and don't pull as hard. Then there's maybe a bunny hill added before entering the second tunnel/first helix and the ride really maintains speed from there, hurling around those 3 right turns and firing up the 2nd lift high before the chain catches you some say it's reminded them of the 80s. Sooo it could be overhype or just great news that it's running better than ever. 

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15 hours ago, CP_RULES said:

I really really want to go to KI, but now that TTD down for the season at CP has been confirmed I am not sure... My husband is not an enthusiast and only entertains these trips for me. He asked me where I would want to go to include a park too, and Ohio was where I said. I am not sure Cincinnati provides enough of a draw for a whole trip for us. As a non-enthusiast, TTD was a must for him and CP was the icing on the trip.

I also have HUGE doubts about Mystic Timbers based on my Prowler experience. I would go into it with super low expectations, surely it could beat those. 

Its not just Cincinnati, youre 2 hours from Louisville (Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum) and Kentucky Kingdom and one hour from Lexington if the Ark Encounter is something that interests you. Theres also a Great Wolf Lodge next door to KI. 

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^Yea call me different I guess. Horse racing is a laughable tradition, baseball is boring, KK closed for a reason, I don’t know what an ark encounter is but sounds terribly religious, and we have a Great Wolf here in KC I have proudly never been to. 
 

TTD is a one trick pony but it is one of those experiences that stays with you for a lifetime. Like seeing the Grand Canyon or skydiving. We will go to KI someday, but I don’t think this year is the one.

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Churchill Downs as a facility is what I was suggesting, not a horse race, you wont see a baseball game at the Louisville Slugger museum, KK still has a roller coasters and you are correct about the Ark Encounter. Next time ill try and cater my suggestions to your unknown tastes. Id suggest hitting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail but I assume you dont like that either. 

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4 hours ago, CP_RULES said:

^Yea call me different I guess. Horse racing is a laughable tradition, baseball is boring, KK closed for a reason, I don’t know what an ark encounter is but sounds terribly religious, and we have a Great Wolf here in KC I have proudly never been to. 

Well at least you're not opinionated.

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^
Personally I thought it was interesting and wish I could have spent more time reading and looking at things, but my children wanted to get through quickly to get to the zoo section and the playground.
I understand why some people would have no interest at all in the Ark Encounter, but I'm a Christian and it was designed for my demographic, so I can understand why people would be really interested in it and why some people would have no interest at all.
Hard to know from a forum what people would be interested in, but it is a thing between Kings Island and Kentucky Kingdom that some people may be interested in.  If you're not that's fine, you can always just drive right past that exit and that's fine too.

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On 5/12/2022 at 10:18 PM, Haymaker said:

Churchill Downs as a facility is what I was suggesting, not a horse race, you wont see a baseball game at the Louisville Slugger museum, KK still has a roller coasters and you are correct about the Ark Encounter. Next time ill try and cater my suggestions to your unknown tastes. Id suggest hitting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail but I assume you dont like that either. 

What does one do at a facility for horse racing when a horse race is not happening? The Louisville Slugger Museum certainly won't hold a baseball game, but I doubt a museum about baseball [bats] is going to be exciting for someone who doesn't like baseball. Going to KK would add another park chain and would void the benefit of the double Cedar Fair parks with season passes (not to mention I can get my home park out of that too... not that that is much of a benefit). The Bourbon Trail is more up my alley. Like I said, call me different, but I don't recall asking for anyone's opinion.

On 5/12/2022 at 11:02 PM, prozach626 said:

Well at least you're not opinionated.

My therapist prefers to call it sassy. 😘

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On 5/10/2022 at 4:22 PM, CP_RULES said:

I really really want to go to KI, but now that TTD down for the season at CP has been confirmed I am not sure. As a non-enthusiast, TTD was a must for him and CP was the icing on the trip.

I also have HUGE doubts about Mystic Timbers based on my Prowler experience. I would go into it with super low expectations, surely it could beat those. 

On 5/7/2022 at 3:32 PM, CP_RULES said:

I am considering an Ohio trip with my husband to introduce him to Cedar Point and we would stop at KI as well. Neither of us have been to KI, but the Beast is a ride I have been wanting to ride for years. Glad to see it get some love instead of being torn out or even RMC'd!

I love TTD and it sucks that it's closed for the season. I would understand wanting to put off the visit, but you still got MF, Maverick, and SV. SV is worth the visit alone. I'm sure your husband will still have fun want want to go back.

KI is my second favorite park behind CP. KI has a good coaster collection, good operations, and is aesthetically pleasing. It's definitely worth a visit.

Mystic Timbers is great and it's one of my favorite wooden coasters. It feels much faster than it is, strong laterals, nice pops of air, and smooth. Really good during the day and even better at night. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

I love The Beast. It's one of my favorite wooden coasters and my favorite at KI. It's more about speed and feeling out of control. Not much airtime to speak of. The helix is one of my favorite moments on a coaster and is lateral bliss. The Beast is a better experience at night and it's my favorite night ride. I would say go in with moderate expectations.

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On 4/30/2022 at 10:19 PM, Mike240SX said:

Don't show this to the SFStL thread...according to their fanboys it takes two years to properly renovate a carousel.

 

On 5/1/2022 at 9:38 PM, prozach626 said:

You beat me to it. It's cool that ours will take three years, which is somehow totally acceptable among our enthusiasts.

You are both more than intelligent enough to know that the KI carousel was much better maintained, did not need the TOTAL "down to the studs" refurb as the SFSTL carousel, and that the situations are no where near the same thing. Joking or not, stop stirring the pot.

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