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Yes, you want FL+.  If you can think of any other questions let me know.

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7 hours ago, thisdougsforu said:

I'm going to visit KI for the first time ever on Friday and I'm excited. From reading through this thread it looks like the ride pass+ is gonna be the absolute way to go. I'd ask for tips, but reading the last few pages and excellent trip reports has given me what I think I need, so thank you all for that.

Get your Fastlane plus wrist band and proceed immediately to The Bat. It doesn't have Fastlane Plus. After that, take the park at your own pace. Enjoy visiting the best one-day park in the country. (Maybe 2nd to Worlds of Fun, right?)

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I cansecond that. We had one day with FL+ and rode everything as much as we wanted, plus having a nice sitdown lunch, had time to stroll through the park  and enough spare time for all the smaller rides we would have skipped because we stood in lines.

We had an All-In-One-Ticket with food, drinks, FL+, parking and more perks. It was definitely worth it as we had not to worry about anything with a reasonable price.

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23 hours ago, Pedrinho said:

We had an All-In-One-Ticket with food, drinks, FL+, parking and more perks. It was definitely worth it as we had not to worry about anything with a reasonable price.

Gonna sound like some PR rep saying this, but I genuinely think that All Inclusive package is a really good move from KI for folks wanting to get the most out of one day at the park. Guaranteeing a worry-free visit to a park in just one purchase is always a good move in my book. Glad to hear it worked out so well for your group!

On 7/11/2022 at 4:20 PM, thisdougsforu said:

I'm going to visit KI for the first time ever on Friday and I'm excited. From reading through this thread it looks like the ride pass+ is gonna be the absolute way to go. I'd ask for tips, but reading the last few pages and excellent trip reports has given me what I think I need, so thank you all for that.

If you can budget it in, I'd recommend it too.

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4 hours ago, Midgetman82 said:

Gonna sound like some PR rep saying this, but I genuinely think that All Inclusive package is a really good move from KI for folks wanting to get the most out of one day at the park. Guaranteeing a worry-free visit to a park in just one purchase is always a good move in my book. Glad to hear it worked out so well for your group!

Funny. This was the very reason we booked it. At first, we didn't really sum up the single prices. We we're on our first US vacation and knew that we had one spare day between DC and a NASCAR race in Kentucky. KI was on the way and we just wanted to get sure to get everything done, not to worry about food and drinks and parking. As the price for the AIO ticket was just a bit over entrance and FL+, we knew that parking, food, drinks and pics were basically for free.
I'm not sure how the price difference would be as of today, but if the AIO ticket is still a thing, I would highly recommend to do the math and evaluate.

EDIT: Just checked. AIO is not available at all days - but when it is, it's still a valid option. You get admission (50 $), FL+ (95 $) and preferred parking (35 $) for 199 $. So you eat and drink almost for free all day and get Funpics. I would consider that every day just for having not to worrs about anything. Not the big steal we had back in the days, but still good. Also, there is something like a VIP lounge. I don't know what that is.

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They have a $5 spin the wheel game now for Front of the Line passes.  Spin and land on a ride.  Players choice, Orion, Banshee, Monster, etc. I like this idea for some reason.

 

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7 minutes ago, tndank said:

They have a $5 spin the wheel game now for Front of the Line passes.  Spin and land on a ride.  Players choice, Orion, Banshee, Monster, etc. I like this idea for some reason.

 

Yeah, they had that out near Tom + Chee and Diamondback's entrance during my visit back over Memorial Day.  I didn't see it anywhere during my most recent trip over 4th of July.  Glad to hear its back.

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15 hours ago, tndank said:

They have a $5 spin the wheel game now for Front of the Line passes.  Spin and land on a ride.  Players choice, Orion, Banshee, Monster, etc. I like this idea for some reason.

 

They first brought that out in 2009 for Diamondback's opening year and it lingered and bounced to Firehawk, fun to hear it's back around. It's the only game where you win something of value lol

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Hey guys, visiting KI (cedar point) for the first by the end of august. We’ll be visiting sunday 21st and have budgeted for fast lane. I was just wondering if groupers grant seat requests at rides here (&at cedar point)? Or are they kinda strict on this policy?

Are they’re also any healthy snack option in the park? really can’t wait to visit (& perhaps post a small TR :)

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1 hour ago, gardyloo! said:

Hey guys, visiting KI (cedar point) for the first by the end of august. We’ll be visiting sunday 21st and have budgeted for fast lane. I was just wondering if groupers grant seat requests at rides here (&at cedar point)? Or are they kinda strict on this policy?

They were very accommodating when I was there, they did make me wait a little bit off to the side one time so as to avoid having too many people in the station, but other than that they were great about it.

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Made a trip out to the park on Friday and yesterday, and FL+ was a definitely life saver.  Yesterday was packed, and I was expecting to even have some waits even in the FL line, but I don't think there were any instances of more than 10 or so people in front of us, despite the amount of people in the park.  Most of the time we either walked right up to the station or were only behind 2 or 3 others.  It even came in handy in the waterpark on the handful of slides you can use it.  Speaking of the waterpark though, they desperately need to expand Soak City, even if that meant doing a fairly large expansion and making it separately-ticketed like Cedar Point.  That park wasn't large enough for the amount of people in it yesterday, and I imagine most weekends in the summer are similar.  But that's really the only concern from this trip, as KI is an awesome park that definitely takes pride in providing their guests with a great experience overall, and they definitely went way above and beyond with all the 50th touches and offerings.  I just would hate to be a ride op for the Beast around when they suspend operations for the fireworks.  There was some hostility going on both nights, and I imagine a lot of other nights too, when the grouper pulls from one line and not the other for the last ride before stopping operations for an hour.

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Went Friday for my first ever visit. My GF and I got the FL+ passes as recommended and it was an amazing time. Rarely had any waits for anything got a ton of rides on everything.

Diamondback and Banshee were both amazing, but damn do I love Orion. It's only the second gigacoaster I've ever ridden (Fury back in 2019 being the other) and while it's a shorter ride, I feel like it's all killer and no filler. Some of those pops of air are VERY aggressive pops where it felt like it was really trying to buck me off. Of course, Diamondback has a lot of that too. I feel like Diamondback is probably the better overall coaster but Orion hits a couple points higher, just not as many. 

Banshee is easily the most intense inverted coaster i've ever been on. Loved it. 

Mystic Timbers and Flight of Fear were both a lot of fun. Racer was better than I thought it would be too!

I started the day on Beast and it was fun (shockingly smooth!) and then the ending hit, and that spiral down is freaking crazy.  Got to end the night with a night ride on Beast, and wow is that insane. That was basically the perfect wooden coaster experience. Felt like I was going to fly off and die in the woods, haha. Seriously though, Beast is incredible at night. 

I don't have the experience that some of the folks here do, but KI has the perfect mix of coasters. The big giga with an insane first drop, the hyper that's an airtime machine, the invert that will not let you breathe, and then some nice woodies to boot, including the Beast which is now my favorite woodie.

Love KI, a great park! Totally recommend the FL+. Worth every penny. Doing that many rides in a day had us feeling it the next day though!

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Pardon the double post here, but I've had a few days to process things and wanted to follow up with additional thoughts on Orion, because good grief do I love that roller coaster. 

Orion is a great example of how location/theming matters so much. The fact that it's sitting all by itself in the back of the park, above the woods, really lends to the terror/adrenaline of the lift hill and sense of speed. Before Orion, Fury 325 has been my favorite coaster and while I think Fury 325 is probably a better overall ride, I think I enjoy Orion more due to the sense of speed and isolation of where it's located versus Fury being basically in a parking lot setting. Being on that lift hill on Orion and having to look in the distance to see Diamondback, it aids to the scale of the hill. And then yeah, that first drop and soaring over treetops immediately after is insane. You feel like you are going to be shot off into the woods. 

Anyways, Orion rules. For a musical analogy, I view Orion as a band playing an absolutely killer short set. Yeah, it may not be a longer 2 hourish show thats totally comprehensive like a lot of bands play, but it rocks your face and kicks yours ass in the time it has with you.

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On 7/20/2022 at 9:50 AM, thisdougsforu said:

Fury being basically in a parking lot setting.

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Yeah, sucks when coasters beautifully interact with park entrances displayed in well maintained grassy areas where everyone can see them.

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These are two world class rides and I feel like yeah, a strength of Orion is the setting. I very much enjoyed buzzing tree tops and the sense of speed and enjoyment it gave me versus looking out over a parking lot. That was meant to be a compliment to Orion versus smack talking of Fury. 

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OK enthusiast community, I admit I tend to take much of what is said with a dose of skepticism, but just had a front row night ride on Beast and for once the hype was 100% valid. That was shockingly awesome. Which was a nice cap to the day, I think I’ll include KI in all my Ohio trips now. Wonderful park with some good  rides. Was surprised how good Orion is and Mystic Timbers is just damn fantastic. Pretty great day. 

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Having recently had my first ever night ride on it as well, I would agree. One of the few things where the hype was actually not only justified, but I thought it exceeded it. Best wooden coaster experience I've ever had. 

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Just think, only a few more years before we all complain about rough rides on The Beast and say it needs retracking.  Then, a couple shameless fanboys will mention RMC, and the other shameless fanboys will scorn them and call for justice. Others will compromise and suggest whatever X company came out with their newest topper track at IAPPA should work on The Beast, but keep the layout the same.

Ten years of mixed roughness reviews later, The Beast will get some new track work, flaunt a couple degrees added to a banking turn on social media, and we'll all be talking about how it's the best ride ever for one whole season. People will come from near and far to ride it. (Kentucky)

Until... the cancer returns with one comment similar to: "Man, all of my rides on The Beast last season were 'epic zen rides' during the Coaster Smash Bash Marathon Buffet Trivia Back Stage Scavenger Social ERT Awkward Fest 4th Anniversary Event, but this time I sat in row 25, seat 14, far left side, and it was brutal."

Long live the endless cycle of the wooden coaster.

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On 7/25/2022 at 9:19 AM, thisdougsforu said:

Having recently had my first ever night ride on it as well, I would agree. One of the few things where the hype was actually not only justified, but I thought it exceeded it. Best wooden coaster experience I've ever had. 

Same, though to be fair my expectations were kinda low, I really expected it to be meh at night or at the least not worth the effort it took to achieve but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact while waiting I had TPR up and was ready to post "enthusiasts have done it again" in grossly overhyping something and doing sheeple stuff but yup: For once the community at large did not disappoint! Like parts where it felt like a crawl in the afternoon were hauling major ass.  Not my personal best, for that you need Voyage at night (and with the MCBR turned off) if you really want some epic shit.  But that's for another thread. 

And overall I did have a good day. Perhaps it was the brutal July heat but I found Diamonback and esp Orion better than previously. The ops were still fantastic and for such a big park still maintains some nice feel. All in all a wonderful time. 

 

 

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