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P. 829: Adventure Port themed area announced for 2023!

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1 hour ago, CaptainUnknown said:

I'll be visiting the park this weekend Friday, Saturday, and the first couple hours Sunday for the first time. I have FL+ Friday only. With this being the opening weekend of Haunt, how early should I line up to park? Any row recommendations on Adventure Express, junior wooden, and Vekoma Hang n Bangs?

I would get there an hour before the posted opening time to be safe.

The only place for an adult to ride Woodstock Express is the back.  Adventure express, I prefer a middle-row (non-wheel seat) to wards the front, but it really doesn't matter.  Flying Ace...if I'm riding it, which I rarely do, it's in the back.

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55 minutes ago, prozach626 said:

Before entry is denied at 6pm

Maybe front row on Adventure Express, for the view. I would say no rows on the latter, since they're for children.

Nope. . Woodstock Express is a Junior Woodie, not a kiddie coaster.  Same with the Vekoma suspended, it's a Junior.

if you told him don't ride Great Pumpkin Coaster, then I'd agree. . as THAT one *is* a kiddie coaster. . it just does the oval thing, and you can't ride without a child anyways.
(I skip that one at Coasterstock when adults ARE allowed to ride it).

that said?  skip the Vekoma headbang suspended. .it's AWFUL. .even in the front row.

Woodstock Express is decent in any row, tho I prefer 1st or 2nd row.   (adults easily fit in these trains, with buzz bars only). . .it's not as smooth as the ones at KD and Carowinds, but it IS a fun little coaster.

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- while over here in Camp Snoopy tho?  I highly recommend a ride on Woodstock's Whirlybirds - elevated "helicopter" monorail. . it does have a little bit of a dip, and it's powered, so maybe call it a "coaster" ?  the ride vehicles are large, and it gives a nice breeze as well as a lovely view of the area.

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as to Adventure Express?  Love it.. but it can get rickety the further back you sit.    Non-wheel seat (row 2) is probably the best, tho I'd just grit my teeth and do row 1 for the view (as Zach said)

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And as an addendum to Bert's pics.....that was the youngest (though not shortest) of the group riding in the back of Woodstock Express, but everyone in the pic was over 18 and I don't believe that was ert at Coasterstock, I think it was just after regular open. Also, the Whirlybirds are legit because that is a genuine, bona fide smile on a normally expressionless "too cool to smile" 19 year old. Of course it occurred when Mom was not in the vicinity 😝

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How's the Haunt this year? The weather is getting colder and I'm getting excited about our trip later next month. I would imagine the last weekend before Halloween might be pretty busy, but oh well. Binge day 2022.

Why did they get rid of the dude who used to talk shit from the balcony while guests were waiting to enter the park? He was great.

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Going to be swinging through Cincy area Saturday evening.  We have platinum passes and bought Fright Lane. Plan on doing only Haunt stuff.   Have never been to KI Haunt before.  Any tips/ tricks to get the most out of one night I know will be ridiculously busy?  I.E.  Order of houses?  Thanks.

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You have Fright Lane. You'll be able to hit all of them with minimal wait, and time to spare. If anything, just stay on the rides for a couple hours when the Haunt starts. 1) The ride lines will die, because everyone will rush to the haunts. 2) By the time you get to the haunts, you'll have no wait with Fright Lane.

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Near the end of opening night this year, I had a 5 minute wait for Kill Mart and a 0 minute wait for the one in the old Tomb Raider building. Slight rain may have had a hand in that. And on might 2, the lines I saw were short as well at the end of the night.

I went into the event not expecting/really wanting to do the houses due to lines/the fact I've worked better haunts.  The trip was more about the night rides anyways.

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We're going to be there Friday and Saturday. Despite all the visits we have to KI, we've never been there for haunt so looking forward to it. Just decided to have an enjoyable trip so got Frightlanes for Fri night and FL+ for Saturday and therefore no need for complicated ride strategy. Although I did see a report that lines to get into the parking lot can be atrocious. Anyone know if that has been the case for Fri nights? Just trying to decide how early we need to be lined up at the tollbooth or since we have the Frightlanes if we are just as well off to let the initial wave get in and then show up a half hour later.

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The lines are bad after about 5. We've never had any problems during the day. I think the cutoff for entry is 6pm, so if you leave the park, get your ass back by at least 5 to be safe. We cut it close one year, after we left for dinner and beer. Finding a parking spot was also difficult. 

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55 minutes ago, teacherkim said:

We're going to be there Friday and Saturday. Despite all the visits we have to KI, we've never been there for haunt so looking forward to it. Just decided to have an enjoyable trip so got Frightlanes for Fri night and FL+ for Saturday and therefore no need for complicated ride strategy. Although I did see a report that lines to get into the parking lot can be atrocious. Anyone know if that has been the case for Fri nights? Just trying to decide how early we need to be lined up at the tollbooth or since we have the Frightlanes if we are just as well off to let the initial wave get in and then show up a half hour later.

We went on a Friday in 2019 and the traffic was pretty bad to get in. But a lot of it is self inflicted by people playing follow the leader instead of using all available lanes. 

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On 10/2/2022 at 3:03 PM, prozach626 said:

The lines are bad after about 5. We've never had any problems during the day. I think the cutoff for entry is 6pm, so if you leave the park, get your ass back by at least 5 to be safe. We cut it close one year, after we left for dinner and beer. Finding a parking spot was also difficult. 

Good to know, we are mainly planning on doing haunt stuff on Fri night and rides on Sat and will most likely just do a marathon all day on Saturday but will keep this in mind if we decide to take a break.

On 10/2/2022 at 3:47 PM, Haymaker said:

We went on a Friday in 2019 and the traffic was pretty bad to get in. But a lot of it is self inflicted by people playing follow the leader instead of using all available lanes. 

Got it. We're too theme park savvy for that at this point and I went ahead and bought Frightlanes for Fri night so it's probably a moot point other than getting a parking spot. 

 

I'll report back next week.

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On 10/2/2022 at 2:47 PM, Haymaker said:

We went on a Friday in 2019 and the traffic was pretty bad to get in. But a lot of it is self inflicted by people playing follow the leader instead of using all available lanes. 

I can see that. That, and people not really paying attention to the traffic directors feverishly waving people through who leave a ten car gap in between their car and the one in front of them. 

"This guy in the florescent traffic vest and cone is waving at me to go through a single lane. I don't know what to do!"

For anyone who has never directed traffic, consider yourself lucky. A quarter of the driver's don't listen to you when you wave them through to go faster. A quarter of the driver's don't listen to you when you tell them to stop or change directions. The ones who don't change directions hold the line up by stopping, rolling down their windows, and saying, "Can I go through here?"

It's not difficult by any means, but you just have to try to your best to turn your 'give a fucks' off and realize people are just going to do whatever they want to do, no matter what, until they cause an accident. It's frustrating.

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You said it man... at my job ive had people drive up to a sign that says "Use Two Lanes" and move into the lane everyone else is in, while the other one sits empty. 🤦‍♂️ Or ill be waving them over to the empty lane like a madman, theyll start to move over, then cut back. Thats better than the idiots that fly through at 30 mph, ignoring the flashing lights and 5-10 people standing there. 😡

Although my wife is one of "those" people too.. when I moved to a wide open lane at the parking booth at KI she's like "are you sure you can go there, no one else is there?" 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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On 10/5/2022 at 3:28 PM, prozach626 said:

I can see that. That, and people not really paying attention to the traffic directors feverishly waving people through who leave a ten car gap in between their car and the one in front of them. 

"This guy in the florescent traffic vest and cone is waving at me to go through a single lane. I don't know what to do!"

For anyone who has never directed traffic, consider yourself lucky. A quarter of the driver's don't listen to you when you wave them through to go faster. A quarter of the driver's don't listen to you when you tell them to stop or change directions. The ones who don't change directions hold the line up by stopping, rolling down their windows, and saying, "Can I go through here?"

It's not difficult by any means, but you just have to try to your best to turn your 'give a fucks' off and realize people are just going to do whatever they want to do, no matter what, until they cause an accident. It's frustrating.

 I feel this as a traffic engineer too, drivers cause their own traffic, there's only so much you can do herding sheep. See that huge acceleration lane buddy? Why are you stopped at the end of the ramp? Whatever. Get rear-ended.

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https://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/mason/iphone-14-calls-911-when-users-ride-kings-island-roller-coasters

iPhone 14 calls 911 when users ride Kings Island roller coaster

MASON, Ohio — Roller coaster rides are setting off a new Apple crash detection feature launched in September that automatically alerts emergency services.

The Warren County Communications Center has received six calls generated by iPhones while their users were riding a Kings Island coaster, said Melissa Bour, director of Warren County emergency services.

Additional calls were made over the weekend, but Bour said the total number of calls would not be available until Tuesday.

The new feature works on the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watches and is intended to detect severe car crashes.

Sara White, a 39-year-old dentist, told the Wall Street Journal that her iPhone 14 Pro automatically called 911 when she went on Mystic Timbers at Kings Island. The wooden roller coaster is 109 feet tall with top speeds of 53 mph.


“The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash and is not responding to their phone,” an automated voice says in the call to 911, before also providing longitude and latitude coordinates. Screams from others on the ride can be heard in the background of the call, the Journal reported.

Kings Island has not immediately returned a request for comment.

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On 10/10/2022 at 9:20 PM, Haymaker said:

https://www.wcpo.com/news/crime/mason/iphone-14-calls-911-when-users-ride-kings-island-roller-coasters

iPhone 14 calls 911 when users ride Kings Island roller coaster

MASON, Ohio — Roller coaster rides are setting off a new Apple crash detection feature launched in September that automatically alerts emergency services.

The Warren County Communications Center has received six calls generated by iPhones while their users were riding a Kings Island coaster, said Melissa Bour, director of Warren County emergency services.

Additional calls were made over the weekend, but Bour said the total number of calls would not be available until Tuesday.

The new feature works on the new iPhone 14 and Apple Watches and is intended to detect severe car crashes.

Sara White, a 39-year-old dentist, told the Wall Street Journal that her iPhone 14 Pro automatically called 911 when she went on Mystic Timbers at Kings Island. The wooden roller coaster is 109 feet tall with top speeds of 53 mph.


“The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash and is not responding to their phone,” an automated voice says in the call to 911, before also providing longitude and latitude coordinates. Screams from others on the ride can be heard in the background of the call, the Journal reported.

Kings Island has not immediately returned a request for comment.

Saw a few articles on this, apparently has happened at some other parks as well. I mean what happens if you drop the phone, lol? 

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We had a fabulous time at haunt last weekend. No massive line to get in on Friday night but we showed up about 5:40 and they had clearly been letting people in for a while which I think diminished the backup. In my opinion the best themed maze was Killmart but the best scareactors were at Cornered. They were hilarious. Also, the scare zone in that area was done really really well. Rides had a bit of a rough night on Fri. At various points Beast, DB, and Orion were all down and lines were pretty terrible, 1-2 hours. Most of the mazes had at least hour long lines on both Fri and Sat nights as well. We got Frightlanes for Fri night to do mazes and FL+ for Sat to focus on rides and that was perfect as far as maximizing our time. 

Don't miss the pumpkin beignets and apple cider doughnuts.....they were amazing!

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2 minutes ago, teacherkim said:

We had a fabulous time at haunt last weekend. No massive line to get in on Friday night but we showed up about 5:40 and they had clearly been letting people in for a while which I think diminished the backup. In my opinion the best themed maze was Killmart but the best scareactors were at Cornered. They were hilarious. Also, the scare zone in that area was done really really well. Rides had a bit of a rough night on Fri. At various points Beast, DB, and Orion were all down and lines were pretty terrible, 1-2 hours. Most of the mazes had at least hour long lines on both Fri and Sat nights as well. We got Frightlanes for Fri night to do mazes and FL+ for Sat to focus on rides and that was perfect as far as maximizing our time. 

Don't miss the pumpkin beignets and apple cider doughnuts.....they were amazing!

Nice Mini-Report!

CF is really particular about temperatures.  If it was too cold they won't run the coasters, especially the B&Ms.

The weather is looking good (no lower than 50*) for my trip there this weekend, so hopefully I won't run into the same.

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1 hour ago, AmyUD06 said:

Nice Mini-Report!

CF is really particular about temperatures.  If it was too cold they won't run the coasters, especially the B&Ms.

The weather is looking good (no lower than 50*) for my trip there this weekend, so hopefully I won't run into the same.

Thnaks! I don't think it was temps though. Beast was down then up then down on Fri night and it was just as cold on Sat night (down to about 40 by midnight) and everything was up until close.

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^Sure, the set decoration was fun in Kill Mart, but I waited maybe 5 minutes for it on opening night and feel like I wasted my time. Maybe it was just an opening night thing, but I've also worked better haunts.

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On 10/13/2022 at 9:31 PM, prozach626 said:

Killmart has always been great, because of the old school department store vibe.

Pumped for our trip.

Make sure you hit Cornered over by the drop tower. It had the best cast and the best scare zone leading up to it.

On 10/13/2022 at 10:29 PM, CaptainUnknown said:

^Sure, the set decoration was fun in Kill Mart, but I waited maybe 5 minutes for it on opening night and feel like I wasted my time. Maybe it was just an opening night thing, but I've also worked better haunts.

The only maze I felt like was a complete waste of time and totally skippable was Chaos in area 72. More mirrors than actors. Meh.

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