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

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If it's the one I remember, I remember the corn field one being pretty cool. It's usually pretty tough to get startled after I have as many beers as I do during our annual KI shit show Haunt trip, but we'll definitely check out all the mazes, as per usual. But... the kid has RSV, so we're not out of the woods as far as her being too sick for us to leave her, or us getting sick. I also don't want to leave her with our remaining aging parents, since we already lost two this summer due to not being able to breathe....

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1 hour ago, prozach626 said:

If it's the one I remember, I remember the corn field one being pretty cool. It's usually pretty tough to get startled after I have as many beers as I do during our annual KI shit show Haunt trip, but we'll definitely check out all the mazes, as per usual. But... the kid has RSV, so we're not out of the woods as far as her being too sick for us to leave her, or us getting sick. I also don't want to leave her with our remaining aging parents, since we already lost two this summer due to not being able to breathe....

They've moved the Corn maze this year; it's now back behind Drop Tower in the underside of the splash boats ride. Better than years past, since it's more than just a narrow hallway of corn that is doused in way too much flame retardant, but still kinda meh.

My full report from this past weekend is coming soon, but KD on the whole blew KI out of the water this year when it comes to Haunts. 

I hope you're able to swing a trip, though. A bad CF Haunt is still worlds better than any SF Fright Fest. 

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It wasn't so much about the jump scares, although they had a couple good ones and one in particular,(and my son is VERY hard to jump scare) but just that the scareactors did a great job staying in character and interacting with the guests. When we got to the front of the frightlane line they were checking passes a second time (totally understandable as with the long line it would have been very easy for someone to duck under the rope from the regular line) and my son had already tucked his away under his jacket and took him a minute to dig it out and the scareactor was giving him all sorts of crap as befitting the character she was playing about wasting her time and there's people waiting and etc, etc.  We were both laughing about it and it was sort of like that through the whole maze

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1 hour ago, tndank said:

You're too Old to Trick or Treat is a great little show if you make it to Haunt.  Check it out.  It's a funny, stupid game show with a good cast.

 

Yeah it is.  And it's a different game each showing, too, I think.

The NyteWalkers show this year was pleasantly entertaining too.

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Kings Island has sent us a press release announcing the addition of a new themed area, Adventure Port, with two new family rides and updated theming for Adventure Express.

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Adventure will take center stage at Kings Island in 2023 when the amusement park debuts its newest themed area, Adventure Port. Located between Coney Mall and Action Zone, the area will feature two new family rides and enhanced theming for Adventure Express, the park’s mine train family roller coaster.

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Additional improvements include a refresh of Hank’s Mexican Grill which will be renamed to Enrique’s. The current Bier Garten will be transformed into a portside Mercado, a favorite watering hole for tourists and explorers. “What I love about Adventure Port is that we’ve taken parts of the Adventure Express story and built upon it to create this new themed area,” said Mike Koontz, vice president and general manager of Kings Island. “When guests who have been coming to the park for years visit this area for the first time, the story will feel familiar, but it will be told in a whole new way.”

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Adventure Port Backstory
The myths of an ancient civilization, and its mighty city carved out of stone, have lured travelers from around the globe to this bustling port community for more than a century. Resting in the foothills of overgrown mountains and dense tropical terrain, Adventure Port is a hub for explorers searching for an ancient civilization’s forbidden temple and mysterious wonders. If asked, the locals will tell tales of those who came before and vanished. Did they unwittingly disturb ancient spirits and fall victim to an age-old curse?

 

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Adventure Port Rides

  • Sol Spin: This recently discovered mechanism appears to be an immense sun disk created by an ancient civilization. Riders will board open air, suspended passenger vehicles and experience the sensation of flying 60 feet through the air at 25 m.p.h.
  • Cargo Loco: Their methods might be a little dizzying, but the Arrow Cargo Company will get your goods from Point A to Point B...eventually. Riders will board these shipping barrels where they will be able to manually control the speed of their spin with a wheel in the middle of the barrel.
  • Adventure Express: Embark on a treasure hunting mine train expedition in search of a forbidden temple. This family coaster opened in 1991 and features a 63 ft. first drop with speeds up to 35 m.p.h. Enhancements for 2023 include a relocated queue line and additional theming. The ride was repainted in advance of the 2022 season.

The project’s design is being led by JRA, part of the RWS Entertainment Group with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Other contractors on the project include RSL Commercial Architects, Schaefer Engineers, Abercrombie and Associates and SHP Architects.

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The best way to experience Adventure Port is with a with a 2023 Gold Season Pass available now at the lowest price of the year until October 30. The Gold Pass includes unlimited Kings Island visits this year to Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, Halloween Haunt and WinterFest plus every public operating day in 2023.

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I think this is awesome.  Updated theming on Adventure Express alone is great news, but also bringing in two rides similar to ones that were once at the park (Skylab and Der Spinnen Keggers) is icing on the cake.  Looking forward to seeing this in person next year!  

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Adventure Express looked fantastic for its 30th birthday. So excited to see the queue and ride get more love. Yay for more flats in the spot of that old removed slingshot, a huge improvement. Now let's talk about Action Zone..

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It's concept art with a photo-replace background. The artist probably added some color grading on top to fit with the drawn artwork.

No typical guest or website-browser would even notice.

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Looks like a good addition; that part of the park is always kinda dead.

Though I'm not a fan of Endeavors (weird since I love Enterprises) or tea-cups-style rides, they will take crowds from other rides, which is always good.

I am very excited about the changes to Adventure Express.

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Maybe this is me being nitty picky, I love AE but to me the ending has always been kind of anti-climatic, wouldn't mind hering "Now you must die" on a much much taller hill elsewhere on the ride" instead of the very short drop after the crest of the hill.

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If I found a genie in a bottle, my first wish would be to remove the tunnel and animatronics on Adventure Express, not because I dislike it, but only to hear everyone bitch about it being gone. The shed would be my next victim. Finally, I would make Top Thrill Dragster even shorter of a ride.

Sorry world peace.

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This reminds me of what they did to Safari Village at Kings Dominion, when they transformed it into Jungle X-pedition and gave it a backstory (the whole area looks much better now).

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