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I loved the ride. I almost didn't get to ride, I was in my seat and the restraint didn't go down far enough for the sensor. I moved back farther in my seat and was able to ride. As posted before, every single ride had a long line except the tower. My only gripe on the ride was that when I found out there was a singles rider line, I got in line all the way back to where it started. when I got to the main entrance where the sign is, I said I was a single rider. The attendant said, "we don't have anymore single rider tickets". So I had to wait 45 more minutes. While waiting I seen tons of empty seats and thought why have tickets for single riders. When I got to the station there was 5 people with single rider tickets. Luckily, there was a seat in the part of the train I want. Back seat, talk about airtime. I will post some photos tomorrow probably. I didn't take many pictures due to the long lines and leaving at 3pm. I only rode 5 coasters.

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You people with you wireless internet phones and not passing out as soon as you got back home from KI....Anyways, my review

 

I got there at about noon, so the longest line I had to worry about was to the floral clock behind the Eifel Tower. Even from there it was hardly over an hour wait, thanks to the single rider line. By the way, the single rider line forms after the initial switches in the queu, right in front of the Diamondback sign. Just talk to an attendant and wait for your pass, and your good to go! Even the time I actually went through the full line, the actual queu of the ride took a little under an hour completely full. The lesson to all this is that single riders are awesome, and that you shouldn't be intimidated by the line. It goes very fast and is alot shorter than it usually looks.

 

Anyways, onto the ride. In a word, its epic. The trains look great, and are very comfortable and free. The lift hill's pretty fast, and the ride itself is filled with airtime, no matter where you sit and how stapled you get. I didn't get to test all the seats since attendants were assigning rows, but from my 5 rides, I'd say 10th and 2nd rows are the best so far. I'd say my favorite part, aside from the first drop, is the section between the hammerhead and the mcbr. The hill, while trimmed, gives the best pop of air in the ride, and its right inbetween two nice twisted bits. As for the splashdown, you dont get wet, but you may get a bit of mist which feels pretty good on a hot day. Its also awesome to watch, and looks like the train's jumping out of the water into the brakes.

 

Between my happyness they picked my rumor name for the ride, the airtime, the overall layout, and wait times, I'd give it a 9/10. Maybe not the best coaster in the world, but its pretty fun and actually kept me away from Vortex, which if anyone knows me is a pretty hard task in itself. Overall a great investment for KI, and it should prove to be one of the best coasters in the park...

 

Edit: Completely forgot my nightride. Quite frankly, it's better than Beast's. Aside from the lift hill, there are no lights on this thing, period. Once you get out of the midway section, you're baisically freefalling into pure darkness. Its a great sensation going over those hills and not knowing how far down you go since you can't see the track at all. Both scary and amazing, I would DEFINATELY favor this night ride over the Beast. Also, I got lucky and managed to duel the train on that run, so that was pretty fun too I guess. Anyways, Diamondback is one of the best night rides I've ever been on, so definately do it if you have the chance.

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^^Thanks to Diamondback being so awesome/addicting, and Crypt being closed the first few times I passed it, I only got in one ride. It felt really forceful on the double flip, but overall the sequence is the same as last year (aka awesome mode) As for theming, not new yet, but the ominous wind in the ride chamber has turned into spooky music during the ride, which was pretty cool.

 

^Interesting, since a few food vendors in Diamondback's "line" went through Nick U. Or are we talking about the actual shops?

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How many different videos and pictures of the line are going to be posted... I don't see why people are shocked that the line for a giant new coaster, probably the best new ride to open in the area for over a decade, is long on opening day (which happens to be one of the nicest days we've had all year on top of all this) One word sums it up: DUH! I'll ride it in a few weeks, but glad to hear it's a decent ride.

 

-James Dillaman

 

I think because in other areas of the country, new rides don't get lines like that. For example I rode The Dark Knight on the 5th day it was open at Great Adventure, I waited 25 minutes. I rode Voodoo a few weeks after it opened, I had a 5 minute wait. Even Fahrenheit that I rode in August was an hour, which was a long wait by me. So when I hear people talking about only 2 or 3 hours for Diamondback or how it was a 6 hour wait, it just seems amazing to see that type of line and people are actually willing to wait that long.

 

True & is remeniscent of the lines that some of KD's coaster have had in their debut season...heck volcano still gets a line clear out to the midway sometimes & that's about 11 years after it's debut but don't get me started on HS:XLC's poorly managed queue with lines sometimes stretching back to round about Rebel Yell's entrance,if not to where Americana is now.

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^^At least Suzie was smart enough to not chase the balloon over the fence and get creamed by the Tumble Bug!

 

Interesting video seeing KI back in the day. Does it look like some of the Racer is new and not even painted? The first drop was white, but the rest looked natural. Cool to see the Sky Ride behind the Eiffel Tower too...

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Okay, so since I'm a big and tall guy, now I'm worried. There have been a couple of comments about how "accommodating" the seats are...so are we talking Millennium Force tight or El Toro, or somewhere along the lines of Maverick? I'm working on my weight, but I've been on a bit of a plateau for the past month...though primarily a self-induced plateau. I'll be at KI in two months and I have got to ride this coaster! Do I need to get serious? (well, I know the answer to that, but do I need to SERIOUSLY get serious?)

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Okay, so since I'm a big and tall guy, now I'm worried. There have been a couple of comments about how "accommodating" the seats are...so are we talking Millennium Force tight or El Toro, or somewhere along the lines of Maverick? I'm working on my weight, but I've been on a bit of a plateau for the past month...though primarily a self-induced plateau. I'll be at KI in two months and I have got to ride this coaster! Do I need to get serious? (well, I know the answer to that, but do I need to SERIOUSLY get serious?)

 

Get serious, I weigh about 270 and about 6'1". The part you need to worry about is the circumernce of you legs. I have large legs and that is where my issue was. I am going to start riding a bicycle when I can, because I need to lose some weight in general.

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Get serious, I weigh about 270 and about 6'1". The part you need to worry about is the circumernce of you legs. I have large legs and that is where my issue was. I am going to start riding a bicycle when I can, because I need to lose some weight in general.

 

I don't know about literal shape, but those are my weight and height. I play ice hockey and ride a stationary bike for off-ice conditioning and my legs are huge. IMO, if you are worried about your leg size, riding a bike might not be the way to go. That will just build up leg muscle and make your legs bigger than they already are.

 

Just my 2 cents...

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I need jsut lose weight and just relax riding when I have time (other than walking when I am at work). Hopefully I can replace the fat on my upper leg with less mass then fat has. I don't need ot lose much mass. Plus as I said I need to loose weight in general, I was also close to not making it on top gun...err....flight deck.

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Interesting to hear the test seat is more forgiving than the actual ride seat. Sounds like that is just asking for trouble and angry guests. It is usually the opposite I thought. Like with Voodoo, the test seat belt is a couple of inches shorter where I couldn't get it buckled and was able to buckle the actual ride buckle myself with no help.

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I personally doubt any story of a line over 2:30 for Diamondback. I was at KI all day (and had a terrible day overall, more on that in a TR later). I waited all the way through Nick Universe and the line was just over an hour. We experienced this wait 2 times. To say that a ride getting over 1200 pph had a 6 hour wait would mean that there was 6000 people in line between Nick U and wherever the line ended at it's peak. This is simply NOT TRUE. I haven't heard from anyone who waited more than 2-2.5 hours, but if anyone truely did, I guess you can call me out.

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I personally doubt any story of a line over 2:30 for Diamondback. I was at KI all day (and had a terrible day overall, more on that in a TR later). I waited all the way through Nick Universe and the line was just over an hour.

 

We waited a little bit over three hours. We got into line at 8:30 where they were holding it by the dark ride. They probably didn't let us into the actual line until 9:15 or so at which point the line was past the Eiffel Tower down by Italian job. I posted my review shortly after noon.

 

Honestly, there was a lot of French crunching going on in that initial queue. It was just a big mass of people, not an actual line, waiting behind the rope and many people didn't think much of pushing their way to the front.

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I have seen the POV and I am not impressed at all. It looks like a NITRO knockoff with a splashdown that does absolutely nothing for the people onboard the ride. Its a nice addition to the park because I think every park needs a B&M but this is the typical coaster from them. The seating looks authentic and might make the ride more enjoyable but so far nothing has topped NITRO for me. Overall KI is probably a more well rounded park. I like the theming and the plethora of coasters they have there. The only thing thats missing now is an invert and a woodie with airtime. Once they get that then it is a complete park. I like this park much more than Cedar Point.

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