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I've always noted how easy it would be to cram Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, and Kings Island into one trip since they're all relatively close to each other. That would be a great trip especially when I've never been to any of the three.

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I've always noted how easy it would be to cram Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, and Kings Island into one trip since they're all relatively close to each other. That would be a great trip especially when I've never been to any of the three.

I would do them in that order, too.

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It's very easy to do. We did that before and it was easy to combine Kentucky Kingdom and Holiday World into one day (especially coming from the east with the time change), though on our next trip I'll be content to skip Holiday World and stick to the other two.

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Friends, Coaster Geeks, and Donkeys lend me an ear….

 

Today I was recruited for a not so secret mission and out of a sense of duty I heartily reported for duty so with that here is the details from my test flight:

 

Operation: Open Sesame

 

Mission description: To test pilot the new Kentucky Flyer airplane and report on my findings of performance

 

Results: OMG! I don’t even know where to begin! I’ve been watching the construction closely and I was like well that will be a nice little family coaster and same as I finally walked up to the beautiful coaster that was to be my plane for the day. My first ever ride was in the front seat for the rider cam per orders of General Robb Alvey. The climb up the hill of 48 ft is quick and there’s a little drop into a very short straight section and then whooooooossshhhh!!!!! I was blown away when I pushed the stick forward and the drop took my breath away and I knew that KK had a winner on their hands!!!!! This thing took off big time and it did not let up. The ride is only 50 secs but omg my butt was barely in the seat the whole time and I was flying left and right and the head choppers towards the end after the turn made me pull my hands down in fear I was going to lose them. I was thinking to myself this can’t be just 50 mph and a family coaster, it felt like we were going 70. The pops of airtime and negative g’s is unbelievably awesome!!!! My second ride was in the very last row and again as I was dropping I was thinking what the heck, this ain’t no family coaster, whereas the front pulls you non-stop and there’s no letup the backseat has a nice little delay before each pop of airtime hits you, and by the time I got into the exit and got into line for a 3rd ride in the middle this time I was almost senseless from the intensiveness and the giddiness I was feeling. The middle is a lot like the front: fast, no letup, and pulls you through the hills and bunny hops with constant pops of airtime!

 

Overall impressions:

Pros: Where the heck do I even begin???? This ride is awesome as a family ride with a 38” height minimum so families will be able to ride together and coaster geeks will be happy with all the pops of air and the pacing of the ride. I call this a win-win-win. KK is going to have a hit and I think when the reputation of this ride gets out it will be help draw crowds along with the other 5 roller coasters that they have. I made sure to thank the Gravity Coaster people and Kentucky Kingdom’s staff how good of a roller coaster they have. I told Mark from KK that they have another hit on their hands!

 

Cons: I really don’t have any complaints but I guess if I had to pick something I would say that the entrance to the line is in a bad spot and might be hard to spot. The Que entrance is right in between the Craft Beer Garden pavilion and the Calypso water slides. The front part of the ride is somewhat easy to photograph and film but from the drop hill back to the turn will be hard to photograph and film with the way it goes along the water park.

 

My overall rating: 5 out of 5!

 

Time to kick the tires and light the fires because I feel the need, need for speed and enough of the cheesy movies lines and onto the pictures:

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I have arrived for a mission that I've been recruited for.

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oops no sign but I know for a fact that this is Kentucky Kingdom.

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The line to pick up my assigned plane

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wait! what! Lightning is being tested?? Could Lightning Run possibly be opening for us pilots too?

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Looks like they are working on the main wave pool

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new cabanas being built.

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Nom! Nom! Nom!

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this would put my body into shock!

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yummmmmm!

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The white macaroni and cheese was so good!!!

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free beer samples for the win!!!!! I will be buying a pilsner this summer somewhere in the park!!!

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The ribbon is cut and the engines are being warmed up for the pilots!

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but first Louie!

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I'm suited up in my flight suit and I'm ready for my flight and I kicked the tires and lit the fires!

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waiting on my plane to be brought to me

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more waiting

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red train

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rest of red train

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oops, I forgot to get a pic of blue train, I'm sorry I'm not Robb Alvey so sue me ok? lol

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storage shed and station

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lift hill

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X marks the spot

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Umbrella blocking the X, curses!!!

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looking back at lift hill

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turn around and you're literally flying at this point

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hills

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lift hill again

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I was walking out of the park close to 6 pm and I saw LR being dispatched with riders, and it quickened my pace but I was shot down and needed a drink to put out these flames

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They were training this season's LR crew. They have the coolest job ever!!!!

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I've always noted how easy it would be to cram Holiday World, Kentucky Kingdom, and Kings Island into one trip since they're all relatively close to each other. That would be a great trip especially when I've never been to any of the three.

 

You can very easily. I did it last year. I did KI all 3 parks in 2 days actually. KI, then to KK which on a weekday we rode everything many many times and were done in a few hours, then off to HW. It was my first time to all 3 as well and it was a wonderful time. I would recommend it!

 

Oh and this ride looks superb. I know its a family coaster but looks to move quickly over those hills. And it looks physically fantastic, like an old school woodie. Love it

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It definitely hauls butt, it's only about a min from the time the train errr plane leaves the station and hits the brake run. The signs along the que says 35 mph but I heard someone say something about being closer to 50.

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This is just a perfect addition for this park. A coaster that's an absolute blast for every demographic that has an ultra-low height requirement when you're competing with Holiday World to attract families is brilliant.

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It definitely hauls butt, it's only about a min from the time the train errr plane leaves the station and hits the brake run. The signs along the que says 35 mph but I heard someone say something about being closer to 50.

Maybe they were referring to the height? Which the coaster only hits 47ft.

 

It feels faster than 35, which is a good thing because this is indeed a very nice coaster for its size. Lots of airtime pops on the coaster (Especially the backseat), and a wonderful middle-ground family/starter coaster for sure.

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Earned my Wings last night. Like everyone is saying it's a solid coaster, with some great airtime. Love how it looks along the back of Hurricane Bay. Can't wait to get back tomorrow, to ride some more, on opening day.

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Love the look along the back of Hurricane Bay

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