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Just a question regarding Flight of Fear:

 

 

Have they attempted to re-instate the UFO into the que? To my knowledge, they've used it for the Haunt the last couple years, and honestly the ride feels half-a**ed without the spectacular theming that makes the Kings Island ride so much better in an overall experience...

 

 

EDIT: Also just discovered that they LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON DURING THE RIDE...Nice job Kings Dominion.

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Wait, there is actually going to be a safari-themed ride in Safari Village? Is that allowed? 🤣

My money, in all seriousness, is on Tiki Twirl.  CF already has a logo drawn up and everything.

He has a lot more history with Kings Dominion than just 2 years. You also forgot that Carnival and Winterfest also came in under him (I know they aren't rides, but I feel they are big improvements for

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Just a question regarding Flight of Fear:

 

 

Have they attempted to re-instate the UFO into the que? To my knowledge, they've used it for the Haunt the last couple years, and honestly the ride feels half-a**ed without the spectacular theming that makes the Kings Island ride so much better in an overall experience...

 

 

EDIT: Also just discovered that they LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON DURING THE RIDE...Nice job Kings Dominion.

I'd love to know where you got the idea that they re-routed the entire queue to avoid the UFO... no, they shut the ride down at 4:00 PM on Haunt days and remove a few wooden walls and turn it into the Haunt maze. During the season the wooden walls block off the indoor switchbacks and you walk by and into the UFO.

 

Also, where did you hear they leave the lights on?? Yeah, a strobe and a couple colored lights. Totally ruins the experience

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^There's a wall following the queue around the first corner and straight into the big UFO. Last season, they still had all of the switchbacks closed, but I'm not sure if they still use it for a Haunt maze or not.

 

Also, they run it with show lights, but not anything major.

 

Oh, and did anyone else notice the fluorescent yellow paint on the corkscrew during ECB last August? I wonder what that was about...

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Just a question regarding Flight of Fear:

 

 

Have they attempted to re-instate the UFO into the que? To my knowledge, they've used it for the Haunt the last couple years, and honestly the ride feels half-a**ed without the spectacular theming that makes the Kings Island ride so much better in an overall experience...

 

 

EDIT: Also just discovered that they LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON DURING THE RIDE...Nice job Kings Dominion.

I'd love to know where you got the idea that they re-routed the entire queue to avoid the UFO... no, they shut the ride down at 4:00 PM on Haunt days and remove a few wooden walls and turn it into the Haunt maze. During the season the wooden walls block off the indoor switchbacks and you walk by and into the UFO.

 

Also, where did you hear they leave the lights on?? Yeah, a strobe and a couple colored lights. Totally ruins the experience

 

 

 

Huh. Where I read, it made it sound like they were always like that, with the entire que now avoiding the UFO.

 

 

I heard they leave the lights on from PLENTY of people. I've talked to people who've been on it countless times. They've told me, in the past year or so, they have lights on that basically reveal the whole layout. I'm not talking about strobes, they're telling me THE WHOLE LAYOUT can be seen from any vantage point with the lights that are on.

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I went to Kings Dominion 6 times last year (so 12 visits) and the lights in FOF were the same were about the same each time I rode. They just had on a FEW green/purple/yellow lights on the floor that shined up on random pieces of track. I personally found the lights to enhance the experience because you were still in the dark for the most part, but they lit up some of the headchoppers, which made me want to duck down. The strobes are in the very beginning of the launch tunnel when you first take off.

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In the times I rode it this past season, it seemed like the lights were only on when ERT happened for ECB. The only lights I noticed otherwise were the show lights others had mentioned, as I specifically remember one of my rides with the lights on thinking how cool it was to see what it was actually like in there, seeing the maintenance equipment and what not next to the walls, and the crane system they have in place towards the top.

 

-Gary

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The green looks nice, but I have to admit I was one of the few fans of the funky, light blue with multi-colored rails paint job. I guess it wasn't generic enough for Cedar Fair

 

This is good news for fans of the ride, as most enthusiasts seem to be constantly predicting (and hoping for) its demise. I have to say I'm not a fan of actually riding the darn thing, but to me it just fits where it is in the park perfectly. Anaconda too. To me they just "belong" there and if it was scraped the park really wouldn't feel right to me. It's weird enough seeing that giant Intamin coaster behind Anaconda these days! And I saw a skunk while waiting to get off the ride once....which is completely irrelevant, but it isn't every day that you get to talk about Shockwave!

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Will Jeff Johnson be counting this as a new credit?

 

Does a bear wear a funny hat?

 

Does the Pope Sh!t in the woods?

 

Did I recently take Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior?

 

Guy "I think we all know the answers to these questions." Koepp

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This is good news for fans of the ride, as most enthusiasts seem to be constantly predicting (and hoping for) its demise.

 

It's mostly just us hoping At ECB, KD said that Shockwave isn't going anywhere for a long time. It's one of their most reliable rides. Plus, it's on such a small plot of land, and you're right- it just fits in there. It would feel weird without it...

 

And Anaconda is the first most likely to go anytime soon, I think. But that won't be for a long time because KD's got so much room to expand.

 

And something I want to say is how they've just boxed themselves in. I was hoping they'd put i305 a little further away from Anaconda so they could allow a pathway to go between them to reach future expansion sites. But now, we have a small amount of ways to get past there, and unless we go completely around (which would take years) I don't know what they have up there sleeves....

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It's mostly just us hoping At ECB, KD said that Shockwave isn't going anywhere for a long time. It's one of their most reliable rides.

 

All I can is... Awesome! I waited a good 25 minutes for Shockwave is scorching hot weather, by myself, but I somehow managed to enjoy the ride! The layout is just totally lopsided and it still remains as a unique experience. It was fun, and like you said, it is reliable and definitely re-rideable in my book!

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^^I wouldn't think there's anything stopping them from opening up that fence between the two and letting guests follow a path (on the same plot they took us to go backstage at ECB) back towards I305's first turnaround. It'd give everyone some great views of I305, maybe allow for an extra entrance to the waterpark from the back side of Rebel Yell, and let them expand way back into those woods!

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Just read on kdfansite that Grizzly will be down till may for re-tracking,they just retracked it a couple years ago!

 

That's a bit of a bummer. I rode it at the end of last year and it was giving good rides. I was hoping to get a ride on it opening weekend.

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Just read on kdfansite that Grizzly will be down till may for re-tracking,they just retracked it a couple years ago!

 

That's a bit of a bummer. I rode it at the end of last year and it was giving good rides. I was hoping to get a ride on it opening weekend.

 

Same here,the park just doesn't feel complete without a ride on Grizz.

 

Had my last ride of the 2010 season on Grizz in the orange train & it wasn't quite as smooth as yellow,granted I was sitting in a wheel seat but it still could've been better.

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It's disappointing that it seems every year one of the park's wooden coasters opens a month late due to retracking. Who ever plans the maintenance at Carowinds needs to show KD how it is done. Last year Carowinds had all attractions open on opening day running their maximum number of trains (which included a large rebuild on Thunder Road and track work on Hurler) while on KD's opening day the had several attractions down and several rides had missing trains.

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Just read on kdfansite that Grizzly will be down till may for re-tracking,they just retracked it a couple years ago!

 

Don't quote me but I think it's the third time it has been retracked since I've been reading coaster forums (2005). The darn thing is always being retracked. To me, it always rides the same though, so I guess if that means retracking it every 2-3 years, so be it! I don't really care, because I rarely visit KD in the spring. Sadly though it's the best wooden coaster at KD.

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^Usually, from what Ive seen, when KD maintenance does a retracking on a coaster, they don't do the entire coaster, just the section that need it. Like how the tunnel section and turn needed it. I don't think KD maintenance has ever retracked an entire ride in one off season...

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