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P. 767: WinterFest Media Night Report

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Was able to ride I305 for the first time on Saturday.

 

It really is an intense ride, no way you can compare it to Millennium Force due to the completely different ride experiences.

 

Was there saturday as well & man was it busy but the crews were doing an excellent job loading & dispatching trains save for the rebel yell crew as they weren't synching up the dispatches on both sides properly.

 

The Grizzly crew in the evening totally ROCKED!!! the guy on load was high fiving riders as they entered the station & the panel op was having a blast entertaining the whole station with her energetic spiels on the mic during load/unload & as per usual the ride itself performed flawlessly.While in the park I got the chance to meet the GM & tell her how my day was going & inquire about any new stuff for 2012,of course she wouldn't say much other than it's up to corporate as to what the park gets but it was great talking to her.She told me she was heading to KI this week...my guess is to check out windseeker,which she'd asked me if I'd ridden it & of course I havn't so I wonder if they're considering adding one soon at KD?

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Ok I was harsh,(I'm bitter because)We had one day together as a family(We get to do it one time a year) It cost them a lot of money to do it.Time,gas,time off work. It was a very hot day! One train,Long wait. I talked them into KD.I was embarrassed at the way they performed! One of the worst days at a park I've EVER had!(Been to SFA) To hear that it is a rule that they only run one train during the week lets me know they are small minded,When they should be reaching for the stars!!!! Still to much Paramount in this Cedar Fair park! For the record I would pour water,peeing is rude! They could be better than they choose to be. My bad it looks like next year Hershey park .I'm no longer allowed to vote.Sorry to my family who spent a lot of money to have a bad day!KD you could be better and you should be!

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OK...I'll be heading to KD on th 18th as soon as my plane lands around 11:45 am. Does anyone have a suggested plan of attack that will allow me to do everything before park closing? Also, is the water park worth visiting? I'll be by myself but don't mind the creepiness of solo-dude-waterparking, especially if it's hot outside. Any suggestions/recommendations are appreciated. This will be my first visit to the park.

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Going to go out on a limb and say that they only run 1 train on weekdays to greatly reduce maintenance and costs...even though the new profiling may be working greatly it doesn't solve everything. 1 train vs. 2 probably saves a lot of money still.

 

At least it's not as bad as SFFT, where ever single coaster (except maybe SKC) runs 1 train every day but Saturday (maybe).

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OK...I'll be heading to KD on th 18th as soon as my plane lands around 11:45 am. Does anyone have a suggested plan of attack that will allow me to do everything before park closing? Also, is the water park worth visiting? I'll be by myself but don't mind the creepiness of solo-dude-waterparking, especially if it's hot outside. Any suggestions/recommendations are appreciated. This will be my first visit to the park.

 

You should be able to hit all of the main coasters easily in one day. At park opening, go right back to the Congo and get Volcano out of the way before crowds roll in. Then hit everything else in the Congo at your own pace. Dominator's line empties at around 3, so wait until then to hit that up. Everything else should be easy.

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Definitely go to Volcano first. I suggest going to Flight of Fear after, but it's not essential. Try to get to Rebel Yell before too late if you want both sides, as I've usually seen one side closed in the evenings (on empty days at least). Shockwave can take awhile as well- about 6 trains worth of people fit in the station queues, and loading is SOOO slow, but if you are a single you can try to jump up with a group of 3.

 

Enjoy Intimidator!

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Hey Ya!!!

I've just visited Kings Dominion last Friday ( that is on 6-24-11 if you want to get technical about it), and I enjoyed my day. The day was sunny and warm with a few drops that few in the evening time, and the park wasn't crowded. I rode almost everything in the park and some rides I did it twice in a row ( I rode Avalanche three times in a row because the station was nearly empty). The INTIMIDATOR 305 and REBEL YELL only ran one train and it was all they needed! And I stayed up late to watch Snoopy's Starlight Spetacular wearing my special glasses. It was a great day.

 

As for speculations on the next attraction for the next season, I don't think it'll be a Windseeker; we already have a ride like that called "Flying Ace" and I cannot see the point of adding another similar attraction inside the park. But I do see two areas that they could add a ride to. Planet Snoopy has space ( if they can clear out that old area that was once Blue's Clues house) to add another ride or two. And how about that blue building that stands between Conga and Kidzville that's vacant? I'm sure they can add something that the whole family will love.

 

I think the answer will be : WAIT AND SEE.

 

"No, my answer is come and sleep."

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The difference in height of a Windseeker and Flying Ace is not even comparable. 300' compared to what? 70'...

 

I do think sooner or later when we do see a KidZville/Planet Snoopy update that Blue's Clues house will be demolished and that's where the new attractions will go. I just don't think KD would make 2 back-to-back "family"/"kiddie" additions with the audience that they target, so I think we will get somewhat of a thrill ride next year. Plus, I think that they would want a little something to compete with BGW's new launched coaster that they can advertise.

 

The blue building in between KidZville and the Congo was just renovated last year for the Haunt maze "The Doll Factory" so I'm sure that will be there for a few years to come.

 

For 2012, I think we will see a "thrilling" flat ride. A Windseeker though? IDK, I don't think that's what we are getting, but it is my best guess.

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I was not there last year for the TPR event when people booed,But I would have!

If you would have booed at a TPR event, that would have been the last TPR event you would have ever attended. If fact, if you think it is "ok" to boo your park hosts, please do us a huge favour and never attend a TPR event.

 

Thank you!

 

--Robb

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The difference in height of a Windseeker and Flying Ace is not even comparable. 300' compared to what? 70'...

 

I do think sooner or later when we do see a KidZville/Planet Snoopy update that Blue's Clues house will be demolished and that's where the new attractions will go. I just don't think KD would make 2 back-to-back "family"/"kiddie" additions with the audience that they target, so I think we will get somewhat of a thrill ride next year. Plus, I think that they would want a little something to compete with BGW's new launched coaster that they can advertise.

 

The blue building in between KidZville and the Congo was just renovated last year for the Haunt maze "The Doll Factory" so I'm sure that will be there for a few years to come.

 

For 2012, I think we will see a "thrilling" flat ride. A Windseeker though? IDK, I don't think that's what we are getting, but it is my best guess.

 

Well Pat informed me of her plans to visit KI sometime during this week,she also mentioned the new CEO making plans to tour KD so let's see where that goes.

 

I was told by another employee who was visiting on his day off about KD's total land available & was informed that the park has at least two miles worth of land remaining for development but that they're in no hurry to develop all of it too soon.

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Was in the park on Thursday. Was a very good day, with some crowds for the Kingsfest concert, but no unbearable wait times. The only real thing of note was that while it did start the day with one train, Intimidator had both trains running in the afternoon (and no wait). I don't know if it was just for Kingsfest or what, but it was appreciated.

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Was in the park on Thursday. Was a very good day, with some crowds for the Kingsfest concert, but no unbearable wait times. The only real thing of note was that while it did start the day with one train, Intimidator had both trains running in the afternoon (and no wait). I don't know if it was just for Kingsfest or what, but it was appreciated.

 

I305 was running both trains yesterday.

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Hey Ya, it's me again. I revisited the park on 7-9-11 so I could get more usage out of my Cedar Fair Platinum Pass!!! Okay, and to see Snoopy's Starlight Experience again (so sue me, I just love the lights, especially wearing the special glasses so each light looks like stars).

 

Anyway, it was something the KDCOASTERFAN wrote:

I was told by another employee who was visiting on his day off about KD's total land available & was informed that the park has at least two miles worth of land remaining for development but that they're in no hurry to develop all of it too soon.

 

The reason I'm bring this up was the fact that I was inside WATER WORKS on my way to BIG WAVE BAY and I was thinking about all the extra land that lies around that area. If I'm not mistaken ( but I am usually am, so sue me), it's been a while since Cedar Fair put any new water slides inside WATER WORKS, plus I noticed that they took a water slide out (it's the two enclosed pipes that twist around each other and no I'm not sad they took it out - don't sue me for that!). Do you think that the next big attraction for 2012 could be a brand new water slide attraction for WATER WORKS???

 

Well, it's just a thought to ponder.

 

"Are you done? Good, now get back to bed!

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Hey Ya, it's me again. I revisited the park on 7-9-11 so I could get more usage out of my Cedar Fair Platinum Pass!!! Okay, and to see Snoopy's Starlight Experience again (so sue me, I just love the lights, especially wearing the special glasses so each light looks like stars).

 

Anyway, it was something the KDCOASTERFAN wrote:

I was told by another employee who was visiting on his day off about KD's total land available & was informed that the park has at least two miles worth of land remaining for development but that they're in no hurry to develop all of it too soon.

 

The reason I'm bring this up was the fact that I was inside WATER WORKS on my way to BIG WAVE BAY and I was thinking about all the extra land that lies around that area. If I'm not mistaken ( but I am usually am, so sue me), it's been a while since Cedar Fair put any new water slides inside WATER WORKS, plus I noticed that they took a water slide out (it's the two enclosed pipes that twist around each other and no I'm not sad they took it out - don't sue me for that!). Do you think that the next big attraction for 2012 could be a brand new water slide attraction for WATER WORKS???

 

Well, it's just a thought to ponder.

 

"Are you done? Good, now get back to bed!

 

Could be? however didn't they take that out last year?

 

There's not much that can fit in that tiny space,besides with the new CEO in place is there a possibility that whatever Kinzel had planned may be cancelled or at least put on hold? only time will tell.

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