Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby drummermattk » Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:16 am

For anyone that has KI as their home-park, or for those who visited from now back to the dawn of dinosaurs (just kidding haha) some may have seen the Festhaus at the park and these figures either sitting still or moving around to announce the time. well have no fear cause it is returning for this season after a refurbishment! Here's what the KI Blog said about the refurbishment on 3/29/2019:

GLOCKENSPIEL TO RETURN FOR KINGS ISLAND’S 2019 SEASON
March 29, 2019
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For ten years a cherished Kings Island icon rested in a small, dark corner of the park gathering dust. Rarely seen since it was removed from public view in 2009, the lifeless Festhaus Glockenspiel characters have been poised and ready to announce the next quarter hour, which never came. A musician waited to raise his trumpet. A chef, to display his culinary creation. A couple, ready to raise their steins in celebration.
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When Kings Island opens to Gold and Platinum Passholders for preview night on April 19th, guests will get a first look at the completely restored characters and new clock at the main Festhaus entrance in the Oktoberfest area of the park. Maintenance, signage, and technical services associates, as well as outside vendors, combined for more than 100 hours of restoration to bring both the glockenspiel and entrance of Festhaus back to life, including:

  • A brand new clock supplied by The Verdin Company headquartered in Cincinnati
  • Completely restored glockenspiel characters
  • New hand stenciled artwork on the building’s exterior
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According to Kings Island General Manager, Mike Koontz, restoring Festhaus’ exterior and glockenspiel pays homage to a building in the park with rich history.

“Above the doors to Festhaus are the lyrics to an old German Oktoberfest song,” Koontz said. “Translated, it says ‘A toast. A toast. To cheer and good times,’ and that’s what Festhaus has always been for Kings Island. A place where families can come together and create memories while eating together or enjoying a show. It seems only fitting that we restore the glockenspiel, to help bring back those memories and help today’s friends and families create new ones.”

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In 2019, antique cars also will return to the park, along with a completely renovated International Street, and celebration of the Beast’s 40th anniversary. For many adults, this season they will see Kings Island like they haven’t in decades.

Festhaus Facts

  • The glockenspiel over the main entrance of Festhaus was made by employees in the Central Shop of Taft Attractions, the creative arm of Taft Broadcasting Company, which owned Kings Island when Festhaus was built.
  • There are five fiberglass figures, each over four feet tall. Each were in disrepair until recently.
  • Inside Festhaus are the original tables handcrafted by David T. Smith (and his staff), who still operates a workshop in Morrow, Ohio today.
  • The Verdin Company provided both the original Festhaus clock in 1982 as well as the new clock which will debut at the beginning of the 2019 season.


Personally i have very little memories of this working in the park but i am excited to see it come back to life! Heres the link to the blog post as well: Blog Post
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby bluestreak » Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:00 pm

I love all the little things Kings Island is doing this year. April 20th cant get here soon enough.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:27 pm

bluestreak wrote:April 20th cant get here soon enough.

Niiiice.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby bluestreak » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:03 pm

ytterbiumanalyst wrote:
bluestreak wrote:April 20th cant get here soon enough.

Niiiice.


Get your mind out of the gutter :lol:
You actually made me think in had the wrong date for a second haha
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:02 pm

Nah, that date is so right.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby bluestreak » Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:07 pm

It's a day to celebrate for sure
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:50 am

bluestreak wrote:It's a day to celebrate for sure

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“If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?”
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby drummermattk » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:51 pm

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:11 am

Um. It looks kind of jacked up.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby KICoasterkev » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:53 am

Very neat! Can't wait be in the park and to see all the new stuff!

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