Kings Island opening day 2015

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Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby thrillrider » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:04 am

So yesterday we decided to make the 4.5 hour down to check out Kings Islands opening day. The park is looking good, and the new rides really freshen up that area. We decided to skip riding the new rides due to the long lines for them and the fact that we have been on these types of rides before. Operations were o-k. The worst ride crew was by far the diamondback crew. It took nearly 5 min to dispatch a train. My wife was in line for over an hour, and was still in the first section of the line. The rest of the ride crews seemed to be doing good and will get even better.

I was able to check out all the new stores and restaurants and they were all winners in my book. The candy shop is on par with the candy shop on mainstreet at Disney. They had some new flavors of fudge was were killer. My favorite was the dark chocolate caramel seasalt fudge. They also had lots of other candy selections and buckeyes. We were going to get some buckeyes, but they wanted nearly $2 just for 1. The new funnel cake place was a hit and had a constant line all day, and the new yogurt and starbucks seemed to be doing good as well. The 80's store was moved to theo ther side of main street as well.

A few other new things we noticed.....

1.They now have digital live wait time boards and interactive park maps all over the park.
2. They replaced the folded park maps with full sheet maps(I was told all the cedarfair parks are doing this now).
3. The shake rattle and roll ride looks great, but the lighting is still not ready. This ride is going to look great when they do.
4. The eternal flame for sob was out.
5. The beast was running great.
6. Invertigo was closed and there was an air hose hanging down from it.

Enjoy....
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The kings island inn is still mostly standing.
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Season pass line when we arrived at 1:30
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New park maps.
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The new wait time boards were all over the park.
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My son really enjoyed the new rock show in the festhouse.
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The new yogurt place.
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Lots of differant flavors
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And toppings as well...
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Took a ride on the train
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You can get some great shots of diamondback from the train....the trick is to time it just right though.
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The new glider ride
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Sexy new board
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The new space buggies ride looked like a lot of fun.
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We ate lunch at reds cafe....the burger was cold, and the service has bad.
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See you in october.
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The park seemed to get a lot buisier as the day went on.
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Vortex doing it's thing.
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The ride is looking good.
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New lights were not quite ready yet, but will look great when they are.
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2 coasters....1 picture
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Springtime in the park.
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Killmart is now just a random building with some games in front of it.
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I thought this area was being redone?
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It's still a cancer ingestion area.
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Not much has really changed here.
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The new boards were a hit!
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The new funnel cake shop.
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This was new as well.
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I will let the pictures do the talking for this place.
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Fun ride, stupid name
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Yes.... they were stacking 3 trains on diamondback.
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I think they need to bump it up to 120
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The new coke marketplace looked nice.
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All thing coke inside.
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The $10 and below store was now this...
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The new starbucks looked nice if you like coffee
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Lots of seating. I thought I heard that it was the largest starbucks in the area.
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Of coarse no trip to kings island is complete without a night ride on the beast.
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Anybody remember the little Baverian people pointing under the restroom sign?
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That's it for this day in the park. I was tired, and the kids were tired as well.
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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby JRice92 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:18 am

Great TR! I can agree on Diamondback being really slow, they were stacking all 3 trains the entire time I was in line. Also, I'm the guy that met your wife in The Beast line last night! The Beast was running really well!
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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby VF15 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:22 am

Thanks for the great trip report. Kings Island is a place I need to get to eventually because it has a good coaster lineup and the park looks good aesthetically. :)

The new digital wait time boards look very nice. I wonder if they plan on installing those at other Cedar Fair parks.

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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby FaithPlus1 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:22 am

I couldn't help but laugh at this pic from your report! :lol:
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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby thrillrider » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:29 am

JRice92 wrote:Great TR! I can agree on Diamondback being really slow, they were stacking all 3 trains the entire time I was in line. Also, I'm the guy that met your wife in The Beast line last night! The Beast was running really well!


I sure hope that operations improve on diamondback.
Yea, she told me that she ran into you. Wish I had the chance to meet you.
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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby thrillrider » Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:54 pm

VF15 wrote:Thanks for the great trip report. Kings Island is a place I need to get to eventually because it has a good coaster lineup and the park looks good aesthetically. :)

The new digital wait time boards look very nice. I wonder if they plan on installing those at other Cedar Fair parks.


Yes....I like the boards as well. They should also incorporate a phone app as well that would tell you the wait times by just looking at your phone.
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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby PKI Jizzman » Sun Apr 19, 2015 3:01 pm

thrillrider wrote:
JRice92 wrote:Great TR! I can agree on Diamondback being really slow, they were stacking all 3 trains the entire time I was in line. Also, I'm the guy that met your wife in The Beast line last night! The Beast was running really well!


I sure hope that operations improve on diamondback.
Yea, she told me that she ran into you. Wish I had the chance to meet you.


The operations on Diamondback was dismal every visit last season. Lethargic crew, not excited on the mic, and stacking. If they would tell people to keep their shoes/sandals on and give their bags to the ops, they would improve. The main problem is guests go over and put their bags away in the wrong bins, pull down the restraint, kick their shoes off... Then they have to upbar to get the shoes back on, etc. It's just a wreck.
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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby DrachenfireOP » Sun Apr 19, 2015 4:40 pm

^ Yeah, the difference between Diamondback from my 2011 visit and my 2014 visit was stark. Those seatbelts are a stupid timesink, but the crew definitely didn't seem to care very much making a badly designed load time process much worse.

Glad to see shots of Vortex though! I know most people on here are Arrow haters, but I just love the old school loopers, and Vortex is one of the best still standing!

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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby I305forever » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:17 pm

Just a random question I have: When did they change Invertigo's color scheme? Didn't it used to be red and yellow?
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Re: Kings Island opening day 2015

Postby SFOGdude25 » Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:20 pm

^It was painted its current scheme in the 2011-2012 off season.

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