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#72505 Halloween Troll vs Christmas Elf

Posted by SSR1966 on 29 January 2018 - 03:11 AM

The Halloween Haunt Troll



The Christmas Elf




#72491 Santa's Toy Factory, 2005

Posted by SSR1966 on 20 January 2018 - 03:24 AM

I think they only did it one year because it lost money. I remember you had to pick a date and buy your ticket in advance. I guess they did this so that they would know how many people to schedule to work by how many tickets were sold. People did not like this system because if it was raining or some other kind of bad weather, they could not get a rain check or trade the tickets in for another day. With the current way they sell tickets, where you can buy them at the gate or get them off line on the day that you are going, people might skip a rainy night but come on another night. With Paramount you were locked into that date you purchased and if it was too wet and miserable to go, especially for your kids, you were just out that money.  Paramount was afraid of losing money on a dead night where as Cedar Fair knows that if they don't get you this weekend then they will most likely catch you next weekend.  This works for the park and it makes the guest happy to have options. Plus Cedar Fair allows season pass holders to use their passes where Paramount made pass holders pay for the event. Although Cedar Fair is not making any more money for pass holders to get in, the pass holder is still buying t-shirts and funnel cakes and that is just extra monies that the park might not otherwise make.


This is just my best guess though. I don't claim to know Kings Island's business and I could be way off.

#72485 Santa's Toy Factory, 2005

Posted by SSR1966 on 18 January 2018 - 12:00 AM

Here is the Santa Toy Factory show from the year Paramount attempted Winterfest.


#72469 Santa's Toy Factory, 1991

Posted by SSR1966 on 09 January 2018 - 02:46 AM

Although there are a quite a few differences between Santa's Toy Factory and Tinker's Toy Factory, you can see how the current Tinker show evolved from the 1991 show. Some of the same scenes and songs, just no Tinker character.


#72468 Santa's Christmas Wish 1992

Posted by SSR1966 on 09 January 2018 - 02:29 AM



Now, I never went to the 2005 Winterfest, but the fact that this footage exists probably means the idea was also used in earlier International Theater Winterfest production. 


#72464 Santa's Christmas Wish 1992

Posted by SSR1966 on 06 January 2018 - 10:33 PM

Although I remember the roof scene with the dancing reindeer quite vividly, I can't find any record that it actually existed in the 80s'90s version of "Tinker's Toy Factory" (Called "Santa's Toy Factory" back then), but I did find this. it's a 1992 show called "Santa's Christmas Wish" which has the scene as I remembered it (stars overhead in the night sky) except it's two dancers dressed like snow flakes instead of reindeer. They still use that mad cap puppet technique were the performers are invisible wearing all black body suits and the snow flakes are fluorescent lit with a black light. I'm probably getting the two shows crossed in my memory, even though I remember "Santa's Toy Factory" but have no memory of ever watching "Santa's Christmas Wish." You can see the dancing snow flakes around the 11:08 minute mark.


#72429 Major attraction leaving after this year.

Posted by SSR1966 on 14 December 2017 - 04:21 AM

I think it is like having a business in the dead wing of a mall. Unless there is a popular store to act as an anchor, hardly anyone is going to come down to your wing. Cedar Point has two separate antique car rides and they could be looking to re-locate one. Still, I'll believe it when I see it or it's officially announced. It would make a great family ride, and like I said earlier, that area between the carousel and Coney Mall would be a good fit as far as the theaming goes, but the space looks so very small.  


Personally, I would like to see the train re-routed around the perimeter of the park. Once they figured out how to get it to cross the park entrance without disrupting the flow of pedestrian traffic, it would in theory, be smooth sailing to lay the rest of the track.  I guess you would probably need Disney money to pull off that much investment into a train ride.


You ever notice, with the exception of Dollywood, park trains always run in a clockwise direction?


It could be a brand new flat, like Windseeker was before it opened. Something so new that no one is even thinking about it.  I guess about 4 months from now we will have our answers.

#72426 Major attraction leaving after this year.

Posted by SSR1966 on 13 December 2017 - 09:49 PM

I guess we all know now that the "major attraction" that is leaving is Dinosaurs Alive, especially considering that it is already gone. I do miss the T-Rex standing at the park entrance.


As far as new rides, if they put antique cars where the construction is currently going, it would be a very tight and/ or very short ride. Maybe not if you include Tower Garden in the antique car space. Having thought about it, putting antique cars on the Dinosaurs Alive path would be a bad move because it is so far off the beaten path, back behind The Racer. No one would ride it because out of sight, out of mind. A big new coaster could thrive back there but not a antique car ride. I think this is The Bat's problem as well. A mile away from the next closest ride (Banshee) is just too far for regulars and hidden from new guests. Plus, I would think the park would want the cars visible, and between Coney Mall and the carousel would be perfect.


I thought about the rumor of a barbecue restaurant going into that space but the space is too big unless they're building another Festhaus type of place, but that is awfully close in proximity to the Festhaus.  A regular sized restaurant would take up even more of that small space for antique cars. Personally, I would get rid of those awful burritos and convert that space to barbecue. Also, if it was just going to be a normal sized restaurant, they could have just customized the building that was already there rather demolishing and starting over.


For Winterfest, they converted the burrito place to a loaded mac-n-cheese or loaded tater tots place and it is very good. They should just convert and serve that year around.


I wouldn't be surprised if the park didn't get any new attractions at all. Mystic Timbers last year was good enough that no one should be able to complain if there is not any new rides next year... but they still will.


Maybe throw in a couple of classic midway carnival rides and call it a day. A Tilt-O-Whirl would be nice but it's not that much different from The Monster.



#72279 The Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio

Posted by SSR1966 on 13 September 2017 - 03:38 AM

I actually made the trip to Darke County Fair because you had mentioned that you saw a Zipper ride there. What a trip that ride was.

#72275 The Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio

Posted by SSR1966 on 11 September 2017 - 09:15 PM

Personally, I found it to be the lamest county fair that I have been to. After being to Scioto, Brown and Dark County Fairs, this one was very small. Batavia is also very small, but the rides and crash up derby were free with admission. Butler charges for just about everything separate. And like you said, the animals looked sad, but they may have just been bored in a pin at a new place when they most likely have more room to roam at home.

#72272 The Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio

Posted by SSR1966 on 11 September 2017 - 04:24 AM

The Butler County Fair happens every July at the Butler County Fair Grounds in the city of Hamilton.


#72261 My day at Cedar Point

Posted by SSR1966 on 06 September 2017 - 11:32 PM

Here are the stats of my Youtube Channel, on the most watched to the least watched.


Beverly Hills Supper Club                          556

Mystic Timbers opening line                       225

HorrorHound Cincinnati                              177

Wonderfest                                                  111

Cinema Wasteland                                       99

Smokey Mountains Knife Works                  75

Kings Island Halloween Haunt 2016            51

Covington Spring fest/ run with goats          39

Johnny Cash Museum                                 29

Neon Lights on Broadway in Nashville        27

Aquarium Restaurant Nashville                   27

Sycamore Park in Batavia                           29                                        

Cedar Point Main Midway Arcade               25

Camp Dennison Memorial Triangle             23

Kenner Toys: Building An Empire                20

Cedar Point Shores                                     19

Maverick Cedar Point coaster                     19

Starlite Drive-In                                            19

Star Wars: Power Of The Costume             18

Cedar Point                                                  17

Red, White and Blue Ash                             17

Covington Maifest                                        16

Newport Italian Fest                                     16

Garden Of Hope                                           15

Covington Geotta Fest                                 15

Grant’s Boyhood Home and School             14

Magnum Cedar Point roller coaster              14

Newport Aquarium                                        13

Cifton Gorge                                                  11

Valravn Cedar Point roller coaster                10

Trenton Yard Sales                                         6


A lot of people must really be interested in the Beverly Hills Super Club and no one gives a crap about Trenton Yard Sales. I thought Halloween Haunt would have done better than it did. It's kind of funny to me that more people are interested in the Cedar Point Arcade than the actual park or roller coasters.



#72243 My day at Cedar Point

Posted by SSR1966 on 31 August 2017 - 05:18 AM

The final Cedar Point video... until the next time I go.


#72238 Cedar Point Main Midway Arcade.

Posted by SSR1966 on 30 August 2017 - 02:07 AM

#72236 Cedar Point Shores

Posted by SSR1966 on 30 August 2017 - 01:36 AM

Although I like the location of Cedar Shores being on the Beach, Soak City at Kings Island is like 3 or four times bigger, more modern and over all, a better water park. I guess if Cedar Shores was included with park admission it would be at crowd capacity almost every day of the summer, because it is so small.