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    A Message from Mike Koontz, Vice President & General Manager of Kings Island August 4, 2020 Update On July 2, we reached a park milestone when we re-opened and welcomed guests back to Kings Island for the first day of the 2020 season. Guests were able to experience Orion, one of only seven giga coasters on the planet, and its 300 feet first drop at speeds up to 91 mph. The reviews are in, our guests love it, and we are proud of this outstanding addition to our world class coaster line-up. It has truly been a unique season. I want to thank our guests and associates for making Kings Island a fun and safe place to visit. The park’s new health and safety measures were supported by everyone visiting the park, and our associates have gone above and beyond expectations in creating a safe environment for families to spend time with each other. Because of the ongoing uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, we have the following updates to share: Kings Island’s Fall Schedule and New Family Event Kings Island will continue to operate through Nov. 1 on select days. We will introduce an all-new family event, Tricks and Treats Fall Fest beginning Sept. 26 featuring rides, unique food offerings, entertainment and activities for all ages. This event will enable social distancing and capacity management, and you’ll be hearing more about it in the coming weeks. Halloween Haunt and WinterFest We have had to make the difficult decision to cancel both Halloween Haunt and WinterFest this year due to operating constraints in our region. Extending 2020 Season Passes through 2021 Keep in mind that all 2020 Season Passes and add-on products have been extended through the 2021 season. We’re looking forward to a great year ahead and can’t wait to show you many ways to have fun, including the return of hallmark events like Grand Carnivale, Halloween Haunt and WinterFest. Gold and Platinum Season Passes for 2021 go on sale beginning September 8, 2020. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support during this challenging period. We all look forward to having fun safely for the rest of 2020 and through 2021 as well. There are many days left for summer fun, and we hope to see you in the park soon. Sincerely, Mike Koontz Vice President and General Manager
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    I've been expecting it since Universal Orlando cancelled their annual Halloween Horror Nights like about two or three weeks ago. I just got an add today that Land of Illusions is opening in like 30 days. I wonder if it will just be the trail open or maybe animatronics only, no actors. I could see various Haunted Trails opening up since you will be out side where it would be easier to keep social distancing. Winterfest at Kings Island is like 80 % performers, and with what attendance has been lately, The park could potentially loos a lot more money than what they won;t make by not opening.
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    Kings Island is open until 10:00 P.M. tonight! (8-01-20)
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    This is my first time hearing of this, but Holiday World opened their water park, Splashin' Safari, this last July 4th. They also debuted their new water coaster on this day called Cheetah Chase. This is the a dueling water coaster that is powered by propulsion with targeted water nozzles. it is also the first closed circuit water coaster. That means instead of starting at the top and getting off at the bottom, you go in a complete circuit and get off in the same station where you got on. The article I read said that this third water coaster makes makes Holiday World the water coaster capital of the World. I guess other parks only have one or two water coasters. Holiday World's Cheetah Chase water coaster.
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    Ah, yes. The Beach On Ice. That was a pretty fun event for being such a small budgeted affair. The ice surface for the skating rink was horrible, though.
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    Beast plaque presentation, ACE/GOCC Fall Freak Out 2004
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    BLOG: The Beast, Racer part of an elite group of legendary roller coasters https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/july/the-beast-racer-part-of-an-elite-group-of-legendary-roller-coasters
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    I rode one at Brown County Fair a few yeas ago, but didn't feel pressed to ride it again when I saw it at Dark County Fair, Coney Island Cincinnati or Michigan Adventures. The one at Brown County would go around clockwise, then change directions and go around backwards. The other 3 went clockwise for the entire ride, and then the next set of riders would go in reverse. It was like they broke the ride cycle into two parts.
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    Indiana Beach is opening a new (to them) flat ride in the next week or so. They are mostly done assembling it and just need to do the testing. It is the Flying Bobs ride. As a matter of fact it came from Coney Island here in Cincinnati. If they were planning on only buying one ride, I am not sure why decided to pick that one. Maybe it was was the only ride left for sale or the price was just too good to past up.
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    The Beach had an early model of Water Coaster where you would go all the way up a hill carrying your raft then gravity power would pull you to the bottom. It was a lot of fun. I only ever got to ride it twice, once each on to different visits.
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    WLWT: Police: Man arrested after leading police on chase in stolen car, fleeing on foot into Kings Island https://www.wlwt.com/article/police-man-arrested-after-leading-police-on-chase-in-stolen-car-fleeing-on-foot-into-kings-island/33367941 Fox 19: Suspect in stolen vehicle arrested at Kings Island following chase, police say https://www.fox19.com/2020/07/20/suspect-stolen-vehicle-arrested-kings-island-following-chase-police-say/ Excerpt:
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    Because of Corona, 18 rides have not opened this year or have closed. I am speculating that this is just because they do not have enough employees to open everything, although the park hasn't given a reason that I am aware of. The park brings in a lot of foreigners to work, but with all the air travel bans and restrictions going on this has become more of a challenge this year. Surprisingly, Top Thrill Dragster is one of the closed rides, but the park hopes to get it open eventually. The rides currently closed include... the Antique Cars, SlingShot, WindSeeker, Rougarou roller coaster, Joe Cool’s Dodgem School, Planet Snoopy, Frontier Fling, Wave Swinger, Gemini roller coaster, Monster, Wicked Twister, Blue Streak roller coaster, Cedar Downs Racing Derby, Super Himalaya and the Top Thrill Dragster coaster. Snoopy Bounce attraction, Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island and... Snake River Falls That is 4 closed coasters and 11 closed flat rides counting Planet Snoopy as a single ride. It is an area that has more than one ride or attraction. That is quite a few closed kiddie rides. Kings Island's Orion has reservation seating, meaning you get a ticket (that is free) that tells you what time to come back to ride. Cedar Point has three coasters you need to get reservations for, which are... Millennium Force, Maverick, Steel Vengeance Top Thrill Dragster will require a reservation ticket as well... if it opens. Oh yea, the Soak City water park didn't open this year either.
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    Not only nuts, but stupid and a real lack of common sense these days.
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    BLOG: Kings Island releases new pins for 2020 https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/july/kings-island-releases-new-pins-for-2020
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    Full details at https://www.visitkingsisland.com/welcoming-you-back August Park Calendar: Updated Video: Updated Welcoming You Back guide attached below: kings-island---welcoming-you-backv2.pdf
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    There is no rush. Just take your time and do a little at a time.
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    Since your quarantined any way, You should take an hour or two every other day, organize and box all your collection together, like your old CDs and photos. You could give the photos to your kids and sell the other stuff.
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    Walt Disney World has confirmed that three current attractions have permanently closed. The first is the Stitch's Great Escape ride in The Magic Kingdom, which only opened on extremely busy days because no one liked it and not many people ever rode it. The second is the Primeval Whirl, which is basically a "wild mouse" coaster with spinning seats with hard turns that slammed riders around. It is considered by many riders to painfull and the spinning seats made them sick. The one time I was at the Magic Kingdom I never saw either of these attractions and never heard of either one before now. The last attraction is the Animal Kingdom's Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular. I have never been to Animal Kingdom, but from what I understand, it is some kind of light show that happens out side at night. All night time shows are on hold in the Disney parks because the parks can't assure social distancing while people gather to watch them, like the fire works per say. Some day after Corona is under control or gone, all the night time shows will come back, but Rivers of Light will not. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE!
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    I have yet to get one of the snoopy ones. I only had enough money last moth to buy the new Halloween Haunt, Phantom Theater, Festhause, Adventure Express, and Vortex (1987 - 2019). This month I am hoping to get a nice new Kings Island pin with the tower on it and Flight of Fear. if I have enough for a third one I'm not sure which one I will get yet. Maybe an Orion one.
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    I got a new Halloween Haunt that isn't pictured here and this is the first time I have seen Flight of Fear. They also have new this year Snoopy driving the K.I. Train and another of him driving an antique car.
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    So a blogger posted this picture complaining about the Disney in Florida not enforcing social distancing. Here is the exact same photo taken from another perspective. These two pictures from Theme Park review shows how you can't trust everything you see on the internet. There just seems to be a whole lot of people out there who want to see the world burn and get some clicks on the internet while doing it. Clicks = add revenue.
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    There is a really good video that I'll post the link to below that has a lot the easter eggs hidden in Orion.
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    SANDUSKY, Ohio — Three Cedar Point employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, the amusement park confirmed to 3News Wednesday evening. Contact tracing is under way to determine who the associates may have interacted with. No details are being provided on their health status due to privacy concerns, but officials say the individuals were screened prior to the park reopening last week. (I believe Kings Island screens their employees before every shift, not just once a week.) Keep in my mind that just because the employees have caught it, that does not mean that they caught it at the park/ work. Read the rest of the story here!
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