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  1. 3 points
    Hello everyone! Since it's my second (first actual) post, I would like to introduce myself. Many of you may be aware of who I am. I am the guy who takes the aerial pictures of Kings Island. I am also an editor for WildGravity Travels. And with that, I'd like to share those with you here. I would also welcome everyone to share any pictures of the construction that they have taken as well. First will start off with the removal of Firehawk, ending with Orion being built. Hope you guys enjoy them! I may upload them slowly, since they are largish files, and I have horrible internet.
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    I’ll add some to get this thing going
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    It’s a snowy morning at the park as crews begin the day’s work on Orion! The webcams returned to operation yesterday after being out of service since October 20.
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    BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/january/international-street-and-royal-fountain-to-get-major-offseason-renovation
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    Plenty of movement from cranes today. Working on Winterfest, and Windseeker has been running. Pic via WeatherBug
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    The park once had a plan to restore old rides and put them back in operation. I wonder what ever became of that idea? I would love to see a Butter Cup, Tilt-O-Whirl and Sky Ride. I won't even dare to dream about some version of Enchanted Voyage coming back. I never see that happening.
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    Photos from WinterFest opening night: http://www.wildgravitytravels.com/orion-kings-island-update-30/ Video:
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    Do you mean the lift hill when you say "pull out on the drop?" Here is Fury 325, whose trains looks almost exactly like Orion's.
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    The Beach Waterpark in Mason is for Sale https://www.citybeat.com/arts-culture/culture/blog/21097174/the-beach-waterpark-in-mason-is-for-sale https://www.anchor-associates.com/property/the-beach-waterpark/
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    The food and ice cream was good, and affordable!
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    I just looked it up. They do in deed have one, although the park is only open to the public 4 times a year.
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    These are really good shots. Kinda neat seeing the piece of the plane in the one shot. And that's a lot of blue steel in the one shot in particular. The ones from a few years back by Admin are excellent and I've looked at those countless times.
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    Yep, we have an Aerial Flyovers section of the gallery: https://www.kiextreme.com/photogallery/index.php?cat=54 The Diamondback construction photos from the first one are here: https://www.kiextreme.com/photogallery/thumbnails.php?album=368
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    Very nice! I think the owner of this web site got to fly over the park several years ago, or maybe it was someone on the message board at the time.
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    Here are some aerials I got during the renovation. Overall, I'm happy with the outcome of it.
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    I always refer to Kings Island Central as Drama Central. This was back when they had posts subjects like line jumpers and kids dribbling basketballs. I agree that these things are annoying about the park, but the threads would go for like 20+ pages long. I got the point after the first 12 posts. Then someone posted a picture of a woman's back side in Daisy Duke cut off shorts and many of the members joined in on insulting the woman and making fun of her. Then Top Gun stole a bunch of my pictures and was posting them like they were his to do so. I walked away and have rarely been back. But I regress, I now have dragged some of that drama to this thread. I shale not mention it again.
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    Seriously excellent photos. Thank you. I particularly like the one of the Racer.
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    So construction is going on inside the old Tomb Raider building. Whether it is going to be a ride or some kind of new show in unknown. The only hint that we have is that it is going to utilize lasers and bubbles.
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    BLOG: Days before closing for good, Vortex roller coaster to give its 46 millionth ride https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/october/days-before-closing-for-good-vortex-roller-coaster-to-give-its-46-million-ride
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    This used to be fun when I was a kid and to short to get my face slammed back and forth between the over the shoulder harness. But even nostalgia won't make me miss this painful ride. I hope they save and reuse the coaster station for what ever goes in there next. That and Flight of Fear are the only two stations with any class.
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    Sad. Very sad indeed, but excited for what the future may bring. Here is my favorite shot I've taken of Vortex...
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    I just read somewhere that the Farmer's Almanac is predicting this winter is going to be a rough one.
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    BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/september/lift-base-set-on-new-orion-roller-coaster-coming-to-kings-island
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    I'll be at Haunt opening night Friday and I'm trying to get someone to go to West Virginia with me for the Mothman Festival, on Saturday. So if I don't post anything this weekend, that is why.
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    BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/september/kings-island-lays-first-track-piece-for-new-orion-roller-coaster
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    BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/august/kings-islands-new-orion-roller-coaster-ready-to-enter-vertical-phase-of-construction-progress
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    I used to co-host a music program on W.A.I.F. radio so I collected a lot of music to play during that program. W.A.I.F. is a none profit, public radio station in Cincinnati where everyone volunteers and DJs bring their own music.
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    Not at all. I have the Disco Duck album on CD-R.
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    I was thinking maybe a 4-D theater, but I was under the impression that they still had at least 1 of the two theaters in the Motion Theater building (The other theater being used for Urgent Scare). But even if nothing works in there anymore (assuming the theater guts are still in there), just the shape of the the auditorium would make it ideal for refitting for a new show... unless the size of the auditorium is just not big enough for what they want to do. Plus it is so far back behind Windseeker, people might not want to walk that far for a 4-D movie. But all I can do is speculate. Tomb Raider doesn't seem like it would have enough floor space for a dark ride, sooo...
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    So, last week Kings Island applied for Federal Trademarks of two names, Orion and Polaris. So one of these could be the name of the new attraction that is replacing Firehawk. There is also alleged leaked blue prints that were filed to the city of mason, but it only shows footers, foundation and steel needed to frame the base of the ride. Original Kings co-founder, Dennis Speigel, has looked over the blue prints and said, "This is (going to be) a Giga Coaster." So if this turns out to be true, it will be Kings Island's answer to Millennium Force. Allegedly, the new coaster will be 355 feet tall and reach speeds up to 93 miles per hour. You can read Cincinnati's channel 9 story here. https://www.wcpo.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/kings-island-files-blueprints-for-new-coaster
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    If you get a chance, do check out Holiday World, though the terrain is not kind. It is such a pretty park and the drive down, once you get past Louisville, is very scenic. Again, awful heat when we were there, 114 degrees heat index. We spent two days at a hotel in a little town and took our time because those hills. It just seems well run and Santa Claus the town is fun to explore. Also the Abbey and a nunnery, not sure what it is called, but incredible architecture and so old. We had fun despite the heat. At that time drinks were free, all you wanted. That helped. Good food too. But that was about 15 years ago as I recall.
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    It's Season Pass appreciation day at Kings Island the day before it officially opens for the season! Cold and rainy are the two words I would use to describe Season Pass Appreciation Day. Check out International Street's new pavers. They also got an unimpressive new Royal Fountain. Look at those little water sprays compared to the majestic tall one's that they had for the many years prior.
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    The new antique cars has more theming than any of the roller coasters that they have gotten since the Paramount owned days. This is a much smaller layout than the antique cars that Kings Island used to have, but it's still nice to see the classic ride return. It has been 14 1/2 years, but everything old is new again as Kings Island fans welcome an antique car ride back with open arms! Since I already drove to the park today, driving an antique car has little appeal to me. Still, I would drive one if the line wasn't so long and my feet and back weren't killing me. The original Les Taxis antique car ride opened in 1972 with the park but was taken out to make room for the eye sore that is Back Lot Stunt Coaster. The original antique cars gave their last rides in August of 2004. The front entrance to the ride is just dripping with nostalgia... which is a good thing!
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    BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/march/glockenspiel-to-return-for-kings-island’s-2019-season
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    I, for one, am very excited to learn of this!
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    Disney World in Florida is getting a new Skyride this year. You will be able to take it to a number of Disney resorts as well as from park to park. It will be like the paddle boat and monorail, where as it will take you from place to place although not into the parks. You will still need to get a park hopper if you want to spend half of your day at Magic Kingdom and the second half at Epcot, per say, but I think the skyride is free to get from place to place.
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    BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/march/new-brewhouse-restaurant-opening-at-kings-island NEW BREWHOUSE RESTAURANT OPENING AT KINGS ISLAND March 14, 2019 Kings Island will continue to build on its dining experience in 2019 with the opening of a new restaurant. The Miami River Brewhouse will be located in the Rivertown area of the park directly across from the award-winning Mystic Timbers roller coaster. The menu, personally crafted by Kings Island’s Executive Chef, James Major, will feature taps from the finest local breweries as well as appetizers, salads, gourmet sandwiches and premium burgers. Selections will include: Pull Apart Bread – cheddar, garlic butter, scallions with beer mustard and Sri-Rancha (appetizer) That’s One Big Pretzel – Bavarian twist with bacon jam and beer cheese (appetizer) Texas Bahn Mi – smoked beef, cucumber, carrot, cilantro with Sri-Mayo served on French bread London’s Bridge – fried cod, cheese, tartar sauce served with super slaw Big Bacon Burger – a double patty burger with Havarti cheese, candied onion, bacon jam and sliced bacon Impossible Burger – vegan burger with herb mustard, cucumber, lettuce, tomato and onion Last year Kings Island opened Coney Bar B Que, featuring various barbecue favorites including St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken and Queen City Sausage along with a fresh selection of side dishes. Miami River Brewhouse will be included in the park’s dining plans. Kings Island opens for the 2019 season on April 20. Click here for 2019 operating days and hours.
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    The kid that thought it was a good idea to try and jump on the roof of the elevator at Grad night was drunk. I'm pretty sure the girl who fell out of Flight Commander to her death was drunk. A guy I knew along with myself was behind some drunk guys on Son of Beast and we got hit in the face with their puke. Did you know that Disney World started selling beer in the park?
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    I don't drink either. I never have. There are a lot of alcoholics in my family yet I'm the one that gets liver disease. Personally, I don't think alcohol should be mixed with amusement parks.
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    It actually is a craft beer place that sells bar like foods. Besides the local brewed beer, they will serve premium burgers, a veggie burger, pull apart bread, and smoked beef, fried cod with cucumber, carrot, cilantro with Sri-Mayo served on French bread. I'm not sure if that is everything on the menu, but it's what they are advertising to sell this new eatery.
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    There is a remodel of International Street, Royal Fountain and a new restaurant called Brew house. I think Brew house is going in to where Red Hall Of Fame restaurant was.
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    Sky Ride. Enchanted Voyage. Yes, yes, yes, Mr. Roberts. Also, Tilt-O-Whirl in red, please. Antique Autos is a start.
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    I've never been a fan of Firehawk, but at least it is unique from the other coasters at Kings Island. Vortex has nothing special about it besides being a steal coaster that has the distinction of beating the crap out of you.
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    I just read that they have completely re-tracked the turn around on the Blue Racer. I think the red needed it worse, but every little bit helps.
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