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  1. I just remembered someone on Facebook had posted a picture of the track with one of the trains sitting on it just before they shut the cam off. But I didn't look at it very closely to see if it was true because I was on my cell phone and it was too small.
    2 points
  2. The Orion webcam is now officially offline through the end of March as the ride has completed structural work and is advancing towards testing. The park has released a full time-lapse of the construction: This is the final image from the Orion webcam before being taken offline today:
    2 points
  3. Only two track sections remain to be installed. The final column is in place.
    2 points
  4. BLOG: Photos: Racer roller coaster track work at Kings Island https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/december/photos-racer-roller-coaster-track-work-at-kings-island
    1 point
  5. They said before the train departed that this happens from time to time, and if you can't get it out, they had someone who can get it out for you after the ride.
    1 point
  6. I just read that they added a Vortex track piece to the inside of Mystic Timber's shed. It is hard to see in the shadows on the left hand side of the Mystic's coaster, but added in such a way that it looks like part of the theming that has been there since day one. They say you can spot it if your looking for it when the train stops for the radio.
    1 point
  7. Tricks And Treats Fall Fest, Kings Island's Halloween season event taking the place of Halloween Haunt which had to be canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, debuts September 26th and runs weekends for the rest of the season until November 1st! Event page: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/events/tricks-and-treats-fall-fest Activities include a costume contest, special food tasting, family-friendly attractions and games, and Trick-or-Treating throughout the park. BLOG: Ready, set, boo! All-new Tricks And Treats Fall Fest opens Sept. 26 at Kings Island https
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  8. My crotch doesn't miss King Kobra at all. *owch*
    1 point
  9. BLOG: Kings Island passholder loses 190 lbs. to ride newest roller coaster https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/august/kings-island-passholder-loses-190-lbs.-to-ride-newest-roller-coaster
    1 point
  10. Beast plaque presentation, ACE/GOCC Fall Freak Out 2004
    1 point
  11. 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.
    1 point
  12. My friend, Jeff Barklage, shot the briefing video that is in the last hut before you go up the stairs.
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  13. BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/june/official-orion-pov-video-released
    1 point
  14. I got my reservation for opening day (July second). If I just get to ride Orion and eat something... and check out any new collectable hat pins, then I will be good.
    1 point
  15. Kings Island Announces 2020 Season Opening Dates June 9, 2020 Update Park will open first to Season Passholders only, and will operate with stringent hygiene protocols, procedures to manage capacity and enable social distancing MASON, OH – Kings Island amusement park has put stringent health, safety and hygiene protocols in place to allow a safe opening. The park will be open initially for Season Passholders only and shortly thereafter for daily ticketholders. Key Park Opening Dates: Park Open to Season Passholders: July 2 – 11 Park Open to
    1 point
  16. Those look nice. Although the blue painted was better than the yellow painted, only the natural metal colored looks right on The Scrambler. 👌
    1 point
  17. BLOG: New Dodgem entrance sign installed at Kings Island https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/june/new-dodgem-entrance-sign-installed-at-kings-island
    1 point
  18. I didn't think the lawsuit had anything to do with DeWine giving it the go ahead. I suspect he gave the okay before he even knew of the lawsuit. Right now I am just waiting to see how many looters got Corona (no one was practicing safe distance) and how many looters get it (they weren't practicing safe distance either). The parks got what they wanted already so Cedar Fair should just drop the lawsuite.
    1 point
  19. I think with the smaller parks it's either open and try to make up some of that money or just go out of business.
    1 point
  20. I just saw a video where Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge were both had record sitting visitors and all the hotels were practically sold out. Quite impressive considering the big attractions, like Dollywood, have not re-opened yet. I guess after being cooped up for two months people were chomping at the bit to get out of the house and go somewhere. Universal Studios' City Walk and Disney Springs have all partially reopened. In our area, both Starlite Drive-In and Holiday Auto Theater have opened. I went to Holiday last night and saw the new "Invisible Man" and a horror movie called "Hunt.
    1 point
  21. The Racers is one of my all time favorites not just at Kings Island but all of the coasters I have been on. There is almost never a line more than 10 minutes and the ride does have alot of moments of air time.
    1 point
  22. I agree. There are a lot of evil people in the world. The evil ones will go on and it will be mostly good people who die from all of this.
    1 point
  23. D’Avanzo, who called his his hand built Dark ride in his garage Mystic Motel had filed a lawsuit against Kings Island for calling their coaster Mystic Timbers. I am not sure what became of that but Lawyers for Kings Island amusement park told D’Avanzo’s attorney that they considered the matter closed. Scott D’Avanzo was at it again by going after Silver Dollar City for their new water ride opening this year called Mystic River Falls. The surprise is that Silver Dollar City fired back at D’Avanzo with a 16-page lawsuit that accused D’Avanzo and Adrenalin Attractions of trademark infringement,
    1 point
  24. I think the only truly tricky part would be for it to cross over International Street. Disney's train goes up and over the entrance so it could be done if the park was willing to spend the money. Dollywood, the rail with netting comes down to stop people while the train passes and Cedar Point also has the rail. But for International Street, over head is the only way to go. They could even have steps off to the side that could go up to the train and make that a boarding platform as well. But that will never happen.
    1 point
  25. It seems to be more commonly referred to as Alabama 'Splash' Adventure these days. My guess is that this is because it is mostly water related activities with just a few flat rides. No roller coasters or big rides rides to speak of. Kind of like zoos that are mostly animals but have several flat rides. I have not been there, however, so I wouldn't know the facts. Just from the link you posted and the park's home page.
    1 point
  26. Also, Apex Parks has filed for bankruptcy: https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-amusement-parks-apex-bankruptcy-e89bf4f4-1943-44cc-94d4-9d022c6ca8f2.html Excerpt: Fantasy Island passholders are all getting refunded, however: https://www.wgrz.com/article/news/local/fantasy-island-to-refund-customers-for-2020-season/71-96f1019f-c8ae-4cf0-bd36-7a96ff2f8f9d Excerpt:
    1 point
  27. He and his sister own Alabama Adventure, originally Visionland. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_Splash_Adventure
    1 point
  28. I'll post some of my Viking Fury pictures here eventually. I just need to get out my external hard drive to find them.
    1 point
  29. I used to be able to get my tub spinning on The Monster while it was sitting still as the other two arms were loading and unloading. Not an easy task the way the tubs lean back when the ride is stationary. As an adult, I'm no longer coordinated enough to throw myself back and forth to pull this trick off, especially if I am riding with someone. Believe me, I have tried.
    1 point
  30. https://www.knotts.com/passholder-update A Message from Jon Storbeck, Vice President & General Manager of Knott's Berry Farm April 4, 2020 Update As we all continue to navigate this unprecedented situation, we want to thank you for your continued patience and support of Knott’s Berry Farm. Our team would like nothing more than to open our park and welcome you back. Clearly that is not an option for us right now, and our priority is to keep everyone safe --- our valued guests, our amazing associates, and our cherished communities. Given the uncertainty around o
    1 point
  31. Well, Six Flags has already been hurting. That is why they offered to merge with Ceader Fair not that long ago and Sea World last year. In the case of Six Flags, they might be better off to let it go because it doesn't seem like anyone there is savy enough to run a successful amusement park corperation.
    1 point
  32. Disney is taking such a beating with closures of all the parks, movie productions put on hold and canceled theatrical releases because of the coronavirus that its stocks have dropped to an all time low. Now Apple is thinking about making a take over offer. Apple Could Look to Acquire Disney Amid Stock Drop, Analyst Says
    1 point
  33. Yea, I'm not at all surprised.
    1 point
  34. All Great Wolf Lodge locations are closing for the rest of the month: COVID-19 UPDATE: GREAT WOLF LODGE CLOSING FROM MARCH 16—APRIL 1, 2020 The health and safety of our guests and pack members is always our primary focus and it guides all decisions made at Great Wolf Lodge. In response to COVID-19 we implemented enhanced sanitation measures at our resorts and provided CDC updates stating there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through the use of pools or hot tubs. We have had no reported positive COVID-19 cases within our guest or pack community. However, with the
    1 point
  35. To promote their 150th season this year, Cedar Point will be returning to it's roots. Just like the parks of yesterday, it will be free to get in and roam around, but if you want to enjoy one of the open attractions you have to purchase a ticket for that attraction. Think of the E-Ticket system that used to be at Disney or any carnival or fair today. If you want to ride everything and see all the shows, you can buy an "all day" wristband for $20.20. Otherwise it might cost you like $4.00 for one ride on Valravn or $3.00 for one ride on Wicked Twister. I'm just giving an example here, they hav
    1 point
  36. I was just thinking earlier this evening that a great place to catch the Coronavirus would be at a fast food restaurant. Some kid teen could catch it and then he or she is making your tacos or Big Mac, and you know they're kids so they will not have the best hygiene and washing their hands enough, if at all. And you know some of them will take short cuts on proper cleaning of dishes and equipment to get out of work faster, especially the boys. I just read that Target, even though it already has very clean stores, is increasing their cleaning budget to get them even cleaner to help prevent
    1 point
  37. Vortex's former location, now being fenced off, can be seen in this recent video of the park by Flyin High Dronez:
    1 point
  38. BLOG: Aerial view of Kings Island's new Orion giga coaster opening in April https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/march/aerial-view-of-kings-islands-new-giga-coaster-opening-in-april
    1 point
  39. I wouldn't think that Fun Spot would be big enough of a company to afford Indiana Beech anyway. I would guess that the property that their Orlando location sits on is their most valuable asset. Today their was a rally in front of Indiana Beeches front gate holding signs that said "Save Indiana Beach." The local government has now tasked themselves in helping to find a new owner. Save Indiana Beach rally.
    1 point
  40. Seems to me that the state could stop the company from taking any rides until everyone gets their full refund. People looking for refunds while company makes plan to move the rides to there parks this spring.
    1 point
  41. First Coney Island gets rid of their rides, then the Beach closes (again), what is next? I'm guessing either Camden Park or Beech Bend park.
    1 point
  42. This seems to have sprung up very quickly; lucky they had a lot of good weather this season.
    1 point
  43. They really should have saved the station and repurposed it. It was the classiest train station in the park. If they end up putting another coaster there you know that the station will end up being just another big boring box.
    1 point
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