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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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    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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    Its making me nervous that this will be a b&m wing coaster in x base....
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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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    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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    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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    I think Orion goes along better with the theming in that area with Flight Of Fear.
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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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    I have only been to... Kings Island Cedar Point Michigan Adventures Dollywood Camden Park Universal Islands of Adventure MGM Disney Hollywood Studios The Magic Kingdom... And LeSourdsville Lake/ Americana, Cypress Gardens and Fantasy Farm back in the day. I'd like to go to more while I am still able.
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    I still love The Monster but hardly ever get to ride it because my friends don't like rides that spin. I used to love the actual Skylab as well but it doesn't seem like it was there for very long. I think someone told me that they have a "Skylab" still at Carowinds and as of right now I'm planning on visiting all the parks I can drive to this summer. I looked in to going to California to go California Great Adventure and Knottsberry Farm, but then realized it would be at least $1500.00 each just for plane tickets, hotels and car rental. I doubt I'll ever make it out to the West coast unless something drastic happens and prices drop or someone I know moves out there and lets me sleep on their floor.
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    Oh yes, you are correct. I remember now. All the store fronts are named after former Coney rides except for Monster, which is still there. Hopefully it's name being included doesn't mean it's going to become a former ride like the others.
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    "O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still..." um, where's the flag? ~ Francis Scott Key I wasn't expecting there to be fire works tonight being that it is Season Pass night. I would say this is the first park's fireworks of the year but technically the fireworks on New Years eve were the first.
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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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    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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    This is awesome! So glad KI is returning some of the things that made it great and was taken away! They’re really upping their game in making the park more beautiful to look at! Hope they keep bringing more classic rides back as well.
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    The bad thing about paver bricks is that I see a lot all over the park that are either cracked or have holes in them. If someone should be foolish enough to wear heals it will just be a matter of time before an ankle is twisted. Wearing heals doesn't make much since at an amusement park and not likely to happen, but if there is a way for some dim person to hurt themselves the odds will increase. I could see wearing boots with a more comfortable type of heal during cold weather, like during Haunt or Winterfest.
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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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    Unless the supposed giga also goes back behind adventure Express and banshee there is not enough room in the DA area. B&m cannot pull off quick transitions. A giga in that area would be a little bigger than i305's footprint. B&m needs lots of room. Fury goes from the back of the park around to the front and around toward intimidator. If a b&m giga goes in that space it will be another POS like raging bull. With the plans cancelled for CGA's hypercoaster due to lack of chain performance maybe CF passed on the giga and is putting in a wing or dive?
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    ^Agreed. I sure as hell hope KI does ANYTHING but blow ~$25 million on one of those sleeping pills known as a "Bolliger and Mabillard Wing Roller Coaster". Gatekeeper - never did I think a ride could deliver so well in the aesthetics department, but so poorly in the excitement department... Thankfully enough, if I had to guess we'll get a Giga for 2020. Unfortunately it's not going to be by Intamin... However, a B&M Giga I think will still be pretty good.
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    https://ohiostatefair.com/ride-provider-2019-2022/ Talley Amusements to provide rides at the Ohio State Fair from 2019 through 2022 COLUMBUS – The Ohio Expositions Commission has completed the more than six-month process to select a ride provider for the Ohio State Fair. Today, the commission named Talley Amusements from Fort Worth, Texas, as the carnival ride provider for a four-year contract beginning in 2019. “Talley Amusements is a rising star in the amusement business,” explained Ohio State Fair General Manager Virgil Strickler. “Talley’s commitment to safety, ride maintenance and quality, and professionalism contributed to the company receiving the highest score in our robust selection process.” A Request for Proposal (RFP) was distributed to carnival companies throughout the country in February, with proposals received from five companies: Amusements of America, Belle City Amusements, Kissell Entertainment, Reithoffer Shows and Talley Amusements. A selection team comprised of the executive officers of the Ohio Expositions Commission, as well as four Ohio Expo Center & State Fair staff members, completed a comprehensive process evaluating proposals based on a number of criteria including: Quality of rides, games, shows and other concessions Current operation/management philosophies and polices Past experience and previous performance for the last three years (including daily timeliness of ride, game and attraction opening; frequency which rides and shows are not operating; ride, game and show general appearance; lot cleanliness; personnel cleanliness; proper posting of information and signage) Safety (including current safety policies and procedures as well as a review of all general liability claims and loss run outlining serious injuries or accidents) The top three finalists, Talley Amusements, Amusements of America and Reithoffer Shows, were invited to Columbus to make presentations before the selection team in May. Members of the team then visited each carnival finalist while in operation at a fair in order to view and evaluate rides, record-keeping and operational procedures. “Talley Amusements is honored to be the next amusement provider at the Ohio State Fair,” said Tom Talley, President of Talley Amusements. “We look forward to putting our 200-plus years of combined experience to work, delivering the safest and best-possible entertainment experience, adding another successful chapter to the proud Ohio State Fair tradition. Our commitment to the people of Ohio and the State Fair is to provide a destination experience, while continuing to set establishing industry best-practices for safety and quality.” Talley Amusements has provided rides at many fairs and festivals, including the Iowa State Fair, State Fair of Texas and Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Amusements of America provided rides at the Ohio State Fair the previous 26 years, with the most recent contract concluding with the 2018 Ohio State Fair. The Ohio Expo Center is proud to host the Ohio State Fair. With big-name entertainment, educational activities, hundreds of exhibits and one of the largest junior livestock shows in the nation, the 2019 Ohio State Fair will run July 24 – Aug. 4. For more information, visit ohiostatefair.com or call 1-614-644-FAIR or 1-888-OHO-EXPO.
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    They seriously need a Tilt-A-Whirl, but maybe they feel like it is to much like The Monster. I love Tilt-A-Whirls, but if I had to choose, I would keep The Monster. There are so many unique roller coasters in other countries, I wish they would improve on and make improved versions of some of those, like the Ultra Twister.
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    For some reason, everyone thinks that a Giga (Millennium Force) is going to replace the defunct coaster. I don't know if that is one person's wishful thinking that other people are grasping on to like it's fact or if there is some truth to it. Firehawk has had a lot of issues lately. It has broken down a lot. But as far as I know, it is the only "flying underneath" coaster in Ohio. It is rather unique for the Midwest. Cedar Fair doesn't have one and I'm pretty sure Kentucky Kingdom doesn't either. You may just have to travel to a Six Flags to ride one. Plus, it seems like it was recently added to the list of open rides come Winterfest. But I only hear rumors. I know of no facts. Although, if they were to put a new coaster back in that Area 51 hole with Flight of Fear, it would really pick up attendance and create a new viable midway. Vortex gets my vote because it is such a rough ride that beats up grown ups. But it is one of the first coasters that kids can ride before getting tall enough for Diamondback and so forth. Needles to say, I'm torn, although kids aside, I would like to see it go. Someone else pointed out that the funeral signs and flowers are Firehawk colors, and the seats are in rows of four at the layout, just like Firehawk sits 4 in a row. But this could just be people reading too much into things. Regardless, the anouncement will be made at the end of this week about which coaster is going to suddenly have a super long wait through the rest of October as everyone tries to get as many last rides in as possible.
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    https://www.wlwt.com/article/rip-kings-island-confirms-one-of-its-biggest-roller-coasters-is-leaving/23398846
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    This original post is from 2017, but at Halloween Haunt this year there is a a funeral set up by the floral clock and a sign that says something to the effect of, it's big and it's leaving on October 28, 2018. My guesses are Vortex, because it beats everyone to death. Firehawk, because it has been broke down a lot lately and could be moved to Michigan Adventures or something, and they would have all of that land back behind there in the old Dinosaurs Alive to build something big and new. Adventure Express, because like I said earlier, most of the elements don't even work anymore. Invertigo is hardly ridden anymore since Banshee went in and could easily be moved to another park, again, like Michigan Adventures. But Invertigo isn't all that big so I don't know. Maybe if they took it out along with Congo Falls and move the parks fence out closer to the parking lot...
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    Talley has a Zipper, so the State Fair will have one. http://talleyamusements.com/rides/classes/thrill
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    On a related note: Kissel Bros is no longer supplying rides for Darke County Fair. No more zipper. 😟
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    They sell collector pins at the park, they're like trucker hat pins or lapel pins, they're made of metal with acrylic paint. This year they had a Lion Country Safari pin and it was the first one that I bought. I try to collect them from the places I go. Kings Island has pins of current rides like Banshee and Diamondback, but they always throw in a few retro rides each year as well, like Screamin' Deamon, King Kobra and the American Eagles. I put off getting The Vortex last year and the park was sold out of them by the second week this year. I'm kind of bummed I missed that one. Probably all bought up by a scalper because some guy is selling them on Ebay for $15.00 each. I'm not paying that much for a pin. But anyway, I was instantly excited when I saw the Safari and bought it first thing.
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    It's not like they're going to introduce a new Peanuts themed Enchanted Voyage, so really, a Sky Ride is all they have left, unless they decide to go with a few flat rides, like a new Rotor or Bavarian Curve. Personally, I wouldn't mind coming across a Butter Cup ride. I remember that being great fun.
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