My friends and I arrived at the park yesterday (5/1) at around 6:30-7:00 P.M. to get our Platinum Passes processed for the year. It was quite a heavy downpour so we headed for the nearest shelter, which was the processing center. Once inside, it didn't take too long to process our passes as they had many booths open with many staff so the process was a little hectic but still pretty smooth with the help from the workers. We entered the park not knowing Kings Island's policy on rain and we soon found out that they really wouldn't run anything in heavy rain, only very light rain/drizzle. We waited outside of Diamondback for a while because we hadn't ridden it yet for the year. We were pretty excited but decided to give up after a while because we didn't know if there was any hope of the rain stopping.
We then headed over to The Crypt and that was a walk-on and I still remember it being pretty much the same as last year only my memory may be a little foggy. After this, we checked back on Diamondback to discover that it was still not open. This made the decision for us to head over to Flight of Fear and enjoy that. The wait was around 10-15 min. and not too bad. It was kind of lighted in the spaghetti bowl, which was somewhat unenjoyable because I like the dark's feeling because you don't know what's going to happen next (unless you memorized the layout).
As soon as we exited Flight of Fear we saw Diamondback's lift and a train going up it empty in the testing phase of operations. We started sprinting back to Diamondback and got there with a little bit of a line extending outside of the entrance around a little sitting area. We waited around 5-10 min. and had a decent ride. I honestly didn't like Diamondback at first but grew to love it the next day. After this let-up of rain, we figured that the other coasters would be open so we headed for the Beast. I like the new sign for its 30th anniversary. It was fun as usual and kind of cool in the ominous, cloudy sky.
We then did a variation of other rides to finish off the night including Vortex, Firehawk, and then an attempt at Diamondback again at the end of the night around 9:55. We were in the station but then it slowly started to rain a teentsy bit heavier and they just said they were shutting it down and see you tomorrow.
We woke up at around 6:30 in preparation since we had five people. We had showers, breakfast at Waffle House, and then headed to the park at around 8:20. We waited from 8:30 to 9:00 to get in. We also noticed people with VIP lanyards around their necks. Does anyone know how you obtain one of these? I know they were there for some open house as well. Anyway, we walked back to Diamondback and waited about 10 min. for the first time. After this, the line slowly decreased even with the same amount of people because of the awesome ride-ops at Diamondback and the ride's capacity and function itself. We got in about 5 rides for the morning ERT. We then did other stuff throughout the day and it was notably more busy today because it was pretty much sunny all day and with no rain. We rode the Beast, the Racer, Flight Deck, Son of Beast, Invertigo, The Crypt, and then a final attempt on Diamondback at around 5:45.
This final attempt was in the very back seat on the left with my other friend sitting to my right. We had ridden in the back before and knew that it was very forceful and fun (similar to Maverick in the back). Everything was going along normal and when we hit the mid-course brakes we stopped up there. I initially thought that someone had spewed back at the station or they had some type of loading jam and they had to stall us there for some reason. Turns out that there was the classic "technical difficulties" and that they'd get it up shortly. Well, we waited for about 15 minutes for a ride-op to come up to notify us that they were working on it, yada-yada. They slowly trickled more people up the spiral staircase to the top of the brakes to tell us it would be okay. They eventually had about ten people up there. They initially told us that they were most likely going to roll us down, get us going, and send us back to the station. This turned into manually releasing us and having us walk down the staircase and back to the main path. We finally left around 7:30 and the green train was till stuck on the mid-course brakes then.
Notes: Overall, I was impressed with Diamondback mainly in the very front seat or very back. I think that it is a good addition to the park and takes a few rides for it to take the full effect. Also, the ride operators of Diamondback do an excellent job with it and the ride itself runs very well. Besides being stuck on the mid-course brakes, the ride runs great. Great trip overall with many rides!