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  1. SSR1966

    The Spambots Return...

    This post made a bit more sense yesterday, when spambots had messages posted everywhere.
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    So when ever I try to log in to the forum I get an "unsecured" warning from Firefox telling me not to do it. Is this an easy fix or a complicated pain?
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    I used to get this message all the time from the computer from work, but only in the last week started getting it on my home computer. I know that it just means someone can steal my log in information, and since I don't use this password any where else, it's no big deal to me. Any new visitors who aren't aware of what it is, however, could be frightened off from joining or logging in. That's all I'm concerned about.
  4. Here is a video I threw together over the last 3 Fridays of Halloween Haunt. I shot it all on my cell phone and used Windows Movie Maker to edit it.
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    MYSTIC TIMBERS: New for 2017!

    I tried to get more current pictures but always had a difficult time getting back there before night fall. That's one of the drawbacks of going with a large group... everyone wants to do something different.
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    MYSTIC TIMBERS: New for 2017!

    Construction is so far along that these pictures are very out dated now, but alas, they are the newest that I have.
  7. I really didn't think I was going to get a season pass this year. I am so deep in medical debt that I didn't have the money to buy one and with my medical issues I didn't know if I would be able to use it much even if I did get one. Having the great friends that I do, they came through for my Birthday with the money to renew for the 2016 season. My friends are the best! They actually gave me enough money that I could even upgrade to a Platinum pass or get the food pass add on. I wasn't all that crazy about the park food when I had the food add on in 2014, but then I remembered someone telling me that the park had added on some more restaurant choices since I last had it, including Coney Fries. Last haunt, one of my friends got a bacon cheese fry that she shared with me that was so good that I went for the food pass just so that I could eat my fill of this Coney fries delicacy... In retrospect, should have gotten the Platinum pass instead. It's now opening day of the park and I quickly renew my pass before running out the door. I pull into the fancy new parking lot entrance only to discover that in my rush to leave, I accidentally left my Gold pass on my computer desk. I only live about 25 minutes away, so I thought I would just turn around and go home to retrieve it. The only problem is that there is no way to turn around once you get into the entrance lane. I had to use my debt card to pay parking which I could then go up to the ticket sales booth to get my money back. I could have just as easily forgotten my debit card also, since that is what I used to renew my pass on line. What would have happened then? Would I just have to abandon my car at the gate? The good news is that I could use my gold Pass information to get a day ticket, so I would not need to drive all the way home and back, but the line to get that day ticket and to get my parking money refunded was well over an hour. Once inside the park I started making my way back to Diamondback to meet my friend, who has been waiting patiently for me this whole time. The first thing I notice is that both LaRosa's and skyline on International Street have lines out the doors. Everyone seemed to be taking advantage of their food pass on this opening day. I made my way around the corner and Chick-Fil-A also had huge lines in front of it. It looked like at least an hour wait for all three of these eateries. It's not often you see lines at the restaurants that are as long as the lines for the roller coasters. I meet up with my friend and we get in line for Diamondback. It's over a two hour wait. Despite having just stood in line for over an hour at the ticket sales booth, the first hour of waiting for diamondback is not too bad. The next half hour I become really uncomfortable from standing for that long, but the last half hour is pure agony. Standing on concrete for that long is Hell on the old hernia and back. (Side note: it is a water hernia brought on by Ascites, no intestine poking through, so my doctor said it was okay to ride everything except for the water slides where you lay down as opposed to riding a raft). When I finally got to the coaster train I was so looking forward to finally sitting down, but then I was totally grossed out by how filthy the seats were. Black grime from people's hair and hands... it is pretty disgusting. It seemed like the park was trying to keep up with the seat grime in the last few seasons but this year (and I guess the end of last year) they just stopped worrying about it again. It's a shame considering how clean the rest of the park is, that they let this one black eye go untreated. Once off the ride, we decide to go eat. Being so close to the bacon cheese fries, it's the obvious choice for me. So, I limp to the Coney Cut fries in Rivertown, anticipating the treat I have been waiting all winter to try again... only to discover that the bacon cheese fries is not on the food pass menu... just chicken tenders and corn dog bites. It's my own fault for just assuming and not researching what is available with the food pass, but I am so crushed and disappointed that I cannot even begin to tell you. So far, this day has just sucked... first world problems, I know. So we make our way up past Back Lot Stunt Coaster and I limp the length of Coney Mall until we come to Hank's Burritos, where we meet up with a third friend. Hank's, being the first restaurant to close in the park every day, has already shut their doors, but they probably have a good twenty minutes worth of customers inside still waiting to be served. I'm just glad to be able to sit down at a table for a few minutes while my two friends talk. Soon, my third friend's husband returns from Festhaus with two of their four kids. Apparently, the line was so long at the Festhaus that he gave up and abandoned his place in line. He's hoping that he will get to stop at Larosa's or skyline on the way out, but those two locations can get quite crowded at closing. They are always the last two restaurants to close in the evening and everyone wants to use their food pass that one last time before heading home for the evening. Parting ways with our mutual friend and her husband, we head to the Chicken shack in Action Zone. This is my friend’s favorite restaurant and it used to be mine as well, but with the Ascites, I'm not supposed to be eating a whole lot of salt, and Chicken shack is about as salty as you can get. The line isn't as bad as it has been at the other eateries that we have passed, so I throw caution to the wind and commit to the Chicken Tenders, garlic bread and seasoned French fries. Before I even get close enough to the counter to order, the Chicken shack runs out of chicken, but quickly brings in a new batch. I see the cook pick up a good sized seasoning salt shaker and shakes a nice thick coat over the freshly cooked tenders. As soon as I see this, I know I'm going to regret eating this... and I was correct. The food does taste good, although not as good as I remember it tasting in 2014. The meat was very dry and over cooked. Normally one would expect the food to be great because it is opening day and everyone is excited for their new job, but this was more like "end of the season" chicken after all the employees are burned out and ready for the job to end already. After I leave the park I stop at the Meijer store on Fields-Ertel on the way home. It is the last night of their "Buy 10, get an 11th one free" sale. Before I even get out of the store all my muscles in my hands, arms and legs start cramping and locking up. It's like having Charlie Horses in all of your limbs at the same time and there is nothing you can do except ride it out for the 45 minutes or more until it passes. In the past, I only get these cramps when I lie down or relax. This is the first time that I have ever experienced this while walking. I was starting to worry that I might need to be carried out of the store. I had never had it this severe before. This is my life now if I eat too much salt. Needless to say, I haven't had The Chicken Shack again. Just for the record, just because I can no longer eat it doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't. It still is the best value in the park for what you pay. So over all, my first day at Kings Island was pretty awful, to no fault of the park. I really should have checked what the food options were before buying that food pass and it is just my own misfortune that I forgot my season pass and I spent most of my visit in just two different lines. If given the opportunity down the road, however, I think I will go with a Platinum Pass rather then get the food pass add on. I have never been to Cedar Point but would like to while I'm still healthy enough to ride coasters. They really need to get back to cleaning the seats on the rides though. Gross.
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    Kings Island; 4-16-2016

    Now that I wrote a trip report for my worst day, I'm going to write one for my best day.
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    MYSTIC TIMBERS: New for 2017!

    Adam House, design engineer from GCI, is from Northern Kentucky and spent many days of his youth at Kings Island. To wrap things up, they showed the virtual on ride video twice and said there would be an announcement for a second major attraction sometime in August. I wonder what that will be?
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    MYSTIC TIMBERS: New for 2017!

    The train was parked to the left to keep fans from wandering off and getting lost in Tombstone TERRORtory. I'm not sure if this is vice president and general manager of the park, Greg Scheid or Public Relations Area Manager Don Helbig. They look kind of the same from back here.
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    MYSTIC TIMBERS: New for 2017!

    A lot of video bloggers here tonight, but mostly roller coaster and Kings Island fans. The announcement was set up to happen behind the old Tomb Raider/ Vault/ Madame Fatale's Cavern of Terror building. It was projected on the building's back wall.
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    MYSTIC TIMBERS: New for 2017!

    The night of the big announcement. These are the best I could do with a point and shoot camera. The line to get into the announcement was longer than that of Diamondback.
  13. a nice read on Fantasy Farm. http://www.daytonlocal.com/blog/community/memories-of-fantasy-farm.asp
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    Dyson Airblades hand dryers

    Weren't we talking about these hand dryers not that long ago? I think we were talking about how gross they were because of the water that pools up in the bottom. http://www.simplemost.com/eww-study-finds-that-dyson-airblades-spread-germs-1300-times-more-than-paper-towels/?source=WCPO&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=WCPO
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    I'm New Here!

    It's a TRAP!
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    BLOG: Thrill rides an escape route at Halloween Haunt

    I haven't been able to ride anything since last July, do to medical issues, but I'm going to try to get one last ride on Diamondback before the park closes for 2015.
  17. It was great to see Hot Blooded return this year. That Skeleton Crew thing that they had last year was quite boring.
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    I'm New Here!

    Welcome! Things are a bit more quiet around here than Central, but that means it doesn't have all the drama either.
  19. New show with Host Joe Bob Briggs that is trying to get picked up as a TV series. The first episode is about the The Amusement Park Drive-in just outside Billings, Montana. It's a drive-in theater built and operated by a former traveling carnival owner. It's a drive-in with a working roller coaster and a few other none working rides that the owner hopes to get running again sometime in the near future. Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp6qb-fqUxQ&app=desktop
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    The Amusement Park Drive-in

    The Amusement Park Drive-In web page. http://www.amusementparkdriveinonline.com/Home_Page.html They are also on Facebook.
  21. Kentucky Kingdom has... "passed through several operators’ hands, added rides such as one “haunted” coaster and a few others that have set records, and closed and reopened more than once (including one time after a horrifying tragedy) has more twists and turns than Space Mountain. And the question of whether or not the park will stay open in its current incarnation remains to be seen. This is the fascinating story of Kentucky Kingdom. http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20150903/30524/kentucky-kingdom-s-wild-roller-coaster-ride
  22. The Abandoned Theme Park That Finally Got a Storybook Ending This Maryland amusement park was once an East Coast version of Disneyland and was left for dead until one woman rescued it Read the article here -> http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-marylands-enchanted-forest-had-its-own-storybook-ending-1-180956318/?no-ist
  23. Inspired by the “American Pickers” reality television show, a pair of collectors is scouring Europe for classic rides to bring back to Cedar Fair amusement parks in the United States and Canada. The duo was sent on the continent-spanning scavenger hunt by Cedar Fair Chief Executive Matt Ouimet, a former Disneyland president who is hoping the refurbished family rides will add a nostalgic atmosphere to the chain’s 11 amusement parks. “We believe that we can bring some classic rides back to the parks, maybe that were there years before,” Ouimet said. The rest of the story can be found here... http://www.latimes.com/travel/themeparks/la-trb-cedar-fair-flat-rides-20150806-story.html#page=1
  24. I remember seeing one episode where they found an old carnival ride in some guys barn, but he wanted to much and they did not get it. They never got a good shot of it so I don't know what kind of ride it was, but I'm pretty sure it was just a kiddie ride. If Ceder Fair did land a "pickers" series, I would definitely watch it.
  25. I wonder if Cedar Fair is hoping to get interest in a TV series with this idea? Seems like a lot of those rides referenced in the articles are still readily available. No need to go searching through old barns to find them.