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  1. The latest rumor is that a major attraction will be leaving Kings Island this year. Normally, my first guest would be Amazon Falls, because no one hardly rides that... but calling it a "major" attraction is being rather generous. So my second guess would be Vortex, because more people hate getting beat up on that ride than there are people who enjoy it. My third guess is Adventure Express, because most of the rides' dark elements haven't worked in a very long time and there is barely any upkeep on the elements that do still work (statues beating drums). Also, the company that made those coasters (Adventure and Vortex) has probably gone down hill, if it still exists at all, since the owner passed away, so replacement parts are going to become more difficult to come by (unless it's something that another company can duplicate, like a lift hill chain). But this is all just theory. I have no claim as to what is really going on with Arrow Dynamics or Kings Island. The second rumor is that Ceder Fair is adding coasters to five of its parks in 2018. So my other theory is that they could take out Vertigo and move it to a smaller park, like Michigan Adventure or something, and replace its spot at Kings Island with a flat ride or with nothing at all. A used coaster is still a new coaster for a park that doesn't already have one like it. I can't imaging Kings Island getting another coaster after just debuting Mystic Timbers this year, but I guess stranger things have happened.
  2. SSR1966

    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    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.
  3. I can hardly wait to vomit on it. 😀
  4. SSR1966

    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    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.
  5. SSR1966

    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    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...
  6. On a related note: Kissel Bros is no longer supplying rides for Darke County Fair. No more zipper. 😟
  7. Here is the safari pin.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Now they need to bring back the sky ride.
  11. I should be at Michigan Great Adventure this time next week! It's a new park to me.
  12. SSR1966

    Scariest coaster you have ever been on?

    Top Thrill Dragster.
  13. SSR1966

    Have you ever been on son of beast?

    Maverick.
  14. SSR1966

    How was king kobra coaster?

    It was a small coaster and a short ride. Seats wern't too uncomfortable. I remember it fell off the track once in the helix. It would go almost completely sideways to the left over the fence. After it fell off in the helix I was always worried it might fall off leaning left, impaling me on the fence. Other than that, the ride was more of a novelty and not very intense. It was the first coaster I ever saw that exited through the gift shop.
  15. SSR1966

    Have you ever been on son of beast?

    I've rode Son of Beast both with and without the loop. Riding it was like getting shook up in a paint mixer at a hardware store. The loop version was nicer because the loop was metal and going around it was about a second of smoothness. It gave you a little bit of a break from getting shaken. I wonder if the Rocky Mountain Construction make overs of wooden coasters makes Kings Island kind of wish they had not torn down Son of Beast.
  16. The Halloween Haunt Troll https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1-rl1RvAo8 The Christmas Elf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv6nqYFfufw
  17. Here is the Santa Toy Factory show from the year Paramount attempted Winterfest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVNTZpILwOY
  18. SSR1966

    Santa's Toy Factory, 2005

    I think they only did it one year because it lost money. I remember you had to pick a date and buy your ticket in advance. I guess they did this so that they would know how many people to schedule to work by how many tickets were sold. People did not like this system because if it was raining or some other kind of bad weather, they could not get a rain check or trade the tickets in for another day. With the current way they sell tickets, where you can buy them at the gate or get them off line on the day that you are going, people might skip a rainy night but come on another night. With Paramount you were locked into that date you purchased and if it was too wet and miserable to go, especially for your kids, you were just out that money. Paramount was afraid of losing money on a dead night where as Cedar Fair knows that if they don't get you this weekend then they will most likely catch you next weekend. This works for the park and it makes the guest happy to have options. Plus Cedar Fair allows season pass holders to use their passes where Paramount made pass holders pay for the event. Although Cedar Fair is not making any more money for pass holders to get in, the pass holder is still buying t-shirts and funnel cakes and that is just extra monies that the park might not otherwise make. This is just my best guess though. I don't claim to know Kings Island's business and I could be way off.
  19. Although I remember the roof scene with the dancing reindeer quite vividly, I can't find any record that it actually existed in the 80s'90s version of "Tinker's Toy Factory" (Called "Santa's Toy Factory" back then), but I did find this. it's a 1992 show called "Santa's Christmas Wish" which has the scene as I remembered it (stars overhead in the night sky) except it's two dancers dressed like snow flakes instead of reindeer. They still use that mad cap puppet technique were the performers are invisible wearing all black body suits and the snow flakes are fluorescent lit with a black light. I'm probably getting the two shows crossed in my memory, even though I remember "Santa's Toy Factory" but have no memory of ever watching "Santa's Christmas Wish." You can see the dancing snow flakes around the 11:08 minute mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJlkSW0a99U
  20. Although there are a quite a few differences between Santa's Toy Factory and Tinker's Toy Factory, you can see how the current Tinker show evolved from the 1991 show. Some of the same scenes and songs, just no Tinker character. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC89J7DhHzw
  21. SSR1966

    Santa's Christmas Wish 1992

    LOOK WHAT I FOUND! Now, I never went to the 2005 Winterfest, but the fact that this footage exists probably means the idea was also used in earlier International Theater Winterfest production. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m12T5VUE790
  22. SSR1966

    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    I think it is like having a business in the dead wing of a mall. Unless there is a popular store to act as an anchor, hardly anyone is going to come down to your wing. Cedar Point has two separate antique car rides and they could be looking to re-locate one. Still, I'll believe it when I see it or it's officially announced. It would make a great family ride, and like I said earlier, that area between the carousel and Coney Mall would be a good fit as far as the theaming goes, but the space looks so very small. Personally, I would like to see the train re-routed around the perimeter of the park. Once they figured out how to get it to cross the park entrance without disrupting the flow of pedestrian traffic, it would in theory, be smooth sailing to lay the rest of the track. I guess you would probably need Disney money to pull off that much investment into a train ride. You ever notice, with the exception of Dollywood, park trains always run in a clockwise direction? It could be a brand new flat, like Windseeker was before it opened. Something so new that no one is even thinking about it. I guess about 4 months from now we will have our answers.
  23. SSR1966

    Major attraction leaving after this year.

    I guess we all know now that the "major attraction" that is leaving is Dinosaurs Alive, especially considering that it is already gone. I do miss the T-Rex standing at the park entrance. As far as new rides, if they put antique cars where the construction is currently going, it would be a very tight and/ or very short ride. Maybe not if you include Tower Garden in the antique car space. Having thought about it, putting antique cars on the Dinosaurs Alive path would be a bad move because it is so far off the beaten path, back behind The Racer. No one would ride it because out of sight, out of mind. A big new coaster could thrive back there but not a antique car ride. I think this is The Bat's problem as well. A mile away from the next closest ride (Banshee) is just too far for regulars and hidden from new guests. Plus, I would think the park would want the cars visible, and between Coney Mall and the carousel would be perfect. I thought about the rumor of a barbecue restaurant going into that space but the space is too big unless they're building another Festhaus type of place, but that is awfully close in proximity to the Festhaus. A regular sized restaurant would take up even more of that small space for antique cars. Personally, I would get rid of those awful burritos and convert that space to barbecue. Also, if it was just going to be a normal sized restaurant, they could have just customized the building that was already there rather demolishing and starting over. For Winterfest, they converted the burrito place to a loaded mac-n-cheese or loaded tater tots place and it is very good. They should just convert and serve that year around. I wouldn't be surprised if the park didn't get any new attractions at all. Mystic Timbers last year was good enough that no one should be able to complain if there is not any new rides next year... but they still will. Maybe throw in a couple of classic midway carnival rides and call it a day. A Tilt-O-Whirl would be nice but it's not that much different from The Monster. .
  24. The Butler County Fair happens every July at the Butler County Fair Grounds in the city of Hamilton. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr4IZGZJtvI&feature=youtu.be
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    The Butler County Fair in Hamilton, Ohio

    I actually made the trip to Darke County Fair because you had mentioned that you saw a Zipper ride there. What a trip that ride was.
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