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  1. Kings Island is open until 10:00 P.M. tonight! (8-01-20)
  2. Ah, yes. The Beach On Ice. That was a pretty fun event for being such a small budgeted affair. The ice surface for the skating rink was horrible, though.
  3. I rode one at Brown County Fair a few yeas ago, but didn't feel pressed to ride it again when I saw it at Dark County Fair, Coney Island Cincinnati or Michigan Adventures. The one at Brown County would go around clockwise, then change directions and go around backwards. The other 3 went clockwise for the entire ride, and then the next set of riders would go in reverse. It was like they broke the ride cycle into two parts.
  4. Indiana Beach is opening a new (to them) flat ride in the next week or so. They are mostly done assembling it and just need to do the testing. It is the Flying Bobs ride. As a matter of fact it came from Coney Island here in Cincinnati. If they were planning on only buying one ride, I am not sure why decided to pick that one. Maybe it was was the only ride left for sale or the price was just too good to past up.
  5. The Beach had an early model of Water Coaster where you would go all the way up a hill carrying your raft then gravity power would pull you to the bottom. It was a lot of fun. I only ever got to ride it twice, once each on to different visits.
  6. This is my first time hearing of this, but Holiday World opened their water park, Splashin' Safari, this last July 4th. They also debuted their new water coaster on this day called Cheetah Chase. This is the a dueling water coaster that is powered by propulsion with targeted water nozzles. it is also the first closed circuit water coaster. That means instead of starting at the top and getting off at the bottom, you go in a complete circuit and get off in the same station where you got on. The article I read said that this third water coaster makes makes Holiday World the water coaster capital of the World. I guess other parks only have one or two water coasters. Holiday World's Cheetah Chase water coaster.
  7. Because of Corona, 18 rides have not opened this year or have closed. I am speculating that this is just because they do not have enough employees to open everything, although the park hasn't given a reason that I am aware of. The park brings in a lot of foreigners to work, but with all the air travel bans and restrictions going on this has become more of a challenge this year. Surprisingly, Top Thrill Dragster is one of the closed rides, but the park hopes to get it open eventually. The rides currently closed include... the Antique Cars, SlingShot, WindSeeker, Rougarou roller coaster, Joe Cool’s Dodgem School, Planet Snoopy, Frontier Fling, Wave Swinger, Gemini roller coaster, Monster, Wicked Twister, Blue Streak roller coaster, Cedar Downs Racing Derby, Super Himalaya and the Top Thrill Dragster coaster. Snoopy Bounce attraction, Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island and... Snake River Falls That is 4 closed coasters and 11 closed flat rides counting Planet Snoopy as a single ride. It is an area that has more than one ride or attraction. That is quite a few closed kiddie rides. Kings Island's Orion has reservation seating, meaning you get a ticket (that is free) that tells you what time to come back to ride. Cedar Point has three coasters you need to get reservations for, which are... Millennium Force, Maverick, Steel Vengeance Top Thrill Dragster will require a reservation ticket as well... if it opens. Oh yea, the Soak City water park didn't open this year either.
  8. Not only nuts, but stupid and a real lack of common sense these days.
  9. There is no rush. Just take your time and do a little at a time.
  10. Since your quarantined any way, You should take an hour or two every other day, organize and box all your collection together, like your old CDs and photos. You could give the photos to your kids and sell the other stuff.
  11. Walt Disney World has confirmed that three current attractions have permanently closed. The first is the Stitch's Great Escape ride in The Magic Kingdom, which only opened on extremely busy days because no one liked it and not many people ever rode it. The second is the Primeval Whirl, which is basically a "wild mouse" coaster with spinning seats with hard turns that slammed riders around. It is considered by many riders to painfull and the spinning seats made them sick. The one time I was at the Magic Kingdom I never saw either of these attractions and never heard of either one before now. The last attraction is the Animal Kingdom's Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular. I have never been to Animal Kingdom, but from what I understand, it is some kind of light show that happens out side at night. All night time shows are on hold in the Disney parks because the parks can't assure social distancing while people gather to watch them, like the fire works per say. Some day after Corona is under control or gone, all the night time shows will come back, but Rivers of Light will not. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE!
  12. I have yet to get one of the snoopy ones. I only had enough money last moth to buy the new Halloween Haunt, Phantom Theater, Festhause, Adventure Express, and Vortex (1987 - 2019). This month I am hoping to get a nice new Kings Island pin with the tower on it and Flight of Fear. if I have enough for a third one I'm not sure which one I will get yet. Maybe an Orion one.
  13. 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.
  14. SANDUSKY, Ohio — Three Cedar Point employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, the amusement park confirmed to 3News Wednesday evening. Contact tracing is under way to determine who the associates may have interacted with. No details are being provided on their health status due to privacy concerns, but officials say the individuals were screened prior to the park reopening last week. (I believe Kings Island screens their employees before every shift, not just once a week.) Keep in my mind that just because the employees have caught it, that does not mean that they caught it at the park/ work. Read the rest of the story here!
  15. So a blogger posted this picture complaining about the Disney in Florida not enforcing social distancing. Here is the exact same photo taken from another perspective. These two pictures from Theme Park review shows how you can't trust everything you see on the internet. There just seems to be a whole lot of people out there who want to see the world burn and get some clicks on the internet while doing it. Clicks = add revenue.
  16. SSR1966


    My friend, Jeff Barklage, shot the briefing video that is in the last hut before you go up the stairs.
  17. From Kings Island on July 8th. “We have had an associate who tested positive for COVID-19. Out of respect and for the privacy of our associates, we do not provide details of any individual’s health status. Kings Island continues to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding contact tracing. The affected associate was screened, as per usual, prior to park opening. In accord with CDC guidelines, our associate and guest screening procedures and contact tracing protocols along with social distancing and proper face coverings are designed to facilitate a safe in-park experience for our guests and associates. “Our policy as it pertains to any associate confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 is to send that individual home for 14 days or until they test negative. Simultaneously, any associate(s) identified as having close contact with an associate who has tested positive will also be sent home for 14 days or until they test negative. The workstation and general workplace where the affected associate(s) work will be sanitized and will not reopen to other associates or guests until proper cleaning of the facility has been completed. The health and safety of our associates and guests is always our top priority.” You can read the story on Fox and on WCPO, which is Channel 9 in Cincinnati
  18. SSR1966


    My first ride on Orion! My mask slipped down under my nose during the ride. More to come eventually.
  19. cirrhosis of the liver, a giant hydrocele hernia making it difficult to walk or even to get out of bed, stroke like symptoms resulting from ammonia levels getting to high, and causing confusion sometimes, years of a dry coughing, constant fatigue and super sore muscles. Even though I have never drank. all of these are from the liver disease. Then I actually did have a mini stroke or two about two years ago. I am lonely, my house is a junk pile, my brother has been sneaking into my dead bolted room and stealing my stuff, corona, riots, destruction of both private and public property, Amazon Forest is still burning, started by people clearing the land for farming, and over 20% of it is gone. This forest is one of the primary things that produce oxygen and create climates. There are other large forest getting cleared in other countries as well as Austrailia also being on fire. Politicians have reached a whole new low on using their power to align there pocket books and those of their friends. Republicans and Democrats have reached a new low in slinging mud and fake news at each other in attempts to to seize power and liberals want to control what we think, see and hear. !00's of women disappear every day but because it doesn't fit the news' narrative you hardly hear anything about it. Is it no wonder that I no longer care if I catch Corona and die or not?

  20. They started a ticket reservation to ride Orion today that should cut back on how long you will be standing in the hot sun to ride.
  21. 2 and a half hours in the hot sun while waiting for Orion was brutal! Wearing a mask the whole Time made it thrice as brutal. Probably about 10% of the line had shading. My fiends had had bailed by the time we reached the hour and 15 minute mark. I didn't go to the park to stand in line for an hour so I stayed and rode it by myself. It was a awesome ride! They had three little shed coverings for shade but the roofs of them are so high the sun shines in through sides so your still baking in the sun. Horrible wait because the sun and heat, but again, a super awesome coaster.
  22. (along with Kings Dominion in the previous post that is on the page before this one) Busch Gardens in Virginia is also opting to stay closed. Gov. Ralph Northam announced that amusement parks can reopen soon, only allowing 1000 people in is “not an economically sustainable situation for us.” The parks will able to weather a year closed since both Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion are part of larger chains, but the surrounding bushiness around the park are the one's who are going to suffer. They are struggling now and count on the amusement parks to bring in their tourist dollars during the summer. Many of them are the one's that are going to end up shutting down forever. The whole story can be found here.
  23. Kings Dominion probably won't open this year. Virginia's Phase 3 reopening restrictions don't take into account how large the park is and that, under the current allowance, the park will not open. Under Phase 3, which is slated to begin on Wednesday, July 1, amusement parks can open at 50-percent capacity, with a maximum count of 1,000 people. Kings Dominion—spread over 400 acres—has an official capacity of 50,000 people. There's a big difference between 50 percent of their normal capacity and a total of 1,000. "Kings Dominion is disappointed to hear as part of the Phase 3 announcement that the restrictions applied to smaller indoor attractions and venues are being improperly applied to large amusement parks, such as Kings Dominion," their official statement says. "Although we respect the decisions of our state officials, the restriction of limiting our park to just 1,000 guests does not reflect the large volume of space available to accommodate recommended social distancing protocols, and essentially suggests the state will only allow us to have 5 people per operating acre. You can read the rest of the story here.
  24. I rode Fury 325 at Carrowinds last June. This is almost the exact same coaster, only Fury 325 is 25 feet taller.
  25. They might not let me in since liver disease at my stage and Corona share some of the same symptoms, like a dry cough and constant fatigue. They could think I got early stage Corona.
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