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  1. The Borg is an alien life form from "Star Trek: The Next Generation". They were featured in a few episodes of the series, but also in the movie "First Contact", which came out about 8-10 years ago. They are a nearly unstoppable (except by the Enterprise! ;) ) force who are half organic, half robot. They assimilate other life forms into their collective, hence ending that culture/life form. Ya really need to see the series/movie to fully understand. Anyway, they are pretty cool and you can see Borg Assimilator at Carowinds at rcdb.com. Also, google Borg and you'll get way more info than you will ever need.
  2. TRexRage1993: Sorry 'bout that Sport! Now I'm worried you're going to come crush my spine... :(
  3. CombatStupendous89: Thanks for explaining that. I wan't aware CBS had major plans for PKI before the buy-out. What's up with GL? Why are they having problems? The newspaper article mentions XF was GL most popular ride, so why remove it if the park is already suffering? (Not that I'm complaining...)
  4. Article says the first major steel coaster since Vortex, so SOB doesn't count. However, you're right - what about FoF and IJ:ST? She mentions IJ, but I guess since it's a milder ride she doesn't consider it a major coaster. FoF is inside, so I guess some people think it could be made of straw for all they know! Plus, F/O seems to be a pretty big deal - it's right at the front of the park and is quite fun! Not to rag on this reporter too much, but she mentions that the trains "flip over" half way up the lift hill. As pics of x-flight show, that "flip" happens just off the lift before the first drop. I'm pretty sure the lift chain couldn't manage a "flip"!! Reporters, gotta love 'em. EDIT: Reports continue about the $10m price tag. I'm not sure what it will cost to remove, transport, paint and install this coaster, but it will not be near $10m! It will be considerable, but not $10m!!! I'm thinking the quoted investment price is just a bit of corporate PR spin and takes into account the aforementioned costs plus the book value of the ride. Since the ride is already paid for, they won't actually be spending the whole $10m, but KI will have about that much in expenses and new assets added to their balance sheet. Since GL and KI are owned by the same corp., it's an intra company transfer - going from one "divison" to another.
  5. I predict, just as someone else (jorhawle maybe??) suggested, that it will be another Borg Assimilator. From what I can see from x flight pics at rcdb.com, it looks like there is room in the middle of the helix to place the Borg ship. Pretty cool, as I'm a ST-NG fan and the Borg is the best villian they've ever had.
  6. Again, just an awesome video - thanks for putting this up. Question: I remember just a bit about the tv commercial that KI aired in '81 for The Bat, and it vaguely resembled the opening of this video with the graveyard scene. Anybody else remember what I'm talking about? It also showed The Bat operating through fog, and had a voice-over that said something to the effect of "Kings Island, where Beasts, Bats and Demons lurk".
  7. Never mind, I got it to work. Wow, nice shots of the ol' Bat in action! Only got to ride it once, but at least in the front seat. The Bat heads on the front of the cars were so cool to an 11 year old - and still pretty cool to a 37 year old! Looks as though the cars were joined only on the track, not down at the car level. I thought other Arrow suspendeds were coupled at the track and the car level both????
  8. Well crap, I don't have the right software to play this at work. I'm not allowed to download software to this computer, and I only have dial-up at home. Can this be put into a different file type, something MediaPlayer will support? Thanks.
  9. /\ Carowinds already has a flying coaster, Borg. Don't think they'd get another.
  10. Can't get the link to work. I keep getting a "downloading from site" message but nothing ever happens. I usually have no trouble with video. Any ideas? I'm REALLY wanting to see this!! Thanks.
  11. Well I'm 6'2" and KC was still uncomfortable. As I said before, that bicycle seat was the problem. The worst parts were at the bottom of the first drop entering the loop, coming out at the bottom of the loop and the bunny hops at the end. Any big downward g's were rough on the "boys"! As to the ride ops, I always tried to bend my knees while they locked the restraints, but they always made me straighten up. I would ask for a little slack, but to no avail! :angry:
  12. jorhawle: This guy can't try the officers in a criminal suit. It's up to the DA in Mason to investigate and see if enough evidence exists of wrongdoing on the part of the officers in order to bring charges against them before a grand jury. If the grand jury agrees, the officers would then be indicted and therefore the case sent to jury trial.
  13. Scooby Doo became Beastie in 1980. It also got a tunnel at the bottom of the first hill.
  14. pki.com is currently running one day passes for $29.95 adult, $19.95 kids, good any day this coming season. That sounds good to me, but are better deals coming or already out there? Also, what happened to the two-day tickets - are they no longer available?
  15. "Cincinnati Kids" was filmed in 1973. And apparently Mike Brady was responsible for the Wild Animal Safari addition, as he was there to show plans for a "major" addition to the park!!
  16. In 1981, I went to KI with my family and for the first time, my folks let me and my older brother go off by ourselves. I was 11 and he was 16. (Now that I'm a parent, this must have been one of the happiest days of my parent's lives!!!!) This was also my first trip to KI since probably 1978, so I had some pent up demand for rides!! The day was cool on several levels, the coolest being that my brother and I actually got along and had a blast! We had finally started to get over all the petty growing up together fights, and were becoming friends. He had been to KI in '80 and had already ridden The Beast and wanted me to ride it first. I remember standing at the end of International Street, right at the base of the Tower, waiting for 10:00 so they would drop the rope and let you back to the rides. (Remember when they did that?!) We ran for The Beast and got on one of the first few trains of the day. We even got the front seat. I was so scared and couldn't believe I was riding something like that! I loved every minute of it! We next headed for The Bat, again waiting for the front car. It, too, was awesome! I thought I would die on that thing - scared me senseless! Our folks even got our picture on it. They had walked back to watch it (LOTS of people stood and watched the amazing Bat - we'd never seen anything like it!!) and saw us in line. Sadly, I've lost that pic. Anyway, that day with my brother and those two awesome coasters just really stands out in my memory and is a Top 10 Day in my life! In fact, my brother and I still make it to KI every few years and act just like kids - no watching shows, very few flat rides, just the big coasters baby!!!!!!!!!!!
  17. I never ate in the International Street restaurant, so I really know nothing of the thing I've walked under a hundred or more times! What was it like? I had the impression as a kid that is was "fancy"! Seems I remember seeing white table cloths through the windows that overlook the fountain. When did it close? What's the space used for now?
  18. Nope, nothing other than my insane memory of fairly useless facts such as this. I know I got these facts from the newspaper, no web in '84! I've done a search of a few newspapers archives, but to no avail. Sorry!
  19. Well technically, steel coasters are not "rough" - synthetic wheels on steel rails provide a very smooth ride. You want rough, ride a woodie in need of some track work - the Racer at KI this past summer for instance. What people mean by rough in regards to steel coasters is usually poorly designed transitions. Arrow was notorious for this, completing a trick and then jerking you into something else. (As an aside, another infamous Arrow trademark was their coasters "stopping to think" about what's next - think Vortex on the brake run before the corkscrews.) Bad transitions on coasters with horsecollar restraints are really, really painful! Head banging galore!!! Ever ridden T2 at SFKK? Vekoma suspendeds are quite painful on the ears. Back to Drachen Fire: the bad transitions were reportedly causing such discomfort that ridership was falling. From all accounts on the web, the "tricks" of the ride, inversions, etc., were fantastic. Layout was great. The problem was just those pesky details that Arrow was so famous for getting wrong. A corkscrew after the brake run was removed for the 1995 season (according to rcdb.com) which helped, but the overall experience was still marred by the head banging. Many folks consider DF's life as a great tragedy - a beautiful, but flawed, coaster. Since this ride was SBNO after only a few years of operation, then removed, it intrigues many people - myself included. The posted video is great fun for me, as my last visit to BGE was in 1983 - just before The Big Bad Wolf and long before DF. Until finding this on YouTube, I had never seen DF in operation.
  20. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAhyqP_gX0A Amazing video, some apparently from DF's first season! Never got to ride it, looks great. I love the first drop into the inversion.
  21. The stand-up concept has been somewhat surpassed in my opinon by the B&M floorless coaster. The stand-up was meant, in my view, as a way to free the rider from the closed-in feeling of a traditional car. Stand-ups have no sides or fronts to the trains. However, the necessary (???) restraint system dulled the intented effect. Side vision was greatly reduced, especially for shorter folks, by the shoulder/head restraints. The large, pillar-like enplacements for the riders greatly restricted the forward view. Referring back to my earlier post, the bicycle seat was very painful for some guys, but I suppose necessary in case of fainting/knees buckling. I see no other way of preventing riders from falling down or even out without the seat or a similar crotch device. A buddy of mine from high school loved KC but hated the seat. He actually wore a cup on several trips to KI so he could ride it pain-free!! Perhaps there is no way of reducing the restraints, but they were the Achilles heal of the stand-ups in my opinon. I suspect floorless coasters will surpass them due to the open, exposed sensation.
  22. X-Flight looks interesting, would like to see it at KI. I vote a big "NO" on another stand-up, can't stand them. :D I have issues with the bicycle seat restraint system. Don't mean to be graphic, but did any other males have painful encounters with that seat? I've experienced the same thing on Chang.
  23. King Cobra did indeed derail. It happened in August (I think) during it's first season of '84. One of the trailing wheels snapped off and brought the train to a halt in the helix. Riders stranded for quite some time before rescued with a cherry picker-type device. Several taken to hospitals, none admitted. This happened just a couple weeks after I had visited. KC was closed for a few weeks while the accident was investigated, meaning that for a time KI had two major roller coasters, KC and The Bat, shut down. :(
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