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Ok, wait! Is there a single rider lane?

 

I don't think so... I'm beginning to think it's a split up the staircase for sitting in the front half/back half of the train.

 

It looks as if they finally got around to putting in the actual queue gates under the tarps too.

 

Side note: I saw a DB Metro bus in Springdale... the driver was asleep at the wheel. All I kept thinking was that he must've made a good meal for the reptile. :lol:

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I'm really beginning to think that what we see of the splash pool is all they're going to do before the season begins. I'm not thinking we're going to see the rocks put into the pool, as it shows in the renderings. I could be wrong, but I think that if they were going to do this, they would've done it already.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Bids for first rides on Diamondback surpass $95,000!

As of Friday, Kings Island has received more than $95,000 in bids to be among the first to ride the park’s new Diamondback roller coaster.

 

Kings Island is auctioning off seats on the $22 million steel coaster’s first rides to raise money for the non-profit group A Kid Again, which is dedicated to providing fun-filled outings and on-going support to children with life threatening illnesses and their families.

 

Blackhawk Network currently holds the top bid – $5,000 for one seat. If the California based company wins a seat, it will be donated to A Kid Again so a family member can ride.

 

Allan Hague from Yantis, Texas has placed the top individual bid – $3,100 for one seat. Hague also has bids on two other seats at $800 each.

 

The highest successful bidder will select their seat on the first train while all other successful bidders will be assigned their seats according to their bid amount.

 

Bids can be placed until April 15 at www.kidiamondback.com/auction/. Bids can also be placed by calling Kings Island at (800) 288-0808.

 

In addition to receiving more than $95,000 in bids to be among the first to ride Diamondback, Kings Island has received an in-kind donation of $50,000 from Bonneville Radio Cincinnati in support of this auction.

 

Diamondback is the tallest, fastest and meanest roller coaster to ever strike Kings Island. The ride stands 230 feet at its highest point with a first drop of 215 feet at a 74-degree angle. Riders will snake their way around 5,282 feet of track at speeds up to 80 miles per hour. The ride opens to the public Saturday, April 18.

Posted by Don Helbig at 7:52 PM

 

Amazing :)

 

new blog: http://www.kingsislandinsider.blogspot.com/

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I know it may seem like a dumb question, but how is the way to get to the entrance of Diamondback? I was there at the park last May and I am still learning about it so please could someone help me?

Go onto International St. and turn right into Nick U. and pass International Showplace, than turn left exiting Nick U. and entering Rivertown. Merge Left once next to the restrooms and go down a small hill and then you'll be infront of Diamondback!

 

I sound like a GPS! :lol:

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They've put up a fence between the gravel underneath the lift hill and the overflow queue. Also looks like they've put up some of the line rails in the queue.

 

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Edited by Jstbcool

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i forsee lots of sunburns standing in the line for this, since they are using the same triangle tarps over the line that they did on firehawk, and firehawk is like a wait and bake kinda thing... :rolleyes:

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^I don't think so. You have to remember that Firehawk takes a while to load and dispatch each train. B&Ms, on the other hand, are generally quick loaders, so I don't see too much idle time in the queue (aside from the delay with troublesome guests every now and then). Every B&M I've heard about is a virtual people-eater, so I see the line moving fairly constantly.

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Thanks for the help to how to get to the Diamondback! I can't wait to drive down south to see it! I know that I am looking forward to some warmer weather! Along the lake has been on the cool side! Spring break up here is like a second winter break!!!!

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I believe the tradition is still around where those who were behind the creation of a coaster get to ride it first (park management, engineers, construction management, etc). It could be that.

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Probably training for Diamondback crew.

 

I know when rides open, parks typically allow other employees ride to form a line so the crew can learn how to operate the ride at full capacity.

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