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Season Pass Appreciation Day, opening 2019

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It's Season Pass appreciation day at Kings Island the day before it officially opens for the season!

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Cold and rainy are the two words I would use to describe Season Pass Appreciation Day.

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Check out International Street's new pavers. They also got an unimpressive new Royal Fountain. Look at those little water sprays compared to the majestic tall one's that they had for the many years prior.

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The new antique cars has more theming than any of the roller coasters that they have gotten since the Paramount owned days.

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This is a much smaller layout than the antique cars that Kings Island used to have, but it's still nice to see the classic ride return.

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It has been 14 1/2 years, but everything old is new again as Kings Island fans welcome an antique car ride back with open arms! Since I already drove to the park today, driving an antique car has little appeal to me. Still, I would drive one if the line wasn't so long and my feet and back weren't killing me.

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The original Les Taxis antique car ride opened in 1972 with the park but was taken out to make room for the eye sore that is Back Lot Stunt Coaster. The original antique cars gave their last rides in August of 2004.

The front entrance to the ride is just dripping with nostalgia... which is a good thing!

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"O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still..."  um, where's the flag? ~ Francis Scott Key

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I wasn't expecting there to be fire works tonight being that it is Season Pass night. I would say this is the first park's fireworks of the year but technically the fireworks on New Years eve were the first.

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Wow, that's a lot of pictures, Mr. Roberts. And all of them excellent. Not a lot of people there it seems. Last time I went on that pass night it was also cold and rainy. Quite miserable and we wore winter coats. The new antique cars are so bright and shiny. Not sure about the Skylab Cafe name. Even fake it seems not a good idea. While I like the look of pavers, they make it difficult for people with disabilities/age issues to traverse. Smooth surfaces are a lot easier for wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches, or just older walkers. And are the fountains just staying full time on the low bursts? That isn't remotely appealing and seems rather odd.

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The fountain programming isn't completed yet, once they start the choreographed fountain and fireworks shows later this month, the fountains will be capable of reaching twice the height of the old ones.

Flight Commander was the ride with the fatality in that location, which replaced the double-wheel Zodiac, which is one of the rides named in the theming. Skylab was the HUSS Giant Enterprise formerly located next to the entrance to Coney Mall.

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Oh yes, you are correct. I remember now.

All the store fronts are named after former Coney rides except for Monster, which is still there. Hopefully it's name being included doesn't mean it's going to become a former ride like the others.

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Looked back at the link. Can't believe how much I've forgotten about over the years. That does seem odd, Mr. Roberts, that they included Monster. Ya never know. Used to love that thing when I was younger. First ride like that I ever rode was at a county fair decades ago, though it was somewhat smaller I think.

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I still love The Monster but hardly ever get to ride it because my friends don't like rides that spin. I used to love the actual Skylab as well but it doesn't seem like it was there for very long. I think someone told me that they have a "Skylab" still at Carowinds and as of right now I'm planning on visiting all the parks I can drive to this summer. I looked in to going to California to go California Great Adventure and Knottsberry Farm, but then realized it would be at least $1500.00 each just for plane tickets, hotels and car rental. I doubt I'll ever make it out to the West coast unless something drastic happens and prices drop or someone I know moves out there and lets me sleep on their floor.

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I do know some folks in Cali but not well enough to stay with. Distant relatives haven't seen for decades and not likely to at this point in life. Never been much interested in going there. Prices are outrageous for everything there, I do know that. Are you able to drive distances still, Mr. Roberts? I hope you are able to go as many places as you can, but hopefully you have someone to go with. I forget if you've been to Holiday World. I know we have mentioned it but don't remember. So hilly but a nice park and so clean.

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I have only been to...

Kings Island

Cedar Point

Michigan Adventures

Dollywood

Camden Park

Universal Islands of Adventure

MGM Disney Hollywood Studios

The Magic Kingdom...

And LeSourdsville Lake/ Americana, Cypress Gardens and Fantasy Farm back in the day. I'd like to go to more while I am still able.

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If you get a chance, do check out Holiday World, though the terrain is not kind. It is such a pretty park and the drive down, once you get past Louisville, is very scenic. Again, awful heat when we were there, 114 degrees heat index. We spent two days at a hotel in a little town and took our time because those hills. It just seems well run and Santa Claus the town is fun to explore. Also the Abbey and a nunnery, not sure what it is called, but incredible architecture and so old. We had fun despite the heat. At that time drinks were free, all you wanted. That helped. Good food too. But that was about 15 years ago as I recall.

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