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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Aceattack52 » Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:36 am

smartestcoasterkidever! wrote:I'm an Arrow fan boy, won't lie. But the fact of the matter is, coasters have life spans. Vortex will be around for a bit longer, but it will be gone eventually. No one really knows yet when that'll be. My hope is that with today's technology, older rides can be refurbished to get more life out of them. Not necessarily as dramatic as Steel Phantom into Phantom's Revenge, or the RMC coasters in Texas, but just something that keeps the attraction going, especially if it's still popular.

This got me thinking about Mindbender at SFOG. It's been around for so long now. (Since 1978) It is still a great ride and always has been, but you said that all coasters have lifespans. When will Mindbender's usable lifetime end?
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby simaticable » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:05 am

Aceattack52 wrote:
smartestcoasterkidever! wrote:I'm an Arrow fan boy, won't lie. But the fact of the matter is, coasters have life spans. Vortex will be around for a bit longer, but it will be gone eventually. No one really knows yet when that'll be. My hope is that with today's technology, older rides can be refurbished to get more life out of them. Not necessarily as dramatic as Steel Phantom into Phantom's Revenge, or the RMC coasters in Texas, but just something that keeps the attraction going, especially if it's still popular.

This got me thinking about Mindbender at SFOG. It's been around for so long now. (Since 1978) It is still a great ride and always has been, but you said that all coasters have lifespans. When will Mindbender's usable lifetime end?

Fortunately, the only issue Mind Bender would have is the trains aging. That can be fixed by getting new ones from Gerstlaur.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:15 pm

Kings Island has sent us a press advisory as work continues to prep the park for its 2013 season!

Ride technicians rebuild a car for the yellow train on the Woodstock Express roller coaster Monday at Kings Island. The wooden roller coaster is located in the 12-time, award-winning Planet Snoopy kids’ area of the 364-acre amusement and waterpark and has given more than 43 million rides since it opened in 1972, the fourth-most in park history behind the Racer (97 million), K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad (50 million) and The Beast (47 million). Kings Island opens for the 2013 season April 27.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby SFOGdude25 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:37 pm

Seems like this year will be a really great year for Kings Island! I love how they are focusing on the little things like ride maintenance and improving the restaurant in Rivertown. I can't wait to visit this summer!

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Aceattack52 » Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:24 pm

simaticable wrote:
Aceattack52 wrote:
smartestcoasterkidever! wrote:I'm an Arrow fan boy, won't lie. But the fact of the matter is, coasters have life spans. Vortex will be around for a bit longer, but it will be gone eventually. No one really knows yet when that'll be. My hope is that with today's technology, older rides can be refurbished to get more life out of them. Not necessarily as dramatic as Steel Phantom into Phantom's Revenge, or the RMC coasters in Texas, but just something that keeps the attraction going, especially if it's still popular.

This got me thinking about Mindbender at SFOG. It's been around for so long now. (Since 1978) It is still a great ride and always has been, but you said that all coasters have lifespans. When will Mindbender's usable lifetime end?

Fortunately, the only issue Mind Bender would have is the trains aging. That can be fixed by getting new ones from Gerstlaur.

I know, it's really nice Gerstlaur is making new trains for the Schwarkopfs. Hershey Park got the new trains for SooperDooperLooper and they really look fantastic.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby TyRush » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:03 pm

SDL's trains make it so much smoother!
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby 3Mutts » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:07 pm

^ I agree, the new trains definetly make the ride seem less clunky than the old ones. Also those new magnetic brakes help aswell.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:32 pm

Psst.

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I personally wouldn't give the Racer its 97 million total based on both tracks. They should break it up to rides per side, considering that it's not a möbius loop.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Lareson » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:46 pm

Kings Island has been fairly quiet on the social media end of things, posting a couple pics on Twitter, but Facebook has been pretty quiet. I did see though that on the 14th they did post that work was being done on Racer this year, including the queue and station. I did find though that the blue side last year was brutal, as it's so far the only coaster to leave a visible bruise on my arm, so hopefully there's going to be some new track on both sides.

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Did find this image that they posted on Twitter pretty cool, showing the wooden coaster parts stock. I can point out a couple of the parts here too! Did notice though that they still had the ride number for Son Of Beast listed there. Can't imagine they have many parts of that left. No idea what they're going to do with the trains either as Cedar Fair doesn't own any other wooden coaster with Gerstlauer trains so it's not like they can part the parts off to another park. Maybe they'll sell them to a Six Flags park since they still have a few of those trains running.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Fat-G » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:15 pm

^ It would be kinda hard to as the trains were modified heavily for operation on S.O.B. Also a lot of S.O.B is scattered throughout the park, for example a couple of the breaks on Adventure Express are from S.O.B. I'm sure that most of the parts can be used for the other wooden coasters in the park.

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