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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Skramp » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:43 am

That is really cool! Great progress already. But was I the only one watching that video expecting that "maze video" trick where the Banshee woman would just pop up in it and scream at you? I just kept waiting for it.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Geauga Dog » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:08 pm

Had a rare opportunity to visit Kings Island today. Rare in that usually the first two weekends after Labor Day the park is closed for private outings but today it was open to the public. Coincidence that it's also my birthday so I got to spend about five hours at the park as a treat to myself.

They were still doing Dollar Days and the food stands were jammed even though the park was relatively dead until mid to late afternoon. Have to give the park props for how they handled the LaRosa's Pizza deal as the long lines moved rather well. They just kept stacking slices of pizza on top of each other and you would just grab as many as you wanted. Didn't get my dollar blue ice cream cone though.

As I said the park was relatively dead with near walk-ons to very, very minimal waits on the coasters until the crowds picked up later in the day.

Not much work had been done to Banshee since the last photos were taken but I will say the color scheme looks awesome in person, especially the purple colored track.

Today the park offered lights on tours of two haunted houses, Madame Fatal's Cavern of Terror (the old Crypt building) and Wolf Park (the old Son of Beast station), as a way to show guests a little of the behind the scenes of creating these haunts. I must say that I think they did an excellent job with Cavern of Terror. It seemed like a rather long maze themed to a wax museum. Most of all I was amazed at how much they fit into SOB's station for Wolf Pack. While the space in the maze seemed tight I think that just adds to the terror guests will encounter inside. For Wolf Pack we had an actual guide tell us a little about the different rooms we went in while Madame Fatale's was just a walk through at your own pace. Not sure about Cavern but we were instructed not to take photos or video in Wolf Pack.
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From Exit 25 at Kings Mills Road you can see Banshee's crane on the skyline to the left of the Kings Island Resort sign
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New Banshee footers being prepped behind Wolf Pack.
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My favorite photo of the day - Flight Deck from the Wolf Pack queue.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby bonsaiisuperstar » Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:35 pm

I just got home from KI. Lots of cars in the lot, but not many on the rides. EVERYONE was stuffing their faces with $1 days. I saw a family that had at least 30 bags of cotton candy. Massive lines for smurf cones. It was crazy. :lmao: I just rode a bunch of coasters. I rode Flight Deck 6 times and I think i saw Geauga Dog actually taking that picture above haha.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Ed Farmer » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:51 pm

PhotoBoothe wrote:I hope there are hardly any lights on the ride and it's pitch black back in the woodsy-area.


How in the world will anyone be able to take in and appreciate all of that charm if it's too dark to do so?
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby B&MBoy1982 » Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:52 pm

I have some behind the scene photos from today!

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I turn, and see a camera aimed in my direction!
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:07 pm

Thanks to Cassy & Travis, we have another Banshee Construction update!
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Today we will go behind the scenes and give you an extensive look at a break run, transfer track, dirt, and track pieces!
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Here are some giant noodle-looking things. Making a roller coaster is just like making macaroni art, except slightly more expensive.
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This structure will hold stuff.
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Giant tubes of steel.
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If you scan this label with your Nintendo 3DS a miniature version of Banshee will appear in your Animal Crossing game! (not lying!!!)
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There are some track parts up there somewhere.
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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the color.... BLUE!!!!
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One of these things is a human, one of them are track parts. It's difficult to tell the difference between the two.
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More noodles and things.
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There is actually not a human in this picture at all. It's just an illusion.
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As you can see from this photo, the ride is now track complete. (I wouldn't lie to you!)
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Some people say the track is pink, some say it's purple. It can be whatever color you want it to be. Just drag this photo into photoshop.
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Stuff.
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More stuff.
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Things on the ground.
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Steel tubes of love.
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Track holder thingys. (actual technical term used by ride engineers)
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And finally, a birds eye view of Banshee, actually taken by a real bird.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby arby » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:36 pm

It's coming together nicely. I loved the picture commentary.

I guess I need to make it back here soon since I only have half the credits.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby 2012jarrett » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:02 pm

A few things about those pictures:
*The track is actually burgandy if I have my shades correct.
*Thanks for pointing out that one of those track pieces was actually a human, it was hard to tell.
*You forgot to mention all those concrete blocks in the ground. I'm an engineering student and I just wanted to throw out that the correct term for those blocks is "doohickies." They hold the noodle things in the ground while the noodle things hold up the track parts that look suspiciously like humans
*When I read that, I suddenly got the impulse to make macaroni noodles in the shapes of coaster support pieces and put blue dye in the pasta dough and sell it as "Bansheeroni."

Thanks for the pics, though! I'm so excited for this! This'll be the first coaster I drive to ride all by myself! Though I hope to meet up with one of the online coaster groups I'm part of, so I won't go it entirely alone. GAH I'm flipping out!
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Ape » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:29 pm

Ill be there opening day just like I did for diamondback. Got there at 5am that and got on the third train after it was opened to passholders. It was incredibly fun talking to random people while waiting.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby RandallDuell » Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:48 pm

Ape wrote:Ill be there opening day just like I did for diamondback. Got there at 5am that and got on the third train after it was opened to passholders. It was incredibly fun talking to random people while waiting.


Must have been incredibly fun for them, too, what with getting to talk to an ape and all!

Great pictures, thanks - I wonder how many enthusiasts would have guessed that an inverted coaster (especially of this size) would be the thing being installed at a park in 2013? I guess I thought somehow the industry had moved on.

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