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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:16 am

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Kings Island Announces the return of Winterfest for 2017!

After a 12-year absence, the long awaited return of WinterFest will provide Gold season passholders and Tristate residents with four seasons of fun at the 364-acre amusement and water park.

The focal point of WinterFest will be the world’s largest Christmas tree display with the park’s iconic 314-foot tall Eiffel Tower decorated with thousands of lights which will be seen for miles.

Below the Eiffel Tower, International Street will be transformed into a colorful and quaint winter village, featuring the fun of holidays past – outdoor ice skating on the park’s Royal Fountain, Christmas carolers, and homemade crafts.

Tasty foods, colorful gifts, live stage shows, fun rides, and of course, Santa’s workshop will all be part of WinterFest’s warmth and excitement.

Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train.

Operating dates, hours and ticket prices for WinterFest will be announced at a later date. The event will be included free for 2017 Gold and Platinum season passholders.

More details: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/what-s-new/winterfest
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterRench » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:17 am

I guess my wish wasn't to far off!! Couldn't be more excited for it!
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Postby KICoasterkev » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:25 am

Ha I can laugh at myself. Next year is going to be great. :)

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterRench » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:28 am

bluestreak wrote:Winterfest!
https://www.visitkingsisland.com/what-s-new/winterfest

Kinda seems that there won't be any coasters or thrill rides running though. Wasn't that part of the problem with the original winterfest years ago?

"Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train."


I don't think they gave it enough time to "catch" on, Christmas is all about tradition, giving something 1 year to "make it big", isn't allowing you to build the tradition. I thought it was fantastic when I went the last time it was going, was hoping to make it a tradition with my family, unfortunately that was cut short. Hopefully it catches on bigger and they decide to keep it around.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby bluestreak » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:30 am

CoasterRench wrote:
bluestreak wrote:Winterfest!
https://www.visitkingsisland.com/what-s-new/winterfest

Kinda seems that there won't be any coasters or thrill rides running though. Wasn't that part of the problem with the original winterfest years ago?

"Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train."


I don't think they gave it enough time to "catch" on, Christmas is all about tradition, giving something 1 year to "make it big", isn't allowing you to build the tradition. I thought it was fantastic when I went the last time it was going, was hoping to make it a tradition with my family, unfortunately that was cut short. Hopefully it catches on bigger and they decide to keep it around.


I guess too that we may see plans change between now and November of 2017. They may decide between now and then to get a few rides up and running.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:31 am

bluestreak wrote:Kinda seems that there won't be any coasters or thrill rides running though. Wasn't that part of the problem with the original winterfest years ago?"


I honestly feel like Cedar Fair needs to learn from Six Flags (you don't hear anyone say that very often) and stop being so conservative with their winter events. Their ride lineup at Great America is a joke and I feel like if they planned on having any major coasters open here they would have announced that.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillrider » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:31 am

Like I said over at the Carowinds thread, they need to open a few attractions to make it more appealing.

Bumper cars
Boo hill with a Christmas overlay
Kiddy rides
Small coaster

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby CoasterRench » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:32 am

bluestreak wrote:
CoasterRench wrote:
bluestreak wrote:Winterfest!
https://www.visitkingsisland.com/what-s-new/winterfest

Kinda seems that there won't be any coasters or thrill rides running though. Wasn't that part of the problem with the original winterfest years ago?

"Rides will include the Grand Carousel and a journey through the park’s Rivertown area on an authentic steam train."


I don't think they gave it enough time to "catch" on, Christmas is all about tradition, giving something 1 year to "make it big", isn't allowing you to build the tradition. I thought it was fantastic when I went the last time it was going, was hoping to make it a tradition with my family, unfortunately that was cut short. Hopefully it catches on bigger and they decide to keep it around.


I guess too that we may see plans change between now and November of 2017. They may decide between now and then to get a few rides up and running.


I agree, wouldn't be that hard to get a couple of the indoor rides operating would be my guess, good thing about announcing this early, they can listen for feedback and adjust as it get's closer.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby bluestreak » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:35 am

Well here's a good example, I'm from Cleveland and without any real rides running, I see no reason to make the trip down there. As it has been announced, it will only really appeal to anybody living in Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs. I can see Christmas lights and ride a merry-go-round at places that are within 10 minutes from my house.... why should I drive 3.5 hours for pretty much the same thing.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:37 am

bluestreak wrote:Well here's a good example, I'm from Cleveland and without any real rides running, I see no reason to make the trip down there. As it has been announced, it will only really appeal to anybody living in Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs. I can see Christmas lights and ride a merry-go-round at places that are within 10 minutes from my house.... why should I drive 3.5 hours for pretty much the same thing.
Just my 2 cents


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