Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby prozach626 » Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:25 pm

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Gatorres46204 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:56 pm

This is my first time posting on this site, but I just had to ask. I know sometimes roller coaster enthusiasts are riding to beat a record. I was riding the beast today and about halfway through the ride I noticed a man in the front row who appeared to be standing up. His entire backside was above the roller coaster seat. I thought to myself that there is no way someone would be able to standup on a roller coaster. Then when we were climbing the second hill, I noticed only his head was showing above the seat, making me assuming that he was in fact standing up. As we began to descend the second hill, I noticed him once again standing with his arms spread out . Before we reached the tunnel I ducked and closed my eyes in fear. After the helix I noticed that he was once again back in his seat. Prior to arriving back into the Stanton I asked the two girls sitting behind me if they saw what I saw. One of them said yes, but she couldn’t tell if he was just tall. When we arrived Back at the station I informed the ride attendant and he commented, “how does someone stand up” and he walked away. I then informed the supervisor and pointed the guy out. She looked at him and said “oh yeah “ and walked away. Then while I was leaving the exit que a woman with her daughter came up to me and asked about my conversation with the supervisor. She mentioned that she thought he was standing but didn’t think that would be possible.

I am confused. Has anyone heard of a man standing on the beast in the front row? Was he doing a stunt, maybe filmed? I had never seen anything like it. From my interaction with the crew it sounded like it was known about,

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:04 am

As promised, here are my pics of the Area 72 region:

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Crossing under the Racer drop...

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Old school Volvo wagon decked out in conspiracy theorist decorations, quite fitting.

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The front side.

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Some signage

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More signage

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The new restaurant

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Their menu. Not really anything up my alley, but more places to refill the season drink plan is always a plus.

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Some theming added to the front of Flight of Fear.

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New "Flight of Fear" sign to fit in with the rest of the new Theming

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Additional decoration

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Orion's pre-queue building, including a photo-op.

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New fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo area. Boo.

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Nice overview

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Orion's ride photo booth

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A closer overview

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A view of the queue from outside it

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:11 am

And now, for some of the finer details from Orion's queue:

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The inside of the pre-queue building, including an easily bypassed green-screen photo-taking of unknown purpose.

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It's the little things to appreciate...

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Some signage

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fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo in the non-air-conditioned, gonna-get-super-hot-with-the-sun-beating-on-it metal building in the middle of the queue.

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More fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo. Each of these contained some throwback tidbits to earlier rides or Orion stuff.

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Screens showing the thematic preview.

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Bulletin boards listing out various KI attractions, some still existent.

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Bulletin board 1 closeup

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Bulletin board 2 closeup

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Bulletin board 3 closeup

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Station, with banners overhead.

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Cool throwback in the station.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby DBru » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:18 am

Seeing the “Chaos Labs” sign made me think that an indoor flat ride would be a super cool addition to Area 72. Like a cheaper replacement for Tomb Raider.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby CenturyFlyer » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:24 am

Awesome pics, Mike! I am super excited to visit here for the first time on the 22nd! Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions on a good order for the rides? Should you do Flight of Fear first after getting the Orion pass or head to Diamondback and Mystic Timbers? Is Backlot Stunt Coaster good to do early? It'll be a Wednesday, so I'm hoping for low crowds but am not counting on it.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:41 am

CenturyFlyer wrote:Awesome pics, Mike! I am super excited to visit here for the first time on the 22nd! Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions on a good order for the rides? Should you do Flight of Fear first after getting the Orion pass or head to Diamondback and Mystic Timbers? Is Backlot Stunt Coaster good to do early? It'll be a Wednesday, so I'm hoping for low crowds but am not counting on it.


Honestly, here's how I'd tackle it if you've only got one day, a 10:30 reservation, and aren't buying Fast Lane. Note that this is based on my preference of rides.

-Go straight to Orion at opening and wait for them to hand our access passes. If you are quick enough, you may be able to get in the standby line and ignore the whole access pass situation all together. If you can do this, do it. Otherwise, grab your access pass. The time you receive will determine the rest of the course of action for the day.

-If your pass is for noon-1:00, hop on Flight of Fear. If that somehow takes less than a half-hour, go grab Racer next. Return to Orion and get your ride in there. Then continue with the below.
-If your access pass is for later in the day, go to Beast and then start working the park in a clockwise loop, so Diamondback next, then Mystic Timbers. Skip the kiddie coasters (Flying Ace Aerial Chase and Woodstock Express) if you want or if the lines are long (for FAAC, it's long if you can see the back of it from the midway). Cross International Street into Action Zone, and grab Banshee and Bat (skip Invertigo if it has any kind of line). Adventure Express next, then Racer, then finally back into Area 72 for Flight of Fear. Backlot is skippable for me since I have one in my home park, but you can work that in whenever you're in the area. Whenever your Access Pass time is for Orion, deviate from the above plan and go get that done, and then grab Flight of Fear afterwards and then continue where ever you left off on the plan.

In using an access pass, I found it best to be there 15-20 minutes BEFORE the hour its due so you can line up, or in the last 15 minutes of the hour so most of the other passes will have gone through already. Even with half the seats blocked off, Orion is still a people-eater.

I was there on a Saturday and didn't have any issue with crowds, so being there on a Wednesday you should be fine. Worst case scenario is you have to buy a Fast Lane, which wasn't even available during my trip.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Haymaker » Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:57 pm

^ I'd get the access pass then get in the standby line, if possible. Why skip one when you can do both?

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby dankeykang » Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:58 pm

CenturyFlyer wrote:Awesome pics, Mike! I am super excited to visit here for the first time on the 22nd! Do you (or anyone else) have any suggestions on a good order for the rides?


I was at the park on the 15th (also a Wednesday) and was able to get 5 rides on Orion without FL. They will start letting people into the parking lot as early as 10:15, and once you're parked, through the temperature check, and into the park, you can head straight to Orion. They will typically start letting riders on around 10:30 and will start giving out access passes when the park actually opens at 11. I was able to get 3 rides via the standby line before 11, then grabbed an access pass and headed over to Beast and then Banshee, which were both walk-ons.

The park was not very crowded the Wednesday I visited, so they did not run out of access passes until later in the afternoon (around 5 or 5:30 if I recall).

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby CenturyFlyer » Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:45 pm

^^^ Thanks for the help, guys. I really do appreciate it and will use the tips. :b

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