I went to ki today and it was open at 2:00, we went to the very front and I have to say that compared to times before it was alot smoother, to me the main roughness is right at the bottom of the 2nd drop into the helix. Also I got off for the first time without a headache. Although we rode it 2 more times and the last time I rode 2nd to the front and it was alot rougher, its like the back part of the car is lose because you feel the car go up and down.
Buckeye Brad wrote:i had no problem with the trains, and strongly prefer them to the originals. It was funny to see them because they look so much smaller and shorter than what I'm used to. It's also ironic that like "The Father", the gate corrals no longer match up properly.
Considering that they had all that time it was closed, they should have been able to make the necessary adjustments to the station with these trains being 6 car 4 passenger trains instead of 6 car 6 passenger trains.
Or maybe it was a tribute to "The Father" so to speak?
ChannelCincinnati.com 5:09 p.m. EDT July 18, 2007 MASON, Ohio - Kings Island has some disappointing news for thrill seekers: Two of the amusement park's most popular rides are shut down. The Drop Zone has been shut down for about a month for an upgrade.
The ride is manufactured by the same company that built the Superman ride in Louisville, which malfunctioned and led to a girl's feet being severed.
The incident caused amusement parks across the country to shut down similar rides as a precaution.
"I'm glad they're doing something safe," said park visitor Danielle Abney.
Kings Island released a statement assuring the public that the Drop Zone has always been licensed to operate, but the ride's manufacturer recommended an upgrade as a precaution.
Park officials noted that a part would be replaced on the ride to "enhance ride performance."
Meanwhile, the Son of Beast closed again last week, after it had already been closed for a year following an accident that injured 27 people.
Workers removed a loop from the ride and installed lighter trains, and park officials said that the reason for this latest shutdown is general maintenance.
"I didn't know anything was going on with the Son of Beast, but I guess we can't ride it," said park visitor Daniel Keeling. "Any preventative maintenance they can do is definitely better for the people who come here."
Kings Island officials said both rides should open in a matter of days.
Eh, it's only one park goer's thoughts on it, but they say "Officials" say they should open the ride in a few days! When they said "Enhance Drop Zone's performance, I don't think they mean faster drop or more airtime, for those who might ask.
The one flat-fronted train design from the Raging Wolf Bobs may very well end up as a third Son of Beast train. However the other three more stylish trains may be put into service on The Beast itself as the maintenance crew is said to be ready to retire the existing PTC trains on the ride.
After a side by side comparison season between the PTC trains and the Gerstlauer trains added to Son of Beast in 2007, it seems the maintenance crew may be favoring the G-trains.
Photos of the trains from Geauga Lake’s Villain and Raging Wolf Bobs now all on site at Kings Island. Now things are getting interesting it seems, because the park has suddenly become the dumping ground for all these used Gerstlauer wooden coaster trains.
Two former trains from Myrtle Beach are currently running on Son of Beast, and now four more G-trains have arrived, three with the more stylish look as seen on The Villain and another with the same classic flat-front look as the Myrtle Beach trains.
I could see the later being added as a third train for Son of Beast, but new rumors indicate that The Racer may be involved with the plans for these new trains as well.
Makes you wonder if they may take the Racer’s old PTCs and put them on Son of Beast and move all the G-trains over to The Racer. The G-Trains may run quite well on The Racer since they seem to work best on Out & Back style coasters and in my own opinion, they don’t track well on anything with a lot of turns like Son of Beast.
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