King’s Island Trip Report – Day 2 (1/2)

29 08 2008

On the second day of the trip, I started out by going straight to the back of the park.  We really wanted to get on the Firehawk, but the line was 2 hours long, so we decided to ride the Flight of Fear.

3. Flight of Fear ***1/2

As soon as we got in line, it began to pour and the t.v.’s warned of thunderstorms in the area.  We were glad to be under a roof in line for an enclosed ride.  The air conditioned warehouse where most of the line is was quite a relief.  A well-concealed mirror makes the whole warehouse look twice as big.  The themeing on the line is very good including a U.F.O which houses the station.  Once you are in the station, it is no relief to watch the trains in front of you get blasted out of the station (and come back empty).  The ride itself was better than all the themeing and took a few members of our group by surprise.

The rain had stopped by the time we left Flight of Fear, and our group decided to head to The Crypt.  When we got to the ride, we learned two things; first, this is a ride where you have to put your stuff in a locker; and second, it was broken down.  We learned the second thing as soon as we stepped in line, so we were not that disappointed.  I suggested that we ride the Beast since it was close by, and everyone agreed.  This turned out to be a much longer wait than last time, but it was worth it.  I think that riding it after the rain made the coaster go faster, making for a wilder ride.

4. Flight Deck ***1/2

After a walk across the park and a long (but scenic) wait, we were on the Flight Deck.  My only other hanging coaster experience being Iron Dragon, I was surprised at the intensity of the ride.  The faster pacing and changes in terrain make this a better ride than the “Draggin’ Iron”.

5. Adventure Express ***

This mine-train style coaster is above average in both theming and layout.  We appreciated the Indiana Jones music that played in the station.  Above all, it was a fun ride that didn’t hurt like some other mine-rides.

After that, we had lunch at the nearby Subway.  Prices were inflated as usual and selection was limited, but we both got a 6″ sub for $6.  I got a free cup of ice water to drink.  This is one service that every amusement park should have and I compliment King’s Island for doing this.





New for ’09 Kings Island’s Diamondback

20 08 2008

Diamondbacks layout

After much speculation (including on this blog) Kings Island has finally announced their 2009 project.  We already knew that it would be a Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) hyper coaster, but there was a lot still to be learned.  The general thought was that the coaster would be named Mustang, but we were wrong.  While I do like the name Diamondback, I think that Mustang would be better.  Names aside, this is going to be huge.  The website isn’t exaggerating when they say that this will be one of the best coasters in the world.

The first drop is 215′ from a height of 230′, after which there are five more drops that are over 100′.  The ride is 5,282′ long, reaches speeds of 80 mph and is three minutes long.  The ride length is impressive and so is the ride capacity; 1,620 riders per hour.  The special cars (pictured left) are designed with the rear seats offset so that every rider has an unobstructed view.  These kind of cars debuted this year on Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland (these are the cars pictured here).

For more information, pictures, an onride video and the latest updates please visit the official Diamondback website or stay tuned right here.

Diamondback will be a great addition to this park.  They have gone too long without a B&M coaster.  I cannot wait to ride it.  See you in April!





Kings Island Trip Report – Day 1

17 08 2008

Here finally is my trip report for Kings Island.  I was there for one partial day and one full day.  Sorry, but none of the pictures are mine as I forgot a camera.  I will go into depth on individual coasters in a later post.

We got to the park around 2 p.m., impressed by the wide tableau of rides that can be viewed from the park.  Son of Beast makes a particularly remarkable showing in the skyline.

To start as a group we headed for the nearest coaster…

Invertigo at Kings Island

Invertigo at Kings Island

#1. Invertigo ***

I was not expecting much, but this Vekoma inverted boomerang model really delivered.  It is a quality ride, but as it is a shuttle, it has terrible capacity, so expect long waits.

Congo Falls at Kings Island

Congo Falls at Kings Island

Feeling the afternoon heat, the group rode the adjacent splash boat ride Congo Falls.  This ride is a pale shadow of much taller rides at Cedar Point and Hersheypark, but still manages to kick up a lot of water and give the riders a pleasant misting.  We dried off in line for our next ride, Delirium.  This ride, a twin of MaxAir at Cedar Point, is my favorite non-coaster amusement park ride of all time.  The spinning disc-on-pendulum ride very much makes the rider feel like Spiderman, swinging from building to building.

Delirium at Kings Island

Delirium at Kings Island

The group then decided to pack it over to the waterpark, Boomerang Bay, which is included in admission.  Walking from the far end of the park to the waterpark turned out to be much more of an ordeal than expected.  It should be said that the park map greatly underrepresents the distance required to walk between the two parks.  We came in our swimsuits so that we did not have to change at the park.  Two lockers were purchased at great expense, and we headed off into the Australian themed waterpark.  The first thing we did was to ride one of the three body slides in the ‘Down Under Thunder’ complex.  While waiting, I was impressed and shaded by the great number of trees in this area of the waterpark.  At the top, several members of our group were turned back for having metal rivets in their swim trunks.  This is something that I hope every waterpark visitor is aware of before they get in line so that they are not disappointed.  After a pleasant but not particularly special ride on the water slide we took a relaxing ride in

Awesome Aussie Twister at Kings Island

Awesome Aussie Twister at Kings Island

the Crocodile Run lazy river.  Finishing that, my friend dragged me on to the Awesome Aussie Twister, which involves two small tubes that continuously twist over one another.  This insanity of waterslide sent my speeding body every which way, kicking up water as I went.  This airborne water made it impossible breathe, so I held it in and hoped for the end to come soon, which it did.  Since I don’t enjoy not being able to breathe, this a nonreccomendation for me.  We couldn’t find the rest of the group after that so we headed to the Great Barrier Reef wave pool and swam for a while.  The group met back at the lockers, dried off, and took the train back to the main park.  We had to be back at the amphitheater at 8:00 for the last concert of the night and were leaving after that, so I knew that I didn’t have much time left for this day.  Seeing that the group was heading in the other group was heading in the other direction, I dragged my friend off with me.  After all, how could I resist being so close to and not riding…

The Beast at Kings Island

The Beast at Kings Island

#2 The Beast.****

Your first time on the Beast is historic for any coaster lover, and it was certainly memorable for me.  The golden evening light made the experience radiant.  I knew the basic idea of the coaster, but no picture could prepare me for the shocking second half.

Walking back towards the amphitheater, we stopped at several shops to examine food prices.  They were scary.  Being thrifty, we began to search for deals.  I spotted Skyline Chili, which being a local Cincinnati restaurant intrigued me.  The prices seemed to be more reasonable so we ordered there.  I got three coneys (hot dogs) with chili while my friend got a chili sandwich.  The reason for the low prices was very small portion sizes, but the food was very good and is therefore a recommendation.  After the concert, we left at a regrettably early 9:30 (the park closes at 10:00).  We were camped about 15 minutes away.  After a few games of Mafia we hit the hay in anticipation of the big day ahead.

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