Talor's Kings Island Trip Reports
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After moving to Indiana in mid-July, I've been hankering to hit one of the many parks at my disposal at any given time. It's a strange feeling after living in Idaho and three hours would get you Lagoon and.... well, that's it. Here, three hours gets me either Kings Island, Cedar Point, Indiana Beach, Holiday World and more.

Anyway, a friend from Michigan came down for the weekend so we headed off to Kings Island on Saturday as early as we could and arrived at the park around 11 AM. We then proceeded to hit a major rookie mistake.

We hit the Delirium first, the HUSS Giant Frisbee in the park. Yes, instead of getting our Firehawk, Beast, or Vortex ride out of the way first, we hit the Delirium. One thing I will say is that the line may not look very long but it will take a deceptively long time for you to make your way through it. After finally riding it, we had waited a total of 50 minutes. The ride was great, thrilling, and a lot of fun but I don't know if it was worth that kind of wait. At this point, you'd think we would have said screw it and grabbed Fast Lane Plus passes, but we figured the roller coasters would provide quicker lines making the Fast Lanes worthless on those. We were wrong, but I'll get to that later.

Next, I decided to take a look at the construction area of the Banshee. Not much to see except the creepy graveyard out front. At least they're finally doing something with the Son of Beast area though, the park could use more coasters.

As we made our way past the construction zone, we found the queue for Flight Deck. I had ridden this before, but I figured it would be worth a quick ride because I know it's a short ride and doesn't usually command a very long wait. I was correct, because Flight Deck only took about 15 minutes in line before we were flying down the track. This was more thrilling than I remember, and much more disorienting too. It probably didn't help that we hadn't fully recovered from Delirium yet. Also of note was no Fast Lane on Flight Deck at all, which probably sped up the line considerably.

Next, we decided to make our way to the Racer or Adventure Express depending on the line. Turns out that Adventure Express had a rather long line so we decided to just push on to the Racer. Racer has a Fast Lane, but they were running both sides of the tracks that day so the lines moved very quickly and it only took about a 20 minute wait to get on. We grabbed front row seats because the wait was so short, and it was a complete blast. Racer gets a lot more airtime than I remember giving it credit for.

After the Racer, we decided it was time to eat so we headed over to Planet Snoopy where there's a Chick-fil-A just outside of it. Ate some chicken. It was good.

Planet Snoopy happens to be very close to the Diamondback, so that was next. The queue wasn't terribly long, but we did end up waiting 45 minutes to get on. However, the queues did have plenty of misting fans to make the wait more bearable.

After riding Diamondback in both the middle and front, I can safely say waiting for a front row seat is highly recommended. I don't scare easily, but there were times when Diamondback was whipping around that I felt I could come out of my seat to my doom. That alone made it a much more thrilling and intense ride than Apollo's Chariot (which was my favorite coaster until this ride).

Next was the Beast, which had a sign claiming it would be an hour and a half wait. Once we got in line, we saw that it would likely take as long as claimed, because all three queues were being used. Beast was also one of the two rides that commanded the Fast Lane Plus being used (the other being Firehawk). After standing in line for the full hour and a half, I wish we had had one for sure because if you did, there was no wait to get on the ride at all.

However, if there is one ride that is worth waiting for, it's probably the Beast. This coaster seems to just get better with age as it felt more wild than ever. I forgot how intense the final double helix is, but I think that just added to the thrill and made the wait entirely worth it.

We were going to at least hit the Vortex after this, but the line looked ludicrously long and we were very tired after an early morning and tons of waiting in lines. The Vortex eluded me in 2010, so it once again got away from me. I promise this will not happen next time, though.

When I was last here in 2010, there was no Fast Lane for people to purchase, so the standard line would move much quicker. With this new Fast Lane system, you are definitely encouraged to purchase it (especially on a day like this). For most of the rides, it seemed your wait would have been less than 10 minutes all day. Next time, I'll pick up a FLP pass before taking on the park, and will be doing it when I probably hit the Point later this year.

Still, the park was a ton of fun and it's still recommended you go, just keep in mind that you will be waiting for a lot of time unless you grab the FL pass. I'll hopefully be back next year, and maybe with a season pass as well.
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#2
I would have season passes to all of the parks within a three hour perimeter!
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#3
The only rookie mistake was going on a Saturday in August. Wink Diamondback's Full Queue used to hold exactly 1 Hour of Riders. If you waited 45, which is usual, you should have been in the last 3 switch backs of the Main Queue. If it was longer, I'd love to know where it was. IMO, Vortex is worth the wait and Adventure Express (Unofficial Indiana Jones Mine Train) is better than Racer, Firehawk, and Flight of Fear. Smile
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Coaster Credits: 96
No. 1 Steel Coaster: Cannibal, Lagoon Park 
No. 1 Wood Coaster: The Beast, Kings Island
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(08-12-2013, 10:41 AM)linearinduction Wrote: The only rookie mistake was going on a Saturday in August. Wink Diamondback's Full Queue used to hold exactly 1 Hour of Riders. If you waited 45, which is usual, you should have been in the last 3 switch backs of the Main Queue. If it was longer, I'd love to know where it was. IMO, Vortex is worth the wait and Adventure Express (Unofficial Indiana Jones Mine Train) is better than Racer, Firehawk, and Flight of Fear. Smile

I was in the last queue switchback, but they weren't using the queue closer to the station. That's the effect Fast Lane has on it.
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(08-12-2013, 11:32 AM)Talor Wrote:
(08-12-2013, 10:41 AM)linearinduction Wrote: The only rookie mistake was going on a Saturday in August. Wink Diamondback's Full Queue used to hold exactly 1 Hour of Riders. If you waited 45, which is usual, you should have been in the last 3 switch backs of the Main Queue. If it was longer, I'd love to know where it was. IMO, Vortex is worth the wait and Adventure Express (Unofficial Indiana Jones Mine Train) is better than Racer, Firehawk, and Flight of Fear. Smile

I was in the last queue switchback, but they weren't using the queue closer to the station. That's the effect Fast Lane has on it.
10 additional minutes isn't bad at all Wink
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Coaster Credits: 96
No. 1 Steel Coaster: Cannibal, Lagoon Park 
No. 1 Wood Coaster: The Beast, Kings Island
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#6
I know this topic is old, but I'm going back to Kings Island tomorrow! I received a Gold Season pass for Christmas and have been aching to go back. Banshee, HERE I COME!

I am also promising to hit Vortex! Look out for my trip report then! The Beast is also calling my name. It's been too long, ol' girl.
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#7
Shocked Have fun for us!!
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#8
Indeed I had fun. ...Too much fun if you ask my stomach.

Monday Report

Arrived at the park on its first opening Monday at about 12:30-1 PM. The GF and I made our way to Season Pass processing, received our gold passes and then we were quickly on our way into the park. Didn't appear to be too many people making their way in, which was good news for me.

Quickly made our way over to Banshee thinking "I'd better wait in line and get it out of the way." To my surprise, there was no line. EVERY RIDE ALL DAY including Banshee except Firehawk was walk-up. I quickly made my way through the queue of Banshee, which was themed very nicely. The tombstones were a nice effect, and the large memorial for Son of Beast was a nice touch.

The ride itself is disorienting as hell but a ton of fun. As soon as you go down that first drop, you never know what's coming next. 4,000 feet has never felt so short because the ride just goes so fast. Before you know it, you've hit every inversion and are back in the station. Exhilarating, disorienting, and an instant classic. They were running 3 trains, and only about half of them were full most of the time on this day. Talk about keeping the people happy.

If you've read my previous report, you'll notice I mentioned that I did not ride Vortex. The one ride I wanted to but had eluded me in both of my prior trips. This being my third, I was determined to knock out the "unridden" list. Vortex was next.

Vortex gets a mixed reaction from me. While I enjoyed how elaborate it was and the many inversions, this ride has clearly been outdone and outclassed. Banshee is so smooth, going straight from it to Vortex is almost like going from fighting a punching bag to Mike Tyson. Also, I'm 6'4". Vortex's over the shoulder restraints were clearly not meant for people like me, so I almost had to duck to get the restraints in, and when they were closed it wasn't all that comfortable. The ride had a crazy amount of head-thrashing, but just as many thrills. Take that for what you will. Glad to have knocked it off the list, but I do not know if I'll be clamoring to come back.

Next, we headed to Dinosaurs Alive, the animatronic dinosaur park. This was free with our Gold Pass, so we figured it might be a nice diversion to reorient myself after the mind-bending thrills of Banshee and Vortex. Unfortunately, the dinosaurs are all hidden in a forest which does not lend itself well to 90% humidity on a 86 degree day. A breeze was nowhere to be found. By the end, we were so ready to get out that we were almost jogging. Not to mention the experience was nothing special, and half the dinosaurs no longer work. Won't be back for that. The space could be better used for a newer, better attraction.

By this point we decided it was time to eat. Went to LaRosa's pizza and redeemed our Souvenir cup voucher (allows for unlimited soda refills on that day, and 99 cent refills every other day of the season). Pizza was fine, but a necessity for the Beast about to come.

Headed next to the Beast, my favorite wooden roller coaster. There was NO LINE, which was amazing. I made it to the station and literally hopped right on. I swear this ride gets better every time I ride it. That final double helix is unmatched in my experience. I cannot praise it enough.

Diamondback is not too far off from the Beast, so it was the only logical next step. This was also the only time I waited in line all day, a good 5 minute wait or so. Whoopie. Once again, I've come to realize why this is my favorite steel coaster. So much airtime you're thankful there's restraints, but so much speed and wild turns you fear those restraints may not be enough. This year had the addition of seat belts! And I can tell you from experience they vary based on the train. One of them I rode on had very loose seat belts, while another had quite tight ones (and I'm not a hefty guy).

At this point I came to realize that I had not ridden the Backlot Stunt Coaster, which is closer to the Beast. However, we made a quick pitstop to ride the K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad. Nothing to write home about, but a fun little detour to take between the big rides.

Backlot Stunt Coaster was next, and it's a fun little ride that was quite surprising in how fast it is for being as compact as it is. If JetStar 2 is ever to be replaced, something like this would be a fine replacement if you ask me. The dark tunnel right before the end is something else. You literally cannot see a single thing in front of you, sending you just about anywhere. The effects were a little corny, and the stop at the helicopter scene was not welcome in the hot weather, but on a cooler day I could see this not being a problem.

No day at Kings Island is complete without a ride on the Racer. Got front row, a total blast as usual. A different experience than the Beast, but enjoyable all the same. Plenty of air-time, a few twists and turns. Only the red racer was running, which I'm sure was due to low ridership more than anything else.

At this point in the day, I could tell I was tiring out. However, I decided to try my hand on Banshee again. I did, and it was fun, but the disorientation turned into nausea and that did me in. We found a nearby hotel and stayed the night, ready to hit the park again Tuesday. The only rides I could tell were not operational were Drop Tower and Delirium. I'll be back soon with my Day 2 report.
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#9
(05-13-2014, 03:48 PM)Talor Wrote: Indeed I had fun. ...Too much fun if you ask my stomach.


Vortex gets a mixed reaction from me. While I enjoyed how elaborate it was and the many inversions, this ride has clearly been outdone and outclassed. Banshee is so smooth, going straight from it to Vortex is almost like going from fighting a punching bag to Mike Tyson. Also, I'm 6'4". Vortex's over the shoulder restraints were clearly not meant for people like me, so I almost had to duck to get the restraints in, and when they were closed it wasn't all that comfortable. The ride had a crazy amount of head-thrashing, but just as many thrills. Take that for what you will. Glad to have knocked it off the list, but I do not know if I'll be clamoring to come back.

That's how Arrows become over time. They beat ya up but that's the fun of riding Arrows.
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Here are some photos the girlfriend and I both took on the trip:

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