1 or 2 days at PKI?

Saturday, February 16, 2002 7:17 PM
I am planning on a trip to PKI this June. I haven't been there since the 1980's when it was plain old Kings Island! What I need to know is, do I need to spend two days there? Or is it a park I could fully experience in just one day? I'm planning on a mid-June weekday visit. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Also, any relatively inexpensive and clean hotels anyone could suggest would be of much help! Thanks a lot!
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 7:27 PM
I go to PKI every year in June and I think one day is plenty unless you are planning on visiting the water park.  You will definately have time to ride all of the major attractions in only one day.  PKI has their own hotel that is right across from the park and is relatively cheap.
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 7:34 PM
If you go on a Tues, Wed, Thrus, you should be OK at King's island for one day, unless you want to go to the waterpark.  KI's H2O park is OK, but if you want to sped a little more money, then goto "The Beach" which is right across I-71 on Kings Mills Road.  IMO, "The Beach" is worth the extra money.  If you want to hit a waterpark, go one day at KI and one at The Beach

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Saturday, February 16, 2002 7:49 PM
I would personally choose two days cause they have some of the best coasters around, as a whole.  Every adult coaster there is definitely re-rideable and is loads of fun.
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Saturday, February 16, 2002 7:57 PM
One day is OK most any time of the year, unless you want to do the water park. As long as the capacity on Flight of Fear is better this year, you'll be good to go.

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Saturday, February 16, 2002 8:46 PM
Yuh I am making my first trip there with my mom and Aunt this summer. We are planning on going one day.

Anyone have any advice...like what coasters to hit first or in what order...and what non-coaster things that I shouldn't miss?

I go to SFWoA more than 20+ times a year and I know the secrets to having a good day...I'm looking for someone like me that knows that kind of stuff for PKI. Thanks. :-)

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Saturday, February 16, 2002 9:01 PM
B&M ...:   Eat at

Potato Works -->  Gtreat fat Fries, Skyline--> Famous Cincinnati Chili, try the 3-way.  Wings Diner--> Serves Cincinnati Famous Montgomery Inn Ribs.  LaRosa's Pizzzeria --> Great Cincinnati Pizza.  You could goto any normal traditional food place, or hit these Cincinnatian specialties.

Make sure you ride the Beast AT NIGHT.  Hands down a totalaly different ride at night than at day.  The Flying eagles ride looks really dumb, but is a lot of fun since PKI lets you "Snap" the cables.

If you goto the waterpark, try the boogie-boarding/surfing machiene.  It's really fun  Bring a few pillows for padding if you ride Sonofbeast.  Vortex back seat has the best airtime anywhere.  The actionzone area is allways packed, so try going there first, or run to Flight of Fear.  the new FOF without the OTSR's is 10x better!  Ride Kingcobra because it won't be there for long.  King's Isalnd does not have many flat rides, so I hope everyone in your party likes coasters.

So in ending, the most important things to hit are the food places I mentoned above.  Now Im hungry and I wish I was in Cincinnati right now.

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Saturday, February 16, 2002 9:23 PM
I think that would the perfect time to tell them something Tycoon ;)

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Saturday, February 16, 2002 9:34 PM

beastnum1 said:
Every adult coaster there is definitely re-rideable and is loads of fun.

Sorry Jeff, I know this kinda violates the principle of quoting from the same page, but I had NO choice...I love all their coasters, but found SoB to be possibly the least re-rideable woodie other than a Summers-Dinn...a friend told me it would feel "like your head is being squished in a vice".  I told him no coaster without OTSRs could do that, until I had some ERT...and some ADVILS...ouch! 

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Sunday, February 17, 2002 2:26 AM

rollergator said:


beastnum1 said:
Every adult coaster there is definitely re-rideable and is loads of fun.

Sorry Jeff, I know this kinda violates the principle of quoting from the same page, but I had NO choice...I love all their coasters, but found SoB to be possibly the least re-rideable woodie other than a Summers-Dinn...a friend told me it would feel "like your head is being squished in a vice".  I told him no coaster without OTSRs could do that, until I had some ERT...and some ADVILS...ouch! 
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Well, Im going to violate policy and Dissagree with my friend Rollergator.  SOB in the back or second to back seat is one of the smoothest coasters I have ever ridden.   Also the front and second to front are very smooth.  You may get your thighs bruised a bit riding up front though as it hits those curves at 75mph in that first helix.
Chuck

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Sunday, February 17, 2002 6:47 AM
Up until the Action Zone came into being, touring PKI was pretty simple: Start with the Beast and work your way back to the front. (End with the Beast as well, of course)

Now that we have the Action Zone, the whole dynamic changes.  Why?  3-4 major rides with questionable capacity, all in one small area.   In the Action Zone you have Face/Off (Vekoma Invertigo), Drop Zone (Intamin Gyro-Drop), and King Cobra (TOGO Stand-Up) that have poor capacity.  Son of Beast is not far behind them.

Now, I don't know how Tomb Raider is going to play into this but -

If you aren't an ACE member, i'd say you should still start with TR:TR and Beast, then work your way back through Coney,, hitting the Coney Coasters in order (Vortex, Flight of Fear, Racer, recaR), zip through Oktoberfest and hit Adventure Express, then make your way into the Action Zone. By now you will have hit 5 of the parks major coasters, with 5 more to go, all in the Action Zone.  (We'll get to the kiddie/family coasters (4) in a moment).   Unfortunately this is where the lines are going to come and haunt you.  I'd recommend walking to the Son of Beast end of the Action Zone and hit Top Gun, and then Son of beast.  (7 down)  On a weekday the time should now be between 1-3pm.   Now come out into the Actionn Zone proper and decide if you need to ride all three of King Cobra, Drop Zone, and Face/Off these rides could take an hour or more each.  May as well hit King Cobra next, then if drop rides are your thing Drop Zone, then sjip over to Face/Off.  After riding Face/Off you should be getting hungry.  PKI is big on burgers and pizza, and not much else.  There is a Skyline Chili in Coney, and Rivertown (though I think the one in Rivertown only serves coneys), Rivertown also has Wings which serves Montgomery Inn.   Oktoberfest Gardens isn't bad either.  the festhaus itself is merely a pizza/burger joint.

After eating, you can see the Eiffel Tower, then hit Hannah Barbera Land (tamer coasters while your meal digests)  Coasters here are Beastie(John Allen junior woodie) , Runaway Reptar (Vekoma Junor Inverted), Scooby's Ghoster Coaster (Caripro Junior Suspended), and Taxi Jam (Miler kiddie oval).  Unless you have a kid or borrow a kid, the Taxi Jam is out.   Reptar and Beastie can be ridden at liesure.   The tough coaster is gonna be Scooby's Ghoster Coaster.  The thing can only handle 200pph tops, but it is worthy of a ride as it is unique.

That will get you on 12 of the 13 coasters.   Well it might depending on the crowds.  The Action zone is a real killer regardless, and those particular queue areas are not the most pleasent in the park.

The other theory would be to start in the Action Zone (particularly helpful with an ACE walkback to Son of Beast), and hit what you can until the crowds show up, then escape the Action Zone, hit everything else, then come back and take your chances later on.

 

 

  

 

 

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Sunday, February 17, 2002 7:06 AM
Jeff said
One day is OK most any time of the year, unless you want to do the water park. As long as the capacity on Flight of Fear is better this year, you'll be good to go. 

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Whenever the guest decide to buckle their own seatbel the capacity should go up.

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*** This post was edited by FoF on 2/17/2002. ***

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Sunday, February 17, 2002 9:13 AM
One day is always plenty...I usually go from gate opening to them kicking us out..lol! I have planty of time and usually hit every major attraction more than once. Face/Off usually has some lengthy lines...so does FOF now. SOB has REALLY sohrt lines for how great a coaster it is. You will have plenty of time. Tomb Raider will most likely be packed out of ym you know what, so hit that first. TR:TR will also make Beast lines longer. Just  make sure you get in a Night-Beast ride :) :)

Enjoy your day at PKI!

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Sunday, February 17, 2002 9:40 AM
PKI Virgin... :(
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Sunday, February 17, 2002 9:50 AM
Yes, it's true, I am a PKI Virgin! I'm enjoying all of this great advice! Thanks so much! Keep it coming! And what about inexpensive hotels? I've had one suggestions so far. Any others?
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Sunday, February 17, 2002 10:27 AM
What's that thing I should tell them IntaminAG1@school?
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Sunday, February 17, 2002 10:43 AM
Tell them about the tatoo

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Sunday, February 17, 2002 12:47 PM
No, I meant I'm a PKI Virgin :(

But it's very cool to see I'm not alone.

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Sunday, February 17, 2002 1:00 PM
I'd agree and go with the one day answer.  There are not many parks that actually demand a two day visit during weekdays.  I've done SFMM and CP in one day.  (Not both in the same day :) )
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Sunday, February 17, 2002 1:10 PM
There was an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer about 6 months ago where 4 people rode every adult ride(including flatrides) in the park in a day and rated them(Flight of Fear had the highest rating).  Also these people waited in line like everyone else did.  Sure it wasn't a saturday, if it were you wouldn't get to ride everthing.  Let me recommend you go on a thursday, be sure to catch a night ride on Beast before you leave.
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*** This post was edited by FoF on 2/17/2002. ***

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