I made the 250 mile trek from metro Detroit to Kings Island on 09/30/05. I enjoyed my drive to Mason, OH. I had the greatest pizza ever on Friday night. LaRosa's Pizza, the best pizza I've ever had, plus my wife is from Centerville, OH so she made sure we stopped at LaRosa's. I know, there were a million LaRosa's stands in the park.
I stayed at the Best Western about a mile away from the park. The price was fair ($115 for two nights) and the hotel was decent.
I arrived at the park at about 9:30am. I was very excited about my trip to PKI. I took advantage of purchasing tickets online the week before, I scored two tickets for about $58. What a great deal. I was somewhat bummed that ACE had an event at PKI that day. I had no knowledge of the event and was not able to participate.
One theme stuck out in my mind the entire day. What a beautiful park and what a nice staff. The park looked nice all dressed up for the Halloween events.
I enjoyed my multiple trips on all of the coasters. IJ:ST, Vortex, and FoF were suprisingly fun rides. My main goal was to ride The Beast. I managed many rides during the day and in the evening. I found the evening rides on The Beast to be the best. I was not dissapointed that Son of Beast was unavailable. After all many people on this web site say that the initials are SOB for a reason.
The most amazing thing about this park to me were the quality and collection of the rides. I was very impressed that this park, which appears to be more family friendly, had a nice collection of family coasters that were rather aggresive. In my opinion only The Beast, SoB, FoF, and Face Off may go beyond the category of "family" type coasters. I also enjoyed Tomb Raider a bit more than I thought I would. Its amazing how much a little theming can spruce up a very dull flat ride. I also found the children's area in the park very impressive. PKI does a nice job catering to the smaller thrill seekers.
The only comparisions that I have in terms of other parks are a handful of Cedar Fair parks and the defunct Boblo Island. While I am a fan of CP because of the extreme thrills it strives for. I found myself walking away as a huge fan of PKI because the park truly has something for everyone and a good/friendly staff.
The only negative feedback I had on my visit was the lack of cleanliness in the restrooms. This was a bigger issue for my wife than myself.
I cannot comment on the haunted attractions. I did not particpate in those attractions. While all the people lined up for the haunted attractions I just kept riding The Beast.
My wife and I enjoyed my first visit to PKI. I look forward to returning next year.
Did you get to ride Delirium or Drop Zone?
SOB is down for the season for extensive track work, apparently the whole thing is going to be retracked and a lot of structure rebuilt.
It needs it. I visited at the beginning of June and did not enjoy my ride on SOB. I don't think I'll ride it again (which, after waiting 45 minutes to ride, made me wonder if I'm in the minority). Someone threw up on the ride when I was in the section of the line underneath the boarding station - I wondered what this shower of water was from and then realized what happened. Nice. To me, nausea isn't as much an issue as a sore neck is - most people I know who ride it feel the need for an osteopath to put them back together again after it's all over.
I think PKI looked a bit aged on my last visit.
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