Kings Island 7-5-02

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 8:29 AM

We got to the park around 12:30 pm and it was already packed. We knew this was not going to be a free-for-all day but we really wanted to see Nites of Fire, plus we had a girl from Seattle with us who had never even seen a roller coaster, so we stuck it out.

The first ride was Top Gun. A long wait. I really wish this ride was longer but its still a good ride.

Next was Son of Beast. It had just reopened so it was a short line. Back seat. This ride gets better and better every time, and I really liked the back. Big Gs.

Our next interest was getting to the water park. We took the KIMVRR over to Waterworks. It was very packed, I think it had about two thirds of the people in the park. We only did 3 slides and a little wave pool time.

Next was White Water Canyon, another long wait, but lots of fun and I got drenched. I think WWC has the most beautiful setting of all the rides of its kind. Its so far away from everything.

It was now about 730 and rides were beginning to close before the fireworks so we decided to hit more coasters.

The Racers were actually racing! Wish I had a camera! I love the airtime on this ride. It doesnt matter where you sit, those first two hops after the first drop will get you every time.

Next was Flight of Fear. All the queue gates were filled up, about a two hour wait. Back seat again. It was still pretty bright inside. I know we just had a big long discussion about FoF, but I swear I remember this being darker. Luckily I had sunglasses, I highly recommend those on this ride :). I also thought of something. If Paramount never did have the Outer Limits tie-in, I wonder what they would've named this ride?? I think something like Blinding Darkness would be more attractive than FoF.

Next were the fireworks. We sat in front of the Racer entrance. The fireworks were about halfway blocked by trees but we got a GREAT view of the tower, VERY awesome!

Adventure Express was next, no wait at all, awesome in the dark!

Finally we rounded out the day with a 70 minute wait at Drop Zone. It was cool to see KI at midnight from 300 feet.

I found out today that Phantom Theater is closing in a few weeks, wish I had hopped on that.

Great trip!

Tyler - who thinks it's funny that the only time I wore OTSRs were on Drop Zone and a short coaster that doesn't loop.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 8:39 AM
I went on the 4th abd the fireworks were very cool. I sat in action zone and saw all 3 spots they shot them off perfectly.
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 8:45 AM
Sounds like a pretty good time! And nice to hear you like SoB :)
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 3:55 PM

Went on May 22nd. Was part of middleschool coasterbuilding contest. Went of Tomb Raider First, unbelievable disappointment, crappy, crappy effects.

Next was first ride on Beast ever for me. Rode in very front. Awesome ride, still my favorite. Backwards Racer was next, always great. Had lunch, rode Son of Beast for first time after contest award presentation. SoB more intense, but Beast better show. Stood in line for FoF, with group of friends. Half took off (line too long), we stayed and rode, made checkin with plenty of time. It was much better than I expected. The video in the line gets old fast. With little time to spare, got onto forward Racer, but it was stopped at the top of the hill with a large KLANK noise. Backward Train came up and zoomed by...and by the time we started the drop, Backward was nearing the turnaround point. Needless to say, we lost horribly. Motive for stopping train still a mystery.

Had a great day, my love for woodens grew, even though we didn't win anything for the coaster we built. The competition was held in a showroom, executive meeting area, located on the in the gate building structure at the entrance of the park.

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-SD

"Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees."
-J. Willard Marriot

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 5:18 PM
Nice TR!

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-Sean Newman
84 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC # 100 in July. Waiting for the 305 foot drop tower in 2003. Thank you PKD.

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