Kings Island maintenance crews busiest in off-season

Posted Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:31 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

Kings Island will rely on more than 4,000 seasonal workers to operate the park when it opens April 27. But for Tom Dillingham and his crew, the real work begins when the shrieks subside, the last ride makes its way into the station and the park gates close. As the park’s manager of rides and mechanical maintenance, Dillingham, 54, oversees a crew of about 50 mechanics, carpenters and welders who conduct year-round testing and maintenance of the park’s 46 rides. The bulk of the work takes place in the park’s off-season months of November through April.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013 2:55 PM

LostKause said:

Tyler, Vortex was designed way before computers were cool. Ride designers had to make all the calculations be hand. Arrow is notorious for rides with poor transitions and banking, and if you look at most loops and other inversions and elements from different Arrow coasters, they are all the same size. This is probably the main reason that Vortex is a headbanger.

That just about does it for the knowledge that I have about Arrow though.

I know. There probably isn't one Arrow Looper that I've enjoyed. My favorite is probably Demon at Six Flags Great America, though.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 8:16 PM

The Tennessee Tornado and Lockness Monster are my two favorite Arrow Loopers, and the only ones that I will ride consistently when at a park I have been to. The rest are too bumpy and uncomfortable.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013 9:36 PM

Sorry, while I agree with you somewhat I didn't mean to vote up. My finger accidentally drug/ dragged? across the space.
I think Loch Ness Monster is a very odd ride, with a nice front half and a pretty crappy back half. I never understood the tiny little lift there. It's so interruptive, and a real pace killer. Unless its purely for blocking purposes- but I'm pretty sure the train could complete the circuit without it and maybe just a little track reprofiling.
Tennessee Tornado is a blast, the first drop is a real surprise the first time and I love the slight twistiness at the top of the inversions. Like I said before somewhere, it's waaaaaay to short. It's got the energy and they've got the space there to extend it a bit.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 10:29 PM
kpjb's avatar

When I rode the Arrow looper at SFMM a few years back it was shockingly smooth. I was bracing myself for the worst, and pretty much just riding it because it was there and had no line. Ended up enjoying it.

Not sure if I just hit it on a good day/good seat, or if it still just runs that well.


Sunday, April 7, 2013 11:37 PM
sirloindude's avatar

I don't think it was an issue of it being a good day. I've always enjoyed my laps on Viper as well.

But then, I never really had that much against the Arrow megaloopers. They aren't/weren't my favorite rides, but I always tried to snag a lap when possible.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:33 AM
Pagoda Gift Shop's avatar

These "spring fever" stories about amusement parks always make me laugh. You often seen photos in the newspaper at this time of year about new rides, etc. The sad part is the Kings Island has nothing to market, so here they are writing about Backlot Stunt Coaster maintenance? Yikes.


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