Kings island opening weekend question?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:30 PM

I am looking forword to riding diomondback, but I was really looking forword to spending time with friends.

I was actually looking forword to getting to kings island this year, over going to cedarpoint.

I do have to agree that B&M coasters seem to have better pph than other coasters.Not sure if diamondback has seatbelts or not, but that makes a lot of differance in a coasters ridership numbers as it takes longer to dispatch a train.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 9:41 PM

Mamoosh said:
It's the exchange rate, Andy. 1 Canadian = 1.0485 Americans.

Hahaha...love it! :)

Mamoosh said:
In the middle of the queue were beverage vending machines that no one was using because you didn't have time to stop and put your money in.

I, for one, had to get my Vitamin Water fix!! But wading through people to catch back up with my friend was a bit more of a challenge than stopping for a Snickers in MF's queue!

I almost would've been better off waiting until his spot snaked back around to the machines.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:00 AM

So should we expect a considerable drop in 'crowded-ness' between the opening day, and the second Saturday of the year?

(Working on getting a trip together, but don't want to travel 3 hours to Cinci, just to wait in 3 hour lines all day...)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:06 AM

My crystal ball is broken. Can anyone help DtC? ;)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:55 AM

The weekend of April 25th has a "Music in the Park" event. Band kids from high schools will visit the park to perform. These events are sometimes insane, but it's so early in the year that I really don't thing that there will be a whole lot of people there. The kids usually go home early too. I went to The closet I got to the second week was on opening day a few years back and it was pretty crowded, but not too bad. I don't think I waited any longer than 30 minutes for anything.

I'm going on Saturday, April 25th.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:53 AM

Ride time wouldn't matter. If it's running 3 trains, one will always be waiting on the brakes. The capacity per hour will be train size * number of trains per hour. Number of trains per hour will just be 60 divided by the number of minutes it takes to get train off the brakes, unloaded, loaded, and out the station.

The only thing I can think of would be if the brakes on DBack are closer to the station than they are on Behemoth or if the drive wheels are stronger?

Paging Mr. Althoff. You're wanted in aisle 3.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:53 AM
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:57 AM

On second thought, if theoretical capacity is measured with instant load and unload, perhaps that would make the bottleneck block be something other than the station block. I would guess the lift block is going to be longer than either of the two actual ride blocks, so maybe the theoretical capacity comes from the size and speed of the lift?

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:04 AM

Lift speed is 18 seconds dispatch to drop

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:14 AM

Really? That is damn fast. Maybe the longest block would be the first ride block.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 11:16 AM

In this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoFH-p0phVQ&feature=related

It's about 30 seconds from bottom of hill to drop. Can't see when the train dispatches.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 12:33 AM

18 seconds? Wow!

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 7:43 AM

I kinda wish they had the season pass preview thing as well. At least the processing center will be open Friday evening from 4-8pm.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:09 PM

I am curious as to why they would cancle it and then close the park on sunday as well.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009 4:13 PM

My Bad on the dispatch to drop. Its about 23 seconds of two feet per second. Its a pretty quick lift and the trains look huge for a Beemer.Chuck

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