King's Island/Holiday World June 14th-18th

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006 10:40 PM
I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Kings Island and Holiday World last week. I’ve been to Kings Island before back in 1997, but the park has changed quite a bit. We arrived in Cincinnati Wednesday afternoon June 14th at our hotel, Kings Island Resort and Conference center. The hotel is not the best, but it was close to the park and had sleeping spots for 5 so we decided that it would suit our needs.

The next day we hit the park at opening. I don’t know if it was because it was a weekday in June or what, but the park was dead all day and we didn’t end up waiting more than 10 minutes for any ride. We went straight to IJ:ST. The ride itself was ok, but I wasn’t overly impressed with it. I thought it would be like the Mummy at Universal Studios, which I loved. The ending is cool, but the ride is kind of quick. If the wait were less than 15 minutes it is worth it, anything more and I wouldn’t wait for it again in the future. We then headed to the Beast. This ride is awesome, and although it is a little rough, it still delivers a great ride. After riding a few rides such as Delirium and Drop Zone, we headed to Son of Beast. Now I heard a lot of people complain how rough this thing is and how it should be torn down so I was a little nervous to go on. I know they re-structured the ride and it was suppose to be a little better. I decided I needed to take back seat, as I was so curious to how rough this thing can be. Let me say that the thing is definitely rough, and I could see why most people hate it. The “jack hammering” effect was in full swing and caused me to have a headache for about an hour after it. Never again will I ride it, as it’s not only rough, but also the ride itself just sucks and has nothing cool about it. After this we headed to the water park to enjoy the warm summer afternoon. We went back into the park around 7 at night. Decided to do a bunch of small little rides to kill some time until it got dark. We hit up Tomb Raider: The Ride. I thought this ride was going to be like a TopSpin but it is kind of different in the fact that it doesn’t do as much flipping, and does more of holding you upside down. During one of the times it was being held upside down it started to shake. Because of the shaking my friend ended up having his cell phone slide out of his pocket and into the water fountain below. It was kind of funny as the ride was acting like a school ground bully, holding u upside down and shaking you to get things out of your pocket. He was able to come back after closing and retrieve it but since it fell in the water it was no good. Lucky for free cell phones now a days. After the ride we headed over to the beast for the last ride of the night. As we ascended the lift hill the firework show started. Flying through the woods and looking up in the sky seeing fireworks go off really made that ride one of my favorite ride experiences of all time. Only if they could turn those lights off in the woods. That ended the night and we returned to our hotel to get ready for the drive to Holiday World the next day.

On Friday we headed to Patoka Lake campground, which is about 30mins outside of Holiday World. For anyone who loves the outdoors and loves boating this is the campground and lake to be at in that area.

Saturday we headed to Holiday World. About 4 days before we left I noticed the warning on Holiday Worlds website stating not to visit as it would be busy. We got there early enough where we could knock out a Voyage ride in 10 minutes. I read all the great reviews about this ride, which only got me more excited about it. I’m not going to go through the whole ride as it’s been stated before, but the ride is just awesome. It became my new favorite wood coaster, but I still was wondering just how good it could be at night as I was impressed but wasn’t totally blown away…at least not yet. The water park opened up early so we headed on in after Voyage. We were able to hit a few slides before it got really crowded. It was about 90 and sunny, so that didn’t help much either. All the switchbacks were full on every ride, and they were even used on the lazy rivers. The water park was packed from head to toe and I could barley move. Fortunately it rained that afternoon so the park cleared out at night. After it rained I realized that Holiday World has a policy, where if there is any lightening, maintenance has to walk the entire track of every coaster to inspect it. I don’t know if its Indiana’s law or just Holiday World’s policy? After the lengthy delay we headed to The Raven. I thought this ride was awesome, especially at night with the tunnels and turn by the lake. After this we ran to The Legend. Again, this coaster has some kick and delivered a great ride. Now it was the moment I was waiting for since February, a Voyage night ride. After about a 5-minute wait (it was dead at night after that rain) we got in the back seat. Now I was expecting it to be great, but I still wasn’t prepared. Once you go through that third tunnel it is complete darkness. I was being thrown in every direction, having no idea what was going on. It was even better that the light was turned off on the Triple Down, as I heard it gives off a bright light. From that third drop until the end it did not let up. By far this is my favorite coaster now. A night ride on this just made it amazing, and I really don’t think a ride can get any better. For those who have been on it, you know what I am talking about, and for those of you who haven’t been to Holiday World, please find a way to get there, as this coaster is worth the trip. Thank You Holiday World, and Thank You Gravity Group for this!!!

Ending this trip with a Voyage night ride made it memorable. Never have I been so thrilled on a coaster in my life. Overall, my first ever visit to Holiday World was great. The park is friendly, clean, has 2 great wood coasters, and has a third coaster that is unbelievable. *** Edited 6/21/2006 2:42:17 AM UTC by Race4thesky420***

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 11:47 AM
Great TR. I'm flying down to PKI and HW this weekend. I hope my experience is a great as yours.

Watching the fireworks from The Beast sounds awesome. Did they go off exactly at 10:00 or a few minutes later? Besides The Beast, would you recommend any other locations for watching the fireworks?

I love to experience unique and tasty treats when I travel, and I've heard a lot of good things about Holiday World, but nothing about PKI. Does PKI have any noteworthy theme park food?

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 11:52 AM
I've watched their Fireworks Show from the top of their Eiffel Tower back in '74 :) (Back when the Racer ruled the roost for those of you in Rio Linda)
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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:02 PM

greatwhitenorth said:
I love to experience unique and tasty treats when I travel, and I've heard a lot of good things about Holiday World, but nothing about PKI. Does PKI have any noteworthy theme park food?

Some will try to convince you that La Rosa's Pizza is amazing, but it's mostly hype. Don't get me wrong, it's good pizza, but it's nothing special. You've probably had the same thing 100 times over before. I lived in that town for five years and never understood what all the fuss was about. Same goes for Greater's Ice Cream.

However no trip to Cincinnati is complete without Skyline Chili. Nowhere near close to your typical chili. In fact, some won't even classify it as "chili" in the technical sense. Whatever you want to call it, it's dang good, an shouldn't be missed. You can find this in the park.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 1:13 PM

greatwhitenorth said:
Great TR. I'm flying down to PKI and HW this weekend. I hope my experience is a great as yours.

Watching the fireworks from The Beast sounds awesome. Did they go off exactly at 10:00 or a few minutes later? Besides The Beast, would you recommend any other locations for watching the fireworks?

I love to experience unique and tasty treats when I travel, and I've heard a lot of good things about Holiday World, but nothing about PKI. Does PKI have any noteworthy theme park food?


That was the first time I had seen the fireworks so I couldn't recommend a good spot, besides on Beast of course ;)

I didn't eat at the park. I went to the Montgomery Inn BBQ which is about 15minutes from the park for dinner. It's an awesome place if you like BBQ, and the prices aren't bad for the sandwichs. There was also a pizza place across from it which had wood fired pizzas that we ate for lunch.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 2:18 PM
Living a mile behind the park, The fireworks go off between 9:59-10:02 everynight there is no delay, Check the eiffel tower, The spotlights will go off a minute or two before the show.

Glad you had a great time and from what Im told from others, It was even better than HW Nights due to the moisture in the air after the rains for your night rides on Voyage.

LaRosa's pizza suckith, but their menu at their restaurants is pretty good. Skyline eh. expecially the park crap YUCK. The best chili in Cincinnati isn't from a chain. Camp Washington Chili is a one store, one man run operation for 62 years now, However you can order it and have it shipped to you by the gallon :)


As for Walking the tracks before reopening after a storm, Would you really want to hit a branch that may have fallen across the handrails? I shudder to think, HW's coasters and Lake Compounces Boulderdash are two places I'd surely hope walk the tracks after a thunderstorm.

The light on Voyage was at the midcourse. It was bright and very distracting from the ride experience but luckily I also got one or two without it on :)

Chuck, glad you had a great time.

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