Live from Kings Island, Mystic Timbers media preview

Posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 6:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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Friday, April 14, 2017 1:57 PM

How can someone be anything but a poopypants hater? I know that I don't like poopypants. Although I suppose there are some people that have a fetish for that sort of thing.

Friday, April 14, 2017 2:33 PM

We are shooting for a fall trip. Invadr at Busch Gardens was great, so I'm sure this is too. Love GCI. Looking forward to it.

Friday, April 14, 2017 2:54 PM
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Shades said:

How can someone be anything but a poopypants hater? I know that I don't like poopypants. Although I suppose there are some people that have a fetish for that sort of thing.

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Friday, April 14, 2017 2:55 PM
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I have found just about every GCI I've ridden to be good/great but not top 10. There's too much swooping and not enough crazy air. I haven't been on Prowler, which I hear is an improvement, but I just don't get GCI layouts on the whole.

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Friday, April 14, 2017 2:57 PM
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You're a poopypants hater.

Friday, April 14, 2017 2:58 PM
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I've never been that into GCI either, but White Lightning made me a believer, and this one a true believer.

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Friday, April 14, 2017 3:18 PM
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There is no lack of airtime on Mystic Timbers.

Friday, April 14, 2017 4:30 PM

I just looked at the webcam for fun. It's 4:27, the park opened at 4. The line goes from MT past the train, past The Beast, past LaRosa's, and continues down that middle path to about where Diamondback's transfer shed is.

On a better note, Diamondback has hardly anyone in line...

Friday, April 14, 2017 4:37 PM
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I've been so ruined for lines.

Friday, April 14, 2017 5:10 PM
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Word on Facebook is that they're even using the entire Tomb Raider building as additional queue space.

...and that they're telling people 3 hours from the entrance to the building.

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Friday, April 14, 2017 5:22 PM
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A buddy sent me an image of the wait time about a half hour ago for the event.

Last edited by LostKause, Friday, April 14, 2017 5:25 PM
Friday, April 14, 2017 5:45 PM

And this is passholder night. Imagine tomorrow.
I checked back and the line no longer wraps around, but maybe they've all moved indoors.
Also, I stared at it for as long as I could stand, and unless I missed it somehow, I didn't see one MT train go by. Diamondback, however, is cranking em through.

I've been ruined for lines for a while, either due to nice opportunity, FL, or wisely choosing a slow day. There's no way in hell I'd get in a 240 minute line. At my age I could be dead by then.

Edit: never mind, there it goes. Must've missed it earlier. I reckon this ride won't have a lot of down time.

Last edited by RCMAC, Friday, April 14, 2017 5:46 PM
Friday, April 14, 2017 5:47 PM
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InvadR is great fun so if Mystic Timbers is a bigger version if that, I'm sold.

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Friday, April 14, 2017 9:10 PM
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Tekwardo said:

...the shed is very Adventure Express in its ending but that's ok...

That's a bad thing? :-)

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Friday, April 14, 2017 11:13 PM
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There's a hashtag in the shed!

The best of all the jokers is clearly Mark Hamill.

Friday, April 14, 2017 11:29 PM
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I attended the charity event on Thursday night and racked up 9 laps. I was blown away by the amount of theming they did from start to finish. There are pre-show videos in the queue, there are audio sound effects before the station, in the station, on the lift, and before the shed, the trains look like old pickup trucks, the shade covers in the queue are themed to the lumber mill theme, etc etc. They really did go for the complete package.

I thought it was particularly brilliant how they designed the shed itself. I expected that the train would pull into the block brake and then the "show" would start. That is not the case. From what I can tell, the show actually starts when the train in the station is dispatched. That's when the first audio cue happens in the shed (which I believe coincides with the sound effect in the station of the "truck" being jump started). Then as the train is moving from the shed to the station is when the "show" actually happens. I think having the train moving while effects are happening on all sides really adds to the experience.

I also liked that of the 3 apparent endings, all 3 appear timed for different parts of the train. By the end of the night, the people in the back of the train would cheer for a particular ending as we entered the shed because its timing was better in the back than the front. It was daytime when we started riding, but I didn't notice any difference in the endings as the night progressed. Dave mentioned easter eggs which really has me curious to pay close attention in the future. There was so much to take in from the experience, I'm sure I overlooked minor details here and there.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017 9:03 AM

I was at the passholder preview event. They opened the gates shortly after 3, and immediately formed a line for Mystic Timbers. By 3:20 or so we were doing an orderly walk back to the beast area.

There was a temp line queue across from LaRossa's, you then crossed over into a temp line queue along the fence between Tomb Raider and Beast. Beyond the backstage gate beside the Beast line queue, there was a temporary rope line queue, which fed into the Tomb Raider building. Inside the haunt now filling Tomb Raider, there were multiple switch-backs of line queue, before coming out the entrance and back onto the midway in more temporary queues. At some point you finally entered the actual ride line queue.

I was part of that initial walk-back, and when we came to a complete stop I was a couple of rows into the actual queue. The first train with riders was loaded pretty promptly, maybe 4:02 when it was dispatched. I got my ride at 4:40.

Being a gorgeous day, the park was packed. I left shortly after 7. The people were still coming in in droves, and Kings Island drive was backed up from the north up to Kings Mills Rd.

This was the front gate when I left.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:09 AM
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Actually, the first audio cue is the music from the boombox as soon as the train stops in the holding brake. When it releases, you get the lights with the "secret" messages in the rafters, then the video sequences.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:24 AM

It took us four hours last night. When we got in line, the worker gave us a piece of paper to hand to the workers loading the people at the front so they could better estimate wait time. The paper said "back beast 6:45 pm" We got in line behind the old Crypt ride. The ride had two stoppages that cost us over an hour of wait time.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 10:28 AM

exclusive video from the shed.. amazing!!!


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