LONG lines for Diamondback: DON'T PANIC!

Monday, April 20, 2009 2:35 AM

I was there Saturday and we got there at 11 and saw that line all the way out and was like Oh wow! we better not even go on it today because its gonna be like 6 hours (think Millenium Force or Dragster when it first opened) than we were asking people throughout the day and they said 40 minutes to an hour so we finally waited and it was about an hour.

Firehawk had a longer line! (But they suck at loading and unloading fast) It was a fun first time at Kings Island and I was just amazed by the quick operations of that ride. Completely amazed.

I sadly didn't get a t-shirt though :( Everyone loved that ride, I saw coaster enthusiasts and normal people cheering like crazy.

Sadly, I barely fit on the ride, so I need to start dieting! But oh well.... lol

BTW, is that park always as busy as it was on saturday or are there slow days? i asked an employee and he told me it was that busy all the time and that being in the middle of a city people are always there. Is this true?

Last edited by Kyle Fobe, Monday, April 20, 2009 2:42 AM

Kyle Says: Diamondback was a lot of fun! Made his first time at Kings Island worth it all!

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Monday, April 20, 2009 6:47 AM

Diamondback is an incredible ride. Definitely exceeded any expectations I had for it. This was my first B&M hyper, so the thing that surprised me (after always hearing good things about them) was how much I hated the restraints. I've never had any issues with MF/TTD restraints, but I barely made it on Diamondback. The interesting thing is it has nothing to do with your gut or butt like most others, but your legs/thighs. My first ride was in the front row of a car, and required some force from a ride op to get it clicked down far enough. My second ride was in the second row of a car (the outboard seats) and for some reason was no problem getting into, and actually left me with a little room. Not sure if there's actually a difference between first and second rows, but it might be something to keep in mind if you're on the borderline of making it or not.


And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

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Monday, April 20, 2009 6:50 AM

One thing you can count on with Beemers, is that they are people eaters. Even if the rideops are doing average work on these rides, the line still moves pretty decently.

Kyle: Kings Island is like any other park. It has its crowded days and dead days. I have experienced both at that particular park.

For some reason, KI gets mobbed at the beginning of the season. I remember when Jeff and his previous wife sent me 2 tickets to a pre-opening of the park, my daughter and I went, and it was mobbed.

Also have went in the middle of the summer on a weekday, and we had alot of walk-on rides.

I guess Cincy is wierd like that. :)


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Monday, April 20, 2009 6:57 AM

CP Chris said:
This was my first B&M hyper, so the thing that surprised me (after always hearing good things about them) was how much I hated the restraints. I've never had any issues with MF/TTD restraints, but I barely made it on Diamondback. The interesting thing is it has nothing to do with your gut or butt like most others, but your legs/thighs.

Really? Because it seems to be the opposite. The Beemer hyper restraints have far more accomadations for larger guests then the Intamin Hypers.


My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.

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Monday, April 20, 2009 7:34 AM

I've heard that, which is why I was so surprised by the Diamondback restraints. I suppose I'm probably just an odd case though.


And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

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Monday, April 20, 2009 7:50 AM

Chitown said:

CP Chris said: This was my first B&M hyper, so the thing that surprised me (after always hearing good things about them) was how much I hated the restraints. I've never had any issues with MF/TTD restraints, but I barely made it on Diamondback. The interesting thing is it has nothing to do with your gut or butt like most others, but your legs/thighs.

Really? Because it seems to be the opposite. The Beemer hyper restraints have far more accomadations for larger guests then the Intamin Hypers.

Funny I can ride Kingda Ka, farenheight. I could also ride the Sups and MF safely before the modifications.I can even ride nitro. Not diamondback

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Monday, April 20, 2009 12:43 PM

BTW, is that park always as busy as it was on saturday or are there slow days? i asked an employee and he told me it was that busy all the time and that being in the middle of a city people are always there. Is this true?

Saturdays are always busy. I found Sunday morning at 10 am to be the best. If you are a Gold Pass or Platinum Pass holder, getting to the park for early rides are quite nice. KI has early rides on the Beast and DB everyday this year.

I rode DB twice on Saturday during auction rides. KI gave us nice gifts as well as free tickets to the park. (I used my Platinum pass to get in.) I thought that the ride was quite a bit faster later than 8:30 am. I was on 2-1 and 8-1. Without a question, 8-1 provided far greater air time. The second and third hills had incredible airtime. I really wish the trim on the fourth hill was not there.

BTW, the hammer head did not have much of lateral as I was expecting. Did anyone noticed this?

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Monday, April 20, 2009 12:53 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

Given the banking, why would the hammerhead have much in the way of laterals? It's not supposed to!

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Monday, April 20, 2009 2:48 PM

^^either way, the Behemoth hammerhead it is not, but that's what happens when it's not the third descent.

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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:00 PM

Kyle Fobe said:
I was there Saturday and we got there at 11 and saw that line all the way out and was like Oh wow! we better not even go on it today because its gonna be like 6 hours (think Millenium Force or Dragster when it first opened) than we were asking people throughout the day and they said 40 minutes to an hour so we finally waited and it was about an hour.

Firehawk had a longer line! (But they suck at loading and unloading fast) It was a fun first time at Kings Island and I was just amazed by the quick operations of that ride. Completely amazed.

I sadly didn't get a t-shirt though :( Everyone loved that ride, I saw coaster enthusiasts and normal people cheering like crazy.

Sadly, I barely fit on the ride, so I need to start dieting! But oh well.... lol

BTW, is that park always as busy as it was on saturday or are there slow days? i asked an employee and he told me it was that busy all the time and that being in the middle of a city people are always there. Is this true?

Just a Question for you how much to you weigh so i can figure out if i should waste my time or not....

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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:09 PM

HelloI would like to start out to say that this is my first post withcoasterbuzz. i am a frequent poster over at its sister form pointbuzz.So i would just like to say hi,

Now on to the question,
I waslooking at pictures of the train and noticed that it has no seat beltsjust the lap bar. Is there a reason why there are no seat belts?
I find it weird that there are no seat belts on this coaster. But over at Cedar Point Millennium Force dose.

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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:10 PM
rollergator's avatar

^Unfortunately (and fortunately too I guess) "weight" isn't really much of a factor, so it won't help you determine whether you can fit. "Body dimensions" is more appropriate to the the restraint system, and really, each individual is different. I do find it a little disheartening that Chuck mentioned on page 1 that the test seats aren't always the best measure either (although I *highly* recommend them anyway). In a perfect world, CF would have learned from the MForce situation that the test seats really SHOULD set the standard for whether or not a guest can safely ride...

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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:25 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Interestingly, the test seat is of the "if the light is green, you should be ok" variety - not just a seatbelt or restraint, but actual confirmation with the light and stuff.

Seems weird that there'd be any discrepancy, doesn't it?

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Monday, April 20, 2009 5:26 PM
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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:30 PM
Mamoosh's avatar

(off-topic)

Let me guess: PointBuzz has no rules on spelling and grammar in the TOS? ;)

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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:38 PM

So for the people who have ridden it, is Diamondback the best coaster in Ohio?

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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:41 PM

lol...Not sure about the spelling, but in these "harsh economic times" the ability to space words went with the last round of PointBuzz budget cuts.


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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:55 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Ok, ok.... spacing becomes an issue when you copy and paste a post. I'm guessing M & M copied his question from the topic that was closed and pasted it here.

Can't speak for the spelling, though... :)


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Monday, April 20, 2009 5:57 PM
Carrie M.'s avatar

Lord Gonchar said:
Interestingly, the test seat is of the "if the light is green, you should be ok" variety - not just a seatbelt or restraint, but actual confirmation with the light and stuff.

Seems weird that there'd be any discrepancy, doesn't it?

What does it do if you don't pass? There isn't like a loud buzzer or a "whaa, whaaa, wha, whaaaaaa..." or anything, is there? How embarrassing.


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Monday, April 20, 2009 7:04 PM

CP Chris said:
I've heard that, which is why I was so surprised by the Diamondback restraints. I suppose I'm probably just an odd case though.

I was surprised as well. I'm a slightly chubby guy but I have never been borderline on any coaster before, until Diamondback. I rode it twice on Saturday. The first time I got the restraint far enough down no problem. The second time I couldn't do it myself no matter how hard I tried. One of the ride ops had to come and help me. Even though the restraint was painfully tight, I was flying out of my seat over the hills.

To me, it seemed the only thing holding the crew up from hitting interval was the controls person calling out seat numbers of restraints that were not good to go yet. I was definitely surprised and a little disappointed that this was not as accommodating as B&M's have been.

Last edited by RideOn, Monday, April 20, 2009 7:05 PM
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Monday, April 20, 2009 7:20 PM

Well it apears that both of my party that were refused did get to ride later in the day in row 5. It was still a very tight fit but after getting a manager, testing the test seats this is where they put them.His review. BLOWS NITRO AWAY. My opinion. That wouldn't be hard to do :)

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