We arrived at 11:00 and headed to the Action Zone, and since my brother had not been to PKI in even a longer time than I had, I let him direct at first what rides we would do. The first ride he chose to ride...the first ride outside of Indiana for his wife...was Son of Beast. Ouch. I knew in my head it wasn't the greatest idea, but I didn't want to be a party-pooper. Since the entrances to Top Gun and Son of Beast are right next to each other, I asked if we could start on something easier to "break her in," but when we saw the entrance, it appeared that a bench was blocking it, so we figured it was down. As we were walking up, though, we saw people riding on it, so our eyes must have fooled us or something. We continued walking to Son of Beast, which had, what we thought to be, an unusally short wait of ten minutes. My brother had to keep coaxing his wife, saying it'll be fun and everything. We sat in between the middle and back, and we all rode on wheel seats. Oops.
The big drop was fun, but after that, I had to struggle to get through. The first helix is the worse, the loop was the best. The second helix pushed my lap bar down another click, cramping my right leg for the remainder of the ride. Even my brother admitted it was way rougher than he remembered it (our first ride when it opened was, unwittingly, seat 1:2) and his wife said she didn't really like it, but we knew she could at least take the big coasters, and we explained that SoB was the biggest and the roughest. (Ranking: 8th out of 8 thrill rides)
Then we took a walk-on ride on Top Gun, and she said it was better. Even my mom rode it once, and she never does coasters. She spent the day pushing my nephew around. Top Gun is still a short burst of fun. (5th out of 8 thrill rides)
After this, I forget what ride followed what, so I'll just list the rides and our experience on them.
Drop Zone: This rides still gives me the heeby-jeebies the most, and of course, she was very nervous. She explained that doesn't like the stomach feeling on some rides, and of course, Drop Zone does just that. Great moment where it reaches top speed. Probably a thiry minute wait. (4th out of 8)
Flight of Fear: I hadn't ridden this since the shoulder restraints were removed, so I was very excited. The wait was the longest of the day at one hour, probably because it was mid-day and people rushed for the A/C inside. Bro's wife was off with my mom and nephew, taking a break from big rides. The launch was fun, and the immediate cobra roll was powerful, too. The midsection was pretty uneventful, but the finale was super-intense. This ride is much better with the lap bars. We rode it again later in the day with bro's wife and she liked it. Scared of course at first, so we had to explain that it was actually the "Flight of Fun." The second wait was only thirty minutes. (3rd out of 8)
Vortex: I want to like this ride, because it looks wonderful from the ground, but I knew how rough it was going to be. Both times we sat near the middle of the train. The best part is the corkscrews; anything other than that, I had to grunt and strain to get through it. My brother liked it a lot, though, and so did his wife. Short waits both times. (7th out of 8)
Racer: Our forward ride was near the back of the train. Going out of the station, my lap bar was comfortably a few inches from my lap, but I accidentally clicked it down one more before the lift hill, pinning me to the seat. The ride was uncomfortably rough and unsatisfying. However, backwards was much more satisfying, near the front (back?) of the train, with better lap bar position. Short waits both times. (6th out of 8)
Delirium: A surprisingly fun ride! Brother and I rode the first time, and his wife reluctantly joined us, because she didn't want that stomach-dropping feeling. We explained that it wasn't that: it was a fun, floaty feeling, especially the last three swings before it starts to go down. Wish it was a little longer with more "maximum" swings. Great breeze. 10-15 minute waits both times. (2nd out of 8)
Beast: Saving the best for last. After Son of Beast, I was scared that maybe the Beast has gotten too rough after all, but of course we had to give it a shot. Our day ride was awesome - it sure got faster than I remembered it would, going through the woods right before the second lift hill. The helix is still ultra-intense, taking me by surprise. The roughness was not bad at all. The Beast is bumpily rough, while the Son of Beast is rattlingly and jerkily rough.
The best, though, was my two night rides. Short waits. (1st out of 8)
I actually typed more than the above, including tame rides, but my login expired and deleted what I hadn't copied and pasted, so I'll just post this. Great day, though.
Really freakin bad idea!
"Vortex: I want to like this ride, because it looks wonderful from the ground, but I knew how rough it was going to be. Both times we sat near the middle of the train. The best part is the corkscrews; anything other than that, I had to grunt and strain to get through it."
It's not THAT bad.
"Racer: Our forward ride was near the back of the train. Going out of the station, my lap bar was comfortably a few inches from my lap, but I accidentally clicked it down one more before the lift hill, pinning me to the seat. The ride was uncomfortably rough and unsatisfying."
Racer's trains suck... the lap bars are set too damn low and have a wimpy return spring.
-Donald, Owner/Webmaster, KIExtreme.com - The In-Depth Guide to Kings Island
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