Kings Island 05/02/2014 May 4, 2014 damarksta Theme Parks We’ve arrived at Kings Island for the Day! Invertigo! The first coaster we see before entering the park, might pass on the Vekoma today though. Entrance plaza is all decked out with all kinds of Banshee advertisements, looks like it’s going to be a big hit for the park this year. Even this years souvenir cups are decked out with Banshee! One of my favorite entrance areas to any park, and look there’s even a dinosaur! First up for the day, none other than Banshee!!!!! That loop is huge! Though this is hardly the most exciting part of the ride. Coming down after the immelmann, the first drop on this coaster is one of the most intense drops on a B&M Invert that I’ve experience. Especially if you’re sitting in the back of the train. Riders climbing the lift, oh and there’s even a Banshee scream to greet them when they reach the top. Scream like a Banshee! Now this is where the ride separates itself from other recent B&M installations, the second half of the ride is actually better than the first half! Signature barrel roll move on B&M inverts, and usually my favorite part of any invert. This barrel roll is great no doubt but the slow barrel roll near the end might just be better! Train heading down into the ravine for the second part of the ride. This is where the ride really picks up in intensity and speed, you can feel the train accelerate as it drops into the valley and you hear that signature B&M roar. The crew was moving very fast today, and the longest we waited was only 20 minutes! We even were able to ask for front row! This being my two friends first time ever on Banshee, so getting the front was very exciting! Plus I also hadn’t ridden the front yet so I was just as excited. Next up the Bat. Renamed from Flight Deck and repainted this year, I must say the orange color of the track fits this ride very well. Great view of the end of the ride, plus you can see Banshee’s back half in the distance! No line for the Bat 🙁 hopefully it’ll get more love in the summer when lot’s of people are hanging out by the Banshee. It’s still a great Arrow Suspended even if it’s a bit short. Hey look Banshee completing it’s second vertical loop. Only area in the park where you can see the second half of Banshee is in the area of the Bat. Fresh painted Arrow track! Look’s almost brand new. Bat coming up the second hill, this ride really picks up speed unlike other Arrow Suspended’s that I’ve been on. Oh and don’t forget that signature sway. The trains zoom right by you as you are exiting the ride. Coming into the brake run and the end of the swaying. The most depressing part of any Arrow Suspended. 😛 It sure is a cloudy day down here in Cincinnati, almost like our normal weather back in Cleveland. haha The non ideal weather though makes for limited crowds. There’s no one here! Apparently Kraft dropped a giant Mac n Cheese noodle in the park last weekend. We all know we love it. (Though the shapes Mac n Cheese is the best 😛 ) Heading into Planet Snoopy. The 13-time golden ticket award winner for best kid’s area in the world! The only coaster credit I don’t have in the park 🙁 Maybe one day I’ll get on it haha We decided that we couldn’t wake any longer for Pipe Scream at Cedar Point so we figured to finally ride it here. Though it has been here for a while and I’ve never ventured over to ride it. haha Looks somewhat interesting and somewhat nausea inducing, turns out it’s a mixture of both. It’s fun for a single ride but I don’t think I could ride it over and over again in the same day. Hey look it’s a Vekoma family suspended coaster. Hmm maybe this ride will be like a mini Banshee?! 😛 Actually not a half bad ride, a little bumpy but it has a cool fly over the station moment. Is it too cold for a water ride today? I did like this ride better when it was Wild Thornberry’s though 🙁 Diamondback!!!! Now featuring seat belts 😛 Two coaster train’s in one picture! A closer look at the chain gears for Diamondback. Train sitting on the break run, they’ll probably be waiting longer than usual since the longer dispatch times as a consequence of the seat belts. Diamondback’s signature splash. The ride experience doesn’t suffer from the added seat belt you still get plenty of airtime, though as I pointed out dispatch times are gonna be longer now. 🙁 Time for some Boo Blasters! All three guns in our cart are working too, what?!? The ride isn’t that bad, again though it was much better as Scooby Doo. Interested to see what Cedar Fair does when they build a dark ride from the ground up with Wonder Mountain this year at Canada’s Wonderland. 600 score, guess I’m a beginner blaster. 😛 Though I still managed to beat my friend and I was taking pictures?! Apparently I’ve rode this ride too much and know the targets. haha Time to climb the Eifel Tower replica for some aerial shots of the park. Here’s Diamondback’s splash from above. Planet Snoopy and the Soak City waterpark in the way distance there. It’s a bit windy up here today, wonder how those riders on Windseeker are doing up there. And the Entrance plaza from above, note again the lack of cars in the parking lot. And on that note time for lunch! Coming back from lunch we decided to take it easy and check out some dinosaurs. Free this year with a Platinum pass! On the way back we see riders stuck on Windseeker, that like never happens!?! 😛 I’m gonna eat you! Don’t let my size fool you I took down a T-Rex in Jurassic Park III. 😛 Don’t kiss the dinosaurs. 😛 Ok apparently you can try grabbing the tongue. The largest dinosaur in the park! The thing really is massive, not quite as tall as Windseeker however. 😛 I can not run 45 MPH, not even close. Good thing there aren’t dinosaurs around today. You got nothing on me Mr. T-Rex! Come at me bro. Next up the Italian Job! Err… Backlot Stunt coaster I guess… sigh… Still a great ride however and Kings Island still uses the fire effects on this ride. And you even get to ride in Mini Coopers! What could be better? Vortex, the big menacing head-banging headache inducing Arrow! The batwing is one of the most painful parts of the ride though it does make for great pictures being so close to the midway. Another shot of the train coming out of the batwing. Testing out my new camera’s shutter speed here. haha All these people will have headaches upon exiting, don’t worry in a few trains we’ll be right there with them. 😛 Time to conquer the Beast! You can vaguely make out the lift hill back there. One of the most unique rides I’ve been on in the fact that barely any part of the ride can actually be seen from the midway. Before entering the line, here’s a look a Diamondback’s final helix. Oh and it’s still very cloudy.. sigh.. There’s even no one in line for the Beast!!! Look at all the happy riders coming back from their five minute journey into the woods. The Beast is running great this year, it’s a little bumpy but that’s expected for a wooden coaster, now if only they didn’t trim brake it so much. haha Noticed this neat little rock fountain area leading into Diamondback’s splash down pool. Time for some X-Base fun with Flight of Fear and Firehawk! Firehawk formerly X-Flight from Geagua Lake, swoops by everyone waiting in line. These rides back here always have a long line. Still very popular rides, we decided to hit Flight of Fear first and waited about 35 minutes, longer wait than Banshee! After that decided to hit Firehawk but right as we were about to get in line they closed it down for mechanical issues. So onto the Racer it is! Though I should say the non-Racer as the blue side is not running today. Non-Racer climbing the lift hill! Rode it in the very back this time and got plenty of airtime, though we did slam back down against the seat back and that kinda hurt, but it’s still a classic and fun ride. Hey look Firehawk is running! Oh wait no riders. sigh What’s that over there? That one looks fun! Time to say goodbye to Coney Mall for the day and onto Adventure Express! The queue for Adventure Express gives you a great look at Banshee’s very steep first drop, one of the best parts of the ride. One of my absolute favorite mine train coasters. It’s a little bumpy, hey it’s still an Arrow, but it’s a long ride and it’s got one of the best endings to any coaster I’ve ever been on. 😉 Nice little over the pond shot of the Eifel Tower in the background along with Viking Fury. Back over at Action Zone, there’s actually someone riding Congo Falls! Must be a very brave soul. Thought about braving the Invertigo but decided to save it for another day. Didn’t want any Vekoma headbanging after we dealt with Arrow headbanging all day. haha Finally decided to get a shot in front of Banshee’s sign. Love the mist that is constantly running, definitely gives an eerie feeling to the area. We got on it two more times today bringing my ride total to 11 for the year already! And that’s a wrap for our day-trip down to Kings Island. Wish we could have stayed later but we all had to be up early the next day. Next up Cedar Point’s Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles media day!!!!