I'm excited, but I think my soon-to-be 7 year old will be shut out due to height. She was at 48 inches last year - says the Beast is her favorite ride! (She didn't have her big heeled sandals on when she got measured for Rock 'n Roller Coaster at Disney, so we didn't ride).
And Derek, let's not forget that I did my four years in Evanston "cooler-by-the-lake-effect-snow", Illinois, not to mention another three winters in Omaha. I *earned* this good weather, darn it! :-)
Yep, winters in Chicago and summers in Orlando. I really was an idiot back in the day.
Questions for the experts:
1) Are there enough things at KI for the under 48" crowd to stay busy and have fun? The Nickelodeon section of the park looks pretty sweet, and Don, I know you have talked about KI before in relation to the youngin's, but I need a little verification. Nine hours is a bit of a drive if my 44" daughter can't ride anything but midway spinners, ferris wheels, and carousels.
2) Is Flight of Fear as cool as it seems? A crazy looking coaster in the dark...should be outstanding. Are there special effects in the dark, or just some crappy strobe lights? And, is it really dark, or just dim? I hate to get my hopes up...but I can't deny I do want to ride Flight O Fear.
3) How busy do you think KI will be on the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday following Memorial Day? Are area schools still in session? Is there a better time to go for a sequence of days than late May?
4) Is it best to stay in Cincinnati? Saw a Drury Inn and Suites that looked decent for $100 a night about 11 miles from KI. I think the GW Lodge will be a bit too expensive for this excursion.
5) Anything else I need to know before I start planning a multi-day trip to KI?
And Robert, when you go to USH, please sneak some photos of the House of Horrors. The idea of a year-round haunted house attraction seems very fitting for this park...and very fun. The last time I went to USH was in the early 80's, and I do not remember a haunted house being in the park. I honestly don't remember much about USH except for Jaws.
One other question about KI: is the park clean? Has Cedar Fair made an attempt to paint, sweep, and pull weeds? My local Cedar Fair park, Worlds of Fun, is very clean, not at all like that Six Flags mess over in Saint Louis. I need a clean park....it doesn't necessarily have to be Disney clean, but it had better look like someone in mgmt gives a darn about upkeep!
James - Kings Island during the week after Memorial Day should be great on crowds. That's often the week I visit parks (I'll be at Six Flags America, Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg that same week this year).
For kids rides, the Nickolodeon kids area ROCKS at KI. You'll love the Avatar Airbender ride and the walkthrough Spongebob water maze. Plus, there's a decent Scooby Doo Haunted Mansion ride there. Lots of character appearances like Dora and Spongebob.
I am, however, going to take the opposite stance on FoF. I rode the Kings Dominion version (same thing) in 2001 and loved it. I have also riden the outdoor version Poltergeist at Fiesta Texas and thought it quite fun. BUT, when I was at KI two summers ago, I thought FoF was going to snap my neck. It was jerky, slowed down to a crawl in the middle of the ride and completely dashed my exhiliration about the ride I had from my previous experiences at KD and SFFT.
However, the Beast ROCKS - only second to Dollywood's Thunderhead for woodies in my book.
I just don't get how you can mess up FoF! That launch, and all the twists and turns...put it in complete darkness and let it rip! It should be a no-brainer! Just think what Disney could do with FoF inside that Space Mountain building of theirs....if they were so inclined! Wait-a-minute...is it possible that FoF is nearly the same layout as Rock n' Roller coaster at Disney Hollywood Studios? Hmmm....did Vekoma copy Premier Rides LIM coaster when they built RnR?