I definitely appreciate Kings Island using that extra crew member to queue guests into rows on the platform. It keeps the line moving, and reduces the chance of empty seats. Every park should consider this on any coaster that maintains lines over 30 minutes to expedite crowds. After all, you have to control the merge between regular guests and Fast Lane/Flash Pass/Fastpass, so why not just have the merge at the load platform and control the flow of guests from there. Six Flags could learn a thing or two from the way Cedar Fair controls loading of their most popular coasters.
Can't wait to hear the rest of the story!
Russell, I've ridden Alpengeist, and I remember loving it, but it has been awhile. If it is indeed better than Banshee it is by a thin margin at best. And when we are discussing rides of this magnitude and greatness, the only real loser is the person who doesn't take the time to ride!
And Tim, those kids are really wonderful. Touring with them was an absolute joy. Honestly. Well behaved, funny, nice, and energetic but under control... Most of the time, anyway. I would travel anywhere with that bunch! Mornings were a little iffy, but hey, who likes to get up at the crack of dawn every day just to ride roller coasters? ;)
And that picture of a wet tired family is what a vacation is supposed to be...
That ride on Beast sounded epic. I had an hour of night ERT on the coaster, and I will say that it is probably the second best night ride out there (Boulder Dash beats it). During the day, I still liked the coaster, but there is something about flying through the dark forest that makes the relatively tame ride much more intense.
Looking forward to hearing more.
We couldn't get a hotel in Mason because we waited too long, and because they have a big tennis tournament in town that week (which maybe you noticed while you were there). So we stay in Dayton, which isn't a bad ride to the park.
My kids got large and hardly fit on anything, so we just rode Banshee, The Bat, and then Beast before leaving.
My son also does those two add-ons, the slingshot and skyflyer. KI offers these for $5 each first thing in the morning, which is a fantastic price.
If I was there with kids who fit on rides, we'd also do firehawk and diamondback. Not a big fan of the rest of them, although we usually do the mine ride as well.
In the past, we've done this in 3 hours starting the half-hour before park opening, and then run up to Cedar Point to do an evening-morning thing before heading back to see my wife and her in-laws. This year we skipped Cedar Point.