Published: August 28, 2014 at 5:35 AMKing's Island was always one of my favorite parks. We would take the 5 hour drive from Pittsburgh and generally stay for three days. At that time, in the 80's, the park was highly themed, and was really more like a Disney Park, although it did have a number of coasters. They had a huge Safari ride similar in size to Kilimanjaro Safari at AK. They also had lots of high quality shows and entertainment.
Published: August 28, 2014 at 6:16 AMSounds excellent, Rob, I would have loved to have visited then. As it is today, the park is still a notch or two above most amusement parks when it comes to decorative touches. KI is definitely an amusement park for Disney and Universal fans who want to take a year off their Orlando adventures and sample some attractions with a bit more "muscle" than normal.
Published: August 28, 2014 at 9:23 AMJames, I wish you could have rode Phantom Theater in its glory days before it was converted to Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle and then Boo Blasters on Boo Hill. Boo Blasters has gotten sadder and sadder with each passing year. The FUN TVs in the queue aren't doing much to help the atmosphere either.
Kings Island is a very well maintained and run park now to be sure but I definitely miss when the place was more about theme and diverse attractions like the Wild Animal Safari. It felt more in line with Busch Gardens Williamsburg in some ways, whereas now it is more like Cedar Point. That's not to say one is inherently better than the other, just different tastes I suppose.
Published: August 28, 2014 at 9:27 AMGlad to hear you had a good time. Unfortunately, rides like Flight of Fear and The Bat have shed some of their paramount themes. The Boo Blasters used to have a Scooby theme. Flight of Fear used to have more going on in the queue. The Bat used to be Top Gun, and the loading station was built like an aircraft carrier. Believe it or not, there was a time when that long queue was full.
Published: August 28, 2014 at 4:10 PMI've been to pretty much all of the major Cedar Fair parks (World's of Fun is the largest I haven't visited), and Kings Island is probably my second favorite after Cedar Point. The park has a decent collection of coasters, a decent dark ride, a better flat ride collection than many parks, and one of the best kids areas I've seen anywhere. In addition, the park was well landscaped and decently themed, and the employees were better and faster than those at many other thrill parks.
Glad to hear you had an enjoyable time there, and it sounds like you managed to fill over two days without running out of stuff to do (which I thought sounded like major overkill). I can't wait to hear what you thought about Cedar Point.
Lastly, just for fun, here's how I'd rank Kings Island's coasters (best to worst): Banshee, Diamondback, Beast, Firehawk, Flight of Fear, Racer, Backlot Stunt Coaster, Bat, Vortex, Woodstock Express, Adventure Express, Flying ACE Aerial Chase, Invertigo
Published: August 28, 2014 at 4:35 PMAJ, we had no trouble finding things to do. Unlike Worlds of Fun which is a half day park (at best), Kings Island had plenty to keep us entertained. We were combating rain some of the time which shortened our exploration, but for the most part we had the run of the place and enjoyed every minute.
Our coaster rankings are similar, just a few changes: Banshee, Beast, Diamondback, Firehawk, Backlot Stunt Coaster, Flight of Fear, Racer, Bat, Vortex, Adventure Express, Invertigo, Woodstock Express, and Flying ACE Aerial Chase.
Regardless of the order, that list is a really nice collection of quality rides.