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Which rides should I ride at KI? Which ones should I not ride?

Kings Island: Im not sure which rides to ride at KI. The last time I went there was probably 8 years ago. Ride updates? What's safe, what's not safe? Fun rides? Bad rides?

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 8, 2009 at 9:19 AM
Another question. Which rides do you think I should ride at KI and which ones are a complete disappointment or seem unsafe?


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From Steve Pint
Posted June 8, 2009 at 6:15 PM
Can't miss, in no particular order: Firehawk, Beast, Son of Beast, Diamondback, Drop Tower, Flight of Fear.

Since you are a little uneasy about riding Diamondback, Drop Tower probably isn't for you... It's extremely intense and even taller then Diamondback.

The Racer was also good, worth hitting if you have the time, as well as Flight Deck.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 8, 2009 at 6:26 PM
Thank you! I'll make sure to hit those rides. I'm not sure I'll ride Drop Tower though....I've been unsure of things like that ever since that girl got her feet cut off or sumthin in PKI. Thanks for the rest though!(:

From Brandon S
Posted June 8, 2009 at 7:21 PM
A girl got her feet cut off at Kings Island? I've never heard that before. I thought that was at a different park...

From steve lee
Posted June 8, 2009 at 8:30 PM
That was at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom and it was an entirely different design drop tower.

Nikki, since you've already said you're really not keen on riding coasters I have to recommend you do them in a "less intense" to "more intense" order. On the intensity totem pole, Flight Deck, Racer, and whatever they're calling Italian Job this week are all pretty low. They'll help you get your feet wet. Stepping up from there is Invertigo, Firehawk, and I guess Vortex. You're in the big leagues with Beast, Son of Beast, Flight of Fear and Diamondback (however, Flight of Fear is in the dark and that may make the ride seem far more intense than it actually is).

Essentially what I'm saying is this: don't just jump on Diamondback if the whole concept is wigging you out. If you have a bad experience there, it can end up tainting your whole day.

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 8, 2009 at 7:53 PM
Ok, I'll consider that! Thank you!(:

From Brandon S
Posted June 8, 2009 at 10:34 PM
Nikki, I don't know about Firehawk either because it is a flying coaster. If you have a hard time riding regular coasters I don't know how you will be on this one. But it definetly is a must ride.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 9, 2009 at 6:30 AM
The great thing I am hearing if you want to work tour way up to Diamondback is that the lines die down and are best starting afternoon-night!

From Nikki Reynolds
Posted June 10, 2009 at 8:28 AM
Thank you guys!! Kings Island was sooooo much fun and probably the best day ever!! I ended up riding Racer, The Beast, The Son of the Beast, and Diamondback. Also, a few of the other rides but those are the bigs ones I rode and I ended up riding all of them like 6 times! I will never forget this day it was the best! Thank you!! (:

From Garret Macdonald
Posted July 1, 2009 at 5:09 AM
Well I love pretty much all of the rides there I haven't bean in 2 years and it is much better I love the big thrill rides like diamondback and rides like that....but if you don't like those kind of rides then I say don't go the only rides you would like would be Nickelodeon rides....If you like thrill rides then I suggest you ride: Diamond Back, The Beast,Invertigo
, Flight Of Fear, Delirium and Drop Tower. About the other rides...... The Son Of Beast is closed for the rest of the season due to a injury to a women (it is also not very fun) The Crypt is relay dumb it use to flip you around 7 or 8 times and hold you upside down and shoot water at you now it flips you around 2 times and that's it...still kinda fun... Fire Hawk I have not ridden yet because of the long lines and break down when I am almost at the loading dock...and Flight Deck is old and not that fun anymore hope this helps

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 1, 2009 at 7:58 AM
Garret, do you know if KI will re-open the son of beast next year?

From Garret Macdonald
Posted July 1, 2009 at 10:43 AM
Well if they fix it they might but the dang thing has had so many problems it would be a shame if thy don't fix it all I got out of them is that it won't be opened for the rest of the season....I might go next week or this weekend and see whats up but the person I asked said that it won't be open for the rest of the season and if they can't fix it right away then it might not be open for the start of next season.....I know its a bummer also think about this! The Beast has bean running for over 30 years and has maybe had one problem and the son of beast has bean open for about 5 or 4 years and it has had problems form the start whats up with that??!!

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 1, 2009 at 7:33 PM
beast has been open for... well, this was it's 9th season. 2000 was when it opened.

From Brandon S
Posted July 1, 2009 at 8:06 PM
Eli, Son of Beast opened in 2000. This year was the Beast's 30th year!

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 1, 2009 at 8:35 PM
yeah, brandon, that's what i said

From Brandon S
Posted July 1, 2009 at 9:36 PM
You said Beast opened in 2000. Beast opened in 1979. Son of Beast opened in 2000.

From Eli Katzman
Posted July 2, 2009 at 8:03 AM
Oh, sorry. I guess I didn't click on the respond box when you hit "click here to respond". I ment son of beast.

From Becky Conat
Posted July 2, 2009 at 11:38 AM
Nikki, I don't like The Crypt (formerly Laura Croft) and Son of Beast is iffy for me. But if it's closed then no worries.

The rest of the rides are very very very fun and I have never felt unsafe on any of them. If you ride Diamondback, report back, I would love to hear what you think about it. Don't miss the Beast, its 30 years old and goes close to 70 miles an hour. It's classic and so much fun!

The water park is pretty decent too.

Enjoy your trip! We are hoping to get down there in August.

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