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Opening Day at kings island?

Kings Island: opening day for kings island is april 17th, and i am planning to go there on that day. I have a couple of questions

From D-Man O'Connell
Posted April 10, 2010 at 10:19 AM
Do you think it will be ultra crowded? The opening day is supposed to be cloudly with some showers. Also, what is the best order to ride teh rides if I am starting At opening time and ending at the park closing? thank you so much!


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From D-Man O'Connell
Posted April 11, 2010 at 1:59 PM
anyone have any ideas? thank you!

From Derek Potter
Posted April 11, 2010 at 3:37 PM
If the weather's bad, there will still be a decent crowd, but not enough to make the lines long. A lot of rides will close during rain showers, but there are some indoor attractions. If it turns out to be a nice day, expect a crowd.

Note to readers. Many of the park pages on this site have good tips and advice for your park visit. In the case of Kings Island, I can assure that there's a pretty good course posted...provided you get their when the park opens.

From James Koehl
Posted April 12, 2010 at 6:22 PM
Didn't you already ask this question several days/weeks ago?

From D-Man O'Connell
Posted April 13, 2010 at 12:43 PM
yes, but i still dont have the info i'm looking for.

From James Koehl
Posted April 13, 2010 at 5:18 PM
I haven't been there in six years, when it was still a Paramount park. I can't tell you what order to ride what in, since much has been changed by Cedar Fair, but I can tell you that The Beast is, or at least was, an absolutely great coaster experience. In my opinion, since it spends so much time following the hilly terrain, it makes its speed seem much faster, and it is already a really fast coaster. Don't miss it.

From Derek Potter
Posted April 13, 2010 at 6:14 PM
Here's a rant from someone who's been in the shoes of a manager/supervisor's role.

Has anyone ever addressed a crowd of people...maybe your employees, students...etc? You go through everything with them, give them details, directions..etc. You rely on your employees/students/whatever to listen to what you've said and then use their head to make a decision in the field based on the data you've given them. Then comes the questions from your audience, and inevitably someone asks what you've already given the answers to. Sometimes another person asks the same question, and then you give them the same answer you gave the last guy, and you end up repeating yourself at least twice before the Q/A is over. Here's an example.

Me (sometime during a fairly short and to the point speech)- "If it's the beginning of the day and the park is crowded, turn left at the gate and head towards Coney Mall and Firehawk. If it's not crowded, start wherever you want".

Audience Member (AM)- (raises hand) "So where should we start at the beginning of the day?"

Me- "That depends on if it's crowded or not

AM- "Well what if it isn't?"

Me- "Than start wherever you want"

AM- "Well what if it is?"

Me- "Then turn left at the gate towards Coney Mall and Firehawk".


another example

Me- "Expect a crowd if it's a nice day. If it's not a nice day, than the crowds won't be so thick".

AM- "Do you think it will be crowded?"

Me- "Is it going to be a nice day?"

AM- "Cloudy with showers"

Me- "Does that sound like a nice day?"

AM- "not really"

Me- "Then it probably won't be very crowded"


To sum up again, as I've stated in recent posts and threads, and also on Kings Island's TPI page. If the weather isn't that good, then the crowds probably won't go past the season pass holders. If it's a nice day, I would expect a big crowd. If there is a big crowd, head towards Coney Mall and Firehawk, as a bunch of people will likely head toward Diamondback, Beast, and the new Planet Snoopy. If it's not crowded, you have no need for order. You can start wherever you like and ride whenever you want. If it rains, some rides will close until the rain stops.

Use those guidelines, have fun, and don't worry so much. Who knows, you might even bump into me, in which case I'll buy you a drink, either a spirited sodey pop, or a soft drink..depending on your age and preference. Ride on my good man!

From James Koehl
Posted April 14, 2010 at 2:48 AM
So Derek, what do you recommend we should ride first? (pardon me while I remove my tongue from my cheek!) ;+) I hope we make it there this year, possibly on our way to Holiday World for the first time.

From D-Man O'Connell
Posted April 14, 2010 at 12:13 PM
haha thank you derek. i learned alot from that. that was just what i was looking for.

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