Weird opening weekend, quick summary.

Ohio weather is what it is, but didn't feel like opening weekend, maybe because there isn't a new coaster. My quick biased impression after also spending two days at King's Island's opening weekend (can you have 's for two words in a row?)

Park wasn't crowded at all, but still seemed understaffed, Many food venues closed. I'm not sure if it was possible to buy all of the standards. Didn't see any funnel cakes, cotton candy or popcorn.

Early entry is still a joke! Getting in early to watch water dummy testing is only slightly interesting for us coaster geeks. No CP you don't get a "it's opening day card" here. King's Island early entry is only 30min and we got 3 rides on Diamondback on opening day. I know it is early, but I don't tell my clients I will meet them early and then not show up. If you are going to have a few coasters open early (I would recommend B&M) you are going to have to test them early too.

I've been to windy opening days when even Millie valleys, but I have never seen Millie, Maverick, Magnum, Gemini, Top Thrill and Pipe Scream (not a coaster) shut down.

Neat to see the new solar compacting trashcans, but also worried, didn't see one sweep today. Sweeps are Cedar Point.

Lastly where did Laughing Sal go?

Looking forward to another Summer at the point!

Maverick opened about 10 mins after early entry started, then went down after 15 minutes because of a mislaunch in the tunnel. Millennium looked to be running really slow. GateKeeper was having block issues early, and only stopped later because a guest got hit by a bird. Gemini and Magnum were presumably not cleared by the state yet. Pipe Scream (definitely a coaster) is consistently down, opening day or not. Cubster/Dragster was down for weather half the day. Honestly, in terms of reliability, yesterday was very good for an opening day, especially after last year.

CP Top 5: 1) Steel Vengeance 2) Maverick 3) Magnum 4) Raptor 5) Millennium

Not being a hardcore enthusiast I had never been to an opening day before and really didn't know what to expect. I decided on a whim Friday night having bought platinum passes what better way to start making them count than haul the family down the next morning. I will agree there weren't many food/snack options open early in the day. After getting up at 5:30 and driving 3 hours the snacks we had eaten on the way down were not cutting it any longer and it would have been nice to have more options earlier in the day. When we did finally eat lunch the POS system wadded up and completely frazzled the obviously new crew. I agree Millennium was running very slow and did start late but the waits were not bad. My 6 year old was finally 48" so we were a bit dissapointed she didnt get to ride Magnum or Gemini. Overall we had a great time but it could have been better. We will be heading back in a couple weeks and hoping they have the kinks worked out

HotSauceJunky, the first half of Kings Island's name was taken from it's location there in Kings Mills, Ohio. The second half is a nod to it's parent park, Coney Island. It has never had an apostrophe so it would be incorrect to use one.
And there's your history lesson for today. ;)

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To me it seemed more like a preview weekend with the reduced hours, limited food and the weekday closing this week. Still a very good time though, and the weather turned out better than originally forecasted.

I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks,
than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

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