Friday, August 03, 2018

Worlds Changes (WOF)

Like at the Oceans of Fun entrance, a new billboard advertising Haunt has appeared at the entrance to Worlds of Fun.

The booth has changed again in International Plaza.  Now it is a Shaved Ice stand.

I don't think I have posted a photo of the new Kringle's Christmas House sign yet so here you go.

The plants continue to grow in at the Americana Star Fountain Plaza.

I seriously cannot remember the last time the landscaping at WOF looked as good as it does this season.

The Liberty Bell continues to grow and fill in.

With Timber Wolf using the alternate exit pathway (instead of emptying into the old Bicentennial Square it empties behind Cyclone Sams) the park decided to open the backgate fence to the lower part of Planet Snoopy to help with guest flow.  I think it was a great move.

Europa received some amazing landscaping with a topiary that reads WELCOME TO *EUROPA*

There is a topiary of a lady watering the plants here above the word *EUROPA*

The Floral Clock received an update that makes it look even more amazing

It now reads WORLDS OF FUN  EST. 1973

Mummy's Yummies has been transformed into The Oasis sponsored by Boulevard Brewery.  It does serve cold canned beer here, but it is not on the menu board yet.

The seating area near The Oasis has received a new treatment as well

Wheat and Barley decorations run around the deck.

The park finally completed the look of rod iron fence around the unused Heart of America/Forum Amphitheater.  For some reason they did not originally install fence at this corner due to a vending machine being located there.

Some utility markers have appeared near the Blood Shed building behind the stands of the Amphitheater 

They are in small clusters running the length of the hill.  We imagine that they are just for utility upgrades but we can always hope that they are for something more.

Beautiful sunset tonight at the park.

Shows (WOF)

Time to take one last look at the shows at WOF for this season.  We begin at Bow Wow Luau at the Country Junction Stage.

Most of the tricks performed in the show have been featured in years past, but I enjoyed the new theme layover for the show and I always enjoy watching doggos.

The All American Trolley performs in the Americana Fountain Plaza area.  This show features 8 performers who sing "war time" Americana classics.

It is a very enjoyable show and definitely worth watching.

The Americana 5 band performs in one of the gazebos in the former BiCentennial Square.  The instrumental group plays a wide variety of music.

Worlds of Fun added a main stage show this season in International Plaza.

The show, called "Don't Stop the Party", features a live band and multiple singers and dancers.

It is a great way to end the day at Worlds of Fun

Oceans Changes (OOF)

Just outside the front gate to Oceans of Fun, a new billboard advertising Haunt has appeared.

We are happy to announce that Honolulu Lulu has reopened at Diamond Head joining Maui Wowee.  Unfortunately it doesn't look like Waikiki Wipeout will open this season marking the 2nd season in a row that it has been standing but not operating.

Oceans of Fun has some live entertainment this year in the form of H2OH featuring the Water Boys.  The show utilizes buckets which the cast hit in different rhythmic cadences.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Kings Island

Welcome to Kings Island.  It wasn't until recently that I noticed that we seem to visit this park annually even though it is about 10 hours away.  We figured it is because KI is literally on the way to anywhere we are road tripping to in the summer.

When you go, you have to ride the Bat.

This is an endangered breed of coasters and honestly they are just a lot of fun.

Banshee has really grown on me.  The pacing of the ride seems almost perfect anymore.

The fact that I can usually score numerous front seat rides is also a plus.

So I have grown taller over the past few years and Drop Tower is really not that comfortable anymore.  The harnesses were obviously not designed for taller people and then the seat belt makes that even more obvious.  I still "fit" but the harness digs into my shoulders.  We'll see how much longer I am able to ride this.

Delirium on the other hand has some of the most comfortable harnesses.  This ride is so much fun and the long lines seem to point out everyone else thinks so too.

Congo Falls.  An inappropriate amount of wetness.

So I have to admit that while I despise Boomerangs, I really like Invertigos.

Adventure Express is still one of my favorite mine trains.  I wish it didn't beat the crap out of me, but I guess that's a small price to pay in order to experience that final lift hill tunnel of awesomeness.

Racer was running well today.

Flight of Fear is always a great ride, even with the complete stop at the mid-course brake run.

Firehawk is fun, but I don't think it's a very comfortable ride.  I imagine that's why there are not too many Vekoma Flying Dutchmans out there.

So after convincing the seat assigner that I honestly cannot fit in the backseat of a cart (I'm too tall) I finally got a good ride on Vortex.  Oh sure, it's far from smooth, but when you can actually fit into your seat, it sure makes a lot of difference.

I wonder how much better Windseeker would have been if it had been placed somewhere in the park where there was actually stuff to see.  It probably has the worst placement of any of this style of rides in the chain.

If they could just make the tunnel portion of this ride longer Backlot Stunt Coaster would be perfect.

I love the Beast.  People just don't build them like this anymore.

Night rides in Row 17 are still the best thing to do at this park.

Mystic Timbers is still running well.

Night rides on Mystic Timbers are a lot of fun too.  Not to the level of the Beast yet, but still a lot of fun.

DiamondBack is just fun

and while the splashdown is pointless on the ride itself, it sure makes for a great photo off the ride.

Gravity was performing in the Kings Island Theater

This is a new Cirque style show and it was really well done.

You know me, I cannot pass up a shooter ride.  I kick butt on Boo Blasters.

I know that Zach's Zoomer is basically a clone of Woodstock Express, but it feels so much smaller here with the tall coaster mountains all over the park.

Surf Dog is a lot of fun.  I seriously want one of these at WOF.

I'll take one of the Aerial Chases while you are at it.

Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown is a great log flume and you will get wet.

Why thank you, I am having a great day.

Time to head up into the tower.

This is such a great park

and for once it wasn't a million degrees outside so I could actually enjoy the park without melting.

Until next time Kings Island