Archive for May 2014

Banshee Media Day Review

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Media Day, for those who don’t know, is a day prior to park opening when the park invites the media out to promote a new ride. For Banshee’s media day, Kings Island was AWESOME and invited members of coaster enthusiast clubs to sample their new toy!

Our day started at a very dark and chilly 35° at 530am. Upon arrival everyone was given(!) souvenirs- a Banshee etched glass block, Banshee Media Day T & lanyard, and a ticket for an on-ride photo. The park provided us with breakfast type food and libations, which I would go into detail about but as soon as I saw icing glazed croissants I lost all brain function (((droooooooool))).

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Ok, time to ride. Whatever God you all believe in was definitely showing some favoritism to Banshee; the sun rose behind Banshee with colors worthy of canvas, or at the very least lots of pretty pixels on FB. It’s a very photogenic coaster, obvi, it totally blew up everyones’s FB feed for the weekend. Crap, time to reign in my ocd, I’m supposed to be talking about the ride… Small disclaimer, I didn’t get on expecting anything other than a standard B&M invert ride, but then the first turn/drop took my breath away and stood my hair on end. The rest of the ride consisted of loudly vocalized thoughts such as OMG!, WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!?!, and WHEEEEEEEEEEE!. Yeah, to say I was impressed would’ve been a complete understatement. Banshee has a crapton of force when it’s cold, which only got stronger as the day warmed. By noon I felt like Banshee was sucking out my soul through the bottom of my feet.

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So there was a big welcome ceremony/press conference. I was in the back of the crowd so I didn’t hear much, but I did hear this- at the 2:23 mark, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM_9uY1Oz6Y and since I am a 9 year old boy at heart I just giggled, and giggled, and giggled, until someone standing close laughingly reminded me that this was supposed to be a serious speech, then I lost my sh!t and couldn’t contain the laughter anymore. Greg Scheid, thank you for making my day and giving me the best QoTD- He said “steel erection” hehehehehehe!!!

After the ceremony King’s Island also opened the newly rethemed Bat (which has a great view of Banshee’s backside from the station), the bungee swing thing (*a giant EF YOU to the one in Orlando that ruined me forever), and Delirium!

After a spin on The Bat and a couple Delerium rides (sorry Brad!) I got really sleepy, rides that rock/swing revert me back to the total comfort of childhood nap time, so we decided to partake of the fabulous lunch that was provided by the park, and coffee, lots of coffee. After lunch we returned to Banshee for as many rides as we could take before the media event ended at 2pm.

Thank you King’s Island for a spectacular day! Thank you Patrick for driving, sorry you lost the coin toss (not really 🙂 ). Thank you Don HelbigSara Kuykendall, and everyone else that put so much work into this day! And thank you to all my friends that attended and let me see their beautiful faces!
#KIBanshee

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Updates!

Mornin’ all!
Thanks to Derek Clayton, I will be updating the ACE Soar website on the regular now. Should be interesting seeing as I’m usually severely lacking in the couth department…

Also, our area needs to get back to sending out newsletters. So I’m asking for anyone who wants to contribute articles/pics/whatever to hit up Russ Johnson– Russ@coastercat.net Maybe we could do one of those member profile feature things that Roller Coaster Mag does?

Again, thank you Derek for the website help & Russ for the newsletter help!

The Beast is 35, and we’re invited to celebrate!

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Card-carrying members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts are invited to participate in a Beast 35th anniversary celebration event Saturday, June 7 at Kings Island.   The event is exclusive for ACE members and includes:

  • Behind-the-scenes tour of The Beast at 4:00pm
  • Beast treats
  • Beast 35th anniversary commemorative item
  • Night ERT on Diamondback (10:15pm – 11:00pm)
  • Night ERT on The Beast (11:00pm – Midnight)

Park admission is required to participate in this event.   ACE members planning to participate in this event are asked to reply by email by June 5- Don.Helbig@visitkingsisland.com

Coasting for Kids 2014

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Cedar Fair Entertainment Company is partnering once again with Give Kids The World to host the 6th annual Coasting For Kids coaster riding marathon fundraiser. Visit Cedar Fair’s best-loved theme parks for marathon rides that will make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses. For more information or to register, please visit CoastingForKids.org.

Join the “ACE for Kids” Team!

ACE members who participate in Coasting for Kids are encouraged to join the “ACE For Kids” team! Last year ACE raised over $20,000 for Give Kids the World, and this year we’ve set our goal higher. The primary goal of Coasting For Kids is to raise funds to support the mission of Give Kids The World and help provide cost-free vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

What is Coasting for Kids?

This annual event is held at every Cedar Fair park, and the schedule for each park is described on the CoastingForKids.org web site which will be updated as more information becomes available. Each park will include a ride session on one or more coasters, plus other activities for the participants to make it a great day at the park.

To participate, go to the individual park site and follow the instructions to register as a participant. Registration is $25 per person. During the registration process, you should join the “ACE for Kids” team.

In order to participate in the marathon each participant must raise a minimum of $75 in donations prior to the event. You are able to set-up a fundraising page as part of your registration. Please note, however, that the $25 registration fee and $75 fundraising must be reached by each team member in order to participate. Top fundraising prizes are awarded on an individual basis.

During the event you do not have to stay on the coaster for the duration. Breaks throughout the day are mandatory and you are more than welcome to come and go as you please. Bathroom breaks, or just breaks from riding in general, are allowed and encouraged.

And if you can’t make it to the event, you can still participate by donating to other “ACE for Kids” team members, or you may register at no cost as a “Virtual Rider” and still raise funds as an event participant.

What is Give Kids the World

Give Kids the World Village is a 70-acre resort complete with over 146 Villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 127,000 families from all 50 states and over 74 countries.

More information is at GiveKidsTheWorld.org.

Sign Up Today!

Find your Cedar Fair park’s Coasting for Kids team page and sign up today!