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Kings Island 2018 Preview Night Report

TLARides

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I recently went to Kings Island's 2018 preview night. Here's what went down.

The night started with a quick walk by the new "Coney Bar B Que". It looks interesting but (unsurprisingly) the cheapest thing on the menu was $15.

After a bit of walking, I got to my first ride of the season. Diamondback.

Something seemed a bit different with the trains. The seats were now entirely black and the restraints had a fresh, new, orange color. The trains overall looked cleaner. Maybe they got new trains, or simply revamped them.

I rode the night in the pitch dark, probably the best time to ride any Kings Island coaster. Sadly I didn't have the money to buy my photo.

The next and final ride of the night was Flight of Fear, which was only 20 minutes (pretty good for how crowded the park was). I came with the foreign exchange student from China, and he rode with me (no photo there either). His first looping coaster.

Some photos of the night below.
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Something seemed a bit different with the trains. The seats were now entirely black and the restraints had a fresh, new, orange color. The trains overall looked cleaner. Maybe they got new trains, or simply revamped them.
I'm sure I saw something either on here or on Reddit about them getting new seats and restraints. I think the trains haven't been changed.

Sounds like a good evening!
 

Matt N

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Sounds like you had a great time @TLARides! How did you get into it, out of interest? Was it a Passholder Preview Event or something, sort of like the ones Merlin does at Chessington and Thorpe Park before they open for the season?
 

TLARides

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Sounds like you had a great time @TLARides! How did you get into it, out of interest? Was it a Passholder Preview Event or something, sort of like the ones Merlin does at Chessington and Thorpe Park before they open for the season?
Kings Island (and probably Cedar Fair parks in general) holds a Gold Pass preview night the day before opening every year. You'd think that the park wouldn't be nearly as crowded as it would Opening Day, but it seems like everyone in the city of Cincinnati and Mason, Ohio has a Gold Pass.

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Matt N

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Kings Island (and probably Cedar Fair parks in general) holds a Gold Pass preview night the day before opening every year. You'd think that the park wouldn't be nearly as crowded as it would Opening Day, but it seems like everyone in the city of Cincinnati and Mason, Ohio has a Gold Pass.

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Sounds rather like the Merlin Annual Pass here in the UK. You'd be surprised how many people have them!
 
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