The day has arrived Banshee Bash!
Our schedule of events for the day as you can it’s pretty booked.
Kings Island really pulled out all the stops for this event. This being the only park I had been to already on this tour made this day still awesome. The crazy things we got to do I have never been able to do on a regular day visit to Kings Island, and this is what makes the TPR tours worth the money. So buckle up it’s gonna be a long day!
So we’re here bright and early, and everyone is checking out the schedule of events for the day.
As soon as the park let’s us in the line starts forming for Banshee. Make no mistake this is why people came!
The eerie morning mist as Banshee waits to take it’s victims.
But let’s not forget about the first monster that stood here.
First riders of the day on Banshee!
Lift gears and dive loop.
ERT was so awesome that the front row was the only row being filled on the trains after the initial rush of people!
Who’s that in the mist? Hope it’s not the Banshee waiting to take my soul.
Nevermind it’s just Paul. 😛
After some rides on Banshee we headed over to none other than the Bat!
Still a fun suspended coaster, thought I wish it wasn’t over so quick.
Banshee and Delirium dueling.
After our fun in the Action Zone it was time to head over to the Rivertown for Diamonback and Beast. Aww look how nice they are lifting the area closed rope for us. 😛
Enjoy the climb!
Diamondback has this signature element that ends with a….
Up next let’s get Paul his kiddie hang and bang credit!
At least we’re not the only adults riding this today!
Looks fun but it’s really not.
Watch your heads!
Too early for the Splash Dance.
Can’t pass this up!
Pretty neat that every summer Kings Island uses the fountain up front for some charitable cause. This year it’s Kick Cancer.
When else are you going to be able to kick a ball into the fountain at Kings Island?
Back in the Banshee area, it’s a lot busier than it was earlier.
How about a real thrill?
Not too bad of a line yet.
Hope everyone is ready for this.
No matter how many times you ride it the Drop Tower at Kings Island still provides an incredible thrill. One of the only rides that still scares me just a little bit.
Next up a personal favorite!
Still one of the better mine train coasters in the country, and it has the best surprise ending there is! 😛
Let’s go for a ride.
Time for the big bad Arrow… Vortex!
It sure is incredible to look at, just not that incredible to ride.
Ending final helix, a true classic element.
I have a love hate relationship with Vortex, sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s very bad. This time however it was pretty enjoyable. Whatever your opinion of the ride you can’t deny that it is a classic of Kings Island.
Our Mini Coopers await!
The wheels to launch us into that first helix.
How about we seek some wind?
Ready for some Windseeking. Photo credit: Paul Schramm
Ok enough of this, it was time for some rides on the Beast!
Love how the train rolls past you as you’re waiting in line, just builds the anticipation.
New building under construction for a new Haunt maze this year. Just make sure when you enter the structure that you use the door. 😛
Last chance to escape.
Another Kings Island classic, we’ll definitely be back later for some incredible night rides!
Diamondback splashdown from the backside.
Alright who’s hungry?
Our own pavilion just for us!
Who wants some cake?
General Manager of Kings Island Greg Scheid welcomed us to Kings Island. He also asked the question which new B&M is better? Gatekeeper at Cedar Point or Banshee? Everyone cheered for Banshee and he agreed and said thought so. Also said he’d do some bragging to Jason McClure up at Cedar Point.
Don Helbig Kings Island Media Relations also welcomed us. Everyone gave him a round of applause for putting on a great event for us today.
I can’t seem to remember this guys name, sorry. I do remember however that he was in charge of FUNtv throughout all the Cedar Fair parks. The home base for FUNtv is located right at Kings Island and they control all the content for each park. He also told us of new things coming to FUNtv such as a live coaster trivia show and other fun ideas, he even took some input from us on ideas to bring to FUNtv.
Snoopy stopped by and Paul and I got a picture with him.
Andy was talking to someone at lunch that offered his kid up for a ride on Great Pumpkin Coaster since you can only ride with a kid. Andy of course took him up on the offer.
Credit whoring at it’s finest right here. I still don’t have this credit but I’ll get it at some point.
After lunch we were trying to kill some time before our Banshee backstage tour, so we checked out the Kings Island Hall of Fame.
Neat history of Kings Island.
Carmen Electra, there’s a bit of trivia for ya.
Gary Wachs must be the brother of Ralph Wachs who had the Coney Island plaque.
I must say this is very cool of the park to have something like this.
Don’t know too much about these guys.
The crowds are definitely increasing throughout the day.
Who’s ready for a backstage tour?
But first these teens need to be awesome and flick off the camera. Good luck trying to buy that photo.
The gate is opening… let’s head back!
The “backstage” area of Banshee was the overflow queue area, though it still gave us some great views of the ride.
This is an awesome new angle to get a shot of the massive dive loop.
The train zooms on into the barrel roll.
And.. twist! My favorite part of all B&M inverts. Just such a great element.
Another look at that incredible element.
Another loop over the lift shot, kick the sky!
Wide angle of the area we were in, still pretty neat to get these kinda views.
Drop Tower or Banshee? You decide. 😛
Bionn gach tosu lag which is an Irish proverb for “Every beginning is weak” which in the case of Banshee is certainly not true at first glance. It’s only when you start comparing the first half to the back half that the proverb starts to apply. See Banshee has a top speed of 68 mph, now this speed is not at the bottom of the first drop like it is on 99% of all other coasters. No this speed is reached in the back half of the ride at the bottom of the pretzel loop element. So in that case well then… “Every beginning is weak”
When I first saw the line up of a behind the scenes tour for Banshee I had hoped that they would take us into the ravine to see the back half of the ride, which would have been incredible, however that did not happen. Still though it was an incredible view area they did give us and still provided plenty of great shots. Maybe next year at Kings Island CoasterSHOCK they’ll give a tour in the ravine. I can only hope!
Paul and Stacy decide to enjoy some Banshee ice cream before our next tour.
With a little bit of free time before the next behind the scenes tour started Andy and I headed out into the parking lot to get a picture of the Kings Island sign with the Banshee Bash advertisement on it.
Look at all the cars.
Look at all the people!
Kings Island welcomes Banshee Bash starring…
..none other than Banshee herself!
And there’s the star of the show.
Drop Tower still needs some love though.
Diamonback says don’t forget about me now.
Eifel Tower argues it’s the most recognizable structure in the skyline.
Oh no they’re riding out of the wall!
Information about cancer survivors were posted around the Eifel Tower to promote Kings Island Kicks Cancer.
Back into Rivertown for the Beast and Diamondback tours!
To get some water, we take a step into the Reds Hall of Fame grill. The trick is if you want a decent amount of water and not the shot glass sizes that everywhere seems to give out you head in here and go to the bar.
Pretty neat place.
And what do you know, Johnny Football is on the TV. Johhny Football hysteria is everywhere!
Oooh baseball bats.
Seats from the stadium.
Ain’t she a beauty?
Could have done a little bit better job covering up the sign, like maybe just taking it down.
And the next tour begins!
Beast is ready to strike!
Walking back way back.
It certainly is an impressive structure.
Wow some really cool views.
Such as this one coming off the first drop!
Hold on tight!
The guy in the second row is ready to ride.
Someone lose a hat?
Hang on it’s gonna be a wild one.
Train entering the final helix of the ride.
Riders waving hello climbing the second lift hill.
The hill dropping into the helix finale of the ride.
What’s in there?
Beast lift motor!
The Beast storming off into the woods.
Time to head back but these are some incredible views of the Beast.
Photo cameras at the bottom of the first drop.
The tunnel at the bottom of the first drop.
Underneath the Beast.
Maintenance shed right under the final brakes.
This is an angle you don’t get very often of the Beast station. Pretty neat looking station.
And for our next tour, Diamondback!
Hands up you’re in for more airtime!
We really do have an incredible view.
2 trains in one photo! 😛
All those people are like “What are they doing over there?”
Diamondback navigating the back half of the ride.
Hold on tight!
They look like they’re having tons of fun.
And this guy is having the most fun out of anyone.
Both tours provided great views of the Beast and Diamondback. The Beast especially is an impossible coaster to photograph from anywhere inside the park so it was pretty awesome being able to get some shots of that coaster. Thanks Kings Island for the awesome opportunity!
Vortex is all like don’t forget about me.
Aerial views soon?
But first let’s ride the train!
Always love the train rides!
Weren’t we just over there? 😛
The other train passing right by us.
Maintenance shed for the trains.
Hey look some TPR members enjoying the log flume.
Wish it was Wild Thornberry’s still. 😦
Watch out for Snoopy!
Now lets get some aerial views!
Fast Lane for the tower? Sure why not?
First up… more Banshee of course!
The barrel roll again my favorite part.
Don’t forget about the Bat though.
The incredible pretzel loop element in the back half of the ride. Here is where Banshee hits it’s top speed.
There’s even one more vertical loop.
The final inversion the slow Zero-G roll.
Vortex is a mass of steel.
The batwing element hidden behind the trees there.
Italian Job err Backlot Stunt Coaster in the beginning helix right after the initial launch.
Fun coaster with some decent theming.
And look we even have fire!
The Racer well doing its thing.
And that is.. racing!
Racer is still a fun classic ride.
This ride has had so many names… Lil Beastie, Scooby Doo, and now it’s called Woodstock Express! Yay for a kiddie woodie.
Caution turns taken at very slow speeds. 😛
The fountain area from up high.
Great Wolf Lodge over there in the distance. I’d love to stay there someday, maybe next year for CoasterSHOCK.
The Bat still running great as ever.
Back half of the Action Zone and Great Wolf Lodge.
Flying Ace Aerial Chase, the junior hang and bang.
A look over the kids area, consistently voted best kids area every year.
Banshee stacking today. 😦
Adventure Express another great fun ride.
Firehawk formerly X-Flight from Geagua Lake is still just as crazy as ever.
Fly like Superman!
Entrance area to Coney Mall.
Awesome garden clock.
Still don’t understand the placement of this one though, really the back of the park? So the views are basically woods, doesn’t even hold a candle to the lakeside version at Cedar Point.
The best view you can get of the Beast from inside the park. Luckily we got some better views earlier. 🙂
Diamondback looking as massive as ever.
Oh look there’s our next stop!
Love the fact that Kings Island has a stationary observation platform on the Eifel Tower. It really provides some great views and the opportunity for some incredible shots.
This was a new find, the date in the gardens. They must change this every day.
Obligatory shot of the fountains.
Since we’re VIPs for the day they’re taking us in the back door.
Oooh I feel extra special.
The show is starting!
They bring this girl on stage and put some clown makeup on her when she wasn’t expecting it.
They do a few flips.
Then a biker comes out and they are very frightened.
He can do a few tricks.
After his exit the red guys proceed to make fun of the biker.
Then a new figure appears, and they are all mesmerized.
Another new figure appears.
Wonder what these two are gonna do?
Now that’s just crazy.
Entering the mysterious hole to follow the woman in white.
The other three don’t know what to do.
Oh no the walls are closing in!
And we what do we have? Some trampolines.
Then the two reappear!
And we get a happy ending.
With flowers of course.
The cast of Cirque Imagine!
Now I’m not normally a fan of Cirque shows but this one was very good and it even had a story incorporated into it instead of just a bunch of high flying acts strung together. Impressive job Kings Island, I hope to see the show back next year! Before we go though let’s have a meet and great with the cast.
After the show Don had some giveaways for the people who have traveled the farthest.
They all talked about how they got their start performing and answered some individual questions.
Very neat meet and great it was cool hearing where everyone got their start.
The majority of the cast was Canadian as well, and that would make sense as this show was moved from Canada’s Wonderland to be at Kings Island this year.
The entrance area fountains.
This kid dropped his blue ice cream. 😦 A nice statue though presented to Kings Island from A Kid Again charity for all the work they’ve done together including the first night ride on Banshee fund raiser earlier this year.
Dedicated this year!
Kiddie coaster time?
Mini PTC trains.
The hilarious on ride photo we took.
Had to get my picture with Snoopy.
Woodstock is making sure no one drowns today.
Our group for the evening!
With the sun setting it provided some incredible illumination of the landmarks of the park.
Even Diamondback had a nice glow to it.
Is that a rainbow?
We decided to get a night ride on the Racer before it was time for fireworks.
We had our own area set up for us in the International Restaurant above the entrance. Pretty neat!
Unfortunately since it was viewing through the glass the pictures didn’t come out as good, but still an awesome place to watch the fireworks none the less.
And the finale short but sweet fireworks to end the day at Kings Island or is it?
Time for some night conquering, what do you say? While everyone else had to exit the park we still had two hours of ERT left!
The eerie looking station at night.
Banshee in the nighttime!
Our group posing for a picture in front of the sign.
Eternal flame for those lost long ago.
So who’s ready for some night rides?
Ready to claim more victims!
Banshee provides some incredible night rides and the added lighting and fog really add to those rides. Kudos to Kings Island for making a different experience for night time. However there’s one coaster here that still takes the cake for night time rides. We’ll be getting to that in a bit.
Next up though is Diamondback!
Providing some great night rides of it’s own.
Now it’s time for the grand daddy of them all!
Here we are!
Who’s ready for some Beast?!?!?
Famous night rides is right!
Enjoy the ride!
Beast gets a well deserved ovation!
This still is my number one night ride, there’s nothing else like it and I doubt there ever will be. There’s just something about being out in those woods at night with nothing else around you that makes it truly special. Happy 35 years Beast and here’s to another wonderful 35 years ahead!
And remember kids the Beast is always lurking….
Well that’s a wrap on our packed Banshee Bash day at Kings Island. As you can see they really pulled out all the stops and made this a great event. I come to this park so often but it was still a blast to spend nearly 16 hours at Kings Island on this day. And to put a wonderful bow on the day with some nighttime rides on the Beast, couldn’t ask for a better ending to an awesome day. Thanks again Kings Island and can’t wait to see what you in store for us next year at your event CoasterSHOCK in May!
I know it’s late but there’s little time for sleep we gotta be on the road at 6 am for a morning/afternoon stop at Kentucky Kingdom!