I woke up very early on the morning of Friday, May 17th and prepared all of my belongings to head down to Mason, Ohio for Coasterstock.
The event is very popular in the amusement industry. Started in 2015, it features two-full days of riding roller coasters, amazing tours and presentations, food, and social interactions with friends! It is a great event all around. I attended the event last year 2018, making this the second year I participated.
Once I arrived to the park, we were provided with doughnuts and refreshments before ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) would begin.
The first Exclusive Ride Time session included Banshee, Delirium, Adventure Express, Drop Tower, The Bat, and Invertigo.
Of those rides included, I had enough time to ride Banshee and Adventure Express. I focused on these rides because they normally get longer lines than the other rides open during Exclusive Ride Time.
I then rode Mystic Timbers and walked around the park to see some cool sights of the park before heading to Action Zone.
Around 11 a.m., the park held the Banshee behind-the-scenes photo and video opportunity. I was able to use this time to get great shots of the ride for all of my social media accounts.
After that, I went to the Picnic Grove for lunch and the presentation.
Lunch included burgers, sausages, mac-and-cheese, fresh fruit, soft drinks, and cookies. It was a great way to satisfy your hunger before moving on with the day!
The presentation consisted of Mike – the park’s General Manager, Don – the park’s Marketing & Communications Manager, and Jeff – who works on maintenance at the park and was a co-designer of The Beast.
The presentation was very insightful because there was a Q&A session with each speaker, we got to hear about the park’s objectives moving forward, and it was an interesting presentation. Jeff’s presentation was very interesting because he described the process of co-designing the coaster and the entire process that encountered many obstacles.
Once lunch concluded, I headed to The Beast for the behind-the-scenes tour where people quest to take photos & videos of the ride. If you don’t know, The Beast is located in the woods and almost the entirety of the structure can’t be seen. That is why when there is a chance to get up close to it and film it, people savor it.
After that, I went back to the hotel to take a break. I didn’t do nothing, though! I was able to edit all of the footage from what I have filmed earlier in the day. I also worked on this Trip Report you are reading currently! On top of those, I worked on additional content from the trip.
Once I got back into the park, I went to Coney Bar B Que and had a Pulled Pork Sandwich with Sidewinder Fries. More on my opinion with this will be released in my review of the park. Stay tuned for that!
I rode Mystic Timbers again shortly after and the ride was butter smooth. One of the best rides I have ever had on it!
I then rode The Racer in the Blue train and I really enjoyed it! In a blink of an eye, I was over to the PEANUTS Showplace for another presentation.
The presentation consisted of Brian Lamm talking about his film celebrating 50 Years of Kings Island. He is working on it and it will be released in Spring of 2022. We got to hear about the intense project and watch a trailer for it.
After, I rode Mystic Timbers again, got a Blue Waffle Cone (which was delicious, by the way), and rode the Kings Island & Miami River Railroad (the park’s train). I really enjoyed this time to relax in the park to make sure I have enough energy for night ERT.
Once night ERT began, I rode the Kings Mills Antique Autos, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and The Beast. I skipped Vortex because I dislike the ride a lot. I already rode the Racer so I did not waste my time to ride it. I focused my time switching between The Beast, Diamondback, and Mystic Timbers. I decided to save Kings Mills Antique Autos for Saturday during the daytime when it is light out.
I had an amazing day at Coasterstock Day 1. There were excellent ERT selections in the morning and evening, good food, exciting presentations, and a ton of fun all around!
Thank you for reading and stay tuned with a Trip Report for Day 2. Also, be on the lookout for lots of additional content on the Coaster to Coaster social media accounts.