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A Final Walk in the Park at Kings Island: Goodbye for Now

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

Huh. So normally when I start a new blog, I like to look back at the last week’s blog. Sorry about last week’s blog. Sometimes I’m all over the place, however I won’t apologize for my love of deviled eggs, games or candles. So technically I’m not sorry? My next big adventure is on the horizon and I’m headed south! South Bend, Indiana that is. My fiance Eric and I have called the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area home since 2016 and we are definitely going to miss it. For this final segment, I want to recount my time at Kings Island because there have been some great memories and amazing opportunities. One last time, let’s get started!

Put the brakes on real quick! Who else is loving the Kings Island Spotify playlist that came out last week? I love the playlists, but there are two songs that I think are missing from the Soak City Water Park playlist. “Surfin’ Safari” by The Beach Boys is a classic, now I know they play “Surfin’ U.S.A.” by them, don’t get me wrong, I love a good red, white and blue moment just as much as the next American, I just think the more songs we have about surfin’ in Soak City, the better. My next song suggestion is just a personal favorite, which when you hear what it is, you’ll wonder how Soak City has gone so long without it. “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles! It’s a mellow jam and it’s a perfect song to doze off to over by Coconut Cove while you’re soaking up some rays. Also I was checking out the International Street playlist and I swear every time I’m out there I think I hear the Jurassic Park theme song. All of the music just sounds so adventurous, you really feel like you’ve got your own background music and that a velocirapter might jump out at you at any moment as you walk through the park. Okay back to the highlights!

Some of my favorite memories have been Opening Day and Coasterstock. Even though it was cold and raining on Opening Day, I had a blast handing out Beast t-shirts. One of my favorite events this season has been Coasterstock. Even putting packages together was fun, but the best part was getting to see everyone come together for the event. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into the first time I heard the “which roller coaster is better” debate. Also I’ve never seen a group of people lose their minds over a pile of dirt, it was an interesting experience to say the least. Up next is something that I was so happy to be a part of. Yes, I’m talking about Grand Carnivale! The best compliment I can give is it really felt Disney-esque. Every night there was a parade, for the commercial shoots I was running people down and having them sign waivers…I did a lot of that! It was an amazing experience that I won’t soon forget. It had everything, food, entertainment, crafts, I had so much fun doing the adventure challenge and writing about it. Even now with Haunt approaching. I’m really missing the decorations from Grand Carnivale.

I try to look at every experience as a teachable moment. Getting back on a roller coaster and feeling that rush really made me put my anxiety about things on the back burner and now look at me, I’m uprooting and living out of state for the first time in my life. Every life experience, in my opinion is like going up a lift hill; there’s a lot of anticipation and a little bit of anxiety. When you go down that drop, you feel weightless, you just bite the bullet and do it; nothing is stopping you. In most people’s lives there aren’t going to be many decisions that are going to make your life worse, like ending a relationship or moving to a new place, change is a part of life. Don’t just sit and watch your life go by, get in that train and pull that shoulder harness down and go!

I may be leaving but I’m not done writing. I have quite a few Haunt blogs started and I’m a firm believer in finishing what you started, so expect some spooky blogs from me in the future. Having a weekly blog segment was something that I never thought I would be into, but then when I started it, it was almost freeing to have my own voice and give my opinion and experience new things and talk about them. Having readers to me is different than having followers on, for example, Instagram, because it doesn’t take a lot of effort to like someone’s pictures, but to actually sit down and commit to reading a blog is something else entirely. Even though I didn’t get to see my candle collection take off, I know in my heart that they would’ve been best sellers. It could’ve expanded to plug-ins and car air fresheners. Remember to never let anyone stifle your creativity and don’t let them diminish your sparkle.

Of course how could I forget about Thursday’s announcement! The energy in X Base or should I say Area 72 was insane and it was so great to see all the media that came out for this event. Wednesday was supposed to be my last day, but how could I miss the announcement for the biggest investment in Kings Island’s history?! Orion is going to be amazing and I really wish I could’ve snagged a t-shirt before leaving, but it’s more than a giga roller coaster that I’ll be missing from Kings Island. I’ll be missing my mentors, Don Helbig and Chad Showalter and everyone I’ve met along the way. I have no doubt I’ll be back soon, I have to ride Orion of course, see some familiar faces and keep living out my foodie dreams. It’s been a pleasure Kings Island, I’m awful at goodbyes so for now I’ll see you later.

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