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A Walk in the Park at Kings Island: Week of June 24-28

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

I didn’t get to go to Grand Carnivale on Sunday. One because it was raining but also because I was exhausted. I calculated it out with one of my bridesmaids I was on the road a total of 13 hours last weekend. It didn’t seem like a ton of driving time but I am so tired.  My fiance Eric and I are going to try to get to the park tonight so fingers crossed that the weather is decent.

Some days it is such a struggle to think of stuff to write about. This is one of those days (Monday & Tuesday). I walked around the park to clear my head and find some inspiration. I stopped by to see my lamb friend. It had been raining so she was in the back with her mom. She’s another animal that has stolen my heart at the Barnyard. It always makes my day a little extra bright when I go over and feed the animals and watch the lambs run around their paddock. Fun fact: Three sheep gave birth this past year, there’s one set of triplets, one set of twins and this little one. Maybe that’s why she’s my favorite.

Y’all, it is so hot outside! (For those wondering, yes, I do say “y’all” when I talk) On a serious note, my Coasterstock tan was fading since we’ve had all this rain and I really think that was why I was in a funk the first part of the week. The sun is shining and I feel so energized to write. Of course a trip to the Barnyard never hurts either. Let get back to it.

I’ve stumbled upon some inspiration and from what I’ve been reading, this next candle scent would be a huge hit, “Chain Grease in the Morning” My nose isn’t as seasoned to such things as others, but I think fans of the park and of course the roller coasters would be all over it. I actually got asked on Wednesday when my candle collection is making its debut.

This is beyond off topic, but one of my favorite artists dropped some new music this week and one of the songs is so relatable. It’s all about how we shouldn’t be comparing ourselves to others and we need to focus on us instead of worrying what everyone else is doing. I can definitely relate this back to Kings Island. Pull down those shoulder harnesses! Let’s reflect in on ourselves and really ask ourselves why we have to compare roller coasters? Obviously yes, it’s a fun past time to debate with your friends whether Banshee or Diamondback is smoother. The forums are really interesting to read, but what it all comes down to is each coaster is its own individual coaster, it’s a little silly to be making sequels of rides and comparing rides when they weren’t meant to be the same. It’s also silly to debate which coaster is THE best. Everyone is entitled to their coaster opinions. Let’s all just be friends. There’s my “let’s all be friends” rant for the week. Moving on.

Ever since I got to Kings Island, I’ve been researching the park’s history and I’m always really excited to ask questions about it. The article I read this week was about when Paramount owned Kings Island. The ride in question was a simple concept but with amazing theming, it turned into a hit. Yes, lets talked about Tomb Raider:The RIde. From the article I read, it’s a Giant Top Spin (made by HUSS) when I originally envisioned it as a simulation ride. As I thought that over, I wondered if simulation rides were even a thing in 2002, (the answer is yes, simulation for entertainment became a thing as early as 1947, but the first modern simulator to open at a theme park was Disney’s Star Tours in 1987). The thing that really peaked my interest was all the mystery surrounding it. It sounds like even after guests had experienced the ride, they couldn’t describe what kind of ride it was, but they wanted to get back in line, which in my opinion is a pretty big accomplishment, especially when you’re competing with theme parks like Disney and Universal. Since I never got a chance to experience this mysterious ride, I’d love to hear from you! What was Tomb Raider like? Also was it better as Tomb Raider or as The Crypt? If you have any interest in the article here is the link and check out their Lost Legends series, I could honestly stay up all night reading these stories. 

It's goodbye for now y’all, but next week should be a good one. What’s on the roster? Finally getting to experience Grand Carnivale.

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Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

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