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Charlie Brown and the Kite-Eating-Tree

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

I’ve seen a lot of strange things in my day, but there’s something at Kings Island that truly has me baffled. Why do we have a ride called “Kite Eating Tree”? Now keep in my mind, my knowledge of the PEANUTS universe is not vast so here’s how this is going to work. I’m going to speculate how this ties into PEANUTS, then I’m going to actually research it and see just how off base I was. I have a big imagination, so maybe I’ll knock it out of the park. (Wow, two baseball references in one paragraph. I amaze even myself.) Okay, let’s go!

Now starting off I’m not aware that the PEANUTS universe has a town name or anything like that, but most places have trees, even if they might not have a name. Why would this particular tree be singled out? Maybe it has a tragic backstory that was never revealed as to why it’s so angry that it has to eat kites? Also what kind of nutritional value do kites have? How many calories are in a kite and how many kites would it take to have balanced diet? I need these questions answered! I did take a peek at our website and clicked on Kite-Eating Tree, underneath the title it says “Charlie Brown needs help!” Now that I’ve gotten to the bottom of whose kite this tree is eating, I have more questions. Of course Charlie Brown is the main character in PEANUTS, so I can see why his kite would be the one getting eaten. Maybe the tree is angry because Charlie Brown got a comic strip and it didn’t? I guess it’s true that every good story needs a villain, so maybe the Kite-Eating Tree is the villain? The more I think about it, the more questions I have, but now it’s time to research this mysterious and villainous Kite-Eating Tree and find out the facts!

10 minutes later…

Alright, now that I have a clearer picture of the Kite-Eating Tree, it’s time to state the facts. It seems like Charlie Brown does have quite a few encounters with the Kite-Eating Tree. In fact Charles Schulz (creator of the PEANUTS comic strip) considers the Kite-Eating Tree one of the series’ 12 major set pieces. So if we glance back up at my speculation, it looks like I was semi right about the tree being a villain of some sort in the sense that it seems to cause Charlie Brown a lot of trouble. However upon further research it seems that in one comic strip, Charlie Brown actually bites the tree and then has to run from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Although I do not condone the biting of trees, I can maybe see why he would if the tree had eaten as many of Charlie Brown’s kites as it sounds like. Also where is Charlie Brown getting all of these kites? I have a hard time believing that kites are that hot of a commodity. Schulz also stated that Charlie Brown’s encounters with the Kite-Eating Tree represent “defeat, but not capitulation” So if we think about what that means, the encounters with the Kite-Eating Tree are actually helping Charlie Brown grow as a person because he refuses to accept defeat and refuses to believe that he will never get a kite up into the sky. If that’s not character development, I don’t know what is.

That’s all for the speculation surrounding the Kite-Eating Tree. If Drop Tower isn’t your thing, or if you have little ones, be sure and experience the Kite-Eating Tree ride in Planet Snoopy. Also a friendly reminder not to bite trees, it’s not nice.

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