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Ready for a trek around the world? Take the Grand Carnivale Adventure Club Challenge

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

It seems that Grand Carnivale has something for everyone. There’s amazing food, a parade, street party, crafts and even something for young explorers. While I don’t consider myself young by Kings Island standards, I am an explorer, I’m always looking for something new to do around the park. During Grand Carnivale, I am putting myself to the test by participating in the Adventure Club Challenge. Let’s go!

First things first, have you picked up your Adventure Club Challenge Guidebook? You can find them at any of the five countries craft areas. Once you have your guidebook, it’s time for the real adventure to start. I picked my booklet up in France so naturally I started there. It doesn’t matter which country you start in! I started in France because it’s the only country I’ve actually visited of the five represented at Grand Carnivale. Traveler’s Tip: Don’t ask for extra ice in your drinks, the waiters will glare at you. So just sip on your warm beverage.

As I arrived in the France Pavilion (Ask me how I pronounce pavilion) around the Eiffel Tower, I went over to the crafts table and was greeted by some of the Carnivale Ambassadors who gave me my challenge. I answered some questions about French architecture and then I was instructed to another Carnivale Ambassador who checked my answers and told me to go over to the structure that had a variety of different sized clocks, all set at different times. My task was to find which clock had the correct time for Paris, France. (Hint: Paris is 6 hours ahead of us!) I found the clock and was rewarded with my first Guidebook stamp and a clue to my next country to visit!

I solved the clue that I was given and determined my next stop was India. Just from my wanderings around Grand Carnivale, India is my favorite place to go because of how calm it is in the area, it’s so relaxing. All of the Ambassadors can’t help but chuckle when I go up to them and say hello in the native country’s language (I’m in my Kings Island uniform while I’m doing this challenge). Luckily I got to skip the first part, which is learning Bollywood dance moves and performing them correctly for the next clue…nobody needs to see that. The Indian Ambassador presented me with a picture of a mandala and told me to walk around the area and find it, take a picture of it and return for my stamp and a clue to my next country.

Here is my tip for all the explorers out there doing this challenge. LOOK EVRYWHERE. Don’t limit yourself to just looking at the mandalas that are on the poles. After ten minutes, and no it shouldn’t take that long, I found the correct mandala and in the center was the clue for where I was headed next. I went back for my stamp and journeyed on!

Ah Germany, home of ski resorts and Bier Käse Spätzle. There was no time for food though, I was on a quest. I arrived outside of Festhaus and greeted the Carnivale Ambassador with a cheerful “Guten tag!” and was given a riddle to solve. After hearing the riddle, I proudly answered the riddle correctly. Then I went over to a table of music boxes and listened to each one before choosing the correct one. I was so excited to continue my journey that I forgot to get my guidebook stamped. So I had to go back and get it stamped.

Off I trekked to China! The beautiful, red paper lanterns swaying in the wind while the Chinese acrobats perform their amazing stunts is such a nice ambience. These performers are the real deal, and even though I was on a mission, I couldn’t help but stop and watch a few of their performances. I strolled over to the Carnival Ambassador and said hello in the native language. My challenge was to find all five of the Chinese characters that were scattered throughout the area. My journey was interrupted by the rain on Wednesday so I was forced to retreat to my office for the day. I picked up where I left off on Thursday evening in China and finished finding my last 2 Chinese characters. I was ready to solve the combination to the chest inside the pagoda.

Now I realize why I took art history in college. It wasn’t a total waste of time, it was to prepare me for my final challenge! Italy, home of my ancestors and one of my favorite desserts, cannolis (sorry tiramisu). Also I have a little trick for other explorers who have trouble finding Italy on a map. One of my history teachers used to say that Italy looks like a heeled boot and ever since then, that’s how I remember where Italy is. My challenge was to find the letters in the six famous Italian paintings. How hard could it be? I didn’t need to bring out my magnifying glass so that’s always a good sign. I won’t reveal the clue since it was the last country I went to before I earned my badge.

It feels like my adventure just started and yet it’s already over. It was so much fun getting to go out into the park and do this challenge, interact with guests and associates along the way, do a few crafts and collect all my postcards. Despite the rain, I was victorious and received my Adventure Club Challenge badge! Now it’s your turn! Good luck!

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