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A Walk In The Park at Kings Island: Coasterstock

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

Blood and sweat was definitely put into Coasterstock this year. Thankfully no tears were shed. Blood is referring to the paper cuts on my hands from putting together hundreds of welcome packets for people and sweat refers to the hot conference room in which I sat to put together said packages. However I’m hardly one to complain. I find that if you do things with a positive attitude and put a positive spin on tasks, they go by much faster and your positivity will spread to others. With that being said, I am so excited to experience my first Coasterstock and I’m excited to meet all of the coaster enthusiasts whose packages I’ve helped put together!

For my walk in the park this week, I wanted to highlight some of the roller coasters that (I personally) don’t hear much about, whether I’m in the park or in the office.  Also a side note, I haven’t ridden any of these coasters yet, but rest assured they are on my list.

Adventure Express

Before I got to Kings Island, I was told to ride this roller coaster by a friend of mine as a “warm up” to the other coasters. Normally I’m one to take advice but somehow The Beast reeled me in. It must be those paws. Anyway, when I was researching the history of this coaster, I came upon the fact that originally it was themed to a treasure hunting adventure, similar to the Indiana Jones franchise. After reading this, there is no way I can pass this coaster up!

Flight of Fear

To be completely honest, the only thing I knew about this roller coaster when I started this blog was that it was an indoor coaster. Personally, I think I would enjoy this coaster because 1) it’s indoors and I love air conditioning just as much as the next person and 2) it’s in total darkness or so I’ve been told. With that being said, I think this is a coaster that I could conquer.

(5 minutes later)

Now here are my thoughts after reading various descriptions of Flight of Fear. It has a cobra roll, which if you are clueless like I was to the many types of inversions a roller coaster can have, here is a link to educate yourself. Then I came upon my “favorite” word; corkscrew. Corkscrew or no corkscrew, that certainly doesn’t mean that I won’t give it a try, remember, positivity is key. Plus it’s a roller coaster in the dark!

The Bat

Although some people think bats are scary, I like to think of them as cute little creatures that eat mosquitoes so the mosquitoes don’t eat me. But say “Bat” at Kings Island and people go wild. It’s onto our next roller coaster! The Bat is something I can definitely get behind because 1) it’s a suspended roller coaster and 2) it has a shoulder harness. Why does having a shoulder harness matter to me? My answer is that roller coasters are probably one of the safest things you can do and the shoulder harness is one of the many reasons behind that. Also, I think a shoulder harness on a ride says a lot, such as, “You’re going to have a good time, so here, have this shoulder harness.” I’ve done a small bit of research (Fun fact about me is that I love reading the history of just about anything) and for anyone who is interested in hearing the real story about the original “The Bat” I recommend reading John Keeter’s blog, it’s an interesting and very detailed read!

Flying Ace Aerial Chase

Of course I had to include one of the Planet Snoopy coasters! I usually hear about Woodstock Express or The Great Pumpkin Coaster, but rarely this next coaster. It could also be that I don’t spend enough time in Planet Snoopy that I don’t hear about Flying Ace Aerial Chase that much. With that being said, let’s talk about this coaster, because for a kiddie ride, it looks pretty fun. First off, it’s an inverted steel coaster, so what I’ll call a mini Banshee, probably less of a stomach churner though. Second it also has a shoulder harness, and again there’s nothing I love more than a good shoulder harness. I can appreciate this coaster for many reasons, but mostly because it gives kids a chance to get on a similar coaster to the ones that are out in the rest of the park and to feel like they aren’t missing out. Not only that but Planet Snoopy has FOUR roller coasters (Flying Ace Aerial Chase, Surf Dog, The Great Pumpkin Coaster and Woodstock Express) which is pretty great considering it’s a kid’s area.

That’s it for this week’s walk in the park, I’m so excited to see everyone at Coasterstock! I’m also excited to ride these coasters and experience the thrills for myself…with my shoulder harness on of course!

 

 

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Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

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