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A Walk in the Park at Kings Island: What am I doing this week?

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

What am I doing this week at Kings Island? Maybe I’ll write about all the fudge flavors that we offer, or maybe I’ll keep thinking of new scents for the nonexistent candle collection that Kings Island needs to get on board with. (Imagine “Cotton Candy on International Street” yum!) All jokes aside, that fudge idea doesn’t sound bad especially if I get to eat it all. Or maybe funnel cakes? I wouldn’t be opposed to doing one about how much blue ice cream I can eat in a day either.

-My thoughts on any given day.

But enough about food, I went into the park on Saturday after my shift with my fiancee Eric for round two of Kings Island! Our first stop was Soak City, I had already spent some time in there that morning watching the crowds get bigger and bigger as opening day commenced. I’ve never seen people run so fast to get the best chairs by the wave pool. As we walked around, Eric’s eyes found Pipeline Paradise and he immediately got in line while I stayed back and promised to record his adventure. While I waited for Eric’s turn at the Pipeline, I started talking to one of the life guards and the first thing I asked was “I keep seeing you pressing the green button and I have to know what it does.” I only ask the serious questions. She explained the infamous green button sets and resets the 40 second timer, which is how long each person gets on the ride at a time. The weather had taken a turn and the wind was really blowing, and I couldn’t tell if it was raining or if it was the wind blowing the water out of Pipeline Paradise.

Eric was up, he went in with such confidence and within 3 (Eric claims he lasted 4.5) of the 40 second ride time he wiped out and came skidding to the exit with the board washing up beside him. Pipeline Paradise is a really unique experience and it’s certainly not one that I’ve seen at any other waterpark. Also you can definitely tell which people are the beginners and which are the seasoned pros. While people were entering Soak City, I saw people with these huge bags headed toward the Pipeline, I just figured they brought a lot of snacks and towels but it was for their boards that they bring to ride.

The rain had started, so we headed over to Island Smokehouse for dinner. Now I’m from one of the barbeque capitals of the world (Owensboro, KY, hey y’all!) and I know a good pulled pork sandwich when I taste one. The Smokehouse and Chef James Major did not disappoint me. That pulled pork sandwich and mac and cheese took me back to Old Hickory Bar-B-Que and it was delicious.

Next we caught the last showing of the day for Gravity! I was lucky to get a chance to watch it open on Friday to a standing ovation. Eric loved it and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time, so needless to say we will be seeing it a few more times this season. The awe and wonder of how much talent the performers have doesn’t go away and every time they nailed their routines, I was smiling and clapping along with the crowd. 

I’ll be the first to admit that I have to prep myself to go on rides, mentally and physically. I eat light or comfort food (pulled pork sandwich and mac and cheese!) and mentally tell myself that I CAN do this! Eric saw that I was looking at Banshee longingly. I hadn’t gotten to ride it on our first visit and I had been prepping myself for a while to experience it. I decided it was now or never and we got in line. We pulled down our shoulder harnesses (my favorite!) in row five of the blue train and up the lift hill we went. I strained my ears to hear the Banshee’s scream before we went down. Although I didn’t hear her scream, what I experienced was pure thrills. My favorite part was being at the top of the loops and even the final corkscrew was great. I was so excited to go and see our pictures because I knew for a fact that I had been smiling. Our picture comes up and as luck would have it, Eric had his hands up and covered up my entire face, BUT I know I was smiling.

However our fun wasn’t over yet. We got in line for Wind Seeker and eventually we were up in the sky at 301 feet high. We needed a break from high thrills after that, so I took the wheel at Antique Autos and chauffeured Eric around the track as dusk turned into darkness. I was really craving some blue ice cream after we got off the ride but there was no time. We were off to Diamondback for our last ride of the night and to catch a glimpse of the Royal Finale fireworks and fountain show. This was my own little test to see how I would fare on Flight of Fear, riding Diamondback in the dark to see if I could handle the darkness. After the lights on tour of Flight of Fear that I experienced during Coasterstock, it’s probably better that the lights are off, although I wouldn’t mind riding it once with the lights on, just to say I had. Eric promised to keep his hands down so I could use the picture. Unfortunately the people in front of us didn’t get the memo. All is well though, we have season FunPix and will be taking full advantage of it during the season.

So let’s recap! Eric has a Gold Season Pass now so we’ll be coming into the park a lot this summer, not just for rides, but for food and shows too. My new favorite ride is Banshee, will I be breaking the record for most rides? Probably not, but I can’t wait to get back in line and ride it again! Island Smokehouse is like a little piece of home and should be on your list if you love food and Soak City in general for your summer getaway. Overall it was a great way to end a day at the office. Thanks for joining me and I will see you all next week!

 

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