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  1. Just posted. As we roll out fall celebrations, for this Saturday’s (Sept. 25) Chef’s Plate, we are going to do it with a BANG! This Saturday’s theme is El Diablo with Smoked Devil’s Hoof (Smoked Shank with Spicy Ginger Glaze), From the Ashes Potatoes (Marbled Potatoes with Parsley Butter) and Country Green Beans (Simmered and Seasoned) on the menu. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2021/september/foodie-news-el-diablo-the-theme-for-saturdays-chefs-plate
  2. You would think they would look at it from a budgeting standpoint sometime along the line while taking in the consumer's standpoint. I think with the $5 off online they are trying to cut down on the lines for the food. During carnivale half of the wait was people purchasing lanyards. Of course the other $5 off for pass holders increases the value of season passes. Being on the dining plan I notice that a meal that costs the GP 13.99 gets rung up for 9.95 (I'm guessing cost without park markup?). Going off of this idea with each taste at 7.50 probably 2.50 of that is straight profit leaving the true "cost" 5.00 for each taste. So that's the way I'll be judging the "value" of each one. Would I pay $5 at a venue outside of the park for what I'm getting (knowing the other 2.50 is going toward park expenses (wages, other operations cost and, of course, profit). Betting more often than not the answer will be yes. By the same token, I look at the meals I eat in the park on my dining plan as if I would pay 10.00 for it when considering value, and that answer is most always yes. Also we most definitely need a hard push next year to get KI the golden ticket for best food. They have proved it for over 2 years now and I would love for the culinary team to get recognized. KI Foodies UNITE
  3. Last Chef's Plate I was talking to Don and Chef Major and Chef said through Haunt (I'm assuming weather permitting).
  4. New Taste offerings are posted! Can't wait to try them this weekend. Looks like Chef and the culinary team have out-done themselves yet again! https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2021/september/foodie-guide-taste-the-flavors-of-fall-at-tricks-and-treats-fall-fest-at-kings-island Also looks like passholders get $10 off tasting cards when buying online. With a pass and buying online it's 6-tastes for 44.99 and 9 tastes for 69.99. Doing the math the 6-tastes comes to 7.50 each and the 9 comes to 7.78 each. So, buying the 9 is actually more expensive on a per-taste basis. I wonder if it may have been better to do a 10 taste at 69.99 making the cost 7 each or having the 9 tastes for 64.99 making the cost 7.22 each (probably the more realistic option). The only reason I bring this up is there is usually a discount for buying more. Not being critical, just wondering. Either way, I'm in for the 9! Between this and the chef's plate on Saturday (A "plate" like no other!) I'm going to have to be taking some extra steps to keep the weight off this fall.
  5. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/events/haunt/attractions Click on Map near the top of the page (on the right, next to list).
  6. Back on topic I for one am proud of KI winning this award. Seems to me like a USA today poll is much more "diverse" of a voting pool than amusement park fan boys for the golden ticket awards. To be clear the USA today poll would also include people who do not necesarially have their finger on the amusement park pulse. Either way kudo's to the home team. It's a recognition well deserved!
  7. My thought would be they would relocate it next to white water canyon. Having all the water rides together is nice, like at CP. I have been thinking that they may remove/relocate congo falls, remove timberwolf and remove/relocate Invertigo to create a coaster to interact with the main gate. It just may take 2 - 6 years till it happens (which means it may already be in the planning phase).
  8. I believe I didn't make my point clear. My point is in the past people would use the tax credit when they filed their taxes thus receiving the credit on a lump sum, and increasing the refund they would get or decreasing the amount of taxes they owe. What the tax act is doing is allowing people to receive the credit over months (like a payment plan). In that instance they won't have the lump sum amount to claim as a tax credit on their taxes when they file. These monthly payments were automatic and you had to opt out of them. Some families may have a surprise bill coming next April if they didn't plan accordingly. That being said one of the sites did say that 1 million families have already opted to forgo the monthly payments in favor of the lump sum when they file. Some families in the past may have used a tax return for a vacation but if that total is reduced by $3,000 (more for over 1 child) they may find themselves not going on that vacation. Instead they were spending the money all along which may account for some of the raised per-cap spending in the parks. Just my 2 cents. BTW, the current administration is wanting to extend the child tax credits till 2025. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/26/opting-out-of-monthly-child-tax-credit-payments-makes-sense-for-some-.html https://www.whitehouse.gov/child-tax-credit/
  9. Have to wonder how much of the stimulus has to do with per cap spending. With the monthly checks a family with 4 children gets $1000 a month that's alot of extra cash floating around. It ends in December so next year we will feel the effects. It will also be a big surprise to people when they file their taxes next year because the cash they are getting now is what they would usually deduct on their tax return. So basically those refunds people usually get may be lower or they may end up owing taxes.
  10. Actually it was 9 for $45 (for season pass holders) ($5 per taste). With how successful it was it's no surprise that it would go up in price with the supply-demand. With such a large rise I would expect slightly larger portions. Either way with the state of the culinary team at KI, I'm in and looking forward to it.
  11. Actually they both work out to be $8.332 per taste
  12. Looking forward to the event.
  13. What about the God given ability to think and utilize science to develop vaccines and make advancements in medicine to allow us to get the most quality and lengthen the gift of live we were given? I always find the mind more fascinating than the body, but then again, look what's telling me that!
  14. My wife has a masters in research and worked on IRB's. She likes to remind people that at this time we all are part of the study and those who are not vaccinated are the control group.
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