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  1. Winterfestguy

    Kings Island Nominated for Favorite Holiday Park

    When the scoreboard closed to public viewing in the last few days of the contest, Branson was in first, KI Winterfest in second, and Dollywood in third. The top ten will be announced on Dec 21 so will see if KI could secure enough votes to move ahead of Branson to the top spot.
  2. Winterfestguy

    International festival

    CP experimented with bringing out the huts (like those used during KI Winterfest Artisians Village) and serving foods from various countries on the weekends this last season. It sounds like CF wants to expand the same concept to other parks like KI. I wish KI would have a Beer and BBQ event like CP does in June. Since CF has said they need to reduce their labor budget, I would be surprised it next season’s budget has lots of extra dollars (but of course depends upon how much Winterfest at the four parks influences the overall Q4 results).
  3. Winterfestguy

    Kings Island Nominated for Favorite Holiday Park

    They should move Tinkers back to the Kings Island Theater to have a fantastic large set design, sound, and bring back the North Pole Penguins which were the original and 2005 Winterfest tradition (seems the penguins got dropped when the new Tinker production was made last year for Winterfest 3). Then a new production could play in the Festhaus. Charlie Brown and Friends can move over to the new Enchanted Theater venue. Bring back the North Pole Penguins!
  4. Winterfestguy

    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    See page 9 of this thread for the IS Winter Buffet menu (there is a blend of zucchini and squash in a red pepper sauce that might be appropriate for vegetarians). There is a different menu for the Reds buffet for which the menu is also listed earlier in this thread.
  5. Winterfestguy

    My photos of WinterFest 2018 (and some past ones as well)

    That’s the type of Star that is needed on the new Winterfest tree (with hundreds of twinkling bulbs) rather than the current dimly lit rope light star.
  6. Some newer belts and belt buckles can now hide dangerous items. The purpose of the scanner is to help identify dangerous objects like knives so that they are not taken into the park for your safety. An example of a belt buckle with a knife blade. Why someone would wear something like this to an amusement park is a complete mystery to me. https://www.slidebelts.com/products/survival-belt?variant=5432466374671&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Google Shopping&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Mjk-Nb03gIVgrfACh19qQHUEAQYBCABEgIwK_D_BwE
  7. Winterfestguy

    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    The park did a fantastic job of listening to all the comments from last year, and I was surprised to see nothing done with the very weakly lighted star on top of the tower (the same as last season), which had many comments about changing to something different because of being so dim. Maybe the park should buy back the old Winterfest star tree topper with hundreds of twinkling C7 bulbs to use as a pattern to create something new and exciting for next year.
  8. Winterfestguy

    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    Interesting that Carowinds is offering 50% off Winterfest pre-purchase admission tickets through Nov 14 and is also having a Season Pass Preview Night. Too bad KI is not offering the same deal.
  9. Winterfestguy

    HoliWood Nights 2019: Airtime!

    Maybe for a change Holiwood Nights and CP Coastermania won’t be the same weekend so we can attend both (since CP Coastermania is typically the first Friday in June which would make it June 7).
  10. Winterfestguy

    Winterfest vs Christmas Town

    There is ice skating at KD just like at KI. There are a few less lights at KD (approx 2 million), but there will be 12 live shows at KD which is more than Christmas Town will have (wonder if Six buys the SeaWorld chain how much Christmas Town might change?). Also, KD has the same 300 foot tree on the tower with LED lights as KI which is taller and more technologically advanced than any tree in Christmas Town. Since this is the first year of Winterfest at KD, look for it to be expanded in 2019 just has KI has done in their second season. It is likely KD will have some impact on Christmas Town attendance.
  11. Winterfestguy

    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    We can only hope KI also extends their Saturday Winterfest hours too - when asked during the podcast, they have indicated there are no plans to extend the current KI Saturday hours of 4-10pm (but as we know, they do sometimes change their mind at the last minute such as last year when they decided to open at 4 instead of 5 on Saturdays).
  12. Winterfestguy

    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    Winterfest 2005 ran both trains so not sure why last year they made the decision was made to only run one. Glad to hear the boiler issues in colder weather have been figured out, so the trains will actually run. The train sat at the station all day yeasterday, last night, and is still at the station today possibly for decorating the cars?
  13. Winterfestguy

    Ask Kings Island a Question

    Will KI be making any technological advances in their app so that food can be ordered/paid for using cell phones and then simply picked up at a special window (similar to what the Disney and Universal apps are currently doing, even with their dining plans)?
  14. Winterfestguy

    Coney BBQ and 2018 Food Reviews

    Universal Orlando offically launched their “Mobile Express Pick Up” app for food this week which is very similar to the Disney’s mobile food app. Guests and pick their restaurant, view menu, order, pay or use their dining plan, and pick up their food when they are ready. Will KI/CF ever make the technological advancement to using an app instead of their current kiosk approach? (which never has worked well for me, especially with a season drink plan)
  15. Winterfestguy

    Coney BBQ and 2018 Food Reviews

    Interesting article on food quality across the CF chain, but primarily focused on CP. KI too has seen its fair share of food inconsistencies (jutebox, mac&cheese bar, panda, etc.). If season pass meal plans do indeed account for about 30% on the bottom line, it could be an interesting 2019 if many decide not renew their plans. Even though it may cost a few dollars more, I am waiting to see how the food quality is at KI Winterfest before committing to a 2019 season meal plan. http://www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201710120034