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About Winterfestguy

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  1. Listening closely to the PA announcement for the fireworks this weekend, the fountain is now called the “World Fountain” and appears that the title of “Royal Fountain” has been retired. I would agree “World Fountain” is more appropriate as the majestic appearance with the old pedestals is gone (along with a piece of KI history) and the new jet style fountain is just like many others you can find in many other tourist places, nothing spectacular. I spotted the last intact pedestal from the Eiffel Tower in the back lot by the trees Saturday. Will be looking at Haunt for the new tombstone - RIP Royal Fountain 1972-2018
  2. As has been the case in previous years, many food stands and drink stations are not fully operational until after Memorial Day. Maybe a staffing issue, but on a warm day having limited food/drink options when the park is busy on a regularly scheduled operational day leaves many guests frustrated. Be sure to stop at customer service on the way out and leave your feedback on lack of dining/drink options.
  3. It’s nice to see a summer production return to the international showplace. While the dog shows the past few years were cute, this venue Is finally getting a better entertainment line up. Maybe someday the international showplace can get some much needed remodel/upgrades so that it can also be utilized for Winterfest in some capacity.
  4. Daily operations begin In just two days on May 15, so if there is additional work to do on the new fountain with any nozzles or plumbing, time is becoming very limited. Lighting can always be worked on after hours, and there will still be a few daylight hours before park opening for work. Waiting to see the total completed fountain over Memorial Day weekend.
  5. While it is really cool that the IStreet Restaurant is open for some special dining experiences this summer (such as a Mother’s Day Buffet), it is sad that their learning experience from Winterfest of “first come first served” that turned out to be a total disaster is again being repeated for special summer events. After their Winterfest learning experience, tickets for specific days/times were sold in advance to help people plan their day accordingly at the park. (And people didn’t make a special trip to the park only to find it was “sold out”) With only limited seating, seems offering advance tickets for specific time on the website would be a better option. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/events/international-restaurant-dining-experiences
  6. Definitely need better trained (and even additional) cashiers at the Brewhouse. On Sunday the line moved so slow like the cashiers had never rang anything up before. Took 30 minutes from just inside the door to reach the cashiers..... so slow. Will KI (or any park in the CF chain) ever roll out mobile food ordering from their app? (KI will need to fix their park Wi-fi issues first). - even Six Flags is rolling out mobile food ordering at select dining locations on their app (just like Disney and Universal) in late May, and seems like KI might be one of the last parks to consider such technology.
  7. If the nozzles for the jets do not move (sway back and forth) or spin like the spectacular Bellagio fountain in Vegas, then this is simply just another jet style fountain, nothing special. Just will have to wait and see when work is completed if this re-imagined jet fountain deserves the title of “Royal Fountain”.
  8. Tater tots are not new to Kings Island - they have been served at both years of Winterfest at the Mac&Cheese bar (which turns into Mexican for the summer). Agree, this listing of quotes is a better Facebook post than it is a blog entry.
  9. The “Fountains of Warsaw” is an artillery nozzle style fountain - the large bank of artillery nozzles is what makes this fountain amazing.
  10. I do agree that it would have been nice if the park was honest and up front when they posted the pictures on January 16 of the pedestals removed and against the buildings to simply say something like the pedestals will soon be replaced by a brand new re-imagined jet fountain, or say farewell to the original pedestals. It would have given time for everyone to let go of a piece of the original history of the park before seeing the new re-imagined “Vegas style” fountain. And likely in the future even this new fountain will replaced by something else.
  11. With the new re-imagined royal fountain containing jets, what has happened to the former fountain pedestals? Were they destroyed, sold to someone else, sold for scrap, placed in storage somewhere, etc?
  12. Definitely an interesting note on the Cedar Point WindSeeker - wonder if this statement is also a hint for what might happen in the future at the other CF parks too? Moving to new location in the park or total removal?
  13. If the intent of the re-imagined royal fountain was to restore I-street to its original appearance, the new fountain fell way short expectations (even at park opening when jets were spraying the highest before having to be turned down due to high winds). Without the pedestals the re-imagined fountain is just another fountain, nothing grand or special (and agree the overhead lighting system is very cheap looking but probably easier maintenance wise). The real question now is what happened to the pedestals - were they sold for scrap? shipped someplace else? or put in storage so in 2030 (after lots of feedback) they make a grand come back? On a positive note, the new pavers and re-painting of the I-street buildings looked great. I did enjoy seeing the different country flags return hanging from the buildings as well as the refurbished giant beer stein above the pretzel place.
  14. Big profits on alcohol sales so alcohol sales in throughout the park won’t go away. Recently with the Disney Dining Plan (if over 21), you can have beer or wine in place of the soft drink/tea. And Busch Gardens has launched a craft brew club where they store your individual beer stein and give discounts on their park craft beers all season long! Probably wishful thinking that CF would consider such brew club like as at the new KI Brewhouse (but there is always hope). https://buschgardens.com/tampa/dining/brew-club/
  15. With the new fountain design and since CF cycles their shows throughout the chain, I can see KI borrowing this show from Canada Wonderland sometime soon
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