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About Winterfestguy

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  • Birthday 12/01/1964

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    Indianapolis Indiana
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  1. Winterfestguy

    Haunt 2019 Discussion

    There definitely has been a transition from an adult theme of years past to a more family friendly theme that occurred in 2018 (even my friends that attended commented that 2018 was much more family friendly) - I would image 2019 will bring even more family friendly events, shows, and scareless zones. My opinion is supported by the movement in the International Showplace from Dead Awakenings (remember the sheer white teddy nighty costume) to Hot Blooded (lots of blood, vampires, and scantily designed dancer costumes) to Haunted Homecoming (which was very poorly done in my opinion) that was so lame like a G family movie with nothing really adult themed and you could snooze through. (Go back and watch the YouTube videos of all three shows over the years). And Club Blood with its shirtless vampire men transitioned into a more family haunt of Blackout a few years back.
  2. Winterfestguy

    Kings Island 2019 Discussion

    Would like to see the Coney Mall sign return - when the concrete walkway was enlarged several years ago, the sign disappeared. Creative ways like at Haunt with portable concrete anchors or large flower pots could hold it
  3. Winterfestguy

    Coasterstock 2019

    With the emphasis on attempting to make this successful, staff will be pulling out everything they can with the multiple events of the conference occurring at the same time. I agree there have been multiple events going on at the same time with Coasterstock before, but nothing of this magnitude (it would be like having Coasterstock the same day as Spirit Song - huge crowds and wait times). There really are not many other good dates that remain to select from without competing with other coaster events (not that makes any difference but two coaster events on same day can make a difficult decision) - May 10-12 ACE Preservation conference which includes Kentucky Kingdom, May 24-25 is Memorial Day weekend, May 31- June 1 Hollywood nights, and CP Coastermania confirmed for June 7. Can’t wait to see which dates are finally confirmed for Coasterstock and this summer to arrive.
  4. Winterfestguy

    PIVIP event coming to Kings Island in May

    I imagine the Kings Island Theater will be utilized with its large projection screen since Cirque does’t begin showing until the Memorial Day weekend.
  5. Winterfestguy

    PIVIP event coming to Kings Island in May

    See the Coasterstock thread under Kings Island Central News
  6. Winterfestguy

    Coasterstock 2019

    Will the gaming convention announced today for May 18 have any impact on having Coasterstock the same weekend? With Saturday school field trips and the popularity of the gaming convention (combined with the park is not typically fully staffed this early in the season) the park will likely be extremely crowded on Saturday. Maybe better enjoy Coasterstock on Friday if the May 17-18 date still holds for Coasterstock.
  7. Winterfestguy

    Platinum Benefits

    Luckily, KI has not yet not separated out SC into a separate admission and has kept SC as part of their Gold season pass program (although I image the concept of separating the two continues to be studied by CF). CP Cedar Shores water park requires a separate admission and is not included with their CP season pass. At least with Platinum you can also get into CP Cedar Shores water park which I consider a perk while also visiting CP, especially on extremely hot days.
  8. Winterfestguy

    Oktoberfest Discussion

    We can only hope with the current park management emphasis seeming to be on “what is old is new again” (e.g. antique autos), maybe they can restore the Feathaus clock (which would be a show in itself that could be programmed to operate at select hours) and a remodel of the Festhaus (the bathrooms are in desperate need of updates). It is sad that park management made the decision to stop the clock at the end of the 2007 season. ”The Festhaus clock was working every 15 minutes until the end of the 2007 season at which point the VP's of the park decided that they wanted the attraction turned off due to lack of interest from the public and a way to save money on repair costs. It sat dormant through the entire 2008 season, and the control system was then pulled out before the beginning of the 2009 season. As it currently sits, it has been a forgotten feature of almost everyone from the park's staff. It is truly unfortunate that they want to remove any charm/theming from the park”
  9. Winterfestguy

    My current project (Warning: Nerd Alert)

    Job well done - if KI would only install some sets of RGB that way on the tower just think of the endless summertime night fireworks shows they could have!
  10. Winterfestguy

    New Rule for Planet Snoopy Rides

    Might make sense for a small child to be paired with another small child but there is no way two single 200 pound guys would fit in one glider. I cannot see one adult ever being paired as there is little seat belt slack left, even if the operator tried squeeze play.
  11. Winterfestguy

    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    When we are at the Reds Buffet on the 23rd, they were already really low on cookies and they were limiting them to one small box per family, and if you were in a group like we were, one box per group (that equaled 1/2 a cookie for each person!). So it is no surprise they seemed to totally run out - Why they didn’t at least go buy and give out the individually wrapped chocolate chip cookies like they always serve at picnics will always be a mystery.
  12. Winterfestguy

    Winterfest 2018 Discussion Thread

    We enjoyed the park being open daily the week before Christmas - even though the days were work and school nights, we were able to enjoy dinner, a show, the lights, and leave by 830 with our mug of hot chocolate. What is missing is the advertising on TV and Radio (my friends in the tri-state area said there have been no Winterfest commercials or TV interviews about the event with staff whereas in the summer KI ran a commercial about every couple of hours).
  13. Winterfestguy

    Ask Kings Island a Question

    Several years ago KI built a building behind the blackout haunt to house their Winterfest decorations. Since many decorations are new this year and many are different from last season, what percentage of decorations are leased for the season compared to actually being owned by KI (or CF)?
  14. This is really is not similar to Disney or Universal - those plans (depending on which plan) give one full service sit down, one quick service, one snack item OR one quick service meal and one snack item. With the CF all day dining (assuming you eat every 90 min from 11am till 9pm in the summer) you could have a total of 6 meals. I cannot imagine adding another snack on top of the 6 meals (which the snack seemed to add another $5 bucks to their all day dining plans). In my opinion CF really missed the boat on what people were asking for. My friends feedback has always been why can’t you substitute a snack item at the 90 minute interval in place of a meal with the all day dining plan? (Example - So you might at 90 minute intervals have 3 meals, one ice cream, and 2 pretzels that day from 11am-9pm). Seems that CF might save some money on food costs if they would the structure the plan that way for just one person. Adding a snack on top of typically 6 meals a day will only encourge more sharing (which happens frequently because there is already too much food for just one person in a day).
  15. Winterfestguy

    Kings Island Nominated for Favorite Holiday Park

    Next year KI should advertise WF to the surrounding states like they do for their summer season. Many out of state people do not even know that KI is open for the winter Holiday season (and that there are coasters running weather permitting!). Hopefully KI will never cut back on their lights like Dollywood did this season.(Dollywood definitely had far less lights than in previous seasons which may be why they ended up third).