-I scraped my hand on Scrappy’s Slide (it was in HBL by then) and my aunt gave me ice from her drink to put on it.
-One of the vehicles from Der Spin Keggers was closed because someone puked in it.
-Thinking anyone who would ride Vortex was classifiably insane.
-My dad ditching the family and watching the Cheers show all day. He didn’t ride stuff anyway. lol
-Seeing a show in the Enchanted Theater and the performer coming up to my brother and I so we could sing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt into the mic.
-The monorail stopping for an extended period of time because there was an animal on the track.
-Riding the trams to the campground and then walking out to Kings Mills Rd. My friends and I thought we were such rebels.
Some other memories that aren’t that far back but still feel like a lifetime ago:
-My first coaster event - Beastbuzz 2005, they were celebrating The Beast’s 25th anniversary. That bad boy turns 40 this year...
-Taking a construction tour of Great Wolf. It was a shirt and tie thing and they fed us. I remember it being super hot in there since it was August and the building wasn’t finished so there was no AC!
-Riding X Flight at Geauga and then Firehawk at KI the next year. RIP
-Watching the first ever Dead Awakening and literally watching as people had to scramble to pick their jaws up off the ground at the end of the show.
-Watching the 4th fireworks from the roof of the IR in like 2005. Somehow they IR lost power so we had to climb down the access ladder in the dark!
-Spending a fair amount of time with Robbie Knievel. He had his demons, but he really was a nice guy. I’d hang out with him again.
-Speaking of the Kaptain - being front row, center for the Knievel jump. That was my favorite day I’d ever spent at KI.
- Driving around the park with midget wrestlers in my car. I filmed some promo stuff with them and ended up more or less following them around all day and documenting. One of them who was supposed to be at WEBN in the morning but couldn’t get up in time for it. Puppet (the head midget, I guess?) had me film him going into the guy’s room at Great Wolf and farting on him as punishment.
-Riding The Beast with Al Snow way past his prime. I think he was flattered that I knew who he was.
-CBS owning the park and seeing the park at its worst.
-Waking up to the news that Cedar Fair bought the park. I still have “woah, really?” moments from that.
-Meeting Dick Kinzel and he politely acted like he had heard of KIC, and we politely acted flattered that he would say that. After and awkward silence, Dane asks him, “So how much did your belt cost?”
-...and many more.
Of course, the most important memories are with the friends I have made over the past 15 or so years.