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Everything posted by standbyme

  1. Do you mean this Ray Stevens song? I found it SO annoying...I had to go out and buy it! (The best place to get it is on the “Pecker” soundtrack.)
  2. It would have been easy money for them....certainly something they could use now.
  3. I hope someone finds it for you.
  4. Admittedly, I am no food connoisseur...my two favorite chefs are Boyardee & Oscar Mayer...but I think Chicken Shack’s chicken is WAY better than the breading...I mean chicken, at Festhaus!
  5. Welcome! A lot of collectors are enjoying the pin selection. There are several to choose from and you can find some interesting nostalgic rides. The pins are offered at a few different locations...and sometimes you can find some at one location, but not another...so look around. Here is a link to some of the new ones this year:
  6. On the subject of the “big lanterns”, I have to give myself credit...from the moment I first saw them at Haunt, I thought to myself...self, the park is going to roll these out every chance they get. (Not that it is necessarily a bad thing...but I could just tell that the park spent too much money on them just to use them during Haunt.)
  7. I had to go for a joke! (That’s John Wayne Gacy.) Seriously though, good reply...but I will never be at your trust level...maybe I will be standing by your husband someday (without knowing it) watching over the kids.
  8. @LuckyluvsKI Thanks for the reply...I guess I fall into the “helicopter parent” type. I would trust your church because you have a relationship with them...but I couldn’t do the others...not even Disney. Here is an example of why...there is a local play area with bounce houses and a massive 4 story play structure. Like Chuck E. Cheese and other places, you are assigned bracelets and hand stamps to identify that you and your child belong together so (ideally) you are the only one who could leave with your child through the exit which is constantly “guarded” BUT, the flaw in the system is that due to fire codes there are other emergency exits which are unlocked, but do set off an alarm when opened...but nothing would stop someone from grabbing a kid and making a quick exit...the alarm will tell them that something has happened...but by that time it may be too late. P.S. Those kiddie corals at the rides were always heartbreaking for me. (I know, helicopter “parent” to the extreme! )
  9. (Not counting this COVID year....because I really don't think the normal Haunt will be happening.) But, I like your idea of having an upcharge event meant for kids. (As long as the parents could stay with them.) BUT, my question is this, do parents really do this?! I do not have kids of my own, only nephews, but I would never think of entrusting them with strangers, especially at a busy event. I would constantly be worrying that something could be going wrong. I know that my parents would have never considered this...so once again, i'm curious, is this something that is going on out there?
  10. Unless the book is titled something like: ”Kings Island: The Glory Days”
  11. The thread could be about the differences this year...such as the limited hours, the sanitizing, the social distancing...etc... For example, when I was there, I found shopping different...it varied by each location. At the first place I bought something, the associate both handled my merchandise and bagged it. At the second place, the associate handled my merchandise but had me bag my own. At the third place, the associate had me place everything on the counter with the barcodes facing up...never touching my merchandise...and then I bagged it. I thought it was odd that there wasn’t a consistent process.
  12. Everyone is (obviously) free to do what they want...but personally, I wish everyone would just skip talking about COVID stuff unless it DIRECTLY relates to Kings Island. At this point everyone has made up their mind where they stand and are not going to be swayed no matter what they read. I think this is unnecessarily dividing us.
  13. @coaster sally...where’s your faith in humanity...have you really become that jaded in life?! Now that everyone knows the gravity of the situation I am sure we will see a big difference, maybe not today...but certainly by tomorrow. (FYI: I couldn’t even type those 2 sentences without laughing to myself. )
  14. @Shaggy...just curious how good my eyes are...did you bring a couple of ghosts home from Disney?
  15. I am puzzled by this decision...unless things have changed since I last checked, even Disney eliminated any type of event like this that would possibly cause people to congregate. (i.e. Main Street shows, fireworks, parades etc...) It seems odd that they are inviting people to group together.
  16. @haasdt You could also prepay either an all day meal plan, or a single meal...plus a refillable drink bottle on line. (Available on line under the ticket area.)
  17. I am not an expert on drinking glasses...is this one?
  18. I made a solo trip to the park today. (The rest of my family didn’t feel safe attempting it.) My opinion...because I know everyone cares. I give the park credit, I think they have done ABOUT all that is possible to make the park reasonably safe...but in the end, you just can’t fix stupid...or arrogance. (It will be a job to enforce all of the rules if the park REALLY gets busy.) Here are 2 examples I saw today...I think the second one falls into the stupidity category...I’m not sure about the first one... Example A: I was next in line to enter the tent to have my temperature taken, I glance behind me...and I kid you not, a guy is within a foot of me! He couldn’t even make it through the “turnstiles” without breaking the rules...he did have a mask on though. (I swear, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve shaken my head at stupidity during my lifetime would have been able to outbid Cedar Fair for the parks back then. ) Example B: A mother and a daughter were walking down one of the “main drags” without masks on, drinking cups of water. An associate called them over to explain that they had to have their masks on. I felt so bad for the associate, what should have been about a 30 second conversation went on for about 3 minutes. The mom seemed to think that because they were drinking it was a “get out of jail free card”. (In my hometown, grocery store cashiers are receiving “hazard pay”...maybe the park should consider something like “stupidity pay”. ) I thought most people seemed to be wearing their masks properly...but I wasn’t purposely staring at everyone. Keeping masks on the little kids seemed to be the hardest thing...but it also seemed like parents were trying. I thought that most of the time people were doing a good job at social distancing...but, since the park wasn’t crowded it was easy. I did notice that people bunched up into a normal crowded line to collect their Orion ride tickets though...I just don’t know how many extra associates it would take to stop that from happening. My overall opinion, I wanted to be able to say that I experienced this COVID style Kings Island...and I don’t regret doing it...but, I didn’t think of something in advance that I should have...“this” Kings Island would be lacking one of the main ingredients of why I visit the park...escapism from the real world...unfortunately, it followed me to the park. I hope the park can make this work...I don’t envy them. I did pick up quite a few souvenirs...because as @BeeastFarmer said earlier “because you help people when they are down.“ (That, and I love all of the new pins! ) Out of everything I bought though, I thought this souvenir summed up a trip to Kings Island in 2020 perfectly! (The idea of getting a caricature now just seemed so ludicrous...something I’d expect to see in a “Naked Gun” or “Airplane” movie.
  19. If The Interpreter were still here he would say: “Well, if they could care less, that must mean they DO care to at least some degree!” (It’s when they couldn’t care less that we’ve hit rock bottom.)
  20. It’s kind of like one of those clickbait “news” articles...you see “Is there Construction Going On at Vortex Site?” and punch on it...and after 24 pages later it simply says “No”!
  21. I also own a couple of Kings Island tiki glasses...but do not have them readily available at the moment...but I am guessing they are about the same thing. Mine have what I call “the crown logo” on them. As far as I know this logo was abandoned pretty quickly after the park opened...probably only used for the first year or so. ( @TombraiderTy, @Shaggy, @KIghostguy) The type of souvenirs that this logo are on are pretty generic...like the park just bought an item from a wholesaler and slapped their logo on it. So if your mugs do have this logo I would guess 1972, 1973...but keep an eye on this thread for when the experts weigh in!
  22. But those children, who it doesn't usually affect badly will be going home to their parents, who, according to statistics are usually older.
  23. Just wondering if the 20-49 age bracket has the highest percentage because they do not fear it as much as the over 49 population and are not as cautious? (No data to back it up, just wondering.)
  24. Thanks for thinking of me! (I am looking forward to seeing it in person.)
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