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  1. Good, heartwarming article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/07/disneyland-opened-early-wednesday-for-one-person-the-guy-who-designed-space-mountain/
  2. Lion Country Safari Mauling: An Untold Story

    When I was in elementary school, we went on a field trip to KI to ride the monorail. It was my first time being in the park while it was closed; the only thing open was the monorail. IIRC, our school was the only one there but I could very well be mistaken about that. I was going to Hopewell Elementary at the time so this would have been 1st or 2nd grade in 1979-1981 or 4th or 5th grade in 1982 - 1984 (we had switched school districts in 3rd grade). That's a field trip I'll always remember because it was so different to see the park absolutely quiet and I though it was so neat that they would open just for us. Back then, my family only got to visit the park once a year using the tickets that my grandma got from working at KI. In addition to the park tickets, the employees were given tickets to the monorail too; I even received them when I started working at the park in '89, so I rode it every time I went back then. And thanks for citing your sources. I was going to ask for them too because a lot of those incidents sound like disciplinary issues that would have been kept within the park, but I can see how they were probably in the investigative reports that followed.
  3. Official: WinterFest 2017

    @Mark4815 I'm in one of the shows too but I've been able to go shopping after I get off. Not sure what time you get off but I clock out around 10:00 each night and the stores on I-Street stay open later than that.
  4. Santa’s Toy Factory 1991

    Santa's Toy Factory is my favorite show that KI ever did. As much as I love performing at WinterFest, I still wouldn't mind having one night off so I can see how Tinker's lives up to it. I know a few of the performers in that show and they're very talented. But on the other hand, I don't want to end The Plight Before Christmas' streak... as of last night we've completed 64 of our total 92 scheduled shows.
  5. Winterfest Questions

    Sorry Goble, but you can't blame this one on Kinzel. KI charging fees for online orders started in the Paramount years. I know because I was the one that printed the season pass orders back then. The fee then was $2.99 per order (not per item). Of course, that was also before Accesso. Other meats include brisket, pulled pork and sliced hot dogs. Highly recommend the mac & cheese bar! I can't wait until tomorrow when I get to have it again before I have to report to work. Of course, with the weather being what it is today, who knows what's in store for my show tonight. Our stage is covered, but when we're in the wings we aren't covered, then there's the issue of walking out to our stage with our microphones in the rain... So I may get to have the mac & cheese tonight too (and finally watch the indoor shows I've been dying to see)!
  6. Does Snoopy have a meet n greet during winterfest?

    There will be one Dec. 26th - 30th. Santa Snoopy will be taking Santa Claus' place that week. https://www.visitkingsisland.com/play/winterfest/attractions/st-nicks-pics
  7. Official: WinterFest 2017

    I caught a little bit of their show the other night. They're funny!
  8. "Fort Washington" House?

    Ugh... so many inaccuracies in that video!
  9. 25th Anniversary Tickets

    I have one of those, but sorry, I'm not willing to part with it.
  10. Official: WinterFest 2017

    ^ I thought that might have been the case that they were open earlier back then, but I wasn't sure if my memory was playing tricks on me or not. Good to see it wasn't. I agree with you that this year surpasses previous incarnations. As I posted on Facebook last Sunday, "it beats every Winterfest they've ever done before!" I love being a part of it, the only bad thing is I don't get to see everything I want. But that's okay, I'm having a lot of fun!
  11. Official: WinterFest 2017

    And shows! Don't forget the shows! There's entertainment pretty much everywhere around the park and everything I've seen and heard has been great. Ugh... They tried that years ago with some haunts opening at 3:00(?) As much fun as working Haunt is, working a haunt 6:00-1:00 puts enough wear on one's body... I'd hate to think about another 3 hours each day! However, I wouldn't mind WinterFest opening earlier. There's so much to do that it takes more than one visit... or maybe it's genius the way it is now: have so much to do to ensure return visits!
  12. Winterfest Questions

    There are no early opening times for season pass holders during Winterfest. International Street opens at 4:00 on Saturdays, 4:30 all other days; the rest of the park opens at 5:00 every day. Not sure about the impact of the warm temperatures on ice skating, but it was about this warm last week and they were still skating; from what I understand there's a chilling system under the ice so impact should be minimal.
  13. Official: WinterFest 2017

    I play Wayne Deer in The Plight Before Christmas (pictured below in the engineer outfit thanks to Magenta Lizard). Thanks! It's a fun show and I'm extremely proud to be involved in WinterFest in such a way. I love it when the audiences get involved, and there are so many spots in our show for them to do so! In the immortal words of my college band director, Dr. Jack Liles, "Where the hell are all the tubas?" But seriously, even without a tuba, Blitzen's Brass Band sounds great. Is it the cactus that's angry, or is it the ornament that is being stuck by the cactus that's angry? "When you live in a place like Dry Gulch *cough* you gotta make due," and I'm sure the cactus wasn't too happy about being plucked out of the desert only to get just one more ornament than Charlie Brown's Christmas tree...
  14. Official: WinterFest 2017

    Only 24 hours to go!!!
  15. KI Computer Systems that create the KI Best Day

    Boo! I was involved in the creation of Gate Central. I didn't do any of the coding or anything like that, but I was involved as far as making sure it was user friendly. My manager and I gave a lot of input to the creators of the program as far as what we needed it to do and how we wanted the displays. They would come out with a version, we would play around with it and we would suggest tweaks that we would like to see made. Of course, that was back when Gate Central was only at PKI as a test before it was to be rolled out to the other Paramount parks and visitors from other parks still had to take their season passes to GR to get in, so I wasn't involved in helping resolve the issue that Terpy had at Carowinds (which happened after my original 16 year stretch of tenure at the park). I always loved Gate Central and the possibilities it brought to the Admissions department, so many things that were not possible with the system we had before it, so I still feel a sense of ownership when it comes to that program and am glad to see it still used and rolled out to the Cedar Fair parks when they purchased the chain.