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XGatorHead 8904

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  1. @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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. I caught a little bit of their show the other night. They're funny!
  6. Ugh... so many inaccuracies in that video!
  7. I have one of those, but sorry, I'm not willing to part with it.
  8. ^ 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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 t
  12. 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 ha
  13. The Great Pumpkin Coaster is on the list of rides to open, so there's that...
  14. This is my 26th season working in the park. Needless to say, I enjoy it. Sure, there are tough days just like any other job but overall I've found it to be a fun environment or else I wouldn't have kept coming back. I've worked in a variety of departments there, in both line and management: 1989: Food Service - Bakery (La Patisserie Francaise on International Street) 1990: Food Service - Rivertown Karts (Frankfurter Factory, Depot Sundae Shop & Thelma's Soft Frozen Lemonade) Winterfest 1990: Food Service - Bakery 1991: Food Service - Rivertown Karts 1992 - 1993: Food Service - Okto
  15. You must have a great camera... to be able to capture The Flash that clearly and not just him appearing as a streak in the picture is amazing!
  16. Walking by those lights in the dark on Friday night, I thought they were Easter eggs and was confused. It took me a minute to realize they were actually Christmas lights.
  17. I completely understand your gripe. I can only speak for the house I work in, but unfortunately with the way the house is set up it's impossible for us in the skeleton key to know when a group is entering from the main line, and vice versa, they can't tell when we're sending a group in from skeleton key. If the scareactors are good, they can get multiple scares in large groups. It's all about resetting quickly. Most houses purposefully have twisty layouts so there is time to get the beginning, middle and end of large groups. I've done it plenty of times myself.
  18. We do whenever we can. If we're busy it's hard, but if it's a slower night and we get someone's name that's coming through and scared, you better believe we communicate it through the house as best as we can!
  19. When I worked Food at KI '89 - '93, including Winterfest in 1990, we had hot chocolate machines that had a hot water line directly into them. All you had to do was push the button and it mixes the hot water and chocolate powder, similar to the hot chocolate/cappuccino machines you can find in gas stations. No waiting for batches of water to heat up. I wouldn't be surprised if they have a similar setup this time around.
  20. I wonder... Is Chick-Fil-A open until the end of Haunt Saturday nights? If so, that means they're technically open on Sunday since the park closes at 1:00 am Sunday morning, which is goes against their company policy of not being open on Sundays. Sorry, random thoughts going through my head...
  21. Really looking forward to Winterfest this year. I really hope Tinker's Toy Factory is a reworking of Santa's Toy Factory. That was my favorite show that KI ever did. I'll be a little busy that time of year (I can't say why yet...) so I hope I'm able to see Tinker's and all the other entertainment offerings; it looks like a great line-up!
  22. There is no CornStalkers anymore, unless you mean Field of Screams which is similarly themed.
  23. My group went all three days this past weekend and we decided to skip out on Deprivation based on what chugh43 told us about it. That was the only haunt we didn't do at all. Walking through the dark does nothing for me; I walk through my house in the dark all the time so Blackout and Deprivation don't get to me, but I know it does affect many others so they're good for those people. We did several multiple times, the most visited was Sam's northern brethren at Slaughterhouse three times, followed by Eerie Estate, Fearground Freakshow, Manical Mechanical Screamworks and Zombie High School tw
  24. Love these comments! It's definitely more fun for me to stay in character at Haunt! Although Sam's even been known to come out outside of Haunt every once in a while too... I'm looking forward to having my alter-ego take over soon!
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