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21 minutes ago, DonnaFan said:

Dumb question, then, what do you put in a cooler? I'd think anything that needs a cooler would be really hot after sitting in a car for hours in the 90° sun.

Depends on the cooler that you buy.  Newer coolers will hold ice in the heat for 5-7 days.

Personally, based on the quality of food service, the last two seasons when I went to the park, I only bought snack foods and not full meals.  If I needed a meal I would leave and come back.

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43 minutes ago, DonnaFan said:

Dumb question, then, what do you put in a cooler? I'd think anything that needs a cooler would be really hot after sitting in a car for hours in the 90° sun.

Ice always works & will last the day, especially if you pack it well (extra drinks etc.).  We also add in ice packs & cover the cooler in a wet towel.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/rubbermaid-blue-ice-weekender-pack/999970386?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-sol-_-google-_-lia-_-237-_-coolersandhydration-_-999970386-_-0&kpid&store_code=1654&k_clickID=go_1793151301_68519295759_346785832464_pla-696106991190_c_9006421&gclid=EAIaIQobChMItvLG4-C54wIVmYjICh1dEQ7kEAQYAiABEgIKJfD_BwE

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Even if you don't have one of those state-of-the-art space-age coolers, here's a couple of tips for keeping things good and cold...

  1. Have all food/beverage items pre-cooled (i.e. put in refrigerator overnight) the cooler's job is to keep it cold, not make it cold
  2. Bring cooler inside (starting out with a hot cooler is a bad idea), clean it out
  3. Put all beverage items in bottom (single layer, upright, allow for some space)
  4. Surround cans/bottles with ice (let ice get down between everything), cover completely
  5. Put your food in zip-lock bags (keeps it dry)
  6. Place food on top of ice layer
  7. Surround food with ice packs (if you have them), or just fill remainder of cooler with ice to cover (be gentle to not crush your sammies :D)
  8. In the car, cover the cooler with a blanket to add an extra layer of insulation against the heat and sunlight
  9. Don't forget, close that drain plug! (don't want a car full of water from a leaking cooler)

In general, don't over-pack the cooler with food/beverage "stuff".  You need an appropriate amount of ice or ice-packs.  Good starting rule of thumb, half and half (50% stuff, 50% ice).

I've camped with all styles of coolers, from good to crappy.  You can get by with the flimsiest of coolers with decent prep.  Though I cannot stress point #1 enough, starting with everything cold goes a long way in helping you out. 

As for eating at KI, pack items which are quick and ready-to-eat.  You don't want to be doing meal-prep from the back of your car.  Prep at home, pack for grab and eat.  

Have fun B)

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2 hours ago, Maddog said:

Even if you don't have one of those state-of-the-art space-age coolers, here's a couple of tips for keeping things good and cold...

  1. Have all food/beverage items pre-cooled (i.e. put in refrigerator overnight) the cooler's job is to keep it cold, not make it cold
  2. Bring cooler inside (starting out with a hot cooler is a bad idea), clean it out
  3. Put all beverage items in bottom (single layer, upright, allow for some space)
  4. Surround cans/bottles with ice (let ice get down between everything), cover completely
  5. Put your food in zip-lock bags (keeps it dry)
  6. Place food on top of ice layer
  7. Surround food with ice packs (if you have them), or just fill remainder of cooler with ice to cover (be gentle to not crush your sammies :D)
  8. In the car, cover the cooler with a blanket to add an extra layer of insulation against the heat and sunlight
  9. Don't forget, close that drain plug! (don't want a car full of water from a leaking cooler)

In general, don't over-pack the cooler with food/beverage "stuff".  You need an appropriate amount of ice or ice-packs.  Good starting rule of thumb, half and half (50% stuff, 50% ice).

I've camped with all styles of coolers, from good to crappy.  You can get by with the flimsiest of coolers with decent prep.  Though I cannot stress point #1 enough, starting with everything cold goes a long way in helping you out. 

As for eating at KI, pack items which are quick and ready-to-eat.  You don't want to be doing meal-prep from the back of your car.  Prep at home, pack for grab and eat.  

Have fun B)

You all know your stuff! I didn't even know about such technology. The last I ever used was a crappy thermos in the 80s that didn't do anything to keep soup hot. Thanks for all the helpful ideas and tips, everyone.

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My little one only wanted breadsticks so I ended up getting pizza at LaRosa's. I want to try other stuff someday but with a little kid it's hard. It was so crazy hot Sunday! It's going to be even worse this weekend. We've gotten our KI fill for a few weeks.

Chicken shack salad is a good option of your little one just wants bread.
They get toasted buttery bread, you get a salad with chicken on top.



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14 hours ago, chuck norris said:


Chicken shack salad is a good option of your little one just wants bread.
They get toasted buttery bread, you get a salad with chicken on top.



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Sounds great, thanks. Is that on the meal plan, by any chance? I can't wait for a normal food phase for the whole family.

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Chicken Shacks smoked chicken wings are a joke. Also kind of annoys me that they just dump so the wings in the fries. Makes it difficult to share with my kids

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^ I've had the smoked wings at Chicken Shack several times this season and have enjoyed them. What didn't you like about them?

I typically get them without sauce, since they're already seasoned. Covering them in hot sauce makes them taste like normal buffalo wings.

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I had the tri-tip at Coney BBQ yesterday.  I'm pretty choosy about meat and had avoided it because, well, I didn't trust that I would like it.  If I could redo this and last season, I would have had it more often.  It was that good.  Can't wait to have it on Labor Day, my next visit.

 

I also had the KI salad for my second meal.  I decided to try the pullapart bread.  The salad was excellent as usual.  The pullapart bread was just OK.  It's like they took 4 Kings Hawaiian rolls, put them in a bowl of butter, added cheese and chives and top, baked and served.  The bottom was not edible, it was saturated with butter.

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10 hours ago, BeeastFarmer said:

The bottom was not edible, it was saturated with butter.

That sounds wonderous.   Despite living in Omaha for 10 years I never made it to the Iowa State Fair to try deep fried butter on a stick.  One of my major regrets in life. :(

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I too am a big fan of the tri-tip at Coney BBQ.  It is my go to meal when I want something quick. 

I feel like pound for pound, Coney BBQ is the most efficient dining location in the park.  I wish they would have more dining locations 0with that efficient of a set up.  I would love to see Festhaus get the Harmony Hall treatment in the next couple years.

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In 2017 my wife and girl got BBQ at a place beside Mystic Timbers. My wife got sick and my youngest girl did not feel well after either. it was not a ride issue because my wife does not ride anything. I can't remember what the place was called but I got a hamburger and was not very good at all. I am wondering how this place compares to the BBQ at Coney BBQ or is it the same thing? 

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6 hours ago, jensenracing77 said:

In 2017 my wife and girl got BBQ at a place beside Mystic Timbers. My wife got sick and my youngest girl did not feel well after either. it was not a ride issue because my wife does not ride anything. I can't remember what the place was called but I got a hamburger and was not very good at all. I am wondering how this place compares to the BBQ at Coney BBQ or is it the same thing? 

That was the Brew house. The BBQ in Coney is very good I get the tri tips reminds me of Texas BBQ. 

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