The community of Park Hackers has been growing. Kings Island's season has begun! It is a great time to take a moment to talk about the Park Hacks book and community!
Last week I managed to write Part 1, this is the rest of the origin story for Kings Island Park Hacks.
The idea to write this book, the first in a series of park hacks books, came to me on July 5th, 2016. It was the day after the Independence Day holiday. I had expected the 4th to be crazy busy, but because of rain earlier in the day and the way the holiday fell in the week, the park was pleasant and nearly empty on the actual holiday. The population must have changed their plans, because on July 5th, the day was hot and the park was crowded. I stood in the narrow queue in the pizza shop near the entrance, surrounded by large strollers and screaming children. I live nearby and have the meal plan, so I wasn't tired, uncomfortable or stressed over the park's food prices. I was sad to see the downcast faces of tired and embarrased parents. Their skin was pink from both the sun and the stress. The families were slowly filing through the tight spaces. One carried a screaming child, in one arm, while trying to maneuver a large stroller between the rails with the other. I had no idea how they were later going to manage their tray filled with pizza and drinks.
It was in that moment that I decided to share my tips and experience as a park regular. Just during the 2016 season alone, I estimate that I've been to the parks over one hundred times! I've been writing similar lists of tips for friends and family over the years. They would tell me they are about to take their first family trip to Walt Disney World, so I sent them a couple pages of notes to help make sure they have a plan for fun. When they returned, raving about the benefit of the notes I sent, it was very satisfying. Why not create a similar guide for this great park which was close to my home?
Inside the book,
you will find:
- A self-examination section that will help you consider the different wants and needs within your family or group.
- Advice on enjoying and even improving the thrill rides, by adjusting the way that you ride.
- Tips for completing a successful long day the park, from park opening to fireworks, with small children.
- Clues that identify which days would be best to visit.
- Dining options, meal plans, and related food tips.
- Ways to satisfy those with different interests among your group.
- Lists of the best meeting places.
- An improved appreciation for the park's live entertainment.
- Advice on saving money.
- And more!
My New Writing Collaborator
The other day, I shared a post on my new effort. It is a completely reconstructed version of this Park Hack advice that will apply to all amusement parks. I've invited Krystal to be part of the next version of this Kings Island book and also this new Amusement Park Hacks book. She is a mom in her 20s, with two little boys. Her tips offer a different perspective from this 40 year old dad. I think the combination of our experience will be a strong base to build from. Then, we will also curate the submitted Park Hacks.
It bears repeating, these are not just tips from one guy. Many are Park Hacks shared from the community of readers, the Park Hackers! We always want and value your feedback. If you have other ideas or improvements, I'd like to share them with this audience. You can also ask questions to make me aware of what else you want to know.
Photo credit: Mike Kunze - Can you identify what this image is, and where it is found?