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Cedar Point June 2014


 

Cedar Point was where we used to go  for high school end of year trips in the late 1970s.  It was a bit disconcerting to find out that this is apparently now the norm for our middle school orchestras… and further, that they didn’t have enough chaperones.   My daughter wanted badly to go but several of her friends’ parents (all 6th graders) shared my opinion that this was too young of an age for such a trip, and decided against it.  After giving it some thought I decided it would be OK, with the stipulation that I’d help fill out the chaperone roster and also be able to accompany my 11 year old at the same time.

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Kings Island: Opening Day 2013 Trip Report


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Today was opening day at Kings Island.  After months of waiting, it’s always exciting to finally get to visit the park and kick off the new season.  Opening day can bring heavy crowds and sometimes there can be a few hiccups as the staff gets things up to speed.  But even with a few downsides, opening day is not to be missed.

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Kings Island: A Dad Looks Back


My brother and me at Kings Island as kids. I am not the one in the plaid pants!

Recently, I wrote about a spell of the Wintertime Blues.  Every year, Cabin Fever sets in and I can’t wait to get back to Kings Island.  Finally, spring has sprung and opening day is only 10 days away!

Writing the previous article prompted me to go back and read some of my previous trip reports.  Seeing the pictures from years past got me feeling nostalgic.  So before the new season starts, I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane.

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Fantasyland Expansion Now Open


I apologize for posting two Disney World themed articles in the same morning.  But today is a very exciting day for myself and readers who follow my Disney content.  The Fantasyland Expansion has now opened unofficially for what Disney calls “soft openings”.

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My Disney World Memories – Part 8


In Part 7, we experienced Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom.   The year was 2008.  Mindy was pregnant with Kara.  And Josie was being mean to her grandparents.  I was just trying to hold it all together.  In retrospect, there were a lot more bumps in the road than I realized at the time.

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Kings Island with the Kids – End of School Edition


Josie’s last day of school was Wed, May 30 which was a half-day.  We didn’t have anyone to watch her on Thursday.  So I figured I would use some vacation time and take the girls to Kings Island before it got hot and crowded.  As it turns out, we had a day and a half of light crowds and perfect weather.

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Disney World Trip Planning – Touringplans.com


You can go to Disney World without a lot of planning.  But I wouldn’t recommend it.  Those who do frequently find themselves waiting in longer lines, unsure of what to do next.  They are excluded from the most popular sit-down restaurants and miss out on a lot of experiences without even realizing it.  On the other end of the spectrum are the uber-planners like me.  I have been preparing for my next WDW trip for months now, and it’s still months away. 

The payoff, in theory, is a smoother vacation.  Time will tell, I guess.  But for uber-planners, planning is its own reward.  I find it to be a fun challenge like assembling a jigsaw puzzle.  When I don’t have a trip coming up, I help others plan their trips.  And when I don’t know any one who is going to Disney World, I plan for trips no one will ever take.

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Kings Island Opening Day 2012


Today is opening day at Kings Island.  After an unseasonably warm winter, the park opened on a cold, rainy day.  Did that stop us from going?  No way!  Did we stay long?  Uh, no.  But we had a lot of fun in a very short time.

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Disney World Updates


This morning, Disney presented “What’s new and what’s next” for the Walt Disney World Resort.  As expected, there was nothing earth-shattering.  But Disney did parcel out a few nuggets of information including an updated time-line for the Fantasyland expansion.

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Countdown to Kings Island 2012


Opening day is still a month away (April 28 to be exact).  It’s close enough to start getting excited but far enough away to feel like forbidden fruit.  With a month to go, I am starting my personal countdown.

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Kings Island Flashback


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It never fails.  This time of year, when it’s cold and I’m working long hours, I start longing for spring to arrive.  And the thing I look forward to the most is the opening of Kings Island.

When I was a kid, we went to Kings Island once a year every year.  There were no season passes back then, and Kings Island was an expensive day for most.  I come from a large family, so that was even moreso for us.  But, my grandpa worked for General Electric, so every summer on GE Day, my entire extended family went to the park.  It was packed shoulder to shoulder, hot as blazes and completely glorious.  Next to Christmas, it was usually the best day of the year.

These days, we have season passes.  I take my kids and we have a good time.  Can’t wait to go back for Kings Island’s 40th anniversary this year.  But I saw some old pictures from the park as I remember it from my youth, and I wanted to share. Read the rest of this entry

The Frustration of the Compulsive Trip Planner


Regular readers (and most anyone who knows me) know I have been planning my family’s next trip to Walt Disney World for quite some time.  Typically, my “planning for the next trip” process starts on the ride home from the current trip.  My wife calls it an obsession.  I quibble with her word choice, but I can’t argue too strongly.

Our last trip was in the spring of 2010.  By my standards, a long time ago.  But I am told that a 2 or 3 year break between trips to Disney World is not at all unusual.  Point is, I am jonesing to go back. 

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A Moment of Silence for the Jaws Ride at Universal Orlando


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Those who know me know of my love for Jaws.  As a kid, without even having seen the movie, I was caught in the grip of the cultural phenomenon.  We played the Jaws game.  (Those of a certain age will remember it.)

The secret technology behind Jaws' bite is... rubber bands.

When I finally got around to watching the original Jaws (after having already viewed the sequel out of order) my fascination with the story of the great white shark deepened.  But that fascination was fully realized in 2008 when I finally got a chance to ride Jaws: the Ride at Universal Studios Orlando.

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