Last month we made a trip to Mason, Ohio to Kings Island Amusement Park. We had the most perfect day possible. It was raining in the morning as we drove into the park. We had our sweatshirts on for the first 30 minutes, but then the sun came out and the rest of the day was absolutely beautiful. I think the rainy forecast kept most everyone away so there were not very many people there at all. Most rides we only had to wait maybe 10 – 15 minutes. There were like 3 roller coasters that we had to wait just 20 – 25 minutes. I just perfectly happy just hanging with Karli while the boys went on the bigger coasters. The older I get the less I am thrilled about going on some of these rides. I would go if I had to, but if I have the excuse to “sit this one out”, I certainly take advantage.
Blake and Andrew each brought a friend so they always rode together. Ken rode with Chase and I rode with Karli. We ended up all staying together even though we thought the older boys would want to walk around by themselves. Karli actually went on a couple of the roller coasters. She was kind of scared when she was on them, but then afterward she was glad she went. Chase went on every ride that he was able to since he is only 49 inches tall. Blake was tall enough to ride everything, but there were still a couple of things he wouldn’t go on.
Oh, funny story… The first roller coaster we went on they made Karli get out of her seat so they could measure her to make sure she was 48 inches. She was slightly taller than their stick, so she was able to ride. They told us that you could go to the front gate and get measured and receive a wrist band that says 48 inches so you don’t have to get remeasured for each ride you get on. Unbelievably Karli was just a hair to short to receive the wrist band. We were shocked because we had measured her at home as well and knew that she was just a few millimeters over 48 inches. They didn’t care that Karli had more than passed the height test on the last ride. Then Ken had Chase measured, he got the wristband and any guess what we did? We gave Karli Chase’s wristband! We knew that Chase would pass the height test on any ride, where as Karli may have not. Karli ended up only going on a few more rides that required her to be 48 inches, but it was still pretty funny.
Andrew and his buddy went on this SlingShot ride that you had to pay an additional $20 to ride. I would have never done this not in a million years!
Rest of the photos from our day can be viewed – Kings Island Set
We stayed the night across the street from Kings Island and stayed at the Kings Island Resort which was DISGUSTING!!! I was about to go to Trip Advisor and write some bad comments, but there are already plenty of them there. This was by far the worst place I have ever stayed. Ken and I had stayed there like 6 or so years ago and it wasn’t that bad at all. I think it is under a different name now. There was hair on the walls of the shower and the bathroom floor was so disgusting I had to cover it in towels. The faces of the dresser drawers were literally falling off. The carpet was worn with holes in some areas. I went to bed exhausted from the day thank goodness otherwise I would have laid there thinking about how disgusting the beds probably were. The only good part was breakfast in the morning according to all the boys. I thought it was just okay. Don’t ever stay there if you ever go to Kings Island.
The next day we went to The Beach Waterpark just around the corner from Kings Island. There website isn’t working tonight, not sure what is going on – thebeachwaterpark.com, I’ll post it though since it just might be temporary. It is a pretty nice waterpark and the kids had fun. We were able to do some of the slides with the kids which they loved, especially Karli. I think everyone was a bit worn out from the day before though and it was so hot, so we didn’t stay there all day long like we had intended. We headed home early, but not before we stopped to have Skyline Chilli. They don’t have those anywhere near our home. It was a fun two day trip and a nice getaway.