Brady Bunch invades Kings Island, v2.0
Written by Robert Niles
Sometimes, I have to report information on this website that makes me uncomfortable. This is one of those stories. But I will attempt to put aside one deeply disturbing episode from my youth, and get to it....Tweet
The Brady Bunch is coming back to Kings Island.
Why the discomfort? Let's keep in mind that I watched waaaaay too many episodes of The Brady Bunch when I was a kid. One of my proudest moments as a child came when my mom got assigned as a substitute to teach Maureen McCormick's high school English class. (I demanded she recount every detail, again and again, for days after.) As an emerging theme park fan, the Kings Island episode was a must-watch for me, too. I could not get enough of the Bradys.
Of course, by the late 70s, I'd overdosed on the Bradys like a drunk swimming in a pool of Mad Dog 20/20, and would have been happy never to see or hear from them again. And I didn't, until my lovely daughter "discovered" the Bradys while watching cable TV on a sleepover at a friends' house. She just happened to mention this little fact to my parents, who this past Christmas dutifully presented Natalie with the DVD boxed set of every damned Brady Bunch episode ever made. Thanks, Mom and Dad. Thanks a lot.
I cannot escape the Bradys.
And, if you visit Kings Island this weekend, you won't either. Actors Barry Williams (Greg), Susan Olson (Cindy) and Mike Lookinland (Bobby) will perform in a Brady Bunch reunion show in the park on Sunday, August 31.
(FWIW: Interesting additional theme park tie-in. Robert Reed, the actor who played father Mike Brady, lived in Pasadena until his death, in a home just a couple blocks away from... the original Busch Gardens.)
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