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Note to readers. Many of the park pages on this site have good tips and advice for your park visit. In the case of Kings Island, I can assure that there's a pretty good course posted...provided you get their when the park opens.
Has anyone ever addressed a crowd of people...maybe your employees, students...etc? You go through everything with them, give them details, directions..etc. You rely on your employees/students/whatever to listen to what you've said and then use their head to make a decision in the field based on the data you've given them. Then comes the questions from your audience, and inevitably someone asks what you've already given the answers to. Sometimes another person asks the same question, and then you give them the same answer you gave the last guy, and you end up repeating yourself at least twice before the Q/A is over. Here's an example.
Me (sometime during a fairly short and to the point speech)- "If it's the beginning of the day and the park is crowded, turn left at the gate and head towards Coney Mall and Firehawk. If it's not crowded, start wherever you want".
Audience Member (AM)- (raises hand) "So where should we start at the beginning of the day?"
Me- "That depends on if it's crowded or not
AM- "Well what if it isn't?"
Me- "Than start wherever you want"
AM- "Well what if it is?"
Me- "Then turn left at the gate towards Coney Mall and Firehawk".
Me- "Expect a crowd if it's a nice day. If it's not a nice day, than the crowds won't be so thick".
AM- "Do you think it will be crowded?"
Me- "Is it going to be a nice day?"
AM- "Cloudy with showers"
Me- "Does that sound like a nice day?"
AM- "not really"
Me- "Then it probably won't be very crowded"
To sum up again, as I've stated in recent posts and threads, and also on Kings Island's TPI page. If the weather isn't that good, then the crowds probably won't go past the season pass holders. If it's a nice day, I would expect a big crowd. If there is a big crowd, head towards Coney Mall and Firehawk, as a bunch of people will likely head toward Diamondback, Beast, and the new Planet Snoopy. If it's not crowded, you have no need for order. You can start wherever you like and ride whenever you want. If it rains, some rides will close until the rain stops.
Use those guidelines, have fun, and don't worry so much. Who knows, you might even bump into me, in which case I'll buy you a drink, either a spirited sodey pop, or a soft drink..depending on your age and preference. Ride on my good man!
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