My trip's finale was Kings Island, and BeastBuzz! Between that, and not having been to KI in 4 years, it was a fantastic day and great way to cap things off.
Or at least, KI would've been the finale if not for Stricker's Grove. As some know it's only open to the public a few days a year. I guess word gets out though, besides some CB'ers I ran into one couple from Great Britain and one from Germany. The two woodies are definitely attended to and well cared for. Teddy Bear is a slightly tamer Woodstock Express (KI/KD). Tornado is moderately more intense, save for one element in the middle that is positively wicked and totally unexpected given the rest of the layout! Both use buzz bars. They also have a few flats, including some spinny ride I'd never seen before called Tip Top. Circular platform with individually spun cars (a la teacups) but every so often the whole platform tilts upwards....I was grinning but very dizzy after this one! Don't have a good pic of my own but did google this one. The bathroom was far more modern than one would expect.
Hotel mini-review: Negative. Red Roof Inn & Suites in Mason, a few miles south of KI (exit 19). When I got back to my room after BeastBuzz, my room wasn't fully made. OK, I guess housekeeping never finished, I can deal with that. But since they never finished, the door to my room was unlatched and open. For hours (I assume). Anyone could've walked in and stolen my stuff -- my computer was in there too -- and the room had no safe. Very thankful that I wasn't missing anything, but an absolutely inexcusable offense -- the manager agreed, took down my contact info, and looked up whoever did my room that day. Some reassurance other guests won't encounter what I did would've be nice, but I never heard back.Last edited by VTFanatic330, Friday, August 15, 2014 3:19 PM
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