It was only natural that as a child, local author Mike Kunze became the tour guide for his family.
The ingredients were all there:
“I’m the oldest of six kids,” the West Chester resident says. “Our family took vacations to Walt Disney World nearly every year. My mom and I loved Steve Birnbaum’s Official Guide to Walt Disney World and wore out several copies during the 1980s. With my interest in Disney and being the oldest kid, I naturally became the tour guide for my family.”
Today the author still wears the mantle of “guide.” The veteran amusement park patron (add Ohio’s Cedar Point and the now-closed Geauga Lake to his travels) has converted his own park experiences into a collection of “hacks.”
“To ‘hack’ is to do something unconventional with what is currently available,” he explains, adding his word choice was “inspired by the Lifehacker.com blog.”
“Park Hacks is a way I can show people a deeper level of fun in the park,” he continues. “Many people consider the number of rides they rode as the main measure of success...I want more people to see the excellent shows and recognize the quality of detail in the park’s themed atmosphere.”
The result : three editions of hacks that advise park-goers how to avoid stress, hunger, exhaustion and all the other irritants that can mar an otherwise enjoyable outing. They include:
*The 2019 & 2020 “Kings Island Park Hacks: Behavior Hacks and Tips to Help Families Enjoy a Great Visit” (co-authored by Krystal Curtis, to be released in late June)
*The 2018 “Amusement Park Hacks : An Instruction Manual for America’s Amusement Parks” (co-authored by Krystal Curtis) and...
*The 2017 “Kings Island Park Hacks : Behavior Hacks & Tips for a Great Amusement Park Visit.”