Now that I had it for a season, here are my thoughts on it, both good and bad…
Financially, the food pass is a great deal, especially if you go to the park a lot. It’s nice to know that you are already taken care of if you should grow hungry without being worried whether you have enough cash in your bank account to cover it or not. Being that you can use it twice a day is also great because you can have both lunch and dinner. This is especially great if you have more than one kid in your family, you can get food passes for all of them.
The down side is if you have a glutton friend who also has a food pass and is determined to use it as much as possible. I have such a friend. Instead of riding something or taking in a show when you first arrive at the park you have to go eat because he wants to make sure enough time passes so that he can eat again before he leaves. Then at the end of the night, rather than getting that last night ride in on The Beast or Diamondback, you instead find yourself at Skyline or LaRosa’s on International Street, getting in that last meal before you leave. His food pass really cut into my ride time, and you could see he was miserable because he’s forcing down food when he is not even hungry. I’ll admit that there were times that I went to the park and only used the food pass once, and a couple of times I never used it at all. I just wasn’t hungry.
One of the good things about the food pass is that it gave me a chance to try some other food that I might not normally have given a chance.
The down side is that much of the food at Kings Island is really not all that great.
The Chicken Shack is not only the newest restaurant, it is also the best tasting food at the park. The amount of food is also great being that it comes with garlic bread and seasoned fries.
Hank’s Burritos was my second favorite. I loved the chicken burrito until I had one on Labor Day and it had some kind of sauce in it. It tastes like the same awful sauce Taco Bell uses on their Sausage Crunch Wrap. I had never noticed this sauce in a Hank’s Burrito before and thought maybe it was a fluke, so I had another chicken burrito when Haunt opened. This time I watched closely as they made it and never saw anyone add that awful sauce to it, but sure enough, when I started eating it the sauce was there. I guess it’s mixed into the chicken beforehand so you probably can’t even order the burrito without the sauce… Very disappointed that they made this change. Its also possible, I guess, that the sauce was always there but just to light to notice and at some point they started using a heavier amount.
The hamburgers at the park are awful. I’m not a big condiment fan so I always order my plain. I guess with all the fixings that come on it normally, the taste of the meat is not as noticeable, but having tried it plain… I’m not even sure it was beef. Maybe it was Black Angus, the worst tasting beef known to man. I mean really, who like Black Angus? Do people think it taste better because it has a cool name? The burgers tasted the same at both Jukebox Dinner and at Planet Snoopy Grill.
I have never eaten anything from the FestHaus that was fresh. Maybe it’s just my timing, but that place consistently has the worse quality of food. We once had chicken tenders from FestHaus (which are completely different from the ones you get at the Chicken Shack) and they were tough and dry. My friend took his back to the counter and before He even said anything, the employee asked Him “Are they too tough to eat? Other people have complained about them also.” He traded his tenders in for something else… a burger I think.
At the Chicken Shack, you get your food fast but it takes forever to pay and get out. Hank’s Burrito it takes forever to get your food, but you get checked out really fast. This doesn't really bother me that much. It's more of an observation than a complaint.
LaRosa’s is still LaRosa’s, and it’s hard to go wrong with LaRosa’s, but the slices are very small and not worth what you would pay if you did not have a food pass. I’ve also noticed that LaRosa’s in the park taste like frozen pizza these days. It’s still LaRosa’s, but frozen LaRosa’s. Frozen never taste as good as fresh, but I guess having them premade gets people through the line faster.
Skyline is always good, but too much spaghetti on the Three Ways tends to bland out the taste. I hate to complain about getting too much food, but they could probably cut the amount of pasta by a forth or maybe even a third. Too much pasta aside, the 3-Way with Cheese Coney is easily the second best food deal in the park for amount versus cost, right behind Chicken Shack. This only applies to the International Street Skyline since I never ate at the Coney Mall location this past season.
So my dilemma this year is that my friend has already gotten his food pass. Should I get a food pass even though I wasn’t all that thrilled with most of the food, or should I skip it and just go ride some rides and wait for him to text and meet me somewhere after he’s done stuffing his face? I’m really on the fence about this one. For the money I would spin on the food pass I could just upgrade my gold season pass to a Platinum pass or get a season pass to the Cincinnati Zoo or Kentucky Kingdom. On the other hand, the food pass sure came in handy a few times when I was about starving…
Edited by SSR1966, 26 January 2015 - 02:33 AM.