About the Book
Amusement Park Hacks, the book that helps families get more out of their amusement park visits, launched in November of 2017. This book is written to share valuable tips and advice to families. If you liked Kings Island Park Hacks, or if you want to get the most out of the amusement park near you, this is the book for you. It is filled with tips, tricks, behavior adjustments... a.k.a. Park Hacks that will help you maximize your time, save you money, and help your whole family enjoy a better amusement park experience!
I (Mike) grew up living in Northeast Ohio and going to Walt Disney World for family vacations. In the 1980s, I read the Steve Birnbaum Official Guide to Walt Disney World and became our family expert and tour guide of the park. I also grew up enjoying Cedar Point, Kings Island, Geauga Lake, Busch Gardens, Hershey Park and others!
I now live very near Kings Island. My wife and I take our three kids frequently. Being close enough to take advantage of a season pass is great. We see the park with a lot more subtlety. We have the opportunity to try new things and catch those moments when the weather is perfect and the crowds are light.
I tell the whole story of how the idea of creating the first KIPH book and blog on the Kings Island Park Hacks site.
Following the launch of the Kings Island-specific community of park hackers, I thought, "What next?" The book has a lot of great advice, but it was narrowly focused at one specific park. Among amusement parks there is a great deal of similarity. The obvious next step was to develop the next Park Hacks book, bringing these ideas and more to people who like amusement parks wherever they live!
I needed a wider perspective to better serve the Park Hacker community. That's when I enlisted the help of Krystal. Krystal Curtis is a young mother with two small boys. She is also a long-time fan of Kings Island and amusement parks in general. Since the launch, she has been one of the enthusiastic participants in the Park Hacker community. She posted helpful comments. She was a big part of my KIPH launch team. In addition to her love of sharing park tips, she also provides another perspective that adds a great deal of value. I was very pleased to have her join as my collaborating writer.