A family heartbroken by the delay at Kings Island camping
MASON, Ohio – The delayed opening of the new luxury King’s Island campground is disappointing for many families who had reservations for opening week.
But it’s especially upsetting for a local family planning a family reunion in multiple states.
Amanda Lewis and her family live at the camp. Between them, they own three motorhomes. But this woman from Monfort Heights is now a disgruntled camper because the reunion they have planned all year is now in jeopardy.
“We received the email yesterday at 4:00 pm advising us that the reservation has been canceled,” Lewis said.
Kings Island announced this week that it is delaying the opening of its luxury Camp Cedar campsite by 10 days, from June 14 to 24.
It fully refunds all deposits and even offers stays later in the summer to compensate for their problems.
But the Lewis’ had booked three RV sites and a cabin for Father’s Day weekend.
“We have five different families,” Lewis said. “It was 18-20 of us.”
Some of the family have come from hundreds of miles away, to other states, and can no longer find vacancies all together at other nearby campgrounds.
“We can’t find much anywhere,” Lewis said.
Many construction projects delayed this year
This is a national issue that affects a lot of projects right now, whether you’re building a house, redoing a kitchen, or trying to open a campground.
There are so many shortages of lumber, drywall, plumbing items and more that are now causing construction delays.
In addition, builders are having difficulty hiring enough workers this year.
Kings Island spokesman Chad Showalter told WCPO: “Unfortunately, a combination of inclement weather, labor and material shortages have delayed the opening.”
But he says the park will contact the Lewis family to see if it can help them find a new place for their reunion.
No one is blaming Kings Island or Camp Cedar management for the delay, as it was out of their control. But with most campsites booked on weekends in the summer, it’s frustrating news for dozens of families who had reservations for the first week.
“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Lewis said.
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