Hi! My name is Lexie Austin. I am seventeen years old, and I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. My two favorite things to do are cruising and going to amusement parks. My love for cruising, similar to my love for amusement parks, started very young. So far I have been on 13 cruises. (14 on June 18th and 15 on October 8th) Cruise ships now offer “amusement park like” rides and attractions, which is just another reason why I like them so much. For example, the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy have a water coaster, the AquaDuck. Carnival Cruise Lines ships have Carnival’s Waterworks, ropes courses at sea, and the all new SkyRide. Royal Caribbean also contributes; They plan to have bumper cars aboard their next vessel. As ships continue to evolve and the lines continue to grow I am sure more elements like these will appear.
As for amusement parks though, I have a more unique love and cherishment for them. For many people, going to an amusement park to spend a day or long weekend is the highlight of the month, season, or even year. As for me, being the blessed ACE ( American Coaster Enthusiast) brat that I am, I have gotten to experience many parks as well as events and various visits to my home park, Dollywood. That being said, most people would ask, ” Does going to the same park and riding the same rides ever get boring?” My answer, “NO!” The truth is, each trip to an amusement park is different. Parks are constantly changing with new rides, food, and scenery. Even when riding the same ride, the ride can become a different experience by the people you share the ride with. The park can even change from season to season. My favorite season to go to Dollywood is Christmas time. I love seeing the lights, riding rides, and hearing Dolly sing every step of the way. To me there is nothing more magical than a winter evening at Dollywood.
Even though Dollywood has had a big part in my life, the fun doesn’t end there. Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, has also had a big impact on me and my childhood. Every summer, for as long as I can remember, we have visited for the Holiwood Nights events. Each time brought more memories along with it.
After growing up being apart of ACE and growing my love for amusement parks and the amusement park industry, the opportunity became available to become a staff member of BPARCS. I was overjoyed when I was asked to be apart of the team and to take my love for coasters and parks to an all new level.
To me, amusement parks have become such a big part of my life because, above all, they bring precious family time, time that can never be forgotten. So, to me, visiting a park is full of laughter, love, thrills, memories, and new experiences. That is why I love them so much.