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Kings Island is located in Mason, Ohio; northeast of Cincinnati. The popular amusement park was originally opened by Taft Broadcasting Company in 1972. Today it is operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and is known as the most popular seasonal type amusement park in America.

Kings Island now offers more than 80 different rides, attractions and shows, including 15 various roller coasters as well as a water park that spans 15 acres. For nine consecutive years, the park has won the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for the Best Kids’ Area.

The idea for the Kings Island park was originally conceived of 1964. At the time popular Coney Island, situated near downtown Cincinnati, had experienced devastating damage from a flood. Along with the problems presented by the flood, the park had also been restricted by limited space for parking and expansion.

Coney Island

Coney Island was operated by the Wachs family, who decided it was necessary to relocate the park. Eventually, Coney Island was finally sold to Taft Broadcasting Company in 1969. The company then purchased some 1,600 acres of land located in Warren County with plans to construct a new park.

Construction of Kings Island began in the summer of 1970. A contest would be held later for the purpose of naming the new park. The park became known as Kings Island in order to recognize the local Kings Mills area. The majority of the rides at Coney Island were either demolished or relocated to the new Kings Island Park. The park opened in the spring of 1972.

From the beginning, the park was promoted through two popular sitcoms appearing on ABC; The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch. Eventually Taft Broadcasting Company would sell the park to Kings Entertainment Company. The park would later be sold again several times.

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International Street

The primary attraction at Kings Island is known as International Street. This attraction features the Royal Fountain, which is comprised of a 600,000 gallon pool that shoots up to 10,000 gallons of water up into the air per minute.

The street is also home to the popular Eiffel Tower, which is a one-third scale replica of the original landmark. From the park, guests can take advantage of a view of the entire Kings Island park. The area also includes the Kings Island Theater, Grand Carousel and numerous souvenir shops and restaurants.

The Racer

The Racer is another attraction original to the park. This wooden roller coaster is comprised of two trains that race side by side on parallel tracks. Other coasters that have been in the park since it opened in 1972 include the Bavarian Beetle, which was part of the Coney Island Park. There is also a new smaller wooden roller coaster that is part of the Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera that was originally known as Scooby-Doo.

Some of the other original attractions that were part of the park when it first opened include Kings Mill Log Flume, Haley’s Comet, Enchanted Voyage, Sky Ride, Der Spinning Keggers, Les Taxis, Marathon Turnpike, Flying Scooters, Scrambler, The Rotor, Monster, Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad and Winnie Witch’s Spinning Cauldrons.

Throughout the years there have been several additions and changes made to Kings Island. In 1979 the park became the home to what was at the time the tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster in the world; The Beast. Water Parks debuted in the park in 1989 with a wave pool, lazy river, slides and other attractions. It was later expanded to several more acres and became known as Boomerang Bay.

New Attractions

Windseeker is expected to open in the summer of 2011 and will feature dozens of twin-seated cars that rotate around a tower spanning 301 feet. The ride will reach speeds of up to 30 mph. Kings Island also recently announced that a new attraction, Dinosaurs Alive, will soon be opening. This is to be the largest animatronic dinosaur park in the world.

Along with the many rides and attractions, Kings Island is also home to well known festivals and events during the year. Halloween Haunt, which was formerly known as Fear Fest, is held during the month of October at Kings Island.

The event features, mazes, haunted houses, roller coasters and live shows. In addition to the regular event, which is held after the park is closed for the regular season, there is also a more kid friendly version that is held during the day. This event features rides and activities in the Planet Snoopy section of Kings Island and is known as Howl-O-Fest.

Saving at Kings Island

The official website for Kings Island is www.visitkingsisland.com. Visitors are able to take advantage of season pass offers and other coupons and discounts on the site. The Kings Island Gold Pass offers free parking, early riding times for Vortex and Windseeker, early access for Boomerang Bay, free and unlimited visits for the seasonal Halloween Haunt and special Bring a Friend discounts.

In addition, Gold Pass holders are also able to take advantage of a variety of other discounts in the park as well; including discounted tickets for all you can eat picnic meals at the Backyard BBQ. Other offers include discounts for regular tickets to meals at the Rivertown Junction.

In addition, you can take advantage of discounts at specific games in the park as well as merchandise discounts. Planning in advance and purchasing discount passes can help you to save money on your next trip to Kings Island.

 

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