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Kings Island
SloganThrills Connect
LocationMason, Ohio, United States
Coordinates39°20′41.23″N 84°16′06.99″W / 39.3447861°N 84.2686083°W / 39.3447861; -84.2686083Coordinates: 39°20′41.23″N 84°16′06.99″W / 39.3447861°N 84.2686083°W / 39.3447861; -84.2686083
OwnerCedar Fair Entertainment Company
General ManagerGreg Scheid
OpenedApril 29, 1972
Previous namesParamount's Kings Island (1993-2006)
Operating seasonApril through early November
Visitors per annum3,206,000 in 2013[1]
Area364 acres (147 ha)
Roller coasters14
Water rides3
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Kings Island
SloganThrills Connect
LocationMason, Ohio, United States
Coordinates39°20′41.23″N 84°16′06.99″W / 39.3447861°N 84.2686083°W / 39.3447861; -84.2686083Coordinates: 39°20′41.23″N 84°16′06.99″W / 39.3447861°N 84.2686083°W / 39.3447861; -84.2686083
OwnerCedar Fair Entertainment Company
General ManagerGreg Scheid
OpenedApril 29, 1972
Previous namesParamount's Kings Island (1993-2006)
Operating seasonApril through early November
Visitors per annum3,206,000 in 2013[1]
Area364 acres (147 ha)
Roller coasters14
Water rides3

Kings Island is a 364-acre (147 ha) amusement park located 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. It is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. The park first opened in 1972 by the Taft Broadcasting Company in an effort to move and expand Coney Island, a popular resort destination along the banks of the Ohio River that was prone to frequent flooding. After more than $275 million in capital investments, the park features over 80 rides, shows and attractions including 14 roller coasters and a 33-acre (13 ha) water park.

Throughout its history, Kings Island has appeared in popular sitcoms and has been highly publicized for its record-breaking attractions and events. One of the park's most well-known attractions, The Racer, is often credited with reviving worldwide interest in the roller coaster industry during the 1970s. Other attractions such as The Beast and Banshee set new world records including some that are still held. The park has also suffered through times of negative publicity particularly regarding the early demise of roller coasters The Bat and Son of Beast.

Kings Island is divided into several themed sections. The seasonal amusement park is open from April through Labor Day and reopens for a short time on weekends beginning in September for Halloween-themed events. In 2013, Kings Island was the second-most visited seasonal amusement park in the United States behind Cedar Point with an estimated 3.2 million visitors. It was third overall for seasonal attendance in North America which was led by Canada's Wonderland. Kings Island has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for having the "Best Kids' Area" in the world for thirteen consecutive years (2001–2013).


Kings Island's iconic entrance with the Eiffel Tower

Kings Island was conceived as early as 1964 when Coney Island, a popular amusement park 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River, suffered from a major flood that submerged the area in over 14 feet (4.3 m) of water. Although occasional flooding was common at the successful park, the flood in 1964 was the fourth highest on record and caused considerable damage. Faced with already-limited space for expansion and parking, the event triggered discussions within the organization about relocating the park.[2][3]

Leading the way was Gary Wachs, son of Coney Island president Ralph Wachs, who with friends and family owned a majority of stock. He decided it was time to relocate the park to stay competitive. After years of research and traveling abroad, he presented ideas for a new theme park to the company's board of directors. Some board members opposed relocating, including significant stockholder Charles Sawyer. It wasn't taken seriously until 1968, when actor Fess Parker announced plans to build a theme park in Northern Kentucky – well within Coney Island's primary market that extended as far south as Louisville. The announcement highlighted the need for change and gave Wachs' proposal credibility within the organization.[2][3]

Gary met with the president of Taft Broadcasting Company, a business interested in promoting its recently acquired Hanna-Barbera division, to discuss a possible merger. After receiving support, Fess Parker's efforts to secure financing fell apart along with his plans to build a competing theme park.[2] In July 1969, Taft Broadcasting Company purchased Coney Island for $6.5 million and soon after purchased 1,600 acres (650 ha) in Warren County, Ohio, for $3.2 million. It still owns 773 acres (313 ha) of that purchase.[4] The site is located between I-71 and the Little Miami River in what was then a part of Deerfield Township.[5]

Taft Broadcasting and KECO (1970–1992)[edit]

Construction began on June 15, 1970. Later that year, a public contest was held to name the new park. "Kings Island" emerged the most popular for its recognition of the Kings Mills area as well as its predecessor Coney Island.[5] Most of the former park's rides were relocated, while the rest were demolished. Coney Island's popular Sunlite Pool attraction remained open, however, and the original park was partially restored in later years.[3][4]

Less than two years after breaking ground, Kings Island opened its gates to the public on April 29, 1972. It was the first of several preview events. The grand opening came the following month on May 27, 1972.[5]

The Racer as it looked in the mid 1970s with the Zodiac (1975-1986) to the right

At the heart of the amusement park, visitors are greeted by International Street which lies just beyond the main entrance. The area's main attractions include the Royal Fountain, a 600,000-US-gallon pool (2,300 m3) capable of shooting 10,000 US gallons (38 m3) of water into the air each minute,[6] and the signature Eiffel Tower, a 1/3 scale replica of the original which offers a view of the entire park to its guests. Also located here is Grand Carousel, Kings Island Theater and a variety of restaurants and souvenir shops.

Arguably, the most crowd-pleasing attraction featured at the park in its early days was The Racer, a wooden roller coaster consisting of two trains that race each other side-by-side on identical tracks. Designed by legendary designer John C. Allen, The Racer was an integral part of the roller coaster renaissance of the 1970s. Years later, it would be awarded the Roller Coaster Landmark plaque from American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) for its achievement.[7] Other roller coasters present on opening day in 1972 were the Bavarian Beetle, a small steel coaster brought over from Coney Island, and a new junior wooden coaster in the Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera originally named Scooby-Doo.[8]

Kings Island was nationally promoted in two well-known sitcoms on ABC. Each filmed an episode on location at the park: The Partridge Family in 1972 and The Brady Bunch the following year in 1973. The Brady Bunch was produced by Paramount Studios, a large Taft shareholder.[9] In later years, Kings Island changed ownership several times. Taft sold its theme park division in 1984 for $167.5 million, to Kings Entertainment Company (KECO), a company formed by senior executives and general managers of Taft Attractions Group. Three parks—Kings Island, Kings Dominion and Carowinds—were involved in the sale. Taft invested in KECO to retain one-third interest.[10][11] Three years later in 1987, Kings Island was sold individually to American Financial Corporation, led by Carl Lindner. The deal included a contract with KECO to continue managing park operations.[5][12] KECO purchased Great America in 1989.[13]

Paramount's Kings Island (1992–2006)[edit]

The Eiffel Tower and the fountains at night

In 1992, Paramount Communications Inc. (formerly Gulf+Western) purchased Kings Island and the rest of KECO's parks for $400 million. Paramount formed a new division known as Paramount Parks. They bought out the remaining 80% stake in Canada's Wonderland in 1993, raising the number of parks to five. That same year, Paramount Parks began incorporating themes from its movies into the park. Viacom entered the picture after acquiring Paramount in 1994, paving the way for the appearance of Nickelodeon themes. First was Nickelodeon Splat City, followed by Nickelodeon Central and eventually Nickelodeon Universe.

In 1997, a year after leaving Deerfield Township, the city of Mason annexed most of Kings Island.[14] A temporary measure allowed for some land to remain in Deerfield in an attempt to appease park officials and reduce the impact on the township.[15] The rest would be annexed in 1999.[16] On June 14, 2005, Viacom announced intentions to split into two companies (Viacom and CBS Corporation) with CBS inheriting Paramount Parks.[17] Seven months later, on January 26, 2006, CBS announced that the theme parks were for sale.[18]

Cedar Fair era (2006–present)[edit]

On June 30, 2006, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company purchased Kings Island and the rest of Paramount Parks for approximately $1.24 billion.[19] With this acquisition, Cedar Fair owned all three major amusement parks in Ohio: Kings Island, Cedar Point and Geauga Lake (purchased from Six Flags in 2004).[20] Kings Island kept the Paramount branding through the end of the 2006 season.[4] Thereafter, Face/Off became Invertigo, The Italian Job Stunt Track became Backlot Stunt Coaster, Tomb Raider: The Ride became The Crypt and Top Gun became Flight Deck. Nickelodeon's presence remained in the park through 2009, when Cedar Fair changed the kids' area to a Peanuts theme.[21]

In late 2009, the Mason City Council decided to put a measure on its 2010 ballot that would mandate a 3-percent ticket tax and a 5-percent parking tax at both Kings Island and The Beach waterpark. Council member Tony Bradburn argued that it was necessary for the city to help pay for infrastructure improvements, as well as cover police and fire expenses.[22] This proposed tax hike was the center of debate for several months. Kings Island actively encouraged the public to write, email and call Mason City Council representatives to express opposition.[23] On February 8, 2010, the Mason City Council voted 5–1 against the measure.[24][25]

Areas and attractions[edit]

Action Zone[edit]

Action Zone opened in 1974 as Lion Country Safari, a 100-acre (40 ha) section of the park featuring a monorail ride that took guests on a safari-style tour through an animal preservation. The area later became known as Wild Animal Habitat. It featured former rides such as Screamin' Demon, an early steel looping roller coaster from Arrow Development added in 1977, and King Cobra, the world's first stand-up looping roller coaster unveiled in 1984.[26][27]

Early in its tenure after purchasing Kings Island, Paramount unveiled Top Gun, a suspended roller coaster built by Arrow Dynamics that opened in 1993 next to the habitat attraction. Titled after a film of the same name, it was the first ride to be added to the park with a Paramount theme. For the following season in 1994, Paramount renamed the area Adventure Village and removed both the monorail ride and animal habitat. In 1999, a two-year expansion initiative began with the area's renaming to Action Zone and the addition of two new attractions – Drop Zone: Stunt Tower and Face/Off.[5][26] When it debuted, Action Zone resembled a movie stunt set featuring a water tower as the centerpiece. The water tower was originally part of a skit with stunts and special effects that imitated a live movie set with a director and stunt performers. The performance depicted a stunt crew on a tower coming under heavy gunfire and escaping on a zip line, with the final performer falling as the tower was exploding.[28]

In the second year of the area's two-year expansion, Kings Island unveiled Son of Beast, the tallest and fastest of its kind and the first modern-day wooden roller coaster to feature a vertical loop. Due to a number of structural issues and two accidents, the ride closed for good in 2009 and was eventually demolished in 2012.[29] Delirium, once the largest Giant Frisbee ride in the world, opened in 2003 and Banshee, the world's longest inverted roller coaster, opened in 2014 at the former location of Son of Beast.[30]

Ride nameYear openedManufacturerModelDescriptionRating[31]
Banshee2014Bolliger & MabillardInverted CoasterAn inverted roller coaster with seven inversions located in the former location of Thunder Alley and Son of Beast. It is the longest of its kind in the world.5
The Bat1993Arrow DynamicsSuspendedA suspended roller coaster in which free-swinging cars are suspended below the track. Formerly known as Top Gun (1993–2007); Flight Deck (2007-2013)[32]5
Congo Falls1988IntaminShoot-the-ChuteA Shoot-the-Chute water ride with a 34' drop. The ride opened as Amazon Falls (1988–1999) and was later renamed Congo Falls after the Paramount movie Congo.[26]4
Delirium2003HUSSGiant FrisbeeA Giant Frisbee ride that swings riders at an angle of 120° creating a maximum arc of 240°, lifting riders 137 feet (42 m) into the air. Riders reach speeds up to 76 miles per hour (122 km/h).5
Drop Tower: Scream Zone1999IntaminGyro DropA rotating drop tower ride which at 315 feet (96 m) is the tallest of its kind in the world (although sister park Kings Dominion has one with a longer drop that does not rotate). Formerly known as Drop Zone: Stunt Tower (1999–2007).4
Invertigo1999VekomaInvertigoAn inverted Boomerang roller coaster. Formerly known as FACE/OFF (1999–2007).5
Xtreme Skyflyer1995SKY FUN 1 INC.Dual SwingPay-per-ride Double Skycoaster with a dive of 153 feet (47 m).5

Coney Mall[edit]

When Kings Island first opened in 1972, a section of the park was dedicated to its predecessor, Coney Island. The area was constructed to resemble the former park's carnival-style layout and featured many of its flat rides that were relocated. Originally called Coney Island, the area was later renamed Old Coney in 1980 and again to Coney Mall in 1986.[33][34][35][36] In addition to rides, the area features game booths, arcades and concession stands reminiscent of state fairs and traveling carnivals from the early twentieth century.[37]

RideYear OpenedManufacturerModelDescriptionRating[31]
Action Theater1994A 3-D theater. It is used in conjunction with Dinosaurs Alive! Formerly known as The Paramount Action F/X Theater (1998–2008) and Days Of Thunder (1994–1997).
Backlot Stunt Coaster2005Premier RidesLIM Terrain Following CoasterA launched roller coaster based on a chase sequence in the 2003 film The Italian Job. Riders launch into a parking garage, dodge police cars, and are attacked by a helicopter which ignites fire all around riders before hitting a second launch section, sending riders into darkness. Formerly known as The Italian Job: Stunt Track (2005–2007).5
Preston & BarbieriMajestic Manufacturing (Azzurra)Special 2-seater bumper cars from Italy with working headlights, taillights, rear-view mirrors and hazard flashers. Operated at Coney Island (1924–1971). Remodeled 1986.4
Dinosaurs Alive!2011Dinosaurs UnearthedDinosaurs Alive!This pay-per-entry attraction is the world's largest animatronic dinosaur park,[38] stretching along a 4,000-foot (1,200 m) path featuring more than 60 life-sized dinosaurs. Four have interactive consoles that help show guests how scientists believe the animal moved. The attraction features a replica of an excavation site as well as a paleontological dig site for children.[39]
Monster1972Everly Aircraft Co.Everly MonsterTraditional Octopus ride that spins in three different circles at the same time. It quickly raises and lowers riders as their cars spin. Operated at Coney Island (1969–1971).3
Scrambler1972Eli Bridge CompanyScrambler – Traditional DeluxeTraditional amusement park Twist ride. 3 arms spin riders giving them the sensation of almost hitting the wall. Operated at Coney Island (1969–1971).[citation needed]3
The Racer1972Philadelphia Toboggan CoastersWooden racing roller coaster.The trains on one track were changed to ride backward in 1982, but in 2008, the original behavior was restored.4
Vortex1987Arrow DynamicsMega LooperA steel custom looping roller coaster that opened as the world record holder for most inversions, with six, but was superseded the following year by Six Flags Great America's Shockwave.5
WindSeeker2011MondialWind SeekerA flat ride featuring two-person swings that slowly rotate and ascends the 301-foot (92 m) tower until reaching the top where speeds increase up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).[40] After several delays, it opened June 21.[41]4
Zephyr1986ZiererWave SwingerA suspended swing ride that rotates with a wave motion lifting riders up to 30 feet (9.1 m) in the air.3


This sub-area opened in 2007. Flight of Fear had existed previously, but with the addition of Firehawk, the area took on its own theme, centered around flight and propulsion. Although the area is designated by a sign, it is not listed on the park map and is officially part of Coney Mall.

RideYear OpenedManufacturerModelDescriptionRating[31]
Firehawk2007VekomaFlying DutchmanA (1018 m) flying roller coaster. Firehawk is located directly beside Flight of Fear. The ride carries the same theme as it did as "X-Flight," a government flight prototype looking for test subjects codenamed Firehawk. This ride was Kings Island's 14th coaster. Operated at Geauga Lake as X-Flight (2001–2006).5
Flight of Fear1996Premier RidesLIM Catapult CoasterA launched roller coaster prototype. Over-the-shoulder harnesses were removed and replaced with lap bars in 2001. Identical to the same-named coaster that opened at Kings Dominion later that year. Formerly known as Outer Limits: Flight of Fear (1996–2000).5

International Street[edit]

International Street is the first themed area to greet guests entering the park. It was one of the park's original staples in 1972. Through its architecture, the area represents the cultures of Italy, Spain, France, Germany and Sweden. It has restaurants, souvenir shops, the Royal Fountain with light and water shows and a one-third-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower.[42] The area features three family rides.

RideYear openedManufacturerModelDescriptionRating[31]
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill1992Sally Corporation, D. H. Morgan ManufacturingGhost BlastersA family dark ride experience where riders shoot laser guns at ghosts and ghouls. The building formerly housed Enchanted Voyage (1972–1983) and Smurf's Enchanted Voyage (1984–1991). The former boat ride was transformed into an Omnimover dark ride in 1992 and was named Phantom Theater (1992–2002). In 2003, the ride was re-themed by Sally Corporation and renamed Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle (2003–2009). During Hanna-Barbera's 2010 exit, the ride underwent minor changes and became known as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill.1
Eiffel Tower1972IntaminParis TowerAn approximately one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris at 314 feet (96 m) and 450 tons. The tower was initially 331.5 feet (101.0 m), but the structure's top antenna was eventually removed. Kings Dominion has a near-exact replica.2
Grand Carousel1972Philadelphia Toboggan CoastersCarousel #79The classic Carousel was built in 1926 and is painted with more than 20,000 sheets of 23-karat (96%) gold, 1,000 sheets of sterling silver and 48 hand-carved wooden horses. It features the Wurlitzer Organ #157.[43] Operated at Coney Island (1926–1971).1


Oktoberfest, relating to the eponymous German festival, opened with the park in 1972. The area resembles a German town with timber-framed German-style architecture. The Festhaus is the central attraction, featuring live shows with several indoor eateries. A full-service bar is located atop a portion of Oktoberfest lake. Rides include one roller coaster, one thrill ride and one family ride.

RideYear openedManufacturer
Adventure Express1991Arrow Dynamics
(Mine train)
A mine train roller coaster.5
(Fixed Foundation Slingshot)
Pay-per-ride reverse bungee attraction that catapults riders 275 feet (84 m) in the air up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) in a steel cage that flips multiple times before returning slowly to the platform.5
Viking Fury1982Intamin
Swinging pirate ship ride.3

Planet Snoopy[edit]

Entrance to Planet Snoopy
Main article: Planet Snoopy

The area initially opened with the park in 1972 as The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera and was later shortened to Hanna-Barbera Land. The upper part that borders Rivertown saw the addition of a kids' play area, stage and water attraction in 1995 and was renamed Nickelodeon Splat City. In 2001, Kings Mills Log Flume became The Wild Thornberrys River Adventure and Rugrats Runaway Reptar roller coaster was introduced. The expansion of this area into the lower part of Rivertown became known as Nickelodeon Central. At the start of the 2006 season, when Cedar Fair purchased the rights to the park from Paramount, Hanna-Barbera Land was gradually converted and renamed "Nickelodeon Universe".[26] Nickelodeon-themed elements remained in the park until 2010, when Nickelodeon Universe was rethemed and renamed Planet Snoopy based on the comic strip.[21]

Planet Snoopy contains many rides intended for smaller children, including four roller coasters, a skater coaster and a log flume ride. Amusement Today has awarded Kings Island with the Golden Ticket Award for Best Kids' Area in the World for the past fourteen years, 2001–2014.[44] Kings Island's Planet Snoopy was also the largest in the Cedar Fair chain, until 2013 when Kings Dominion opened their expanded Planet Snoopy.[45]

RideYear openedManufacturer
Character Carousel1982Chance Rides
(36-Foot Carrousel)
Children's carousel. Formerly known as Hanna Barbera Carousel (1982–2005) and Nick-O-Round (2006–2009).1
Charlie Brown's Wind Up1992ZamperlaChair swing ride for children. Formerly known as Pixie and Dixie's Swingset (1992–2005) and Backyardigan's Swing-Along (2006–2009).1
Flying Ace Aerial Chase2001Vekoma
(Suspended family coaster)
Steel roller coaster for all ages. Formerly known as Rugrats Runaway Reptar (2001–2009). Its top speed is 26 miles per hour (42 km/h) and lasts for roughly 1 minute and 30 seconds.[46]4
Joe Cool's Dodgem School1976Jurgen Scmidt, Rivervaze, NJChildren's bumper cars. Formerly known as Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers (1976–2005) and Jimmy Neutron's Atom Smasher (2006–2009).2
Kite Eating Tree2006Zamperla
(Jumpin' Star)
A mini-drop ride that lifts riders 20 feet (6.1 m) into the air that bounces up and down as the ride eventually lowers to the ground. Formerly known as Plankton’s Plunge (2006–2009).3
Linus' Beetle Bugs1972William F. Mangels
(Whip Jr.)
Classic whip ride. Operated at Coney Island (1967–1971). Formerly known as Screecher, Funky Phantom, Alley Cat 500 (??-2005) and Swiper's Sweepers (2006–2009).1
Linus' Launcher2006Zamperla
(Kite Flyer)
Formerly known as Danny Phantom's Phantom Flyers (2006–2007) and Phantom Flyers (2006–2009).3
PEANUTS 5001979Venture Ride Manufacturer Inc.Drivable car ride. Formerly known as Mr. Jinks Jalopies (1979–??), Kiddie Turnpike, Fender Bender 500 (??–2005) and Nick Jr. Drivers (2006–2009).1
PEANUTS Off-Road Rally1972Hampton Amusement CorporationMiniature carousel car ride. Operated at Coney Island (1969–1971). Formerly known as Pee Wee Raceway, Motor Mouse and Go Diego Go!.1
Race For Your Life Charlie Brown1972Arrow Development/Hopkins RidesThemed Log Flume ride modeled after the 1977 Peanuts movie. Operated at Coney Island (1968–1971). Closed during the 2000 season, it reopened under a new name and Nickelodeon theme in 2001. Formerly known as Kings Mills Log Flume (1972–1999) and The Wild Thornberrys River Adventure (2001–2009).4
Sally's Sea Plane1998Zamperla
(Crazy Bus)
Formerly known as Atom Ant's Airways (1998–2005) and Timmy's Airtours (2006–2009).2
Snoopy vs. Red Baron1992Zamperla
(Mini Jet)
Themed after the comic strip featuring Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron. Formerly known as Dick Dastardly's Biplanes (1992–2005) and Blue's Skidoo (2006–2009).2
Snoopy's Junction1982Mack RidesGuided rail train cars. Formerly known as Quick Draw's Railway (1982–2005) and La Adventura de Azul (2006–2009).1
Snoopy's Space Buggies2015Zamperla
(Jump Around)
Surf Dog2006Zamperla
(Skater Coaster)
Surfboard themed ride that spins as it glides over a ramp. Formerly known as Avatar: The Last Airbender (2006–2009).4
The Great Pumpkin Coaster1992E&F Miler IndustriesA junior steel roller coaster that takes riders up a small hill through a series of dips and then circles back around to complete the circuit for a second time. The ride lasts for roughly 52 seconds.[47] The queue area used to be the loading area for the Enchanted Voyage ride. Formerly known as Scooby Zoom (1992–1997), Top Cat's Taxi Jam (1998–2005) and Little Bill's Giggle Coaster (2006–2009).2
Woodstock Express1972Philadelphia Toboggan CoastersA family-targeted wooden roller coaster. The ride lasts for roughly 1 minute and 30 seconds.[48] Formerly known as Scooby Doo (1972–1979), Beastie (1980–2005) and Fairly Odd Coaster (2006–2009).4
Woodstock Gliders2015Larson International
(Flying Scooters)
A flying eagles ride with eight carriages that each have a paddle, enabling guests to change the movement of their carriage.3
Woodstock's Whirlybirds1998Caripro Amusement TechnologyHelicopter-themed sky tram. Formerly known as Yogi's Sky Tours (1998–2005) and Lazytown Sportacopters (2006–2009).1


The area known as Rivertown has been in the park since its opening in 1972. The area adopts a western theme as a town with ranch-style buildings, old wooden signs and an old water tower. Swan lake was the centerpiece until Diamondback arrived in 2009. The area was originally going to be titled Frontier Land.[49] It features two roller coasters and two family rides.

RideYear openedManufacturer
Diamondback2009Bolliger & Mabillard
(Hyper coaster)
A steel roller coaster that is 230 feet (70 m) tall and 5,282 feet (1,610 m) long with a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h). Kings Island's first hypercoaster, Diamondback spans 10 acres (40,000 m2) of terrain and features a unique splashdown water effect ending.5
Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad1972Crown Metal Products Company[50]
(3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge 4-4-0 Steam Train)
A steam locomotive ride that travels in a 5,585-foot (1,702 m) loop that provides transportation between the main park and Soak City. Before the water park and its station were built, the train ride was a narrated excursion, traversing open fields and wooded areas with multiple props themed to the old west, small buildings and a fort. The trains are scale replicas of the famous 1800s locomotive known as The General. The two trains are named "Kenny Van Meter" (Blue Train, Engine 12) and "Lew Brown" (Green Train, Engine 19), formerly "Tecumseh" and "Simon Kenton" respectively. The Rivertown station is also known as "Losantiville Station".1
The Beast1979Kings IslandA wooden roller coaster constructed and designed internally by the Kings Island's Engineering & Construction department[51] which consistently remains a top roller coaster among many industry experts and enthusiasts. When it first opened, it held virtually every major record for roller coasters (tallest, fastest and longest). As of 2014, it still holds the record as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world according to Guinness World Records. The ride takes advantage of the hilly terrain and has two separate chain lifts throughout the course.5
White Water Canyon1985Intamin
(Rapid Ride)
River rafting ride that takes riders on a winding course through the densely wooded terrain in Kings Island's Rivertown. Riders are placed in circular inner-tube rafts that seat up to six. Whirlpools, hidden geysers and wave makers randomly soak riders along the route. It is one of the longest rides in the park at 5 minutes and 20 seconds.4

Soak City[edit]

Included with park admission, Soak City is a 33-acre (13 ha) water park featuring two wave pools, several children's areas and a variety of water slides.[52] It originally opened in 1989 as WaterWorks and has since been expanded several times. It was renamed and rethemed in 2004 to Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay and in 2007, was again renamed to Boomerang Bay. On September 2, 2011, Kings Island announced that a $10 million expansion would take place in the 2011–2012 offseason and that the park would open in 2012 as Soak City.[53]


VenueYear openedLocationCurrent ShowNotes
Action Theater1994Coney MallDinosaurs Alive! 3D[54]
Festhaus1982OktoberfestThe Boyz Are Back (2014–Present), Rock & Roll Never Forgets (2013–Present)
International Showplace1972International StreetFlashback: Totally 80's (2014–Present)
International Street Bandstand1972International StreetPlaylist Live! (2013–Present) Peanuts Party in the Plaza (2011–Present)Formerly known as Royal Fountain Bandstand
Kings Island Theater1976International StreetCirque Imagine (2014–Present)Formerly known as American Heritage Music Hall and Paramount Theater. Renovated in 2004 with new seating and digital projection.
PEANUTS Playhouse2006Planet SnoopyCharlie Brown's Hoedown (2014)Formerly known as Nickelodeon Theater (2006–2008), Putz HQ (2009)
Timberwolf Amphitheatre1982Action ZoneFormerly known as Stadium of the Stars (1982–??)

Halloween Haunt (Seasonal)[edit]

Halloween Haunt at Kings Island logo.jpg

Halloween Haunt, formerly known as Fear Fest from 2000–2007, is a Halloween-themed event at Kings Island that runs on weekends from late September until the last weekend of October. It features haunted houses, mazes, live shows, and most of the park's regular season attractions. It has been a yearly event at Kings Island since its debut in 2000. The following section contains the lineup of attractions for 2014.[55]

Current attractions[edit]

Carnevil (formerly Circus of Horrors 3D)Indoor2001Planet Snoopy
Cemetery DriveOutdoor2014International Street
Club BloodIndoor2006Action Zone
CornstalkersOutdoor2005International Street
Backwoods BayouOutdoor2013International Street
Board to Death(formerly Death Row, The Asylum, Maze of Madness, Mysteria)Indoor2013Coney Maul/X-Base
Delta Delta Die (formerly R.L. Stine's Fear Street Nights, Massacre Manor)Indoor2013Coney Maul
Kill MartIndoor2014Coney Maul
Madame Fatale's Cavern of TerrorIndoor2012Rivertown
Nightmare AlleyOutdoor2014International Street
Slaughter HouseIndoor2009Rivertown
Tombstone Terror-Tory (formerly Headless Hollow)Outdoor2005Rivertown
Urgent ScareIndoor2008Coney Maul
Wolf PackIndoor2010Action Zone

Live shows[edit]

Blood DrumsAction ZoneA percussion, music, sparks and lights show.
Graveyard ShiftFesthaus
Hot BloodedInternational ShowplaceA rock n' roll show.

Fast Lane[edit]

Fast Lane, introduced at Kings Island in July 2011, is a secondary queue system that offers shorter wait times on the park's most popular rides.[56] In addition to the standard admission charge, visitors can bypass the standard wait line by purchasing a wrist band that grants access to the Fast Lane queue. A limited number of wrist bands are sold each day. The two options available for purchase are "Fast Lane" and "Fast Lane Plus". The standard Fast Lane offers access to 22 attractions, while Fast Lane Plus covers the same rides but also adds Banshee and Firehawk.[57]

Significant facts[edit]

Notable additions[edit]

Son of Beast with loop
Overview of The Racer, plus Firehawk and Flight of Fear
Diamondback's lift hill

Notable events[edit]

Notable people[edit]

The following is a list of former employees at Kings Island that later became well known in another industry:[74][75][76][77]


Dogstreet Cemetery[edit]

Dogstreet cemetery is located at the north end of the Kings Island parking lot and is maintained by Deerfield Township. The historic cemetery dates back to 1803. The Warren County Genealogical Society documented nearly 70 grave sites in the cemetery, though as of 2005, only 52 headstones remained.[78]

On January 11, 2012, the amusement park and cemetery were featured on season 8, episode 1 of Ghost Hunters entitled Roller Ghoster. The show investigated claims of haunted occurrences inside the park and around the cemetery, particularly of a ghost reportedly known as "Missouri Jane."[79] Warren County Genealogical Society records document a grave for a Missouri Jane Galeenor, who died in 1846 at age five.[80]

Kings Island resort[edit]

As part of the Kings Island resort, in 1972 Taft Broadcasting Company built a golf course, hotel and campground.

Kings Island greenhouse[edit]

The park has its own greenhouse just off of Columbia Road. It can be seen from the top of The Bat's lift hill. It produces the flowers and topiary for the park. Some of their notable work is the "Living Liberty Bell" topiary and working "Flower Clock" near the Eiffel Tower.[88]

Awards and recognition[edit]


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