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Kings Island
Kings Island
is a 364-acre (147 ha) amusement park located 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati
Cincinnati
in Mason, Ohio. Owned and operated by Cedar Fair, the park first opened in 1972 by the Taft Broadcasting Company. It was part of a larger effort to move and expand Coney Island, a popular resort destination along the banks of the Ohio
Ohio
River that was prone to frequent flooding. After more than $300 million in capital investments,[3] the park features over 100 attractions including fifteen roller coasters and a 33-acre (13 ha) water park. Throughout its history, Kings Island
Kings Island
has appeared in popular sitcoms and received widespread recognition 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 roller coasters during the 1970s. Others, such as The Beast and Banshee, have set several world records, some of which are still standing. The park has also suffered through times of negative publicity, particularly surrounding the early demise of roller coasters The Bat and Son of Beast. Kings Island
Kings Island
is divided into several themed sections and operates seasonally from early spring through the fall, partially reopening for Winterfest during the holiday season. In 2016, Kings Island
Kings Island
was the second-most visited seasonal amusement park in the United States behind Cedar Point, with an estimated 3.38 million visitors. It was third overall for seasonal attendance in North America, which was led by Canada's Wonderland. In addition, Kings Island
Kings Island
has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award
Golden Ticket Award
for having the "Best Kids' Area" in the world for seventeen consecutive years (2001–2017) along with “Best New Ride” in 2017 for Mystic Timbers.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Taft Broadcasting
Taft Broadcasting
and KECO (1970–1992) 1.2 Paramount's Kings Island
Kings Island
(1992–2006) 1.3 Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
era (2006–present)

2 Areas and attractions

2.1 Action Zone 2.2 Coney Mall

2.2.1 X-Base

2.3 International Street 2.4 Oktoberfest 2.5 Planet Snoopy 2.6 Rivertown 2.7 Soak City 2.8 Halloween
Halloween
Haunt 2.9 Winterfest (Seasonal)

3 Fast Lane 4 Significant facts

4.1 Notable additions 4.2 Notable events 4.3 Notable people 4.4 Other

4.4.1 Dogstreet Cemetery 4.4.2 Kings Island
Kings Island
resort 4.4.3 Kings Island
Kings Island
greenhouse

5 Awards and recognition 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

History[edit]

Kings Island's iconic entrance with the Eiffel Tower

Kings Island
Kings Island
was conceived as early as 1964 when Coney Island, a popular amusement park 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Cincinnati
Cincinnati
on the banks of the Ohio
Ohio
River, suffered from a major flood that submerged the area in over 14 feet (4.3 m) of water.[4][5][6] Although occasional flooding was common at the successful park, the flood in 1964 was the fourth highest on record and caused considerable damage.[4] Faced with already-limited space for expansion and parking, the event triggered discussions within the organization about relocating the park.[4][5] Leading the way was Gary Wachs, son of Coney Island president Ralph Wachs, who with friends and family owned a majority of stock.[4] He decided it was time to relocate the park to stay competitive.[4][5] After years of research and traveling abroad, he presented ideas for a new theme park to the company's board of directors.[4] Some board members opposed relocating, including significant stockholder Charles Sawyer.[4] 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.[4][5] The announcement highlighted the need for change and gave Wachs' proposal credibility within the organization.[4] Gary met with the president of Taft Broadcasting
Taft Broadcasting
Company, a business interested in promoting its recently acquired Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
division, to discuss a possible merger.[4] 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.[5][7] Kings Island
Kings Island
still owned 773 acres (313 ha) of that purchase as of 2005[update].[7] The site is located between I-71 and the Little Miami River
Little Miami River
in what was then a part of Deerfield Township.[6] Following the purchase, Fess Parker's efforts to secure financing fell apart along with his plans to build a competing theme park.[4] Taft Broadcasting
Taft Broadcasting
and KECO (1970–1992)[edit] Construction began on June 15, 1970.[6][7] Later that year, a public contest was held to name the new park.[7] "Kings Island" emerged the most popular for its recognition of the Kings Mills area as well as its predecessor Coney Island.[6][7] Most of the former park's rides were relocated, and much of what remained was demolished.[5] Coney Island's popular Sunlite Pool attraction continued to operate, however, and the park would be partially restored years later.[5][6][7]

View from The Racer in the mid-1970s with the Zodiac (1975–1986) to the right

Less than two years after breaking ground, Kings Island
Kings Island
opened its gates to the public on April 29, 1972. It was the first of several preview events. The grand opening was held the following month on May 27, 1972.[6][7] One of the first major attractions featured at the park was The Racer, a wooden roller coaster consisting of two trains that race side-by-side on identical tracks.[8] Designed by legendary designer John C. Allen, who was convinced to come out of retirement, The Racer was the first of its kind in 35 years and played an integral part of the roller coaster renaissance of the 1970s.[8][9] Decades later, it would be awarded the Roller Coaster Landmark plaque from American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) for its achievement.[10] 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
Hanna-Barbera
originally named Scooby-Doo.[11] The most expensive ride to open with the park, however, was Enchanted Voyage, a dark ride attraction that featured over 100 animatronic Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
characters and cost $2 million to construct.[12] Kings Island
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 Brady Bunch
in 1973.[13] The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
was produced by Paramount Television, a large Taft Broadcasting
Taft Broadcasting
shareholder.[14] In later years, Kings Island
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.[15] Three parks – Kings Island, Kings Dominion
Kings Dominion
and Carowinds
Carowinds
– were involved in the sale.[15] Taft invested in KECO to retain one-third interest.[16] Three years later in 1987, Kings Island
Kings Island
was sold individually to American Financial Corporation, led by Carl Lindner.[6][17][18] The deal included a contract with KECO to continue managing park operations.[6][17][18] In 1989, KECO bought Great America, an amusement park it was managing operations for, from the city of Santa Clara, California.[19][20] Paramount's Kings Island
Kings Island
(1992–2006)[edit]

The Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
and the fountains at night

In 1992, Paramount Communications
Paramount Communications
Inc. (formerly Gulf+Western) purchased Kings Island
Kings Island
and the rest of KECO's parks for $400 million.[21][22][23] Paramount formed a new division known as Paramount Parks.[22] They bought out the remaining 80% stake in Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland
in 1993, raising the number of parks to five.[7][24] That same year, Paramount Parks
Paramount Parks
began incorporating themes from its movies into the park.[7] Viacom
Viacom
entered the picture after acquiring Paramount in 1994, paving the way for the appearance of Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
themes. First was Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Splat City, followed by Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Central and eventually Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Universe.[25] In 1997, a year after leaving Deerfield Township, the city of Mason annexed most of Kings Island.[26] 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.[27] The rest would be annexed in 1999.[28] On June 14, 2005, Viacom
Viacom
announced intentions to split into two companies ( Viacom
Viacom
and CBS Corporation) with CBS inheriting Paramount Parks.[29] Seven months later in January 2006, CBS announced intentions to sell its theme park division.[30][31] CEO Leslie Moonves said that despite the health and profitability of its Paramount Parks business, it was "one that just doesn't fit our core strategy".[31] Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
era (2006–present)[edit] After receiving interest from a variety of potential suitors,[31] CBS announced the sale of Paramount Parks
Paramount Parks
to Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
on June 30, 2006, for approximately $1.24 billion.[32] The acquisition of Kings Island gave Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
ownership of the last of three major amusement parks in Ohio, alongside Cedar Point
Cedar Point
and Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
– the latter was purchased from Six Flags
Six Flags
in 2004.[33] Part of the agreement allowed Kings Island
Kings Island
to continue using Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
themes and characters for four years and other Paramount-related branding for ten years, with the option to extend the license on both.[7][34] Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
opted for a buyout option within an agreement clause to remove Paramount branding after one season.[34] Beginning in 2008, Face/Off became Invertigo,[35] The Italian Job Stunt Track became Backlot Stunt Coaster,[36] Tomb Raider: The Ride became The Crypt[37] and Top Gun became Flight Deck.[38] Nickelodeon's presence remained until the 2010 season, when Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
began incorporating its Peanuts
Peanuts
theme throughout the park, primarily in the children's area.[39] 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
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.[40] This proposed tax hike was the center of debate for several months. Kings Island
Kings Island
actively encouraged the public to write, email and call Mason City Council representatives to express opposition.[41] On February 8, 2010, the Mason City Council voted 5–1 against the measure.[42][43] Areas and attractions[edit] Main article: List of Kings Island
Kings Island
attractions See also: List of former Kings Island
Kings Island
attractions 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. This was part of a network of other safari-style zoos also called Lion Country Safari. It was later renamed Wild Animal Safari in 1977.[44][45] In 1983, the area became known as Wild Animal Habitat and included Adventure Village, a new area within the rebranded section.[46] Over the years, it featured rides such as Screamin' Demon (1977–87), the first steel looping roller coaster to run both forward and backward in the United States, and King Cobra (1984–2001), a stand-up looping roller coaster that was the first of its kind in the world.[25][47][48] Early in its tenure after purchasing Kings Island, Paramount unveiled Top Gun, a suspended roller coaster from Arrow Dynamics, in 1993.[49] Located next to the habitat attraction, it was titled after a film of the same name and was the first ride to be added to the park with a Paramount theme.[49] The following year, the entire area was renamed Adventure Village coinciding with the removal of the animal habitat and monorail ride.[25] 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.[6][25] 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.[50] Son of Beast
Son of Beast
opened in 2000, the second year of the area's two-year expansion. It was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world and the first of its kind to feature a vertical loop.[51] As a result of a number of structural issues and two accidents, the ride closed permanently in 2009 and was eventually demolished in 2012.[51] Other notable rides include Delirium, which opened in 2003 as the largest Giant Frisbee ride in the world, and Banshee, the world's longest inverted roller coaster which opened in 2014 at the former location of Son of Beast.[52][53]

Name Opened Manufacturer Model Description Thrill rating[nt 1]

Banshee 2014 Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted Coaster An 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 Bat 1993 Arrow Dynamics Suspended A suspended roller coaster in which free-swinging cars are suspended below the track. Formerly known as Top Gun (1993–2007); Flight Deck (2007-2013)[54] 5

Congo Falls 1988 Intamin Shoot-the-Chute A Shoot-the-Chute
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.[25] 4

Delirium 2003 HUSS Giant Frisbee A 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 Zone 1999 Intamin Gyro Drop A 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

Invertigo 1999 Vekoma Invertigo An inverted Boomerang roller coaster. Formerly known as FACE/OFF (1999–2007). 5

Timberwolf Amphitheatre 1982 N/A N/A Concert venue formerly known as Stadium of the Stars

Xtreme Skyflyer 1995 Sky Fun 1 Inc. Dual Swing Pay-per-ride Double Skycoaster
Skycoaster
with a dive of 153 feet (47 m). 5

Coney Mall[edit] When Kings Island
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 which were relocated, including Monster, Scrambler, and Dodgem. One of the flagship attractions during the park's inaugural year, The Racer, was located in this section.[55] In addition to rides, some of Coney Island's famous Ginkgo trees were transplanted, lining the middle of the walkway.[6] Originally called Coney Island, the area was later renamed Old Coney in 1980 and again to its present name Coney Mall in 1986.[56][57][58][59] The area also features game booths, arcades and concession stands reminiscent of state fairs and traveling carnivals from the early twentieth century.[60] In 1975, Zodiac debuted in the Coney Island mall, which was billed as a "spinning, climbing double ferris wheel".[55][56] Manufactured by Intamin, the three-minute ride featured twelve gondolas on each of the two wheels which were mounted to a long, hydraulic arm.[61] It closed in 1987 and reopened at Wonderland Sydney in 1989.[62] In the 1980s, the area saw the additions of Skylab, Zephyr, and Vortex, a six-inversion looping roller coaster that briefly held a world record for most inversions.[6][63] Following Paramount's acquisition of the park in 1992, Coney Mall was further expanded in 1994 with Days of Thunder, a motion simulator ride in the new Action Theater
Action Theater
attraction, and in 1996 with Flight of Fear, the world's first launched roller coaster to feature a linear induction motor (LIM).[6][63] In 2005, one of the last Paramount-themed attractions to open at the park, The Italian Job: Stunt Track (now known as Backlot Stunt Coaster), was unveiled.[6][64] The roller coaster replaced the antique car ride Les Taxis.[65] Firehawk, a flying roller coaster previously known as X-Flight at Six Flags
Six Flags
Worlds of Adventure, was relocated to Kings Island
Kings Island
next to Flight of Fear
Flight of Fear
in 2007.[63] The area housing both roller coasters became known as X-Base, a sub-section within Coney Mall that took on its own theme.[66] The most recent addition to Coney Mall was WindSeeker, added in 2011. The 301-foot-tall (92 m), three-minute swing ride features 32, two-person carriages that spin around a central tower up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).[67]

Name Opened Manufacturer Model Description Thrill rating[nt 1]

Action Theater 1994 N/A N/A A 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 Coaster 2005 Premier Rides LIM Terrain Following Coaster A 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

Dodgem 1972 (1986) Preston & Barbieri Majestic Manufacturing (Azzurra) Special
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! 2011 Dinosaurs Unearthed Dinosaurs Alive! This pay-per-entry attraction is the world's largest animatronic dinosaur park,[68] 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.[69]

Monster 1972 Eyerly Aircraft Co. Eyerly Monster Traditional 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

Scrambler 1972 Eli Bridge Company Scrambler – Traditional Deluxe Traditional 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

Shake, Rattle and Roll 1975 HUSS Troika A classic spinning ride. Formerly known as Troika 3

The Racer 1972 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Wooden racing roller coaster. The trains on one track were changed to ride backward in 1982, but in 2008, the original behavior was restored. 4

Vortex 1987 Arrow Dynamics Mega Looper A 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
Six Flags
Great America's Shockwave. 5

WindSeeker 2011 Mondial Wind Seeker A 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).[70] After several delays, it opened June 21.[71] 4

Zephyr 1986 Zierer Wave Swinger A suspended swing ride that rotates with a wave motion lifting riders up to 30 feet (9.1 m) in the air. 3

X-Base[edit] This sub-area opened in 2007. Flight of Fear
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's not listed on the park map and is officially part of Coney Mall.

Name Opened Manufacturer Model Description Thrill rating[nt 1]

Firehawk 2007 Vekoma Flying Dutchman A (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
Geauga Lake
as X-Flight (2001–2006). 5

Flight of Fear 1996 Premier Rides LIM Catapult Coaster A 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
Kings Dominion
later that year. Formerly known as Outer Limits: Flight of Fear
Flight of Fear
(1996–2000). 5

International Street[edit] At the heart of the amusement park, visitors are greeted by International Street which lies just beyond the main entrance. As one of the park's original staples when it opened in 1972, International Street was designed by Bruce Bushman, a former Walt Disney Imagineering layout design artist.[60][72] The area's architecture and cultural themes represent Italy, Spain, Germany and Switzerland.[60][72] To save on the cost of construction, the second story of each building was designed on a three-quarters scale, borrowing from a practice used by Disney throughout their theme parks.[73] 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,[74] and the signature Eiffel Tower, a one-third scale replica of the original which offers a view of the entire park to its guests. Grand Carousel, a classic carousel built in 1926 and originally located at Coney Island, is another International Street attraction.[75] Also located here is the Kings Island
Kings Island
Theater and a variety of restaurants and souvenir shops. In 1992, a dark ride attraction known as Phantom Theater
Phantom Theater
was added to the park's lineup. It utilized an Omnimover system to transport riders through specially-themed rooms resembling a behind-the-scenes tour of a haunted theater. Previously, the building housed the Enchanted Voyage (1972–1983) and Smurf's Enchanted Voyage
Enchanted Voyage
(1984–1991), both Old Mill dark rides that used unaccompanied boats floating along water-filled guideways. After a couple theme changes in 2003 and 2010, Phantom Theater
Phantom Theater
became known as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill.[25][47][76]

Name Opened Manufacturer Model Description Thrill rating[nt 1]

Boo Blasters on Boo Hill 2010 Sally Corporation, D. H. Morgan Manufacturing Ghost Blasters A 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
Enchanted Voyage
(1984–1991). The former boat ride was transformed into an Omnimover dark ride in 1992 and was named Phantom Theater
Phantom Theater
(1992–2002). In 2003, the ride was re-themed by Sally Corporation
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 Tower 1972 Intamin Paris
Paris
Tower An approximately one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower
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
Kings Dominion
has a near-exact replica. 2

International Showplace 1972 N/A N/A Entertainment venue

International Street Bandstand 1972 N/A N/A Entertainment venue formerly known as Royal Fountain Bandstand

Kings Island
Kings Island
Theater 1976 N/A N/A Entertainment venue formerly known as American Heritage Music Hall and Paramount Theater

Grand Carousel 1972 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Carousel
Carousel
#79 The classic Carousel
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. Operated at Coney Island (1926–1971). 1

Oktoberfest[edit] 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 building is its central attraction, featuring live shows with several indoor eateries. Nearby is an outdoor bar that serves alcoholic beverages, with a portion of its seating area located above water bordering Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest
lake. Rides within this section of the park include a mine train roller coaster called Adventure Express, which opened in 1991, and a swinging pirate ship ride called Viking Fury, which opened in 1982.[77][78] Sling Shot, one of two pay-per-ride attractions at Kings Island, is also located within Oktoberfest.[79]

Name Opened Manufacturer Model Description Thrill rating[nt 1]

Adventure Express 1991 Arrow Dynamics Mine train A mine train roller coaster. 5

Festhaus 1982 N/A N/A Entertainment venue and food court

SlingShot 2002 Funtime 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 Fury 1982 Intamin Super Bounty[80] Swinging pirate ship ride. 3

Planet Snoopy[edit]

Entrance to Planet Snoopy

See also: Planet Snoopy The area initially opened with the park in 1972 as The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
and was later shortened to Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Land. The area's flagship attraction was a junior wooden roller coaster named Scooby Doo (later known as Woodstock Express), which like The Racer was designed by John C. Allen. The portion of the area that borders Rivertown was revamped in 1995 with the addition of a kids' play area, stage and water attraction, and the new sub-section was named Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Splat City. In 2001, the log ride Kings Mills Log Flume was updated with a children's theme and renamed The Wild Thornberrys River Adventure. The Rugrats Runaway Reptar inverted roller coaster was introduced the same year. This expansion into an area that was originally part of Rivertown became known as Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Central. Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Land was gradually converted over the next several years and eventually renamed " Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Universe" in 2006.[25] Following Cedar Fair's purchase of the park from Paramount in 2006, Nickelodeon-themed elements were eventually removed and replaced with Peanuts
Peanuts
comic strip themes in 2010 – the children's brand marketed at other Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
parks. Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Universe became known as Planet Snoopy.[39] The area features many rides intended for smaller children, as well as three family-oriented roller coasters and a skater coaster. Amusement Today
Amusement Today
has awarded Kings Island
Kings Island
with the Golden Ticket Award
Golden Ticket Award
for Best Kids' Area in the World for seventeen consecutive years (2001–2017).[81][82] Kings Island's Planet Snoopy was also the largest in the Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
chain until 2013, when Kings Dominion doubled the size of its Planet Snoopy
Planet Snoopy
section.[83]

Name Opened Manufacturer (Model) Description Thrill rating[nt 1]

Character Carousel 1982 Chance 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 Up 1992 Zamperla Chair 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 Chase 2001 Vekoma (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.[84] 4

Joe Cool's Dodgem School 1976 Jurgen Scmidt, Rivervaze, NJ Children's bumper cars. Formerly known as Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers (1976–2005) and Jimmy Neutron's Atom Smasher (2006–2009). 2

Kite Eating Tree 2006 Zamperla (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 Bugs 1972 William F. Mangels (Whip Jr.) Classic whip ride. Operated at Coney Island (1967–1971). Formerly known as Screecher, Funky Phantom, Alley Cat 500 (1972-2005) and Swiper's Sweepers (2006–2009). 1

Linus' Launcher 2006 Zamperla (Kite Flyer) Formerly known as Danny Phantom's Phantom Flyers (2006–2007) and Phantom Flyers (2006–2009). 3

PEANUTS 500 1979 Venture 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 Rally 1972 Hampton Amusement Corporation Miniature carousel car ride. Operated at Coney Island (1969–1971). Formerly known as Pee Wee Raceway, Motor Mouse and Go Diego Go!. 1

PEANUTS Playhouse 2006 N/A Entertainment venue formerly known as Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Theater (2006–2008) and Putz HQ (2009)

Race For Your Life Charlie Brown 1972 Arrow Development/Hopkins Rides Themed Log Flume ride modeled after the 1977 Peanuts
Peanuts
movie. Operated at Coney Island (1968–1971). Closed during the 2000 season, it reopened under a new name and Nickelodeon
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 Plane 1998 Zamperla (Crazy Bus) Formerly known as Atom Ant's Airways (1998–2005) and Timmy's Airtours (2006–2009). 2

Snoopy vs. Red Baron 1992 Zamperla (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 Junction 1982 Mack Rides Guided rail train cars. Formerly known as Quick Draw's Railway (1982–2005) and La Adventura de Azul (2006–2009). 1

Snoopy's Space Buggies 2015 Zamperla (Jump Around) A circular flat ride on which vehicles attached to a central console bounce up and down. Built by Zamperla. 2

Surf Dog 2006 Zamperla (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 Coaster 1992 E&F Miler Industries A 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.[85] 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 Express 1972 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters A family-targeted wooden roller coaster. The ride lasts for roughly 1 minute and 30 seconds.[86] Formerly known as Scooby Doo (1972–1979), Beastie (1980–2005) and Fairly Odd Coaster (2006–2009). 4

Woodstock Gliders 2015 Larson 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 Whirlybirds 1998 Caripro Amusement Technology Helicopter-themed sky tram. Formerly known as Yogi's Sky Tours (1998–2005) and Lazytown Sportacopters (2006–2009). 1

Rivertown[edit] Rivertown is an area within the park that features a western theme depicting a town with ranch-style buildings, old wooden signs, and one of the park's most iconic attractions, the Kings Island
Kings Island
& Miami Valley Railroad. Originally intended to be named Frontier Land, the area was eventually named Rivertown when it debuted with the park in 1972.[87] The area included attractions such as Kings Mill Log Flume and Shawnee Landing, a canoe ride in a part of Rivertown known as Kenton's Cove.[11][73] Throughout the 1970s, Rivertown saw the addition of several attractions including Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal in 1973, which was an elevated log flume ride that operated through the 2000 season, and The Beast roller coaster in 1979.[47] Designed internally by Kings Island, The Beast opened as the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in the world, and in addition to retaining its record length,[88] it remains one of the most popular wooden roller coasters in the annual Golden Ticket Awards
Golden Ticket Awards
from Amusement Today.[89][90][82] Other rides added over the years include a river rafting ride called White Water Canyon, which opened in 1985, and a heavily themed, indoor flat ride called Tomb Raider: The Ride (later renamed The Crypt), which opened in place of Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal in 2002.[47] The Crypt closed permanently in 2011. In 2009, the park's first roller coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard, called Diamondback, opened in Rivertown. The 230-foot-tall (70 m) hypercoaster reaches a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h) and features a splashdown water effect finale.[91] In August 2016, Kings Island
Kings Island
revealed plans to build Mystic Timbers, a 109-foot-tall (33 m) wooden roller coaster that opened in 2017.[92][93] The new ride added 3,265 feet (995 m) of track bringing the park's wooden coaster total to 18,804 feet (5,731 m), making it the most of any amusement park in the world.[94]

Name Opened Manufacturer (Model) Description Thrill rating[nt 1]

Diamondback 2009 Bolliger & 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 splashdown water effect finale. 5

Kings Island
Kings Island
& Miami Valley Railroad 1972 Crown Metal Products Company[95] (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

Mystic Timbers 2017 Great Coasters International A wooden roller coaster that is 109 feet (33 m) tall and 3,265 feet (995 m) long with a top speed of 53 mph (85 km/h). 4

The Beast 1979 Kings Island A wooden roller coaster constructed and designed internally by Kings Island, which consistently remains a top roller coaster among many industry experts and enthusiasts.[89] 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 Canyon 1985 Intamin (Rapid Ride) River rafting 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] Main article: Soak City (Kings Island) 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.[96] It originally opened in 1989 as WaterWorks and has since been expanded several times.[6] It was renamed in 2004 to Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay, based on the titular character from the film "Crocodile" Dundee, played by Paul Hogan who was also hired to promote the revamped water park.[97] Following Cedar Fair's acquisition of Kings Island, it was later renamed Boomerang Bay, and all references to the film character were removed. On September 2, 2011, Kings Island
Kings Island
announced a $10-million expansion of the water park for the 2012 season, as well as a plan to rename it Soak City.[98] Tropical Plunge, a seven-story water slide complex, was added for the 2016 season.[99] Halloween
Halloween
Haunt[edit]

Halloween
Halloween
Haunt is a Halloween-themed event at Kings Island
Kings Island
that operates on weekends from September through October. It features haunted houses, mazes, live shows, and most of the park's regular season attractions. Special
Special
lighting and fog effects are utilized throughout the park, and actors in costume engage with guests. The event originally debuted as Fear Fest in 2000, and the name was later changed to Halloween
Halloween
Haunt in 2007. .[100][101] Winterfest (Seasonal)[edit] Following a twelve-year absence, park officials confirmed in 2016 that Winterfest would return in 2017. The annual Christmas-themed holiday festival features the lighting of the park's Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
and ice skating on the Royal Fountain. Several ride attractions will be open, and International Street will be transformed into a winter village filled with Christmas
Christmas
carolers and homemade crafts. Fast Lane[edit] See also: List of Fast Lane attractions § Kings Island Fast Lane, introduced at Kings Island
Kings Island
in July 2011, is a secondary queue system that offers shorter wait times on the park's most popular rides.[102] 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 latter of which adds several additional rides to the list.[103] Significant facts[edit] See also: Kings Island
Kings Island
timeline Notable additions[edit]

1977: Screamin' Demon debuted as one of the first forward- and backward-looping roller coasters in the United States.[104][105] It was later sold in 1987 to Camden Park in Huntington, West Virginia, where it operated as the Thunderbolt Express until 1999. It was eventually dismantled in 2004.

Son of Beast
Son of Beast
with loop

1979: Kings Island
Kings Island
unveiled The Beast setting records as the world's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.[106] 1981: The park introduced The Bat, generally accepted as the first permanent modern-day suspended roller coaster.[107] However, plagued with mechanical problems and downtime, The Bat was removed just three years later in 1984. 1982: Kings Island
Kings Island
introduced Winterfest, a Christmas-time holiday event which ran from late-November through December. The yearly event was discontinued after the 1992 season, though it made additional appearances in 2005 and 2017. 1984: King Cobra opened as the first roller coaster to be designed from the ground-up as a stand-up coaster, even though others had been converted to stand-up designs. King Cobra was dismantled and put up for sale in 2002, when downtime and maintenance proved prohibitive.

Overview of The Racer, plus Firehawk and Flight of Fear

1987: The Vortex was added to the park and briefly held a record with six inversions. 1989: WaterWorks debuted as a family water park featuring a wave pool, water slides and other attractions. 1999: Kings Island's "Adventure Village" area began the first of a two-year expansion to re-energize the area. Renamed Paramount Action Zone, the area was completely re-themed as a brightly colored movie studio backlot. Two new rides, FACE/OFF and Drop Zone: Stunt Tower, opened with the latter setting a new record for the world's tallest gyro drop. 2000: For the second year of the Paramount Action Zone two-year expansion, Son of Beast
Son of Beast
opened setting records as the world's tallest, fastest and only-looping wooden roller coaster. Billed as a sequel to Kings Island's own legendary roller coaster, The Beast, Son of Beast was also the park's first hypercoaster. In October 2000, Kings Island debuted FearFest which runs annually from late September through October (later renamed to Halloween
Halloween
Haunt). 2002: Tomb Raider: The Ride opened at Kings Island
Kings Island
using an unorthodox marketing approach. The vehicle was by design concealed from view even as guests are being seated. Opening-day riders did not know what was going to happen as the ride started. Under the hood, the ride was based on a typical top spin model ride, except that this version was the world's first Giant variation to hold nearly twice as many riders as prior efforts. In addition, the ride operated indoors synchronized to a musical score, lasers, water effects, fog and theatrical lighting.

Diamondback's lift hill

2005: Kings Island
Kings Island
opened Italian Job: Stunt Track, a roller coaster that primarily focused on special effects to tie in with the film The Italian Job (sister park Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland
opened one the same year). 2007: Kings Island
Kings Island
unveiled Firehawk, a Vekoma
Vekoma
Flying Dutchman roller coaster. The ride originally opened in 2001 at Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
under the name X-Flight but was relocated to Kings Island
Kings Island
after the 2006 season. Its track colors were changed from neon green to red, while its supports were changed from dark gray to steel gray. 2009: A steel hypercoaster from Bolliger & Mabillard called Diamondback opened in place of the former Swan Lake.[108] 2010: Planet Snoopy
Planet Snoopy
opened in place of the Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
Universe kids area. The Nickelodeon-themed attractions and characters from Hanna-Barbera's Scooby-Doo were completely removed. This change marked the first time since the park's debut in 1972 that Scooby-Doo was not present in the park. 2011: WindSeeker, a tower swinger ride manufactured by Mondial, was added to the Coney Mall next to the Vortex. Fast Lane. A Pay-Per-Use attraction called Dinosaurs Alive! debuted at Kings Island
Kings Island
as the world's largest animatronic dinosaur park.[68] It is located in Coney Mall near WindSeeker. Dinosaurs Alive 3D was also introduced to the Action Theater
Action Theater
presented in Dolby 3D. 2012: Soak City was announced on September 2, 2011, as the new name for Boomerang Bay. The Australian theme was dropped and additions included a second, larger wave pool along with sand-volleyball courts and a completely revamped lazy river with new names all around.[109] 2014: The longest inverted roller coaster in the world, Banshee, opened in the location previously occupied by Son of Beast
Son of Beast
and Thunder Alley within the park's Action Zone.[110][111] 2017: Mystic Timbers, a wooden coaster manufactured by Great Coasters International is added. It is located in the park's Rivertown area. Winterfest has also been confirmed to make its return after a twelve-year hiatus.[112]

Notable events[edit]

1972: ABC sitcom, The Partridge Family, filmed at the park in the episode "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati" which aired on January 26, 1973 (Episode #66 from Season 3). 1973: Another ABC sitcom, The Brady Bunch, filmed at the park in the episode "The Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Kids" which aired later that year on November 23.[113] 1974: Sixty-nine-year-old Karl Wallenda
Karl Wallenda
broke a world skywalk distance record of 1,800 feet (550 m).[114] October 25, 1975: Evel Knievel, in the last major stunt of his career, successfully jumped fourteen Greyhound buses at Kings Island. The event was broadcast live on ABC and landed high viewer ratings, garnering 52 percent of the TV audience for that hour with an estimated 55 million viewers. The distance of the jump measured 133 feet (41 m), and the record feat of jumping fourteen buses on a Harley Davidson stood until 1999.[115][116] May 24, 2008: Robbie Knievel, son of Evel, successfully jumped over 24 Coke Zero
Coke Zero
trucks in the Kings Island
Kings Island
Parking Lot. This was expected to be the last of Robbie's big jumps.[117] July 4, 2008: High wire artist Rick Wallenda broke the world skywalk distance record of 1,800 feet (550 m) held by his grandfather, Karl Wallenda, by walking 2,000 feet (610 m) on a 75-foot-high wire (23 m) from Kings Island's Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower
to the park's entrance and back.[118][119] August 31, 2008: Barry Williams, Susan Olsen
Susan Olsen
and Mike Lookinland returned to Kings Island
Kings Island
for A Very Brady Reunion, a four-show special of song, dance and Brady Bunch
Brady Bunch
stories.[120] August 15, 2009: Nik Wallenda
Nik Wallenda
completed a skywalk on a wire suspended 262 feet (80 m) above the ground that extended 800 feet (240 m). Although it didn't break any world records, it was the highest skywalk Nik had completed to date and was three times higher than the skywalk Rick Wallenda performed a year earlier.[121] May 19, 2013: Former Brady Bunch
Brady Bunch
stars Barry Williams, Susan Olsen
Susan Olsen
and Christopher Knight returned to the park to "entertain park guests during four shows of singing, dancing and Brady Bunch anecdotes".[122][123]

Notable people[edit] The following is a list of former employees at Kings Island
Kings Island
that later became well known in another industry:[124][125][126][127]

Lisa Akey (actress) Curtis Cregan
Curtis Cregan
(actor) – worked as a live shows performer and emcee for the Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon
show at Kings Island Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra
(singer) – started her professional career in 1990 as a dancer at Kings Island
Kings Island
in the show “It’s Magic” Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
(actor) – wood carver at Kings Island
Kings Island
during high school Justin Jeffre (singer) – part of quartet that performed throughout the park Lewis Johnson
Lewis Johnson
(reporter) – former rides supervisor on the Beast and Racer roller coasters at Kings Island
Kings Island
(1981–87) Susan Kay Johnson (1987 Miss Ohio) Nick Lachey
Nick Lachey
(singer) – part of quartet that performed throughout the park Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick
(TV/radio sports host) – worked on park's golf course grounds crew Susan Perkins (1978 Miss America) – worked at the park as a live shows performer Rob Pottorf (film composer) – worked as live show performer and starred in Kings Production's TV series, Pumpkin Creek Gigi Rice (actress)

Other[edit] 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[update], only 52 headstones remained.[128] 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."[129] Warren County Genealogical Society records document a grave for a Missouri Jane Galeenor, who died in 1846 at age five.[130] Kings Island
Kings Island
resort[edit] As part of the Kings Island
Kings Island
resort, in 1972 Taft Broadcasting
Taft Broadcasting
Company built a golf course, hotel and campground.

The Golf Center at Kings Island
Kings Island
- Designed by Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus
with Desmond Muirhead,[131][132] the 18-hole "Grizzly" and the 9-hole "Bruin" golf courses are located just across Interstate 71. The "Grizzly" was used for PGA and LPGA
LPGA
tournaments throughout the years. The Kings Island
Kings Island
golf courses were formerly known as the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center, Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus
Sports Center[133][134] and The Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Golf Courses.[135] Kings Island
Kings Island
Inn - Designed to depict a small alpine village, the 300-room inn, also known as Kings Island
Kings Island
Resort & Conference Center[136] was located on Kings Island
Kings Island
Drive across the street from the park. It featured a restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, sand volleyball, half-court basketball and a conference center. The inn was also featured in the Partridge Family's episode "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati" and the Brady Bunch
Brady Bunch
episode "The Cincinnati Kids.". The inn and conference center closed in 2014.[137] Kings Island
Kings Island
Campground - The park used to offer a 45-acre campground. It had 350 sites plus overflow, 6 cabins, pool, game room and store. A free tram carried campers to and from the park. The campground closed in 2004 and the land, except for the overflow area, was sold to Great Wolf Resorts.[138]

Kings Island
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.[139] Awards and recognition[edit]

Amusement Today – Golden Ticket Award
Golden Ticket Award
for Best Kids’ Area (2001–2016)[82] NAPHA – Award for best new attraction for 2009 (Diamondback)[140] Themed Entertainment Association – 2015 attendance report ranks Kings Island
Kings Island
third among seasonal amusement parks in North America with an estimated 3.34 million visitors[141]

Notes[edit]

^ a b c d e f g Ratings assigned per Kings Island's own system, where "1" is least intensity and "5" is most. See their rider height guide[2] for more information.

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Cedar Fair

Amusement parks

California's Great America Canada's Wonderland Carowinds Cedar Point Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Gilroy Gardens Kings Dominion Kings Island Knott's Berry Farm Michigan's Adventure Valleyfair Worlds of Fun

Water parks

Boomerang Bay Carolina Harbor Castaway Bay Cedar Point
Cedar Point
Shores Knott's Soak City
Knott's Soak City
(Buena Park) Oceans of Fun Soak City (Kings Island) Soak City (Kings Dominion) Soak City (Valleyfair) Splash Works WildWater Adventure Wildwater Kingdom (Allentown, Pennslyvania)

Former parks

Geauga Lake Knott's Camp Snoopy Knott's Soak City
Knott's Soak City
(San Diego and Palm Springs) Star Trek: The Experience Wildwater Kingdom (Ohio)

Other amenities

Camp Snoopy Dinosaurs Alive! Fast Lane Halloween
Halloween
Haunt Planet Snoopy WindSeeker

People

Matt Ouimet Dick Kinzel

Miscellaneous

Incidents at Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair
parks

Revenue: $1.16 billion USD (2014) Employees: 1,700 full time, 37,000 seasonal Stock Symbol: NYSE: FUN Website: cedarfair.com

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Kings Island

Current attractions Former attractions Timeline

Roller coasters

Adventure Express Backlot Stunt Coaster Banshee The Bat The Beast Diamondback Firehawk Flight of Fear Flying Ace Aerial Chase Invertigo Mystic Timbers The Racer Vortex Woodstock Express

Other rides

Family

Boo Blasters on Boo Hill Dodgem Congo Falls Eiffel Tower Kings Island
Kings Island
& Miami Valley Railroad Monster Scrambler Zephyr White Water Canyon

Thrill

Delirium Drop Tower: Scream Zone SlingShot WindSeeker Xtreme Skyflyer

Other attractions

Action Theater Dinosaurs Alive! Halloween
Halloween
Haunt Soak City WinterFest

Defunct

The Bat (original) The Crypt Enchanted Voyage King Cobra Phantom Theater Scooby's Ghoster Coaster Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle Screamin' Demon Son of Beast

Website: www.visitkingsisland.com

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Paramount Parks

Former properties

Amusement parks

Bonfante Gardens Paramount Canada's Wonderland Paramount's Carowinds Paramount's Great America Paramount's Kings Dominion Paramount's Kings Island Terra Mítica

Water parks

Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay (Paramount's Carowinds) Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay (Paramount's Great America) Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay (Paramount's Kings Island) Raging Waters Splash Works WaterWorks

Other

Star Trek: The Experience

Proposed properties

Paramount Murcia Paramount Movie Park Kore

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