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Kings Island

Kings Island is a 364-acre (1.5 km²) theme park located in the city of Mason, in Warren County, Ohio, USA. The park is located 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati. The park owns close to 775 acres (3.2 km²) of land, but only 364 acres (1.5 km²) are currently developed. Kings Island is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., and was part of the former Paramount Parks chain that Cedar Fair acquired from CBS Corporation on June 30, 2006. Kings Island is the most visited seasonal theme park in The United States of America. Fellow former-Paramount-Park Canada's Wonderland is the most visited seasonal theme park in all of North America, making two sister parks the two most visited seasonal parks in all of the continent.

Park history

Kings Island first opened its gates on April 29, 1972 in what was then Deerfield Township (close to Cincinnati, Ohio), developed by the Taft Broadcasting Company. Taft Broadcasting took the name from the previous landlord, the defunct King Powder Company, which founded the town of Kings Mills for its workers. The site is between I-71 and the Little Miami River. The park remained in Deerfield Township until it was annexed into the city of Mason in 1997.

Kings Island served as a replacement for Coney Island, a popular park on the Ohio River about 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Cincinnati. Coney Island was forced to close due to frequent floods, but has since reopened on a much smaller scale. Many of the rides from Coney Island were moved to the new park; the only attraction left at Coney at the time was Sunlite Pool, the world's largest swimming pool, which has operated every single year since 1926.

The park received some of its first nationwide promotion from two ABC sitcoms filming episodes there: The Partridge Family in 1972, and, more famously, The Brady Bunch the following year. While they do not mention the name of the park, they do call it "a new park outside Cincinnati." Coincidentally, the latter was produced by eventual owners Paramount.

In 1984 Taft Broadcasting Company sold the company's Amusement Park Group, including Kings Island, to Kings Entertainment Company (KECO) which was formed through a leveraged buyout of the attractions by several members of Taft's APG management team. In 1987 American Financial Corporation purchased the park while KECO continued to operate it through a management contract. In 1992 Kings Island was purchased by Paramount Communications, along with four other theme parks in America and Canada; the park was renamed Paramount's Kings Island. Two years later, Viacom purchased Paramount, then split into two companies - Viacom and CBS Corporation - in 2006, with the latter company inheriting Paramount Parks, and subsequently selling then to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company later that year. The deal made Kings Island sister parks with two other prominent parks in Ohio: Cedar Point in Sandusky in between Cleveland and Toledo right off of Lake Erie and Geauga Lake's Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora near Cleveland.

Events

October 25, 1975 - Evel Knievel successfully jumped 14 Greyhound buses at Kings Island, setting a new audience viewing record for ABC's Wide World of Sports, garnering a 52 household share when his performance was broadcast live. He landed on the 14th bus, but held on. This was one of his last big jumps.

July 4, 1976 - Kings Island played host to the wedding of Paul Revere of the pop rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders.

May 24, 2008 - Robbie Knievel, son of famed dare devil Evel Knievel, successfully jumped over 24 Coke Zero trucks in the Kings Island Parking Lot. This is expected to be the last of Robbie's big jumps.

July 4, 2008 - High wire artist Rick Wallenda, grandson of Karl Wallenda, broke a world Skywalk record, walking the distance from Kings Island's Eiffel Tower to the park entrance – and back again – setting a world record breaking distance of 2,000 feet on a 5/8 inch high wire 75 feet above the ground. Karl Wallenda set the previous record in 1974, also at Kings Island.

August 31, 2008 - Barry Williams, Susan Olsen, and Mike Lookinland return to Kings Island for A Very Brady Reunion, a 4 show special of song, dance, and Brady Bunch stories.

Original attractions

The centerpiece of Kings Island has always been its 1/3 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, located just across the Royal Fountain from the main entrance gate. Elevators regularly take patrons up to the top of the tower, which provides a chance to see the entire park and, at park closing, offers the best view of the nightly fireworks display. (Another Eiffel Tower resides at a sister park Kings Dominion.)

Another star attraction is the Racer, which consists of twin wooden roller coasters that race each other side-by-side. Designed by legendary designer John Allen, The Racer is credited by many people with starting the second golden age of the roller coaster. In 1982, the trains on the right side of the Racer were turned backward, freshening up an old favorite. (Many coaster enthusiasts have nicknamed the backwards train "recaR".) The right side of Racer no longer operates backwards. Both sides are forward for the 2008 season.

Other coasters present in 1972 were the Bavarian Beetle, a small steel coaster brought over from Coney Island (and removed in 1979); and Scooby-Doo, a wooden coaster (renamed "The Beastie" in 1979; and renamed again as "Fairly Odd Coaster" for 2006) located in the park's Nickelodeon Universe area.

More attractions present at opening day were Haley's Comet, Kings Mill Log Flume, Les Taxis, Grand Carousel, Der Spinning Keggers, Sky Ride, Enchanted Voyage, Marathon Turnpike, Scrambler, Flying Scooters, Winnie Witch's Spinning Cauldrons, Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad, Monster, and The Rotor.

Later attractions

Kings Island has set several roller coaster-related records. In 1979, the park unveiled The Beast, the tallest, longest, and fastest roller coaster in the world at the time. After nearly 30 years, it still holds the title of the world's longest wooden roller coaster at 7,419 ft (2,261 m), which is largely accredited to the rise and later dominance of steel roller coasters. In 1981, Kings Island introduced the world's first suspended roller coaster, The Bat. Plagued with mechanical problems, The Bat was removed four years later. In 1984 King Cobra opened. It was the first stand-up coaster in the world designed specifically to be so, although previously a few sit-down coasters had been converted to stand-up. However, King Cobra was dismantled (and put up for sale) in 2002 when maintenance proved to be too expensive. In 1987, the Vortex roller coaster briefly set a new record with six inversions.

The Son of Beast, billed as the sequel to the Beast, opened in 2000. Currently, it is the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, as well as the only one to successfully incorporate a steel loop into its otherwise wooden structure. That success was short-lived, however; in July 2006, an on-ride accident closed the coaster, and the vertical loop was removed in December 2006 as part of modifications being made to the ride as a result of the accident's investigation. Son of Beast re-opened July 4, 2007.

1989 saw the debut of Water Works, a family water park featuring several slides, a wave pool, a lazy river and other attractions. An approximate 30 acre expansion of Water Works occurred in 1997, and a further renovation and expansion in 2004 coincided with a name change to " Boomerang Bay".

In 1982 Kings Island introduced a Christmas event called Winterfest, which ran from November 25 through December 31. The International Street fountains were turned into an ice-skating rink, and for a few years a nightly laser light-show was centered around the Eiffel Tower. Most rides were closed, except for a Holiday-themed train ride; special shops and restaurants, as well as other holiday-themed activities, were available. Early on there were horse drawn carriage rides and hand made crafts for sale all along International Street. Live holiday shows could be seen at the American Heritage Music Hall (later the Paramount Theater and now called the Kings Island Theater) and Festhaus; carolers made regular appearances. The event ended after the 1992 season, but made one additional appearance in 2005. Slow ticket sales prompted new owners Cedar Fair to shelve the idea.

Additionally, the park offers "Halloween Haunt" (previously "FearFest"). There are 13 attractions, which include dark mazes, haunted houses and haunted trails. The event runs late September through October.

For 2007 Kings Island announced the construction of Firehawk, a Vekoma flying roller coaster. It is the fourteenth roller coaster located within Kings Island. This ride originally operated at Geauga Lake under the name X-Flight. The coaster has been repainted from the neon green track and dark gray supports to a red track with steel gray supports. The two trains have been painted red and yellow.

Today, Kings Island has 14 roller coasters and many large flat rides. It also has more tame rides as well as other attractions for those not interested in thrill seeking. Kings Island has also won Amusement Today's award for 'Best Kid's Area in the World' eight consecutive times (2001-2008). Its longtime kids' area, Hanna-Barbera Land, was joined by the Viacom-synergistic Nickelodeon Central, which debuted in 2001, which in turn was an extension of the Nickelodeon Splat City area. In 2006 the entire kids' area was rethemed by a Jacksonville, FL-based theming contractor as "Nickelodeon Universe". This huge retheming undertaking involved transforming the entire 11-acre children's area to the new "Nickelodeon Universe" theme. Based on this work, Amusement Today magazine presented "Nickelodeon Universe" with the prestigious 2006 Golden Ticket Award as the Best Kid's Area in the World.

While no new rides will be added to Kings Island for the 2008 season, there will be a larger line-up of live shows, including at the Festhaus. There haven't been any live shows in the Festhaus since the mid-1990s. There will also be upgrades to International Street, such as a redesigned Guest Relations office, and a Cinnabon outlet.

A new Bolliger & Mabillard steel hypercoaster called Diamondback is expected to open in April 2009. Starting July 22, 2008 dark red track sections were delivered to the park and set on site of the construction. The park launched a teaser program on their website the same day. On August 6 2008 the park announced the new ride.

New ownership

On June 30, 2006, Paramount's Kings Island, along with the rest of the Paramount Parks chain, was purchased by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., for approximately USD $1.24 billion.. With this purchase, Cedar Fair now owns all three major amusement parks in Ohio (Paramount's Kings Island, Cedar Point and Geauga Lake). The park continued to operate under the name Paramount's Kings Island through the end of the 2006 season, however Cedar Fair began removing the "Paramount" name and logo from the park in January 2007.

In February 2007, it was announced that Geauga Lake's X-Flight flying coaster would be relocated to Kings Island for the coming season, and be re-painted and re-branded as Firehawk. This decision was made because of a combination of Geauga Lake's declining attendance, and Kings Island's thrill-seeking guests wanting a new thrilling coaster experience. The ride opened officially Memorial Day weekend of 2007.

Kings Island, like the other parks in the former Paramount Family, featured a number of attractions — encompassing rides, live shows and restaurants — based on Paramount Pictures films and other CBS and Viacom brands. A number of these attractions, including three rollercoasters formerly known as "Face/Off", "Italian Job: Stunt Track" and "Top Gun", were renamed in the 2007-08 offseason.

There is also now a stronger emphasis on safety and cleanliness under Cedar Fair management; more trash cans, with labels identical to those found at Cedar Point, have been placed, along with ground-sweeping teams wearing bright yellow shirts; and the addition of safety belts to several coasters and rides in the park. Kings Island's live entertainment department has also received greater support, with five new shows, including shows at venues that were otherwise empty in 2006.

Lists of Stages & Theaters

Venue Year Opened Location Show Description
Back Porch Stage Rivertown
Festhaus 1983 Oktoberfest The County Line, Girl's Night Out
International Showplace 1972 International Street Flashback: Totally 80's!
International Street Bandstand International Street Hot Island Rhythms
Kings Island Theater 1976 International Street Endless Summer on Ice Known as American Heritage Theater and Paramount Theater.
Action Theater Coney Mall SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D Known as FX Theater
Nickelodeon Theatre Nickelodeon Universe Dora's Sing-Along Adventure
Timberwolf Amphitheatre 1982 Action Zone

Lists of Attractions

(See here for Kings Island official ride listing.)

Action Zone





Opened in 1974 as Wild Animal Habitat. Renamed Adventure Village in 1994. Renamed Action Zone in 1999.

Ride Year Opened Description
Delirium 2003 A Huss Giant Frisbee.
Son of Beast™ 2000 A Roller Coaster Company of America designed wooden roller coaster. Was the first hyper wooden coaster and the first wooden roller coaster with a vertical loop. Closed July 9, 2006 due to a malfunction, injuring 27 riders. The vertical loop was removed in December 2006 to allow for lighter weight trains. Reopened on July 4, 2007 with trains formerly used on the Hurricane: Category 5 roller coaster from the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion.
Invertigo 1999 A Vekoma inverted Boomerang roller coaster. Known as Face/Off™ (1999-2008).
Drop Tower 1999 An Intamin gyro drop. At 315 feet, it is the tallest gyro tower in the world. Its original location was set to be the site Launch Pad occupies today. Drop Tower was closed for inspection in June 2007, along with 5 similar rides owned by Cedar Fair due to an Thrill rides in U.S., Canada shut down after girl's feet are severed from a similar ride made by the same manufacturer, Intamin AG. No passengers have ever been injured on Drop Tower at Kings Island, but it was closed until it can be thoroughly inspected. The full name of this ride is called Drop Tower Scream Zone. Known as Drop Zone™ Stunt Tower (1999-2008).
Thunder Alley 1996 Go-kart racing track is a pay-per-ride attraction originally based on the hit movie Days of Thunder. Known as Days of Thunder (1996-2008).
Xtreme Skyflyer 1995 Double Skycoaster with a 153-foot dive. Pay-per-ride attraction. Known as Drop Zone (1995-1999), after the Paramount movie Drop Zone, but was renamed in preparation of a new ride in 1999 to bear the name.
Flight Deck 1993 An Arrow Dynamics Suspended roller coaster, the last of its kind built in the US. Cars are suspended below the track and are free swinging. Known as Top Gun (1993-2008).
Congo Falls 1988 A shoot-the-chute boat flume ride with a 34' drop. Known as Amazon Falls (1988-1999), after the Paramount movie Congo.

Oktoberfest



Opened with the park in 1972.

Ride Year Opened Description
Sling Shot 2002 Catapults riders in a steel cage 260 feet in the air, and then flips multiple times before returning slowly to the platform.
Adventure Express 1991 Arrow Dynamics designed family Indiana Jones unofficially themed Mine Train roller coaster.
Viking Fury 1982 Swinging pirate ship ride.

International Street

Main strip featuring many shops, the Eiffel Tower, and the Royal Fountain with light and water shows. Opened with the park in 1972.

Ride Year Opened Description
Eiffel Tower 1972 An approximately one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris; manufactured by Intamin AG. Known as Sherwin-Williams presents The Eiffel Tower (1972-)
Grand Carousel 1972 The classic carousel was built in 1926 and is painted with more than 20,000 sheets of 23-karat gold and 1,000 sheets of sterling silver and 48 hand-carved wooden horses.

Coney Mall


Opened with the park in 1972 as Coney Island, named after the park's predecessor, Coney Island. Renamed Coney Mall in 1986. X-Base themed area opened in 2007.

Ride Year Opened Description
Firehawk 2007 A Vekoma Flying Dutchman (1018m) Flying roller coaster. Originally operated at Geauga Lake as X-Flight until the end of the 2006 season. Firehawk is located directly beside of Flight of Fear in the X-Base theamed section of the park. This ride is Kings Island's 14th coaster.
Backlot Stunt Coaster 2005 A Premier Rides family launch coaster based on the chase sequence of the 2003 remake of The Italian Job. Known as Italian Job: Stunt Track™ (2005-2008).
Flight of Fear 1996 A Premier Rides LIM-launched roller coaster prototype. Over-the-Shoulder harnesses were also removed and replaced with lap bars in 2001. Identical to the coaster with the same name that opened at Kings Dominion the same year. Known as Outer Limits: Flight of Fear (1996-2000).
Action Theater 1994 Simulator movie theater. Originally based on Days of Thunder; several other movies have screened in recent years. These movies have included James Bond 007, SpongeBob 3D, The Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera (previously located at Universal Studios), and 7th Portal. Temporary attractions are housed in the theater during Fear Fest, which have included Elvira's Superstition, Dracula's Haunted Castle, and Funhouse Express.
Vortex 1987 An Arrow Dynamics designed "Mega Looper" coaster that opened as the world record holder for most inversions (6).
Zephyr 1985 A giant suspended swing ride.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll 1973 Huss spinning ride. Known as The Troika (1973-)
The Racer 1972 A John Allen/Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters racing wooden coaster. Both sides began racing forwards again for the 2008 season.
Monster 1972 Traditional "Spider" ride.
Dodgems 1972 Remodeled in 1985 Special 2-seater bumper cars from Italy with working headlights, taillights, rear-view mirrors, and hazard flashers.
Scrambler 1972 Traditional amusement park ride.

Rivertown





Opened with the park in 1972.

Ride Year Opened Description
Diamondback 2009 For the park's 2009 season, a steel B&M hypercoaster, 230 feet tall and 5,282 feet long, and a top speed of 80 mph will make its debut.
The Crypt 2002 An enclosed Huss Giant Top Spin. A highly themed darkride. Known as Tomb Raider: The Ride™ (2002-2008).
White Water Canyon 1985 Whitewater rafting adventure ride, originally to be named White Water Rafting Adventure.
The Beast 1979 A giant wooden roller coaster designed by the park themselves that remains a top 10 coaster among many industry experts and enthusiasts. To this day, it retains the record for longest wooden roller coaster. The ride features extensive use of available terrain and has two separate chain lifts throughout its course.
Kings Island Railroad 1972 A steam train ride which provides transportation between the main theme park and Boomerang Bay. Before the water park and its station were built, the train ride was a narrated excursion, traversing a mostly isolated wooded area with multiple old west-themed props. Known as Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad (1972-2008).

Nickelodeon Universe

Opened with the park in 1972 as The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera. The upper part was renamed Nickelodeon Central in 2001. Both sections were renamed Nickelodeon Universe in 2006. This is also where the Nickelodeon Celebration parade started in 2004. For the seventh year in a row, AMUSEMENT TODAY readers awarded Kings Island with the prestigious Golden Ticket Award for the Best Kids' Area in the World! Expanding over two exciting neighborhoods dedicated to SpongeBob SquarePants™ and Dora the Explorer™, Nickelodeon Universe features more than 18 attractions and more kids' coaster than any other park in the world!

Ride Year Opened Description
Avatar: The Last Airbender™ 2006
Phantom Flyers 2006 Known as Danny Phantom Flyers (2006-2007)
Plankton's Plunge™ 2006
SpongeBob SquarePants Bikini Bottom Bash™ 2006 Known as Nickelodeon Green Slime Zone (1995-2005)
Rugrats Runaway Reptar™ 2001 A Vekoma family inverted coaster based on the TV show Rugrats.
Timmy's Airtours™ 1998 Known as Atom Ant's Airways (1998-2005)
Lazytown Sportacopters™ 1998 Known as Yogi's Sky Tours (1998-2005)
Little Bill's Giggle Coaster™ 1992 This junior roller takes guests up a small hill and then circles around and goes up the chain again. It was remodeled in 2006 to reflect its new theme as part of Nick Universe. Known as Scooby Zoom (1992-1997), Top Cat's Taxi Jam (1998-2005).
Backyardigan's Swing-Along™ 1992 Known as Pixie and Dixie's Swingset (1992-2005)
Blue's Skidoo™ 1992 Known as Dick Dastardly's Biplanes (1992-2005)
Nick-O-Round™ 1982 Known as Hanna Barbera Carousel (1982-2005)
La Adventura de Azul™ 1982 Known as Quick Draw's Railway (1982-2005)
Jimmy Neutron's Atom Smasher™ 1976 Known as Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers (1976-2005)
Nick Jr. Drivers™ 1979 Known as Fender Bender 500 (????-2005)
Fairly Odd Coaster™ 1972 A John Allen/Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters family wooden coaster. Known as Scooby Doo (1972-1979) and Beastie (1980-2005).
Scooby-Doo™ and the Haunted Castle 1972 A Sally dark ride experience for families which involves shooting laser guns at ghosts and ghouls. Known as Enchanted Voyage(1972–1982), Smurf's Enchanted Voyage(1984–1991), Phantom Theater(1992–2002).
Go Diego Go™ 1972 From Coney Island (1969-1971). Known as Huck's Hotrods (-2005)
The Wild Thornberrys™ River Adventure 1972 Themed log ride from Coney Island (1968-1971). Closed during the 2000 season, reopened with new name and theming in 2001. Known as Kings Mills Log Flume (1972-1999).
Swiper's Sweepers™ 1972 From Coney Island (1967-1971) Known as Alley Cat 500 (-2005)

Boomerang Bay



Boomerang Bay opened in 1989 under the name WaterWorks. It was renamed Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay in 2004. The movie theming was dropped in 2007. The park is a 15 acre water park with an Australian theme; features a wave pool and variety of water slides. Boomerang Bay is free with park admission. Kings Island official site - Boomerang Bay

Ride Year Opened Description
Coolangatta Racer 2004
Jackeroo Landing 2004
Tazmanian Typhoon 2004
Kookaburra Bay 2004
Five Star Amenities 2004
Pipeline Paradise 1998 Known as Wipe-Out Beach (1998-2003)
Great Barrier Reef 1997
Kangaroo Lagoon 1997 Known as Buccaneer Island (1997-2003)
Snowy River Rampage 1990
Koala Splash
Wallaby Wharf
Sydney Sidewinder
Awesome Aussie Twister 1989
Bondi Pipeline 1989
Down Under Thunder 1989
Crocodile Run 1989

Defunct

Ride Year Opened Year Closed Description
Scooby's Ghoster Coaster 1998 2005 Prototype Caripo Batflyer suspended roller coaster (billed as the first suspended coaster for kids). The ride had poor capacity and roughness complaints. Removed in 2005 as a part of the Hanna-Barbera Land removal for Nick Universe.
Emergency Green Slime Shower 1995 2005 The slime shower in the middle of Nickelodeon's Green Slime Zone
Boo-Boo's Baggage Claim 1972 2005 Removed in 2005 as a part of the Hanna-Barbera Land removal for Nick Universe.
Jetson's Jet Orbiters 1972 2005 Removed in 2005 as a part of the Hanna-Barbera Land removal for Nick Universe.
Baba Louie's Buggies 1972 2005 Removed in 2005 as a part of the Hanna-Barbera Land removal for Nick Universe.
Flying Eagles 1972 2004 A Bisch-Rocco Flying Skooters ride where the suspended passeneger tubs would spin around a vertical axis. The ride was removed to make way for Italian Job Stunt Track, and was relocated to Carowinds as "Danny Phantom Flyers." 3-Point Challenge, a basketball game new in 2006, currently sits where the ride used to be.
Les Taxis 1972 2004 An Arrow Development antique car ride where guests could drive their own gas-powered car around the track, with help from a guide rail. Also known as "Antique Cars." Removed for Backlot Stunt Coaster (Italian Job: Stunt Track).
Flight Team Aerial Helicopter Tours 2000 2003 Helicopter Tour of the park and surrounding area.
Phantom Theater 1992 2002 Dark ride themed by R and R and animatronics done by AVG Inc. A behind the scenes tour of an abandoned theater, where phantoms either helped or taunted riders. Used the omnimover system now employed by Scooby Doo & The Haunted Castle.
King Cobra 1984 2001 Prototype TOGO Stand-up roller coaster. It was the world's first stand up coaster with a loop. It was taken down in 2002 because TOGO had gone out of business making it harder to find new parts. King Cobra's track has been scrapped, but the cars remain inside Flight of Fear's enclosed bowl.
Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal 1973 2001 Traditional log-flume, acquired from the 1964 New York World's Fair, removed to make room for Tomb Raider: The Ride.
Gulliver's Rub-A-Dub 1972 1998 Small water raft ride in Hanna-Barbera Land.
Skylab 1986 1997 The HUSS Enterprise ride with two seats in one car which would spin vertically like a fast moving Ferris wheel. Centrifugal force would cause the cars to go upside down.
Ohio Overland Auto Livery 1972 1997 Another Arrow Dynamics antique car ride, this one intertwined with the previously mentioned Les Taxis. The Auto Livery last operated in 1997, but the ride was not removed until 2004 along with Les Taxis.
Flight Commander 1990 1995 Intamin AG-designed flight trainer. Parkgoer Candy Taylor, who was highly intoxicated and fighting with the ride operators, fell to her death from Flight Commander on June 9, 1991 after removing her safety restraints and leaning out of the gondola and waving to her friends on the ground..
Sunshine Turnpike 1972 1994 Yet another Arrow Development antique car ride, this one was located in Hanna Barbera Land. Originally named Marathon Turnpike, it was removed after the 1994 season, to make room for Nickelodeon Splat City (today's Nickelodeon Universe).
McScrappy's Slide 1972 1994 This was a Giant Slide, originally from Coney Island, it was located where Zephyr is today, and named the Flying Carpet Slide. It was relocated to Hanna Barbera Land for the 1986 season and renamed McScrappy's Slide. It was located about where Rugrat's Runaway Reptar is today. It was removed for the addition of Nickelodeon Splat City.
Lion Country Safari Monorail 1974 1993 An air-conditioned monorail system in Wild Animal Habitat, now Action Zone, that ran at ground level that allowed guests to view many wild animals. Kings Dominion also operated a similar attraction. The trains were later sold to Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. Son of Beast was later built on part of the site.
Enchanted Voyage 1972 1991 A dark boat ride, akin to Disney's It's a Small World. In a building shaped like a giant TV set, guests sailed through several rooms featuring animatronics of new and old Hanna-Barbera characters. A very catchy theme song played throughout the ride, which included the lines "Yabba dabba dabba doo, bosom-buddy Barney too, and Scooby-Dooby where are you." In 1984, the ride (and the song) was completely changed over to a Smurf theme, and after 1991 the boats were removed altogether and the ride converted to The Phantom Theatre. The building is now home to Scooby Doo & The Haunted Castle.
Winnie Witches Cauldrons 1972 1991 Small spinning teacup-like ride located between the First Aid Station and the then Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers
Oktoberfest Ferris Wheel 1983 1990 Most likely an Eli Bridge model. It was located immediately next to Festhaus.
Flying Dutchman 1972 1990 A HUSS designed ride where shoe-shaped swings would rotate around a tower. Sold to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.
Zodiac 1975 1989 A double Ferris wheel designed by Intamin. Unlike most Ferris wheels, this ride had a wheel mounted on each end of a massive hydraulic arm. While one wheel was rotating high up in the air, the other was perpendicular to the ground so that the cylindrical gondolas (which were suspended from finger-like spokes) could be loaded all at once. Closed in 1987 as SBNO for 2 years and then removed in 1989 and replaced by Flight Commander, Zodiac was sold to a park in Australia, then demolished in 2004.
Der Spinning Keggers 1972 1989 An Intamin Drunken Barrels model which consisted of rotating barrel-shaped cars. Replaced with landscaping behind Viking Fury.
Demon 1977 1987 An Arrow Development shuttle loop roller coaster and the first of its kind as well. Located approximately where Congo Falls currently resides. Moved to Camden Park in West Virginia as Thunderbolt Express, then scrapped in 2004. Originally known as Screamin' Demon.
Boo-Boo's Buggies 1972 1985 Hampton motorcycle ride from Hanna-Barbera Land.
Bumper Cars/Cuddle Up 1972 1985 Standard bumper car attraction occupied half of the building, and a Cuddle Up (tea cups) attraction occupied the other half. These rides were located on the opposite side of the Scrambler that today's Dodgem attraction is. The Cuddle up was removed after the 1985 season, and the cars from the Bumper Cars ride were moved to a new, much larger floor and opened in 1986 as today's Dodgem (which is located in the original location of the Flying Eagles).
Bayern Curve 1973 1985 A Schwarzkopf Bayern Kurve in which passengers traveled on a bobsled running around a circular track.
Tumble Bug 1972 1985 A 1920s Harry Traver classic that pulled linked cars around a undulating circular track, similar to Turtle at Kennywood Park. Relocated from Coney Island (OH).
Wheel of Fortune 1972 1984 A Chance Trabant ride with a spinning roulette wheel next to Kings Mill Log Flume. Sold to Bland's Park in Pennsylvania.
The Bat 1981 1984 Prototype Arrow Development suspended coaster. Although intense, the ride had a fair share of downtime as a result of the designers not banking the track as they did with later suspended coasters. This concept was reintroduced with Top Gun in 1993, which was significantly more reliable. The Bat was replaced withVortex.
The Rotor 1972 1982 A Chance-designed ride where passengers lined a circular room. As the ride began to spin, the floor descended several feet, leaving riders held against the wall by centrifugal force.
Skyride 1972 1980 A cable car skyride that took passengers from Oktoberfest (where Adventure Express' entrance is today), over the International Street fountains, to Hanna Barbera Land.
Halley's Comet 1972 1979 A round up style ride. Riders stood up against a metal cage-like wall inside a rapidly rotating "basket". When running, the ride gradually rose up to an angle. Located at the far end of the Coney Island mall, the ride was removed to make way for The Bat.
Bavarian Beetle 1972 1979 An SDC designed "Galaxi" steel roller coaster. Moved over from the original Coney Island Ohio park.
Kenton's Cove Canoes 1972 1978 Canoe on the ponds in Rivertown. This attraction was removed to build The Beast.

Awards

People

  • Carmen Electra - Started her profesional career in 1990 as a dancer at Kings Island in the show “It’s Magic”.
  • Susan Perkins - “Miss America of 1978,” worked as a live shows performer at Kings Island.
  • Susan Kay Johnson, “Miss Ohio of 1987,” worked as a live shows performer at Kings Island.

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