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Countdown to Opening Day for the 2021 Season: May 15th 11:00 AM!

Kings Island is now open for 2021.


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  1. From the park's opening in 1972 into the 1990's, the ride crews would cut the line on every attraction so the last rides would occur within a few minutes of the park closing time. There were many days where if you wanted to get a night ride on The Beast you had to be in the queue 45-90 minutes before the park closed, depending on what day of the week and time of year it was. At The Racer during the years I was riding it almost daily from 1981-1990, the line would get cut 20-30 minutes before the park closed, sometimes up to 45 minutes on a Saturday. I never felt like I was getting cheated. If
  2. On this Christmas Eve, I wanted to take a minute to wish everyone that is a part of the KIC Community a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy holiday season. I look forward to seeing you at the park in 2021!
  3. It was tweeted asking a simple question: wood or steel? Do you like wooden coasters, or steel coasters? That was the question being asked. Nothing more, nothing less.
  4. There was no wait and see how it goes approach to it. A limited number of pieces were going to be available, and that limited number was reached.
  5. The Vortex track slices will only be available online if there are some left after this weekend.
  6. From what I remember and have seen in photos, yes.
  7. When The Racer opened in 1972, the trains were four cars long which is the same as the Shooting Star had been at Coney Island. A fifth car was added to the trains in 1973.
  8. No, it doesn't. I'm not on the lookout for things like this when I experience attractions. I'm just trying to enjoy the moment and have fun.
  9. Kings Dominion and Canada's Wonderland didn't have the same stand up ride that Kings Island had. I rode all three and their similarities were different. The stand up coaster at each park gave over 20 million rides and remained popular with guests from the day they opened until giving their last rides. The retirement of each of the three rides were met with a great deal of sadness by guests. For some it was their first big coaster, or their favorite ride. For others it may have been the site of their first job. Literally thousands of people have wonderful memories of these stand up coasters.
  10. Less than 1% of the videos on Kings Island's YouTube channel are unlisted, which is a far cry from "always" linked to unlisted. They start out as unlisted until the content they're going to be associated with (blogs, email newsletters, etc.) has been published/distributed.
  11. This Saturday (July 25) is National Carousel Day. How will you celebrate? BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/july/celebrate-national-carousel-day-this-saturday
  12. Kings Island's culinary team has created a very special menu item now available for a limited time only at the new Meteor Canteen Consumption Station in Area 72: The Celestial Sausage. BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/july/kings-island-foodie-news-the-celestial-sausage-is-now-available-for-a-limited-time
  13. The designer of The Racer, Racer 75 and Thunder Road, John Allen, considered The Racer to be the finest of the roller coasters he designed during his legendary career. And he designed some good ones!
  14. Shake, Rattle & Roll debuted 45 years ago. Guests loved it! Today its opening would result in a thread comparing it to other similar type rides, debates about the ride's colors, the lighting package, how the queue was set up, etc. Once upon a time, people just enjoyed the ride.
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