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I'd actually say quite the reverse. Yes, there were things like near Broadway quality shows, incredible theming and great roving entertainers in the park. But the park itself had comparatively few rides and not a great deal to do. It was a one day park, and barely that. As the years have gone by, some things have suffered, yes...but there is far more variety in thrills (albeit with fewer rides the whole family can enjoy TOGETHER).

To today's average park goer, the 1972 Kings Island wouldn't offer much...that which it offered was very high quality, but there wasn't much to consume more than a day....

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With all the bumps going on, I figure this one might need to be seen again.

I've become rather interested in the park's former Lion Country Safari area and monorail over the past few days, leading to quite a bit of research on the defunct attraction. I've since compiled the i

We lived across the street from the Mcann's , they were obviously devastated by the loss of their son, we lived in centerville oh at the time and the Mccanns moved to morrow where his dad Jim either w

I'd actually say quite the reverse. Yes, there were things like near Broadway quality shows, incredible theming and great roving entertainers in the park. But the park itself had comparatively few rides and not a great deal to do. It was a one day park, and barely that. As the years have gone by, some things have suffered, yes...but there is far more variety in thrills (albeit with fewer rides the whole family can enjoy TOGETHER).

To today's average park goer, the 1972 Kings Island wouldn't offer much...that which it offered was very high quality, but there wasn't much to consume more than a day....

I can see your point, but still, as a kid growing up in the 70's and 80's (born in '72) and only getting to go once a year for quite a few of those years (until we got season passes starting about '85 or '86), that park with "not a great deal to do" earned a place of endearment in my heart and in those of quite a few others. So much so that I was absolutely determined to start working there when I turned 16, so I did. That seasonal job eventually turned into a career for awhile. Yes, there were a few years where that magic was tarnished, but it once again holds a special place for me. I am now a season pass holder again and come Haunt time, I plan on returning for my 20th season of employment at the park.

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what a great job on the article

after one or two incidents with employees being harmd/in harms way, they should have shut the attraction down, i think thats the only reason why not alot of places have animal things like that any more

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That's a great overview. I believe it was in '83 that Train 7 caught fire and was taken completely out of commission. There were originally 7 trains, and all of them could be in the preserve at the same time, but after the fire, Train 7 never ran again. I was told when I was working there was that the radios that were permanently fixed in the trains were replaced with hand-held walkie-talkies because the driver had to escape the flames and was unable to radio for help.

The biggest problems we had in '84 were the Capybara getting out of their area, one of the drivers drove over a baby deer, and a train broke down returning to the station stranding the other five trains on the preserve for about 4 hours.

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We lived across the street from the Mcann's , they were obviously devastated by the loss of their son, we lived in centerville oh at the time and the Mccanns moved to morrow where his dad Jim either was or became a winemaster at Valley Vineyards. I'm not sure why I posted this, but I found a leather pouch at a yard sale over the weekend that was a Kings Island Souvenir and it got me thinking about that whole situation.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-LEATHER-POUCH-PURSE-KINGS-ISLAND-EIFFEL-TOWER-ROLLER-COASTER-RARE-/231277416789?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d9355155

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https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2017/august/lions-and-tigers-and-baboons-oh-my

 

I did some work at Kings Dominion last month that required driving through their Lion Country Safari remnants. There are all sorts of cool remnants there like perimeter fences and lock out boxes. Much of that land is undeveloped so much more of it stands today than does at Kings Island.

What would Lion Country Safari be like if it were still around at Kings Island today?

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^ Very cool; Kings Dominion certainly has a lot of acreage to play with.

I was only 7 when Lion Country Safari closed, so my first-hand memories are faint. It's hard to imagine an expansive zoo in the park's post-Lindner footprint. Evolving standards in animal exhibit design probably would have stretched the area well beyond its 100 acres, had it remained over the years.

 

On 5/24/2017 at 10:16 PM, TombraiderTy said:

I probably still have all the pictures saved, but I don't have the time to re-upload everything and fix all the broken links. I imagine most came from KICentral's and KIExtreme's history galleries though.

If you have time and want to send me pictures that got lost (via Google Drive, flickr, Dropbox, sftp/rsync, physical flash drive, etc), I can run a script to automatically upload them and fix your posts.

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