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Kings Island will celebrate its 50th birthday on Friday, April 29th 2022 and Kings Island wants you to celebrate with them. On their birthday, Kings Island will have special guests who will participate in a re-dedication ceremony. Park guests will be invited to enjoy a very large 50th birthday cake when the ceremony ends. The first family to enter Kings Island 50 years ago on April 29, 1972 were Taryn Harrison, Tamara Hitson, and Heather Hitson (all sisters.) They will be performing the ribbon cutting. Alton Fitzgerald White a former Kings Island performer and critically acclaimed actor best known for playing King Mufasa in Disney's The Lion King on Broadway will sing the National Anthem. 

Speaking at the ceremony will be:

  • Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted
  • Kings Island vice president and general manager Mike Koontz
  • Cedar Fair Entertainment CEO Richard Zimmerman
  • City of Mason Mayor Barbara Spaeth
  • Founder of Kings Island Gary Wachs
  • President of International Theme Park Services Dennis Speigel 

This ceremony is a once in a lifetime event.  Since Kings Island first opened in 1972, their guests have known Kings Island as a place where unforgettable memories are made. Everyone has a story or memory about a trip to Kings Island, and this season is about sharing those memories and making new ones. KICentral admin will be there to capture as much of the historic day as we can, and we hope that you will be there as well to enjoy this special time in Kings Island history.

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3 hours ago, IndyGuy4KI said:

KICentral admin will be there to capture as much of the historic day as we can

Can I, pretty pretty please with a cherry on top, make a special request to said admin team to film the rededication, if there were not already plans to do so? Completely unrelated, you're looking very dapper today, and also, [insert other schmoozings to help make that happen.]

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12 minutes ago, TombRaiderFTW said:

Can I, pretty pretty please with a cherry on top, make a special request to said admin team to film the rededication, if there were not already plans to do so? Completely unrelated, you're looking very dapper today, and also, [insert other schmoozings to help make that happen.]

That is our plan.

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April 29 will be a great day! Don’t miss your chance to pick up a signed copy of Kings Island: A Ride Through Time at the Kings Island Collections gift shop. From 1-3 p.m., you can get it signed by yours truly, PLUS two amusement park industry leaders: Dennis Speigel, CEO of International Theme Park Services, and Mike Koontz, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Island!

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6 minutes ago, KIghostguy said:

April 29 will be a great day! Don’t miss your chance to pick up a signed copy of Kings Island: A Ride Through Time at the Kings Island Collections gift shop. From 1-3 p.m., you can get it signed by yours truly, PLUS two amusement park industry leaders: Dennis Speigel, CEO of International Theme Park Services, and Mike Koontz, Vice President and General Manager of Kings Island!

If we already have the book, can we bring it and have it signed?

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On 4/23/2022 at 3:24 PM, IndyGuy4KI said:

The park will be releasing more details like the schedule on Monday!

As promised:

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/events/50th-anniversary/50th-birthday-party

 

9:25 AM - National Anthem - Location: International Street Bandstand

  • Alton Fitzgerald White, former Kings Island performer, actor and Broadway star will sing the Star Spangled Banner.

9:30 AM - Official 50th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting at the Eiffel Tower - Location: Eiffel Tower

  • Sisters Taryn Harrison, Tamara Hitson and Heather Hitson, members of the first family to enter Kings Island on April 29, 1972, will officially cut the ribbon to kick off the day’s festivities.

9:35 AM - 50th Anniversary Ceremony - Join distinguished speakers as they talk about Kings Island’s first 50 years. - Location: International Street Bandstand

  • Mike Koontz, Kings Island Vice President and General Manager
  • John Husted, State of Ohio Lt. Governor
  • Barbara Spaeth, City of Mason Mayor
  • Richard Zimmerman, Cedar Fair Chief Executive Officer
  • Gary Wachs, the first General Manager of Kings Island
  • Dennis Speigel, former Assistant General Manager of Kings Island and president of International Theme Park Services

10:15 AM - Kings Island Hall of Fame Induction - Location: International Street Bandstand

1:00 – 3:00 PM - Kings Island: A Ride Through Time -  Book Signing by our own @KIghostguy Evan Evan Ponstingle - Location: KI Collections on International Street

1:30 – 5:00 PM  - Live Music: HiFi Honey | River City Combo - Location: International Street Bandstand

5:00 & 6:00 PM - Kings High School Dance Team - Location: International Street Bandstand

5:30 & 6:30 PM - Mason High School Band - Location: International Street

6:15 PM - Mason High School Band

7:00 – 10:00 PM - Live Music: HiFi Honey | River City Band

10:00 PM - Fireworks Tribute - Location: International Street

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My wife & I plan to launch our new vlog that evening (The Islanders Vlog). Looking forward to the soft launch of the 50th anniversary! This is going to be an awesome & memorable season!

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1 hour ago, ki95 said:

My wife & I plan to launch our new vlog that evening (The Islanders Vlog). Looking forward to the soft launch of the 50th anniversary! This is going to be an awesome & memorable season!

Awesome, let us know the links to your vlogs when you publish :)

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