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Adventure Port Officially Opens This Weekend

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The wait is finally over for Kings Island fans anticipating the opening of Adventure Port, the park’s newest themed area, which will officially open this Saturday, June 10th 2023. Two new rides anchor the area, Sol Spin and Cargo Loco, while the Adventure Express roller coaster provides new theming enhancements and experiences for park guests. Enrique’s restaurant and the Mercado Patio Bar deliver an adventure-themed culinary stop for travelers looking to satisfy their appetites and quench their thirsts.

“Over the past several months I’ve been truly amazed to see how this area of the park has been transformed into telling an immersive story of adventure and exploration,” said Mike Koontz, Kings Island vice president and general manager. “The rides we’ve added are a perfect complement to the park’s offerings, and we took advantage of the new area to continue to showcase the quality of our food and beverage offering.”



Adventure Port’s Backstory - The myths of an ancient civilization, and its mighty city carved out of stone, have lured travelers from around the globe to this bustling port community for more than a century. Resting in the foothills of overgrown mountains and dense tropical terrain, Adventure Port is a hub for explorers searching for the lost city’s forbidden temple, fabled riches and mysterious wonders. If asked, the locals will tell tales of those who came before you and vanished. Did they unwittingly disturb ancient spirits and fall victim to an age-old curse?


Adventure Port Rides


Sol Spin - This immense golden sun disk may hold the secrets of the lost city. Riders board open-air, suspended passenger vehicles and experience the sensation of flying 60 feet through the air at 25 m.p.h. Learn more about Sol Spin here: https://kicentral.com/rides/sol-spin/



Sol Spin Testing


Cargo Loco - Their methods might be a little dizzying, but the Arrow Cargo Company will get your gear from Point A to Point B....eventually. Riders board these shipping barrels where they can manually control the speed of their spin with a wheel in the middle of the barrel. Learn more about Cargo Loco here: https://kicentral.com/rides/cargo-loco/



Cargo Logo in action


Adventure Express - Riders will embark on a surprise treasure-hunting mine train expedition in search of a Forbidden Temple. This family coaster opened in 1991 and features a 63-foot first drop with speeds up to 35 m.p.h. The queue line has been relocated and riders will find additional theming in the load station and throughout the ride. Learn more about Adventure Express here: https://kicentral.com/rides/adventure-express/



The best way to experience Adventure Port is with a 2023 Gold Season Pass, which includes unlimited Kings Island and Soak City visits this year as well as special events like Grand Carnivale, Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, Halloween Haunt and WinterFest. Purchase your here: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/season-passes


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I like that they fenced things off to the left of the que and spruced up the lawn between the barrels and Banshee. The landscaping seems to improve with every season as well. 

Compare what that area used to look like before and after Slingshot’s removal and you can see how much things have improved:




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If someone would be so kind to give a review of the area, it would be greatly appreciated. I would also like to know, outside of the entrance, what has changed about Adventure Express (if anything).

The new additions look great.

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On 6/26/2023 at 7:54 PM, Dieseltech20 said:

Looks really nice. 9 years since my last trip, I really need to get up there.

Nice to see you on here Diesel. Glad you were able to members it up and see the park. I hope FL is treating you well.

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On 6/27/2023 at 10:20 PM, IndyGuy4KI said:

Nice to see you on here Diesel. Glad you were able to members it up and see the park. I hope FL is treating you well.

Things are going well here. Heat has been insane over the last week though.

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