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Is it worth going to Kings Island?

Kings Island: If going to Cedar Point, too?

From Mitch Miller
Posted August 11, 2009 at 2:02 PM
Ok, so I am going to Cedar Point the first week of september. I hope the crowds are not bad!! Is it worth going to Kings Island if your main focus of the trip is Cedar Point?


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From Brandon S
Posted August 11, 2009 at 2:59 PM
Yes definetly. Kings Island is a great park with some great rides. Also, crowds at CP shouldn't be too bad seems how kids are back at school up here.

From Audra Distler
Posted August 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM
Don't know where you're talking about, but none of the schools around Toledo are in session yet... a few weeks before they do, and according to their website, Sandusky Schools don't start until the very end of August.
But Kings Island is worth the trip if you're willing to make the drive. I haven't ridden Diamondback yet, but there are plenty of other rides that I have that are worth it! :)

From Brandon S
Posted August 11, 2009 at 6:09 PM
^I was saying that they will be in session by the time of his trip which is in September.

From Erin B
Posted August 11, 2009 at 8:07 PM
I would most definitely make the trip. While it's no Cedar Point, King's Island offers some great rides and it really is a nice park.

From Audra Distler
Posted August 11, 2009 at 8:33 PM
OH, sorry about that Brandon. I didn't read his post close enough :P Yes, it should be a lot less busy then!

From Noah Meeteer
Posted August 11, 2009 at 8:36 PM
Kings Island is definately worth trying out... The Dimondback was probably the best coaster I've ever ridden. The Firehawk is awsome too.

From Melissa Donahue
Posted August 12, 2009 at 1:36 AM
Wow ... I guess I just don't have as much love for Kings Island as the rest of you do, and I literally live about five minutes from the park! I have been a loyal CP fan for about the past 25 years, but my family and I decided to give KI another try this past July since Diamondback was debuting. Aside from the new coaster and a few old reliables like The Beast, I'm not so convinced that a hot, sticky day at KI, or the "Asphalt Jungle" as we refer to it, was all that exciting.

Don't get me wrong ... KI has a wonderful kids' area and some fun coasters, but if you're truly into the thrill rides, then CP is the place for you! I'm not so sure it's worth making the 3+ hour trip down south unless it will be a while before you're back again.

As far as the crowds go, I believe that all of the area schools will be back in session by the end of August, so the volume of park guests should be manageable.

From DV M
Posted August 12, 2009 at 12:51 PM
Mitch,
I am making a second three day trip to Cedar Point this year the same week as you. I'll look for you(: In May we visited Kings Island on a Friday and CP on Monday - Wednesday.

Kings Island is a nice park - but the crowds were a challenge. If you have the time and it is on the way, fit it in. Otherwise...focus on CP. Three days at The Point is just about right. It is so big and there are so many amazing rides and shows.

Diamondback at KI is a great ride, but my very impartial 11 year old and 13 year old forgot all about DB after riding Maverick, Millenium, TTD, Raptor, Skyhawk and Magnum. Don't skimp on Cedar Point to fit in Kings Island! Enjoy.

From Mitch Miller
Posted August 12, 2009 at 3:30 PM
That you for the info. But, I have another question. Would Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on the first week of September be a good time to go to Cedar Point. I don't know if it would be crowded. And I had another idea of going the last week of August. Do you think it would be crowded then? Thanks.

From Derek Potter
Posted August 12, 2009 at 3:46 PM
I don't recommend Kings Island on the weekends. It gets way too crowded. The hot weather doesn't help matters either. The waterpark is one of the best, but it fills to the brim with people too, making the lines for the slides forever long. It's not that Kings Island is bad at line management, it really is because there are that many people there. My advice is to go during the week when the crowds aren't as thick.

To answer the above question, yes. The week before Labor Day is the best time to visit CP. The park hours aren't as long (close at 9) but school is back in session for most Ohio schools, and the crowds are small. A few small things are closed here and there, but all of the big rides are open, and you likely won't wait more than a half hour for any of them.

From James Rao
Posted August 12, 2009 at 5:44 PM
I probably wouldn't take time off my Cedar Point visit to accommodate Kings Island, Mitch, but it is definitely worth a visit if you have an extra day to spare.

And, to further stress what others have already written, always try to avoid visiting an amusement park on a Saturday.

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