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Kings Island

James Rao

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Published: August 25, 2014

Location: Kings Island is located north of Cincinnati, just off I-71. You can obtain driving directions by clicking the Kings Island link on Theme Park Insider's Google map of U.S. theme parks.

History: Kings Island opened in 1972, boosted by "product placement" in Partridge Family and Brady Bunch episodes. In its first few decades, the park became known for hosting many prototype rides and coasters. These included The Bat, King Cobra, and Screamin' Demon, among others.

Hours: Kings Island is open from April through Labor Day, reopening for Halloween Haunt in late September through early November.

Tickets: Buy and print online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save money and to save time when you get to the park.

Reservations: FastLane is available for an additional upcharge, priced depending on date and number of wristbands purchased. The service allows you to bypass the majority of the wait for most of the park's attractions, including Diamondback and Beast.

Strategy: As with any amusement park, arrive early (at least :30 minutes before opening) and hit the headliner attractions first.

Most visitors tend to begin the day with Banshee or Diamondback then work counter-clockwise around the park hitting the main coasters as they go. Use that tendency to your advantage and head left toward Coney Mall. Ride Firehawk first (because of its low rider capacity) followed by Flight of Fear, and Back Lot Stunt Coaster. Now you can tackle the lines at the Beast, Diamondback, and Banshee. Finally hit the remaining coasters to complete your coaster tour: Invertigo, The Bat, Adventure Express, and Racer (Red & Blue trains).

Once your coaster tour is complete, and you have ridden the family coasters, midway rides, and water attractions that interest you, visit the Eiffel Tower for some nice views of the whole park.

Park admission also includes access to Soak City, a 35-acre water park.

Action Zone
Drop Tower848
The Bat748
Congo Falls546
Coney Mall
Flight Of Fear854
The Racer848
Backlot Stunt Coaster848
Shake Rattle and Roll742
International Street
Eiffel Tower8
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill7
Grand Carousel6
Viking Fury940
Adventure Express748
Planet Snoopy
Joe Cool's Dodgem School8
Linus' Beetle Bugs8
Character Carousel8
Woodstock Express840
Race For Your Life Charlie Brown736
Surf Dog744
Peanuts' Off Road Rally7
Peanuts 5007
Snoopy vs Red Baron7
Kite Eating Tree736
Flying Ace Aerial Chase744
Sally's Sea Plane6
Snoopy's Splash Dance6
Linus' Launcher642
The Great Pumpkin Coaster536
Charlie Brown's Wind Up536
Woodstock Whirlybirds4
The Beast948
White Water Canyon846
Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad7

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Action Zone
The Chicken Shack
Coney Mall
Juke Box Diner9
Skyline Chili - Coney Mall9
Coney Mall Potato Works7
International Street
LaRosa's Pizza - International Street9
Skyline Chili - International Street9
Hank's Burrito Shack9
Hank's Smoke House
Planet Snoopy
Planet Snoopy Grill8
Snoopy's Snack Shack
Potato Works9
LaRosa's Pizza - Rivertown8
Reds Hall of Fame Grille8
Snake Pit
Soak City
Coconut Cove Cafe

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