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Posted: January 19, 2013

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: http://www2.cedarfair.com/kingsisland/. 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 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, Racer, Back Lot Stunt Coaster, and Vortex. Now you can tackle the lines at the Beast and Diamondback (which has a single rider line if you are traveling solo). Finally head down to the Action Zone where you can hit Flight Deck and Adventure Express.

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.

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Readers' reviews:

Attractions
Action Zone(Rating)(Height)
Banshee954
Delirium852
Drop Tower848
The Bat748
Invertigo654
Congo Falls546
Coney Mall(Rating)(Height)
Zephyr848
Flight Of Fear854
Firehawk854
Windseeker852
Backlot Stunt Coaster848
The Racer848
Scrambler736
Vortex748
Shake Rattle and Roll742
Monster6
Dodgem648
International Street(Rating)(Height)
Eiffel Tower8
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill8
Grand Carousel6
Oktoberfest(Rating)(Height)
Viking Fury940
Adventure Express748
Planet Snoopy(Rating)(Height)
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
Rivertown(Rating)(Height)
The Beast948
Diamondback954
White Water Canyon846
Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad7

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Dining
Action Zone(Rating)
The Chicken Shack
Coney Mall(Rating)
Juke Box Diner9
Skyline Chili - Coney Mall9
Coney Mall Potato Works8
Subway4
International Street(Rating)
LaRosa's Pizza - International Street9
Chick-Fil-A9
Skyline Chili - International Street8
Oktoberfest(Rating)
Hank's Burrito Shack9
Festhaus6
Hank's Smoke House
Planet Snoopy(Rating)
Planet Snoopy Grill8
Snoopy's Snack Shack
Rivertown(Rating)
Potato Works9
LaRosa's Pizza - Rivertown8
Reds Hall of Fame Grille6
Snake Pit
Soak City(Rating)
Coconut Cove Cafe

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