Ever wonder how it would look to spray 10,000 gallons of water into the air?
Probably not, but to officials at Kings Island, spraying water into the air has been a project since the park opened in 1972 with one of the nation’s largest animated fountains which shoots more than 10,000 gallons of water into the air at any one time.
Tabbed the Royal Fountain, it is longer than a football field and holds about 500,000 gallons of water. Four high-capacity pumps force the water through 5,000 feet of pipe and out through more than 100 specially designed jets and into the air.
The Royal Fountain is an animated fountain because the water formations and lighting conditions change according to a predetermined pattern. A series of pegs are located on a rotating drum and as the drum turns, a number of switches are activated which cause the water formations and lighting conditions to be altered.
At night, the Royal Fountain helps cap off a fun and memorable day the park as it provides a spectacular sight with multi-colored lights illuminating the cascading water and surrounding pool. More than three miles of wire connect the lights.
Two and a half years of planning and design between Kings Island and the Fountain Specialists Co. of Milford, Ohio went into the fountain, which was constructed at a cost of $400,000.
With the Eiffel Tower serving as a backdrop, the Royal Fountain highlights the park’s International Street.