Skip to Main Content

Kings Island

Skip to Next Section

Come for the rides, stay for the food

posted by on

The award-winning Mystic Timbers roller coaster will continue to be the biggest draw when Kings Island opens its 2018 season this Saturday. But a new restaurant and other new food options will make the dining experience just as memorable as the rides for guests.

The new Coney Bar B Que restaurant, which is  located in the Coney Mall section of the park next to the Scrambler, features a menu with a diverse selection of barbecue favorites including smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken and Queen City Sausage along with a fresh selection of side dishes.  

Coney Bar B Que is included in the park's dining plans, with a majority of the menu items gluten-free.

Guests can also feast on a double cheeseburger, bacon burger and split hot dogs in a butter bun at Juke Box Diner, burritos and quesos at Hank's Mexican Grill, as well as smoked turkey legs, bacon-on-a-stick, hushpuppies and more at other food locations around the park. 

In addition, Kings Island has a new executive chef this year. James Major, a two-time winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped” reality TV cooking contest and contender on Alton Brown’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” joined the park’s culinary team in March.

An Ohio native and U.S. Navy veteran, Chef Major previously served as executive chef at Great American Ball Park and Funky’s Catering. He is a certified Pro Chef II from the Culinary Institute of America.


Share This

Don Helbig

Don Helbig joined the Kings Island marketing team in 2007 as the park's public relations area manager. He began serving in his current role as area manager, digital marketing last summer. 

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

Jinkeez, Yabba-Dabba-Doo and Zoinks!

If you ask anyone who visited Kings Island from 1972 until 2005, they probably will reminisce about Hanna-Barbera Land and its myriad of colorful cartoon theming and characters. It’s etched in the minds of so many that visited the park. 
Read More

Needy kids from Tristate area visit Kings Island

More than 1,500 needy children from communities throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky took part in AAA’s 42nd annual Children’s Outing June 27 at Kings Island. AAA employees coordinate and execute the day’s activities with the help of donations from AAA members.
Read More

The story behind The Beast

It is still growling and prowling, after all these years. A legend in its own time, it is the holy grail of wooden roller coasters. When The Beast opened to the public April 14, 1979, it was acclaimed America’s ultimate roller coaster. It broke all existing records as the longest and fastest ride in the world. It is still listed in the prestigious “Guinness Book of World Records” as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,359 feet. The idea for building The Beast actually began as a dream of re-creating one of the Midwest’s most popular old coasters.
Read More

A Kings Island Life: Steve Hill

It’s not unusual to hear our guests share the reasons why they keep coming back to Kings Island year after year, but what about our associates? Kings Island employs a multitude of seasonal associates that return for several seasons. One of these associates, Steve Hill, has spent over 10 years working at Kings Island since the early 90s.
Read More

11 original Kings Island rides that are still around today

While Kings Island continues to grow and change, not all of its originality is lost as there are still 11 rides in the park today that were present on opening day – April 29, 1972. Do you know which ones they are? They are still favorites with our guests to this day!
Read More

Kings Island offering free admission to military July 4 holiday

Kings Island is offering free admission to active and retired members of the U.S. military during the Fourth of July holiday, July 1-4. Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID.
Read More

Those happy friends who lived in my TV

One of the most popular attractions when Kings Island opened in 1972 was the Enchanted Voyage. At a cost of $2 million to build, it was also the most expensive ride for the park’s debut season and the main attraction in the Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera. There was no such thing as being too young or too old to appreciate the animation and the scenes.
Read More

First family to enter Kings Island in 1972 celebrate return visit

Four members of the family who were the first to walk through the gates at Kings Island when the 364-acre amusement and water park opened 45 years ago in 1972 returned to the park for a visit.
Read More

Fireworks cap off memorable day at the park

Kings Island's colorful nightly fireworks display takes place every night the park closes at 10 p.m. or later this summer. Set to a stirring musical background, it is visible for miles around the area.
Read More

Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi

The city of Cincinnati has, perhaps, the most noteworthy German heritage of any city within the United States. Dating back to the 1700’s the influx of German settlers brought with them talents and abilities that show in the architecture, landmarks and industries that still populate the area to this day. It seemed only natural that Kings Island would incorporate the city’s vast German influence into its design. 
Read More