Skip to Main Content

Kings Island

Skip to Next Section

Kings Island turns 47 today

Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig 

  

April 29 is a big day in Kings Island’s history. It marks the anniversary of the park opening its gates to the public for the first time in 1972 and the creating of unforgettable memories for families to cherish began.

Although roller coasters like the Racer are still speeding up and down the tracks and the Grand Carousel still spins as it did years ago, the park has gone through many changes. When the park opened in 1972, there were just over 60 attractions for the public to enjoy. Now, after 47 years of capital investments in excess of $300 million, there are more than 100 attractions. 

In 1972, five themed areas were highlighted. Today there are seven. The employment opportunities have changed dramatically as well. Where it once took 1,300 employees to operate the park on any given day during the season, it now requires approximately 5,000 to keep the 364-acre amusement and water park in operation. The changes have not been limited to the park itself. The area surrounding the park, once farmland, now thrives with commercial and retail businesses, as well as the incredibly increasing population of homes.

Since welcoming its first guests in 1972, an annual visit to Kings Island has become tradition for millions of people. It’s where friendships began, where engagements happen, and where family firsts and milestones are celebrated. It’s fun and thrilling. The place so many Kings Island fans call home.

Share your favorite Kings Island memories in the comments area below.

Related Topics:

Share This

Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig 

  

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

How quickly can you piece together this digital jigsaw puzzle of Orion?

Our digital jigsaw puzzle series continues this week with a 300-piece puzzle of the new Orion giga coaster. How quickly can you piece this puzzle together? 
Read More

11 things you may not know about the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad

The Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad opened with the park in 1972 and has given 56.9 million rides – second most in park history behind the Racer (106.4 million). Visitors to Kings Island with nostalgic longings for the days of steam on the railroad always enjoy a trip aboard this ride.
Read More

Kings Island's Grand Carousel turns 94

Generations of amusement park goers, from toddlers to great-grandparents, have ridden Kings Island’s magnificent Grand Carousel since it gave its first rides on this date 94 years ago on the banks of the Ohio River at Cincinnati’s Coney Island.
Read More

Fireworks a Kings Island tradition

Growing up, Kings Island's director of communications, Chad Showalter, thought every amusement park ended their night with a fireworks celebration. Then he visited another park (within driving distance) and discovered that’s not always the case. 
Read More

This day in 2008: Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knievel, jumps 24 trucks at Kings Island 

Like father, like son. On May 24, 2008, daredevil Robbie (Kaptain) Knievel successfully jumped over 24 Coke Zero delivery trucks at Kings Island, the site of one of his father Evel Knievel's most famous stunts.
Read More

Roller Coaster Terminology 101 

When you’re having a discussion with a roller coaster enthusiast, it’s easy to get lost in the conversation if you don’t know the buzzwords like “Immelmann Roll.”
Read More

Take the ultimate virtual road trip this Memorial Day Weekend on favorite Cedar Fair roller coasters

Take the ultimate virtual road trip this Memorial Day Weekend, a wild ride along about 54,000 feet of wood, steel and fiberglass. Go coast to coast on an almost 10-mile wild ride on favorite coasters – wet and dry - from each Cedar Fair park across North America.
Read More

The Racer vs. The Beast: The Great Debate

It’s an age old argument that every avid roller coaster enthusiast has a particular, and usually fervent, opinion – which Kings Island roller coaster had the most significance on the amusement and theme park industry – The Racer or The Beast?
Read More

Seven little known facts about Kings Island's Rivertown

One look from the top of the Eiffel Tower shows Kings Island guests why the southeast corner of the park’s 364 acres is named Rivertown. Positioned next to the shores of the Little Miami River, the area was themed to look like an old river mining town.
Read More

Belly rubs welcomed by new K9 officer "Orion"

Kings Island fans are quickly falling in love with the area’s newest K9 police officer. Meet Orion, the two-year old, long-haired German Shepherd and newest K9 officer with the City of Mason’s police department.
Read More