Skip to Main Content

Kings Island

Skip to Next Section

Rebirth of International Street to greet Kings Island guests on opening weekend 

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

New Orleans has its Bourbon Street. New York is famous for Park Avenue. Chicago has its Michigan Avenue. Kings Island has International Street.

When conceiving the idea for Kings Island, park designers wanted to create an escape from reality, a bubble from real world responsibilities. At the heart of it would be the creation of a dramatic entry way and for guests to become overcome by the immense beauty and tranquility as they passed through the gates. So they decided to incorporate theming elements from places around the world with a boulevard of shops and restaurants on International Street with five European countries represented accenting French, Spanish, Italian, Swiss and German life with a one-third scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France as the backdrop. Guests would get a taste and feel of each culture without ever leaving the ground.”

When Kings Island first opened its gates in 1972, this was the vision that park designers had in mind.

Brought on board to design International Street was Bruce Bushman, a former Walt Disney Imagineering layout design artist. Many of the practices used by Disney throughout their theme parks was incorporated by Bushman into the look and feel of International Street, most notably designing the second story of each building on a three-quarters scale.

2019 Updates to International Street

International Street hasn’t had a major makeover since the park opened, 47 seemed like a good age for a face lift. As per the original vision, International Street will continue to whisk guests away from reality. Crews have installed more than 130,000 pavers, the landscaping is being enhanced and improvements to the building façades have been made.

Adding to the theme of bringing the past back to life is reintroducing an icon to Festhaus. That’s right, the Festhaus Glockenspiel characters have been completely restored and are ready to announce the next quarter hour to park guests as they did until 2009. A brand new clock will also be displayed as well as new hand stenciled artwork on the building’s exterior.

The Royal Fountain has been updated and will now have choreographed daytime and nighttime shows. The shows will feature water that will shoot 50 percent higher into the air and the ability to individually control each of the fountains new 112 nozzles and 176 LED lights. 

With that being said, be sure to mark your calendars for Memorial Day weekend, as that will be when the new fireworks finale and shows make their debut. 

Opening weekend will begin with a Gold and Platinum Passholder Preview Night April 19, followed by the official start of the 2019 season April 20. The park will be closed on Easter Sunday April 21. 

 

Share This

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

Kings Island Wallpaper Wednesday

It’s Wallpaper Wednesday! Looking for a new background for your phone? We’ve got you covered with our Wallpaper Wednesday series on Twitter.
Read More

January 26, 1973: Partridge Family episode premiered on ABC TV

A year before The Brady Bunch, another TV family visited Kings Island with The Partridge Family filming episode No. 66 of the popular 1970’s prime-time ABC show at the park. The episode titled “I Left My Heart in Cincinnati” premiered on this day in 1973.
Read More

10 notable events in Kings Island history

Kings Island is home to some of the most thrilling rides in the world including Orion, which debuted in 2020. But rides aren’t the only thing Kings Island has been known for since opening its gates in 1972. The park has also been the site for numerous record-breaking and attention-grabbing events.
Read More

PEANUTS Sketch School at Home Episode 5: Woodstock

This episode of PEANUTS Sketch School at Home is really exciting as Sketch School teacher Noel shows you how to draw Woodstock. He’s super fun and makes some of the cutest cartoon noises ever invented.
Read More

New track construction begins on The Racer 

With the demolition of the old and original track from the base of the first drop to the base of the turnaround completed, new track construction on The Racer roller coaster has begun.
Read More

PEANUTS Sketch School at Home Episode 4: Pig-Pen

You’ve definitely got your work cut out for you in this episode – we hope you like dust! Sketch School art teacher Noel is going to show you how to draw Pig-Pen. He always makes a mess!
Read More

Orion named Best New Amusement Park Attraction for 2020 in national poll

Thank you, Orion fans! Kings Island is proud to announce that its new coaster, Orion, has claimed the title of Best New Amusement Park Attraction in this year’s USA TODAY 10Best.com Readers’ Choice Travel Awards poll.
Read More

Happy Holidays! 

VIDEO: From our Kings Island family to yours, have a happy and healthy holiday season.
Read More

PEANUTS Sketch School at Home Episode 3: Franklin

Who’s ready for another episode of PEANUTS Sketch School at Home? This week, you’ll learn how to draw Charlie Brown’s quiet, confident and good friend, Franklin!
Read More

Join us in fighting hunger this holiday season

This year, all of us at Kings Island are teaming up with Feeding America to help those in our community who are turning to food banks. Join us in this fight against hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read More