Another year of amazing fun at Kings Island is here! If you’re ranking sentences, that one is probably pretty high up there on your list, right?
With the countdown to Gold and Platinum Passholder Preview Night on April 19 and Opening Day on April 20 down to single digits, here are some storylines that have made the 2019 season one of the most highly-anticipated in Kings Island’s 47-year history.
Antique Cars return
When Kings Island’s guests were asked in recent years what they would like to see return to the park, the most popular response, by far, was the antique cars, an attraction that operated from the park’s opening in 1972 to 2004. For many, it was an attraction they remembered riding with family and friends, or it was their first “driving” experience as a child, and one of the reasons why it held a special place in their hearts. The beloved attraction has returned this year with the new Kings Mills Antique Autos. The ride will be similar to the original Les Taxis, but with a few new enhancements. Guests will board 2/3 scare replicas of the 1911 Ford Model T and enjoy a leisurely three-minute journey. The ride’s name, along with its theming, will make the experience even more nostalgic for guests.
International Street reimagined
When Kings Island opens for the 2019 season, guests will notice that International Street has undergone a major makeover. Buildings have been refreshed, pavers have been replaced, and the Royal Fountain will delight park guests when the new fireworks finale and day and night fountain shows make their debut over Memorial Day weekend.
The Beast 40th anniversary
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast, and Kings Island will celebrate the anniversary in a special way by turning back the clock with a throwback to the original “flame-themed” color scheme on each of the coaster’s three trains and the return of the paw prints on the midway leading to the entrance of the ride. On Opening Day, April 20, riders on the first 40 trains after the park officially opens at 10 a.m. will receive a free Beast 40th anniversary t-shirt.
Miami River Brewhouse
Kings Island will continue to build on its dining experience in 2019 with the opening of a new restaurant. The Miami River Brewhouse is located in the Rivertown area of the park directly across from the award-winning Mystic Timbers roller coaster. The menu, personally crafted by Kings Island’s Executive Chef, James Major, will feature taps from the finest local breweries and well as appetizers, gourmet sandwiches and premium burgers.
Restored Festhaus Glockenspiel characters
When Kings Island opens for the 2019 season, guests will get a glimpse of the fully-restored Festhaus Glockenspiel characters and new clock. For 10 years, the memorable features sat dormant. More than 100 hours were put in to restoring the Glockenspiel and main entrance. The restored items include stencil work on the characters and on the new The Verdin Company clock.
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