Skip to Main Content

Kings Island

Skip to Next Section

Hidden references in Kings Mills Antique Autos

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

When you bring the past back to the present, you should always bring extras and that’s exactly what Kings Island did with the Kings Mills Antique Autos. While retaining the original look of the Les Taxis ride which operated from 1972 to 2004, Kings Mills Antique Autos features many odes to past and present rides within the ride itself. Let’s start with the cars themselves. These four passenger autos are 2/3-scale replicas of the 1911 Ford Model T, obviously an ode to the original cars from Les Taxis.

The license plates aren’t just random letters and numbers either. Each is unique:

  • VRT-X87
  • FOF-R96   
  • WWC-085  
  • VKF-Y82  
  • AEX-P91
  • INV-G99  
  • MYS-C17  
  • BST-079  
  • DBC-K09  
  • DLR-M03

On the bottom of every plate it says Ohio-72, which, quite obviously is the state and the year Kings Island opened, 1972. Can you guess all the license plate references? Comment down below!

Time for a pit stop at the Zodiac Gas Station, be sure you look in the windows as you drive by, there are plenty of references to rides old and new to peek in on. Zodiac was a double Ferris wheel that operated from 1975 until 1986. Since it was such a beloved ride, Kings Island wanted to pay homage to Zodiac by featuring it throughout the ride, including the gas station, a billboard and oil cans. The Racer gets its own nod as well with a classic billboard with the coaster in the background. Kings Island doesn’t just reference rides, it references people as well. Kramer’s Crossing refers to the park’s very own Doug Kramer. Doug started his career at Kings Island in 1978 and eventually became the Director of Safety and Security, meaning he managed all safety aspects of the park, including ride operations, before retiring last week.

Another billboard that has guests feeling nostalgic is the Wild Animal Habitat sign. The Safari Monorail operated for 20 seasons (1974-1993) and is still talked about and remembered fondly by guests to this day. This attraction turned the tables on what guests had seen at zoos.  At this attraction, they were the ones that were enclosed instead of the animals. It gave guests an amazing opportunity to see exotic animals up close.

Now we’d love to hear from you! Which reference is your favorite? Did you figure out all the license plates? What billboard were you most excited to see as you rode Antique Autos? Let us know in the comments section below!

Share This

Natalie Belfiglio

Social Media Coordinator - Kings Island 

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

This date in 1980: The Beast enters the Guinness Book of World Records

On this day 40 years ago (April 5, 1980), The Beast was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,359 feet!
Read More

This date in 1979: Testing of The Beast roller coaster began

On this day in 1979, the first test of The Beast roller coaster at Kings Island was beginning and the mission was to get the car to return.
Read More

Make your own amusement park map

If you’ve suddenly found yourself at home and are looking for kids or family activities to do, you’re not alone. Kings Island’s here to help! 
Read More

The aviation pioneer that invented Kings Island's Monster

If you’ve ever flown on Delta, American Airlines, Southwest or any commercial flight, you might owe your experience to early aviation pioneers like Lee Eyerly. It was his dream to make flights available for everyone, not just the upper class. And, it was that dream that would eventually inspire him to invent several iconic amusement park midway rides, including Kings Island’s very own Monster.
Read More

Annual care keeps The Racer in peak operating condition

The annual care that goes into keeping The Racer in peak operating condition included the retracking of the turnaround on the south side (red trains) of the twin-track wooden roller coaster over the winter.
Read More

Viking Fury gets new coat of paint

The Viking Fury, which has been at Kings Island since 1982, is getting a new coat of paint.
Read More

The story behind Mystic Timbers

Mystic Timbers debuted at Kings Island as one of the most anticipated new rides for 2017, boasting impressive thrill stats and an intriguing mystery.
Read More

At-home activities inspired by the PEANUTS Gang

The PEANUTS Gang have at-fun home for you and your family! Learn and play with PEANUTS activities for grades K-8 that explore STEM, language arts, social studies, math and more!
Read More

5 ways to have some Kings Island fun at home

Looking for something do at home with the kids? Here’s a list of five ways to have some Kings Island fun from the comforts of home.
Read More

The Voice: Kings Island live shows performer Michael Williams saved in battle on Team Nick

Eighteen year-old Michael Williams, who spent the past two years entertaining Kings Island guests as a performer in the park’s Country Flashback and WinterFest’s Holly Jolly Trolley shows, went head-to-head with Allegra Miles on NBC’s The Voice’s Battle Rounds on March 23.
Read More