Skip to Main Content

Kings Island

Kings Island announces important updates regarding the rest of the 2020 Season. Learn More.

Skip to Next Section

Glockenspiel to return for Kings Island’s 2019 season

Chad Showalter

Director, Communications - Kings Island

Twitter: @ChadShowalter

For ten years a cherished Kings Island icon rested in a small, dark corner of the park gathering dust. Rarely seen since it was removed from public view in 2009, the lifeless Festhaus Glockenspiel characters have been poised and ready to announce the next quarter hour, which never came. A musician waited to raise his trumpet. A chef, to display his culinary creation. A couple, ready to raise their steins in celebration.

When Kings Island opens to Gold and Platinum Passholders for preview night on April 19th, guests will get a first look at the completely restored characters and new clock at the main Festhaus entrance in the Oktoberfest area of the park. Maintenance, signage, and technical services associates, as well as outside vendors, combined for more than 100 hours of restoration to bring both the glockenspiel and entrance of Festhaus back to life, including:

  • A brand new clock supplied by The Verdin Company headquartered in Cincinnati
  • Completely restored glockenspiel characters
  • New hand stenciled artwork on the building’s exterior

According to Kings Island General Manager, Mike Koontz, restoring Festhaus’ exterior and glockenspiel pays homage to a building in the park with rich history.

“Above the doors to Festhaus are the lyrics to an old German Oktoberfest song,” Koontz said. “Translated, it says ‘A toast. A toast. To cheer and good times,’ and that’s what Festhaus has always been for Kings Island. A place where families can come together and create memories while eating together or enjoying a show. It seems only fitting that we restore the glockenspiel, to help bring back those memories and help today’s friends and families create new ones.”

In 2019, antique cars also will return to the park, along with a completely renovated International Street, and celebration of the Beast’s 40th anniversary. For many adults, this season they will see Kings Island like they haven’t in decades.

Festhaus Facts

  • The glockenspiel over the main entrance of Festhaus was made by employees in the Central Shop of Taft Attractions, the creative arm of Taft Broadcasting Company, which owned Kings Island when Festhaus was built.
  • There are five fiberglass figures, each over four feet tall.  Each were in disrepair until recently.
  • Inside Festhaus are the original tables handcrafted by David T. Smith (and his staff), who still operates a workshop in Morrow, Ohio today.
  • The Verdin Company provided both the original Festhaus clock in 1982 as well as the new clock which will debut at the beginning of the 2019 season.

 

Share This

Chad Showalter

Director, Communications - Kings Island

Twitter: @ChadShowalter

Post a Comment

Skip to Next Section

Kings Island Foodie News: Saturday's Chef's Plate special a sure crowd pleaser

If you’ve never had Ginger Tea Glazed Osso Bucco with Cilantro, this Saturday at Kings Island is your chance. It’s featured on this week’s Chef’s Plate menu, along with Scallion Pancakes and Grilled Green Beans in what is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Read More

Kings Island Foodie News: New this fall The French Corner on International Street

There’s no shortage of amazing treats that you can pick up when you visit Kings Island this fall to experience the all-new Tricks And Treats Fall Fest presented by HERSHEY and Kroger, including a sampling of France at a new store opening on International Street called The French Corner.
Read More

Last call to experience night rides and water attractions in 2020 at Kings Island 

This Saturday marks the last 10 p.m. close of the 2020 season at Kings Island, making it your last chance to experience night rides on some of your favorite attractions like The Beast, Orion and Mystic Timbers.
Read More

Ready, set, boo! All-new Tricks And Treats Fall Fest opens Sept. 26 at Kings Island 

This fall, the all-new Tricks And Treats Fall Fest presented by HERSHEY and Kroger will transform Kings Island into devilishly delightful family-friendly Halloween fun.
Read More

Kings Island's Over the Top award presented to six seasonal and part-time associates for the week ending September 13

As we begin a new week of content on the Kings Island Blog, we wanted to share with our readers the next group of deserving seasonal and part-time associates that were presented with the “Over the Top” award this past weekend by the park’s vice president and general manager, Mike Koontz.
Read More

Kings Island Foodie News: Maple and Fig Glazed Pork Loin on Saturday's Chef's Plate menu

The Orion giga coaster isn’t the only thing new thrilling Kings Island’s guests this summer. Chef’s Plate, a specialty entrée available on Saturdays at Wishbone Grill on International Street has also drawn rave reviews, offering a fresh and exciting new menu option each week.
Read More

Nine Kings Island seasonal and part-time associates take home last week's Over the Top awards

This past weekend, nine Kings Island seasonal and part-time associates were presented with the “Over the Top” award by the park’s vice president and general manager, Mike Koontz. The award, which was introduced in July, recognizes associates for what they’re doing to make the experience for our guests memorable and exceeding their expectations, along with what they’re doing for others.
Read More

Watch a replay of Kings Island's Royal Finale Fireworks in stunning 4K video

Fill the skies above your home with the best seat in the house on International Street for a replay of Kings Island’s Royal Finale Fireworks, filmed in stunning 4K video.
Read More

Spooktacular fall merchandise arriving at Kings Island

Autumn is just around the corner at Kings Island and with it, festive PEANUTS Halloween-themed merchandise is now available at Snoopy’s Boutique in Planet Snoopy. Featured items include t-shirts, hats, glassware and plush.
Read More

Kings Island Foodie News: BBQ baby back ribs highlight this Saturday's Chef's Plate menu 

Since it’s introduction a couple of week’s ago, Chef’s Plate, a specialty entrée available on Saturdays at Wishbone Grill on International Street, has been a big hit with our guests, offering a fresh and exciting new menu option every week.
Read More