FAQ

FAQ


A Quick Guide To The Most Common Questions


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The best deals on Kings Island general admission tickets is available online (Green Tickets Button at the top of this page), or Kroger stores. 

The ordering process online is quick and easy. After making your purchase, simply download and print your tickets. 

 

There is more than just rides at Kings Island


Kings Island does not offer a non-rider discount. Kings Island has a one-price admission as we're a multi-faceted park, not just a ride park. 

In addition to rides, Kings Island has live shows, roving characters, shops, restaurants and the 33-acre Soak City Waterpark which features more than 50 water activities.

 

Kings Island does not issue refunds or exchanges on Tickets and Season Passes


Admission tickets and Season Passes are non-refundable and non-exchangable for any reason after the order transaction has been completed at the front gate, online, by phone or when purchased at Kroger. This includes weather-related events.

We do  not issue rain checks. Please check local weather conditions prior to planning your visit.

 
Kings Island offers a discount for seniors (age 62 and older) and juniors (less than 48 inches) on both general admission tickets and season passes. Guests under the age of 3 do not require an admission ticket.
Guests under the age of 3 do not require an admission ticket to Kings Island.
No need to panic. You can have your tickets printed for you at Ticket Services located to the left of the Front Gate. You will need to present your order confirmation number and a photo ID. 
If you forget to bring your season pass, please proceed to the Will Call window located at the Front Gate. A nominal processing fee will be assessed if you lose your season pass.
Guests can receive full credit on their admission towards the purchase of a season pass. Stop by any ticket window at the Front Gate for details during your visit. Upgrading your admission towards a season pass must be done during the day of your visit.
Some attractions may close in inclement weather until conditions permit safe operation. Please enjoy a live show, meal or shopping until such weather passes. Kings Island cannot issue rain checks or refunds for inclement weather.
No outside food, beverages or coolers are allowed to be brought into Kings Island or the Soak City Waterpark.  Exceptions are made for Guests with special dietary needs to include food allergies and baby food and formula.  Guests with special dietary needs should stop at Guest Services located at the Front Gate when they arrive at the Park. 

If you wish to leave the park and return on the same day, please have your hand stamped at the Front Gate. If you wish to leave the parking lot and re-enter, present your parking receipt to the attendant when you return.  Please be advised there is no re-entry after 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights during Halloween Haunt.
There are several ATMs located throughout the park for your convenience, including near the main entrance.
We are pleased to offer a discount off the regular Front Gate admission price to active members of the military. The discount offer is available only at the park and is valid for up to six (6) family members. The discount price may vary throughout the season. A valid miltiary ID must be presented to receive this offer.
Guests with disabilities should stop by Guest Services located at the Front Gate for information regarding park and ride accessibility. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rental on a first come, first served basis at the Front Gate.
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis at the Front Gate.
Only guide dogs and service animals are permitted in the park. Your pet may be left at the Kings Island Pet Care Center located outside the Front Gate during park operating hours. A $20 fee is required.
Guests must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at Kings Island. Valid State issued identification or valid driver's license is required upon each person purchasing, possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted while in line for any ride.
Kings Island accepts cash, credit or debit cards from American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover. A valid driver's license must be presented when using a credit card for purchases at the park.
As we strive to accommodate all of our guests, designated smoking areas have been established throughout Kings Island. Please refer to our park map for specific locations during your visit, or ask any park associate for locations of the designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted in any theater, ride or waiting area.
Lockers are available for rent in different areas of the main park and in Soak City.
Guests can enjoy regional favorites and name-brand choices like Skyline Chili, LaRosa's Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Cinnabon, Graeters Ice Cream and Starbucks. There's also traditional amusement park favorites such as hamburgers, hotdogs, deli sandwiches, burritos, tacos, taco salads, BBQ chicken and ribs and smoked turkey legs. Kings Island is also famous for its blue ice cream!
Your admission to Kings Island includes all rides, live shows and attractions, and the all-new 33-acre Soak City Water Park. Your admission ticket does not include four paid attractions (Sling Shot, Xtreme Flyer and Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Island) or events which require a separate admission.
Parking is $15 per vehicle for regular parking and $22 for preferred. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available near the Front Gate on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Island is the world's largest animatronic dinosaur park and features more than 65 life-sized, moving dinosaurs in a spectacular 12.5-acre Jurassic forest setting. Dinosaurs Alive is not included with park admission or season pass. A separate admission ticket is required for this attraction for non-Gold and Platinum passholders. Tickets to see and experience the world's largest animatronic dinosaur park are available to purchase at the entrance to Dinosaurs Alive! and gift shops located throughout the park.
Only guide dogs/service animals are permitted in the park.  Your pet may be left at the Kings Island Pet Care Center located outside the Front Gate during park operating hours.  A $20 fee is required. 
Halloween Haunt is included free with park admission to Kings Island. Guests with 2014 Gold and Platinum season passes can enjoy unlimited admission during public operating days in the fall. Regular season passes are not valid for admission to Kings Island during public operating days after Labor Day. 

Some Helpful Hints To Plan Your Day

The all-new Soak City Waterpark is included FREE with park admission to Kings Island.   Don't forget to bring appropriate swimwear so you can splish, splash and laugh on the more than 50 water activities in Soak City, including 30 water slides and a massive new wave pool. 

The best deal on 2014 Kings Island general admission tickets is tickets is right here online. You will save big off the regular front gate price when you buy your tickets in advance online. 
Wear comfortable, broken in shoes.  Wear cotton clothing; it is light and dries quicker on water rides such as Congo Falls and White Water Canyon.  And, you may want to bring an extra pair of dry socks.
Plan your meals for non-traditional times for lunch and dinner.  This will save you time.
The wait for the Beast and Diamondback roller coasters are usually longer in the morning than during the afternoon or early evening hours.  We recommend that you take advantage of the shorter times on the park's other world-class rides and attractions during the AM hours. 
Located in Planet Snoopy throughout the day until 5:00pm and occasionally at the Front Gate are your favorite PEANUTS characters.  Have your camera ready to snap a photo of your favorite pals from PEANUTS TV shows and comic strips.   To save time, the best place to meet the characters is immediately following the PEANUTS Party in the Plaza show at the Bandstand on International Street.   Pick up a Show Guide when you arrive at the park for times. 
Drink fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated. 
Wear sunscreen, and reapply it throughout the day.  Little ones are especially susceptible to the sun. 
As we strive to accommodate all of our guests, designated smoking areas have been established throughout Kings Island.  Please refer to our Park Guide & Map for specific locations.  Smoking is not permitted in any theater, ride or waiting area, and any in-door or out-door restaurant.  Thank you for your cooperation.
Although food and beverages are not allowed to be brought into the park, individuals who have special diets or need items due to a medical condition are asked to visit
Guest Services located at the Front Gate for accommodation.

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The world's longest inverted roller coaster, "Banshee," will debut in April 2014 at Kings Island. Riders will scream their way through 4,124 feet of track and seven inversions at speeds up to 68 mph! 

The ride experience on Banshee begins with a lift taking riders up to the maximum height of 167 feet. Riders will then plunge down a 150-foot Curved Drop, Dive Loop, a loop interacting with the lift, Zero-G-Roll, Batwing, Outside Loop, Spiral, In-Line Roll and Carousel. 

Video and photo opportunities of the construction of the $24 million ride are available for members of the news media. Please contact Kings Island's Public Relations Department in advance by calling (513) 754-5797 or via e-mail at 
Don.Helbig@visitkingsisland.com to arrange for a construction tour. 
The thrill of being among the first night riders on the new Banshee roller coaster at Kings Island will have a whole new meaning April 17, when Kings Island hosts "Scream for A Kid Again" to raise money for the Greater Cincinnati chapter of A Kid Again, a non-profit organization which strives to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families by providing healing times of respite through fun-filled group activities and destination events.

Kings Island and roller coaster enthusiasts alike will enjoy a night filled with riding the world's longest inverted roller coaster over and over again from 9:00pm until 11:00pm. All participants must raise a minimum of $100 for A Kid Again to take part and will receive complimentary admission tickets to Kings Island, a certificate of participation, a Scream for A Kid Again t-shirt, food and unlimited rides on Banshee. Plaques will be awarded to the top five fundraisers.

Interview opportunities with park and A Kid Again officials are available in advance of the event. Please contact Kings Island's Public Relations Department at (513) 754-5797 or via e-mail at Don.Helbig@visitkingsisland.com to set up an interview. 
Still growling and prowling, after all these years. A legend in its own time; it is arguably the greatest wooden roller coaster ever built.

The Beast roller coaster at Kings Island celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2014 and shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, the ride remains as popular as ever with park visitors.

When the Beast opened to the public April 14, 1979, it was acclaimed America’s ultimate roller coaster. It broke all existing records as the longest and fastest ride in the world. It is still listed in the prestigious “Guinness Book of World Records” as the world’s longest wooden roller coaster.

The Beast is also unique in that it was completely designed and constructed by Kings Island personnel.

More information regarding the Beast 35th anniversary season is available by contacting Kings Island's Public Relations Department at (513) 754-5797 or via e-mail at Don.Helbig@visitkingsisland.com.

For the 13th consecutive year, Amusement Today readers awarded Kings Island with the prestigious Golden Ticket Award for Best Kids’ Area in the World!

Planet Snoopy features an elaborate collection of PEANUTS-themed rides and attractions for every age, including more kids' roller coasters (four) than any other amusement park in the world. 

Planet Snoopy also features a live stage show, and daily meet-and-greets with everyone's favorite PEANUTS characters such as Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Schroeder, Franklin, and of course the world's most popular beagle, Snoopy! 
 

With more than 50 water activities, including 30 water slides, two wave pools, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers, three family activity areas, sand volleyball courts, careening waterfalls, all surrounded by lush landscaping, no other water park in the region can compare to Soak City.  The 33-acre waterpark is included free with park admission to Kings Island. 

Visitors to Kings Island can step back in time to the beginning of the "Age of the Dinosaurs" at Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Island -- the most immersive and comprehensive Mesozoic experience -- and encounter the beasts that dominated the planet for over 180 million years. 

This multi-sensory and interactive experience is the world's largest animatronic dinosaur park and brings not only insight into the new scientific discoveries concerning the appearance and behaviors of dinosaurs, but also features some of the latest finds including Mojoceratops and Kosmoceratops, both of whom were discovered in 2010. 

Dinosaurs Alive! is presented in a spectacular outdoor Jurassic forest setting, in order to feature the full life-sized majesty of gigantic sauropods such as Mamenchisaurus and the over 60-foot tall Sauroposeidon, which is the world's largest animatronic dinosaur. 

Combining finely detailed, hand-crafted animatronics, interactive consoles, a lush setting and educational content that reflects the latest scientific theories, Dinosaurs Alive! offers not only the excitement of a tail thrashing, clawing and roaring exhibition but the opportunity for guests of all ages to actively engage in a unique learning experience during their visit to Kings Island. 

In addition to a day of fun and thrills at Kings Island, while in Cincinnati you will want to take time to visit the world-class Cincinnati Zoo and learn about species of animals from all over the world, or catch a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, which is fun for the whole family. For rainy days, the Newport Aquarium showcases some of the finest fish around! Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Museum Center is three museums in one, including a Cincinnati history museum, museum of science and natural history and a world-class children’s museum.
Many people today have never been on a train. And still fewer people have been on a real steam train. That’s why Kings Island’s re-creation of the railroad of the late 1800’s appeals to guests of all ages.

Kings Island’s two locomotives have been at the park since it opened in 1972 and are scale replicas of the famous 1800’s locomotive known as The General, which was the subject of the Great Locomotive Chase of the American Civil War (The General is preserved at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia). Although Kings Island’s engines are fired by propane rather than coal, they are in fact real authentic steam engines. The only thing Kings Island’s railroad lacks is the coal smoke and soot. The 400-gallon boilers on each engine make them real steam-spitting locomotives.
The Grand Carousel is the oldest ride at Kings Island.  The Grand Carousel was purchased by Cincinnati's Coney Island in 1926 for $201,000 from the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. A popular family attraction, the Grand Carousel is a classic attraction and features 28 jumping horses, 20 stationary horses, and is painted with more than 20,000 sheets of 23-karat gold and 1,000 sheets of sterling silver.

Kings Island History

The idea for Kings Island was conceived in 1964 when Coney Island, a popular amusement park located on the banks of the Ohio River 10 miles east of downtown Cincinnati, suffered from a major flood that submerged the park in over 14 feet of water.  Flooding was nothing new for Coney Island.  The park was very successful, but due to limited space there was no room for expansion.  Parking was also an issue.  The Wachs family who owned and operated Coney Island began to explore the possibility of relocating the park.  They had no choice if they wanted to remain competitive.  In 1968, following actor Fess Parker's announced plans to build a new theme park across the river in Kentucky, the need to relocate the park became much more urgent.  The Wachs family had been trying for nearly five years to find a major financial partner.  With time of the essence, the Wachs family in July of 1969, sold their much beloved park to the Taft Broadcasting Company for $6.5 million.   Taft Broadcasting had been looking for a way to market and promote its newly acquired Hanna-Barbera division, and the amusement park industry was the perfect place.  In the fall of 1969, Taft Broadcasting purchased 1,600 acres of land in Warren County, Ohio for $3.2 million for the purpose of building one of the finest amusement/theme parks in the country, Kings Island! 

The construction of Kings Island began June 15, 1970.   A public contest was held to name the new park.  Kings Island emerged as the most popular choice for its recognition of the town where the park was being built, Kings Mills, as well as its predecessor, Coney Island.  Many of Coney Island's rides were transported and installed at Kings Island within three months of Coney Island closing its gates on September 6, 1971, including: The Tumblebug, Scrambler, Flying Scooters, Spider, Dodgem, Turnkpike Cars, Sky Ride and Rotor.   There had been lengthy discussions about relocating the popular Shooting Star roller coaster to Kings Island, but the decision was made to build a new, bigger, faster and better roller coaster, The Racer.  The Eiffel Tower, originally planned for Coney Island and a one-third replica of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, became the centerpiece of the new park.  After nearly two years of construction, the park was ready to open for families and thrill-seekers in April, 1972. 

Kings Island opened its gates April 29, 1972.  The star attractions early on were the twin-track Racer roller coaster, the Enchanted Voyage dark ride, and the Eiffel Tower.  Kings Island gained national attention when two well-known ABC sitcoms filmed episodes at the park: The Partridge Family in 1972, and The Brady Bunch in 1973.   In 1977, the Screamin' Demon debuted as the first forward and then backward-looping roller coaster in the United States.  People came from coast-to-coast to ride it.  But in 1979, the park unveiled a ride that would forever change the world ... well, at least the roller coaster world when Kings Island unleashed The Beast.  It was the biggest, baddest, longest, fastest wooden roller coaster in the world.  The ride still stands today as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,400 feet.

The decade of the 80's featured a series of world firsts at Kings Island, and the first ownership change in the park's history.  In 1981, the park introduced The Bat, which was the world's first suspended roller coaster.  The ride's history was brief due to mechanical issues -- just two short years of operation -- but it was the first step in the fourth generation of roller coasters.  In 1982, Kings Island again made history when one side of the Racer was turned around backwards, making it the world's first full-length, backwards traveling roller coaster.  Later that year, Kings Island became the first amusement/theme park to hold a winter event when Winterfest was introduced.   King Cobra debuted in 1984.  It was the first roller coaster in the world designed from the ground-up as a stand-up roller coaster.  The 1984 season also saw the Taft Broadcasting Company sell its theme park division to Kings Entertainment Company (KECO), a company formed by senior executives and general managers of Taft's Amusement Park division.  The Vortex was added in 1987 and was the first roller coaster in the world to feature six inversions.  Before the end of the 1987 season, Kings Island was sold for the second time in three years when American Financial Corporation purchased Kings Island and two other parks (Carowinds and Kings Dominion) and a 20-percent stake in Canada's Wonderland for $150 million.  While new and innovative roller coasters dominated the headlines for most of the decade, a new section of the park was added in 1989 when WaterWorks made its debut as a family waterpark. 
Kings Island and the rest of the parks in the chain were purchased by Paramount Communications, Inc. for $400 million in 1992.  Paramount formed a new division which was known as Paramount Parks.  That same year, Paramount Parks began adding its themes from movies released by the studio, like Top Gun and Face/Off.  Viacom entered the picture in 1994 and purchased Paramount Communications, Inc., which opened the door for Nickelodeon themes and characters to be used in the park.  In 1993, the Top Gun roller coaster opened as the first new ride in the Paramount era.  Three years later, in 1996, Kings Island unveiled the world's first Linear Induction Motor (LIM) launch roller coaster, The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear.   In 1997, Kings Island celebrated its 25th Anniversary season.  The Hanna-Barbera kids' area received a major makeover in 1998.  Drop Zone (now Drop Tower) and Face/Off (now Invertigo) were added in 1999 in the newly dubbed Action Zone area of the park.   Closing out the decade of the 90's was a major announcement on July 8, 1999, when Kings Island revealed plans to build the Son of Beast roller coaster.  The new ride claimed several world records, including the tallest, fastest and only looping wooden roller coaster.
In addition to Son of Beast, the 2000 season saw the debut of the park's first Halloween event, FearFest.  Parts of Rivertown and Hanna-Barbera Land were transformed into Nickelodeon Central in 2001.  Highlighting the new attractions in Nickelodeon was the world's first junior inverted roller coaster, Runaway Reptar (now Flying Ace Aerial Chase).  The 2001 season began a current run of 11 consecutive years Kings Island has received the prestigious Golden Ticket Award for Best Kids' Area in the World.  A major new attraction opened in 2002 in Rivertown, Tomb Raider: The Ride.   Another world's first was added in 2003 when the park introduced Delirium, a Giant Frisbee ride.  The Beast celebrated its 25th Annivesary season in 2004.  A refurbished and expanded waterpark also opened that season, Boomerang Bay.  The Italian Job: Stunt Track roller coaster (now Backlot Stunt Coaster) debuted in 2005.  On June 30, 2006, Kings Island and the four other Paramount Parks were sold to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company for $1.25 billion.  The park celebrated its 35th anniversary and introduced Halloween Haunt in 2007.   In 2009, the park unveiled the tallest and fastest roller coaster to ever strike Kings Island with Diamondback.  The world's best kids' area received a fresh new look with a timeless classic in 2010 with Planet Snoopy. 

The next decade of world-class thrills, fun and family entertainment opened with a bang in 2011 with the addition of WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall tower swing ride, and the world's largest animatronic dinosaur park, Dinosaurs Alive!  With 15 thrill-inducing roller coasters, Soak City Waterpark, a 13-time, award-winning kids' area, high-energy live stage shows, classic family rides, and most unique Halloween events around, today's Kings Island remains one of the finest amusement/theme parks in the world. 

Did You Know?

Susan Perkins, “Miss America of 1978,” worked as a live shows performer at Kings Island.
When the park’s famous replica Eiffel Tower was originally painted, in 1971, it took 1,000 gallons of paint.
The park’s famous carousel was originally at Old Coney Island. The carousel was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Philadelphia, in 1926. During the 1937 flood, when it was in operation at Coney Island, some of the horses were swept down the river. A reward was offered for them, or pieces of them, and parts were returned from as far away as Memphis, TN. In 1968, the carousel was completely restored and it took one man, Bill Tull, seven months to hand paint the horses.
The original name of the Woodstock Express roller coaster was Scooby Doo. 
The Racer roller coaster has given more than 99 million rides since 1972, the most in park history. 
The Fairfield Marching Band performed as part of the Opening Day Ceremonies on April 29, 1972.
Fresh Horses starring Molly Ringwald. 
Carmen Electra, then known as Tara Patrick, was a dancer in the 1990's show, "It's Magic" in the Kings Island Theater on International Street.
The Fountain on International Street is 320 feet long -- more than the length of a football field! 
There are 11 remaining rides that opened with Kings Island in 1972:  The Racer, Eiffel Tower, Grand Carousel, Scrambler, Monster, Dodgem, Linus' Beetle Bugs, Race for Your Life Charlie Brown, K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad, Peanuts Off-Road Rally and Woodstock Express.
During the design phase of Kings Island, the proposed name for the Rivertown section of the park was Frontiertown.  The name was changed to Rivertown prior to the park's opening in 1972. 
The Brady Bunch filmed one of its most popular episodes,  "The Cincinnati Kids," in 1973 at Kings Island. 
Amazon Falls was the original name of Congo Falls when the attraction opened in 1988 at Kings Island. 
The Grand Carousel features a total of 48 horses.  There are 28 jumping horses and 20 stationary horses.  The horses on the outer ring are stationary.  The middle ring features the "jumping horses" while the inner ride is made up of both.

Construction of Kings Island began on June 15, 1970. 

The original marketing slogan for the park when Kings Island opened in 1972 was "C'mon, Get Happy."

Kings Island's locomotives are scale replicas of the famous 1800's locomotive known as The General, which was the subject of The Great Locomotive Chase of the American Civil War.
One of America’s most unusual Bicentennial Celebrations that year took place at Kings Island when band leader, Paul Revere, was married on July 4 in front of the park’s American Heritage Music Hall (now named Kings Island Theater). All members of his Raiders band were dressed in authentic American Revolutionary uniforms.
The last year of operation for Sky Ride was 1979.  The ride was among the attractions transported from Cincinnati's Coney Island for the park's opening in 1972.  The Sky Ride gave 12,273,796 rides during its eight seasons of operation at Kings Island.

KI By the Year

On June 15, 1970, the Taft Broadcasting Company broke ground and began the construction of Kings Island led by the Charles V. Maescher & Co. Construction firm. By the end of the year construction of the Eiffel Tower, Royal Fountains and Racer roller coaster was underway. The park was dubbed Kings Island, after the town of Kings Mills in which the park was built and its famous predecessor on the Banks of the Ohio River, Coney Island. Only 150 of the 1600 acres purchased were utilized to begin building the park.
Construction of the Eiffel Tower, Royal Fountain and Racer roller coaster were completed by early fall. By Thanksgiving, rides and attractions had been transported and installed from Coney Island, including the Dodgem, Scrambler, Monster, Rotor, Log Flume, Sky Ride, Tumblebug and Flying Scooters.
After two years of construction, Kings Island opened to public April 29, 1972. The two flagship rides were the Racer and the Enchanted Voyage dark ride through Hanna-Barbera's cartoon land. The Racer was the first twin-track wooden coaster to be built in modern times and at speeds approaching 60 mph, it was the fastest, too. At $2 million, the dark ride was the most expensive attraction in the park. Other popular rides included: the Rotor, the Tumblebug, the Sky Ride, the Spirit of '76, the Wild Mouse, the Scooby-Doo roller coaster, the Spider, the Antique Cars, and the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad.
On April 18, 1973, the park announced the completion of a $6 million expansion project. Three rides were added - the Flying Dutchmen, the Bayern Kurve, and a second log flume - as well as a new games arcade, a 1/2 mile nature trail, and a sit down, fine-dining restaurant specializing in chicken dishes and sourdough bread. The park gained national attention in January when The Partridge Family aired an episode shot entirely at the park in 1972 called, "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati." Former Cincinnati Reds great and National Baseball Hall of Fame member Johnny Bench and former Miss Ohio Mary Ann Mobley guest-starred. Not about to be outdone, the entire cast of The Brady Bunch visited the park in August to shoot their own episode.

A fifth themed area was added this year - the 100 acre Lion Country Safari (later known as Wild Animal Habitat).  During early stages of construction, developers decided to take the then popular drive-through nature park a step further.  By adding a monorail ride, a new concept in animal preservation was born in the country.  Grand opening guests this year witnessed a record-breaking high wire walk by 69-year-old Karl Wallenda.

Daredevil Evel Knievel successfully jumped over 14 Greyhound buses on his motorcycle in the Kings Island parking lot on October 25 to set a new world's record.  The jump was nationally televised by ABC-TV's "Wide World of Sports" and held the highest rating in the shows history.  Additions to the park included the Zodiac, one of only two double ferris wheels in the United States at the time, and the world's largest floral hanging basket weighing in at approximately eight tons.
Following the collapse of the park's air theatre from a heavy snow storm, the imposing American Heritage Music Hall (now known as Kings Island Theater) was erected at a cost of $1.8 million.  This event ended the standing joke in the air theatre that preceded every live show -- "In case of sudden loss of air pressure, everyone should lie down on the floor and blow up at the ceiling!"  On July 4, the park held a unique bicentennial celebration that made Time Magazine.  Paul Revere, band leader of the popular group Paul Revere and the Raiders, was married on this day with members of his band dressed in authentic revolutionary uniforms.  Also this year, the Racer became the one and only ride to have more than 3 million riders in one season.  The 1976 total for the Racer was 3,681,338.
The park's major new attraction this year, the Screamin' Demon, was the first steel looping coaster in the United States to run both forward and backward.  The entertainment program was expanded once again with the construction of the 1,700-seat outdoor International Showplace Theater which was officially dedicated by comedian Dick Van Dyke.  Van Dyke also served as the park's commercial spokesperson.  Other new attractions included the Fascination game building in the Coney Mall area and the introduction of the park's famous thick-cut fries at the Rivertown Potato Works.
The now-relocated College Football Hall of Fame joined the Kings Island complex. The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) championship tournament was held at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course across the street from the park.  At the park, a new Tower Gardens area was opened, an electronic shooting gallery was the new game, and the wildlife preserve became home for 15 black-footed penguins from Africa.  Comedian Jonathan Winters added his talents and humor to the role of park commercial spokesperson.
It was billed as the "biggest, baddest, longest, fastest roller coaster in the world."  You guessed it -- The Beast!  Three years in the making by park personnel, The Beast set a new standard for roller coasters throughout the world.  The Beast continues to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest wooden roller coaster.  The coaster is always ranked as one of the top wooden roller coasters in the world in Industry polls and by groups such as the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
A number of improvements were made to the Beast this year, including re-banking parts of the track, enclosing the 540-degree helix-turn, and joining the other two main tunnels.  Consumer demand prompted the opening of the Beast souvenir shop near the ride where "I tamed the Beast" buttons were the hot commodity.  A wine and cheese shop in the Oktoberfest area rounded out the year's new product.
In the spring of 1981, a totally new concept in steel roller coasters landed at the park.  The $3.8 million Bat was the prototype suspended roller coaster featuring free swinging cars that "flew" at speeds over 50 mph and hung from an overhead track.  Although the Bat was popular with guests, it was dismantled and removed in 1984 due to continual mechanical difficulties.  In July, the Wild Animal Habitat joined the Cincinnati Zoo and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine to establish the Cincinnati Wildlife Federation to propagate endangered species.  Finally, roving atmosphere performers like jugglers and magicians were added to unexpectedly entertain guests throughout the park. 
The park pulled out all the stops this year with one exciting announcement after another.  In the ride department, the Viking Fury swinging ship debuted along with a $2.1 million expansion renovation of Hanna-Barbera Land.  Another ride first occurred when one of the trains on the Racer was turned around to travel in the backwards direction.  The other side of the twin racing roller coaster remained traveling forward.  The hit of the summer was the 10,000-seat TimberWolf Ampitheatre which would bring top name concert acts to the area.  The kickoff concert was Air Supply July 9.  The biggest news of the year was the announcement that Kings Island would become the first amusement/theme park in the country to open for the winter holidays.  Winterfest exceeded park officials expectations with over 271,000 visitors during the six-week tribute.
Kings Island's new $2.5 million German Festhaus first opened during Winterfest in 1982, but in the 1983 summer season it featured live entertainment and international food selections.  The entire Oktoberfest themed area was refurbished.  The Cincinnati Wildlife Research Federation's embryo program in an exotic species resulted in the birth of a female calf in June at Kings Island.  It was an eland-to-eland transfer and a first in veterinary medicine history.
The park unveiled yet another United States first -- a stand-up, steel looping roller coaster dubbed King Cobra.  The high tech ride was joined by the introduction of the sensational blue Smurfs cartoon characters.  Not only could the Smurfs be found at the front gate greeting visitors, but the Enchanted Voyage ride was rethemed to feature their adventures.  The Cincinnati Wildlife Research Foundation enjoyed two more research breakthroughs involving embryo transfers.
White Water Canyon, a $4 million rapid river ride, led the park to a then-record attendance high of 2,981,861 visitors.  The ride, specifically designed for Kings Island by Intamin, Inc. of Zurich, Switzerland, drenched each six passenger raft on its 1,680-foot-long channel through rapids, whirlpools, and geysers.  Later, coin-operated "geyser" machines were added to allow spectators the opportunity to soak riders too.  Signs at the beginning of the ride queue line read, "You WILL get wet on this ride!"
During Kings Island's conception, park officials continually stressed that Coney Island was much too valuable and memorable to be completely destroyed.  Thus, an entire area was set up in remembrance of Coney and in just six weeks after it closed in 1971, most of Coney's rides were transported and installed to their new home at Kings Island.  The area was expanded in 1986 with the additions of the 90-foot-high wheel called Skylab, the Zephyr swing ride, and reburbishment of the Dodgem bumper cars.  The Cinema 180 Theatre was also added at the end of Coney Mall.  The 60 by 30-foot-high screen was designed to make viewers feel as though they were part of the action -- whether this was pulling 5-G's while flying with the U.S. Air Force "Thunderbirds", flying over the Mt. St. Helen's crater, or feeling out of control on a run-away train.
Visitors felt the grip of Vortex, a $4 million roller coaster constructed with 750 tons of steel.  The coaster turns riders upside down six times -- more than any other ride in the world when it opened.  Vortex again put Kings Island in the national and international spotlight with crews from Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, and a Chinese television station visiting the park.  Kings Island also presented its first ice skating show, "Hot Ice," in the German Festhaus.  Co-produced by Ice Capades producer Bietak Productions in Los Angeles, CA, the spectacular featured 10 national and world figure skaters.  Park attendance went over 3 million for the first time.
Following the success of the White Water Canyon ride, the park installed another water attraction guaranteed to soak visitors, not just get them wet.  With Amazon Falls (now Congo Falls), a deck was built over the waterfall drop where observers could experience the feel of a "tidal wave" as gallons of water came crashing toward them.  A new 3-D move, "Sea Dream," added an unusual dimension to the park's entertainment package.  The movie was directed by Academy Award filmmaker Murray Lerner, who is also credited with reinventing the 3-D process.  The park also initiated an annual Science Day program for children of all ages and levels of scientific knowledge.  Students were challenged to calculate the speed, energy, and physical reactions of various park attractions.  Sixty-two schools throughout the tri-state and West Virginia participated. 
Waterworks, a new 12-acre themed area of exciting water attractions opened at Kings Island.  The $4.2 million addition featured 15 wet and wild water slides, a river inner-tube ride, a children's water activities area, and a live reggae band playing island favorites.  The legendary Beast celebrated its 10th Anniversary and the park enjoyed another record year with more than 3 million visitors.  Because Kings Island now offered so much to see and do, a specially priced two-day ticket was introduced.
Flight Commander, a futuristic flight simulator ride kicked off the year.  A joystick in each pod allowed visitors to become the "pilot" leading the capsule into climbs, dives, and barrel rolls.  The American Heritage Music Hall presented a new live show format with "It's Magic."  The show featured seven spectacular illusions created by internationally famous magician Mark Wilson.  Kings Island continued to be recognized as the top seasonal amusement/theme park in the country with yet another 3 million-plus in attendance.
Continuing the unique roller coaster legacy, the park introduced an adventure style coaster complete with special lighting, sound, and mechanical effects with Adventure Express.  Lazer Maze, the latest in game technology, was another hit this year.  Game participants were armed with a special infrared light gun to "zap" moving targets.  The merchandise department introduced the new "Hanna-Barbera Shop" featuring limited edition cartoon cels for the young at heart.  Olympic figure skating medalist Debi Thomas performed for guests on the International Street ice rink during Winterfest and hot teen stars from the year's most popular TV shows "Beverly Hills 90210" and the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" made special appearances.
Kings Island celebrated its 20th Anniversary season this year.  The party began with the debut of a new haunted ride Phantom Theatre, the Enchanted Theatre for children, a children's steel roller coaster, an exciting anniversary parade, and many other special events.  In August, Paramount Communications, Inc. purchased Kings Island and KECO to form Paramount Parks. 
Top Gun (now Flight Deck), a fun-filled suspended roller coaster that takes guests on an unforgettable jet ride, opens near Lion Country Safari.  Columbia Palace in Rivertown becomes Wings Diner.  Busytown Grill replaces Quickdraw's Cafe.  The German Bier Gardens is re-named Oktoberfest Gardens.  At the end of the season, the Lion Country Safari and monorail is removed. 
Days of Thunder (now Thunder Alley), an exciting new NASCAR racing simulator opens in Coney Mall between the Racer's turnaround.  The Wild Animal Habitat becomes Adventure Village.  Preston T. Tucker's Roadside Cafe, based on the 1988 Paramount movie "Tucker: The Man and his Dream" opens in Coney Mall.  Busytown Grill opens in Hanna-Barbera Land. 
Green slime invades the park when Nickelodeon Splat City explodes onto the scene, introducing a new brand of messy fun.  The Skycoaster opens in Adventure Village.
The world's first Linear Induction Motor (LIM) launch roller coaster, Outer Limits: Flight of Fear, opens this season in Coney Mall.  This unique attraction sends riders over almost 3,000 feet of track in complete darkness.  The XS Raceway go-kart attraction opens in Adventure Village.   
Kings Island celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season.  A limited number of 25th Anniversary posters are given away on Opening Day.  WaterWorks increases in size to 15 acres with the introduction of a wave pool, Surfside Bay, which is dubbed the only place to surf in the Midwest.  A new children's water play area is also added, Buccaneer Island. 
The 1998 season saw a major makeover in Hanna-Barbera Land.  Scooby's Ghoster Coaster, Yogi's Sky Tours, Atom Ant's Airways are among the new attractions added.  A new attraction opens in WaterWorks, the Wipeout Beach surfing area.  Days of Thunder was renamed Paramount Action FX Theater and featured a new film, James Bond 007: A License to Thrill. 
The new Face/Off inverted looping roller coaster and the Drop Zone Stunt Tower open in the new Paramount Action Zone section of the park.  Face/Off (now Invertigo) is the only looping, forward and backward, face-to-face inverted coaster in the Midwest.  Drop Zone (now Drop Tower) is the world's tallest gyro-drop at a staggering 315 feet.  Construction begins on a major new attraction.  On July 8, the park announces it is building a record-breaking roller coaster, Son of Beast.  The ride will be the world's tallest, fastest and only looping wooden roller coaster. 
Son of Beast is introduced as the world's tallest, fastest and only looping wooden roller coaster.  This behemoth coaster tops off a massive, two-year, $40 million capital expansion program at the 364-acre amusement and waterpark -- more than it cost to build the park in 1972.  FearFest debuts as the first Halloween event in the park's history. 

Areas of Rivertown and Hanna-Barbera Land are re-themed into Nickelodeon Central.  New attractions include Rugrats Runaway Reptar, the world's first inverted roller coaster for kids, and the Wild Thornberry's River Adventure, which had formerly been known as the Log Flume.  The Outer Limits: Flight of Fear is renamed Flight of Fear.   The 7th Portal is the new attraction in the Action FX Theater.  This year marked the final season for King Cobra.  Gold Season Passes are introduced and include free season-long parking and other exciting VIP perks. 

Kings Island celebrates its 30th Anniversary season with the premiere of Tomb Raider: The Ride, a heavily-themed, totally immersive dark ride adventure.  This collaborate effort between Paramount Studios and Kings Island marks the first in a unique experience where riders attempt to survive numerous Tomb Raider encounters.  Construction begins in July on a new dark ride experience for 2003.
The park introduces something for every member of the family with the addition of three new attractions: Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Castle, Delirium and SpongeBob SquarePants 3-D. Delirium is the world's first HUSS Giant Frisbee.  The Fountain on International Street was rebuilt.  In September, high winds destroy the park's marquee sign located by Kings Island Drive.
The Beast celebrates its 25th Anniversary season.  A 25th Anniversary video is played in the Beast's queue line.  Crocodile Dundee's Boomerang Bay Waterpark (later changed to Boomerang Bay Waterpark) opens to transport guests to a sunny down under water paradise.  The Paramount Theater (now Kings Island Theater) is renovated and features a new live show, "The Magic of the Movies."  The Nickelodeon Parade debuts in July. 

The Italian Job: Stunt Track opens as a new, fully themed action stunt car experience in Coney Mall.  Happy Days Diner replaces Preston T. Tucker's Roadside Cafe just around the corner from the park's newest roller coaster.  Chick-Fil-A, Graeter's Ice Cream and Starbucks open at the park.  In November, a long-time Cincinnati favorite holiday tradition returns for the first time in more than a decade with Winterfest. 

The World's Best Kids' area undergoes an incredible makeover to become Nickelodeon Universe, complete with three new rides and two new themed sections. New rides include Avatar: The Last Airbender, Phantom Flyers and Plankton's Plunge.  On June 30, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company purchases Paramount Parks from CBS Corporation for $1.25 billion. 
For its 35th Anniversary season, Kings Island introduces Firehawk -- Ohio's only flying coaster.  Willing test pilots soar 115 feet through five inversions at speeds of more than 50 miles per hour.  The park's live shows program is expanded including the return of an ice show in the Paramount Theatre.  In the fall, Kings Island's Halloween event is upgraded to the more immersive Halloween Haunt.  Dead Awaking in the International Showplace Theatre highlights the Halloween Haunt live shows package. 
Kings Island introduces new names for several rides and attractions.  Drop Zone is changed to Drop Tower; Top Gun to Flight Deck; Italian Job: Stunt Track to Backlot Stunt Coaster; Face/Off to Invertigo; Tomb Raider: The Ride to The Crypt; Days of Thunder to Thunder Alley; Paramount Theatre to Kings Island Theater; FX Theatre to Action Theatre; and Bubba Gump Shrimp Shack to Outer Hanks.  Daredevil Robbie Knievel jumped his motorcycle over 24 Coke Zero trucks in the parking lot to set a new world record.  Rick Wallenda sets a new record with a 2,000-foot skywalk from the Eiffel Tower and over the Fountain to the Front Gate and back again.  The Kings Island Hall of Fame was created to honor park associates who made extraordinary contributions during years of service at the park, or have distinguished themselves in some way that makes them worthy to receive this honor.  Carmen Electra, Dennis Speigel and Janeen Coyle comprise the inaugural class of inductees.  Howl-O-Fest, a family-friendly Halloween event, is added to the fall lineup. 
The park introduced Diamondback -- the tallest, fastest and meanest roller coaster to ever strike Kings Island!  The $22 million steel roller coaster stands 230 feet at its highest point with a first drop of 215 feet at a 74-degree angle.  Riders snake their way around 5,282 feet of track at speeds up to 80 miles per hour.  The park set a new amusement/theme park record for the most money raised for a first riders auction when $107,000 was raised for the charitable organization A Kid Again.  The Beast celebrates its 30th Anniversary season.  In May, a roller coaster event dubbed "Ride Warriors Coaster Weekend" attracted more than 750 participants from 14 states and Canada.  Daredevil Nik Wallenda set a new world record with a 262-foot high skywalk over the Fountains on International Street.  Gary Wachs and Rich Walburg are inducted into the Kings Island Hall of Fame.  A live stage show, "Hot Blooded", highlighted new attractions for Halloween Haunt. 
The park's award-winning kids area received a fresh new look with a timeless classic.  Planet Snoopy debuts with more than 18 PEANUTS-themed rides and attractions, including a live stage show and daily character meet-and-greets.  An interactive family dark ride, Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, opens on International Street.  New live stage shows include Sign, Sealed, Delivered! in the International Showplace Theater, Way Too Much TV in the Festhaus, and Snoopy Rocks on Ice in the Kings Island Theater.  A total of $185,000 is raised for Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati affiliate through the park's newly created Kings Island for the Cure campaign.  Lewis Johnson and Rob Pottorf are inducted into the Kings Island Hall of Fame.
Two new major attractions debut this season, WindSeeker and Dinosaurs Alive!  WindSeeker, a $5 million, 301-foot tall tower ride, spins riders 30 stories above the park. Seated in two-person swings that allow their feet to dangle free, riders slowly begin rotating in a circular motion as the swings ascend the tower. At the top, the swings reach speeds up to 30 mph, flaring out 45 degrees from the tower.  Dinosaurs Alive! at Kings Island is the world's largest animatronic dinosaur park and features more than 60 life-sized, moving dinosaurs in a 12.5-acre Jurassic forest outdoor setting.  The park raised $219,000 for Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati affiliate through its KI for the Cure campaign.  A new family-oriented Halloween event was introduced in the fall, Trick-or-Treat with the Dinosaurs. 

The Soak City Waterpark highlights Kings Island's 40th Annivesary season.  Soak City is a $10 million expansion of Kings Island's waterpark and is the premier waterpark in the region featuring mroe than 50 water activities, including 30 water slides, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers, and surfable waves.  Newest attractions include Splash River and a 650,000-gallon wave pool, Tidal Wave Bay   Four new live stage shows debut this year: "Yesterday Once More: The 70's", "British Invasion",  'Charlie Brown's All-Stars", and "Ed Alonzo's Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem".

Yep, We Really Count Every Ride

Total Riders: 99,154,882 / Record Year: 3,681,338 (1976)
Total Riders: 51,159,997 / Record Year: 2,378,749 (1973)
Total Riders: 48,882,975 / Record Year: 2,150,353 (1980)
Total Riders: 43,882,975 / Record Year: 1,466,142 (1987)
Total Riders: 43,558,722 / Record Year: 2,267,188
Total Riders: 40,649,743 / Record Year: 2,183,642 (1987)
Total Riders: 37,530,270 / Record Year: 1,618,460 (1973)
Total Riders: 32,647,289 / Record Year: 2,143,480 (1993)
Total Riders: 30,070,728 / Record Year: 1,100,299 (1976)
Total Riders: 28,968,983 / Record Year: 1,530,033 (1983)
Total Riders: 28,027,451 / Record Year: 1,746,021 (1986)
Total Riders: 24,388,841 / Record Year: 1,020,706 (1973)
Total Riders: 23,139,578 / Record Year: 970,818 (1976)
Total Riders: 22,792,034 / Record Year: 907,932 (1972)
Total Riders: 22,077,847 / Record Year: 865,690 (1973)
Total Riders: 20,718,077 / Record Year: 1,527,492 (1993)
Total Riders: 20,311,634 / Record Year: 1,363,753 (1988)
Total Riders: 15,036,949 / Record Year: 784,866 (1986)
Total Riders: 13,800,574 / Record Year: 1,078,021 (1998)
Total Riders: 11,503,881 / Record Year: 512,769 (1982)
Total Riders: 12,026,670 / Record Year: 986,920 (2010)
Total Riders: 10,040,925 / Record Year: 332,303 (1981)
Total Riders: 9,017,387 / Record Year: 332,817 (1982)
Total Riders: 8,892,082 / Record Year: 647,837 (2000)
Total Riders: 7,662,533 / Record Year: 599,677 (1982)
Total Riders: 7,426,956 / Record Year: 321,456 (1982)
Total Riders: 7,629,794 / Record Year: 431,858 (1992)
Total Riders: 9,039,993 / Record Year: 1,861,093 (2013)
Total Riders: 7,813,979 / Record Year: 623,905 (2001)
Total Riders: 6,943,103 / Record Year: 560,875 (2005)
Total Riders: 6,689,639 / Record Year: 270,376 (1976)
Total Riders: 7,230,884 / Record Year: 827,297 (2004)
Total Riders: 461,143 / Record Year: 608,184 (2003)
Total Riders: 6,714,697 / Record Year: 812,426 (2009)
Total Riders: 4,554,203 / Record Year: 306,599 (2005)
Total Riders: 4,309,412 / Record Year: 230,421 (1996)
Total Riders: 3,717,429 / Record Year: 330,140 (1998)
Total Riders: 3,325,570 / Record Year: 610,749 (2012)
Total Riders: 2,822,252 / Record Year: 456,136 (2006)
Total Riders: 2,429,536 / Record Year: 154,094 (1994)
Total Riders: 2,221,465 / Record Year: 345,125 (2006)
Total Riders: 1,700,267 / Record Year: 271,133 (2006)
Total Riders: 1,012,870 / Record Year: 517,736 (2012)
Total Riders: 899,651 / Record Year: 74,284 (1996)
Total Riders: 354,743 / Record Year: 37,687 (2009)

Approved Park Descriptions

With more than 100 world-class rides, shows and attractions, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of thrills and family attractions. Call (513) 754-5700 or www.visitkingsisland.com.
Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. Guests can check out Banshee – one of 15 thrill-inducing roller coasters. Families can spend the day together in the award-winning Planet Snoopy kids’ area. Park admission includes Soak City, a 33-acre water park! Call (513) 754-5700 or www.visitkingsisland.com.
With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. Guests can experience 15 thrill-inducing roller coasters, including Diamondback, the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the world’s longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast! Families can spend the perfect day together in the award-winning Planet Snoopy kids’ area. Park admission includes Soak City, a 33-acre water park. Call (513) 754-5700 or www.visitkingsisland.com.
With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. Guests can experience the park’s 15 thrill-inducing roller coasters, including Diamondback, the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the world’s longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast! Families can spend the perfect day together in the 13-time, award-winning Planet Snoopy kids’ area, or step back in time to periods between 245 million and 65 million years ago in Dinosaurs Alive!. Admission to Kings Island includes Soak City – the park’s massive 33-acre waterpark! Call (513) 754-5700 or visit www.visitkingsisland.com

Education Days 2012

Dino-Rama Contest

Take a step back in time 65 million years and learn first hand with the Dinosaur Diorama Contest! Teams of 4 will create and display their pre-built dioramas for our Dinosaurs Alive! paleontologists. Contest open to Elementary & Middle School students. Pre-registration is required. No entry fee.

CLICK HERE to download more information about the Dino-Rama contest

 

Chemistry Scavenger Hunt

Q: Anyone know any jokes about sodium?
A: Na
As a group, scour the grounds of Kings Island looking for the answer to chemistry clues. But don’t take too long, other groups will be racing to the finish to see who has the most correct answers, the quickest! First, second, and third will receive a reward. Pre-registration is required. No entry fee.

Groups participating in the Chemistry Scavenger Hunt must meet at the back entrance of Festhaus (by Action Zone) at 2:30pm to receive the questions for the activity.  The scavenger hunt will end at 3:30PM.
Learning goals and objectives for students are clearly outlined, and you'll also see suggestions for ways to prepare your students for the Math and Science Day experience -- bulletin board ideas, pre-activities, and lesson plans. The workbook also contains all the "paperwork" to organize your field trip with permission slips, bus assignments, etc.

DOWNLOAD THE  MIDDLE GRADES WORKBOOK BY CLICKING HERE.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH SCHOOL WORKBOOK BY CLICKING HERE.

Teachers will receive a copy of the Teacher's Edition of the workbooks once your ticket order is received.
Have you ever had a student ask "When are we ever going to use this in real life?" Or "Do we need to know this - what does it have to do with anything?" If that sounds familiar, your students need to be at one of our Education Days.

Edcuation Days provide opportunities to:

  • Apply learning to the "real world".
  • Investigate the science and math behind familiar rides.
  • Learn problem solving skills.
  • Take measurements, make observations, and gather data.
  • Above all, they'll have fun learning!
Registration is not required, however we would love to know you are interested in coming!  Simply click the form link below and send it in with your payment.  If you would like to receive more information or have any questions, please CLICK HERE to fill out a request form.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2012 EDUCATION DAYS ORDER FORM.
Full payment must be received by the park two weeks from the date of your visit. Please note that purchased tickets are the responsibility of the school, and we cannot replace lost or misplaced tickets. Tickets will not be mailed for payments received less than two weeks before the date of your visit. These tickets will be held for pick-up at the "will call" window on the event date.

NEW!  Purchase your tickets online by clicking the Buy. Print. Go! button to the left.  You can purchase your tickets, meals, wristbands and even Dinosaurs Alive! tickets online with a credit card.  All admission tickets, Dinosaurs Alive! tickets and Pizza Meal tickets can be printed at home by choosing the e-ticket option for your delivery methods.  However, if you do choose a picnic meal and/or wristbands, you have the option of having your order mailed to you in advance, or held at Will-Call for pickup on the day of your visit.
We do not issue refunds or rainchecks, so please do not order tickets for students who may have scheduling conflicts. We suggest you purchase additional tickets for those students on the day of the event.

NOTE: These additional tickets are available at the gate only for groups who are participating in the Education Days event.

NEW!  Purchase your tickets online by clicking the Buy. Print. Go! button to the left.  You can purchase your tickets, meals, wristbands and even Dinosaurs Alive! tickets online with a credit card.  All admission tickets, Dinosaurs Alive! tickets and Pizza Meal tickets can be printed at home by choosing the e-ticket option for your delivery methods.  However, if you do choose a picnic meal and/or wristbands, you have the option of having your order mailed to you in advance, or held at Will-Call for pickup on the day of your visit.
Education Days Admission Ticket:  $25.99
Alternate Days Admission Ticket:  $27.99 

Groups are eligible to receive one complimentary ticket for every 15 tickets purchased. The complementary tickets should be used for teachers and/or chaperones.

Season passholders can use their season passes for entry into the park, however we do ask that sesason passes be processed prior to your visit.

Parking is free for buses and school vans. All other vehicles must pay to park. Bus drivers get in free by presenting their valid CDL driver’s license at Guest Services.

NEW!  Purchase your tickets online by clicking the Buy. Print. Go! button to the left.  You can purchase your tickets, meals, wristbands and even Dinosaurs Alive! tickets online with a credit card.  All admission tickets, Dinosaurs Alive! tickets and Pizza Meal tickets can be printed at home by choosing the e-ticket option for your delivery methods.  However, if you do choose a picnic meal and/or wristbands, you have the option of having your order mailed to you in advance, or held at Will-Call for pickup on the day of your visit.

Can't make it on a main Education Days date? We have set alternate dates for Education days this year.

Education Day alternate dates are: May 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 2012.

You must have payment received by the park at least two weeks prior to the day of your visit to receive your tickets in advance. Otherwise, they will be held at our "will call" window, located at the front gate.

We will also offer the picnic meal, pizza meal and meal/wristband options on these dates.

Please note: Any special programs, such as some COSI activities, are not available on alternate dates.

Choose from any one of our three meal options.


A picnic meal buffet with hot dogs, chicken tenders, mac & cheese, tossed salad, cookies, and a fountain drink is only $8.89! 

Combo the picnic meal with all-day unlimited soft drinks for just $13.99!
 
Feeling a little cheesy? Then choose two slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza, fries or a salad, and a 21oz soda for only $10.89.

Drink wristbands alone are only $9.99.

Pre-order all meals on the registration form.

 

  • Kings Island parking lot opens at 9:00am. Operating hours for Education Days are 10am - 10pm
  • Due to the educational nature of this program, there may be select rides, food locations, games and merchandise locations that will not be open, or may open later in the day.
  • A preliminary list of operating rides is as follows: Windseeker, Diamondback, Firehawk, Delirium, Drop Tower, Invertigo, Racer, Beast, Flight of Fear, Viking Fury, Dodgems, Eiffel Tower, Vortex, Adventure Express, Carousel, Zephyr, Congo Falls (weather permitting) and Flight Deck. Due to the popularity of the roller coasters there will be longer lines so please do not assign only coaster activities to your students.
  • Due to park policy, measuring devices will NOT be permitted on park rides.
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  • Please Remember: All school policies are in effect at the park, including any and all rules pertaining to smoking, drugs and alcohol.

     

Career Day takes your students out of their classroom and gives them the fun, hands-on experience on what could be their future career. Learn from the best in the entertainment business in the fields of Marketing, Culinary Arts, and Engineering to see what it takes to keep an amusement park running every day. Pre-registration is required.

We do offer discounted tickets to groups of 15 or more people. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Things To Know Before You Go


Our goal is to make Kings Island as enjoyable and barrier free as pratical


Listed below are some of the services we offer. Please feel free to suggest areas in which we might improve in the future. 

1. On most rides where guests in wheelchairs can be accommodated, guests will have to leave their wheelchairs to be seated.

2. A limited supply of wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles (ECV) are available for rental at the Rental Center on the left just inside the front gate. However, since wheelchairs and ECVs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and cannont be reserved in advance, we urge guests to bring their own wheelchair. 

3. Our two First Aid Stations are staffed from 10 a.m. to closing. Refrigeration for medication, with the exception of bee sting anaphylaxis kits, is available at First Aid, and medical equipment can be stored. One First Aid Station is located in Planet Snoopy, adjacent to Charlie Brown's Wind Up. A second is located in Soak City, near the Train Station. 

4. All shows and most attractions are accessible. Please see an usher for seating accommodations.

5. Assistive listening systems utilize a lightweight wireless device that receives a signal from transmitters at certain locations in order to amplify sound. These are recommended for guests with mild to moderate hearing loss. This system is located in the following Live Entertainment venues: Kings Island Theater, International Showplace, Festhaus, and the PEANUTS Playhouse. Please ask one of our house ushers to assist in obtaining a device.

6. If requested a minimum of seven (7) days in advance, Kings Island will provide American Sign Language Interpretation at the following venues: Kings Island Theater, PEANUTS Playhouse, Festhaus, International Bandstand, and the International Showplace. To arrange for sign language interpreting services, please call 513.754.5700. Live Show scripts or Score sheets are available at each show venue (with the exception of Kings Island Theater) upon request and must be returned at the end of the show.

7. ATTY is available at Guest Services for guests with hearing disabilities needing to use a telephone.

8. Service dogs are welcome at Kings Island. Service dogs must be physically controlled on a leash or harness at all times. Due to the nature of most rides, service dogs must remain with a non-riding member of the guest's party. Kings Island associates are not permitted to take control of service dogs. Guests whose service dogs demonstrate aggressive actions toward our guests or associates will be directed to remove the animal from the park. Limit one service dog per guest. Service dogs are accommodated on Boo Blasters on Boo Hill, Eiffel Tower, Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad, Woodstock Whirlybirds, Grand Carousel, and Character Carousel. Please refer to each ride admission policy for futher information regarding service animals. Guests may take advantage of our Parent Swap policy for staying with the service dog. 

9. Lockers are available for rent and located at the front gate, in Action Zone near the new Banshee roller coaster, in Rivertown near the entrance to White Water Canyon, and in Soak City. 

10. Smoking: As we strive to accommodate all of our guests, designated smoking areas have been established throughout Kings Island. Please refer to our Park Guide & Map for specific locations. Smoking is not permitted in any theater, ride or waiting area, and any in-door or out-door restaurant. 

11. In Soak City, lifejackets are provided free of charge. Only coast guard approved lifejackets are allowed. For Tidal Wave Bay, Breakers Bay and Splash River, a lifejacket is required for anyone who is less than 48" tall in bare feet or is an inexperienced or non-swimmer. Guests less than 48" tall must wear a lifejacket and be accompanied by a responsible adult.

12. If you need futher information or have a specific need that is not addressed here, please contact us by calling 513.754.5700.



 


Supervise Children at all times


Children may be "officially" measured at one of the Height Measurement Stations located at Guest Services located at the front gate, just inside the front gate on International Street and at the entrance of Planet Snoopy near the entrance to Boo Blasters on Boo Hill. The measured guest will be given a wristband to indicate height. Wristbands are not required to ride but are intended to make your wait in line shorter by streamlining the rider height measurement process.

For the safety of the child, a standard shoe that does not contribute excessively to the child's height is required. For example, a child is not permitted to wear platform shoes to help meet the height requirement. Kings Island reserves the right to ask that shoes be removed to ensure that a child's height is not being artificially enhanced or manipulated.


Travel Light


When planning your day at Kings Island, it's best to travel light. Bring only items that can be safely secured in cargo pockets (fastened with velcro, a button or zipper) or waist pack fastened with a zipper.

Most rides cannot accommodate loose articles including cell phones, pagers, hats, cameras, stuffed animals, purses, backpacks, umbrellas, beverage containers, personal entertainment devices, etc. Items must be safely secured in cargo pockets, a waist pack, in a bin on the ride platform if available, left in a locker, or with a non-rider.

On Banshee and Firehawk: Loose items are not able to be stored in bins on the ride platform area. 

For safety reasons, taking pictures, videotaping and filming on rides is prohibited and can be cause for ejection from the park. 


Lost and Found Articles


Be sure to secure all loose articles such as glasses, cellular phones, pagers, loose change, cameras, keys, clothing, sunglasses, hats, wallets, etc., before you board a ride. All items found at Kings Island are turned in to our Lost and Found Department located at the front gate near the admissions windows. 

If you lose an item on a ride, we will search for the article as soon as possible. In order to keep the ride in operation an immediate search is not possible. Please visit Lost and Found to complete paperwork to ensure the item is returned to you if it's found. For your safety, do not enter restricted areas. You may be seriously injured if you enter a restricted area.

If your item has not been found by the time you leave the park, please call 513.754.5805 to follow up with our Lost and Found Department.



 



Make time for our Live Entertainment Shows


Due to the popularity of our shows and attractions, we suggest that you arrive early. Seating is limited at all of our locations, available on a first-come, first-served basis. All shows are wheelchair accessible. Please see an usher for seating accommodations. Show schedules are available in advance online and at any theatre entrance and Guest Services. Show schedules are subject to change without notice.

Bad Weather


Some attractions may close in bad weather until conditions permit safe operation. In the event of bad weather, enjoy a show, meal or shopping until such weather passes. Please be advised Kings Island cannot issue rain checks or refunds for inclement weather. In case of severe weather, area emergency system sirens will sound and further instructions will be given over the public address system. 


Parents like to have fun too!


We know Parents like to have as much fun as the kids. To make it easy for Mom and Dad to enjoy the rides too, we offer the Parent Swap Program. Here's how it works: one parent waits in line to ride a thrill ride or other height-restricted attraction. After riding, they give their Parent Swap pass to the ride operator and the other parent/guardian, who has been taking care of the little ones, can walk up the exit or alternate access lane to get right on the ride.

To participate in Parent Swap, parents need to obtain a slip to authorize them for the program at Guest Services located at the front gate. 

 

Parents, sign up for this service


Kings Island ofers a service to quickly reunite separated children and parents with cell phones. Please sign up for this service at Guest Services located at the front gate; Baby Care or Soak City Waterpark Guest Services.

 

If you wish to leave the park and return on the same day...


If you wish to leave the park and return on the same day, please have your hand stamped on your way out at the front gate. If you wish to leave the parking lot and re-enter, present your parking receipt to the attendant when you return.

 

You don't have to leave your pets at home


Only guide dogs/service animals are permitted inside the park. Your pet may be left at our Pet Care Center located outside the front gate during park operating hours. A $20 fee is required ($60 for the entire season).

 

Your safety is our top priority!


Kings Island's Ride Admission Policy has been developed based on the recommendations of the manufacturer, our past experience and our evaluation of each ride using our knowledge of the ride in both normal and emergency operating conditions.

Our prime consideration is the ability of each person to endure the dynamics of the ride without risk of injury to that person or other riders.

Any guest that feels he or she may be affected by this policy is encouraged to visit Guest Services lcoated at the front gate to obtain a list of the rides her or she can safely ride.

Your Ride Admission Policy list will provide information for our ride operators to help accommodate you.
 

 

No outside food, beverages or coolers permitted


No outside food, beverages or coolers are permitted to be brought into Kings Island or the Soak City Waterpark. Exceptions are made for Guests with special dietary needs and baby food and forumla for infants. 

Guests with special dietary needs should stop at Guest Services located at the front gate upon arrival at the park. 

 

Photos and Videos


For safety reasons, we cannot permit on-ride photography of any kind on any ride other than the Eiffel Tower and the Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad. Due to the potential for water damage, White Water Canyon, Congo Falls and Race for Your Life Charlie Brown riders should leave their cameras and other valuable items with a non-rider or in a locker. Use of camera phones or any type of photography or video recording devices is prohibited in any rest room or Soak City changing area.

Guests taking pictures or video while riding may be asked to leave the park with no refund given and a misdemeanor under O.R.C. 1711.551.

 

Information For Guests With Disabilities

At Kings Island we are proud of our reputation for accommodating guests with disabilities through our Ride Admission Policy. To continue to provide equal access for all guests, be aware that all guests with mobility impairments or ASD will now receive a Ride Boarding Pass with wait times. The Ride Boarding Pass Program allows guests to access rides at specified times via the exit ramp in order to avoid crowds and waiting in the regular queue lines.

You may be asking yourself whether Kings Island is appropriate for guests with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or whether your loved one on the spectrum will be able to handle the theme park experience. Kings Island has taken steps to be well-prepared to welcome and provide accommodations for all types of disabilities, including autism and related disorders.

Guests with disabilities should stop by Guest Services located at the Front Gate upon arrival at the park.  A brochure (Rider Safety Guide) detailing the many special accommodations and our Ride Admissions Policy is available from Guest Services.
A limited supply of wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles (ECV) are available for rental at the Rental Center on the left just inside the Front Gate. However, since wheelchairs and ECVs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance, we urge guests to bring their own wheelchair.
Kings Island’s Ride Admission Policy and Special Access Entrances are designed to help you safely experience our facilities. Rides with Special Access designations will make boarding easier. If you require the use of a Special Access Entrance to enter a ride, please visit Guest Services to obtain a Ride Admission Slip.
Assistive listening systems utilize a lightweight wireless device that receives a signal from transmitters at certain locations in order to amplify sound. These are recommended for guests with mild to moderate hearing loss. This system is located in the following Live Entertainment venues: Kings Island Theater, International Showplace, Festhaus, and the PEANUTS Playhouse. A device is also available at Action Theater.  Please ask one of our house ushers to assist in obtaining a device.
If requested at least one week in advance, Kings Island will provide American Sign Language Interpretation at the following venues: Kings Island Theater, PEANUTS Playhouse, Festhaus, International Bandstand, and the International Showplace. To arrange for sign language interpreting services, please call 513-754-5700. Live Show scripts or Score sheets are available at each show venue (with the exception of Kings Island Theater) upon request and must be returned at the end of the show.

Service animals are welcome at Kings Island. A service animal is defined as a dog or miniature pony that has been individually trained to perform tasks for a person with disabilities. We may ask you what task your service animal performs for you. Service animals must be controlled with a “restraining device” at all times while on our property. There is a limit of one service animal per guest. Due to the nature of most rides, service animals must remain with a non-riding member of your party. We are not permitted to take control of your service animal. Service animals are not permitted in water attractions, wet decks, wading pools, or lazy rivers. A relief area is located adjacent to the restroom at Backlot Stunt Coaster. Please stop by Guest Services or our Help Center for more information.

A TTY is available at Guest Services for guests with hearing disabilities needing to use a telephone.
Guests with casts and braces will be restricted from riding rides where the cast or brace will not fit inside the ride unit or where it will present a hazard to the guest or others. Guests with full arm (elbow restricted) and full leg (knee restricted) casts or braces are restricted from most rides and water slides at Kings Island. We suggest you delay your visit until the cast is removed. Casts are not permitted on Diamondback and Drop Tower.
Guests with any type of prosthesis should not ride unless they can ensure the device is properly secured and will remain in place during the ride. If there is any concern of the prosthesis becoming dislodged during the ride, guests should visit Guest Services for assistance. Guests with prosthetic limbs must consult with Guest Services prior to waiting in line or riding. Guests with a prosthetic leg cannot ride Flight of Fear or Drop Tower. Guests with a prosthetic above the ankle cannot ride Diamondback

Height Requirements

Minimum Required to Ride

54 Inches
Diamondback
Firehawk (maximum 80 inches)
Flight of Fear
Invertigo (maximum 78 inches)

52 Inches
Banshee
WindSeeker
Delirium (maximum 76 inches)

48 Inches
Drop Tower (maximum 80 inches)
The Bat
Slingshot
The Beast
The Racer
Vortex
Xtreme SkyFlyer


Minimum Height

48 Inches
Adventure Express
Backlot Stunt Coaster
Dodgem
Zephyr

46 Inches
Congo Falls
White Water Canyon

42 Inches
Shake, Rattle & Roll (42-54 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

40 Inches
Viking Fury (40-48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

36 Inches

Scrambler (36-48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

Other Attractions
Boo Blaster (no minimum height requirement)
Eiffel Tower (no minimum height requirement)
K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad (no minimum height requirement)
Monster (no minimum height requirement)


NoteA responsible person is someone who meets all the requirements to ride the ride themselves, is 16 years of age or older and demonstrates appropriate observed behavior.
Minimum Height

44 Inches
Flying Ace Aerial Chase (maximum 76 inches)
Surf Dog (44-48 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

42 Inches
Linus Launcher

40 Inches
Woodstock Express (40-46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

36 Inches
Charlie Brown's Wind Up (maximum 54 inches)
Kite Eating Tree (36-46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Race for Your Life Charlie Brown (36-46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Snoopy vs. Red Baron (maximum 54 inches)
The Great Pumpkin Coaster (maximum 60 inches; 36-40 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

Other Attractions
Character Carousel (maximum 60 inches; less than 46 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Joe Cool's Dodgem School (maximum 54 inches)
Linus Beetle Bugs (maximum 54 inches)
Peanuts 500 (maximum 54 inches)
Peanuts Off-Road Rally (maximum 54 inches)
Sally's Sea Plane (maximum 60 inches; less than 42 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Snoopy's Junction (maximum 60 inches; less than 40 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)
Snoopy's Spash Dance (no height requirement)
Woodstock Whirlybirds (less than 42 inches must be accompanied by a responsible person)

NoteA responsible person is someone who meets all the requirements to ride the ride themselves, is 16 years or older and demonstrates appropriate observed behavior.



Quick Tips, Common Questions, and Help

Be sure to hand your Season Pass to our associates each time you make a purchase at the park.  They will scan your pass and credit for that purchase will be sent to the FunPerks.com website.  Make sure to visit the site to see if this purchase earned you a reward.  Also make sure you get a receipt from the cashier - there might be an instant reward to enjoy! 
We recommend using your e-mail address for your children’s Season Passes when enrolling into the FUN Perks program. This way you will only need to remember one password.
Check your FUN Perks account after each visit to see the great rewards you have earned. Then download and print the rewards voucher to redeem at the park during your next visit.

All 2012 Kings Island Season Passholders - Regular, Gold and Platinum.  Platinum Passholders who purchased and had a photo ID card made at another park can participate after their first visit to Kings Island in the 2012 season.

There is no cost. In fact, you’ll receive FREE soft drinks just for enrolling!
FUN Perks Rewards are valid for all Season Pass types: Regular, Gold and Platinum.
FUN Perks is a rewards program. The more you eat, shop and visit, the more great rewards you can earn.
You have the option to earn rewards individually or can designate one pass to use for your purchases to accumulate rewards faster.

No, you will not need to enroll again. Your information and rewards you have earned will still be there.  Please contact us if you have further questions.

You can enroll for FUN Perks on a computer or by phone.

The following locations are not a part of the FUN Perks program:
 

  • All games locations
  • Locker rentals
  • Chick-fil-a
  • Panda Express
  • Photo Memories
  • Glassblower Shop
  • Wood Works
  • Airbrush Tattoos
  • Airbrush (t-shirts)
  • Hairwrap / Face paint locations
  • Parking
  • Admission tickets
  • Any purchases online
You will see the rewards you have earned every time you log into your account.
Please click here and provide us with the receipt transaction number and the amount of your purchase.  We will check our records to see if your purchase was recorded or not.  We will do our best to make sure you get credit for your purchases.  The only sure way to guarantee you get credit is to make sure you hand your card to our associates each and every time.

Yes, Fast Lane and Dinosaurs Alive! tickets do earn you FUN Perks credits when you purchase them at the park. 

Online purchases do not count toward FUN Perks credits.

While we recommend printing your rewards vouchers, the barcode from the vouchers will scan at locations throughout the park.
All rewards must be redeemed by the end of the 2012 operating season (October 28). Rewards will not carry over to 2013.

At this time, only Season Passes processed at Kings Island are recognized.  However, once you visit the park and have scanned your pass at Kings Island, you can then go onto the FUN Perks website and enroll in the program.

Homeschool Days 2012

Homeschool days is the perfect opportunity for students to experience curriculum in action. The information and formulas learned in the classroom come to life in real-world applications. Inertia, friction, and gravity are just a few of the forces students will feel as they challenge The Beast roller coaster. A spin on the Carousel will help them understand Newton's Laws of Motion in a new way. The park becomes an experiential education laboratory where students connect abstract concepts with full immersion learning opportunities.

Parent Educators and students are provided with materials prepared specifically for this event. Parent Educators get FREE resource materials and classroom pre-activities to prepare students, selecting worksheets for students based on their knowledge and skill level. These include general math and science, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus and physics for the High School and Middle Grades (4-8) levels.
Learning goals and objectives for students are clearly outlined, and you'll also see suggestions for ways to prepare your students for the Homeschool experience - bulletin board ideas, pre-activities, and lesson plans. 

DOWNLOAD THE  MIDDLE GRADES WORKBOOK BY CLICKING HERE.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH SCHOOL WORKBOOK BY CLICKING HERE

Parent teachers and educators will receive a copy of the Teacher's Edition of the workbooks once your ticket order is received.
Have you ever had a student ask "When are we ever going to use this in real life?" Or "Do we need to know this - what does it have to do with anything?" If that sounds familiar, your students need to be at Homeschool Days.

Homeschool Days provide opportunities to:
  • Apply learning to the "real world"
  • Investigate the science and math behind familiar rides
  • Learn problem solving skills
  • Take measurements, make observations and gather data
  •  
Above all, they'll have fun learning!
Homeschool Days are August 19 through August 23.
Admission for Homeschool Days is $25.99 for students and parent educators. 

Plus, you will receive one (1) complimentary chaperone ticket for every 10 tickets purchased.

Dinosaurs Alive! tickets are also available for just $5.00
(note: this ticket does not include admission into Kings Island)
While most food locations will be open during Homeschool Days, here are some special Homeschool Day meal options:

Backyard BBQ:  $12.99 per adult, $6.99 per Junior/Senior (ages 3 & up, under 48" tall, 62+), $10.99 per Season Passholder

This is an all-you-can-eat picnic meal consisting of fried chicken, hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, unlimited soft drinks and ice cream treats. -- Picnic time:  5:30PM - 7:00PM

Meal Vouchers:  $10.89 each

These can be redeemed at the Festhaus at any time throughout the day of your visit:

 

  • Option 1:  Two slices of Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza with Breadsticks and a 20oz Fountain Drink
  • Option 2:  Chicken Tenders with Fries and a 20oz Fountain Drink
  • Option 3:  Hamburger with Fries and a 20oz Fountain Drink
Tickets for Homeschool Days are available online.

CLICK HERE to order your Homeschool Day tickets online today!

Color Me Pink 5k Walk / Run FAQ

The inaugural Color Me Pink 5k Walk/Run event will be held Saturday, April 27 at Kings Island. Opening Day admission to Kings Island immediately following the race is included as part of your event package.
The Color Me Pink event at Kings Island is a 5k Walk/Run that everyone can participate. This run is all about fun – something friends and families will enjoy doing together. Feel free to run, walk, skip or crawl to the Finish Line! After the race, enjoy all the world-class thrills, fun and excitement that only a day at Kings Island can provide.
Registration is easy. Simply log onto www.komencincinnati.org/color and complete the registration form and your method of payment.
Registration which includes Opening Day admission to Kings Island on April 27 is $54.99 per person for ages 11 and up and $24.99 for ages 3-10. Registration for Kings Island 2013 season passholders is $34.99 per person ages 11 and up and $4.99 for ages 3-10.
By registering to participate in this event, you will receive an official Color Me Pink t-shirt, race bib sunglasses, a bag of color to toss at the Finish Line, and Opening Day admission to Kings Island (a discount race price is offered for Season Passholders).
Your registration fee will make an impact and help save lives. Seventy-five percent of the money collected from registration fees from the Color Me Pink 5k Walk/Run will stay in our 21-county service area. You get to have the most colorful, fun day of your life and we get to save lives. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.
Registration will begin at 6:00am with the race starting at approximately 7:00am. Please plan to arrive at Kings Island a minimum of 45 prior to the start of the race. The South Parking tolls located on Kings Island Drive will be open beginning at 6:00am. Free parking for race participants will be available near the Soak City Waterpark entrance.
The Color Me Pink 5k run/walk features a 3.1-mile course around Kings Island which offers unique views of many of the park’s popular rides and attractions. The race will start and end in the Soak City Waterpark.
The Color Me Pink 5k run/walk is all about having fun with family and friends and saving lives.
Absolutely! Just be sure to register your child if they are over the age of 3, and be prepared to have a colorful stroller!
We apologize, but no pets are permitted at the Color Me Pink event.
Packets, which will include your Opening Day admission ticket to Kings Island, will be mailed to all participants who register prior to April 15. For individuals registering after April 15, packets will be available to pick up at the Komen office (522 Cincinnati Mills Drive, Suite B248, Cincinnati, OH 45240) April 23-25; at Kings Island April 26 between the hours of 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM, or the morning of the event. I.D. and race confirmation e-mail will be required for individuals picking up their packet. You may also give your confirmation e-mail to a family member or friend and they can pick up your packet for you.
To maximize your color experience, we suggest wearing as much white as possible, including white shorts, white pants, white socks, white wigs, white tutus, and most importantly, you’re white Color Me Pink t-shirt.! We also recommend that you wear something that shields your eye and/or mouth from the color such as sunglasses, bandanas, or ski masks.
The color is a food grade colored cornstarch. It is completely safe and will not harm you or the environment. Our “color volunteers” will be covering you with color as you run/walk through color stations located throughout the 5k course.
The color washes out for the most part. We recommend washing your clothes and shoes when you get home after spending the day at Kings Island. If you decide you love the color and want to keep it as a colorful memento from the event, spray it with vinegar and iron it prior to washing it. Another helpful hint: If you have light colored hair and don’t want it stained for a few days, apply a leave in conditioner or oil into your hair before the run.
Yes! You will have access to the changing rooms and showers in the Soak City Waterpark immediately following the race. If you plan to leave a change of clothing in your car, please be sure to get your hand stamped before exiting Soak City Waterpark so you can be readmitted without any additional cost.
Your friends and family are welcome to come watch the race but will be required to have park admission to Kings Island. Discount tickets are available online now.
The race will be held rain or shine.

DINOSAURS ALIVE! HELPFUL TIPS

 

Early morning when the park opens is typically the best time to experience Dinosaurs Alive!, when the temperatures are cooler. Early evening just before dinner is also a great time to experience this world-class attraction.

 

A plethora of great video and photo opportunities


There are many great video and photo opportunities from start to finish in Dinosaurs Alive! You will want to upload them to your Facebook and Twitter pages to share with family and friends.

Be sure to tag your photos #KIDinos.

 

Dinosaurs Alive! is a 12.5-acre journey


Your journey through Dinosaurs Alive! will take you through a 12.5-acre Jurassic forest setting. Wear comfortable, broken in shoes and light clothing such as cotton.

 

Stay hydrated


Your Dinosaurs Alive! experience can last up to one hour and you will be walking nearly a mile through a Jurassic forest setting. Make sure you stay hydrated.

 

 

There are no restroom facilities inside Dinosaurs Alive! A restroom is located to the right of the attraction entrance. There is no re-entry for non-Gold and Platinum season passholders, so please make sure you "go" before you go.

 

Dinosaurs Alive! is a smoke-free environment


Smoking is not permitted inside Dinosaurs Alive! Designated smoking areas are located throughout the main park.

 

DINOSAURS ALIVE! FAQ


Buy your Dinosaurs Alive! tickets now!


Dinosaurs Alive! tickets are as low as $2.00 and can be purchased in advance online or at the park. It is recommended to purchase your Dinosaurs Alive! tickets in advance.



Dinosaurs Alive! open morning until dusk


The world's largest animatronic dinosaur park opens in the morning each day with Kings Island's other rides and attractions. Dinosaurs Alive! closes at dusk. 

Please be advised Dinosaurs Alive! may close due to severe weather and remain closed until safe operation permits.

 

Dinosaurs Alive! is free for Gold and Platinum passholders!


Admission to Dinosaurs Alive! is free for Gold and Platinum season passholders. Admission is just $2.00 for Regular season passholders.

Gold and Platinum season passholders can invite a friend to experience Dinosaurs Alive! with them for just $2.00. 

 

 

Dinosaurs Alive! tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for any reason after the order transaction has been completed at the front gate, gift shop, online or by phone. This includes weather-related events. We do not issue rain checks. Please check the local weather conditions prior to planning your visit.

 

Please don't feed the Dinosaurs!


In-park food and beverages are permitted in Dinosaurs Alive! Refreshment carts are also located along the path.

 

 

Create your own experience!


One of the great features about Dinosaurs Alive! is you can create your own experience. You can go at your own pace. Most park goers will spend approximately 30-45 minutes in the attraction. 

 

Yard Work


Your admission ticket is valid for one entry. Once you exit the attraction there is no re-entry.

Gold and Platinum season passholders can enjoy unlimited visits through Dinosaurs Alive! every time they visit Kings Island. 

 

Dinosaurs Alive! is for everyone


Absolutely! Dinosaurs Alive! is accessible for anyone with mobility restrictions.

 

 

Dinosaurs Alive! is not open during Halloween Haunt. This attraction closes at dusk each day.

 

Dinosaurs Alive! appeals to guests of all ages


Children are typically fascinated by the more than 65 life-sized, moving, roaring dinosaurs located throughout the 12.5-acre dinosaur park. This attraction appeals to guests of all ages.

 

Fast Lane

Make the most of your day with Fast Lane.  Our list of rides has something for everyone in the family to enjoy!  Try Fast Lane Plus, and add two of your favorite coasters -- Banshee  and Firehawk!
Separate ride entrances and exclusive access points make Fast Lane quick, easy and hassle-free to all of our guests.
Daily Fast Lane access is limited.  This keeps the Fast Lane experience great for all our guests.  Be sure to reserve your date by purchasing Fast Lane access online in advance!

Survivor Stories

My name is Angie Watts and I am a 7-year survivor.  Four days after my 33rd birthday, my life changed forever when my breast cancer was found in a routine mammogram.  I'd just lost my mother 15 months before to breast cancer, so naturally I was scared when I was diagnosed, but thankfully, my cancer was caught early and I survived!

Now, I am very vocal about young women as well as older women getting routing screenings because it saved my life! I was diagnosed in 2005 with Stage I breast cancer, but because of early detection, I didn't have to endure to horrors of chemotheraphy. I completed 33 radiation treatments and 5 years of a Tamoxifen regimine. Every year I have my annual mammogram and to recieve the "all clear"! I'm so blessed and so very thankful to have been given another chance at life!

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39.  My children were 4 and 12....my first thought was would I live long enough to see them graduate from school, go to college or get married?  I did four months of chemotherapy and have had many surgeries. I'm thankful to say that in September I will be a five year survivor.

This experience changed my life....so many friends and family loved and supported us during my treatments and surgeries and now it's time for us to give back. We are part of Team Ta-Tas and we work year round to raise money for Susan G Komen for the Cure. It is great to see that 75% of the money raised by Komen stays here in Cincinnati for education and support of women in our community. It is great to see Kings Island hosting a program like this to help our community. Our family had a great time at the final day of Kings Island for the Cure and we are looking forward to participating again this year! Sign up to volunteer - you will have a great time!

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2008.  Luckily I was already a patient at Barrett Cancer Center - Hematology dept.  A cancer team was called and my journey began with several consults because I’m taking an injection of Arixtra (blood thinner) for my antiphospholipid anti-body syndrome a rare blood disorder that caused me several dvt's, clots, internal bleeding and pulmonary emboli.. every procedure I will have, my hematologist is consulted. I had core biopsy that showed I have triple negative aggressive ductal carcinoma in situ, so 3 weeks later had surgery..that morning of surgery, my mother who just turned 90 in 8/14/2008 passed away..she was never sick, no breast cancer, just got old... though I already knew of my biopsy results, I’m glad I never told her when I talk to her on her birthday.  We proceeded with the surgery.  Soon I was getting chemotheraphy and later, radiation.  As a patient with heart problems, and was paralyzed in 2002 after a stroke, I didn’t think breast cancer would also be a part of my life. 

I started to read and learn almost everything about breast cancer, the way I tackled all the other medical problems that had complicated our lives.  I have great support from my husband and my daughter, relatives and friends kept us in their prayers.  I attended several cancer programs/fundraisers, had a BRAC analysis to make sure I am not carrying the genes.  I worried for my daughter and pray no one else has to go through this.  The results were negative, it brought us comfort and peace. I had TAH to ward off ovarian cancer,I was healthy and cancer-free in May 2009. We were at a Bengals game late Oct. 2010, I suffered difficulty in breathing, it went away as I rested until the 3rd of November, at my doctor's office, I can't breathe thinking I may have another pulmonary emboli... 6 hours later after an x-ray and a scan, I was informed the cancer is back with a vengeance! A biopsy confirmed I am now stage 4 with metastases to the lungs...NO CURE!

My family came for my appointment with my oncologist and was told though there is no cure, there are treatments, my daughter asked the Dr. what will happen then? He told us that if treatments are not successful they will make sure I will be comfortable and without pain.. at the hospital, a hospice or at home.. we are looking at 8 months to a year! plus I have other medical issues..My daughter got tears in her eyes.. I was devastated, but did not lose my faith and kept my positive attitude to prove them wrong. I stood up and told the Oncologist if I can start Chemo treatments right away.. if that is what needs to be done!.. and I did...after 2nd chemo I was breathing better, a PET scan in January 2011 showed only traces of the 3 tumor is seen. I continued the hard chemo treatments no matter how weak I was getting but my spirit was strong. There had to be a cure!

In March 2011, another PET scan revealed the tumors are gone, I am breathing well. My chemo lasted from Nov. 2010 to Dec. 2011...My faith and belief kept me strong and I continued to gain strength, I feel a lot better..I smiled and prayed a lot.. I survived the harsh chemo treatments, with it's side effects, it caused me pulmonary fibrosis. I can't walk far or go on an incline, or I lose oxygen. I am seeing a pulmonarist since April 2012 and wears oxygen in my sleep, where ever I go I carry a portable oxygen concentrator...I AM ALIVE, and I feel great!

I continue to attend seminars, programs learning about metastatic breast cancer... I volunteer and help wherever I am needed. My husband had been my caregiver, my greatest source of strength and now, my companion in volunteering and attending events for cancer. he is also now a co-cancer survivor, diagnosed in March 2012 with prostate cancer, had surgery and is now cancer-free.. We are blessed!

For breast cancer, I believe there is hope for a cure, and together, WE can make this world a better place for the next generations to come! More people help in raising funds for the research and spreading the word.. we will have a world without breast cancer, for our children, grandchildren...the women of tomorrow! FAITH is my cure..... and I am alive... I am thankful each day I wake up and enjoy life.

At 36yrs old and the mother of a small child, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. ( I had no family history and genetic testing came back negative.) Giving up was not an option! So I opted for a bilateral mastectomy. I went through aggressive chemo and radiation. It was the worst time of my life. I've recently had reconstruction surgery. And today, two and a half years later, I'm alive and in remission. YAY! Thank God I didn't give up!!!

Hi my name is Cindy Neiser. I am a two and a half year survivor. Diagnosed at 32, was devastating. I have 3 children and they have been a blessing to have through all this. It really made them grow up fast. I have faith that this will be over soon and this really has made me into a stronger person.

I am celebrating twelve years of survivorship. I take one day at a time and enjoy it to the fullest. After a diagnosis of cancer, family, friends, and your faith become the most important things in life. Through all of this, I have realized I'm a strong woman and I can tackle most anything life has in store for me. Remember there is always HOPE!!!

Run & Ride Runner Information

Packet pickup for all distances is at the following times.

Thursday, September 25th
Friday, September 26th
Saturday, September 27th
4:00PM -7:00PM 3:00PM -7:00PM 10:00AM-Noon & 4:00-8:00PM


  1. Packet pickup will be located near the park. Final location will be announced closer to race day. You will need to pick up your packet to receive your admission ticket to the park and your voucher for reduced-rate parking. If you are picking up your packet for the 5K on Friday, please plan to pick up your packet at least 1 hour before the run starts.

  2. There is no race-day packet pickup for the half marathon or Banshee 10K.

  3. You may pick up your packet and the packets of up to four of your friends. You must have a copy of the photo ID and the printout of the Active.com registration signed by each person whose packet you are getting. You will also need to bring signed waivers if the online waiver has not been completed.

  4. In the event you cannot race but still want your free or discounted park entry, you will still need to pick up your race packet. We will have packet pickup available from 8am-9am on Sunday morning at the race start for participants to pick up packets who do not want to race but still want to take advantage of free or discounted park entry.

When you register for the race, you will receive a confirmation email which includes a link to purchase discounted weekend parking as well as discounted tickets for friends and family joining you for the race weekend. Discount tickets are only valid the weekend of the races. Please note that Half Marathon and Banshee 10K Registration includes park admission for the registered runner only. Runners in the 5K are entitled to discounted admission.

Discounted Park Tickets for Friends and Family
$28.99 - Starlight admission (Evening of September 26th Only)
$34.99 - Single day admission
$60.99 - Weekend admission (September 26th - 28th)
$15.00 - Discounted Weekend Parking (September 26th - 28th)


The half-marathon and 10K events will be timed using the MyLaps BibChip system. Start and finish times will be recorded and posted live to the race timing web site and will be available at the finish line through interactive screens at the timing trailer. Timing chips are disposable, so feel free to keep it as a memento or toss it in the trash.

The MyLaps tracking timing chip will be attached to your race bib. Your bib should be attached to your front and be clearly visible. In the event that more than 2,000 participants take part in any of the events, a wave start will be used. More information will be forth coming closer to race day.

Once you cross the finish line, you’ll enter the Run and Ride Finish Zone, a fenced-off area designated for participants only. Take some time in the Run & Ride Finish Zone to take on some fluids, refuel with bagels and bananas, receive your finisher's medal, and check out your time on our interactive screens at the timing trailer.

The information booth will be positioned at the start and finish to assist you with any race-day questions. The information booth will also serve as the race-day Lost & Found. Any valuables found at the start or finish should be turned in to the information booth. Any valuable items not claimed at the finish by noon will be taken to the park’s lost and found department. To claim a lost item after the event, please contact Kings Island’s Lost & Found.

Emergency Medical Services will be stationed at the finish line. The medical team is on site to assist with minor medical emergencies. In the event there are any major medical emergencies, 911 will be called and those in need of care will be transported to the nearest medical facility.