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Kings Island is a 364-acre (147 ha) amusement park located 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. Owned and operated by Cedar Fair, the park first opened in 1972 by the Taft Broadcasting Company. It was part of a larger effort to move and expand Coney Island, a popular resort destination along the banks of the Ohio River that was prone to frequent flooding. After more than $300 million in capital investments, the park features over 100 attractions including fifteen roller coasters and a 33-acre (13 ha) water park.
Throughout its history, Kings Island has appeared in popular sitcoms and received widespread recognition for its record-breaking attractions and events. One of the park’s most well-known attractions, The Racer, is often credited with reviving worldwide interest in roller coasters during the 1970s. Others, such as The Beast and Banshee, have set several world records, some of which are still standing. The park has also suffered through times of negative publicity, particularly surrounding the early demise of roller coasters The Bat and Son of Beast.
Kings Island is divided into several themed sections and operates seasonally from early spring through the fall, partially reopening for Winterfest during the holiday season. In 2017, Kings Island Amusement Park was the second-most visited seasonal amusement park in the United States behind Cedar Point, with an estimated 3.47 million visitors. It was third overall for seasonal attendance in North America, which was led by Canada’s Wonderland. In addition, Kings Island has won Golden Ticket Awards from Amusement Today for having the “Best Kids’ Area” in the world for seventeen consecutive years (2001–2017) as well as “Best New Ride” in 2017 for Mystic Timbers.
Kings Island Amusement Park was conceived as early as 1964 when Coney Island, a popular amusement park 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Cincinnati on the banks of the Ohio River, suffered from a major flood that submerged the area in over 14 feet (4.3 m) of water. Although occasional flooding was common at the successful park, the flood in 1964 was the fourth highest on record and caused considerable damage. Faced with already-limited space for expansion and parking, the event triggered discussions within the organization about relocating the park.
Leading the way was Gary Wachs, son of Coney Island president Ralph Wachs, who with friends and family owned a majority of stock. He decided it was time to relocate the park to stay competitive. After years of research and traveling abroad, he presented ideas for a new theme park to the company’s board of directors. Some board members opposed relocating, including significant stockholder Charles Sawyer. It wasn’t taken seriously until 1968, when actor Fess Parker announced plans to build a theme park in Northern Kentucky – well within Coney Island’s primary market that extended as far south as Louisville. The announcement highlighted the need for change and gave Wachs’ proposal credibility within the organization.
Gary met with the president of Taft Broadcasting Company, a business interested in promoting its recently acquired Hanna-Barbera division, to discuss a possible merger. In July 1969, Taft Broadcasting Company purchased Coney Island for $6.5 million and soon after purchased 1,600 acres (650 ha) in Warren County, Ohio, for $3.2 million. Kings Island still owned 773 acres (313 ha) of that purchase as of 2005. The site is located between I-71 and the Little Miami River in what was then a part of Deerfield Township. Following the purchase, Fess Parker’s efforts to secure financing fell apart along with his plans to build a competing theme park.
Taft Broadcasting and KECO (1970–1992)
Construction began on June 15, 1970. Later that year, a public contest was held to name the new park. “Kings Island Amusement Park” emerged the most popular for its recognition of the Kings Mills area as well as its predecessor Coney Island. Most of the former park’s rides were relocated, and much of what remained was demolished. Coney Island’s popular Sunlite Pool attraction continued to operate, however, and the park would be partially restored years later.
Less than two years after breaking ground, Kings Island Amusement Park opened its gates to the public on April 29, 1972. It was the first of several preview events. The grand opening was held the following month on May 27, 1972.
One of the first major attractions featured at the park was The Racer, a wooden roller coaster consisting of two trains that race side-by-side on identical tracks. Designed by legendary designer John C. Allen, who was convinced to come out of retirement, The Racer was the first of its kind in 35 years and played an integral part of the roller coaster renaissance of the 1970s. Decades later, it would be awarded the Roller Coaster Landmark plaque from American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) for its achievement.
Other roller coasters present on opening day in 1972 were the Bavarian Beetle, a small steel coaster brought over from Coney Island, and a new junior wooden coaster in the Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera originally named Scooby-Doo. The most expensive ride to open with the park, however, was Enchanted Voyage, a dark ride attraction that featured over 100 animatronic Hanna-Barbera characters and cost $2 million to construct.
Kings Island Amusement Park was nationally promoted in two well-known sitcoms on ABC. Each filmed an episode on location at the park: The Partridge Family in 1972 and The Brady Bunch in 1973. The Brady Bunch was produced by Paramount Television, a large Taft Broadcasting shareholder. The park also held several world-record-breaking events. In 1974, 69-year-old Karl Wallenda set a world record for the longest tightrope skywalk at a distance of 1,800 feet (550 m), which was performed 60 feet (18 m) off the ground. The following year, Evel Knievel successfully jumped fourteen Greyhound buses on his Harley Davidson at Kings Island, clearing a distance of 133 feet (41 m) – a record that wasn’t broken until 1999.
The longest successful jump of his career was also his last major stunt, and the nationally-televised event was broadcast live on ABC landing 52 percent of the TV audience for that hour with an estimated 55 million viewers. The national exposure kept the park at the forefront of the industry, and executives favored the attention and revenue being generated by newsworthy events surrounding new world records. To keep momentum going, Kings Island spent years researching and designing a mammoth roller coaster, The Beast, which opened in 1979 as a record-smashing, wooden roller coaster. It was designed and manufactured internally by the park.
On the heels of early success came turbulent times beginning in the 1980s. Kings Island Amusement Park partnered with Arrow Development, an amusement ride company well-known for its work at Disneyland and Disney World, to develop a unique roller coaster concept. The Bat would open to the public in 1981 as the first modern-day, suspended roller coaster featuring an overhead track with train cars that would swing freely from side to side, meant to simulate the feeling of flight. Although it was well-received by those who rode it, it was plagued with design flaws and constant maintenance that resulted in frequent closures over its short, three-year history. In order to appease frustrated guests, the south track of The Racer began running its trains backward in 1982, which became so popular that the change remained until 2008. The park also pushed forward with its next major addition, King Cobra, which opened in 1984 as the first of its kind to be designed from inception as a stand-up roller coaster.
Kings Island Amusement Park also went through a series of ownership changes over the next decade. Taft sold its theme park division in 1984 for $167.5 million to Kings Entertainment Company (KECO), a company formed by senior executives and general managers of Taft Attractions Group. Three parks – Kings Island, Kings Dominion and Carowinds – were involved in the sale. Taft invested in KECO to retain one-third interest. Three years later in 1987, Kings Island was sold individually to American Financial Corporation, led by Carl Lindner. The deal included a contract with KECO to continue managing park operations. KECO, which retained ownership of the other two parks, also added Great America to its portfolio after purchasing it in 1989 from the city of Santa Clara, California.
Paramount’s Kings Island (1992–2006)
In 1992, Paramount Communications Inc. (formerly Gulf+Western) purchased KECO along with Kings Island from American Financial in a deal worth $400 million. Paramount formed a new division known as Paramount Parks. They bought out the remaining 80% stake in Canada’s Wonderland in 1993, raising the number of parks to five. That same year, Paramount Parks began incorporating themes from its movies into the park. Viacom entered the picture after acquiring Paramount in 1994, paving the way for the appearance of Nickelodeon themes. First was Nickelodeon Splat City, followed by Nickelodeon Central and eventually Nickelodeon Universe.
In 1997, a year after leaving Deerfield Township, the city of Mason annexed most of Kings Island Amusement Park. A temporary measure allowed for some land to remain in Deerfield in an attempt to appease park officials and reduce the impact on the township. The rest would be annexed in 1999. On June 14, 2005, Viacom announced intentions to split into two companies (Viacom and CBS Corporation) with CBS inheriting Paramount Parks. Seven months later in January 2006, CBS announced intentions to sell its theme park division. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said that despite the health and profitability of its Paramount Parks business, it was “one that just doesn’t fit our core strategy”.
Cedar Fair era (2006–present)
After receiving interest from a variety of potential suitors, CBS announced the sale of Paramount Parks to Cedar Fair on June 30, 2006, for approximately $1.24 billion. The acquisition of Kings Island gave Cedar Fair ownership of the last of three major amusement parks in Ohio, alongside Cedar Point and Geauga Lake – the latter was purchased from Six Flags in 2004. Part of the agreement allowed Kings Island to continue using Nickelodeon themes and characters for four years and other Paramount-related branding for ten years, with the option to extend the license on both.
Cedar Fair opted for a buyout option within an agreement clause to remove Paramount branding after one season. Beginning in 2008, Face/Off became Invertigo, The Italian Job Stunt Track became Backlot Stunt Coaster, Tomb Raider: The Ride became The Crypt and Top Gun became Flight Deck. Nickelodeon’s presence remained until the 2010 season, when Cedar Fair began incorporating its Peanuts theme throughout the park, primarily in the children’s area.
In late 2009, the Mason City Council decided to put a measure on its 2010 ballot that would mandate a 3-percent ticket tax and a 5-percent parking tax at both Kings Island Amusement Park and The Beach waterpark. Council member Tony Bradburn argued that it was necessary for the city to help pay for infrastructure improvements, as well as cover police and fire expenses. This proposed tax hike was the center of debate for several months. Kings Island actively encouraged the public to write, email and call Mason City Council representatives to express opposition. On February 8, 2010, the Mason City Council voted 5–1 against the measure.
Action Zone opened in 1974 as Lion Country Safari, a 100-acre (40 ha) section of the park featuring a monorail ride that took guests on a safari-style tour through an animal preservation. This was part of a network of other safari-style zoos also called Lion Country Safari. It was later renamed Wild Animal Safari in 1977. In 1983, the area became known as Wild Animal Habitat and included Adventure Village, a new area within the rebranded section. Over the years, it featured rides such as Screamin’ Demon (1977–87), the first steel looping roller coaster to run both forward and backward in the United States, and King Cobra (1984–2001), a stand-up looping roller coaster that was the first of its kind in the world.
Early in its tenure after purchasing Kings Island Amusement Park, Paramount unveiled Top Gun, a suspended roller coaster from Arrow Dynamics, in 1993. Located next to the habitat attraction, it was titled after a film of the same name and was the first ride to be added to the park with a Paramount theme. The following year, the entire area was renamed Adventure Village coinciding with the removal of the animal habitat and monorail ride. In 1999, a two-year expansion initiative began with the area’s renaming to Action Zone and the addition of two new attractions – Drop Zone: Stunt Tower and Face/Off. When it debuted, Action Zone resembled a movie stunt set featuring a water tower as the centerpiece. The water tower was originally part of a skit with stunts and special effects that imitated a live movie set with a director and stunt performers.
Son of Beast opened in 2000, the second year of the area’s two-year expansion. It was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world and the first of its kind to feature a vertical loop. As a result of a number of structural issues and two accidents, the ride closed permanently in 2009 and was eventually demolished in 2012. Other notable rides include Delirium, which opened in 2003 as the largest Giant Frisbee ride in the world, and Banshee, the world’s longest inverted roller coaster which opened in 2014 at the former location of Son of Beast.
When Kings Island Amusement Park first opened in 1972, a section of the park was dedicated to its predecessor, Coney Island. The area was constructed to resemble the former park’s carnival-style layout and featured many of its flat rides which were relocated, including Monster, Scrambler, and Dodgem. One of the flagship attractions during the park’s inaugural year, The Racer, was located in this section. In addition to rides, some of Coney Island’s famous Ginkgo trees were transplanted, lining the middle of the walkway. Originally called Coney Island, the area was later renamed Old Coney in 1980 and again to its present name Coney Mall in 1986. The area also features game booths, arcades and concession stands reminiscent of state fairs and traveling carnivals from the early twentieth century.
In 1975, Zodiac debuted in the Coney Island mall, which was billed as a “spinning, climbing double ferris wheel”. Manufactured by Intamin, the three-minute ride featured twelve gondolas on each of the two wheels which were mounted to a long, hydraulic arm. It closed in 1987 and reopened at Wonderland Sydney in 1989. In the 1980s, the area saw the additions of Skylab, Zephyr, and Vortex, a six-inversion looping roller coaster that briefly held a world record for most inversions. Following Paramount’s acquisition of the park in 1992, Coney Mall was further expanded in 1994 with Days of Thunder, a motion simulator ride in the new Action Theater attraction, and in 1996 with Flight of Fear, the world’s first launched roller coaster to feature a linear induction motor (LIM).
In 2005, one of the last Paramount-themed attractions to open at the park, The Italian Job: Stunt Track (now known as Backlot Stunt Coaster), was unveiled. The roller coaster replaced the antique car ride Les Taxis. Firehawk, a flying roller coaster previously known as X-Flight at Geauga Lake, was relocated to Kings Island next to Flight of Fear in 2007. The area housing both roller coasters became known as X-Base, a sub-section within Coney Mall that took on its own theme. The most recent addition to Coney Mall was WindSeeker, added in 2011. The 301-foot-tall (92 m), three-minute swing ride features 32, two-person carriages that spin around a central tower up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).
This sub-area opened in 2007. Flight of Fear had existed previously, but with the addition of Firehawk, the area took on its own theme, centered around flight and propulsion. Although the area is designated by a sign, it’s not listed on the park map and is officially part of Coney Mall.
At the heart of the amusement park, visitors are greeted by International Street which lies just beyond the main entrance. As one of the park’s original staples when it opened in 1972, International Street was designed by Bruce Bushman, a former Walt Disney Imagineering layout design artist. The area’s architecture and cultural themes represent Italy, Spain, Germany and Switzerland. To save on the cost of construction, the second story of each building was designed on a three-quarters scale, borrowing from a practice used by Disney throughout their theme parks.
The area’s main attractions include the Royal Fountain, a 600,000-US-gallon pool (2,300 m3) capable of shooting 10,000 US gallons (38 m3) of water into the air each minute, and the signature Eiffel Tower, a one-third scale replica of the original which offers a view of the entire park to its guests. Grand Carousel, a classic carousel built in 1926 and originally located at Coney Island, is another International Street attraction. Also located here is the Kings Island Theater and a variety of restaurants and souvenir shops.
In 1992, a dark ride attraction known as Phantom Theater was added to the park’s lineup. It utilized an Omnimover system to transport riders through specially-themed rooms resembling a behind-the-scenes tour of a haunted theater. Previously, the building housed the Enchanted Voyage (1972–1983) and Smurf’s Enchanted Voyage (1984–1991), both Old Mill dark rides that used unaccompanied boats floating along water-filled guideways. After a couple theme changes in 2003 and 2010, Phantom Theater became known as Boo Blasters on Boo Hill.
Oktoberfest, relating to the eponymous German festival, opened with the park in 1972. The area resembles a German town with timber-framed, German-style architecture. The Festhaus building is its central attraction, featuring live shows with several indoor eateries. Nearby is an outdoor bar that serves alcoholic beverages, with a portion of its seating area located above water bordering Oktoberfest lake. Rides within this section of the park include a mine train roller coaster called Adventure Express, which opened in 1991, and a swinging pirate ship ride called Viking Fury, which opened in 1982. Sling Shot, one of two pay-per-ride attractions at Kings Island Amusement Park, is also located within Oktoberfest.
The area initially opened with the park in 1972 as The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera and was later shortened to Hanna-Barbera Land. The area’s flagship attraction was a junior wooden roller coaster named Scooby Doo (later known as Woodstock Express), which like The Racer was designed by John C. Allen. The portion of the area that borders Rivertown was revamped in 1995 with the addition of a kids’ play area, stage and water attraction, and the new sub-section was named Nickelodeon Splat City.
In 2001, the log ride Kings Mills Log Flume was updated with a children’s theme and renamed The Wild Thornberrys River Adventure. The Rugrats Runaway Reptar inverted roller coaster was introduced the same year. This expansion into an area that was originally part of Rivertown became known as Nickelodeon Central. Hanna-Barbera Land was gradually converted over the next several years and eventually renamed “Nickelodeon Universe” in 2006.
Following Cedar Fair’s purchase of the park from Paramount in 2006, Nickelodeon-themed elements were eventually removed and replaced with Peanuts comic strip themes in 2010 – the children’s brand marketed at other Cedar Fair parks. Nickelodeon Universe became known as Planet Snoopy. The area features many rides intended for smaller children, as well as three family-oriented roller coasters and a skater coaster. Amusement Today has awarded Kings Island with the Golden Ticket Award for Best Kids’ Area in the World for seventeen consecutive years (2001–2017). Kings Island’s Planet Snoopy was also the largest in the Cedar Fair chain until 2013, when Kings Dominion doubled the size of its Planet Snoopy section.
Rivertown is an area within the park that features a western theme depicting a town with ranch-style buildings, old wooden signs, and one of the park’s most iconic attractions, the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad. Originally intended to be named Frontier Land, the area was eventually named Rivertown when it debuted with the park in 1972. The area included attractions such as Kings Mill Log Flume and Shawnee Landing, a canoe ride in a part of Rivertown known as Kenton’s Cove.
Throughout the 1970s, Rivertown saw the addition of several attractions including Kenton’s Cove Keelboat Canal in 1973, which was an elevated log flume ride that operated through the 2000 season, and The Beast roller coaster in 1979. Designed internally by Kings Island, The Beast opened as the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in the world, and in addition to retaining its record length, it remains one of the most popular wooden roller coasters in the annual Golden Ticket Awards from Amusement Today. Other rides added over the years include a river rafting ride called White Water Canyon, which opened in 1985, and a heavily themed, indoor flat ride called Tomb Raider: The Ride (later renamed The Crypt), which opened in place of Kenton’s Cove Keelboat Canal in 2002. The Crypt closed permanently in 2011.
In 2009, the park’s first roller coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard, called Diamondback, opened in Rivertown. The 230-foot-tall (70 m) hypercoaster reaches a top speed of 80 mph (130 km/h) and features a splashdown water effect finale. In August 2016, Kings Island Amusement Park revealed plans to build Mystic Timbers, a 109-foot-tall (33 m) wooden roller coaster that opened in 2017. The new ride added 3,265 feet (995 m) of track bringing the park’s wooden coaster total to 18,804 feet (5,731 m), making it the most of any amusement park in the world.
Included with park admission, Soak City is a 33-acre (13 ha) water park featuring two wave pools, several children’s areas and a variety of water slides. It originally opened in 1989 as WaterWorks and has since been expanded several times. It was renamed in 2004 to Crocodile Dundee’s Boomerang Bay, based on the titular character from the film “Crocodile” Dundee, played by Paul Hogan who was also hired to promote the revamped water park. Following Cedar Fair’s acquisition of Kings Island Amusement Park, it was later renamed Boomerang Bay, and all references to the film character were removed. On September 2, 2011, Kings Island announced a $10-million expansion of the water park for the 2012 season, as well as a plan to rename it Soak City. Tropical Plunge, a seven-story water slide complex, was added for the 2016 season.
Halloween Haunt is a Halloween-themed event at Kings Island Amusement Park that operates on weekends from September through October. It features haunted houses, mazes, live shows, and most of the park’s regular season attractions. Special lighting and fog effects are utilized throughout the park, and actors in costume engage with guests. The event originally debuted as Fear Fest in 2000, and the name was later changed to Halloween Haunt in 2007.
Following a twelve-year absence, park officials confirmed in 2016 that Winterfest would return in 2017. The annual Christmas-themed holiday festival features the lighting of the park’s Eiffel Tower and ice skating on the Royal Fountain. Several ride attractions will be open, and International Street will be transformed into a winter village filled with Christmas carolers and homemade crafts.
Fast Lane, introduced at Kings Island in July 2011, is a secondary queue system that offers shorter wait times on the park’s most popular rides. In addition to the standard admission charge, visitors can bypass the standard wait line by purchasing a wrist band that grants access to the Fast Lane queue. A limited number of wrist bands are sold each day. The two options available for purchase are Fast Lane and Fast Lane Plus, the latter of which adds several additional rides to the list.
1977: Screamin’ Demon debuted as one of the first forward- and backward-looping roller coasters in the United States. It was later sold in 1987 to Camden Park in Huntington, West Virginia, where it operated as the Thunderbolt Express until 1999. It was eventually dismantled in 2004.
1979: Kings Island unveiled The Beast setting records as the world’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.
1981: The park introduced The Bat, generally accepted as the first permanent modern-day suspended roller coaster. However, plagued with mechanical problems and downtime, The Bat was removed just three years later in 1984.
1982: Kings Island introduced Winterfest, a Christmas-time holiday event which ran from late-November through December. The yearly event was discontinued after the 1992 season, though it made additional appearances in 2005 and 2017.
1984: King Cobra opened as the first roller coaster to be designed from the ground-up as a stand-up coaster, even though others had been converted to stand-up designs. King Cobra was dismantled and put up for sale in 2002, when downtime and maintenance proved prohibitive.
1987: The Vortex was added to the park and briefly held a record with six inversions.
1989: WaterWorks debuted as a family water park featuring a wave pool, water slides and other attractions.
1999: Kings Island’s “Adventure Village” area began the first of a two-year expansion to re-energize the area. Renamed Paramount Action Zone, the area was completely re-themed as a brightly colored movie studio backlot. Two new rides, FACE/OFF and Drop Zone: Stunt Tower, opened with the latter setting a new record for the world’s tallest gyro drop.
2000: For the second year of the Paramount Action Zone two-year expansion, Son of Beast opened setting records as the world’s tallest, fastest and only-looping wooden roller coaster. Billed as a sequel to Kings Island Amusement Park own legendary roller coaster, The Beast, Son of Beast was also the park’s first hypercoaster. In October 2000, Kings Island debuted FearFest which runs annually from late September through October (later renamed to Halloween Haunt).
2002: Tomb Raider: The Ride opened at Kings Island Amusement Park using an unorthodox marketing approach. The vehicle was by design concealed from view even as guests are being seated. Opening-day riders did not know what was going to happen as the ride started. Under the hood, the ride was based on a typical top spin model ride, except that this version was the world’s first Giant variation to hold nearly twice as many riders as prior efforts. In addition, the ride operated indoors synchronized to a musical score, lasers, water effects, fog and theatrical lighting.
2005: Kings Island Amusement Park opened Italian Job: Stunt Track, a roller coaster that primarily focused on special effects to tie in with the film The Italian Job (sister park Canada’s Wonderland opened one the same year).
2007: Kings Island unveiled Firehawk, a Vekoma Flying Dutchman roller coaster. The ride originally opened in 2001 at Geauga Lake under the name X-Flight but was relocated to Kings Island Amusement Park after the 2006 season. Its track colors were changed from neon green to red, while its supports were changed from dark gray to steel gray.
2009: A steel hypercoaster from Bolliger & Mabillard called Diamondback opened in place of the former Swan Lake.
2010: Planet Snoopy opened in place of the Nickelodeon Universe kids area. The Nickelodeon-themed attractions and characters from Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo were completely removed. This change marked the first time since the park’s debut in 1972 that Scooby-Doo was not present in the park.
2011: WindSeeker, a tower swinger ride manufactured by Mondial, was added to the Coney Mall next to the Vortex. Fast Lane. A Pay-Per-Use attraction called Dinosaurs Alive! debuted at Kings Island Amusement Park as the world’s largest animatronic dinosaur park. It is located in Coney Mall near WindSeeker. Dinosaurs Alive 3D was also introduced to the Action Theater presented in Dolby 3D.
2012: Soak City was announced on September 2, 2011, as the new name for Boomerang Bay. The Australian theme was dropped and additions included a second, larger wave pool along with sand-volleyball courts and a completely revamped lazy river with new names all around.
2014: The longest inverted roller coaster in the world, Banshee, opened in the location previously occupied by Son of Beast and Thunder Alley within the park’s Action Zone.
2017: Mystic Timbers, a wooden coaster manufactured by Great Coasters International is added. It is located in the park’s Rivertown area. Winterfest has also been confirmed to make its return after a twelve-year hiatus.
1972: ABC sitcom, The Partridge Family, filmed at the park in the episode “I Left My Heart in Cincinnati” which aired on January 26, 1973 (Episode #66 from Season 3).
1973: Another ABC sitcom, The Brady Bunch, filmed at the park in the episode “The Cincinnati Kids” which aired later that year on November 23.
1974: Sixty-nine-year-old Karl Wallenda broke a world skywalk distance record of 1,800 feet (550 m).
October 25, 1975: A nationally-televised event featured Evel Knievel successfully jumping fourteen Greyhound buses at Kings Island, clearing a record-breaking distance of 133 feet (41 m) which stood until 1999.
May 24, 2008: Robbie Knievel, son of Evel, successfully jumped over 24 Coke Zero trucks in the Kings Island Parking Lot. This was expected to be the last of Robbie’s big jumps.
July 4, 2008: High wire artist Rick Wallenda broke the world skywalk distance record of 1,800 feet (550 m) held by his grandfather, Karl Wallenda, by walking 2,000 feet (610 m) on a 75-foot-high wire (23 m) from Kings Island Amusement Park Eiffel Tower to the park’s entrance and back.
August 31, 2008: Barry Williams, Susan Olsen and Mike Lookinland returned to Kings Island Amusement Park for A Very Brady Reunion, a four-show special of song, dance and Brady Bunch stories.
August 15, 2009: Nik Wallenda completed a skywalk on a wire suspended 262 feet (80 m) above the ground that extended 800 feet (240 m). Although it didn’t break any world records, it was the highest skywalk Nik had completed to date and was three times higher than the skywalk Rick Wallenda performed a year earlier.
May 19, 2013: Former Brady Bunch stars Barry Williams, Susan Olsen and Christopher Knight returned to the park to “entertain park guests during four shows of singing, dancing and Brady Bunch anecdotes”.
The following is a list of former employees at Kings Island Amusement Park that later became well known in another industry:
Lisa Akey (actress)
Curtis Cregan (actor) – worked as a live shows performer and emcee for the Nickelodeon show at Kings Island
Carmen Electra (singer) – started her professional career in 1990 as a dancer at Kings Island in the show “It’s Magic”
Woody Harrelson (actor) – wood carver at Kings Island during high school
Justin Jeffre (singer) – part of quartet that performed throughout the park
Lewis Johnson (reporter) – former rides supervisor on the Beast and Racer roller coasters at Kings Island (1981–87)
Susan Kay Johnson (1987 Miss Ohio)
Nick Lachey (singer) – part of quartet that performed throughout the park
Dan Patrick (TV/radio sports host) – worked on park’s golf course grounds crew
Susan Perkins (1978 Miss America) – worked at the park as a live shows performer
Rob Pottorf (film composer) – worked as live show performer and starred in Kings Production’s TV series, Pumpkin Creek
Gigi Rice (actress)
Dogstreet cemetery is located at the north end of the Kings Island Amusement Park parking lot and is maintained by Deerfield Township. The historic cemetery dates back to 1803. The Warren County Genealogical Society documented nearly 70 grave sites in the cemetery, though as of 2005, only 52 headstones remained.
On January 11, 2012, the amusement park and cemetery were featured on season 8, episode 1 of Ghost Hunters entitled Roller Ghoster. The show investigated claims of haunted occurrences inside the park and around the cemetery, particularly of a ghost reportedly known as “Missouri Jane.” Warren County Genealogical Society records document a grave for a Missouri Jane Galeenor, who died in 1846 at age five.
Kings Island Amusement Park resort
As part of the Kings Island Amusement Park resort, in 1972 Taft Broadcasting Company built a golf course, hotel and campground.
The Golf Center at Kings Island Amusement Park – Designed by Jack Nicklaus with Desmond Muirhead, the 18-hole “Grizzly” and the 9-hole “Bruin” golf courses are located just across Interstate 71. The “Grizzly” was used for PGA and LPGA tournaments throughout the years. The Kings Island golf courses were formerly known as the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center, Jack Nicklaus Sports Center and The Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Golf Courses.
Kings Island Inn – Designed to depict a small alpine village, the 300-room inn, also known as Kings Island Resort & Conference Center was located on Kings Island Drive across the street from the park. It featured a restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, sand volleyball, half-court basketball and a conference center. The inn was also featured in the Partridge Family’s episode “I Left My Heart in Cincinnati” and the Brady Bunch episode “The Cincinnati Kids.”. The inn and conference center closed in 2014.
Kings Island Campground – The park used to offer a 45-acre campground. It had 350 sites plus overflow, 6 cabins, pool, game room and store. A free tram carried campers to and from the park. The campground closed in 2004 and the land, except for the overflow area, was sold to Great Wolf Resorts.
Kings Island Amusement Park greenhouse
Kings Island Amusement Park has its own greenhouse just off of Columbia Road. It can be seen from the top of The Bat’s lift hill. It produces the flowers and topiary for the park. Some of their notable work is the “Living Liberty Bell” topiary and working “Flower Clock” near the Eiffel Tower.
Banshee – The Bat – Delirium – Drop Tower: Scream Zone – Invertigo – Xtreme Skyflyer – Backlot Stunt Coaster – The Racer – Vortex – WindSeeker – Firehawk – Flight of Fear – Boo Blasters on Boo Hill – Eiffel Tower – Adventure Express – SlingShot – Flying Ace Aerial Chase – Woodstock Express – Diamondback – Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad – Mystic Timbers – The Beast
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Record Video at Kings Island Amusement Park
HD 1080P / 720P
daVideo Rikor HD video camera sunglasses record 1080P @ 30fps or 720 @ 60fps. Capture perfect (POV) point of view video at Kings Island Amusement Park.
Tilt the camera lens 12° upword or 10° downward to capture the perfect shot.
WIFI / APP
The daVideo Rikor 1080p camera sunglasses can output a wifi signal. Wirelessly connect it to any iOS/Android device using our free mobile app.
Thick 2.2mm lenses for your video camera glasses. Reinforced frame & impact resistant.
Our advanced video camera glasses have a built in high quality 12MP camera
Take still photos with one easy click. Take one picture at a time or take a burst shot of 3 or even 5 photos at a time!
Compressing format: H.264
Resolution: 1920 x 1080p @ 30fps and 1280 x 720P @ 60fps
Ratio Image: 16:9
Video camera sunglasses notify you with vibrating notifications and LED lights. Perfect for hands free operation while enjoying your favorite activity.
Add up to 128gb memory to your video camera sunglasses. This means you can store up to 30,500 12MP photos!
LOW TEMPERATURE BATTERY
480mAh high capacity lithium polymer battery can handle extreme temperatures between -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius) to 131 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius) Takes about 1-2 hours to fully charge battery.
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