|Theme Park:||Kings Island (since 1972)|
|Address:||6300 Kings Island Dr.|
|Operated by:||Cedar Fair|
Kings Island in Mason, Ohio is one of the largest amusement parks in the US. Founded in 1972 by Taft Broadcasting, the amusement park was the starting point for some of the most influential theme parks in the world, which later became the Paramount theme parks. Nowadays, the park is part of the Cedar Fair group. The amusement park is not only historically significant from an economic point of view. Kings Island led to a renaissance of the roller coaster with the wooden coaster The Racer and paved the way for modern day launch coaster with Flight of Fear.
The park itself offers a large variety of family-friendly rides and roller coasters. The park also offers plenty of street entertainment and a variety of shows in the park’s own theatres and the huge amphitheatre.
Fun Fact #1: The original Suspended Coaster The Bat was only short lived. Its station and foundations was reused for the looping coaster Vortex.
Fun Fact #2: The wooden coaster The Beast was built completely inhouse. Up to now, it is still the world’s longest wooden roller coaster.
Fun Fact #3: The park’s huge Eiffel Tower was originally planned for Cincinnati’s Coney Island amusement park.