Kings Island has sent us a press release regarding their new logo celebrating the park's 40th anniversary.
On April 29, 1972 Kings Island opened its $30 million royal gates outside of Cincinnati, Ohio to a mere 7,000 curious guests. The slogan used to entice their visit was “C’mon Get Happy!” and admission to the park boasting 65 attractions was $6.00. It didn’t take long for word to get out, though. By the end of the first season Kings Island had set a theme park industry record by playing host to more than 2 million guests.
Since then, over 120 million visitors have experienced the park’s world-class rides, shows and attractions making Kings Island one of the most celebrated theme parks in the nation. The 1972 attendance record was just the beginning of a long string of firsts the park has accumulated in the past 40 years.
Given its exciting and impressive evolution, Kings Island plans to celebrate its 40th anniversary season throughout the upcoming summer, unveiling today a commemorative logo on the park’s Facebook and Twitter pages. A series of interactive online and social media campaigns focused on Kings Island fans and their memories will be introduced in the coming weeks.
Kings Island opens for the 2012 season April 28. Daily operation begins May 11.
The all-new Soak City Waterpark debuts May 26 and is included free with park admission.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
That's nice. CW had their 30th anniversary last year, so they brought back some nostalgia with old school paint jobs (Vortex trains) to the original TAFT logo on the wooden coasters. And there was Starlight Spectacular that had birthday wishes to the park at the end of the show. I'm excited to see what Kings Island does around the park for their 40th. They've been tweeting a bit about the Racer, so maybe it'll have old paint jobs and logos.
molemaster43 wrote:The logo looks very nice. I really hope that Kings Island does something pretty cool for the 40th Anniversary. Son of Beast returning would've been pretty cool, but sadly, no word yet...
Anyways, going old school for the 40th would be a cool idea and, maybe for 40th Anniversary, The Racer could be going backwards again. Who knows?
I thought the same thing, Even with Kings Island being my home park, I wasn't aware that The Racer ran both sides facing forward. Somewhere, I can't find it, but someone asked Kings Island if they would have the red side of The Racer going backwards this year for the 40th, but Kings Island said no. They said no because The Racer originally ran both sides forward and it was never intended to run backwards. I found it interesting that both sides ran forward in the beginning.
^IIRC, they started running one side backwards in the 1980s because of the downtime The Bat was experiencing.
Cedar Fair has already said they turned the trains to all face forward because PTC does not approve of their trains running backwards on a ride. Tom Rebbie was once asked about it and I believe he said that if a park wants them they will design a train to run backwards, but they will not sign off/perform work on any current train the runs backwards. I never got to ride The Racer backwards, but did get to ride Rebel Yell and it didn't do much for me. I really disliked the ride but found the forward side ok and both forward sides of The Racer and Thunder Road at Carowinds to be fun.
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