Dining has recently improved at King's Island. LaRosa's and Skyline Chili (Cincinnati institutions) has always been there and they keep the Cincinnati flavor alive with Tom + Chee (Shark Tank veterans) and The Reds Hall of Fame Grille. However a recently added Beer Garden and improvements in the Fetshaus provide for better options. Chains within the park include Panda Express, Subway and Chick-Fil-A. You can find the usual assortment of theme-park food, including funnel cake, ice cream, and hot dogs, at various locations in the park, but it can be a bit pricey. However as an ice cream lover you may have to choose between the famous Graetners or try the park popular blue soft serve.
KI is open from May through October, with daily opearation starting in late May. The park usually opens at 10:00 am, but be sure to check the park's Web site, as hours can vary over the season. The park is open Friday-Sunday after Labor Day in September.
Established Seasonal events
The park holds Halloween Haunt during October.
Winterfest occurs over weekends in November and December with limited ride openings.
Access & Location
KI is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, in Mason, OH (suburban Cincinnati). The park is easily accessible from I-71. The park is served by the Cincinnati airport, and it's an easy drive from the Dayton airport.
Great Wolf Lodge is adjacent to the park. The Kings Island website also lists many preferred hotels and local campgrounds. Since the park is near a heavily populated area, there are plenty of hotels near the park, or just down the interstate, with prices to match any budget.
Virtual Queue Options
Purchasing a Fast Lane wristband allows riders access to the Fast Lane entrance on 20 of the park's most popular rides. Available at two different levels
Musical shows exist around in the park. They run continuously in the Festhaus.
Peanuts show and sing-alongs occurs for the children in Planet Snoopy and at the Main Plaza
A rotating touring show is usually brought into the Kings Island Theater each year
Kings Island is one of the greats in the Cedar Fair Park chain. The coaster collection is top notch with Banshee, Beast, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers, and Flight of Fear being the best you could hope for. On top of that this is a well kept and nice looking park with the queue lines and pathways having shade a lot of the time as well. The food options are standard but most everything tastes good to especially the sports bar near Diamondback. And if all this wasn't enough to make you come here their flat rides and family attractions are amazing as well. Their kids section is voted best in the world according to Golden Tickets. The park can get busy though so make sure you consider fast lane or avoid weekends. This park is a must for anyone.
I have been to nearly every relevant theme park around the world, having traveled this, and seen all these parks, Kings Island is probably my Number 2 favorite! Being passed up by Cedar Point, it still has a an amazing coaster collection, a great atmosphere, and the employees CARE. I recommend this for anyone serious about rollercoasters, because Diamondback is arguably the BEST Hypercoaster out there. Banshee is also the best B&M Invert I have ever ridden.
Kings Island is a great park. While their coaster collection may be overall average, the park does have three top tier coasters (Banshee, Beast, and Diamondback), an above average collection of non-coaster rides, and one of the best kids areas anywhere. While the theming isn't super detailed, the park does have a good amount of theming for a thrill park and the whole place looks nice due to the setting and landscaping. Staff members tend to be better here than at Cedar Point, and for the most part ride operations are good. Food is mostly typical overpriced Cedar Fair food, but that's the case at almost every Cedar Fair property. Overall, Kings Island is not a perfect park but it is a very good one and definitely worth a visit.
My family visited Cedar Point and Kings Island back to back, and we all preferred Kings Island. It still has its charm, but it also has some great coasters. I really liked Diamondback, Banshee, The Bat, and Racer.
Kings Island is a super solid park with lots of coasters and other fun rides. The highlights of which are Diamondback, The Beast, Delerium, Drop Tower, and (soon to be) Banshee. The park very clean and quite pretty (especially at night walking down Coney Mall). The food is decent as well (LaRosa's Pizza is pretty delicious in my opinion).
I really love this park, probably more than I should, but I grew up with it and try to go at least two or three times a year. Is it amazing? No, but it is at least a guaranteed good time.
I had a blast at Kings Island, but outside of some of the coasters, the park reminded me alot of my home park Canada's Wonderland. I guess that's what happens after Paramount ran the two parks for 13 years. I felt like I was back in Canada while walking through parts of the park and coming across the exact same flats, and coasters, like Flight Deck as it is almost a clone of Vortex at CW, and the two taxi jams (or whatever it was called at KI). Overall, I still loved the park, the experience was almost magical in a way, as the park has a real classic and historical feel to it. It felt like a step back in time with all the awesome coasters and rides of today.
Kings Island was a mess when Cedar Fair took it over, but they've really turned this park around. I'm glad to see that the brakes on The Beast have weakened over the past few years. The ride collection here is still very strong (even though I personally feel that Firehawk rode so much better at Geauga Lake). The back of the park is a trifecta of excellent coasters: The Beast, Diamondback, and Vortex. The chicken sandwiches at the restaurant in Planet Snoopy are to die for!
Kings Island is an iconic park but is it deserving of it's status? Well, it's not UNdeserving of it. KI is a good park. It's clean, operations are passable, food could be worse, and it has lots of coasters (though only a few of them are noteworthy). See the problem? KI is good at almost everything, and great at nothing. The biggest positive for me is that the park really comes alive at night; the atmosphere is quite nice, especially down the traditional feeling Coney Mall, and around the wooded areas of Rivertown. Once the sun went down KI really started to win me over. I was surprised just how large the park is - the illustrated map is misleading in that regard. Bottom line: come here, you'll have fun. Just don't expect to be blown away.
Kings Island was a pleasant surprise when we finally got a chance to visit. Serving the Cincinnati area, Kings Island has plenty to do for everyone. There is a nice kids' area, and plenty of pint-sized rides. The park is fairly pretty, with nice landscaping highlighted by the pool area beneath the breathtaking Eiffel Tower. Food selections are plentiful, and the food is pretty good. There are loads of rides with one of the best collections of flats around. The coasters as a collection are good. The real standout is definitely Diamondback, a B&M hyper with great air and a blast of a ride overall. Beast is good, though not as much as is advertised. Other coasters range from average (Vortex, Flight Deck) to good (Backlot & Racer).
Kings Island is one of those parks thats spread out enough that you don't feel cramped and has allowed them to expand and provide plenty of things for you to do. Season Pass holders get in 30min to 1 hour early depending on the day for Beast and Diamondback. The giant frisbee is a nice bonus but just doesn't seem to have the power or forcefulness of the one at Cedar point.
Full of both classics and new rides, Kings Island is a park worthy of a day.
When I first visited Kings Island, I was pleasantly surprised with how nice of a park it is. The landscaping is great and the park has a very nice classic amusement park atmosphere. With that being said, the park is huge and extremely popular, but doesn't really feature any amazing rides. The addition of Diamondback certainly helped fill the void of a great coaster attraction, but the park will still need to keep investing in the future in order to be a place I want to visit again and again.
Kings Island has plenty of coasters, but the lineup is somewhat uninspiring; when one of the best coasters is the old Flying Dutchman from Geauga Lake, you know that something's wrong! Although, if you like to try out every coaster you see (or just want some more credits) KI may be the park for you. There certainly is enough here to fill a whole day, and it probably has just enough good coasters to be classified as a destination park. It is worth a trip to Southern Ohio to visit.
Kings Island has hefty collection of coasters, which includes one very good B&M (Diamondback), a very strange woodie (Beast), and one of the worst rides anywhere (the currently SBNO Son of Beast). The park itself is enjoyable enough, but it doesn't have a lot of personality (just coasters). Still, this park is worth a day, and it has been broadening its appeal to more than just thrillseekers as of late. Food offerings are a bit weak (Pizza and Chinese food in a German Festhaus?), but you can get Skyline Chili, which is pretty good stuff. Hitting this park and Holiday World makes for a pretty good springtime weekend getaway.
The park has a huge selection of coasters, but most were pretty unimpressive. Diamondback has a nice layout and a great backdrop, but airtime was seriously lacking. The Beast is definitely legendary, but nothing really special otherwise. I was pretty surprised with Firehawk though. For a Vekoma, it's runs very smooth and is a fun flyer. The park has a good kids area and an included water park. The park also has a few nice flats including a very good drop tower and the new Windseeker. The Eiffel Tower provides some great views as well. Definitely a nice looking park. Standard park fare, along with the large crowds definitely hurt, but the addition of the new Fast Lane system helps you to have a pretty good day.
King's Island was my fourth CF park, and first "former Paramount." While a bit sad at the stories that seemed just out of reach, I did enjoy the rides a lot. Beast is a nice piece of history in the morning, but at night it still delivers an amazing ride. Vortex is beautiful to watch, and was my favorite ride. Delirium and Adventure Express are quite fun as well. Flight of Fear and Backlot Stunt Coaster seem inferior to their VA clones. The Eiffel Tower gives great views, and has a great kids section. Operations are good. Food is very expensive, and standard Cedar Fair quality. Park atmosphere is ok, but not too many areas to relax overall- paths can get very crowded. Nice ERT for season passholders as well. Very nice park.
Overall a pretty decent park that you can easily spend a full day at. The Beast is a classic coaster (love it or hate it) and Diamondback is a really solid B&M Speed coaster that both enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts will love. Adventure Express and Flight Deck are very underrated (IMO) steel coasters for their respective types and make sure not to miss Flight of Fear. It is a very unique indoor launched coaster that kicks ass! Very underrated steel coaster with a great launch, cheesy but awesome themeing, comfortable trains, and crazy directional changes inside of a dark environment. One of my top 10's. For Flat ride lovers Delirium is a must.
Kings Island has always been a special place and I feel it every time I step onto International Street, which is a beautiful way to begin your day.
Planet Snoopy is a fantastic training ground for young thrillseekers which is why I recommend Kings Island over Cedar Point for families with small children.
The park also boasts Boomerang Bay, a very good water park that is included with admission. Only drawback is that it is detached from the main park and is accessible via the KI and MV Railroad in Rivertown or a long walkway that goes beyond Planet Snoopy.
Must rides - The Beast, Diamondback, Vortex, Delirium, Drop Tower, and the Eiffel Tower. Also don't miss having some blue soft serve ice cream.
While King's Island offers a great getaway for families, especially those with younger children, it may leave hardcore thrill seekers slightly disappointed. Planet Snoopy is a must visit for budding thrill seekers. Diamondback, Firehawk, Drop Tower, and Beast are all great rides but don't match the level of thrills offered at many parks of a similar size.
-Night rides on Beast
-Blueberry Ice Cream sold in Planet Snoopy
-Snoopy's Starlight Spectacular
Kings Island has a large selection of rides, but the three standouts are Diamondback, the Beast, and Drop Tower. Diamondback is a great, airtime filled hyper by B&M, the Beast is a fantastic terrain woodie that has been voted one of the best wooden coasters since it opened, and Drop Tower is the worlds tallest drop ride.
Kings Island has built a reputation on a family friendly atmosphere. It is home to one of the best kids areas. There are also many rides suitable for families all over the park
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