Take the Plunge into Kings Island in 2016!
Kings Island is about to open their gates for the 44th year of serving up great-class fun and entertainment! When guests visit the Mason, Ohio park starting this Saturday, there will be some changes made starting with the entrance toll booths. The new booth provide a new look and upgrade for the park, which has been long been in need of an overhaul. Located in the north end of the parking lot and featuring 13 lanes, this will replace the previous north and south tolls that opened with Kings Island in 1972. Not only is this more grand and welcoming but it’s also in step with the work being done on Kings Island Drive and will give way to better traffic flow in and out of the park.
Then, there’s the big splash of the season with Tropical Plunge, a seven story complex of six different water slides. The 65 foot tall structure will feature three slides that have an Aqua-Launch chamber, which have guests anxiously waiting to be dropped through the floor! Another slide will have water adventurers going through four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide and coming out into a pool of water. There’s also a 337 foot slide that’ll take guests through drops and turns and making the whole trip enchanting and whimsical! Soak City and it’s newest toy will open on May 28th with Gold & Platinum Pass previews on May 21st & May 22nd.
Also new this year is FunPix. This is a way for guest to capture, collect and share professional quality photos while at the park. With the FunPix card, guests can have their picture taken at the front gate, on their favorite attraction, with a Peanuts gang character or elsewhere in the park and at the FunPix Photo spot, open the Kings Island app, scan the QR code on their mobile device and unlock frames and borders. The Kings Island app automatically collects their photos with the Single Day or All Season Digital Photo Pass and the photos can be downloaded and uploaded to share on social media channels. It is a great value with $29.99 for a Single Day Pass and $39.99 for a Season Pass!
Here’s some Food for Thought! There have been three drink refill stations added to the park with the Eiffel Tower, Rivertown and Soak City, which will help reduce the lines at food locations around The Island.
On the funnel cake side of things, there will be a new funnel cake location opening in Rivertown. Guests will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth by choosing from an array of topping for their fried delight such as apple, blueberry, strawberry and hand scooped ice cream.
For good deals, All Day & All Season Dining Plans and Souvenir Drink Bottles are great money saving opportunities. Guests can purchase re-usable souvenir bottles starting at $10.99 for a single day, plus $1 for refills during future 2016 visits, or $24.99 for unlimited free refills the whole season. The All-Season Bottle Service is new for 2016.
Kings Island has a ton of new and revamped events for 2016.In fact, the front entrance currently has all their events listed on the wall!
The fan favorite Banshee Brew Fest will return in 2016! But this year, Banshee Brew Festival will be expanded from one weekend to two weekends in May and feature a larger selection of craft beer samples and selections. There will be samples of craft beers from all over the country with more than 50 breweries and 200 beers, food, and live music. Pre-sale tickets are on ale now.
If you love food trucks, get your appetite ready! The Food Truck Festival will be returning this summer with more than 20 food trucks! And the the best part is that the price of park admission gives you access to it all!
Wireless Internet was quietly installed across the park last year, but this year, Kings Island expects to put more focus on connecting with visitors digitally. Using an updated mobile app on their smart phone, park guests can now check wait times and receive push notifications alerting them to special offers and even park history!
Get ready to dance! Kings Island will unveil three new live shows in 2016.
Hollywood Nights is a show that’ll pay homage to the most memorable songs in movie history; before each show there will be Movie Trivia to test guest’s movie knowledge. Origins-A Cirque Experience is a new show that features phenomenal strength, balance and athleticism; the show starts on May 28th. Jump! The Ultimate Dog Show is a non-stop, action packed, canine thrill show that showcases incredible dogs and their handlers performing amazing stunts to upbeat music that will be sure to thrill audiences of all ages.
For families, a new Family Care Center will be built by Fischer Homes and will be located at International Street and will satisfy the necessity of parents and their infants. The Center will have comfortable nursing and changing area along with storage space for personal items; there will also be waiting areas for other family members. There will be all the touches of home including restrooms, electrical outlets, Wi-Fi, television, refrigerator, plus hot and cold water.
Have you ever wanted to spend the entire night at an amusement park? Now you can at the Kings Island Coaster Campout! The Coaster Campout is your opportunity to camp for one night inide the park! Your donation includes Exclusive Ride Time, an evening snack, breakfast and admission into the park on Sunday, June 12th!
Tickets for this event are $200 per campsite for up to four campers. Additional campers can join in on the fun for $50 per person. All Proceeds Benefit the Boys and Girls club of America, Cedar Fair Charities. Tickets are pre-sale only. There will be no on-site reservations. Pre-sale ends on June 10th at 11:59PM or until all camp sites are sold out.
In 2015 Kings Island debuted two new attractions called Woodstock Gliders and Snoopy’s Space Buggies. Parents really liked the two new additions which expanded their family ride value. More about those rides including videos can be viewed here.
Two new rides wasn’t the only thing introduced in 2015. After much success in 2015, Kings Island is ready to host their second annual COASTERSTOCK event!
Coasterstock is the ultimate 3 day event for the die hard coaster enthusiasts! Imagine walking into Kings Island with little to no lines, going behind-the-scenes to restricted areas for photo ops, playing games and fun contests with fellow coaster nerds, plus eat an amazing buffet of Ohio’s favorite BBQ.. Well, THAT is Coasterstock!
The 2nd annual Coasterstock will take place at Kings Island May 20-22 2016 and feature hours of morning and night time ERT (Exclusive Ride Time) on coasters such as Banshee, Diamondback, and most importantly, night rides on THE BEAST! You must be a member of an approved coaster club to participate in this exclusive event. More details can be found here.
Opening Day is right around the corner and there’s even a Special Preview event exclusively for Gold and Platinum passholders! Guests who renewed their passes in the fall by the November 5 deadline are eligible to attend the exclusive Preview Night event April 15, from 5-10 p.m. If you are not a passholder that is eligible to attend the special event, the parks official 2016 opening day will be Saturday April 16. Before you make a visit, plan out your day using the new 2016 park map!
We’re excited for the new memories this season will hold. Tell us what you’re most excited about in the comments below and on our socials!
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