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Kings Island

New for 2016

Tropical Plunge – The water park has a new six-slide tower, and three of the slides feature launch pods with hatches.

Description of the park

Kings Island is a hugely popular theme park. Roller coasters are king here. In fact, Kings Island is one of the theme parks with the most roller coasters in the world. The legendary Beast, the longest wooden roller coaster in the world, is the royalty of thrill machines. Diamondback, introduced in 2009, is a world-class hypercoaster and ranks among the best steel roller coasters in North America.

Despite its revered status, I rank The Beast as one of the most overrated roller coasters in North America. At one point, perhaps, The Beast deserved his praise, but it has been disarmed and it just won’t hold up. If you’re looking for a more classic wooden roller coaster experience, with plenty of airtime, head to The Racer on Kings Island.

The park had an infamous roller coaster disaster with Son of Beast, which was the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world when it debuted. It also featured a loop, which was novel at the time. Unfortunately, it was notoriously difficult, and the park closed it for good in 2009. In 2014, Kings Island replaced it with Banshee, an exceptionally long inverted roller coaster that has been well received.

Peanuts characters like Charlie Brown and Linus come to life on Planet Snoopy and provide inspiration for some of the rides, including Sally’s Sea Plane, The Great Pumpkin Coaster, and Woodstock Express. The park also offers shows, such as musicals and fireworks.

Soak City Water Park is included with admission and offers tons of slides, two wave pools, an interactive water play station, and an action river. Features include a funnel ride and a FlowRider surf ride.

Travel Opinions

  • Diamondback roller coaster review
  • The Beast Roller Coaster Review

Best of Kings Island

See which attractions deserve your attention in my roundup of the best rides on Kings Island.

Recently opened in the park

For 2015:
Planet Snoopy Expansion: Two new spinning rides, Woodstock Gliders and Snoopy’s Space Buggies, have opened.

Jack Daniels Cheeseburger Tops Kings Island Food – Check out the great new foods available for the 2015 season.

For 2014:
The intriguing inverted roller coaster features seven inversions.

Water Parks Water Parks

Outdoor Water Park – Adjacent Soak City is included with admission to Kings Island.

Indoor Water Park – The adjacent Great Wolf Lodge on Kings Island is open to registered resort guests.

Halloween event

Halloween Haunt

Pet event

Dog Days 2014 – overview of the unique event for dogs and their owners.

Location and phone

Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati
(800) 288-0808 or (513) 754-5700

Admission policy

Kings Island offers day passes to pay a price, both at the door and online (often at a reduced price). Discounted tickets are available for children and seniors. Soak City Water Park is included with admission. The Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park is open to registered hotel guests only.


I-71 to OH-741, exit 25. Paramount’s Kings Island is northeast of Cincinnati.

Hotel Information

To stay at the property:
Look up rates for Great Wolf Lodge on Kings Island on TripAdvisor.

Look for discounted rates at other hotels near Kings Island on TripAdvisor.

Official Web site

Kings Island

Enjoy high thrills, not long lines at Kings Island Water Park

Kings Island is one of the most popular regional amusement parks in the country, and for good reason. Highly regarded roller coasters like Diamondback