Kings Island has finally opened its gates to the general public.
And, like everywhere else, they have instituted some new health and safety precautions to protect guests and workers from COVID-19.
"The safety of our guests and associates has always been and will always be our top priority," said Mike Koontz, Kings Island's general manager. "The park’s new health and safety protocols align with CDC recommendations, and have been shaped by information from company and industry health and safety experts, along with our state and local government officials."
So what exactly can thrill-seekers expect if they want to hit the park to check out the new Orion giga coaster? (Experience the ride from your couch with this POV video.)
You can get all the details on this Welcome Back sheet, but here are the basics:
You will need a reservation. Make that online in advance (and purchase a parking pass in advance if you need one) and then print out your ticket or make sure you have your mobile ticket saved. The park will need to scan your ticket or your season pass for you to enter. When you get to the parking lot, they'll ask to see your reservation for the day and proof of a parking pass. If you don't have a parking pass already, you can buy one there with cashless payment.
You will need to download the Kings Island mobile app. Or at least one person in your party will, and that person will need to have their "location services" enabled for the park to send them updates.
You will need a mask. Put your mask on as soon as you exit your vehicle.
You will need to have your temperature checked before entering the park. If anyone you're with at the temperature check point has has a fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher, you have to return another day. You'll also need to fill out a pre-visit health check. "On the day of your visit, open the mobile app and complete the Health Assessment Questionnaire. Only one questionnaire is required per group," says the park. If you don't pass the test, you'll have to come back another time.
You will need to wash or sanitize your hands in the park. They say every 20 minutes, but not sure who is policing that. They do, however, have hand sanitizer stations set up throughout the park.
Rides will be socially distanced. The lines to get on a ride will be marked for social distancing and some seats and rows on the rides will be unavailable to accommodate social distancing as well, says the park. Looks like this:
Food is still available. But payments are contactless, all products are disposable and some tables have been removed.
Games and shops are still open. Contactless payments are encouraged and you must maintain social distancing.
Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. Get more info at visitkingsisland.com.