Kings Island Officially Opens for its 50th Year of Operation this Weekend

The park is hosting a series of special events throughout the season in honor of the anniversary.

click to enlarge Kings Island's 300-foot giga coaster Orion. - Photo: provided by Kings Island
Photo: provided by Kings Island
Kings Island's 300-foot giga coaster Orion.

Kings Island will be celebrating a big anniversary this weekend. Saturday, April 16 is opening day for Kings Islands' 50th season of operation.

The park, now with many record-breaking coasters, originally opened in 1972 and has managed to preserve its magic throughout the years. This season, officials plan to celebrate the park's history with a series of special events.

First up, the park will mark Kings Islands' birthday on April 29. Organizers have planned a massive celebration that will honor the park's history all day long.

Then, "The Golden Celebration" kicks off May 28 and will run through the end of the season. Park officials say that this celebration will have "brand new entertainment highlighting Kings Island's history." 

The Soak City waterpark will also open on May 28. It will be open daily through Aug. 21, then on weekends from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3.

While the park hosts firework nights throughout the season on the evenings when they are open until 10 p.m., the park will have an even grander fireworks display planned for its Fourth of July celebration. Held on July 3, the park says they will have "one of the largest and most impressive fireworks displays in the Cincinnati area."

Even though we don't want to think about summer ending now, as the fall comes, so comes the return of Halloween Haunt and the Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. WinterFest will then take over the park during the holiday season.

If you're looking to get in a little early, Gold and Platinum pass holders will be able to visit the park on Friday, April 15.

Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. Find more information at

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