11 Original Kings Island Rides That Have Been in Operation Since the Park Opened

This summer marks Kings Island’s 50th anniversary. The amusement park staked its claim in Mason in 1972 as a replacement for the longtime — and frequently flooded — favorite Coney Island. While Coney only closed from 1971-1973 before reopening its attractions along the banks of the Ohio River, many of its classic rides (and employees) made their way to Kings Island.

When the theme park opened, there were only 60 attractions, according to King Island’s area manager, digital marketer and lifelong fan Don Helbig. Today, there are more than 100.

While we have loved and lost many favorites when they went into retirement (RIP Phantom Theater), these 11 rides have been around since the park opened in 1972 — though several have been renamed, sometimes multiple times. visitkingsisland.com.

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Eiffel Tower 
This observation tower and one-third scale replica of the original in Paris was repainted its signature green last year in preparation for the big anniversary.
Photo: Provided by Kings Island

Eiffel Tower

This observation tower and one-third scale replica of the original in Paris was repainted its signature green last year in preparation for the big anniversary.
Grand Carousel 
Built in 1926 and originally housed at Coney Island, this whimsical ride comes complete with a Wurlitzer Band Organ, which was refurbished for the anniversary and is once again operational.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Grand Carousel

Built in 1926 and originally housed at Coney Island, this whimsical ride comes complete with a Wurlitzer Band Organ, which was refurbished for the anniversary and is once again operational.
Dodgem 
These bumper cars opened at Coney Island in 1924 and moved to Kings Island for its inaugural season.
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Dodgem

These bumper cars opened at Coney Island in 1924 and moved to Kings Island for its inaugural season.
K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad 
This ride’s two trains are scale recreations of the famed General, from the Great Locomotive Chase of the American Civil War. Helbig says this season they revamped the Wild West theme along the track with fresh signage and animatronics.
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K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad

This ride’s two trains are scale recreations of the famed General, from the Great Locomotive Chase of the American Civil War. Helbig says this season they revamped the Wild West theme along the track with fresh signage and animatronics.
Linus’ Beetle Bugs
This kiddie ride started out at Coney Island before moving to Kings Island and is now on its fifth name (it opened as Funky Phantom).
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Linus’ Beetle Bugs

This kiddie ride started out at Coney Island before moving to Kings Island and is now on its fifth name (it opened as Funky Phantom).
Monster
Looking like a giant black octopus, this ride — from Coney Island — was featured in the famed The Partridge Family episode filmed at the park.
Photo: Provided by Kings Island

Monster

Looking like a giant black octopus, this ride — from Coney Island — was featured in the famed The Partridge Family episode filmed at the park.
Peanuts’ Off-Road Rally Cedar Fair, the current owner of Kings Island, has rights to the Peanuts gang, so many rides carry the moniker of Charlie Brown and his friends. Another Coney Island original, this car ride takes kids around a small circle.
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Peanuts’ Off-Road Rally

Cedar Fair, the current owner of Kings Island, has rights to the Peanuts gang, so many rides carry the moniker of Charlie Brown and his friends. Another Coney Island original, this car ride takes kids around a small circle.
Race for Your Life Charlie Brown 
Opened as the Kings Mills Log Flume after relocating from Coney Island, this water ride is named after a 1970s Peanuts movie featuring a summer camp raft race.
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Race for Your Life Charlie Brown

Opened as the Kings Mills Log Flume after relocating from Coney Island, this water ride is named after a 1970s Peanuts movie featuring a summer camp raft race.
The Scrambler 
This nostalgia-inducing carnival classic is another ride that came from Coney Island.
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The Scrambler

This nostalgia-inducing carnival classic is another ride that came from Coney Island.
Woodstock Express
Painted yellow like Woodstock the bird, this kid-friendly wooden coaster was built for Kings Island and was once named The Beastie, an homage to the park’s The Beast.
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Woodstock Express

Painted yellow like Woodstock the bird, this kid-friendly wooden coaster was built for Kings Island and was once named The Beastie, an homage to the park’s The Beast.