Kings Island: Visit #3
By: Kevin Michaels
August 21, 2015

It is Friday morning, 67 degrees and beautiful. The kids have gone back to school already, so I expect this to be a quiet morning at least until the kids are home from school. We arrived at the park at 9:15am, just in time for 9:30am ERT on either Banshee or Diamondback.

Banshee, first ride of the day...

Normally, when you first emter the park you can go left, straight to Banshee but not for Early Entry. You have to go straight and around Festhaus to get to Banshee. Not a big deal, but you can waste a couple minutes if you don't know that. We went right for the front row on Banshee and it was only a one train wait to get on. Here we are, first thing in the morning, we got a good front row ride on Banshee but the restraints smelled of sweat!

Kings Island: Visit #2
By: Kevin Michaels
August 20, 2015

We woke up in Sandusky, Ohio right outside of Cedar Point on this dismal day. It was cloudy, wet and rainy but what will the weather be like as we head to Kings Island in Mason, Ohio? It looks like this could be a perfect Thursday at the park as the forecast is calling for mostly sunny skies and a high of 77 degrees!

2nd visit of the season...

This is our second visit of the season as we made our first visit back in May on a dreary and rainy but awesome day. I can only hope that our visits to Kings Island today and tomorrow will be just as great!

Kings Island: Visit #1
By: Kevin Michaels
May 26, 2015

We decided to change things up a little bit due to weather concerns. Originally, we were going to be going to Six Flags Great America today but made a change because of chances of rain at the parks. We knew there would be a chance of rain at Kings Island, but we have been here before and we said bring on the rain and the Beast is the one that decided to bring it on but more on that later on.

Early Ride Time: Banshee & Diamondback

Me and Anne Marie are Cedar Fair Platinum Passholders which gets us Early Ride Time in the park. John & Angelica purchased their Kings Island day tickets from Kroger, which also entitled them to Early Ride Time. Today's Early Ride Times are Banshee and Diamondback. The question at hand; is it really worth riding Banshee and then going all the way to the other side of the park to try to get an Early Ride in on Diamondback?

Kings Island; Mason, Ohio
What's New in 2015?!

Kings Island is advertising two new rides for the upcoming season and they involve the Planet Snoopy section of the park!

First, Kings Island is getting the Woodstock Gliders! This is a classic flying scooters ride manufactured by Larson International. This ride is at many theme parks around the world and a couple other Cedar Fair Parks. They have been known as the Flying Eagles or the Woodstock Gliders at the other parks. It is a very fun little ride for everyone to get on.

Kings Island; Mason, Ohio
Planning a visit in 2015?!

Are you planning a trip to Kings Island in Mason, Ohio? Here are a few tips from the Theme Park Maniacs! I'm not going to lie and say that we have been to this park several times because we have only been to the park twice in our lifetime, but we can share a few tips from our experiences at Kings Island!

Arrive Early

If you plan on getting on some of the bigger roller coasters early, I suggest you arrive early. In our experiences at Kings Island, the park can get extremely crowded. It's a very popular park in the area and there are new rides like Diamondback and Banshee that people just love to flock to. Although Diamondback is a few years old, people still flock to it like it's a brand new ride.

Kings Island: Zephyr
Manufactured by: Zierer

Zephyr is King's Island's version of the Wave Swinger. This ride is manufactured by Zierer and it opened up at the park in 1986.

Zephyr is a family attraction at Kings Island and it is a perfect ride for kids who aren't ready for the taller swing rides at theme parks such as the WindSeeker. Once you climb aboard the Zephyr, the ride will rotate and the structure in the middle will tilt as the ride is in motion, giving the riders a feeling of a wave motion!

Kings Island: Xtreme Skyflyer
Manufactured by: Sky Fun

Xtreme Skyflyer is the Skycoaster ride at Kings Island. This ride was manufactured by Sky Fun and it opened up at the park in 1995. This is an up-charge attraction, meaning that it is not included in your entry ticket to the park. Because prices change from season to season, check with the park to see what the current on-going price is before you decide to ride.

Xtreme Skyflyer is comparable to bungee jumping and sky diving; it is actually the best of both worlds. You will experience a 153 foot dive on this attraction!

Kings Island: WindSeeker
Manufactured by: Mondial

The WindSeeker ride is the giant swing ride that was manufactured by a company called Mondial. This ride opened up at Kings Island in 2011 and it is located at several Cedar Fair Parks including Kings Dominion, Cedar Point, Carowinds and MORE!

WindSeeker is a relaxing swing ride that will bring you to the top of the park. The tower is 301 feet high and it will give you a bird's eye view of Kings Island. Fear not, this is not a high thrill experience as it will only rotate at 30 MPH and the rotating will not make you sick but if you fear heights, do not look down!

Kings Island: Sling Shot
Manufactured by: Funtime

Sling Shot is a launch-in-the-air ride at Kings Island, manufactured by Funtime and opened up at the park in 2002. This particular Sling Shot ride will launch you straight into the sky at a height of 275 feet at nearly 100 MPH! After your launch into heaven, you will freefall back down to the earth and bounce up and down a couple of times until the ride slows itself down.

This is an intense thrill ride and it is not included in your park admission. There is a separate price for this attraction. Because the prices change from season to season, check with the park to see what the current price is for Sling Shot. If you have never been on Sling Shot, you should try it at least one time.

Kings Island: Shake, Rattle & Roll
Manufactured by: Huss

Shake, Rattle & Roll is a spinning ride manufactured by Huss and it opened up at the park in 1975. This is a spinning ride that has three arms of gondolas moving counterclockwise against the ride's main direction. On this ride, you'll experience the weightlessness and strong accelerations and side to side movements!

If you cannot handle spinning rides, this is not the ride for you. This ride is identical to Bad Apple from Kings Dominion and Troika from Cedar Point. Rides like this have also been known as Triple Spin.

Kings Island: Race For Your Life Charlie Brown
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics

Race For Your Life Charlie Brown is Kings Island's version of the log flume. This ride was manufactured by Arrow Dynamics and it opened up at the park in 1972! This ride operated under a couple different names prior to its current name.

Log flumes are classic rides at theme parks and boardwalks alike. You WILL get wet on this ride, so get ready because this is the perfect place to stop by to cool off on a hot summer day.

Kings Island: Monster
Manufactured by: Eyerly Aircraft Company

The Monster at Kings Island is a classic ride that has had many different names over the years. This is a spinning on top of bouncing on top of spinning type of ride. If you cannot handle spinning rides, this is not the ride for you.

Monster was manufactured by Eyerly Aircraft Company and opened up at the park when the park opened in 1972. Once you climb aboard the Monster, you'll be spun, lifted and spun some more! The entire ride spins around as the arms of the Monster bounce you up and down and your individual car will spin, depending on how the weight is seated in your car.

Kings Island: Eiffel Tower
Manufactured by: Intamin

The Eiffel Tower is a sight seeing tower located at two of the Cedar Fair Parks; Kings Island and Kings Dominion. They both opened up at the parks when the parks originally opened. Kings Dominion opened up in 1975 and Kings Island opened up in 1972. The Eiffel Tower is a 1/3 replica of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

This particular Eiffel Tower stands at a height of 315 feet and it was constructed by then owner Taft Broadcasting. Now Intamin handles the duties and maintenance of the Eiffel Towers. The observation floor is at a height of 264 feet and you will get one of the best views in the park from this tower!

Kings Island: Drop Tower
Manufactured by: Intamin

Scream Zone Drop Tower is a drop tower that is opened up at Kings Island and several other Cedar Fair Parks. Drop Tower was manufactured by Intamin and it opened up at the park back in 1999.

This particular tower is the tallest of the Drop Towers at Cedar Fair Parks at a height of 315 feet. However, it has the second tallest drop as it will drop you at a total of 264 feet at 67 MPH. The drop tower at Kings Dominion is the second tallest, but it has the taller drop at 272 feet at a speed of 72 MPH.

Kings Island: Delirium
Manufactured by: HUSS Park Attractions

Delirium is a Giant Frisbee ride at Kings Island, manufactured by HUSS Park Attractions, opening up at the park during the 2003 operating season. This ride is also located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio and it is called maXair; the specifications between the two rides are a little different but not by much.

Delirium will rock you back and forth like a pendulum and as the ride rocks back and forth, the giant disc will spin like a Frisbee. You will reach a height of 137 feet and a maximum speed of 76 MPH. This ride does not go to a full 360 degrees but it will give you the feeling of being upside down when it reaches the peak height.

Kings Island: Vortex
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics

Vortex is a steel roller coaster located at Kings Island and opened up at the park in 1987, manufactured by Arrow Dynamics. When Vortex made its debut, it was the tallest, full circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world! It was also the first coaster to feature 6 inversions.

Vortex will bring you to a height of 148 feet with a 138 foot drop at a top speed of 55 MPH with a total of 6 inversions!

Kings Island: The Racer
Manufactured by: Philadelphia Toboggan Company

The Racer is a racing wooden roller coaster at Kings Island, manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. This ride has two side-by-side tracks and the coasters will be dispatched at the same time, but who will win the race?

The Racer will bring you to a height of 88 feet with an 82.17 foot drop at a top speed of 53 MPH!

Kings Island: The Beast
Manufactured by: Kings Island

The Beast is the Best. This is a wooden roller coaster manufactured and opened up at Kings Island back in 1979. This is one of the best wooden roller coasters you'll come across at any theme park. At the time of its opening back in 1979, the Beast was the longest, tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the WORLD! Today, the Beast still holds the record of being the longest wooden roller coaster as the ride will last more than 4 minutes!

The Beast will bring you up two chain lift hills to a maximum height of 110 feet and a drop of 141 feet at a top speed of 64.8 MPH. This ride will take you through the back-woods at Kings Island and as you ride this, you need to fear The Beast!

Kings Island: The Bat
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics

The Bat is a steel suspended roller coaster at Kings Island manufactured by Arrow Dynamics and opened up at the park in 1993. This specific roller coaster was previously known as Flight Deck and Top Gun.

This is a suspended roller coaster where the cars hang and sway below the track while the ride is in motion. The Bat will bring you to a height of 78 feet with a 70 foot drop at a top speed of 51 MPH. There are no inversions on this roller coaster.

Kings Island: Invertigo
Manufactured by: Vekoma

Invertigo is a steel boomerang roller coaster at Kings Island, manufactured by Vekoma and opened up at the park during the 1999 operating season. Not only is this a boomerang roller coaster, but it is also an inverted roller coaster as the train hangs below the track. The seating arrangement is pretty unique as well as you can view the front of the train or the back of the train both facing towards the outside. All of the other seats on the inside of the train are facing towards the other riders so you can enjoy their reactions during the course of the ride.

Kings Island: Flying Ace Aerial Chase
Manufactured by: Vekoma

Flying Ace Aerial Chase is a steel suspended family roller coaster manufactured by Vekoma. This specific ride is currently operating at two different Cedar Fair Parks; Kings Island and Carowinds. This one here at Kings Island opened up at the park during the 2001 operating season.

Flying Ace is designed for children to get their first thrills on as this is a low thrill attraction. It uses a drive tire launch system and will bring you to a height of 49 feet at a top speed of 49 MPH. This ride uses a shoulder restraint system to make sure the children stay in the ride. There are no inversions on this one.

Kings Island: Flight of Fear
Manufactured by: Premier Rides

Flight of Fear is a steel indoor launched roller coaster. This particular roller coaster is located at two Cedar Fair Parks; Kings Island and Kings Dominion. This ride was manufactured by Premier Rides and it opened up at the park during the 1996 operating season.

Flight of Fear is a launched roller coaster and it will launch you off from 0-54 MPH in just 4 seconds! This coaster is indoors and in the dark and it will bring you to a height of 74.2 feet and to a maximum speed of 54 MPH and a total of 4 inversions.

Kings Island: Firehawk
Manufactured by: Vekoma

Firehawk is a steel flying roller coaster at Kings Island, manufactured by Vekoma and opened up at the park during the 2007 operating season. This specific ride was previously located at Geauga Lake in Ohio but Cedar Fair who had purchased Geauga Lake in 2004 and they made the decision to move it to Kings Island and open the coaster for the 2007 operating season.

Firehawk is a "lay down" -- flying attraction. You are seated in this ride like you would be on a normal roller coaster, but once the ride is dispatched, the seats will lay back and you will go up a chain lift hill to a height of 115 feet on your back.

Kings Island: Diamondback
Manufactured by: Bolliger & Mabillard

Diamondback is a steel roller coaster manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard and it opened up at Kings Island in 2009. This is a hyper coaster and is one of the best of it's kind! This was the first hyper coaster to feature a splash down and it was the first B&M roller coaster at Kings Island.

Diamondback will bring you up a chain lift hill to a height of 230 feet with a 215 foot drop at a top speed of 80 MPH. Near the end of the ride before you come back into the station, you will go through a small pond, giving the ride a splash effect. You will not get wet and you really cannot see the water while you are on the ride unless you are seated in the back row and look behind you.

Kings Island: Banshee
Manufactured by: Bolliger & Mabillard

Banshee is a steel inverted roller coaster located at Kings Island, manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard and it opened up at the park during the 2014 operating season. As of 2014, Banshee became the longest inverted roller coaster in the world.

This roller coaster uses a different restraint system compared to the other B&M inverted coasters out there. It was 2014; it was time to upgrade the restraints and shy away from the "head banging" restraint system.

Kings Island: Backlot Stunt Coaster
Manufactured by: Premier Rides

The Backlot Stunt Coaster is a steel launched roller coaster at Kings Island, manufactured by Premier rides and opened up at the park during the 2005 operating season.

This steel coaster has a compact design and layout to it and is a great ride for families to get on as it doesn't have a high speed or a high drop to it, but it is still a very fun ride. Backlot Stunt Coaster uses a LIM LAUNCH track and brings you to a height of 45.2 feet with a 31.2 foot drop at a top speed of 40 MPH!

Kings Island: Adventure Express
Manufactured by: Arrow Dynamics

Adventure Express is a steel mine train style roller coaster at Kings Island, manufactured by Arrow Dynamics and it opened up at the park in 1991. This mine train roller coaster is a classic ride for families to get on as it isn't a high thrill experience.

If you aren't ready for the big roller coasters, this is a perfect place to start! This steel roller coaster will bring you to a maximum height of 63 feet at a top speed of 35 MPH!

Kings Island: Visit #1
By: Kevin Michaels
May 30, 2014

Click here for photos from 5/30/14!

Upon arriving to the park, it really didn't seem all that crowded but we noticed that there was a lot of school buses. Not again! Everywhere we go, the school buses follow us! From Six Flags Great Adventure to Dorney Park to the Indianapolis Zoo and right to Cedar Point! Fortunately for us, the amount of school buses that were there weren't enough to make the park overly crowded.

Kings Island is a park that it actually took a lot of convincing for my friend to go with us to. Back in May of 2013, we had a visit planned to Indiana and during our visit, we wanted to visit an amusement park. There was a choice of Six Flags in Chicago, Kings Island or Cedar Point. Ultimately, the decision was made to visit Cedar Point.

As the time closed in to our visit to Indiana, knowing that we would be visiting Cedar Point, I had it in the back of my mind wondering if I should get a Cedar Fair Platinum pass, which would get me into any of the Cedar Fair parks, including the parking. The pass itself was 180 dollars. Pretty steep, huh? Yeah, but if you find yourself abusing the pass then it's well worth it.

I decided to purchase the Cedar Fair Platinum Pass and we started off by making a visit to Dorney Park in Pennsylvania. At this point, knowing that Kings Island was only two hours away from John's house in Indiana, I decided to beg and hound him to go to this park. Initially, he didn't want to because it would be a lot on his wife to hit Kings Island and Cedar Point. Another reason was because he had visited the park in years prior and wasn't very impressed with it.

Well being the pain in the ass that I am, I nagged him until we got our way. This was it, we were going to both Kings Island and Cedar Point. While Kings Island does not compare to Cedar Point, it was a very good park that I really wouldn't mind visiting again the next time we are in Indiana. Two of the rides that REALLY stood out for me were the Beast, which is a wooden roller coaster and Diamondback, which is a steel roller coaster similar to that of Nitro.

Our day at Kings Island started off extremely fun. Early on the in the day, we decided to go on the boat ride with the giant splash at the bottom and we got our antics on yelling THIS IS AWESOME and whatnot. What added to the fun? The fact that there was a group of about 8 people on the boat with us that were chanting and cheering along with us! It made for an epic moment and it was even more epic when we all wound up on the next few rides. Of course, after that the chaos continued!

Our focus for both Kings Island and Cedar Point was to get on the bigger rides, but we did decide to hit some of the smaller rides at Kings Island as there are only so many big rides to go on. Our initial plan going into this park was to not stay all day because we had planned to get up early the next day to drive to Cedar Point, which is a four hour drive. Because we were having so much fun in the park, we just about stayed until closing. The next day, we got up at 4:30 in the morning with the plan to leave at 5am so we can arrive at Cedar Point for 10am. That sure is a lot in two days... but we are Theme Park Maniacs and we did it!