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Best Time to Visit Kings Island | Know Before You Go

Dealing with long lines, giant crowds, and lots of waiting can affect your long-awaited theme park experience.

In this page, we'll go over the best time to go to visit Kings Island, and why it's the best time to go.

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Best Day to Visit

The best days to visit Kings Island are Tuesday and Wednesday as these are traditionally the least busy days at the park.

Weekdays in general are typically much less crowded and visitors from all over the world plan their trips around the weekend.


Out-of-state visitors usually arrive on Thursdays, stay for the weekend, and then leave on a Monday.

By going to the parks on Monday-Wednesday, you'll be able to avoid most of the crowds that can fill up the park quickly.

This means less waiting in lines, and more experiencing the actual park.

Dealing With Lines

The toughest part about any theme park is dealing with waiting in lines.

You can avoid dealing with this altogether by investing in a Kings Island Fast Lane pass.

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A fast lane pass in Kings Island allows you to skip the regular line, and access a faster line to quickly ride your favorite rides rather than waiting in a long line.

After purchasing your pass, you will receive a wristband which will give you access to the 'fast lane lines'.

All that you have to do is show your wristband to the ride operator at the entrance of the ride.

Best Time of Day to Visit

The best time of the day to visit Kings Island is hands down as soon as the park opens! Kings Island varies in its opening hours throughout the year.

Normally the park opens at 10 am and closes at 10 pm.  You'll want to double-check their hours before visiting the park.


Most theme parks don't fill up until the afternoon rolls around. This gives you a window of opportunity to enjoy the park with less crowds for a few hours. 

Know About the Crowd Calendar

A crowded calendar is an extremely helpful tool that exists for major theme parks.

The way it works is they use historical data to predict the expected crowd levels for that time of the year. It's even narrowed down by the month, week, and day.

kings island crowd calendar

This calendar is color-coded, which makes it very easy for the untrained eye to quickly understand, and use. Essentially orange means extremely packed, and green means it's empty.

Something to note is this Kings Island isn't open every day during the year, and this crowd calendar accurately reflects that.

It comes in handy as it knocks out '2 birds in one stone'. Rather than having to check the Kings Island calendar from the actual site, and then coming to the crowd calendar, you are conveniently able to just check one place.

Best Month to Visit

April - Early May is the best time to visit Kings Island Park, as it is a unique 'dead' period where crowd attendance is low for several weeks. This is the best time to take advantage of riding your favorite rides without dealing with long lines.

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Worst Month to Visit

July is normally one of the busiest times of the year.

Take one look at the crowd calendar for a Saturday in July, and you'll immediately want to reconsider visiting another month.

kings island july calendar

A packed park means longer lines, longer wait, and less experience. If you are unable to avoid July, make sure that you visit the park during the weekday.

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