11 Best Kings Island Tips | Rides

Kings Island will open to the general public on Saturday, May 15 2021.


Where is Kings Island located?

Mason, Ohio. One of the most common misconceptions is that it is located next to its sister park, Kings Dominion (Doswell, Virginia). If you thought this too, don't feel bad! It is understandable to think this, after all they both do have Kings in their name..

In this guide we will be covering everything that you need to know for your trip to Kings Island, including:

1. What is Kings Island
2. Top 6 Kings Island Rides
3. Kings Island Rides for Kids
4. Where to Save Money Buying Tickets
5. Ticket Prices
6. What a Gold Pass is and what it offers
7. Hours
8. Weather
9. Address
10. Parking Discounts
11. Group Discounts

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1. What is Kings Island? 

A theme park that features 100+ attractions containing over a dozen roller coasters across 364 acres of land. Originally opened in 1972, it is best known in a pair with its sister park, Kings Dominion.

2. Top 6 Kings Island Rides

Below we will list our Top Rides Six Rides at the theme park labeled A-E.

A. Invertigo

Invertigo begins with the coaster going in reverse until you reach a certain height, pausing, and then going forward. This unique ride will give adrenaline seekers joy especially with the constant forward and backwards movement. 

B. Backlot Stunt Coaster

Backlot Stunt Coaster. Deemed a family coaster, this ride introduces itself with a powerful and forceful first launch out of the gate. Through this ride you will encounter road signs, shipping containers, and pyrotechnic effects.

C. Banshee

When this ride opened, it had the honor of being the world's longest inverted coaster. Distinguished for its great color scheme, at a height of 167 feet, and speed of 68 miles per hour, if you are a thrill seeker you will most certainly get your moneys-worth in this aesthetically pleasing ride.
kings island banshee

D. The Beast

Another wooden coaster with a height of 110 feet and speed of 64 miles per hours, The Beast is beloved by park-goers. With a ride duration of 4 minutes, it is known as one of the longer roller coasters in the world. This classic ride has been open since 1979 and is a true classic. Due to this it is absolutely a must-do for visitors.

kings island the beast


E. Diamondback

This ride has a unique experience as you'll find yourself going through the woods into a pitch of darkness, causing the drops' effect to intensify. When riding a ride in the dark, your senses are naturally amplified and you'll feel an extra boost of airtime.

The best seats are located in the 2nd row due to having the freedom to stretch paired with a phenomenal view and feel.

kings island diamondback

kings island diamondback drop

F. Mystic Timbers

This wooden coaster tops our list proving that classic-feel rides are still alive and well. The first thing that you will notice is this ride contains a great theme with a fresh wooden smell (hence the name themed around a fictional logging company). This ride contains sixteen airtime hills where the best seats are located in the back row.
kings island mystic timbers

3. Kings Island Kids Rides

For families with young kids Planet Snoopy is the perfect place to spend the day. We have written an article focused on Planet Snoopy. Planet Snoopy is a themed area located in a variety of Cedar Fair owned parks such as Kings Island. It replaced Nickelodeon Universe in 2010 with a detailed collection of attractions of all ages, Peanuts themed rides, as well as four roller coasters specifically designed for children.

kings island kids rides

kings island kids rides

See a list of all kids rides

Kings Island Soak City - Water Park

Soak City will reopen May 29th, 2021! We are thrilled to be able to announce this as one of the most popular parks will be able to make its long awaited return.

kings island soak city

4. Where Can I buy Discounted tickets to Kings Island?

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5. What Are the Kings Island tickets prices? Do Kings Island ticket prices stay the same?

One Day Ticket: $45 - We will update this when we receive more information. The park recently announced its reopening date. Schedule and ticket pricing will follow shortly after.

Prices fluctuate throughout the year based on season and demand. We will update this guide accordingly as soon as we receive more info.

6. What is a Kings Island Season Pass/Kings Island Gold Pass?

If you are looking for season long access to the park (including Soak City), a Gold Pass may be for you. Something really helpful that is offered is a payment plan. It works like this: You pay an initial payment and afterwards you are able to pay a monthly cost for 5 months.

More Gold Pass perks can be found below:

  • Unlimited visits
  • Rewards program - every visit counts towards earning prizes
  • Free Parking
  • Early ride times - up to 30 minutes before the park opens
  • Special discounts on food and merchandise

7. What are the Hours for Kings Island?

11 AM - 8 PM.

More information regarding hours can be found on their official website. We are currently working on a cheat sheet that we will update throughout the year.

8. How can I Stay Up to Date on the Weather for Kings Island?

A lot of visitors travel from all over the country as well as all over the world. Vacationing can be stressful even just by trying to figure out what the weather for a particular city on a particular day will be. We will help you skip the stress and be on a fast track to enjoying your time. 

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9. What is the address of Kings Island?

6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH 45040

Click here to see this address on Google Maps

10. Are There Kings Island Parking Discounts?

As of right now there are not. However, we will update this guide as new promotions and deals occur.

11. Group Tickets - Discounts

Traveling with a group? Travel for less, more savings the larger the group. Group discounts are available for groups larger than 14 people. Find out more here

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