What Are the Kings Island Season Pass Benefits? | Explained

A Season Pass is something that is frequently mentioned at Kings Island, but what is it?

In this page, we'll explain what a Kings Island Season Pass is, the differences between the various season passes, what perks they offer, how you can pay for it, and even the upgrades that you can make.

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    What is a Kings Island Season Pass?

    A Kings Island Season Pass allows a pass holder to visit the park an unlimited number of times throughout the 'season' in a year, on all days that are open to the public.

    Some of the benefits that this Season Pass offers include:

    • Early access to Soak City
    • Access to special events
    • Discounts on food & merchandise 

    The reason that it's not an 'Annual Pass' is due to Kings Island not being open every month of the year.

    Typically Kings Island closes in the Winter months due to the snow (and weather), prior to temporarily opening back up for Winterfest.

    Types of Passes & Benefits

    There are three types of Season Passes at Kings Island:

    1. Summer Pass
    2. Gold  Pass
    3. Platinum Pass

    Pass Differences

    The Summer Pass is designed for visitors whose main priority is being able to visit the park consistently.

    The Gold Pass only allows you access to Kings Island, while the Platinum Pass allows you access to ALL Cedar Fair parks for the season.

    Pricing-wise, the Platinum pass the most expensive pass.

    Summer Pass

    The Summer Pass is for those mainly interested in being able to attend the park an unlimited amount of times.

     kings island summer pass

    If not having the additional perks such as early access, access to the water park, and bring a friend discounts aren't a deal breaker, this pass is for you.

    • Free General Parking
    • Unlimited Visits to Kings Island & Water park
    • Food and Merchandise Discounts
    • Pass Perks Rewards

    Gold Pass

    Gold Pass is about half the price of the Platinum Pass.

    kings island gold pass

    • Renewing Passholders Get 1 Free Bring-A-Friend Ticket**
    • Free General Parking
    • Unlimited Summer & Waterpark Visits
    • 10% Food & Merchandise Discounts
    • Bring-A-Friend Discount Tickets
    • Pass Perks Rewards
    • Unlimited Fall Day Time Visits
    • Unlimited Haunt & WinterFest Visits
    • Early Entry to Park & Waterpark

    Platinum Pass

    The Platinum Pass is the pricier option, but if you're someone who frequently travels and enjoys going to different theme parks throughout the year, this is a great option. 

    kings island platinum pass

    • Renewing Passholders Get 1 Free Bring-A-Friend Ticket**
    • Free General Parking
    • Unlimited Summer & Waterpark Visits
    • 10% Food & Merchandise Discounts
    • Bring-A-Friend Discount Tickets
    • Pass Perks Rewards
    • Unlimited Fall Day Time Visits
    • Unlimited Haunt & WinterFest Visits
    • Early Entry to Park & Waterpark
    • Unlimited Visits All Cedar Fair

    Easy Pay Plan

    The Easy Pay Plan is a payment plan that you can follow to pay for your season passes.

    kings island checkout

    This is convenient as it allows you to have the flexibility to split up your payment over several months, rather than paying it all at once.

    How it Works

    1. Select which season pass you want to purchase
    2. Input your billing information
    3. Upload a picture of yourself for your season pass or opt to take a picture at the park
    4. Check out

    Pay in Full

    Easy Pay Plan isn't the only option however, as you can also choose to pay the full price today.

    How to Get My Season Pass

    By purchasing directly from the Kings Island site.

    When Should I Get a Season Pass?

    If you're planning on visiting the park at least 2 times in a season, a season pass may be a good option for you. A Gold Pass in particular, pays for itself in under 2 visits.

    Upgrade Your Pass

    During checkout, you will be given an option to upgrade your pass with a variety of options (that will also last for the entire season) including:

    • All Season Dining
    • Season Pass Drink Plan
    • Season Drink Bottle
    • All Season Sun Pix

    kings island season pass drink plan

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you Bring a Friend With the Gold Pass?

    Yes you can. In fact, you can bring a friend for free as a renewing passholder, and if you're a new passholder, you can do so at a discount.

    Does the Gold Pass Include Soak City?

    Yes. Gold Pass and Platinum Pass members will both have access to Soak City. In fact, both pass members have early access to Soak City.

    kings island soak city

    Can I Upgrade my Gold Pass to Platinum?

    Yes you can, but you will have to do so at the park itself (Kings Island). Once you enter the park, head over to guest services located at the front gate.

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