Kings Island Season Pass Benefits | What are They?

In this page we'll go over what a 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 Season Pass?

A 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.

These passes offer benefits including early access to Soak City, access to special events, and discounts, which we will all cover later.

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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 two types of Season Passes at Kings Island, and they are the Gold and Platinum pass.

Pass Differences

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

Gold Pass

Gold Pass is the cheaper of the two options, and is about half the price of the Platinum Pass.

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  • Renewing Passholders Get 1 Free Bring-A-Friend Ticket*
  • Easy Payment Plan
  • Pass Perks Rewards
  • Unlimited Visits to Kings Island in 2021 & 2022
  • Unlimited Visits to Soak City Water Park in 2021 & 2022
  • Free Season-Long Parking
  • Food & Merchandise Discounts
  • Early Ride Time on Select Attractions
  • Early Access to Soak City**
  • Exclusive Events and Promotions
  • Bring-A-Friend Discounts
  • All Cedar Fair Parks

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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. 

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  • Renewing Passholders Get 1 Free Bring-A-Friend Ticket*
  • Easy Payment Plan
  • Pass Perks Rewards
  • Unlimited Visits to Kings Island in 2021 & 2022
  • Unlimited Visits to Soak City Water Park in 2021 & 2022
  • Free Season-Long Parking
  • Food & Merchandise Discounts
  • Early Ride Time on Select Attractions
  • Early Access to Soak City**
  • Exclusive Events and Promotions
  • Bring-A-Friend Discounts
  • All Cedar Fair Parks

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Easy Pay Plan

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Are Kings Island Passes Good for 2021?

Yes they are. If you purchased a season pass in the 2020 season, your pass will be honored for the 2021 season.

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