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What is the Kings Island Weather Policy? | Easily Explained

When you're visiting a theme park, rain is one of the few things that you can't control, that can still impact your experience.

In this page, we will go over what Kings Island's weather policy is.

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What Happens if it Rains in Kings Island?

Kings Island will remain open when it rains. If it is a light shower, outdoor rides will remain open but if the rain begins to pick up and/or thunderstorms are on the horizon, outdoor rides will temporarily close. They will open back up when the weather is suitable to continue.


Kings Island has announced a four-phase action plan that they will follow when it begins raining.

Four Phase Summary:

Phase 1 - If there's lightning or a storm within 15 miles, the tallest rides will close.

Phase 2 - If there's lightning within 10 miles, the rest of the taller rides will close.

Phase 3 - If there's lightning within 5 miles, the flat rides will close.

Phase 4 - If there are still strong storms over the park, the indoor rides will close.


Reopening - When all indications the storm and lightning have passed and it is safe to reopen, the rides will resume, and the park will essentially reopen.


For those visiting Kings Island, you should simply expect the rain. That way, when it does you'll already be prepared to deal with it and not have it affect your experience in a negative way.

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We've made a checklist of items to have and do in case of the rain:

  • Bring a Poncho
  • Download the Kings Island App
  • Know what the indoor rides are, and ride these rides when it rains
  • Watch a show inside

The reason that a poncho is better than an umbrella at a theme park is that it's very lightweight and can fit virtually anywhere when it is folded up.

If you bring an umbrella, you may need to store it in lockers throughout your day. You can purchase ponchos on Amazon ahead of time, or at the park for $10.

The Kings Island app is extremely handy as it provides live wait times, an interactive map of the park, allows you to pre-order food, and you can save the location of where you parked your car (On rainy days, you'll thank me later).

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