Use the following link to purchase general admission Kings Island tickets for $22 a piece. No taxes. If you choose e-mail delivery there are no processing fees either.
Even though this link will mention "Louisville Area", it doesn't matter where you live. We live 2 miles from the park and used our address when ordering tickets for friends visiting from out-of-town. Had no problem using the tickets.
This is a nice amusement park. Several good roller coasters and their new one Diamondback is a must ride. Very good kids area and they have two decent intermediate roller coasters for the kids that aren't quite tall enough for the big coasters.
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posted: Aug. 10, 2009 @ 12:46p
They do have a good kids area, and in fact every year they win first place for Best Kids Area in Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards. And for adults, if you've ridden everything else, don't pass up the Fairly Odd Coaster (formerly Beastie) in the kids section. It's a pretty good wood coaster.
King's Island is home of the longest wooden coaster in the world (Beast), which is also the longest coaster (wood or steel) in the US. And home of the the tallest wooden coaster in the world (Son of Beast), which is also the 2nd longest wooden coaster in the world and the 2nd longest coaster (wood or steel) in the US. And until 2006, SoB was the only looping wood coaster in the world, but the loop was removed after the 2006 season, so the trains could be lightened (since it took heavier trains with more momentum to make it through the loop) in hopes that lighter trains would be smoother. It may be a little smoother (?), but is still painful. However, as far as I know, SoB is still closed right now.
Also don't miss Flight of Fear! It's a bit hidden and I actually missed it on my first visit since it was built (which only my 2nd visit ever). It's great! Also, KI just got the Firehawk coaster in 2007 (which came from Geauga Lake). Also be sure to ride Flight Deck (formerly Top Gun), since who knows how long it'll be there. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is closing for good theirs of the same type (Arrow Suspended) next month. Vortex probably doesn't have too long of a life left either.
I wish I'd gotten to ride the Bat. Did you, OP? It was only there for 3 seasons. I'm thankful I got to ride King Cobra before it was removed. Also glad I got to ride SoB with the loop.
BTW, King's Dominion is also a great park. And they still have their coaster that's like King Cobra (Togo Stand Up), called Shockwave.
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posted: Aug. 25, 2009 @ 2:10p
Wow. This is a great deal and definitely should have already been bumped back to the top by now.
posted: Aug. 28, 2009 @ 8:47p
Thanks! This is a great deal. Picked up 2 for tomorrow.
Nice write-up, Slickone. You bring up some old memories with the Bat and King Cobra. I remember them both. I liked the Bat and was disappointed when they took it out. I rode SoB several times with the loop, that ride beats the hell out of you. I have not been able to ride without the loop (only time I've been there since they took it out the ride was closed). The Beast is my favorite all time coaster. Raptor at Cedar Point may be my 2nd place. I rode firehawk back when it was at Geuaga Lake and it's a worthwhile ride. I've been going to KI since before the Beast was built and remember well their wars with Cedar Point for the largest this and the fastest that. Now that Cedar Fair LLP owns KI, I think those days are over, but KI is still my favorite park - much roomier than CP.
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