Kings Island Octoberfest

October 12, 2020

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This is a timeline for Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio.


1969 – Taft Broadcasting Company then purchased 1, 600 acres (6.5 km2) of land in Warren County, Ohio for $3.2 million.

1970 – June 15, construction of Kings Island started.

1971 – Construction of the Eiffel Tower, Royal Fountain and The Racer roller coaster were completed. Rides and attractions had been transported and installed from Coney Island.


1972 – Opening – Kings Island opened its gates for the first of several preview events on April 29, and officially opened to the public May 27.

  • There were 5 themed areas: International Street, Oktoberfest, Coney Island, Rivertown, and The Happy Land of Hanna-Barbera.
  • Rides
  • From Coney Island: Dodgems, Scrambler, Monster, The Rotor, Kings Mill Log Flume, Sky Ride, Tumble bug, Grand Carousel, and Flying Scooters.
  • Others: Alley Cat 500, Antique Cars, Auto Livery, Bavarian Beetle, Boo-Boo's Baggage Claim, Boo-Boo's Buggies, Canoe Ride, Cuddle Up, Der Spinning Keggers, Enchanted Voyage, Flying Carpet Slide, Gulliver's Rub-A-Dub, Haley’s Comet, Jet Orbiters, Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad, Pee Wee Raceway, Scooby Doo, Sky Ride, Sunshine Turnpike, Wheel of Fortune, and Winnie Witch's Cauldrons.
  • Attractions: International Showplace, International Street Bandstand
  • Slogan: "America's Family Entertainment Center", "Come on, get happy"
  • 1973 – April 18, the park announced the completion of a $6 million expansion project. The Partridge Family, filmed at the park in the episode "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati". The Brady Bunch, filmed at the park in the episode "The Cincinnati Kids".

  • Rides added: Bayern Kurve, Flying Dutchmen, Kenton's Cove Keelboat Canal
  • Other attractions opened: Games arcade, a 1/2 mile nature trail, and The International Restaurant
  • 1974 – Karl Wallenda broke a world Skywalk record of 1, 600 feet (490 m).

  • Themed area added: Lion Country Safari
  • Rides added: Lion Country Safari Monorail
  • Attractions added: Salt Water Circus, Monkey Island
  • 1975 – October 25, Evel Knievel successfully jumped 14 Greyhound buses. Coney Island is extended.

  • Rides added: The Troika, Zodiac.
  • 1976 – Air theatre collapse from winter snow. July 4, the park held a bicentennial celebration and the wedding of Paul Revere from the pop rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders that made Time Magazine. July 24, safari ranger John McCann was mauled by a lion and died.

  • Rides added: Flintstone's Boulder Bumpers
  • Rides removed: Cuddle Up, Shawnee Landing, Kenton's Cove Canoes.
  • Attraction added: American Heritage Music Hall
  • 1977 – First forward- and backward-looping roller coaster in the country opened. Dick Van Dyke became a spokesperson for the park. The movie Rollercoaster was filmed at the park.

  • Themed area renamed: Lion Country Safari » Wild Animal Safari
  • Rides removed: Canoe Ride, Bavarian Beatle.
  • Rides renamed: Lion Country Safari Monorail » Wild Animal Safari monorail
  • Attractions added: Fascination game building, International Showplace Theater.
  • 1978 – Construction begins on The Beast. College Football Hall of Fame joined the Kings Island complex. Comedian Jonathan Winters became the spokesperson.

  • Attractions added: electronic shooting gallery
  • 1979 – The Beast breaks world records for tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coaster.

  • Rides added: The Beast, Mr. Jinks Jalopies
  • Rides removed: Halley's Comet, Sky Ride.
  • 1980s[edit]

    1980 – The Beast's 540deg helix was enclosed.

  • Rides renamed: Scooby Doo » The Beastie
  • Attractions added: Beast souvenir shop, wine and cheese shop
  • 1981 – Wild Animal Habitat joined the Cincinnati Zoo and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine to establish the Cincinnati Wildlife Federation. Performers were added throughout the park entertain guests.

  • Rides added: The Bat
  • Rides removed: Gulliver's Rub-A-Dub, The Rotor
  • Slogan: "Take me with you"
  • 1982 – A $2.1 million expansion renovation of Hanna-Barbera Land. One of the trains on the Racer was turned around to travel in the backwards direction. July 9, Air Supply kicked off the new amphitheater. Was the first year for Winterfest. May 26, employee Terry Raitt was mauled by a lion. He suffered a punctured trachea and body cuts but survived.

  • Rides added: Oktoberfest Ferris Wheel, Hanna Barbera Carousel, Quick Draw's Railway, Baba Looey's Buggies, Viking Fury
  • Rides removed: Bayern Curve
  • Attractions added: Timberwolf Amphitheatre, Festhaus, McScrappy's Farm, Jelly Bean Bowl
  • 1983 – The Bat was closed due to mechanical problems. The first eland-to-eland embryo transfer in veterinary medicine history resulted in a birth at the park. King's Entertainment Company founded. May 13, John Harter, 17, was killed after falling down the elevator shaft from a restricted area of the Eiffel Tower.

  • Themed area added: Adventure Village
  • Themed area renamed: Wild Animal Safari » Wild Animal Habitat
  • Ride renamed: Wild Animal Safari Monorail » Wild Animal Habitat Monorail
  • Attractions removed: Elephant rides, Walk-through animal exhibit
  • Slogan: "Get ready for the thrill of your life"
  • 1984 – The first roller coaster designed for riders to stand opened at the park. Smurfs were introduced to the park.

  • Rides added: King Cobra
  • Rides renamed: Enchanted Voyage » The Smurfs Enchanted Voyage
  • Rides removed: The Bat
  • Slogan: "Do it All"
  • 1985 –

  • Rides added: White Water Canyon
  • Rides removed: Tumble Bug, Boo-Boo's Buggies
  • 1986 – Coney Island was expanded and renamed. Flying Eagles and Dodgems were relocated within the park.

  • Themed areas renamed: Old Coney = Coney Mall
  • Rides added: Skylab, Zephyr
  • Rides renamed: Flying Carpet Slide » McScrappy's Slide, Flying Scooters » Flying Eagles
  • Attraction added: Cinema 180 Theatre
  • 1987 – The Vortex broke the world record for most inversions. First ice skating show at Festhaus. Zodiac is closed to riders.

  • Rides added: Vortex
  • Rides removed: Screamin' Demon
  • 1988 – Science Day debuted at the park.

  • Rides added: Amazon Falls
  • Attractions added: Sea Dream(3D Movie)
  • 1989 – $4.2 million water park addition was added as well as an additional station for Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad. The two-day ticket was introduced.

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