Kings Island which is located in Mason, OH is the perfect destination for anyone looking for some fun, thrills and entertainment. This theme park has the world’s longest wooden and steel-inverted roller coasters, 100+ rides and 36 water slides. If you’re planning to visit, this guide can help you make the most of your trip.
Before You Go
Preparation is key to getting the most out of your trip to Kings Island. Be sure to:
1. Book your tickets in advance.
Ticket lines can get really long in this park so it’s important to buy your tickets before going there. Not only will this give you the benefit of skipping the ticket line but you can also get some pretty good discounts.
2. Download the app.
The Kings Island App can provide you with a wealth of information such as park maps, ride wait times, entertainment discounts and so on.
3. Know the weight, height and age restrictions of the rides.
If you’re going there with your kids, look up weight, height and age restrictions before going so you’ll know exactly which rides you can take and which ones to avoid.
4. Plan a week-day visit.
It’s best to schedule your visit for a weekday so you will just deal with fewer crowds and shorter lines. If this is not possible in your case, then arrive early on a weekend so you can get there before most do.
What to Bring
When you’re heading to Kings Island you don’t want to overpack because you’ll end up carrying a heavy bag all day. On the other hand you also don’t want to bring too little or you may have to end up having to buy some necessities in the park which can get expensive.
At the very least, you should have these in your park bag:
- Wallet with cards and IDs
- Sunglasses and hat
- Kids items
- Water bottles
- Any needed medicines
What to Wear at Kings Island
You should know the day’s weather forecast and dress accordingly. And most importantly, wear comfortable walking shoes since you’ll be walking all day. Walking sneakers are generally preferred to flip flops. If you’re going to include Soak City in your itinerary, be aware of their dress code:
- Appropriate swimwear
- No metal buttons, zippers or rivets in the attire
- No footwear (aqua socks and similar styles are allowed)
Can I Bring Snacks to the Park?
Kings Island does not allow the bringing of outside food or drinks into the park. You may be able to bring your own snacks but you’ll need to exit the park if you want to eat it.
How Much Will a Day at Kings Island Cost?
The park admission is not the only cost you will have at Kings Island (or any other park for that matter). You’ll need to pay for food and drinks, parking, locker rentals, and souvenirs/gifts.
During Your Visit
Once you arrive at Kings Island, consider the following tips to help you maximize your time at the park.
1. Avail of the Fast Lane Pass
There are more than 100 rides in Kings Island so wait times can be excessive on weekends and summer especially for their thrill rides. Buy a Kings Island Fast Lane Pass so you can skip past the lines.
Fast Lane: 20 rides including Banshee, Vortex, Diamondback and Drop Tower.
Fast Lane Plus: All Kings Island and Soak City rides.
2. Try the Thrills First.
Head straight to the fastest and biggest rides first. The longer you wait, the longer the lines.
3. Use the Lockers
Lockers can still come in handy even if you pack light. You can rent one for a small fee.
4. See a Show
All that walking will eventually make you tired so take a break and watch the shows. They have jaw-dropping acrobatics as well as kids shows. Besides, the cool airconditioned theater can help you cool down especially during the summer