Kings Island 50 - 6/5/2022
I made my third trip of the year to Kings Island to experience more of their 50th anniversary
celebration. Throughout the day I rode all of my favorite coasters including Banshee, Racer, Orion,
Flight Deck, Mystic Timbers, Adventure Express, Diamondback, Backlot Stunt Coaster, and The Beast.
One of the new experiences that has opened since my last visit, just three weeks ago, is at Tower
Gardens. A collection of Eiffel Tower miniatures, each decorated with various artwork and paint schemes
of most of the roller coasters in the park.
Orion, Mystic Timbers, Diamondback and Flight of Fear.
Tower Gardens also featured new giant postcard-themed signs detailing the history of the park, as well as
inscribed granite stepping stones chronicling each year in the park's evolution.
As the day drew to a close I made my way to International Street to take my position for the best viewing stop
for the day's finale. I patiently waited in front of the Royal Fountains near the main gate. And the
spectacular show began at 10:00.
"Fun, Fireworks & Fifty - A Kings Island Nighttime Spectacular!', Kings Island's brand-new nighttime finale,
created to pay tribute to the park's 50th anniversary season. And presented guests with a nostalgic journey
through the amusement park's first five decades of fun, thrilling moments and memories.
The soundtrack included music and historic soundbites. Barry Williams, best known for his role as Greg
Brady in the 1970's television series, "The Brady Bunch", narrated the show.
The show was produced with fireworks, lights, lasers, fog, fire, and new for the park, 200 drones. From
my fantastic vantage point looking across the fountains, towards the Eiffel Tower, the fireworks and drones beyond
created a vibrant, colorful and energetic atmosphere.
Kings Island has really stepped up its game with this awesome show. This was, by far, the best presentation
in any of the Cedar Fair parks. I loved this show very much. Very impressive.
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