It’s Kings Island’s 16th roller coaster and fourth wooden roller coaster.
Rolling across 3,265 feet of track, it took 330,000 board feet of southern yellow pine lumber in addition to 30,000 pounds of nails combined with 88,000 bolts and washers to build what stands as Mystic Timbers today.
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“The intent was to build another world-class ride,” Rob Decker, senior vice president of planning and design for Cedar Fair, said.
And from the reaction of coaster fanatics and media after previewing the ride on Thursday, there’s no doubt the ride will be a successful addition to the park.
2. A new restaurant in Soak City
King Island’s Soak City will be opening the doors to a new dining option this year.
At the restaurant Island Smoke, “you can expect to find anything from smoked BBQ to smoked shrimp and smoked wings,” said Don Helbig, spokesman for Kings Island.
The restaurant is expected to open when the water park opens for the season, which is May 27.
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3. More food choices throughout the park
There will be more options for those looking to take a break from the rides to dine.
Tom + Chee, the local company known for their eclectic grilled cheese sandwiches, will be opening a food stand in close proximity to the entrance of Mystic Timbers.
In addition, more changing rooms, spray misters, shade structures and deck space, helping to double the number of chaise lounge chairs, will be added.
4. A new website
Although the park’s new mobile-friendly website launched several weeks ago, it’s new to those who are using it to navigate their way through the park, upgrade tickets and get more information about the park.
“You’d be surprised but about 70 percent of our traffic to the Kings Island website is coming from mobile, so it was imperative that we had a website that was optimized for mobile use,” Helbig said.
5. The return of Winterfest
After a long 12-year hiatus, Winterfest is making a comeback and will help guests ring in the holiday season starting Nov. 24 when International Street transforms into a festive holiday village. And expect the park's Eiffel Tower to become one very large Christmas tree.
In addition, guests will be able to enjoy skating on the Royal Fountain turned outdoor skating rink, crafts, themed entertainment and of course, Santa.