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Park News - (4/16/16) An interesting new piece of decoration was placed on the new construction wall at Kings Island, according to a picture posted to Twitter warning, "Caution: Watch for Falling Trees". A hint of the theme to come?
(4/13/16) According to a message sent in to Screamscape, a fence has been put up at Kings Island around the old area that served as the entrance and exit to the rapids ride, as well as the old Funnel Cake stand. This isn't surprising as the park announced on twiter that a new entrance to the rapids ride was coming this season, and looked to be placed near Diamondback's first drop, while a new Funnel Cake shop is also under construction in Rivertown. So the question is... what will be going into the old site?
Well, time to discuss another popular rumor quietly making the rounds about the park's old flume ride, placed right next to our new walled off area. A few people have sent in word that this may be the log ride's last season, and if you link up that space with the old rapids entrance/exit and queue area, this is quickly looking to become a rather sizable location for something new to be added next year.
(2/2/16) Kings Island tweeted on Monday that they were building a new entrance for the park's White Water Canyon rapids ride this year, possibly close to the first drop of Diamondback. They are also building a new Funnel Cake shop in Rivertown next to the Antique Photo building, which appears to be in the same general area as where the new ride's entrance will go.
Since the old entrance and old Funnel Cake building are both in the same area, on the other side of the train depot from here, it would seem that the park may be coming up with some kind of future use for this site, and maybe even some of the wooded area behind here. Just something to keep your eyes on this season.
(12/9/15) Kings Island has posted a picture on Twitter showing off the construction progress on the park's new toll plaza entrance to the parking lot. Based on the look of the framework, it will likely end up looking very similar to the one added to Carowinds in late 2014.
2016 - Tropical Plunge - (8/20/15)
Kings Island has announced their expansion plans for 2016... a little something called Tropical Plunge that will add a new seven-story tall, six-slide attraction tower. This looks to be similar to what we've seen added to other Cedar Fair parks in the past couple of years, including Kings Dominion last year, and Carowinds is rumored to get the same in 2016 as well. Three of the slides will be new body-slides that will start off your ride inside a drop-pod, where you wait for a trap-door to open under your feet. The other three slides will be tube slides, including one that will feature several high-g spiraling drops. Kings Island will also open a new bigger parking lot entrance on the north side of the parking lot with 13 entrance lanes. This new entrance will replace the current North and South toll plazas.
2017/2018 - B&M GigaCoaster / New Main Gate - Rumor - (5/4/16) Our friends at Mako Madness went on the road this week, stopping at Kings Island to check on the new 2017 construction site in their latest park video. Peeking through a crack in the fence, you can see that land clearing has begun on the other side of it, They also took a quick moment to take a look at the new waterslide tower (Tropical Plunge) under construction in the waterpark as well, which looks ready to go.
(4/1/16) While a coaster is still said to be the plan, others tell us that the park has previously stated they were not interested in rebuilding their main gate area, so the next new coaster project may go elsewhere in the park.
(3/30/16) Just a prediction based on how the rest of the company has been running, but the popular rumor is that Kings Island may be looking into upgrading the park entrance in either 2017 or 2018, along with the possible addition of a new B&M Giga Coaster that could be similar to Fury 325 at Carowinds, with it performing some kind of flyover elements around the new main gate. Things can change, but I'm thinking they may be shooting for 2017.