May 28, 2011
Dinosaur Attraction Opens at Ohio Amusement Park
An Ohio amusement park has opened its version of "Jurassic Park" featuring life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs that move and make sounds.
The "Dinosaurs Alive!" attraction at Kings Island had its grand opening Thursday, days after one of the 60 dinosaurs... Read More »
March 22, 2011
Kings Island settles suit alleging coaster injury
A final lawsuit has been settled against Kings Island amusement park nearly five years after its Son of Beast wooden rollercoaster ride injured more than two dozen people.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the suit was settled Monday, averting a tri... Read More »
March 21, 2011
Kings Island to open animatronic dinosaur exhibit
WFTV got a sneak peek at Central Florida's newest 150-acre theme park on Wednesday, and saw first-hand the progress being made inside LegoLand in Polk County.
The new blue roller coaster is still under construction, along with other rides such as the i... Read More »
March 18, 2011
Kings Island's New Dinosaur Park To Be World's Largest
The newest attraction at Kings Island will be a dinosaur walk featuring dozens of life-size replicas."Dinosaurs Alive!" will be the largest animatronic dinosaur park in the world, the amusement park said Friday.The attraction will have 60 dinosaurs in all... Read More »
March 17, 2011
New attraction at Kings Island is animated dinosaur walk
The new attraction at Kings Island that will be unveiled Friday is an animated dinosaur walk.
Greg Nichols, with the city of Mason’s engineering department, said the amusement park submitted a drawing of a giant T-Rex they want to post outside the park... Read More »
February 16, 2011
Cedar Fair drew record number of visitors in 2010
America's third-largest amusement park chain hit an all-time high in attendance in 2010 despite the tough economy and a shakeup in its front office.
Ohio-based Cedar Fair drew 22.8 million people to its parks, the company said Tuesday.
Better weathe... Read More »
February 16, 2011
Theme Parks Keep Rolling
Cedar Fair may have a love-hate relationship with its investors, but it must've left its thrill-seeking owners smiling with yesterday's fourth-quarter report.
The regional amusement park operator posted a better-than-expected 23% spike in revenue to $1... Read More »
February 10, 2011
4000 jobs available at Kings Island
Kings Island Amusement Park is now accepting applications online at www.visitkingsisland.com to fill more than 4,000 seasonal positions for the 2011 operating season, which begins April 30.
A diverse range of job opportunities are available and associa... Read More »
January 23, 2011
Kings Island hopes a towering swing ride will draw the crowds this year
Six months ago, when it was warm out and people wore one layer of clothing, if that, Kings Island's newfangled 301-foot swing set was introduced as a family-friendly yet potentially much more thrilling ride on paper.
It quickly became the subject of mu... Read More »
January 09, 2008
Cedar Fair Entertains More Than 22 Million Guests in 2007
Cedar Fair today announced that combined attendance in 2007 at its eighteen locations totaled 22.1 million guests compared with 19.3 million in 2006. During this same period, preliminary average in-park guest per capita spending increased 5% to $40.45 com... Read More »
September 10, 2007
CEDAR FAIR PARKS EARN TOP HONORS AT AMUSEMENT TODAY'S GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS CEREMONY
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, has, for the tenth straight year, earned the title of "Best Amusement Park in the World" for its flagship park, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, acc... Read More »
September 07, 2007
Cincinnati Amusement Park Kings Island Announces Halloween Haunt 2007
Since the year 2000, the Cincinnati area amusement park, Kings Island, ended its park season with Fear Fest each fall. Cedar Fair Entertainment Company recently announced plans to upgrade King Island's 2007 Halloween festivities from Fear Fest to Hallowee... Read More »
August 09, 2007
Kings Island Receives High Ranking Among Amusement Parks
Kings Island is now ranked as one of the Midwest's best amusement parks, along with its sister park, Cedar Point. According to tripadvisor.com, they're among the Top-10 parks outside Orlando. Hershey Park in Pennsylvania, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Am... Read More »
July 30, 2007
Cedar Fair Comments on Reports of Sale to Destiny Capital
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today commented on recent reports of a potential sale to Destiny Capital. "We have received numerous inquiries and questions regarding stories t... Read More »
July 23, 2007
Cedar Fair Declares Second Quarter Cash Distribution
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , publicly traded leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced the declaration of a regular quarterly cash distribution of 47.5 cents per limited-partner unit, consistent with t... Read More »
July 17, 2007
Great America owner implements life jacket rule at all parks
The parent company of an amusement park where a 4-year-old boy drowned last week said it is requiring children under 48 inches tall to wear life jackets in all company-owned pools. The new rule implemented Monday applies to pools at the 18 parks owned by... Read More »
July 09, 2007
Cedar Fair Seeks Buyout That Would Keep Bosses
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the nation's third-largest theme-park operator, has quietly reached out to private equity firms to gauge their interest in a buyout on the condition that the company's management team remains in place,... Read More »
July 09, 2007
Son of Beast back in action
The chains that barred Kings Island's Son of Beast from its willing victims were finally lifted Wednesday and, despite losing some of its teeth, park officials said it's still thrilling patrons. "It's really good," said park spokesman Craig Ross. "We even... Read More »
July 05, 2007
Cedar Fair Reports Attendance and Revenues Through June
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that combined 2007 revenues at its parks through July 1, 2007 were $355.3 million, on 7.8 million guest visits and average in-pa... Read More »
June 22, 2007
Kings Island closes Drop Zone ride after Kentucky accident
A gruesome accident at a Kentucky amusement park yesterday has prompted Kings Island near Cincinnati to close down its Drop Zone ride. A teenage girl's legs were severed above the ankle yesterday while on a similar ride at a Six Flags park in Louisville.... Read More »
June 22, 2007
Va. Theme Park Among Those Closing Ride for Inspection
Drop tower rides at five amusement parks owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company -- including a park in Virginia -- have been closed for inspection after an accident on a similar ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom severed a teenage girl's feet above the... Read More »
June 04, 2007
Early-season results flat for Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the parent of Kings Island amusement park in Mason, reported revenues on a same-park basis were relatively unchanged for the first five months of its 2007 season.... Read More »
June 01, 2007
Cedar Fair Reports Early-Season Attendance and Revenues
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that combined 2007 revenues at its parks through the Memorial Day weekend were $147.2 million, on 3.0 million guest visits and a... Read More »
April 23, 2007
Cedar Fair Declares First Quarter Cash Distribution
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), publicly traded leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced the declaration of a regular quarterly cash distribution of 47.5 cents per limited-partner unit, consis... Read More »
April 20, 2007
Bus Service To Kings Island To Continue This Season
Cincinnati city leaders have reached a deal to keep Metro buses running to Kings Island in Mason. Earlier this week, the amusement park said it couldn't afford to continue the bus service this season. About 22,000 people, mostly park employees, rode buses... Read More »
February 08, 2007
Cedar Fair Reports Results for 2006 and Outlook for 2007 - Yahoo! News (press release)
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a leader in regional amusement resorts, water parks and active entertainment, today announced results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2006. The 2006 figures include the results of the Paramount Parks since their acquisition from CBS Corporation on June 30, 2006.
February 06, 2007
Roller coaster switches parks - Akron Beacon Journal
Kings Island's new ride could look familiar to Northeast Ohio roller-coaster enthusiasts.
The park said Monday that the Firehawk, a steel coaster that will take riders 115 feet into the air and travel at more than 50 mph, will debut Memorial Day weekend.
The 3,340-foot-long ride formerly was at Geauga Lake amusement park in Aurora, where it was known as X-Flight. It was taken apart, moved and repainted from neon green to red and yellow. Both parks are owned by Sandusky-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.
February 06, 2007
Roller coaster won't be ready for Ohio park's opening - WKYC-TV
Son of Beast, billed as the world's tallest, fastest wooden roller coaster, won't be ready for riders when Kings Island amusement park opens this spring, officials said.
The park opens April 21. But parts of the coaster remain under construction, although its signature 118-foot-high loop has been removed.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture, which oversees amusement park ride safety, required the park to make modifications after an accident on July 9 sent 27 people to the hospital. The park decided to remove the loop so it could use lighter trains.
Most injured passengers were treated for bruises. One woman suffered a broken sternum and was hospitalized for four days.
Kings Island, formerly known as Paramount's Kings Island, was renamed after it was bought by Sandusky-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.
January 17, 2007
Federal Court Lawsuit Seeks $10 Million For Kings Island - WHIOtv.com
A $10 million lawsuit has been filed in federal court by a man who said he was falsely arrested on sexual-imposition charges at Paramount's Kings Island amusement park last May.
Keith Bays, 44, has sued the park and several of its police officers. He contends that he was wrongfully arrested and "manhandled" by park police after two women complained about his behavior toward them.
The lawsuit said the charges were later dismissed.
Park officials did not return a call Wednesday morning seeking comment on the lawsuit.
December 14, 2006
Son of Beast will lose its big loop - Cincinnati Post
A design flaw in the Son of Beast's wooden support beams meant the Kings Island roller coaster was not meant to bear the ride's weight, causing a dip in the track that jolted and injured passengers in July, state investigators said Wednesday.
The amusement park plans to re-open the ride in 2007, but will make a big change - it will remove the coaster's signature loop.
September 11, 2006
Cedar Fair drops earnings projection
Cedar Fair LP of Sandusky is lowering its 2006 earnings guidance due to falling attendance at its amusement parks.
The company said it now expects to post full-year revenue of $815 million to $835 million and full-year adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of $285 million to $305 million, according to a company statement.
The statement did not list its previous earnings guidance, and a message left at Cedar Fair on Friday afternoon was not immediately returned.
August 29, 2006
Kings Island wins amusement park honors - Bizjournals.com
Kings Island was one of several amusement parks owned by Cedar Fair LP that were recognized in an annual survey conducted by a trade publication.
The Mason-based theme park was a winner in the "Best Kids Area" and "Best Park Concert Venue" categories, according to Arlington, Texas-based Amusement Today, which conducts the international survey. The magazine asks a panel of experts to rate amusement parks in 23 categories and presents the winners with its "Golden Ticket Awards," according to a news release.
August 24, 2006
Roller Coaster Will Likely Remain Closed For Rest Of Year
State officials said it's doubtful any more riders will take a spin on the Son of Beast this year.
The roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Island has been shut down since July 9, when an accident sent 27 people to the hospital.
A spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture said she doesn't expect the ride to go again this season. She indicated the investigation isn't close to being wrapped up.
After Wednesday, Kings Island will be open just two more weekends and will then close until its October Fear Fest.
August 14, 2006
Power Outage Shuts Down Rides At Ohio Amusement Park - NewsNet5.com
Kings Island said it will offer make-up tickets to any visitors who were disappointed after a brief power outage Sunday evening.
A spokeswoman at the amusement park north of Cincinnati said many of the rides lost power for only about five seconds, but riders were taken off while electrical systems were checked out and reset.
An hour later, at least three rides were still shut down, though most others were operating again.
Local fire and rescue crews were summoned, but authorities said no one was hurt.
July 26, 2006
Couple sues amusement park over coaster mishap - Akron Beacon Journal
A married couple have sued Paramount's Kings Island over a roller coaster that malfunctioned earlier this month, injuring the woman and 26 others.
Melissa and John Eberle, of Maineville, claim a combination of improper maintenance, inspection and operation caused the Son of Beast roller coaster to jolt riders July 9.
Most of the passengers injured at the park near Cincinnati were treated for bruises, but Melissa Eberle suffered a broken sternum and was hospitalized for four days. She will not be able to return to work for another eight weeks, said her attorney, Alan Statman.
July 24, 2006
Winterfest canceled; attendance blamed
There will be no twinkling lights cascading from the Eiffel Tower this year. Winterfest at Kings Island has been canceled because of lower-than-expected attendance last year.
The winter festival made a splashy debut Nov. 25 after a 13-year hiatus. It opened last winter bigger and better than the Winterfests of yesteryear, covered more property and grew from 1 million lights to 3 million.
After the festival drew to a close on New Year's Eve, Kings Island officials said it would be back. Spokeswoman Maureen Kaiser said the winter event was the highest-rated event in history, according to surveys of park-goers.
July 10, 2006
Amusement park mishap injures riders - XETV FOX6 San Diego
Authorities say a malfunction on a roller coaster at an Ohio amusement park has sent at least 27 people to area hospitals, most with minor chest and neck injuries.
The accident happened Sunday afternoon on the Son of Beast ride at Paramount's Kings Island just northeast of Cincinnati.
June 14, 2006
Cedar Fair must decide on headquarters site
Come September, Cedar Fair LP will have a big decision: whether to operate from Sandusky, as it has since 1870, or move to Charlotte, N.C.
In buying Paramount Parks Inc. last month for $1.24 billion, the Sandusky amusement park operator acquired a floor of leased space in a modern office park building in Charlotte that is Paramount's headquarters.
When the deal was announced, Cedar Fair Chairman and Chief Executive Richard Kinzel, a Toledo native, was asked about the Charlotte site's fate. He was evasive.
June 02, 2006
Cedar Fair, L.P. Reports early-season attendance and revenues
Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership which owns and operates seven amusement parks and five water parks, today reported that combined revenues at its parks through the first five months of the year were unchanged from last year. This was the result of a 2%, or $1.1 million, increase in in-park revenues, offset by a 5%, or $1.2 million, decrease in out-of-park revenues, including resort hotels.
May 30, 2006
Full speed ahead - With Paramount Parks on board, Cedar Fair increases presence in amusement park market
Dick Kinzel sounded like a kid clutching a long-coveted birthday gift when he spoke about Cedar Fair’s decision last week to buy Paramount Parks for $1.24 billion in cash.
“We put everything on the back burner,” the Cedar Fair CEO said of the weeks leading up to the announcement of the deal. “We’ve always sort of wanted them. Sometimes you have to go off your plan a little bit and adjust.”
May 23, 2006
Shareholders angry over switch in amusement park twofer deal - The State
Cedar Fair shareholders say they're angry over a switch in a popular perk.
Shareholders used to get buy-one-get-one-free passes for the Sandusky company's flagship park, Cedar Point. This year the twofer deal is for the new Castaway Bay indoor water park.
The new perk is actually worth more because it includes overnight resort lodging.
May 22, 2006
The Midwest’s Hottest Contemporary Christian Music Festival Comes to Paramount's Kings Island
For the 13th consecutive year, the Midwest’s premier entertainment destination hosts the Midwest’s hottest Christian music concert series. Beginning Thursday, July 6, and continuing through Saturday, July 8, Spirit Song features the best in Contemporary Christian music from 15 bands including Casting Crowns, David Crowder Band, Jeremy Camp and The Newsboys.
April 14, 2006
Kings Island up for sale - Cincinnati Enquirer
Paramount's Kings Island will open today, bringing the promise of big bucks for the region and big excitement for more than 3 million park-goers.
But the future of the theme park is up in the air.
CBS Corp. in January put its Paramount Parks division - which includes Kings Island - up for sale.
February 15, 2006
Cedar Fair reports increased income, guest spending
By Robert Niles: Year-end financial results are in for the parent of Cedar Point and Knott's Berry Farm.
January 27, 2006
Kings Island: Winterfest will return this year
Following the successful return of Winterfest last year after a 13-year absence, Kings Island officials say they will bring back the festival this year.