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Kings Island has changed hands and made great strides over the past 50 years

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on June 15, 1970, two weeks before Major League Baseball’s first game at Riverfront Stadium. The public voted to name the park “Kings Island” to recognize the Kings Mills area and its predecessor Coney Island.

The amusement park opened on April 29, 1972, and the grand opening was on May 27, 1972.

Kings Island reopened for its 50th anniversary season on April 16, followed by a day-long celebration on April 29. Then, the park’s “Golden Celebration” events will begin on May 28.

Over 2 million people visited Kings Island in its first season, double the attendance at Coney Island in 1971, its final year.

Kings Island cost $31 million to build. Remember it was 1969. Admission was $6. Today it starts at $45.

Besides the 364-acre amusement park, Kings Island has a 33-acre water park.

For the past 50 years, the park has been owned by Taft Broadcasting, Kings Entertainment Co., American Financial Corp., Paramount Communications and Cedar Fair, the current owners. Cedar Fair bought Kings Island in 2006 for $1.24 billion.

Today, 50 years later, Robinson said Kings Island had “put this area on the map” and created “a huge spark for the area”.