Best amusement park? Kings Island named Park of the Year 2022
What does the title of amusement park of the year sound like? At Kings Island, probably quite well.
Over the weekend, Kings Island was presented with the award and title by Amusement Today at the 2022 Golden Ticket Awards in San Antonio, Texas.
The trade journal’s publisher and editor, Gary Slade, selected the park for the Publisher’s Pick Award for Park of the Year because of its “significant history and celebration, with its 50th anniversary event this summer, its excellence in providing record-breaking rides and its continued commitment to quality, maintenance and extreme safety in the amusement and theme park industry,” Kings Island wrote in an announcement on its website.
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The local park was also a finalist in four other categories:
- Best new show of 2022: second place (“Fun, Fireworks and Fifty – A Kings Island Nighttime Spectacular”) and fourth place (“Phantom Theater Encore”).
- Best children’s area of 2022: second place (Planet Snoopy).
- Best customer experience of 2022: fourth place.
- Best wooden roller coaster of 2022: fifth place (the Beast), sixth place (Mystic Timbers).
According to Kings Island, the Beast is one of only two wooden reels to place in the top 10 every year in the more than 20 years of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards.
Kings Island opened in April 1972, as a new amusement park to replace the old Coney Island, which closed in 1971. It opened with five original themed areas, attractions and a number of rides, 11 of which still exist today.
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