Friday, August 17, 2001

Kings Island staying open 5 extra days

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Haven't had a chance to hop on Son of Beast yet?

        Then you have some extra time: Paramount's Kings Island has decided to stay open for five additional days — Aug. 21, 22 and 23; and Nov. 3 and 4. The main park will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on those days.

        “Many schools do not return to classes until the last week in August, making the week of August 20 a great time to come out and have some fun before going back to school,” said Tim V. Fisher, the park's executive vice president and general manager.

        In other news, King's Island has been voted as having the best kids area in the world in an annual survey by Amusement Today, a monthly industry trade newspaper based in Arlington, Texas. The results were determined by 400 judges, who are theme park enthusiasts.

        New this season is the Nickelodeon Central themed area, which includes the Wild Thornberry's River Adventure white-water excursion ride and the Rugrats Runaway Reptar junior inverted roller coaster.

        PKI's kids area has more than 20 rides and two stage shows with daily performances.


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