From Ohio History Central
In 1972, Kings Island, an amusement park, opened near Cincinnati, Ohio. It quickly emerged as one of the most popular parks in the United States of America. During its first season, approximately two million people visited the park, which covered 150 acres and had thirty-one rides. Admission tickets cost six dollars, and parking was free.
Thirty years later, Paramount's Kings Island has grown tremendously. The park now covers 364 acres and consists of approximately fifty-five rides. The park remains most famous for its roller coasters. The Beast is the longest wooden roller coaster in the world, and the Son of Beast is the tallest and only looping wooden roller coaster in the world. Kings Island also boasts the Drop Zone, the tallest Gyro Drop in the world, and the Flight of Fear, the world's first linear induction launch roller coaster. In addition to the rides, the park boasts several shows and other attractions. Although tickets now cost nearly forty dollars and parking cost seven dollars, more than 3.2 million people visit the park each season.