What You Need to Know About Visiting Kings Island This Year (2024)

Are you looking forward to your next visit to Kings Island Amusement Park?

I’m sharing more about what’s new this year and tips to help you make the most of your visit to Kings Island this year in 2024. 

Kings Island Amusement Park

Disclosure: I’m a Kings Island Ambassador, which means I share my love for the park and enjoy perks and behind-the-scenes access. This article contains affiliate links.

Soak City at Kings Island

Important Kings Island Opening Dates for 2024

  • Season Pass Holder Preview: Friday, April 19, 2024
  • Park Opening Day Saturday, April 20, 2024
  • Park Open Daily: Starting May 15, 2024
  • Soak City Opens: Memorial Weekend- Saturday, May 25, 2024 
  • Soak City is open daily from May 25 through August 12, 2024, then weekends only, until Labor Day weekend. 
diamondback at Kings Island

Kings Island Special Events

  • “Under the Stars, a Kings Island Nighttime Spectacular.” – first fireworks show May 24, 2024
  • The Fireworks and Drone shows will be on days with a 10 pm or later closing time from May 24 -Sept 1, 2024
  • Fourth of July Celebration – July 4, 2024
  • Grand Carnivale July 20- August 4, 2024
  • Tricks and Treats and Halloween Haunt – Select Nights Fall 2024
  • Winterfest – Select Nights Winter 2024
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Beagle Scout Acres at Camp Snoopy

New Camp Snoopy – May 24, 2024

Opening in 2024, the expansion of the park’s award-winning Planet Snoopy kids’ area will feature Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers, a brand-new family roller coaster that races both forward and backward; and Beagle Scout Acres, an area where kids can run, crawl, play or relax with the family in a shaded comfortable space.

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Snoopy's Soap Box Racers

Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers

Height 73.5 FT, 36 MPH, 672 FT Length

Snoopy's Soap Box Racers

Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers takes the classic fun of a soap box racing derby to a whole new level as both parents and kids climb aboard their favorite Peanuts-decorated soap box coaster car and are hoisted up a 70-foot hill to the starting line.

Snoopy's Soap Box Racers

As Snoopy waves the checkered flag, riders will be released and launched forward onto a track full of exhilarating twists and turns, passing the camp lookout station, and racing toward the finish line up ahead.

And, just as they think they are about to cross it, the entire train of soapbox cars will roll backward, traversing the same course, now in reverse!

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Beagle Scout Acres

Beagle Scout Acres is an area where kids can run, crawl, play, or relax with the family in a shaded comfortable space.

Beagle Scout Acres

Explore a campsite filled with turfed mounds and grassy areas, interactive equipment to make noise, tents to climb through or over, and footprint paths made by Woodstock and his friends.

Beagle Scout Acres at Kings Island
Pigpen's Mess Hall

Pigpen’s Mess Hall

Pigpen’s Mess Hall is a new dining option featuring camp foods in Camp Snoopy.

S'more Brownie from Pigpen's Mess Hall at Kings Island

Make sure that you try their S’more brownies.

 Kings Island Amusement Park  VIP Area

2024 KI Prestige Season Pass Benefits

  • Unlimited visits for the 2024 season
  • Free preferred parking
  • Preferred entrance for 2 hours
  • 15% off food and merchandise
  • 1 Front of Line pass per visit
  • 2 FREE bring-a-friend tickets annually,
  • Access to the VIP area
  • VIP access area for Soak City

How to Redeem Your King Island Prestige Pass – Front of the Line pass

You can present your Prestige pass at the Help Center (next to the Fast Lane booth), at the VIP Lounge check-in, or at merchandise locations that sell Fast Lane and receive a voucher good for one use on the ride of your choice from participating attractions

(Currently All Fast Lane attractions)

Cedar Point Amusement Park

2024 Prestige Pass with All Park Passport

The Prestige Pass with All Park Passport includes access to Canada’s Wonderland, Carowinds, Cedar Point, Kings Dominion, Kings Island, and Knott’s Berry Farm. 

Includes preferred parking, a single-use fast lane with each visit, access to the VIP lounge, and will have access to all prestige benefits.

Orion giga coaster Kings Island Amusement Park

Practical Tips Before You Visit Kings Island Amusement Park

Use these tips before your visit.

Kings Island Amusement Park is Cashless

FYI- Kings Island is cashless and accepts payments by credit card, Apple Pay, or Google Pay

Use the Kings Island App in the Park

Download the free Kings Island App on your mobile phone. This makes it easier to navigate around the park, find upcoming shows, and know ride wait times)

Kings Island Parking

Parking at Kings Island

Parking is an additional fee. All Kings Island Season Passes include free parking.

*Prestige Pass holders can visit the Preferred Parking attendant to receive access to the Preferred Parking lot. That lot is limited to 400 spots and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking lots open 1 hour before the park opens. On peak holidays/high traffic times, it may open sooner.

Take a picture of the parking sign at the end of the lane where you parked before you enter the park.

 child with Down Syndrome at Kings Island Amusement Park

Guests With Special Needs

Stroller and Wheelchair rentals must be booked online 48 hours before your visit.

If you are visiting the park with a guest with special needs, visit guest services first when you arrive. Learn more about visiting Kings Island with a special needs guest here.

Kings Island Season Pass Holders

Season Pass Holder Perks- Gold, Platinum, Prestige & Prestige+ Pass holders can use their pass to participate in Early Ride Time 30 minutes before the park opens every public operating day – October (except for Friday nights during Halloween Haunt.)

Save time by creating an account for your unprocessed season pass online.

Renewal season pass holders can use the same pass for this year.

family walking at Kings Island

Tips for Visiting Kings Island With Kids

I recommend utilizing the following services if you visit Kings Island with younger kids.

height check area Amusement Park

Get Colored Wristband As Soon As You Arrive

Have your kids measured for their colored wristbands as soon as you enter the park. Kings Island has different height requirements for its rides and you’ll save time and the hassle of having your child measured before each ride if you take care of the wristband first.

You can get a colored wristband for your child at the Help Center near the Front Gate or in Planet Snoopy.

Take Advantage of Rider Swap

Rider Swap allows riders to enjoy the rides and supervise their children. After one rider has gone through the regular line and ridden the attraction, the supervising rider waiting with the children is then given immediate boarding upon providing their pass.

For more information or to participate in the Rider Swap program, visit the Help Center near the Front Gate, the Family Care Center near Planet Snoopy Ice Cream, or Soak City Guest Services.

Locate Your Lost Child With Kid Track

Kings Island offers a service to quickly reunite separated children and parents with cell phones.

Sign up for this service at Guest Services at the front gate, the Help Center next to the Fast Lane booth, the Family Care Center near Planet Snoopy Ice Cream, or Soak City Water Park Guest Services.

Chaperone Policy

Kings Island has a newer chaperone policy to help keep the park a safe family-friendly atmosphere.

Under this policy, all guests ages 15 or younger must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 years old to be admitted to or remain in, the park after 4 p.m. local time until close. 

You can read more about the Kings Island chaperone policy here.

Festhaus at Kings Island

What Restaurants Are On the All-Season Dining Plan at Kings Island for 2024?

  • Chicken Shack
  • Coconut Cove Cafe (*During Soak City Operation)
  • Coney Bar-B-Que
  • Enrique’s
  • Festhaus
  • Grain & Grill
  • Island Smokehouse (*During Soak City Operation)
  • Juke Box Diner
  • LaRosa’s Pizzeria
  • Miami River Brewhouse
  • Panda Express
  • Planet Snoopy Grill
  • Potato Works
  • Skyline Chili
  • The French Corner
  • Tom & Chee
What You Need to Know About Visiting Kings Island This Year (2024)

Can You Bring Your Own Food And Drinks to Kings Island?

No outside food, beverages, or coolers are permitted at Kings Island or Soak City Water Park.

*Exceptions are made for Guests with special dietary needs including food allergies and baby food and formula.

Guests with special dietary needs should stop at Guest Services at the Front Gate when they arrive at the Park.  

The Best Value for Dining at Kings Island Amusement Park

For the best value on meals, consider purchasing an All-Day Dining ticket for a one-time visit or the All-Season Dining Plan if you’re a season pass holder.

The All-Day Dining ticket gets you an entrée and side as often as every 90 minutes during your visit in 2024.

The Premium All Day Dining Ticket gets you an entrée and side, or a snack, as often as every 90 minutes during your visit in 2024, and Coca-Cola beverages all day long as often as every 15 minutes!

All Season Dining Plan at Kings Island

Is the All-Season Dining Plan Worth it?

In my opinion, YES!!!!

The All Season Dining Plan is worth the price, especially if you have teenagers. The food options are great on the All-Season Dining Plan with several restaurant options for All-Season Dining Plan holders.

Max of 2 meals per day with a required 4-hour interval in between meals.

My favorite restaurants on the All-Season Dining plan are Coney Bar-B-Cue and Miami River Brewhouse.

At Soak City I love the shrimp at Island Smokehouse.

*Snacks are NOT part of the All-Season Dining Plan.

Coney Island section at Kings Island

Is the All-Season Drink Plan Worth It?

In my opinion, YES! The All-Season Drink Plan is worth paying for. It’s important to stay hydrated during your visit, especially on a hot summer day.

If you visit the park a lot it will pay for itself and you can get refills every 15 minutes throughout the day.

You can opt for a refillable 2024 souvenir bottle OR a season pass drink plan paper cup. (Souvenir bottles from previous years aren’t valid)

I prefer the paper cup because I don’t want to carry around a souvenir bottle each time I visit and I don’t want to purchase a locker rental if I want to ride Banshee or Orion.

What Menu Items Are on the All-Season Dining Plan for 2024?

International Street Area

The French Corner

  • Chicken Salad Croissant & Side
  • Ham Croissant & Side
  • Italian Croissant & SideSoup of the Day & Baguette

LaRosa’s® Pizzeria

  • 2 Slices of Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza & 2 Breadsticks
  • Antipasto Salad

Wishbone Grill

  • Caveman Turkey Wings & Chips

Grain & Grill

  • Moroccan chicken thighs & side
  • Glazed Pork Shoulder & side
  • Greek Rosemary & Lemon Roasted Beef & Side
  • Spanish Shrimp Skewers & Side

Tom + Chee®

  • BBQ Bacon Grilled Cheese & Chips
  • Classic Grilled Cheese & Chips

Coney Mall Area

Coney Bar-B-Que

  • 3 Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders & Side
  • Smoked Sausage & side
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich & Side
  • Rotisserie Chicken & Side

Jukebox Diner

  • ¼lb All-Beef Split Hot Dog & Fries
  • 3 Chicken Tenders & Fries
  • American Double Stack Cheeseburger & Fries
  • American Double Stack Hamburger & Fries
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Grilled Chicken Sandwich & Fries
  • Patty Melt & Fries
  • Vegan Burger & Fries

Skyline Chili®

  • 2 Cheese Coneys & Fries
  • 3-Way
  • 4-Way
  • Greek Salad

Rivertown Area

LaRosa’s® Pizzeria

  • 2 Slices of Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza & 2 Breadsticks
  • Antipasto Salad

Miami River Brewhouse

  • BBLT & Potato Barrels
  • Big Dog & Potato Barrels
  • Clucks & Potato Barrels
  • Hail Caesar Salad
  • KI Salad
  • London Bridge & Potato Barrels
  • Pub Burger & Potato Barrels
  • Three Pigs Pulled Pork Sliders & Potato Barrels
  • Trailblazer Burger & Potato Barrels

Rivertown Potato Works

  • 3 Chicken Tenders & Fresh Cut Fries
  • Bacon Cheese Fresh Cut Fries
  • Buffalo Chicken Fresh Cut Fries
  • Pulled Pork Fresh Cut Fries
  • Fresh Cut Fries

Action Zone Area

Chicken Shack

  • 3 Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders & Fries
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich & Fries
  • Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich & Fries
  • Crispy Chicken Salad

Adventure Port Area

Enrique’s Cantina

  • 3 Tacos
  • Burrito
  • Burrito Bowl

Oktoberfest Area


  • 2 Slices of Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza & 2 Breadsticks Gluten-Free pizza available upon request
  • 3 Chicken Tenders & Fries
  • Antipasto Salad
  • Cheeseburger & Fries
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Hamburger & Fries
  • Vegan Burger & Fries

Panda Express®

  • 2 Entrée Plate & 1 Side

Planet Snoopy Area

Planet Snoopy™ Grill

  • ¼lb All-Beef Hot Dog & Potato Barrels
  • 3 Chicken Tenders & Potato Barrels
  • Cheeseburger & Potato Barrels
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Corn Dog & Potato Barrels
  • Hamburger & Potato Barrels
drink station at Kings Island

Will Courtesy Cups of Water Still Be Offered?

You can still get courtesy cups of water where drinks are available. 

sign at Kings Island

Newer International Street Webcam

You can watch what’s happening on International Street at Kings Island on the webcam.

Diamondback roller coaster at Kings Island Amusement Park

How to Keep Your Valuables Secure on Rides

If you don’t want to risk your phone or keys falling out of your pocket during a ride, consider wearing a thin running belt under your shirt. Another option is shorts/ pants with zippered pockets.

Running belts are thinner than fanny packs and easier to wear on rides without interfering with ride harnesses and straps.

Limit what you bring into the park if you don’t want to be stuck carrying a bag. 

There are a few rides (Banshee, Mystic Timbers, Orion & Flight of Fear) that you’re not permitted to bring loose articles through the line( ex. souvenir cups and backpacks.)

Those items must be stored in a locker rental or with a non-rider who is NOT in line.

You can wear a small waist pack or a fanny pack if it doesn’t interfere with ride restraints to operate safely.

park map at Kings Island

Save on Discounted Tickets to Kings Island Amusement Park

You can save money with lower prices than at the gate for admission to Kings Island here which you can use to go straight to the gate.

Purchase Discounted Tickets for Kings Island Here

*Admission tickets are required for ages 3 and up and include both Kings Island and Soak City Waterpark during the summer months.

If you plan on visiting Kings Island multiple times throughout the year a Kings Island Season Pass is the best value.

cabins at Kings Island Camp Cedar

Looking for Lodging Options Near Kings Island Amusement Park?

You can find several lodging options and hotels within a short drive of Kings Island.

Where is Kings Island Amusement Park Located?

Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Dr, Mason, OH.


Kings Island Ticket Giveaway

I’m giving away 4 admission tickets and a single-day parking pass to Kings Island.

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57 thoughts on “What You Need to Know About Visiting Kings Island This Year (2024)”

  1. Believe it or not, our family has never been to KI! Would love to win and go our first time, and make memories!

  2. Appreciate the post with all of the updated KI information! Things seem to change every year and it’s hard to keep up. My college kids still love to go when they’re home for the summers!

  3. Lots of great information! I do wish they offered a discount for parents who don’t ride any of them. I do not and can’t justify paying for me to take my kids.

  4. I haven’t been in several years, may look into it again for this year. Glad to see they have expanded the meals on the meal plan!

  5. I would love to win the tickets to keep my kiddos occupied this summer. We live about 45 mins away and have been wanting to go for a while now.

  6. Awesome information for my son who is going today on Opening Day and will be there all season long! Thank you!

  7. We are hoping to go this season for the first time with our kids! Thanks for all the information!

  8. I haven’t been to Kings Island in probably 16 years. I used to live in Mason and my family had season pass every year. Hoping my kids would enjoy going.

  9. The Kings Island linked through the entry is for an artist.
    Kings Island @KingsIsland · Artist

    My family is looking forward to going to Kings Island this summer, three teenagers are ready to ride and have fun. Thanks.

  10. There were fewer people in the park which helped reduce the ride times. The popular rides still had a typical wait time. We use the Kings Island app to help us determine which rides we should ride next based on how long we want to wait.

  11. Curious how many rides you were able to get on and how long the lines were during the pandemic as compared to normal?

  12. We used to go there as a family and friends! I remember some of the rides that aren’t there anymore. Have been wanting to go back again for awhile now. My folks live on the OH/WV border so am hoping we can visit again. Would love to win, thank you!

  13. Thank you so much for such a detailed article. My family and I are looking to go to King’s Island for the first time ever and had some questions since we’ve never been there yet. You covered everything we were wondering about. Very helpful. Thanks for having the awesome giveaway, and thank you for the opportunity!

  14. Excellent and very thorough explanation of what is happening at KI. Looking forward to riding Orionfor the first time.

  15. Thanks for the thorough information. We love King’s Island and definitely want to take a trip this year before season is over.

  16. I would love these tickets and go ride the new roller coaster..Thanks so much for sharing everything with us and giving us an opportunity to win tickets…?

  17. Thank you for all of the valuable info. I was a little hesitate on bringing the kids this year but we will definitely have to take a trip before this seasons over. ?

  18. We haven’t been able to go in over 2 years. We live 3 hours away and just haven’t had the extra money for our family of 5 (actually 4 now since our oldest moved to Boston). We have a 13 & 15 year old still at home and they are dying to try Orion!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. Haven’t been to KI this year yet. It’s pricey so we don’t go too often. We try to go once a year but with everything going on, we haven’t bought tickets yet. Winning some would definitely help!

  20. awesome tips! I havent been to KI since my senior year. Lol we won’t say how long. I really need to take my boys, they would love it.

  21. Thank you for letting us know about the Orion lockers! I hope we win, we are sick of being stuck at home!

  22. We visited Kings Island this week like we do every year and they really did make the whole process very easy. We worried it would take away from the fun but it absolutely did not. Even with masks you can still have an incredible time at Kings Island!

  23. My daughter has never been. I think it would be awesome to take her for the first time. She’s definitely a thrill seeker!

  24. Thanks for sharing your experience with going to Kings Island to give others a better idea of how it will be if we decide to go!

  25. So insightful! I’m so glad someone covered KI for those of us who were too unsure to test it beforehand!

  26. This is such a helpful overview! I love that they even thought to have the few rest areas that are mask free.
    I’d love to go and have some fun checking out the new rides!

  27. My son and I have been but my daughters haven’t. I know they would love it as much as me and my son did!

  28. Would love to get to Kings Island still this summer! Thanks for all of the great information about safety and precautions being taken!

  29. This information is very helpful. Thank you for compiling such a great list of answers to all the questions I had in my mind and then some.

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