Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This Date in Kings Island History: April 29, 1972

Coney Mall on Opening Day 1972

Kings Island opened its gates on April 29, 1972. The star attraction was the Racer roller coaster designed by the legendary John Allen of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The Bavarian Beetle, a small steel coaster relocated to Kings Island from Coney Island (the ride was removed in 1979) and Scooby Doo (renamed The Beastie in 1979 and renamed again in 2006 as Fairly Odd Coaster) were the park's other two coasters in 1972. Other attractions that opened with the park in 1972 included the Grand Carousel, Der Spinning Keggers, Sky Ride, Haley's Comet, Log Flume, Les Taxis, Turnpike, Scrambler, Flying Scooters, Winnie Witch's Cauldrons, Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad, Rotor and Enchanted Voyage.