You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Kings Island to unveil new attraction

Whatever Kings Island plans to build to replace the dismantled Son of Beast wooden roller coaster requires more than 100 round concrete piers, Mason city records show.

Park operators said they will unveil plans for a new world record-breaking attraction at the 364-acre amusement park and waterpark in Mason at 1o p.m. Aug. 8.

In a press advisory Wednesday, park officials called the event the “most anticipated new attraction announcement in Kings Island’s history.”

Mason city government does not have jurisdiction over amusement park rides, said Chief Building Official Gregg Nicholls. But building structures are subject to building code, such as concrete foundations, stations for ride cueing lines or ramps to board rides.

Plans were submitted to Mason’s Building and Zoning Department in March for the concrete foundations. The plans show in excess of 100 round concrete tiers. On Wednesday, park officials submitted to the city preliminary 2014 electric plans.

“All we know is it’s going to something big. I would imagine it’s a roller coaster,” said Jeffrey Seifert, a writer for industry publication Amusement Today.

Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Amusement Ride Safety issues permits and licenses for amusement rides, conducts ride commissioning and does safety inspections. The office would be notified of plans for a new roller coaster, said spokesman Brett Gates. As of yet, Gates said they’ve not received such notification.

Kings Island has about 40 acres of open space to develop, including the former sites of Son of Beast and Thunder Alley go-kart area, said Kings Island spokesman Don Helbig. Not that the new attraction would consume all that space.

Construction on the new attraction started April 22, Helbig said. Helbig would not confirm if plans are to build a new roller coaster. But the park has released a series of clues, he said.

Throughout this park season, visitors might have seen scarecrow displays, barn owls or signs that read “no camping,” Helbig said. A wall was erected next to the construction site. Visitors would have heard screams coming from behind the wall.

Local media received a clue in the mail Wednesday — a broken comb strewn with fake hair.

“All I can tell people is it’s going to be exciting,” Helbig said.

In 2012, Kings Island opened a $10 million expansion of its waterpark Soak City. In 2011, the $5 million ride Windseeker and the approximately $1 million Dinosaurs Alive! exhibit of animatronic figures opened.

The most recent roller coaster to open at Kings Island was Diamondback in 2009 for $22 million, the park’s biggest single investment to date.

Kings Island is operated by Sandusky, Ohio-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., which also owns the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky. Cedar Point opened this year with a new roller coaster called GateKeeper.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in News

Man says pizza box changed his outlook on life
Man says pizza box changed his outlook on life

A New York man said a free pizza saved his life. >> Read more trending news Dennis Kust, 59, lost his wife last month after a long battle with cancer. He admitted that he was struggling with depression when he walked into Albert’s Pizza in Ronkonkoma, New York, CBS New York reported. He received a free pizza as part of a &ldquo...
Teacher accused of kidnapping student asks wife's forgiveness in jailhouse call
Teacher accused of kidnapping student asks wife's forgiveness in jailhouse call

The wife of a Tennessee teacher who is accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old student and spending more than a month on the run with her is speaking out for the first time since her husband’s arrest last week. Tad Cummins, 50, was arrested April 20, more than a month after authorities said he kidnapped 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas and fled Tennessee...
Victim’s family reunites killer with daughter, granddaughter before execution
Victim’s family reunites killer with daughter, granddaughter before execution

An Arkansas murderer executed Thursday night saw his daughter for the first time in 17 years and met his 3-year-old granddaughter before he died, thanks to the family of one of his victims.  Kenneth Williams’ 21-year-old daughter, Jasmine Johnson, and her young daughter traveled to Varner Supermax, in Grady, using plane tickets purchased...
Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda
Miamisburg candy store now selling pickle juice soda

Are you ready for Pickle Juice Soda Pop? Miamisburg-based Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop is now selling dill pickle-flavored pop in stores and online. The vintage-style store at 42 South Main St. in downtown Miamisburg has more than 200 bottles of specialty sodas. “If you’re the kind of pickle lover who relishes all things pickled, this...
Counties struggle to keep drugs out of their jails
Counties struggle to keep drugs out of their jails

A local sheriff says Ohio should buy enough full body scanners — expensive machines that cost more than $100,000 apiece — so that every county can stop the flow of drugs into their jails. “We in Miami County, and I know several other sheriffs, are exploring getting body scanners to have inmates pre-screened to ensure that they&rsquo...
More Stories