Kings Island to open Soak City Waterpark this weekend

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Kings Island to open Soak City Waterpark this weekend

HOW TO GO

What: Soak City Waterpark at Kings Island

Where: 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason

When: Opens May 23

More information: (513) 754-5700 or visitkingsisland.com

Season Pass: An adult gold season pass costs $117 each or $99 for a renewal

Single-priced tickets: As low as $41.99 if you purchase tickets in advance online, tickets purchased at the gate will cost you $62.99. Parking is $12 when purchased online in advance.

Hours of operation: Varies. Check the website for details of the date you plan to visit — www.visitkingsisland.com/hours-directions/kings-island

Did you know? Lifejackets are provided free of charge for the little ones or an inexperienced or non-swimmer.

WiFi: Guests will be able to stay connected this year with free WiFi throughout the park. By tagging photos #KIBestDay, guests will have a chance to win prizes and unique experiences including a VIP party for 50 friends.

MASON — From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, entry to Kings Island gets you two parks for the price of one.

On May 23, Soak City Waterpark will open for business featuring more than 50 water activities, including 30 water slides, tropical lagoons, two wave pools and play areas for kids.

“(Soak City) has a wide variety of water activities and appeals to guests of all ages. With admission to Soak City included with your Kings Island admission ticket or season pass, Soak City provides the best value,” said Don Helbig, Kings Island’s Public Relations Area Manager.

Here’s a look at the upcoming season by the numbers:

7 food areas: Subway, Calypso Coolers, Soak City Grill, Graeter’s, Tidal Wave Bay Grill, Coconut Cove Café

1 bar: Coconut Cove Bar

33: Number of acres in the waterpark

500: Number of Soak City park employees

50 water activities: Including 30 water slides, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers and surfable waves

650,000: Gallons of water being used in Tidal Wave Bay

26: Number of seasons the park has been in operation — it opened in 1989 as WaterWorks

54,948,415: Number of rides the attractions in Soak City have given (includes years when waterpark was branded as WaterWorks and Boomerang Bay)

12,485,156: Number of guests who have experienced the Splash River attraction, the most among Soak City attractions.

2: Cabana options to choose from. The Breakers Bay Basic Cabanas offer amenities such as a semi-private covered area, two lounge chairs and towel service. The Tidal Wave Bay Cabanas offer amenities such as a semi-private covered area, two lounge chairs, towel services, mini-fridge and 32-inch flat screen TV.

3: Dive-In Movies returns for its third season every Friday night beginning June 26 through July 31. Guests will have an opportunity to vote on two of the six movies on Facebook.

11: An exclusive rides night for Gold and Platinum passholders is planned for July 11, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Attractions open include Mondo Monsoon, Pipeline Paradise, Rendezvous Run, Splash Landing and Tidal Wave Bay.

2 for 1: Soak City continues to be included with park admission to Kings Island. Two parks for one price.

300+: Number of lifeguards the park employs. Soak City recently was awarded a Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award for 2014.

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