Kings Island announces July opening date, park protocols

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Kings Island announced plans to open for the 2020 season in July following months of delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The amusement park will open to season passholders on July 2 and to non-passholders July 12.

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“We are ready to welcome our guests back to Kings Island for some long-overdue fun,” said Mike Koontz, general manager. “The safety of our guests and associates has always been and will always be our top priority. The park’s new health and safety protocols align with CDC recommendations, and have been shaped by information from company and industry health and safety experts, along with our state and local government officials.”

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The park will initially open with limited capacity and hours.

New protocols to create a clean and safe environment at Kings Island include:

  • A new online reservation system. Each guest is required to make a reservation prior to arrival to allow the park to manage capacity.
  • A requirement to have a pre-visit health screening declaration 24 hours before park admission.
  • Touchless temperature screening for guests and associates before entering the park.
  • Guests, associates and vendors will be required to wear masks as directed by the protocols
  • Social distancing markers through the park, including in ride queue lines.
  • Limited guest and associate contact.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures, including additional deep cleaning and sanitization of restrooms, dining facilities and other busy areas.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations.
  • Capacity management throughout the park.

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Kings Island will reach out to season passholders via email to invite them to make reservations. Only passholders will be able to make reservations for the first week. Daily ticket reservations will open within the next two weeks.

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Guests will be able to make reservations through King’s Island mobile app.

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