Today, Kings Island opens its 2017 season

MASON -- Kings Island begins daily operation for the 2017 season today.

Kings Island will open 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursday through May 25.

Operating hours vary for the rest of the summer beginning Memorial Day weekend.

New this year is Mystic Timbers, a 109-foot-tall wooden roller coaster that traverses 16 airtime hills through wooded terrain and over water along a 3,265-foot-long track at 53 mph.

Soak City Water Park opens May 27.

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Gold season passes are available through May 29 for as low as six payments of $18 online. Passes include unlimited visits to Kings Island and Soak City Water Park, free season-long parking, early ride time on select attractions, exclusive events and free admission to Halloween Haunt and WinterFest.

Watch the video above for a virtual ride on Mystic Timbers, new to the park this season.

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