Ahead Of Kings Island's 50th Anniversary, Take A Look Back At The Park In Vintage Photos

Cincinnati's beloved amusement park Kings Island has been making memories in the lives of traveling families for five decades this year. The park opened to the public on April 29, 1972, celebrating 50 years as a Queen City entertainment staple and the setting for everybody's favorite "Brady Bunchepisode.

This year, the 50th season starts on April 16 (Gold and Platinum season-pass-holders will be able to visit the park on the April 15).  To celebrate the milestone, park officials have planned a slate of special events throughout the 2022 season. Kings Island is also asking the public to share photos and videos taken at the park between the 1970s to the 1990s.

"The amusement park celebrates its 50th anniversary this season and is asking everyone to climb into those attics and dig through their old scrapbooks and photo albums to find pictures or videos of their family’s special moments at the park," reads a release. "The park would like to tell those stories this coming season."

Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. For more info or to upload ephemera, visit kingsisland.com. All photos in this slideshow were provided by Kings Island.

This article was originally published by LEO Weekly's sister paper, Cincinnati CityBeat.

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Antique Autos (All photos via Kings Island)
Antique Autos (All photos via Kings Island)
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International Street
International Street
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A fan photo provided to Kings Island for the park's 50th anniversary
A fan photo provided to Kings Island for the park's 50th anniversary
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Swan Lake
Swan Lake
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Sky Ride
Sky Ride
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Kings Island International Air Show
Kings Island International Air Show
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Antique Autos
Antique Autos
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International Street
International Street
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Dick Van Dyke in a 1978 commercial for the park
Dick Van Dyke in a 1978 commercial for the park
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International Street
International Street
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A fan photo provided to Kings Island for the park's 50th anniversary
A fan photo provided to Kings Island for the park's 50th anniversary
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A fan photo provided to Kings Island for the park's 50th anniversary. Kings Island had a relationship with Hanna-Barbera when it opened in 1972 into the start of the 2000s, and featured rides like "Smurfs' Enchanted Voyage," which opened in 1984. The Smurfs are also the reason the park has blue ice cream.
A fan photo provided to Kings Island for the park's 50th anniversary. Kings Island had a relationship with Hanna-Barbera when it opened in 1972 into the start of the 2000s, and featured rides like "Smurfs' Enchanted Voyage," which opened in 1984. The Smurfs are also the reason the park has blue ice cream.
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A fan photo provided to Kings Island for the park's 50th anniversary. Kings Island had an aquatic arena and hosted a "Salt Water Circus" from 1972 until 1994, when it was torn down.
A fan photo provided to Kings Island for the park's 50th anniversary. Kings Island had an aquatic arena and hosted a "Salt Water Circus" from 1972 until 1994, when it was torn down.
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Kings Mills Log Flume
Kings Mills Log Flume
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The Racer
The Racer
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Flying Carpet
Flying Carpet
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Kings Island Oktoberfest Bier Garten
Kings Island Oktoberfest Bier Garten
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Kings Mills Log Flume
Kings Mills Log Flume
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Der Spinning Keggers
Der Spinning Keggers
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Antique Autos
Antique Autos
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