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Kings Island announces new attraction for 2012

MASON, OH (FOX19) -

Kings Island officials have announced a "major new attraction" for 2012. The announcement was made at the water park Friday afternoon.

Get ready to splash, swim and float in 2012 when Kings Island opens the largest water park in the region, the all-new Soak City.

Soak City is a $10 million dollar expansion of Kings Island's current water park, nearly doubling in size to 33 acres. The new water park will incorporate many of Kings Island's current popular and innovative water attractions along with the addition of new attractions and elements including:

  • New Wave Pool – Bigger, more aggressive and thrilling than the park's original wave pool, measuring 39,000 square feet and featuring more than 650,000 gallons of wet and wild waves. Water depth up to six feet deep with wave heights of more than four feet!
  • New Action River – Renovation of the current Lazy River. New features include interactive areas for spectators and river guests, new waterfalls, rain curtain, tipping buckets, spray hoses, spray units, jets located in the bottom of the trough to shoot up creating turbulent water effects.
  • New Entrance – The entrance plaza to the water park will be changed as part of the big makeover to Soak City. The outside plaza area will feature a new walkway, new fencing, ticket sales windows, trees and grass. A new façade will welcome guests at the entrance turnstiles.
  • More Amenities – New family changing rooms, more secluded shade-covered areas and cabanas that feature televisions and fans, including a party cabana by the new wave pool. New menu items will also be available.
  • Sand Volleyball Court – New professional quality sand volleyball court area designed for both casual and competitive play. Fun and enjoyable activity for families and friends while they're at Soak City.
  • More Lounging – Capacity increase of the lounging areas the size of three football fields! There will be more than 1,000 additional chairs available for guests to relax and soak up the sun in Soak City or lay out in the grass.

With more than 50 water activities, including 30 water slides, two wave pools, tropical lagoons, rushing rivers, three family activity areas, sand volleyball courts, careening waterfalls, all surrounded by lush landscaping, no other water park in the area can compare to Soak City.

"If you liked Boomerang Bay, then you're going to absolutely love Soak City," Kings Island's vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid said. "Soak City has something for everyone in the family and will be the premier water park around."

Soak City will open in the spring of 2012 and included free with park admission tickets and season pass. The name of each of the attractions in Soak City will be announced at a later date.

For more information on Kings Island's new water park, visit www.visitkingsisland.com/soakcity.

Kings Island 2012 Gold Season Passes are now on sale for just $69.99 online at www.visitkingsisland.com and at the park during public operating days and hours through October 31. Gold Season Passes include free season-long parking, free admission to Soak City and Halloween Haunt, and a variety of VIP perks like early ride times on select attractions and discount offers on meals and merchandise.

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FUN." In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, six water parks, one indoor water park resort and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

Next season will be the 40th anniversary for the amusement park.

Kings Island is open Labor Day weekend, but then closed until Sept. 23, when it will reopen for Halloween Haunt.

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