MASON, OH (FOX19) - Kings Island announced that they will be adding two new family rides, and the largest Starbucks store in the Tri-State to the park next summer.
The first new ride is called the Woodstock Gliders, a classic flying scooters ride from Larson International. The ride will feature eight two-person planes that glide 28 feet above the ground. As the planes begin to rotate, they will fan out over a large area. Each plane has a stationary rear wing and a moveable front wing which allows the guest to control the flight and alter their ride experience from mild to wild.
Kings Island says the Woodstock Gliders will be similar to the popular Flying Eagles ride that was in operation from 1972 to 2004.
The second ride will be Snoopy's Space Buggies from Zamperla, an attraction designed for children of all ages to enjoy with parents or grandparents. The ride features six four-seat vehicles that will bounce up and down while rotating in a circle.
Both rides will be located next to each other in the Planet Snoopy kids' area of the park.
In addition, the Starbucks will be relocated from its current location at the end of International Street to the opposite side near the front gate and expanded to 3,650 square feet, making it one of the largest Starbucks stores in the Midwest. The seating capacity of 219 will include a spacious outdoor patio that will offer a great view of the 600,000-gallon Royal Fountain and Eiffel Tower.
The park also announced some other improvements to the park for 2015.
The International Street Fudge and Candy Shop will be renamed Sweet Spot and undergo an interior and exterior redesign with new product offerings and the opportunity for guests to experience watching fudge and candy being made through large glass windows.
A new yogurt store, Yogurt Plus, will be located on International Street in the current Starbucks location, offering 18 different flavors and an endless combination of toppings including fresh cut fruits, candy, cereal, nuts, granola, and syrups.
Other International Street renovations include the Funnel Cake stand, which will allow guests to see the toppings that are available to top their fresh-fried funnel cake. Toppings will include warm blueberry and apple toppings, fresh strawberry glaze topping, and hand-scooped ice cream.
Other changes coming to the park, as well, as part of the 2015 plan include an expanded Coca-Cola Marketplace with a deeper selection of healthy food options, Coca-Cola Freestyle Café, and upgrades to the Picnic Grove area with a new entrance, improved landscaping around each of the pavilions and remodeled restroom facilities.