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Kings Island to Add Themed Area“ Adventure Port” for 2023 Season

Re-imagined area to feature new family rides and coaster enhancements

MASON, OH – Adventure will take center stage at Kings Island in 2023 when the amusement park debuts its newest themed area, Adventure Port. Located between Coney Mall and Action Zone, the area will feature two new family rides and enhanced theming for Adventure Express, the park’s mine train family roller coaster.

Additional improvements include a refresh of Hank’s Mexican Grill which will be renamed Enrique’s. The current Bier Garten will be transformed into a portside Mercado, a favorite watering hole for tourists and explorers.

“What I love about Adventure Port is that we’ve taken parts of the Adventure Express story and built upon it to create this new themed area,” said Mike Koontz, vice president, and general manager of Kings Island. “When guests who have been coming to the park for years visit this area for the first time, the story will feel familiar, but it will be told in a whole new way.”

Adventure Port Backstory

The myths of an ancient civilization, and its mighty city carved out of stone, have lured travelers from around the globe to this bustling port community for more than a century. Resting in the foothills of overgrown mountains and dense tropical terrain, Adventure Port is a hub for explorers searching for an ancient civilization’s forbidden temple and mysterious wonders. If asked, the locals will tell tales of those who came before and vanished. Did they unwittingly disturb ancient spirits and fall victim to an age-old curse?

Adventure Port Rides

  • Sol Spin: This recently discovered mechanism appears to be an immense sun disk created by an ancient civilization. Riders will board open-air, suspended passenger vehicles and experience the sensation of flying 60 feet through the air at 25 m.p.h.
  • Coco Loco: Their methods might be a little dizzying, but the Arrow Cargo Company will get your goods from Point A to Point B…eventually. Riders will board these shipping barrels where they will be able to manually control the speed of their spin with a wheel in the middle of the barrel.
  • Adventure Express: Embark on a treasure-hunting mine train expedition in search of a forbidden temple. This family coaster opened in 1991 and features a 63 ft. first drop with speeds up to 35 m.p.h. Enhancements for 2023 includes a relocated queue line and additional theming. The ride was repainted in advance of the 2022 season.

The project’s design is being led by JRA, part of the RWS Entertainment Group with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Other contractors on the project include RSL Commercial Architects, Schaefer Engineers, Abercrombie and Associates, and SHP Architects.

The best way to experience Adventure Port is with a 2023 Gold Season Pass available now at the lowest price of the year until October 30. The Gold Pass includes unlimited Kings Island visits this year to Tricks and Treats Fall Fest, Halloween Haunt and WinterFest plus every public operating day in 2023.

About Kings Island

With more than 100 rides, shows, and attractions, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. The Mason, Ohio amusement park was recognized as Amusement Today’s Park of the Year in 2022. Guests can experience 15 roller coasters, including Orion, voted Best New Amusement Park Attraction in 2020’s USA Today’s 10 Best Readers Poll; is an award-winning kids’ area and 33-acre water park. For more information, go to

About Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 13 properties, consisting of 11 amusement parks, four separately gated outdoor water parks, and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. Cedar Fair’s parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas, and Toronto, Ontario.

About JRA – Part of RWS Entertainment Group

JRA is an award-winning creative studio with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. JRA plans, designs, and delivers exceptional visitor experiences for theme parks, attractions, zoos, aquariums, museums, theater venues, casinos, hotels and resorts, botanical gardens, visitor centers, retail and real estate, municipalities, airports, cruise lines, and ports of call destinations. Services include master planning, writing and content development, attraction/exhibit planning and design, graphic design, executive media production, art direction, and project management. Around the world, JRA parent company RWS Entertainment Group creates and operates custom entertainment, live events, attractions, destinations and branded experiences, delivering over 500 live experiences and providing career opportunities for more than 6,500 professionals each year.

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