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Former Kings Island ride operator an Olympic broadcaster

Lewis Johnson, who served as a rides associate and supervisor at Kings Island from 1981-87, is working his 10th Olympic Games for NBC as a reporter covering Bobsled, Luge and Skeleton. A member of The Beast and Racer roller coaster crews during his years as an associate at Kings Island, Johnson was an All-American track star at the University of Cincinnati prior to graduating in 1986.
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Rebuild of cars for Mystic Timbers taking shape

A lot of very detailed work is going into the cars for the Mystic Timbers roller coaster this winter at Kings Island as part of the ride’s offseason maintenance program. Each car for the blue train has been disassembled, stripped down to every last nut and bolt, looked at and now in the process of being rebuilt by a team of ride mechanics.
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This day in Kings Island history: The Beast is named

On February 6, 1979, the world’s longest wooden roller coaster was given its name: The Beast. Everyone thinks of a beast as a large, frightening, unusual animal. That description certainly fit the ride. It accurately conveyed the image of the awesome physical characteristics of the 7,359-foot long coaster and its unique use of the rugged, wooded, previously raw and undeveloped forest.
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Attention job seekers! Kings Island is holding a job fair February 17

If you’ve ever wanted to work in the amusement and theme park industry, now is your chance. Kings Island will be holding a job fair February 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park and thousands of jobs are available. Kings Island’s 47th season begins April 14. Prospective associates will have an opportunity at the job fair to meet department managers and supervisors, ask questions and learn more about the diverse employment opportunities available this year.
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Spring is near! The Beast did not see its shadow

Despite the 16-degree chill in the air this morning, The Beast did not see its shadow, forecasting an early spring for Southwest Ohio. Kings Island tradition says that if The Beast doesn’t see its shadow, spring is right around the corner. If it does see its shadow – we’re in for six more weeks of winter.
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JDRF One Walk at Kings Island gives people the opportunity to help out in such a meaningful cause

Lace up your sneakers and join the thousands of people who will gather at Kings Island June 2 not to ride roller coasters, but to walk and share in JDRF’s mission to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D). The event at Kings Island is one of the largest fundraising walks and overall nonprofit fundraising events in the region. Since 1994, more than $12 million has been raised from the walks at Kings Island, including an event-record $700,000 last year.
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Grammy Award winner Zach Williams among featured artists at SpiritSong festival at Kings Island

Zach Williams, who won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for his breakout album “Chain Breaker” at the 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony held January 28 in New York, will be among the 12 artists featured at the 25th annual SpiritSong festival this summer at Kings Island. Set for June 21-23 at the 364-acre amusement and water park, other artists joining Williams include TobyMac, for KING & COUNTRY, MercyMe, Crowder, Rend Collective, RED and Hollyn.
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Lifeguarding at Kings Island’s Soak City Water Park a fun and exciting summer job

Being a lifeguard is one of the most exciting and important jobs a young person can hold. While these jobs come with a lot of responsibilities, the experience is rewarding and fun. Many consider it the best summer job they ever had. For teens and young adults looking for a summer job where every day is an opportunity to make a difference, promote safety, help others, and have fun, apply for a lifeguard position at Kings Island’s Soak City Water Park.
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'The Partridge Family' Kings Island episode aired 45 years ago

A year before “The Brady Bunch”, another TV family visited Kings Island with 'The Partridge Family” filming episode No. 66 of their popular prime-time ABC show over a five-day span at the park August 7-11, 1972. The episode titled "I Left My Heart in Cincinnati," with former Cincinnati Reds great and National Baseball Hall of Fame member cast Johnny Bench as a waiter, premiered 45 years ago on this date, January 26, 1973, on ABC.
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Diamondback roller coaster trains get new seats

The tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island will have a new look when the 364-acre amusement and water park opens for the 2018 season April 14. New black seats are replacing the original red-colored seats on each of the three trains on Diamondback.
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