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Kings Island is a 118-acre amusement park located in Mason, Ohio. When it opened in 1972, it offered the first roller coaster, making it a pioneer in the industry. In 1977, Kings Island became the first theme park to offer free parking.
Kings Island is home to some of the most thrilling rides in the world including Orion, which debuted in 2020, and The Beast, which is listed in the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,350 feet! But rides aren’t the only thing Kings Island has been known for since opening its gates in 1972. The park has also been the site for numerous record-breaking and attention-grabbing events.
1973 – Episode No. 106 of The Brady Bunch, “The Cincinnati Kids”, was filmed at Kings Island over a five-day period August 20-24. In the episode featuring Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland, Susan Olsen and Ann B. Davis, Mike takes the entire family on a trip to Kings Island, with the purpose of the trip for him to submit plans for a park expansion project. A mix-up causes the blueprints to go missing, resulting in a search all over the park to find the architectural drawings. The episode premiered on ABC November 23, 1973 and airs a handful of times a year in syndication on TV Land and other channels around the world. 1975 – Evel Knievel, the famous death-defying daredevil, made his most successful motorcycle jump on October 25 of this year at Kings Island. The jump took place on a cold, drizzly day in the parking lot in front of 25,000 spectators – 20,000 having bought the combo park and jump tickets – and was broadcast live on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. The event drew the highest ratings in the show’s history with a 22.3 rating and 52 percent share, which meant that more than half of the nation’s television audience watched. It was the last big jump of Knievel’s legendary career, and one of his most notable. (Source: www.visitkingsisland.com)