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Kings Island Announces Plans for Renovations

For the first time since it opened, Kings Island's International Street will undergo a major renovation.

The Mason, Oh. theme park announced Wednesday that guests will see a new experience when they enter the front gates in the spring, when the park reopens for the season.

The Royal Fountain will be updated, more than 130,000 new pavers will be installed, building facades will be improved, and landscaping will be enhanced, the park stated in a news release.

According to that news release, the renovations will give guests an idea of what the park looked like in 1972, when Kings Island opened, even giving them the ability to get closer to the fountain than ever before.

The changes will allow for choreographed daytime and nighttime shows at the fountain, including water that shoots 50 percent higher in the air, with individual control for each of the fountain's new 112 nozzles and 176 LED lights.

There will be an expanded bandstand stage in front of the Eiffel Tower that will allow for larger celebrations and performances, the park said.

“For many of our guests, visiting Kings Island and seeing the Eiffel Tower and Royal Fountain for the first time was a moment they’ll never forget,” said General Manager Mike Koontz. “This season they’ll discover the magic of International Street again, spending more time there than they have in a long time.”

Kings Island will host its first job fair on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to fill more than 5,000 seasonal positions.

The park is hiring in all areas including admissions, entertainment, food and beverage, games, guest services, human resources, lifeguards, merchandise, park services, rides, security and warehouse. Individuals 16 or older are encouraged to apply online in advance at kifun.jobs, and then come to the job fair for an interview.

-Staff report

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