Kings Island is a 364-acre (1.47 km) amusement park located 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. Opened in 1972 by Taft Broadcasting Company and now owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, Kings Island is the most visited seasonal amusement park in the U.S. with an estimated 3,000,000 visitors in 2009 (second overall in North America behind sister park Canada's Wonderland).
Originally part of a 1,600-acre (6.5 km) purchase, Kings Island currently owns 773 acres (3.13 km) of land. It offers over 80 rides, shows, and attractions including 14 roller coasters and a 15-acre (61,000 m) water park. Kings Island has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for having the "Best Kids' Area" in the world for nine consecutive years (2001–2010).