Many people consider Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, one of the best theme parks in the United States. It’s an exciting time for locals and tourists when the park opens for its season thanks to its 14 roller coasters, Soak City Water Park, and holiday events. Thankfully, you can visit for less by buying discount Kings Island tickets online from authorized ticket sellers and at certain regional retailers in person.

I’ve outlined all of the methods that I know of here that are popular places to check for savings. This way, you can secure the best price without searching for promo codes and coupon codes that don’t work.

Ultimately, how much you save depends on how many tickets you buy and if you will need to account for tax and service fees. Let’s get started!

Kings Island Ticket Gate Prices

Kings Island admission tickets are offered in several types. You can enhance your visit with various optional add-ons. First, it’s important to understand gate prices so that you know how much you’re saving by using one of the cheaper options below. They are:

  • Daily Tickets: $85/ages 3+
  • Children ages 0-2 are always free

A Kings Island ticket includes admission to Soak City Water Park, which operates on a shorter season than the theme park. Frequent visitors may choose from three Seasons Passes, which provide unlimited admission for a specified time.

One upgrade that I recommend during peak season is Fast Lane. Fast Lane allows you to bypass the regular lines on participating rides and attractions once per day, and Fast Lane Plus lets you bypass the regular lines unlimited times.

The bottom line: Front gate prices are higher than what can be secured online, so whatever you do, make sure to purchase tickets in advance at parks like this. We talk about theme park tickets with people every day and always advise checking for discounts on your phone before entering a front gate line.


1. Direct Kings Island Special Offers and Tickets Online

Kings Island offers ticket promotions and a handful of other special offers on its website to incentivize people to buy online. They use dynamic pricing, when online prices fluctuate depending on forecasted park attendance for a particular date. Here’s what we see right now online:

  • Daily Tickets: From $44.99
  • Funday Bundle: From $69.99
  • Silver Pass: $115
  • After 4 p.m. ticket: $34.99
  • Bring a Friend Ticket: $34.99

Kings Island charges a $6.99 processing fee plus tax for online purchases. The other ticket options below may be more advantageous for this reason alone.


2. Secret Discount on One-Day and Two-Day Kings Island Tickets

If you need discount Kings Island tickets, you can save by purchasing through our ticket site. I partner with aRes Travel, an authorized Kings Island ticket seller. We offer discounted tickets to popular attractions such as Kings Island, Cedar Point, Disneyland, and Universal theme parks. This makes it easier for you to enjoy these experiences without spending too much money.

A $2 convenience fee per ticket applies, but you will still likely come out ahead. These Kings Island ticket prices include tax. However, we now have to send you the discounted price and purchasing instructions by text or email for Cedar Fair Parks. Trust me, it’s worth the extra step to save BIG.

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3. Kings Island Tickets and Hotel Packages

Bundle your Kings Island discount tickets with nearby hotels for even more savings. Choose from 31 nearby hotels and whether you’d like one-day, two-day, Ride & Refresh, and parking.


4. Season Passes

Frequent visitors should consider the benefits of a Kings Island Season Pass. It entitles the holder to unlimited park admission for 2024. Season Passholders can arrive an hour before the park opens to the public to enjoy early ride times on select days.

Choose between Silver, Gold, or Prestige Passes. All include free general parking, but the main differences are:

  • The Silver Pass includes unlimited summer admission for $115.
  • The Gold includes summer plus WinterFest and Halloween Haunt admission for $150.
  • The Prestige Pass includes all of the above plus access to the VIP area and Preferred Parking for $375.

Like other Cedar Fair Parks, paying an extra $100 on top of the Prestige or Gold Pass gets you access to all Cedar Fair Parks. This upgrade is called the All Park Passport. Check to see which season pass works best for you.

The Delirium thrill ride at Kings Island theme park.

5. Sam’s Club

I checked my Sam’s Club membership and found a decent deal. If you click on the Travel and Entertainment hub online, you’ll see Kings Island tickets, including a Good Any Day Ticket + Free Parking for $115, including taxes and fees. You do need to be a member to access this price. (However, our secret discount is significantly lower.)


6. Meijer Kings Island Tickets

Select Meijer stores in Ohio typically sell discount Kings Island tickets with Cedar Point tickets. They aren’t available online right now, so you’ll need to check in person.


7. Costco

Costco no longer sells individual theme park tickets online. It could be worth checking your local store in person to see if they sell cheaper Kings Island tickets. My store does not sell them. However, this policy is always subject to change.


8. Kings Island Kroger Tickets

Check the customer service counter at your local Kroger store for discounted tickets. Not all stores offer them. Their tickets are less than at the gate but on par with what we can offer or Kings Island directly. However, it is convenient to pick up tickets while shopping.

The beach at Kings Island theme park's Soak City water park in Ohio.

9. AAA Kings Island Discount Tickets

Contact your local AAA to see if you can secure discount Kings Island tickets. Availability depends on where you live. To give you an idea, we can’t secure these tickets in California currently, but they are available in the Midwest.


10. Kings Island Military Discounts

Active or retired military personnel and veterans are eligible for cheaper single-day tickets than you would otherwise buy at the gate. Kings Island military discounts are valid during every operating day. Military Discount Tickets cost $44.99 (saving up to $35 at the gate price). Additionally, veterans and active military personnel are typically granted free admission to the park during Memorial Day weekend.

Take advantage of these savings online, but be sure to register for ID.me. These discounts don’t apply to special events like WinterFest unless otherwise indicated.


11. Group Discounts

Gather your friends and head to Kings Island for less. If you need 15 – 99 tickets, you can receive a discount. Group admission starts at $44.99 per person. If you have 100 or more people, the savings are even greater. Details are available on the park’s website.


A family with young kids rides on a small train at Kings Island theme park.

Important Kings Island Tips

Chaperone Policy

A chaperone policy applies if children 15 and under want to stay inside the park after 4 p.m. An adult 21 or older must be with them. The details on this are subject to change, so be sure to check the age requirements before you go.

Check Kings Island Hours

When planning a visit to Kings Island and Soak City water park, check the calendar for opening dates and hours. Both parks are seasonal parks, which means that they are not open year-round. They are typically open daily from May to Labor Day Weekend. After that, Kings Island will stay open on select dates through November 1.

The theme park (not the water park) stays open on weekends after Labor Day because of the annual HalloWeekends Halloween and Winterfest celebrations. Double-check the calendar as hours fluctuate.

Always Read Ticket Terms and Conditions

Understand the ticket expiration dates, refund policies, and transfer policies and whether they can be used on days with special events.

Kings Island Directions and Parking

Kings Island is located in Mason, Ohio, about 25 miles northeast of Cincinnati.

📍 Kings Island Address
6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Island, Ohio 45034

The park’s website has a map and more information on getting there. (Many theme park enthusiasts combine a visit with Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky.)

Frequently Asked Questions about Kings Island Tickets

Soak City water slides at Kings Island

When does Kings Island close?

Kings Island is an amusement park with a season that typically starts in the spring and closes in the late fall. The park also usually opens for a few weeks during the holiday season for its popular Winterfest event.

HOW MUCH IS A FAST PASS AT KINGS ISLAND?

The Kings Island equivalent of a Fast Pass is called a Fast Lane Pass. You can choose between a regular Fast Lane Pass, a Fast Lane Plus Pass, and a 2024 Season Pass Fast Lane Plus. The latter includes unlimited rides on Orion, Kings Mills Antique Autos, The Beast, Mystic Timbers, and Flight of Fear. Daily Fast Lane Passes start at $85.

How much does it cost to get into Kings Island?

Currently, general admission tickets start at $44.99 before taxes and fees if purchased online.

How much is parking at Kings Island?

Kings Island parking currently costs $30 per car per day for regular parking and $40 for preferred parking when purchased online.

How do you buy discount Kings Island tickets?

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Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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    1. Yes I’ll email it to you now. We are working on a way to automatically email it that I hope to have live here soon!