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Construction begins on Kings Island's luxury campground

Posted at 4:59 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 20:56:12-05

MASON, Ohio — Construction on Kings Island's new luxury outdoor resort is underway.

Kings Island Camp Cedar is a $27 million luxury campground that will welcome guests to Kings Island, vacationers and travelers alike, all year round.

The resort sits on 50 acres of land less than a mile from Kings Island's front gates and will have 73 cottages and 164 full-service recreational vehicle spaces available for guests when it opens in the spring. The park plans to add 100 more cottages later on.

The resort also will offer walking trails, outdoor pools, bathhouses, laundry facilities, and multiple dining options for guests. Guests will also be able to enjoy a meal with the Peanuts cast at breakfast or enjoy a nighttime snack with Smores with Snoopy.

“We are excited to offer our guests a unique lodging experience and a contemporary outdoor retreat so close to Kings Island,” Mike Koontz, vice president and general manager of Kings Island, said. "The addition of Kings Island Camp Cedar luxury outdoor resort will make a visit to our park even more memorable."

Dick Haglage, of developer Terra Firma Associates, says the pools and great lodge will really stand out compared with other campgrounds in the region.

"When you enter the great lodge," he said "you will see a expansive lobby with a beautiful fireplace, seating areas, a camp store, and a full service bar and restaurant."

Kings Island spokesman Chad Showalter says park goers have been waiting for a campground since the old one was torn down more than a decade ago to build Great Wolf Lodge.

"It's been more than 15 years since Kings Island had provided a camping experience for its guests," Showalter said. "This will be the perfect way to begin and end a day at Kings Island."

Pricing has not yet been announced, but owner Cedar Fair's campground at sister park Cedar Point in Sandusky charges $60 for a basic camper lot, all the way up to over $400 a night for its large cabins.

As with the Sandusky campground, there will be no tent camping at this one.

Camp Cedar is expected to open to the public in the spring of 2021.