Kings Island spending millions to update waterpark

MASON, Ohio - Boomerang Bay is going down under.

Kings Island officials announced their high energy replacement, called 'Soak City,' at the edge of their aging wave pool.

The $10 million expansion and rebranding of the old water park will bring a second wave pool, with bigger waves, and complete reworking of a well known attraction.

"We have taken our... current lazy river and made it anything but lazy," said KI general manager Greg Schied.

He dubs it the "Action River," although the official names of the attractions haven't been announced yet.

Schied says it will have waterfalls, rain curtains, a lot of spray, even jets located in the bottom to keep you bouncing along.

The project will nearly double the size of the water park.

"Everything is going to be refreshed, from the landscaping to the painting," said Schied. "Our goal is for the guest to walk in next year and not recognize the park."

Thanks to places like Kings Island, and its wet competition, the Beach Waterpark, Warren County claims tourism is their number one industry.

Expansions like this, they say, help drive their economy.

"People don't just come here to go to Kings Island," said Jennifer Burns of the Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "They eat in our restaurants, they shop in our stores, they stay in our hotels. So it's really a great thing for everyone."

And it doesn't hurt that the park will be adding about 100 new jobs.


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