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Kings Island restoring Festhaus glockenspiel for coming season

Posted at 9:49 PM, Mar 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-30 21:49:54-04

Nostalgia is all the rage these days.

But one place in which nostalgia feels a part of the natural experience is certainly walking through Kings Island. First, the classic cars made a comeback. Then, International Street's facelift began.

Now, Chad Showalter, director of communications for Kings Island, announced on their website that one more nostalgic piece of the park is getting a little TLC: The Festhaus Glockenspiel.

"For ten years a cherished Kings Island icon rested in a small, dark corner of the park gathering dust," writes Showalter. "Rarely seen since it was removed from public view in 2009, the lifeless Festhaus Glockenspiel characters have been poised and ready to announce the next quarter hour, which never came."

The figures, covered in more than their fair share of dust, will be restored in time for preview night on April 19. The main Festhaus entrance will also boast a new clock, and new hand-stenciled artwork around the exterior of the building.

According to Showalter's post on the website, "Maintenance, signage and technical services associates, as well as outside vendors, combined for more than 100 hours of restoration to bring both the glockenspiel and entrance of Festhaus back to life."

There are five different figures on the glockenspiel in all, each standing more than 4 ft. tall and made of fiberglass, and all will be restored and functional for the new Festhaus entrance facelift. Both the original Festhaus clock, created in 1982, and the new clock have been provided by The Verdin Company.

WATCH: International Street before and during renovation