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Kings Island is a 364-acre amusement park located 24 miles northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. It is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. The park was opened in 1972 by the Taft Broadcasting Company and after more than $275 million in capital investments, the park features over 80 rides, shows and attractions including 13 roller coasters and a 33-acre water park. Kings Island has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for having the "Best Kids' Area" in the world for thirteen consecutive years. Kings Island operates from late April through Labor Day. The park reopens several weeks later for Halloween-themed events held every weekend until the end of October. As of 2012, Kings Island is the second most visited seasonal amusement park in the U.S. behind Cedar Point. It had an estimated 3.21 million visitors in 2012. The two parks are second and third overall for seasonal attendance in North America behind Canada's Wonderland.