Kings Island pulled out all the stops in 1982 with one exciting announcement after another.
In the ride department, the Viking Fury swinging ship debuted along with a $2.1 million expansion renovation of Hanna-Barbera Land. Another ride first occurred when one of the trains on the Racer was turned around to travel in the backwards direction. The other side of the twin racing roller coaster remained traveling forward.
The hit of the summer was the 10,000-seat TimberWolf Ampitheatre which would bring top name concert acts to the area. The kickoff concert was Air Supply July 9.
The biggest news of the year was the announcement that Kings Island would become the first amusement/theme park in the country to open for the winter holidays. Winterfest exceeded expectations with over 271,000 visitors during the six-week tribute.