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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

MASON, Ohio – It has stood as a majestic symbol for 43 years; almost as if it were the caretaker of Kings Island.

That description could only fit the Eiffel Tower, the massive 314-foot replica of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

Guarding the end of International Street at the 364-acre amusement and waterpark, the 450-ton structure has certainly been the dominating landmark at Kings Island and Warren County area, and it was planned to fit that role.

The design and steel fabrication for the Eiffel Tower was done by Intamin AG of Zurich, Switzerland. The attraction was erected in just over 30 days by Southern Ohio Fabricators, Inc., after the steel arrived on park property in the spring of 1971. Installation and equipment costs for the tower exceed $1 million, making it the second-most expensive attraction at Kings Island behind the Enchanted Voyage for the park’s debut season in 1972. There are 15,000 bolts holding the structure firm.

The Eiffel Tower is a one-third scale replica of the pride of Paris and one of the most photographed attractions in the amusement and theme park industry. On a clear day, park visitors can see 18 miles out into the region from the 275-foot and 265-foot high observation platforms.

More than 38 million guests have ridden one of two elevators to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a birds-eye view of the park since 1972. Guests are welcome to stay for however long they would like before returning to the ground.

Posted on September 6th, 2014 by PKIDelirium - View Comments

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – Kings Island has named Nathan Gushulak as its first executive chef.

Gushulak is no stranger to Kings Island, having worked seasonally at the 364-acre amusement and waterpark for the past seven years. He was responsible this past season for overseeing the opening and operation of the Reds Hall of Fame Grille.

His culinary background also includes a stint in the food and beverage division at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

In his role as executive chef, Gushulak will bring a more defined culinary presence to Kings Island. The Loveland, Ohio native will also assist in menu development, food analysis and culinary education.

“Hiring an executive chef will yield a better dining experience for our guests,” said Gary Gochenour, vice-president of food services at Kings Island. “Chef Nathan will bring new and exciting ideas to our already popular portfolio of menu items at the park. We’re thrilled to have him join our management team.”

Gushulak is looking forward to the challenge of elevating the dining experience for guests throughout the park.

“I will be working hard on training our seasonal associates, working on food quality and making the food for our guests as memorable as a ride on the new Banshee roller coaster,” Gushulak said.

Gushulak is a graduate of Moeller High School and Cincinnati State’s Culinary Institute. He begins his new duties immediately.

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership that is listed for trading on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FUN.” In addition to Kings Island, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, an indoor water park, and five hotels. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in Gilroy, Calif. under a management contract.

Posted on December 15th, 2013 by PKIDelirium - View Comments

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