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KINGS ISLAND'S EIFFEL TOWER A REGAL LANDMARK

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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.

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