Eiffel Tower (Cedar Fair)
The Eiffel Tower at Kings Island
|Opening date||May 3, 1975|
|Opening date||April 29, 1972|
|Height||315 ft (96 m)|
|Capacity||2000 riders per hour|
|Riders per vehicle||35|
Fast Lane available at Kings Island
The Eiffel Towers at Kings Dominion and Kings Island are replicas of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. They opened at Kings Island in 1972 and Kings Dominion in 1975, each when the park originally opened.
Both of the replicas at Kings Dominion and Kings Island are one-third replicas of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. They were both constructed by then-owner Taft Broadcasting. Each tower stands 315 feet (96 m) tall with the observation floor 264 feet (80 m) high.
The Eiffel Tower at Kings Dominion was built by Bristol Steel. It was modeled and built at Kings Island three years prior to construction. It is the centerpiece of the park, located in the International Street section of the park, just beyond the fountains at the main entrance. It is currently the tallest attraction at Kings Dominion if measured by the top of the structure. It is the 4th tallest if measured by the observation platform with Drop Tower, Intimidator 305 and WindSeeker being taller. It is constructed of 450 tons of steel. Elevators in the replica were installed by Haushahn Elevator of Austria with subsequent modernizations and upgrades in recent years.
The Eiffel Tower at Kings Island was built by Southern Ohio Fabricators, and designed by Intamin Inc. It is the centerpiece of the park, located in the International Street section of the park, just beyond the fountains at the main entrance. It is currently the largest attraction at Kings Island if measured by the top of the structure. If measured by the observation platform, it is one foot shy of Drop Tower for being the tallest. 15,000 bolts hold together the structure with 410 steps leading to the top. Unlike Kings Dominion, Kings Island features Fast Lane which enables visitors to get to the front of the line without waiting. It is also a 1/3 scale of the real Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
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- Helbig, Don (2009-02-27). "Kings Island Insider: Kings Island's Eiffel Tower a regal landmark". Kingsislandinsider.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-01-24.