The Benefits of Friendship

by Mike | October 29, 2016 | 2 Minute Read

SSpecial thanks to my brother-in-law Todd for posting the first park hack to the Kings Island Park Hacks Share-a-Hack form! Here is what he sent:

Hack = Friends. I have a friend who works at P&G who could get me a really good price on a season pass. Then you and Andrew have given me access to deals that season pass holders have for their friends. So, for me, a good hack = friends with passes or access to passes on the cheap. I wonder if employees can get deals for their friends/family. This might be a good hack to investigate.

Todd J.
Liberty Township, OH

Park Hack Category: Money Saving

The first time my wife and I took our kids to Kings Island was on a Bring a Friend Day. These days are normally jammed with people, but on this day, many years ago, the weather was cold and rainy. We got into the park cheap and had a great time! I think this is a clever way the park expands their customer base. Families can test to see how their kids handle waiting in the ride queues and riding on the thrill rides without a major investment.

If you’re a Gold Pass member, you could use it to build your popularity! Even if you just invite friends to ride with you in your car, you can save them about $20 in parking alone. If you go through the trouble making their purchases for things like food or souvenrs, you can also save them 10% off the prices.

The days that they schedule Bring a Friend Days vary every calendar year. They might even pop up whenever the park wants to add them. So keep an eye on the park website visitkingsisland.com for the latest information.


There is another money saving angle that I only just recently learned about. There are a few days at the beginning and end of the season when large corporations rent out the park. GE, Kroger and P&G are a few of these large Cincinnati-based companies. If you learn that a friend is going to one of those closed event days, you can actually buy Gold Passes through them. You might even be able to get other kinds of tickets, meal plans and other things during these events at a substantially reduced rate! I’m sure these details fluctuate depending on the particular promotion, so read the rules and limitations.

If an employee or associate of one of these companies isn’t going to the event, you might still be able to buy tickets through the promotion. It never hurts to ask! Maybe they can even bring you along!


If you don’t have friends at these companies, you should get out more. Just kidding. You can stop in at Kroger and possibly Meijer locations and often get a better price on tickets through their customer service counter.