John Kiesewetter reports:
The “Brady Bunch” episode filmed at Kings Island in 1973 — 40 years ago?? — repeats at 7:30 p.m. today on the Hallmark Channel.
The episode, called “The Cincinnati Kids,” was filmed at Kings Island Aug. 20-24, 1973, the second year the park was open. It features the Brady kids enjoying a day at the Mason amusement park, and running around searching for their father’s lost architectural plans for a park expansion.
You’ll see the antique cars ride and other rides long gone.
- Photos: The Brady Bunch at Kings Island
Kings Island public relations manager Don Helbig also says to watch closely when the Brady kids ride the Racer:
“Something viewers don’t catch during the episode is during one clip of the family riding the Racer, that’s not Susan Olsen on the train. She wanted no part of riding the coaster. So the producers picked a young blond haired girl out of the crowd and had her ride instead. It wasn’t until she visited the park again in 2008 that she rode the Racer for the first time.”
Stars Florence Henderson and Robert Reed tape a scene with KI’s Hair Bear character on Aug. 20, 1973, the first day of shooting.
One more thing to know: Kings Island was built and opened in 1972 by Taft Broadcasting, which owned and operated Channel 12. Back in the 1970s, Channel 12 was an ABC affiliate. So bringing the ABC sitcom here helped promote the new amusement park nationwide on ABC.