A major winter storm that dumped heavy snow across the region overnight didn’t stop work crews at Kings Island as the Mason theme park gears up for its 41st season.
Crews spent Wednesday morning shoveling and removing snow from rides to continue off-season maintenance work.
A crew of about 50 mechanics, carpenters and welders work year round to conduct testing and maintenance of the park’s 46 rides. The bulk of the work takes place in the park’s off-season months of November through late April.
“I think a lot of people think that you just swing the gates shut when the park closes and swing them open when it’s time to open. It’s completely different than that. This is our busiest time of the year. We’re working right up to park opening,” said Tom Dillingham, the park’s manager of rides and mechanical maintenance.
Kings Island opens for the 2013 season on April 27.