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Wow. I am seriously impressed. I mean, I expected it to be good but...wow. Just wow.

I'm absolutely stoked.

No MCBR? Full speed reached halfway through ride? The lift hill going through the first loop? Seven inversions?

Can't wait!! You know I'll be there, first in line on Opening Day!

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Is anyone else excited for the interlocking loop and lift hill or am I the only one?

It explains the reason for the dive loop instead of immelman first.

The loop around the lift is nice, but I feel the effect they are going for is "looks cool".

A loop like Kumba's has more of a head chopper effect.

Also, did anyone notice in the POV that you will be face first toward concrete on the dive loop, (Unless they remodel that part like the remodeled The Beast Plaza beneath Diamondbacks final helix.)

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Awesome!

I realize the tombstones and fog along the ground were probably done only for effect on the video, but I hope they'll consider adding actual tombstones with the former ride names on them. Would love to have my picture made next to them outside the line queue next spring. I think it'd be a classy addition to the ride. Can't wait for 2014!

The tombstones perhaps, but I took (Greg or Don, video was too blurry I forget who was talking at this point) statement of a coaster that must be ridden at night as an indication that the fog would be utilized as an element for night time riders. How long the fog theme lasts until KI lets the machines run empty is another story.

Maybe what we were thinking were drains are actually fog vents? I too thought the fog in the night POV had significance, but then again it could have just been for show. That would be another questions I'd ask, whether or not there will be fog on night rides.

I hope the fog is an actual element for night, that would really make Banshee a great nighttime ride

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To be completely honest with you guys, I'm jealous right now. I love Gatekeeper and all, but I wish it had a theme like Banshee appears to have, especially the station. Maybe in the future Ouimet will get the Point a decently themed ride...But I really am blown away. I wasn't expecting anything like this.

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Someone told me the height was 206 but I guess not?

No. The lift hill height is 167 feet, but when taking into consideration the terrain changes, the difference between the highest point (lift) and lowest (the middle of the batwing) is 208 feet.

Ah ok that may be what he meant by height

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Okay, now that I've gathered my thoughts, I can articulate some of the things going through my head now.

My first reaction is WOW. Wow across the board. Every aspect of this is stellar. The ride, the theme, the name, and especially the marketing department. They've absolutely hit it out of the park these last couple of weeks, and this announcement was nothing short of spectacular. We should all be grateful for the frankly incredible job done by our PR team here, it is clear that they take their job seriously and enjoy doing it. The teaser video was remarkable, and very appropriate.

As for the ride itself, color me impressed. Looking at the blueprints I was wondering how they were going to achieve any kind of record with this, considering it looked to be an invert about on par with Patriot or Talon as far as size. After seeing the renderings, I can tell how it achieves the "longest invert" record. This ride looks MASSIVE. It's hard to tell looking at just the ride itself, but consider that lift hill is over 160 feet tall, compare it to Delirium sitting next to it...it seems like B&M took a mid-sized invert and just blew it up. Another thing that strikes me right off The Bat is the paint job. I love the colors, very unique and striking, and they fit the theme beautifully. The lift is super steep, and there's no pre-drop buzzkill like on most inverts. I'm a fan. The placement of the lift and dive loop is just brilliant, like putting Diamondback's drop and splashdown right near the midway. What a spectacle it will be! The vertical loop encircling the lift hill is wonderful, though it won't do much for the on ride experience it will be quite a sight off ride. The zero g roll is good, those just kick major ass on inverts, especially when handled at high speeds. Which this thing definitely will do. I'm shocked by how quick and fast this coaster is. 67 miles an hour! And it reaches that speed halfway through the ride! It will be handling these elements wicked fast, I can imagine this thing being extremely intense. A series of fast punches all in a row, and no mid course break either! That will certainly help the pacing. I'm also very impressed with the new restraints. Don made it sound like a lap bar only ordeal like Flight of Fear, but they do have OTSRs, if you look closely there are thin bands inside the metal arm rests. Still, they look much more comfortable and open than the huge padded OTSRs of before, I most certainly approve.

On the whole, over 200 foot elevation change! 67 miles per hour! Seven inversions! New restraints! No midcourse! I'm blown away!

And in the grand scheme of things, this just goes to show how lucky and thankful we should feel. Kings Island has dropped over $50 Million on new attractions in the past few years, and Banshee represents a continuing effort to grow. There are many, many parks that can't in their wildest dreams imagine getting a ride like this. B&M makes truly world class roller coasters, and they are almost guaranteed to be a hit. With Diamondback, Planet Snoopy, WindSeeker, Soak City, and now back full circle to Banshee, Kings Island and Cedar Fair have shown a commitment to appealing to guests of all ages and preferences, which is absolutely stellar. Cedar Fair has treated us extremely well so far and I see nothing but more good for us on the horizon. Cherish this roller coaster and the times that come with it, for this is a fantastic time for Kings Island. I am truly thrilled by all of this. Bravo, to all involved.

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Ill take a multi record wood coaster, over a single record invert coaster any day... This was a failure to replace Son of Beast, but is a success for b&m, no mcbr..

KI could have replaced SOB with a sand box and that would have been less of a failure than SOB. Investing around 20 million into something that was open for around 7.5 years (I could be wrong, plus or minus a bit considering the extensive SBNO times after the accidents) is a failure on massive proportions.

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Those restraints look really comfy.

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You may not be saying that when the vest is digging into your collarbones during the final brake run, Gatekeeper left me with a couple bruises.

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Well Troy, I will be taking your spot in line then to ride this ride.

Who cares about world records? Does knowing a ride has a record make it any better than any other rides?

who cares about records well maybe they should have made it the slowest, shortest invert coaster in the world.. Records don't matter right?
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