IndyGuy4KI Posted August 14, 2019 Share Posted August 14, 2019 In the spring of 2020 Kings Island fans from around the world will have the opportunity to ride biggest roller coaster in Kings Island history, Orion. After Millennium Force was introduced at Cedar Point in 2000, Kings Island enthusiasts have wanted a roller coaster just as big and tall at their park. Ever since, KICentral.com members have been discussing and dreaming about what a Giga (300ft) coaster at Kings Island would look like, making it one of the most talked about subjects on the forums. The wait for a Giga coaster will be over next spring. Brad Perdue, media director of KICentral states: "KICentral is very excited to see Orion added to the coaster lineup at Kings Island. We feel this will be a great new thrill ride for the park and will help draw in thrill seekers for years to come." Stay tuned here at KICentral to keep up to date with construction updates and discussions as we anticipate opening day of the 2020 season. Orion will plunge riders down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds of up to 91 mph. Racing along 5,321 feet of track, it will be Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest steel coaster. “Orion reflects Kings Island’s commitment to providing top notch thrills and value to our guests,” said Mike Koontz, Kings Island’s vice president and general manager. “Beginning today, coaster enthusiasts from around the world are adding Orion to their list of must-ride coasters in 2020.” Orion’s Backstory Themed to the park’s new Area 72, the ride features the latest prototype vehicle developed by the Project X initiative. Scientists are in a race against time to develop technology capable of weaving transport vehicles through a coming meteor storm and traveling to a new planet within the Orion constellation. For the program to be successful, it needs volunteers to help with testing. Stats Ride Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard Coaster Type: Steel Classification: Giga Lift/Launch System: Chain lift hill Duration: 3 minutes Trains: 3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are seated 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train Capacity: 1,650 riders per hour Minimum Height Requirement: 54 inches Ride Opening: Spring 2020 300-foot first drop seven more hills 5,321 feet of track speeds up to 91 mph KICentral Orion Rides Page: https://kicentral.com/rides/orion/ KICentral Orion Construction Updates thread: https://kicentral.com/forums/index.php?/topic/34946-project-x-construction-updates/ 16 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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