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Everyone is excited to hear what people think of Kings Island's newest roller coaster, Orion. This is the KIC Orion reviews thread.

Please keep in mind, between the pandemic and change in park procedures we can not expect everything to be as smooth as we are used to.

The KIC admin ask that your reviews are done respectfully and understanding of others opinions. All park rules and TOS need to be followed with pictures.

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I loved Orion.  it had more airtime than I expected and maintained its speed all the way until the end.  Obviously I wish it were about 1000 feet longer, but it’s great to have a giga coaster at Kings Island.

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1 minute ago, Thane Of Price Hill said:

I loved Orion.  it had more airtime than I expected and maintained its speed all the way until the end.  Obviously I wish it were about 1000 feet longer, but it’s great to have a giga coaster at Kings Island.

Did the banked hill after the drop and the turnaround have any airtime?

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12 minutes ago, Thane Of Price Hill said:

I loved Orion.  it had more airtime than I expected and maintained its speed all the way until the end.

If you were to compare it to another coaster that gave a similar experience, what would it be? Is it even comparable?

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14 minutes ago, coaster sally said:

Did the banked hill after the drop and the turnaround have any airtime?

I personally didn’t notice any airtime there, but I did get airtime on every hill after. Even a little pop up to the brake run. 

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I'm looking forward to helping you all experience it myself. That being said, here's my analysis from last week. Sideways airtime hill is fairly weak, but is probably good with a full train. The turnaround provides a lot more intensity than you would think. You get a bit of ejector on the speed hill, and flojector on the airtime hill. The helix is probably the biggest underdog of the ride, was fast, and provided a lot of good forces. The last 2 hills are nothing to scoff at either as they provide some quick floater to finish the ride. I was smiling hands up throughout the ride, and I do think that this is now my #1 at KI.

Also, I was riding front row, and the air blowing past you was pretty loud, that stayed pretty consistent until the helix, which shows the ride keeps it's speed for a lot of it. The lift is really quick too, but it's long, so it takes a good 30sec to climb. Some great views of the park and the surrounding area though, so you won't want to miss it on the way up the lift.

As with all B&Ms, the transitions were graceful, no rapid changes. 

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10 minutes ago, Thane Of Price Hill said:

I personally didn’t notice any airtime there, but I did get airtime on every hill after. Even a little pop up to the brake run. 

Cool man, I assume the pop of air into the brakes would be like Diamondbacks.  Never knew why people were calling the banked hill after the drop a wave turn, wave turns give air in the center.

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31 minutes ago, Thane Of Price Hill said:

I personally didn’t notice any airtime there, but I did get airtime on every hill after. Even a little pop up to the brake run. 

Best Giga in OH is?

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38 minutes ago, coaster sally said:

Best Giga in OH is?

The most airtime of any gigacoaster in Ohio is in Mason. 
 

I’m no fanboy but MF is better. :wacko:

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Pretty sweet ride I must say! Back in line for my second ride. Fury feels more of a rush the whole time, but Orion doesn't let up either. 

 

They're only loading half the train at the moment so the queue appears longer than what it really is. 

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1 minute ago, Hawaiian Coasters 325 said:

Back row....WOW!!

Back Row ride 100%. Calling it now. That Drop! And the turn-around actually looks really forceful! Cannot wait one bit.

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Rode it in the back row. Feels a lot like Fury, just a little shorter. It maintains a speed all the way through. The last hill was more of an airtime hill however. It has some of the quietest wheels ever heard on a coaster. The quietness probably gives the illusion that it's not going as fast as it is, unlike millennium Force. I don't think you can compare those two. Every row is being used but only two per row. 

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Just now, MrSourNinja said:

How would you like me to fact check? Call up the exact person that gave them the go-ahead? I mean they literally talked to the ride op who I'm sure could see the glasses and didn't say anything.

So now it is that the ride op didn't notice them?  First you said the park gave them permission.

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1 minute ago, IndyGuy4KI said:

Rode it in the back row. Feels a lot like Fury, just a little shorter. It maintains a speed all the way through. The last hill was more of an airtime hill however. It has some of the quietest wheels ever heard on a coaster. The quietness probably gives the illusion that it's not going as fast as it is, unlike millennium Force. I don't think you can compare those two. Every row is being used but only two per row. 

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Which color train looks the best in your opinion? And I am guessing it is glossy smooth?

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Just now, ethancoaster said:

Theming is giving me some Hyperion vibes. Looks pretty good!

The theming is fantastic! Obviously not disney levels but pretty darn good. Even better than the Mystic Timbers shed lol

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Can't wait for Saturday, this thread is firing me up! The full train variance should be real, but gives us something else to look forward to someday when parks can go back to "normal" hopefully next year. 

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14 minutes ago, ethancoaster said:

Theming is giving me some Hyperion vibes. Looks pretty good!

It is out of this world! :P

This is the best theming I have seen for a CF park. 

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I love Orion and the theming. Best ride in the park. However I am a little disappointed in the parks enforcement policy for masks.

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Just rode it and am having some BBQ as I write this. First off, the theming is INCREDIBLE! It went well beyond what I expected! Waiting in line there was a lot to look at. The actual ride was so much more intense than I expected. It’s very fast and doesn’t let up at any point. I think Orion is a wonderful addition to the park!

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Just got done with first ride, it's intense but definitely smooth, almost hard to get a sense of the height until you look for WindSeeker, ect. Kids mask did get pulled down off her nose from screaming so I've use an extra hairball to tighten it for the next ride. There's alot of theme elements in the queue, few that's humorous. 

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Rode a second time and it was better than the first in row 7. It does not let up and you are getting ejector air half the ride. Please don't judging it in one ride alone. 

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46 minutes ago, Benjamin22 said:

I love Orion and the theming. Best ride in the park. However I am a little disappointed in the parks enforcement policy for masks.

How bad was the mask enforcement?

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Just now, FUN&ONLY! said:

How bad was the mask enforcement?

If its like that for the first ride event, let alone when the park opens....

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Can anyone tell me if Orion has a test seat? I heard that it does but wanted to ask

And is the fit similar to Diamondback then? I'm worried about fitting in. Down 40 pounds but I'm afraid I may have more to go.

 

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