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One of Only Seven Giga Coasters in the World to Join Kings Island’s Coaster Lineup

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One of Only Seven Giga Coasters in the World to Join Kings Island’s Coaster Lineup

Michael Russell

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MASON, Ohio (August 15, 2019) – Thrill-seekers will experience a new level of excitement when they visit Kings Island in 2020. Joining the world-class line-up of coasters at the park is Orion®, one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 ft. 

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 was exclusively designed for Kings Island by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, which also designed the park’s popular Banshee and Diamondback coasters. 

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. 

August 16th is National Roller Coaster Day – Special Offer from Kings Island 

Orion’s announcement coincides with the eve of National Roller Coaster Day, celebrated each year on August 16. Kings Island is one of the best places in the world to celebrate the day, as guests can experience the world’s longest wooden (The Beast) and steel-inverted (Banshee) roller coasters, plus award winners Diamondback and Mystic Timbers. 

To celebrate National Roller Coaster Day, beginning August 15, the park has a limited time 2020 Gold Season Pass offer valid only through this Sunday, August 18. Guests who purchase a 2020 Gold Season Pass, or renew their 2019 Gold Season Pass, will be able to skip the regular lines when they receive a free Fast Lane Plus ticket to use one time on select dates through October 2019. And, passholders will enjoy unlimited visits to Kings Island for the rest of the 2019 season in addition to all of 2020. Details and a list of all Gold Season Pass benefits are available on the park’s website, www.visitkingsisland.com. 

About Kings Island 

With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. Guests can experience 15 roller coasters, including Mystic Timbers, voted “Best  New Ride” in 2017 by Amusement Today; an 18-time, award-winning kids’ area and 33-acre water park. For more information, go to visitkingsisland.com. 

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, an indoor water park and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com. 

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