Kings Island Plans New Roller Coaster, Will Reveal Next Week
Cincinnati, OH — Kings Island is planning a new roller coaster billed as a new world record-breaking attraction. But the theme park won’t announce what the new ride will be until August 8.
The new project will be located where the park’s famed Son of Beast used to stand, until it was demolished last year. The wooden coaster boasted a metal loop, but closed in 2009 after a string of injuries.
The Cincinnati Enquirer obtained public zoning records for the new Kings Island roller coaster, but they are simply titled “the 2014 Project.”
While the coaster’s name hasn’t been released, the park’s parent company filed a trademark application in April for the name “Banshee” on an amusement park ride. It’s not a guarantee this will be the new ride’s name, but it’s a definite possibility.
King’s island is no stranger to world record roller coasters, though it isn’t quite as impressive as Cedar Point farther north. The park boasts The Beast, a ride that once held the record as the world’s longest wooden roller coaster. It was built in 1979 and remains on the list of top wooden roller coasters in the world.
WKYC adds that the former Son of Beast coaster was opened in 2000 as a companion to The Beast. However, it lived for just nine years and was dismantled last year.
Given Kings Island’s wooden roller coaster is still active, it is unlikely they will put another wooden one nearby. However, with innovations in thrill rides and coasters ramping up, it is likely the park’s owners will shoot for the tallest, fastest, or longest coaster to break the world record.
The current world’s tallest roller coaster is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure at 456 feet high. Formula Rossa in the United Arab Emirates holds the record for world’s fastest at 149 miles per hour. The world’s longest roller coaster is the Steel Dragon 2000 in Japan’s Nagashima Spa Island. It is an impressive 8,133 feet long.
Which record do you think Kings Island’s new roller coaster will attempt to break?