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Kings Island announces 2020 Giga Coaster: Orion!

Ohio enthusiasts, get ready for a real treat. Earlier this week, the park announced a brand new roller coaster for 2020, and this one will be quite a sight to see.

The coaster named Orion will feature a massive 300 foot drop and will reach a top speed of 91 mph. This will make it the tallest and fastest roller coaster ever installed at Kings Island.

The ride will have a sci-fi theme, with a story focused on astrologists trying to reach a new planet in the constellation Orion. As such, it will be in the park’s new themed area named “Area 72,” a reference to Kings Island’s opening year in 1972.

There’s no doubt that this new coaster will serve as a wildly entertaining attraction, and I personally can’t wait to check it out!

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Runaway Tram Opens at Morey’s Piers!

(Wildwood, New Jersey) After a bit of a delay, the new Zierer roller coaster Runaway Tram has debuted at Morey’s Piers!

Inspired by the boardwalk’s famous tram (the phrase “watch the tram, please” has been engraved in the hearts of many New Jersians), this family coaster is a custom-built creation made by German manufacturer Zierer.

The ride serves as a replacement for the old Flitzer ride, a vintage roller coaster also (coincidentally enough) made by Zierer. It is the second coaster in two years to be added to the park, after Wild Wizzer, an SBF Spinning Coaster, opening just last year.

I got a chance to ride this coaster over the weekend, and I have to say, it’s excellent for families. It is tame and smooth, and it’s a great ride that everybody from Little Suzy to Grandma Florence will get a kick out of.

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Holiday World Announces the World’s FIRST Launched Water Coaster; Cheetah Chase.

NEW for 2020: Cheetah Chase!

(Santa Claus, Indiana) Holiday World’s recent emphasis on their Splashin’ Safari water park continues with the addition of a thrilling new water coaster. Now the park will have not one, not two, but THREE thrilling water coaster experiences!

The new ride named Cheetah Chase will be a ProSlide RocketBLAST, a water coaster that uses pressurized water to shoot the rafts upwards. Unlike other water coasters that use conveyor belts, this one will feature a launch straight out of the station.

The uniqueness of this launch feature makes it a stand-out attraction from the park’s other water coasters Mammoth and Wildebeast. This new attraction will give the park three water coasters, which certainly gives the park bragging rights.

Not to mention, the deuling feature is sure to lead to a thrilling guest experience, as guests go head to head with each other.

Look for Cheetah Chase to make a BIG splash in 2020!

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Desmo Race Opens at Miribilandia!

(Romagna, Italy) Can’t afford a Ducati? This is about as close as you’ll get, but it still looks like a ton of fun.

Italy’s Mirabilandia has opened Desmo Race, a dual Spike Coaster by German manufacturer Maurer AG. After months of testing, the ride finally opened today to great jubilation.

This interactive coaster model allows guests to directly control their speed by revving the handle bars.

Desmo Race is named after an auto part named a “Desmodromic Valve.” It is said that Ducati motorcycles with this valve system have consistently won championship races.

This is the second Spike Coaster to be built, after the original prototype opened at Germany’s Skyline Park. Many have praised its uniqueness and Maurer’s innovation.

With the addition of a racing feature, Desmo Race is bound to appeal to competitive park visitors wishing to race their friends and family. It’s no doubt that concepts like this have a certain longetivity, and it is undoubtedly a wise investment.

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Is Son of Beast Returning to Kings Island?

18 years ago, Kings Island opened Son of Beast, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster ever built. This coaster was most famous for featuring a massive vertical loop, making it the first modern wooden coaster to go upside down. Unfortunately, due to several manufacturing flaws, this coaster had a reputation for a rough ride and suffered many technical issues. These flaws even resulted in an incident that sent 27 people to the hospital after a cracked wooden beam caused the train to suddenly stop. After less than a decade of operation, this coaster was closed down in 2009 and later demolished in 2012. Since then, Son of Beast has become one of the most infamous defunct rides ever built, and one of the biggest flops in roller coaster history. However, after several years of infamy, this ride may be making a comeback.

A few days ago a teaser flyer appeared at Kings Island. This flyer, shared by Emotional Roller Coasters on Instagram, gives quite a few hints at one of their most famous defunct coasters returning.
First up, there’s the obvious mentioning of Outpost 5, which was the name of the ride’s currently standing but not operating station. The flyer also mentions that after years of searching, the remnants of “number five” have been found and officials are formulating a plan to bring it back.

Moreover, the flyer mentions “southern yellow pine” which was the exact kind of wood used to build Son of Beast.

What’s even more interesting is the phrase “oak strong and iron bound” is used, which could indicate that the fine folks at Rocky Mountain Construction could be resurrecting the ride as a hybrid coaster. While Son of Beast’s original layout was criticized for its overuse of large helixes, Several fan-made rendering online show that an RMC rendition of the coaster has plenty of potential.

As if this flyer wasn’t enough to indicate a possible return of Son of Beast, wooden planks have just recently been spotted under the ride’s memorial in the queue line of Banshee, the park’s B&M Invert. Why put this wood there now unless they were teasing something for the near future.

Speaking of Banshee, some have made the argument that that it would be impossible to rebuild Son of Beast since Banshee uses some of the ride’s land. While this is true, there is quite a lot of empty space in that area, so who’s to say they can’t rotate the coaster’s layout while still reusing the station.

While many Kings Island fans are anticipating a Giga to be the park’s next major coaster, a beefed up reboot of Son of Beast would certainly generate a plethora of buzz. It would make headlines not only the enthusiast community, but to long time fans of Kings Island who remember the failed coaster. As Defunctland’s hit video documenting the coaster shows, there are quite a lot of people curious about this old attraction, and bringing it back as a more functional and exciting coaster could make it an A-list attraction for sure.

Overall, while absolutely nothing has been confirmed yet, the clues given by the park certainly indicate something big in store for kings island. Or they could be trolling us.

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