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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Mike240SX » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:09 pm

I swear I heard the crowd chanting "Kiga." I hate my life.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:22 pm

Kings Island introducing 'Orion,' the world's newest giga coaster
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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

Track Length: 5,321 feet
Height of First Drop: 300 feet
Length of First Drop: 447 feet
Total Number of Hills: 8
Height of Hills: 287 feet, 174 feet, 202 feet, 56 feet, 147 feet, 125 feet, 90 feet, 83 feet
Top Speed: 91 mph


Thrill-seekers will experience a new level of excitement when they visit Kings Island in 2020. Joining the world-class line-up of roller coasters at the park is Orion®, one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

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.

Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot first drop, sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills and 5,321 feet of track at speeds up to 91 mph on Kings Island's tallest, fastest and longest steel roller coaster.

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

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/explore/orion
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:23 pm

Cool, good to see it officially. This is gonna be awesome.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby ZeroGravity55 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:25 pm

That stream was awful. Also really surprised they didn't have a press release sent out the minute the ride was announced or Videos already uploaded to their Youtube set to publish right after the announcement. Seems like this whole thing was just kinda threw together with no thought whatsoever.
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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby xVicesAndVirtues » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:26 pm

And here I thought it was my phone/service buffering the live stream because I was attempting to watch while waiting for the ferryboat out of Magic Kingdom. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby pryonisys » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:28 pm

robbalvey wrote:Wow. That live stream was um... "not good." I'm now waiting for any official announcement to go up so I can post the info here.

Yeah, the stream was... poor. One of the better comments during the stream was that someone used a piece of celery as a router.

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby Vonni » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:32 pm

Bad stream aside, I am very excited to ride this thing! I have so many credits yet to get at KI since my last visit in 2005!

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby i305isdaddy » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:34 pm

It's especially weird that they didn't have anything prepared when the *exact* layout was posted to YouTube on May 9. The guy who created the NoLimits video either 1. had an inside connection or 2. is a wizard because he absolutely nailed every element.

They were upstaged by a 4 month old leak video!

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby RollingCoasting » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:35 pm

Ride looks incredible! Also :lover: that color scheme

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Re: Kings Island (KI) Discussion Thread

Postby pǝʇɹǝʌuı » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:41 pm

I went with RAWKIN and DIL to the announcement and we had a blast! People here are hyped; this is going to be a good ride! The park was nice and dead today, too, so we got on quite a few rides. Guys this forum is a cool place.

Anyway, someone pointed out a backward blue racer train from the animation on their insta story. Could it be true...?

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