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