Kings Island announces important updates regarding the rest of the 2020 Season. Learn More.
UPDATE: We have reached capacity for this Kings Island Blog meet-up. Please keep an eye on the Kings Island Blog for future opportunities.
The last days of operation for the Firehawk roller coaster will occur during the final weekend of Halloween Haunt and The Great Pumpkin Fest, October 26-28, which is why our Kings Island Blog Team wanted to offer our readers an opportunity to join us for a behind the scenes tour of the ride before it is retired.
The Kings Island Blog behind the scenes Firehawk meet-up begins at 1:30 p.m. ET on October 20, 2018. During the meet-up, you’ll have plenty of great photo and video opportunities of the ride during one of its final days of operation.
The steel coaster originally debuted in 2001 as X-Flight at World of Adventure in Aurora, Ohio. After six seasons of operation there, the ride was relocated by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company to Kings Island, opening as Firehawk in 2007.
Firehawk has been a guest favorite throughout its 12 seasons at Kings Island, which is why the announcement was made last month that it is leaving so fans of the coaster can get in their final rides before it closes. Although it remains popular, the ride has reached the end of its service life.
Firehawk takes willing test pilots more than 115 feet into the air and through five inversions in a flying position, facing the ground and watching everyone and everything below it race by in a blur.
Once riders are seated, the train seats are tilted backwards into a laying down position and dispatched. The train travels in reverse out of the station, turns left and then travels up the 115-foot lift at a 33-degree angle. At the top of the lift, it dips down into a twist that turns the trains upside down into a flying position where riders face the ground and experience the unconceivable feeling of flight. Riders fly at speeds up to 51 mph along 3,340 feet of track.
Firehawk has given over 6.7 million rides since opening at Kings Island in 2007. Its record year was 2014 when 624,016 rides were given.
Kings Island park admission (season pass or ticket) is required to participate in the meet-up.
All attendees for the meet-up must be 18 years or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. We will send a confirmation email to individuals whose valid RSVP's are received by us before we reached the planned capacity to confirm your attendance for the meet-up. A valid photo ID will be required to present prior to the start of the meet-up. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted. The meet-up is subject to change or cancelled due to inclement weather.
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