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Orion giga coaster to debut spring 2020 at Kings Island

Don Helbig |
August 16, 2019

The wait is finally over for Kings Island fans. Come spring 2020, the park will boast one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Orion will plunge riders down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds up to 91 mph.

The backstory of Orion revolves around a meteor storm. Scientists are in a race against time to develop new 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.

Orion will be the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the longest steel roller coaster at 5,321 feet.

The cost to build Orion? About what it took to build the entire park in 1972.

Construction crews are expected to begin erecting the ride in early September. Stay tuned to the Kings Island Blog for updates.