Construction is taking shape for the new Orion roller coaster coming to Kings Island in 2020. In place through the first five weeks of construction are its maintenance train storage platform, pieces of track coming into and out of where the guest load and unload station will be located, approximately 100 feet of its lift hill and the base of its first drop.
By the end of October or during the early part of November, one of the most exciting events in constructing the ride will occur with the setting of the last piece of track to crown the lift hill.
Opening spring 2020, Orion will be one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.
Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds up to 91 mph on the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the longest steel roller coaster at 5,321 feet.
Those who cannot wait until spring to experience Orion can take a virtual ride now.