This weekend, Kings Island’s Vortex roller coaster will celebrate its final rider milestone. Sometime during the amusement park’s Halloween Haunt and The Great Pumpkin Fest, the steel coaster’s 46 millionth ride will be given. Ridership has increased by more than 20 percent since Kings Island announced in September that Vortex, currently in its 33rd season, would permanently close on Oct. 27. The ride, while still popular with Kings Island's guests and roller coaster enthusiasts, has simply reached the end of its service life.
More about Vortex:
- With nearly 46 million rides given, Vortex is the seventh-most ridden ride of all time at Kings Island.
- Its record ridership year was 1987 when 2.2 million rides were given. Only the dual track wood coaster, The Racer, has given more rides in a debut season in Kings Island’s history. (3.2 million in 1972).
- Vortex opened in 1987 as the tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world and the first roller coaster in the world with six inversions.
- For the remainder of the season, both 2019 and 2020 Gold and Platinum season passholders are being given the opportunity for exclusive Vortex early ride time on Saturdays and Sundays before the park opens to the public.
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