Orion named Best New Amusement Park Attraction for 2020 in national poll

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Orion named Best New Amusement Park Attraction for 2020 in national poll

Chad Showalter |
December 31, 2020

Thank you, Orion fans! 

Kings Island is proud to announce that its new coaster, Orion, has claimed the title of Best New Amusement Park Attraction in this year’s USA TODAY 10Best.com Readers’ Choice Travel Awards poll. 

For four weeks, readers from across the country were asked to weigh in on their favorite new attraction of 2020. Despite numerous lead changes, fans of Kings Island and the new ride rocketed Orion to the top spot by the contest’s end. The final results were announced by USA TODAY and 10Best at noon on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020.

View Official Contest Results Here: https://bit.ly/34QttVe

One of the most anticipated new rides of 2020, Orion opened in July to rave reviews becoming only the seventh giga coaster on the planet (a class of coaster featuring a 300-399 feet height or drop). Riders 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. It is 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.