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The Orion giga coaster has been nominated for Best New Amusement Park Attraction in the 2020 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards contest.
You can cast your vote once per day on multiple devices until polls close Dec. 21 at noon ET. The 10 winning attractions, determined by your vote, will be announced Dec. 31.
Orion joined the roller coaster lineup at Kings Island this past summer as one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.
Themed to the new Area 72, the ride features the latest prototype vehicle developed by the Project X initiative. Scientists are in a race against time to develop 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.
Riders on Orion 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 on 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.
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