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One year ago today, we said goodbye to the Vortex roller coaster

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One year ago today, we said goodbye to the Vortex roller coaster 

Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig 

  

One year ago today marked the end of an era as thrill-seekers descended upon Kings Island to say goodbye to the Vortex roller coaster.

The Vortex operated at Kings Island for 33 seasons from 1987 to 2019, giving 46 million rides. It was the tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world when it opened, and the first in the world to send riders upside down a total of six times.

The Vortex was designed exclusively for Kings Island by Arrow Dynamics and included the following succession of thrills that had never been incorporated into one steel roller coaster before:

  • a 148-foot high lift and drop of 138 feet at a 55-degree angle
  • two vertical loops
  • one corkscrew
  • one boomerang turn
  • a 360-degree helix turn at the end
  • a top speed of 55 mph

After giving its last rides, crews demolished the Vortex prior to the opening of Kings Island’s 2020 season.

Earlier this month, a limited number of track slices from the Vortex were made available for guests to purchase at the park and sold out in two days. In a recent discussion with our fabricator for the track slices, we learned there may be enough track left to produce some additional slices that would be available online. Stay tuned to the Kings Island Blog! We’ll have an update for fans of the ride in a matter of days.

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