Kings Island fans and roller coaster enthusiasts, here’s your chance to own a slice of history.
A limited number of track slices from the retired Vortex roller coaster will be available to purchase this weekend at Kings Island in the Emporium store on International Street. For $198.70, guests will receive a kit that includes a 1.5 inch slice of track capped with metal plates and mounted in a display stand, a certificate of authenticity signed by Kings Island’s executive vice president and general manager Mike Koontz and a limited edition Vortex postcard set.
Park admission is required with a limit of two Vortex kits per guest.
Any Vortex kits remaining after this weekend will be available for sale online during the week of Oct. 5.
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 on Oct. 27, 2019, crews demolished the Vortex prior to the opening of Kings Island’s 2020 season.
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