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Vortex turns 30

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One of Kings Island's most popular attractions, the Vortex, celebrates its 30th anniversary season this year.                                                                            

When the steel coaster debuted April 11, 1987, it set a new world's record by turning riders upside-down a total of six times in two and one-half minutes.

The Vortex was exclusively designed for Kings Island and includes the following succession of breath-taking thrills that had never been incorporated into one steel 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, and a 360-degree helix turn at the end, all at speeds exceeding 50 mph. 

Over 43.5 million guests have experienced the Vortex since its debut, the seventh-most in park history and sixth among active rides.

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Don Helbig

Don Helbig joined the Kings Island marketing team in 2007 as the park's public relations area manager. He began serving in his current role as area manager, digital marketing last summer. 

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