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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

As public relations area manager at Kings Island, I oversee the park's news media and social media efforts. My Kings Island career began in 2007 with the marketing team. I grew up visiting Kings Island, which makes it incredibly special to be part of the team to celebrate 45 years of providing world-class fun, thrills and quality family entertainment.

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