By now you may have heard that Kings Island’s opening day is postponed, and may be wondering how this will affect the Orion First Riders Event.
We have been continuously monitoring and following regional and national health directives related to COVID-19 and we want to keep you informed on how these events will impact our park schedule. Currently, it is our hope to open Kings Island mid-May or as soon thereafter as possible. We believe this decision is in the best interest of our associates, our guests, and our community. As our opening date gets closer, we will provide you with more updates and details about the First Riders Auction Event.
We appreciate your support during this ever-evolving situation. Your loyalty to our park is invaluable. We look forward to seeing you soon.
The thrill of being among the first riders on the new Orion roller coaster at Kings Island will have a whole new meaning April 9, when Kings Island hosts a First Riders Auction event to raise money for A Kid Again, a nonprofit organization which exists to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising kids with life-threatening illnesses through fun-filled group activities and events. A Kid Again families are invited to participate in these adventures from the age of diagnosis until the child reaches age 20 through funds raised from events such as this.
For the past 24 years, Kings Island has hosted an annual outing for A Kid Again children and their families, providing an opportunity for sick kids to get out of the hospital, grab their brothers and sisters, their moms and dads, and come to Kings Island for the greatest day of the year - the day they can be a kid again.
During the Orion First Riders Auction presented by Interim HealthCare of Cincinnati, Inc., Kings Island fans and roller coaster enthusiasts alike will enjoy an evening filled with riding one of the most anticipated new rides in the amusement and theme park industry over and over again from 6-9 p.m.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
All participants must raise a minimum of $150 for A Kid Again to participate and will receive a certificate of participation, an Orion First Riders t-shirt, food and unlimited rides on this amazing new attraction.
Upon creating your fundraising page, be sure to share the link with your friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter to let them know you are participating in this event and how they can help you reach your fundraising goal by making a donation.
Plaques will be awarded to the top five fundraisers. The top 32 fundraisers overall will kick off the event with a ride on the first train. In the event of a fundraising tie for available seats, a random drawing will be held to determine the rider(s) on the first train.
Fundraising ends April 3 at midnight.
Orion will be one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet. Riders will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot first drop at a 85-degree angle before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills and 5,321 feet of track at speeds up to 91 mph on the tallest and fastest steel roller coaster at Kings Island.