Vortex roller coaster to be retired after 33 seasons.
RIDE MORE. WAIT LESS. SPEED PAST THE LINES WITH FAST LANE!
On the Vortex, you’ll be rocketed through 3,800 feet of track at speeds up to 55 mph through two vertical loops, double corkscrew, boomerang turn, and a 360-degree helix. When the Vortex opened in 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 attraction was exclusively designed for Kings Island and included breath-taking thrills that had never been incorporated into one steel roller coaster before. The ride stands 148 feet at its highest point with a first drop of 138 feet at a 55-degree angle. The Vortex required 750 tons of steel to construct and reused the wait queue and train station from the original Bat roller coaster, which operated for parts of three seasons from 1981-1983. The ride opened to the public on April 11, 1987, and helped Kings Island exceed 3 million visitors for the first time in its history.
Rider Safety Information
Rider Safety Information
- A high-speed, looping roller coaster which turns riders upside down six time. Riders will experience weightlessness and rapid movements from side to side.
- Guests must be 48" tall to ride
- A shoulder harness with a between-the-legs safety belt secures each rider over the head and across the chest.
- Due to the nature of the restraint, this ride may not accommodate guests of a larger size.
- Guests must have sufficient lower extremities to ensure the ride restraint system adequately restrains him/her and a minimum of two functioning extremities; one functioning arm and one functioning leg. Two functioning arms are sufficient instead of one functioning arm and one functioning leg if the guest is able to form a saddle posture with leg remnants sufficient to brace self upright in the seat.
- Guests with a cervical collar, neck brace, broken collar bone, full arm cast, braced arm cast, or full leg cast are not permitted to ride.
- Alternate access is available at the ride exit. Riders will have to transfer into the seat, on their own or with the assistance of a companion. A transfer device is available upon request which may assist a rider out of a wheelchair and into the ride unit.
- Please do not use the ride restraints for support while entering and exiting, as they will shift.
- WARNING: This ride contains strobe lighting.
- Visit our Accessibility page for additional information.