The Racer Wooden Roller Coaster at Kings Island

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The Racer
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On this classic out-and-back wooden roller coaster, riders on the Blue Racer vs. Red Racer race side-by-side along twin tracks to determine the winner. The Racer – really its twin racers – has been the focal point of the Coney Mall sector of the park since Kings Island opened in 1972, and with good reason. The Racer is credited with re-igniting the wooden roller coaster building boom in the 1970’s, thus beginning the second golden age of the roller coaster. In addition to being considered an important part of the roller coaster renaissance of the 1970’s, the Racer was the first roller coaster built structurally on the ground with prefabricated sections lifted into position and bolted and was one of the largest roller coasters ever built at the time. It was the site of several world-record riding attempts and is notable for its appearance in the “Cincinnati Kids” episode of The Brady Bunch, filmed at the park in 1973. The Racer has given more than 104 million rides since its debut in 1972, far and away the most in Kings Island’s history. Its record year was 1976 when a park single-season attraction record 3,681,338 rides were given.

88 FT
53 MPH

Rider Safety Information

Min Height
  • A high speed wooden roller coaster with airtime hills.
  • Guests must be 48” tall to ride
  • An individual lap bar and seatbelt secures each rider across the thighs and pelvis.
  • Due to the nature of the restraint, this ride may not accommodate guests of a larger size.
  • Guests must have a minimum of three functioning extremities. Two functioning arms are sufficient instead of three functioning extremities if the guest has a normal center of gravity and lower extremities are sufficiently strong to maintain proper riding posture under the dynamic conditions of the ride.  Amputations must be at the knee or below.
  • 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.
  • Visit our Accessibility page for additional information.