Kings Island is set to announce what is being billed as “the most anticipated new attraction announcement” in the park’s history next week.
And just like many of its rides, KI is keeping guests in suspense about its planned “world record-breaking” attraction. A media kit sent to The Enquirer contained a large silver comb with silver strands of artificial hair.
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The announcement is set for 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Mason amusement park.
The new attraction comes on the heels of Soak City, a $10 million water park expansion that doubled its size to 33 acres when it opened in 2012.
While KI hasn’t provided details, many speculate if the attraction is a thrill ride planned in the 12 acres in the park’s north end vacated by Son of Beast.
The coaster, which was heralded as the world’s tallest, fastest and only looping wooden roller coaster when it opened in 2000, was shuttered in 2009 after a string of accidents, five lawsuits and one trial. The park demolished the $10 million coaster last fall to make room for future park expansion.
Coaster enthusiasts report seeing signs at the attraction’s construction site that tease, “mysterious and bone-chilling screams” and an “evil phenomenon.” In April, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., KI’s parent company, filed to trademark “Banshee” on an amusement park ride, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.