The first steel sections of track for Kings Island’s new $24 million roller coaster “Banshee” will arrive at the park in Mason around 7 a.m. today.
The coaster will be the world’s largest when it opens in April 2014.
“The first female-inspired thrill ride at a Cedar Fair Entertainment amusement park, Banshee will send riders screaming through 4124.1 feet of track and seven mind-bending inversions at speeds up to 68 miles per hour,” Kings Island’s website states.
“The ride layout is specially designed for Kings Island. Elements will include Curved Drop, Dive Loop, Looping interacting with the lift, Zero-G-Roll, Batwing, Outside Loop, Spiral, In-Line-Roll, and Carousel.”
Steel for the coaster is being manufactured by Clermont Steel Fabricators. The Batavia company also manufactured the 1,500 tons of steel supports and track for the park’s Diamondback coaster, which opened in 2009.
The coaster is designed by the same company behind Diamondback at Kings Island, Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard Consulting Engineers.
B&M roller coasters – more than 80 worldwide – are renowned for their smooth ride, comfortable seats and restraints, reliability, low maintenance, impeccable safety record and ride capacity, according to Kings Island.
Banshee will become the fastest B&M coaster in the nation, surpassing the previous record of 67 mph held by Busch Gardens-Williamsburg’s Alpengeist.
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