Banshee, Kings Island’s record-breaking roller coaster, is starting to take shape as work crews have installed several pieces of track this week in the station area of the ride.
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The coaster is manufactured by Bolliger and Mabillard. The Swiss firm also created Diamondback, the park’s most recent roller coaster which opened in 2009.
Once completed, thrill seekers will travel 4,124 feet of track and seven inversions at speeds up 68 miles per hour. It will be the fastest B&M coaster in the nation, surpassing the previous record of 67 mph held by Busch Gardens-Williamsburg’s Alpengeist.
Kings Island visitors can get an aerial view of the Banshee while it is under construction from the Eiffel Tower on the last public operating day of the summer this Sunday. After this weekend, Kings Island will be closed to the public until Sept. 20 when the seventh season of Halloween Haunt begins.
The $24 million project represents the 364-acre Mason amusement park’s largest investment in its 41-year history and is being built with materials produced locally and by Ohio companies, park officials said.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. owns and operates Kings Island.