Kings Island’s new Banshee roller coaster is quickly taking shape and park officials say the new roller coaster’s construction is on schedule for its April launch.
About 25 percent of the ride has been completed, said park spokesman Don Helbig.
- Photos: Banshee construction
Several of Banshee’s seven twisted inversions have already been constructed, including its 150-foot curved drop, dive loop and a loop circling the lift.
“At the pace it’s going right now, it’s very much on track to be ready for us to really start testing the ride in March and then we’ll be ready for opening day when we get to April,” said Helbig.
When it makes its debut, Banshee will be the fastest B&M coaster in the nation, surpassing the previous record of 67 mph held by Busch Gardens-Williamsburg’s Alpengeist. The ride will hurtle thrill seekers through 4,124 feet of track and seven inversions at speeds up 68 miles per hour.
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.