The secret is out: Kings Island’s new “world record-breaking” attraction is a roller coaster.
Public records obtained by The Enquirer show the coaster – called the 2014 Project – will be located in the park’s north end in the area vacated by Son of Beast, which was demolished last fall.
Blueprint plans for the new record-breaking coaster to replace Son of Beast at Kings Island. Source: Mason zoning department
The $10 million coaster, which opened in 2000, was shuttered in 2009 after a string of injury accidents.
Jeff Gramke, the park’s manager of facilities, engineering and construction, drew the zoning plans filed with the city of Mason.
The roller coaster designer also created The Beast, which has held the record as the world’s longest wooden roller coaster – and has remained on the list of the world’s top wooden coasters – since it was built in 1979.
Still unknown is which world record the Mason amusement park’s newest coaster will break. Kings Island officials did not respond to a request for comment on the ride. The park plans to release details at 10 p.m. Thursday.
The coaster’s name has not been released, but the park’s parent company, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., filed in April to trademark “Banshee” on an amusement park ride, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
For now, coaster fans can only speculate what type of coaster it is.
Cutting-edge innovations have allowed for roller coasters to become bigger, taller and faster than ever before, said Jeremy Schoolfield, editor-in-chief of Funworld, the official publication of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.
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