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Orion to debut in 2020 as the tallest, fastest, and longest steel coaster at Kings Island!

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https://www.visitkingsisland.com/explore/orion

Thrill-seekers will experience a new level of excitement when they visit Kings Island in 2020. Joining the world-class line-up of roller coasters at the park is Orion®, one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Themed to the park's new Area 72, the ride features the latest prototype vehicle developed by the Project X initiative. Scientists are in a race against time to develop technology capable of weaving transport vehicles through a coming meteor storm and traveling to a new planet within the Orion constellation. For the program to be successful, it needs volunteers to help with testing.

Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot first drop, sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills and 5,321 feet of track at speeds up to 91 mph on Kings Island's tallest, fastest and longest steel roller coaster. 

Orion was exclusively designed for Kings Island by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, which also designed the park's popular Banshee and Diamondback roller coasters.

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Ride Information

Ride Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard  
Coaster Type: Steel  
Classification: Giga  
Lift/Launch System: Chain lift hill  
Duration: 3 minutes  
Trains: 3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are seated 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train  
Capacity: 1,650 riders per hour  
Minimum Height Requirement: 54 inches  
Ride Opening: Spring 2020

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Ride Stats

Track Length: 5,321 feet  
Height of First Drop: 300 feet  
Length of First Drop: 447 feet   
Total Number of Hills: 8  
Height of Hills: 287 feet, 174 feet, 202 feet, 56 feet, 147 feet, 125 feet, 90 feet, 83 feet  
Top Speed: 91 mph

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Okay, now I will have to look that up, Mr. Roberts. 

Watched the video on youtube. Remembered the music but not the lyrics. 

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BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/august/kings-islands-new-orion-roller-coaster-ready-to-enter-vertical-phase-of-construction-progress

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KINGS ISLAND'S NEW ORION ROLLER COASTER READY TO ENTER VERTICAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

August 31, 2019

Next week will be a memorable one for our Orion project team. They’ll be going vertical with the first of 181 ride columns and 148 pieces of track.

The vertical phase will begin with columns and track going up in the train storage, transfer and station sections of the ride.

Every time you visit Kings Island in the fall, you will get an opportunity to see the construction progress. A ride on The Racer and WindSeeker will give you the two best vantage points.

Opening spring 2020, Orion will be one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds up to 91 mph on the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the longest steel at 5,321 feet.

Can’t wait until spring to experience Orion? Take a virtual ride now!

 

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BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/september/kings-island-lays-first-track-piece-for-new-orion-roller-coaster

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KINGS ISLAND LAYS FIRST TRACK PIECE FOR NEW ORION ROLLER COASTER

September 7, 2019

Five days after vertical construction on the new Orion roller coaster began as construction workers began erecting the maintenance platform columns, the first of 184 pieces of track was installed. 

Labelled ST9, the track piece was placed where the ride station will be located.

Opening spring 2020, Orion will be one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds up to 91 mph on the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the longest steel roller coaster at 5,321 feet.

Watch Orion take shape. A live stream of the construction is now available. Click here to watch the feed.

 

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BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/september/lift-base-set-on-new-orion-roller-coaster-coming-to-kings-island

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LIFT BASE SET ON NEW ORION ROLLER COASTER COMING TO KINGS ISLAND

September 24, 2019

The last time we looked at the progress on the new Orion roller coaster coming to Kings Island in 2020, we saw the first of 184 pieces of track had been installed. Since then, pieces of track from the end of the brake run into and through the station have been placed. Today, we celebrated another major construction milestone for the much-anticipated attraction with the lift base set and on the way to the top!

Orion will be one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds up to 91 mph on the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the longest steel roller coaster at 5,321 feet.

Watch Orion take shape. A live stream of the construction is now available. Click here to watch the feed. Better yet, every time you visit Kings Island in the fall, you will get an opportunity to see the construction up close and personal. A ride on The Racer and WindSeeker will give you the two best vantage points.

 

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BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/october/construction-takes-shape-for-kings-islands-new-orion-roller-coaster

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CONSTRUCTION TAKES SHAPE FOR KINGS ISLAND’S NEW ORION ROLLER COASTER

October 8, 2019

Construction is taking shape for the new Orion roller coaster coming to Kings Island in 2020. In place through the first five weeks of construction are its maintenance train storage platform, pieces of track coming into and out of where the guest load and unload station will be located, approximately 100 feet of its lift hill and the base of its first drop.

By the end of October or during the early part of November, one of the most exciting events in constructing the ride will occur with the setting of the last piece of track to crown the lift hill. 

Opening spring 2020, Orion will be one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds up to 91 mph on the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the longest steel roller coaster at 5,321 feet.

Those who cannot wait until spring to experience Orion can take a virtual ride now.

 

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BLOG: https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2019/october/send-in-the-cranes

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SEND IN THE CRANES!

October 10, 2019

Where are the cranes? There ought to be cranes!

There are some huge cranes coming in within the next week so that crews can continue working on the erecting the lift hill on the new Orion roller coaster at Kings Island.

Three will be three cranes set up for that process. There will be a main crane doing the major lifts. There will be another crane that is the personnel basket so they can get and bolt the pieces of track and supports together, and another one that assists with holding any pieces in place while the main crane sets another one.

Opening spring 2020, Orion will be one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds up to 91 mph on the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the longest steel roller coaster at 5,321 feet.

Those who cannot wait until spring to experience Orion can take a virtual ride now.

 

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