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https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/september/own-a-slice-of-history-from-the-vortex-roller-coaster

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OWN A SLICE OF HISTORY FROM THE VORTEX ROLLER COASTER

September 29, 2020
 
Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig

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Kings Island fans and roller coaster enthusiasts, here’s your chance to own a slice of history.

A limited number of track slices from the retired Vortex roller coaster will be available to purchase this weekend at Kings Island in the Emporium store on International Street. For $198.70, guests will receive a kit that includes a 1.5 inch slice of track capped with metal plates and mounted in a display stand, a certificate of authenticity signed by Kings Island’s executive vice president and general manager Mike Koontz and a limited edition Vortex postcard set.

Park admission is required with a limit of two Vortex kits per guest.

Any Vortex kits remaining after this weekend will be available for sale online during the week of Oct. 5.

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The Vortex operated at Kings Island for 33 seasons from 1987 to 2019, giving 46 million rides. It was the tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world when it opened, and the first in the world to send riders upside down a total of six times.

The Vortex was designed exclusively for Kings Island by Arrow Dynamics and included the following succession of thrills that had never been incorporated into one steel roller coaster before:

  • a 148-foot high lift and drop of 138 feet at a 55-degree angle
  • two vertical loops
  • one corkscrew
  • one boomerang turn
  • a 360-degree helix turn at the end
  • a top speed of 55 mph

After giving its last rides on Oct. 27, 2019, crews demolished the Vortex prior to the opening of Kings Island’s 2020 season.

 

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I believe the trains were sent to Carrowinds to keep another old Arrow coaster running so what ever you buy really would just be a piece of scrap metal. Nothing recognizable like a seat. 

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BLOG: Track pieces from retired Vortex roller coaster go on sale, sell out fast

https://www.visitkingsisland.com/blog/2020/october/track-pieces-from-retired-vortex-roller-coaster-go-on-sale-sell-out-fast

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TRACK PIECES FROM RETIRED VORTEX ROLLER COASTER GO ON SALE, SELL OUT FAST

October 4, 2020
 
Don Helbig

Area Manager Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig  

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Hundreds of roller coaster fans descended upon Kings Island Oct. 3-4, not to ride roller coasters but to get their hands on a piece of park history by purchasing a piece of track from the retired Vortex roller coaster.

As noted earlier in the week on the Kings Island Blog, quantities of Vortex track were limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Emporium store on International Street. By mid-afternoon on Oct. 4, all the available pieces had been purchased.

For $198.70, guests received a 1.5-inch piece of track capped with metal plates and mounted in a display stand. A certificate of authenticity signed by Kings Island’s vice president and general manager Mike Koontz and a limited-edition Vortex postcard set was also included in a nicely packaged kit.

The Vortex operated at Kings Island for 33 seasons from 1987 to 2019, giving 46 million rides. It was the tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world when it opened, and the first in the world to send riders upside down a total of six times. 

The Vortex was designed exclusively for Kings Island by Arrow Dynamics and included the following succession of thrills that had never been incorporated into one steel roller coaster before:

  • a 148-foot high lift and drop of 138 feet at a 55-degree angle
  • two vertical loops
  • one corkscrew
  • one boomerang turn
  • a 360-degree helix turn at the end
  • a top speed of 55 mph

After giving its last rides on Oct. 27, 2019, crews demolished the Vortex prior to the opening of Kings Island’s 2020 season.

 

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I just read that they added a Vortex track piece to the inside of Mystic Timber's shed. It is hard to see in the shadows on the left hand side of the Mystic's coaster, but added in such a way that it looks like part of the theming that has been there since day one.  They say you can spot it if your looking for it when the train stops for the radio.

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I miss some of the old rides, but I'm not about to throw away money buying a piece of scrap. To each his/her own. You know the old saying about those who are "soon parted" from their money. Preserving a piece in another ride seems the better thing to do rather than sell junk, imo.

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