Kings Island on Thursday night announced the details of its newest attraction for 2014, what it’s calling the “world’s longest inverted coaster.”
Banshee is being touted by the park as the world’s longest inverted roller coaster at 4,124 feet of steel track.
“The new attraction will be available next year when we open the park in April of 2014,” said Don Helbig, spokesman for Kings Island.
The thrill ride — the 15th roller coaster at Kings Island — hits a top speed of 68 mph and will be located on the same site as the former Son of Beast roller coaster, Helbig said.
Park officials said Banshee will also offer seven mind-bending inversions during the 2-minute, 40-second ride. Built over hilly terrain and incorporating the most exciting features of the very best inverted roller coasters in the world, Banshee will feature several unique elements that distinguish the ride from others.
The ride begins with a lift taking riders up to the maximum height of 167 feet. After plunging down 150 feet, riders will go through a dive loop, followed by a vertical loop, zero gravity roller, two batwing inversions, a second vertical loop and a 170-foot long heartline finale.
Two of the most unique features about Banshee are the massive size of every loop, and unlike other roller coasters, the top speed isn’t reached until halfway through the ride’s course. READ MORE HERE
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