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Kings Island to Retire Another Roller Coaster


MASON, OH — Kings Island has decided to retire the Vortex roller coaster after 33 years.

Kings Island, Vortex

Vortex has been one of the more popular roller coasters at Kings Island since its opening in April of 1987.

Per Kings Island, the ride has come to the end of its service life.

Arrow Dynamics designed the Vortex exclusively for Kings Island, and its features had never been incorporated into one steel 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

The Vortex was the first roller coaster in the world to send riders through six inversions on a continuous circuit. Throughout its life, the Vortex has flipped its riders upside down more than 275,000,000 times.

It was one year ago today that Kings Island made the announcement that they were closing down their Firehawk roller coaster. It makes you wonder which roller coaster will be on the chopping block next year!

The Vortex will be available to ride during this years Halloween Haunt that begins this Friday at 6pm. The last chance to ride will take place October 27, 2019.