New roller coaster debuts at Kings Island


MASON, Ohio (AP) — Kings Island theme park in southwest Ohio recently unveiled a new inverted roller coaster more than 4,000 feet long with speeds up to 68 miles per hour.

The “Banshee” made its debut Friday at the park north of Cincinnati.

Kings Island said the steel roller coaster — named for a wailing mythological messenger from the underworld — includes a 167-foot lift hill and a 150-foot curved first drop.

Coster riders also will experience a zero-gravity roll.

Three trains containing eight cars each will be able to carry 1,650 riders per hour.

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co.

The Sandusky-based company owns and operates 10 other amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, an indoor water park and five hotels.

 

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