Kings Island Roller Coaster: New Record Breaker on its Way


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A new roller coaster is in the works for Kings Island. The theme park, located in Mason, Ohio, is touting a new ride that is "world record-breaking."

The new ride will be built in the area where the "Son of Beast" ride once resided, according to public records obtained by The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The new record-breaking ride will be created by the same designer as "Son of Beast." What's unclear is what record this ride will break, but hopefully that information will be given when the park makes an announcement on August 8 at 10 p.m.

Something else roller coaster enthusiasts will hopefully find out on Thursday is the name of the ride. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co., the park's parent company filed to trademark "Banshee" on an amusement park ride in April.

Until Kings Island gives more information, fans will just have to imagine what the ride could be. Editor-in-Chief of FUNWORLD, Jeremy Schoolfield, says new innovations in amusement park rides continue to change and get better. He said, “In recent years, we’ve seen all number of things, from where you put riders in relation to the track, what the track is able to do and the types of maneuvers the trains are able to make. Tallest, fastest and longest are some of the staples, but angle of descent – the first drop gets steeper – is something we’ve seen pushed in the past few years.”

Even though the ill-fated Beast ride has been demolished, Kings Island is offering 30-minute behind-the-scenes tours of the ride. As part of the Kings Island for the Cure campaign, now through August 24, participants will learn interesting bits of information about the world's longest wooden roller coaster. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 online, or $30 at the gate. All proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Cincinnati. An admission ticket into the park is also required for the tour.