Kings Island is the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest and is, conveniently, located nearby TheNerdyBomb’s unofficial headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. A few years ago, Kings Island was purchased by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, the owners of Ohio’s other major theme park, Cedar Point, located in Sandusky. Since the purchase in 2006, Cedar Fair has been consistently adding fantastic new rides, including Firehawk in 2007, Diamondback in 2009, and WindSeeker in 2011. The most recent addition is this year’s record-breaking inverted coaster, Banshee.
So what records does Banshee break?
Banshee is the world’s longest inverted coaster, at 4,124.1 feet of track and a total of seven inversions. It goes up to 68 miles per hour.
Apparently Kings Island also thinks it’s of note that Banshee is the first female-inspired ride at a Cedar Fair park. By female-inspired, they mean it was inspired by a lovely female omen of death from Irish myth, a woman who screams at someone before they die. Extremely flattering, but I digress.
According to Kings Island’s website, the specific coaster elements that Banshee includes are the “Curved Drop, Dive Loop, Looping interacting with the lift, Zero-G-Roll, Batwing, Outside Loop, Spiral, In-Line-Roll, and Carousel.” Although I can’t claim to know a lot about roller coasters, I was seated next to two members of ACE, the American Coaster Enthusiasts organization. They gave Banshee nothing but rave reviews. It’s fast, it’s smooth, and, with seven inversions, what’s not to love for a coaster enthusiast?
The ride also pays homage to the fantastic Son of Beast, another record-breaking coaster at Kings Island. It held seven world records when it was introduced at the park in 2000, most of them having to do with the fact that it was a wooden roller coaster. Unfortunately, following claims of injury in 2009, the ride was shut down and never re-opened.
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