B&M and Kings Island Reveal Orion Roller Coaster Car
This morning, media and industry leaders gathered around the Bolliger and Mabillard booth at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando as the inventors and designers of Kings Island’s ground-breaking roller coaster Orion, displayed the ride’s first vehicle.
Representatives from Switzerland-based B&M were on site talking about the new ride. The Orion vehicle is part of an innovative project currently underway at Kings Island set to open in 2020. Orion will plunge riders down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds of up to 91 mph. Racing along 5,321 feet of track, it will be Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest steel coaster.
The vehicle, which is the first of 8 cars that will be positioned on each of three trains, features the traditional B&M look.
The ride’s stats will place it among the tallest and fastest coasters in the world:
Height of First Drop: 300 feet
Length of First Drop: 447 feet
Top Speed: 91 mph
Track Length: 5,321 feet
Total Number of Hills: 8
Height of Hills: 287 feet, 174 feet, 202 feet, 56 feet, 147 feet, 125 feet, 90 feet, 83 feet
Ride Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard
Duration: 3 minutes
Trains: 3 trains with 8 cars. Riders are seated 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train
Capacity: 1,650 riders per hour
Minimum Height Requirement: 54 inches
Kings Island revealed the new giga coaster to a live audience during a special announcement event at the park. The announcement took place with a packed crowd in X-Base, which will be renamed and re-themed to “Area 72” for the 2020 season. Watch the full announcement event below.
Can’t wait to ride? Take a virtual ride right now!
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For tickets and more information about Kings Island and Orion, visit the official Kings Island website by clicking here.
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