Kings Island Firehawk To Fly No Longer: Iconic Ride Being Scrapped
Late last year, we learned that Firehawk would be closed and removed at the end of the 2018 season. Up to the end of the season, it was implied that the ride would be dismantled, with the hope the ride would be saved by a park purchasing the ride from Kings Island. However, that is not the case as leaked images found on Snapchat and Reddit, indicate the ride is indeed being scrapped.
The image shows a breaker attached to the segment of track prior to the final inversion. If this was a scrapping operation, each piece of track would be secured, detached from the supports and adjacent track, and placed on the ground. The unclean nature of the rails at the edge of the piece in the image above would indicate that this is indeed a scrapping operation.
In the first week of the demolition, the crews onsite removed the first turn into the lift, the final helix, as well as the final inversion into the break run. One of the Contractors (O’Rourke Wrecking Company) shared this image over it’s social media channels.
It is unknown what may replace the former Firehawk attraction. The construction observed at the beginning of the season is likely tied to the Firehawk replacement.
Furthermore, documents have been discovered that include future contracted work in the park by famed coaster manufacturer B&M. With the postponement of the 2020 California’s Great America hyper coaster, it seems that something may be coming to Kings Island…
But, remember, documents do not always mean it will happen, so until it is officially announced by the park, take it with a grain of salt…
For tickets and more information, visit the official Kings Island website here.
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