Long Lost Proposed Kings Island Dueling Coaster Rediscovered
Over the course of the last month, we have highlighted coaster proposals and designs that never saw the light of day in our Lost Concepts series.
In the early 1990’s Kings Island attempted to build a new wooden coaster for the Cincinnati park. The new wooden coaster, a near replica of the Rye Aeroplane Dips coaster was well into development before the project quickly came to a halt.
Under new owners, Paramount resurrected the project in 1995, but wanted to enhance the ride experience. Furthermore, instead of building the wooden coaster by Swan Lake, it was decided to build the new coaster to the east of the new Top Gun coaster. The park quickly approached Custom Coasters International (CCI), and the two firms started working a wooden coaster.
The coaster that was designed would have been a revolutionary racing and dueling coaster. The coaster (which was said to be similar to Stampida at Port Adventura) featured two tracks. The tracks would run parallel to each other, before splitting off and creating the dueling element.
Both trains would depart from the same station. After cresting the lift hill (built into the side of a hill), riders would plunge down into the ravine by way of an 84 foot drop, before making a swooping turn.
After exiting the swooping turn, riders would plunge down a hill, and rise into a double up airtime hill. The trains would then make a 230 degree turn, before diving underneath the double up element.
After diving underneath the double up, both trains encountered an airtime hill. At the top of the hill, one train would continue down a parabolic airtime inducing drop, while the other train made a hard 180 degree turn. Both trains entered a drawn out turn that sent the trains flying past each other.
Both courses would align with each other beside the point where the two tracks split. The trains would then fly through several airtime hills, before hitting the final brake run. Each side was approximately 3100 feet long, and 46 MPH.
As confirmed with multiple sources surrounding the project, this coaster wasn’t built, likely due to increased competition from other parks as well as the park realizing a second wooden racing coaster would be redundant. It is however likely that this capital project was shelved for Outer Limits: Flight of Fear.
Although the park didn’t build the dueling coaster, it wasn’t the end of the story. Shortly after the shelving of the project, a new wooden coaster concept was thought up by the park, one which would stand over 200 feet tall. The project was set to be designed by Werner Stengel, and contracted to Roller Coaster Corporation of America, where this coaster came to be known as Son of Beast.
Check out our recreation of this long lost proposed dueling racing coaster!
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