Kings Island opens for the 2014 season and unleashes Banshee, the worlds longest inverted roller coaster

Kings Island opens for the 2014 season and unleashes Banshee, the worlds longest inverted roller coaster


Thrill-seekers will have something to scream about when the world’s longest inverted steel roller coaster, “Banshee,” makes its debut today at Kings Island.

With seven stomach-churning inversions, the 4,124-foot long Banshee will also tie another inverted roller coaster record.

Themed to a wailing mythological messenger from the underworld with flowing white hair and gleaming eyes, Banshee features the following succession of breath-taking thrills: a 167-foot lift hill, 150-foot curved first drop, a dive loop, a vertical loop encircling the lift hill, a zero-gravity-roll, a pair of batwing inversions, outside loop, spiral, in-line roll and carousel, all at speeds up to 68 miles per hour.

Textured lighting and other lighting effects will bring the Banshee legend to reality, creating the ultimate night ride experience.

Banshee was designed exclusively for Kings Island and joins a number of renowned inverted roller coasters built by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard.

Riders on Banshee will be seated in cars four across. A total of three trains, each containing eight cars, will enable Banshee to accommodate approximately 1,650 riders per hour.

Banshee will be the 15th roller coaster at Kings Island, which is home to some of the top-ranked roller coasters in the world in annual industry and enthusiast polls including The Beast and Diamondback.

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Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @cgamache83

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