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|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Type||Steel - Giga|
|Riders per train||32|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
|Top speed||91 mph|
Orion is a steel giga roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. It replaced Firehawk, a Vekoma Flying Dutchman, which closed on October 28, 2018, as well as the Dinosaurs Alive upcharge walk-through attraction. It is the third giga coaster built by Bolliger & Mabillard, after Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland in 2012 and Fury 325 at Carowinds in 2015. Orion opened to season pass holders on July 2 until the 11th and opened to the general public on July 12. This is the only giga roller coaster with a height below 300 feet.
Vertical construction of Orion began in September 2019.
The track layout was completed in January 2020. On February 22, the coaster completed its first test run. It was planned to open on April 11, 2020. However, this was delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ride opened to season passholders on July 2, 2020 and opened to the public ten days later on July 12.
Like Fury 325, a lighting package illuminates the lift hill at night. A soundtrack was provided by IMAscore, who also created soundtracks for Smiler and Wicker Man at Alton Towers and Wilde Hilde at Schwaben Park.
Orion is themed after a future-Earth population of humans trying to escape a titanic meteor storm and reach another habitable planet in the constellation of Orion, featured on the ride logo. The program needs volunteers to be a success, and the coaster acts as a simulator. As part of the project, the X-Base area of park, also home to Flight of Fear, received a makeover and became Area 72, a spaceflight, military research facility. Flight of Fear and the surrounding area all got the makeover.
There are various Easter eggs referencing other Cedar Fair coasters, including Magnum XL-200, Firehawk, Disaster Transport, and even Vortex and Volcano The Blast Coaster. The old fountains from the park's International Street midway were recycled to use as props in the queue line. The ride even has a preshow building.
On April 23, 2022, a loaded train partially exited the station and rear-ended an empty train which had stopped at the bottom of the lift hill, jolting the empty train forward. Riders were retrieved from the loaded train and the ride was shut down for the remainder of the night.
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