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|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Type||Steel - Giga|
|Model / product||Hyper Coaster|
|Riders per train||32|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Top speed91 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 in 2012 and Fury 325 in 2015. Orion opened to season pass holders on July 2 until the 11th and will open to the general public on July 12.
History[edit | edit source]
The track 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, and will open to the public on July 12.
Design[edit | edit source]
The lift hill is 287 feet. The bottom of the first drop is below ground level, allowing it to be 300 feet tall and thus Orion is a giga roller coaster.
The track has been filled with sand to reduce the noise created by the ride.
Theme[edit | edit source]
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 to trst it. As part of the project, the X-sector 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.
Trains[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
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