Orion

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Orion
roller coaster
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Kings Island
Location Mason, Ohio, USA
Status Operating since July 12, 2020
Cost $30,000,000
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Replaced Firehawk
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel - Giga
Model / product Hyper Coaster
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1650
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height287 feet
Drop300 feet
Top speed91 mph
Length5321 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop85°
Duration3:00
HELP
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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 opened to the general public on July 12.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

A front car from Orion on display at IAAPA 2019

Orion replaced Firehawk, a Vekoma flying roller coaster that closed in 2018. Construction work began in late 2018, and the ride was officially announced on August 15, 2019.

The lead car from one of Orion's trains was on display in Bolliger & Mabillard's booth at IAAPA 2019.[2]

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[3], however this was delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ride opened to season passholders on July 2, and opened to the public on July 12[4].

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

The lift hill is 287 feet tall. 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.[5]

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.

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. 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.

A ton of 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. The ride even has a preshow building.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Orion on the Roller Coaster DataBase.