Vortex (Kings Island)

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A view of Vortex
roller coaster
Kings Island
Location Mason, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated April 11, 1987 to October 27, 2019
Cost $4,000,000 USD
Replaced Bat
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel
Model / product Custom Looping Coaster
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 1600
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height148 feet
Drop138 feet
Top speed55 mph
Length3800 feet
Steepest drop55°
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Vortex was a steel roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. When it opened in 1987, it held the record for most inversions on a roller coaster, with six and for the tallest full-circuit roller coaster. It held this record for one year before being surpassed by Shockwave at Six Flags Great America with seven inversions, and also surpassed by Bandit's height at Yomiuriland. Vortex replaced The Bat, an Arrow Dynamics suspended roller coaster, which closed in 1983 due to maintenance issues.

Tied to the coaster's debut, attendance at Kings Island exceeded 3 million in 1987 for the first time. It accommodated more than 46 million guests throughout its lifespan, making Vortex one of the most frequently-ridden attractions in park history. It closed permanently on October 27, 2019.

History[edit | edit source]

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Pictures of the Transfer track.

In July 1986, Kings Island announced that Vortex would be coming to the park.[1]

Vortex began construction in the winter of 1986 on the former location of The Bat. Kings Island invested over $4,000,000 in the ride, which required 750 tons of steel to construct. The line queue and train station from The Bat were reused for the Vortex. The ride opened to the public on April 11, 1987.[2]

Vortex in 1996.

Vortex helped the park exceed 3 million visitors for the first time in its history. At its inauguration, Vortex briefly set a few records for full-circuit roller coasters. At its inauguration, Vortex briefly set two world records among full-circuit roller coasters. It was the tallest at 148 feet and featured the most inversions with six. Both were surpassed the following year with the debut of Shockwave at Six Flags Great America.

The ride celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012, and since its debut, over 44 million guests have ridden Vortex, ranking it seventh in Kings Island's history and sixth among active rides as of 2018.

On September 27, 2019, Kings Island announced Vortex would be closing on October 27, 2019. Over its lifespan, Vortex gave over 46 million rides making it the sixth most ridden attraction at the park since its opening in 1972.[3] It was subsequently demolished. Vortex's trains and components were sent to Carowinds to be used on Carolina Cyclone.[4]

Design[edit | edit source]


Ride experience[edit | edit source]

When riders exit the station, they make a right turn and start climbing the 148 feet chain lift hill. At the top, the train makes a right turn, dropping 138 feet towards The Beast's first turn. The train rises into a turnaround to the left. After that, riders flip into two vertical loops. They rise upwards, turn right and hit the block brake. The train slowly drops into a double corkscrew. After a right turn, the train approaches a batwing. Riders go into a helix and hit the final brake run.

Color scheme[edit | edit source]

Vortex had a navy blue track with orange rails and navy blue supports.

Vortex has been repainted at least twice, during the 2001 season and again in April 2009 before opening day.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Vortex on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
Tallest full-circuit roller coaster
April 1987 - March 1988
Preceded by
Giant Coaster
Loch Ness Monster
Tallest full-circuit roller coaster
April 1987 - March 1988
Succeeded by
Most inversions on a roller coaster (6)
April 1987 - June 1988
Preceded by
Most inversions on a roller coaster (6)
April 1987 - June 1988
Succeeded by