Orion Begins Testing at Kings Island

Kings Island dropped some exciting news yesterday when it released a video of Orion completing its first test run.

“After months of construction, Kings Island’s new Orion roller coaster completed its first test run at 5:29 p.m. on Saturday,” said Don Helbig, Kings Island digital marketing manager.

The video shows one of the giga coaster’s three 32-seat trains climbing the 287-foot-tall lift hill before plummeting down the 300-foot drop.

Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Orion is one of only seven giga coasters in the world (a giga coaster has a height or drop of 300-399 feet).

Watch the video of Orion testing below:

With its height, top speed of 91 mph and 5,321 feet of track, Orion will be Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.

Watch an on-ride animated POV of Orion below:

The coaster will be the centerpiece of the park’s new Area 72. The park’s website details the ride’s back story:

…the ride features the latest prototype vehicle developed by the Project X initiative. Scientists are in a race against time to develop technology capable of weaving transport vehicles through a coming meteor storm and traveling to a new planet within the Orion constellation. For the program to be successful, it needs volunteers to help with testing.

Orion is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, April 11, 2020. For more information, visit the Kings Island website.

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