Track pieces for record-breaking Banshee inverted roller coaster arrive at Kings Island

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Video: Off-ride animated footage of Banshee coaster at Kings Island

Video: Kings Island: Take a front-seat ride on Banshee

An image rendering of the Banshee roller coaster, which opens at Kings Island in April 2014. Photo: Kings Island.
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  • MASON, Ohio -- The first pieces of track for the new Banshee roller coaster at Kings Island were delivered early Friday morning.

    Kings Island, a Cedar Fair amusement park near Cincinnati, announced news for the new roller coaster last week.

    Banshee, which will be the world's longest inverted roller coaster, screams to life in April 2014.

    The WKYC Facebook page ignited with nearly 7,000 shares, hundreds of "likes" and nearly 1,000,000 views when we posted news about Banshee.

    The coaster will take up some of the land where the ill-fated, now-demolished Son of Beast looping wooden roller coaster once stood.

    With 4,124.1 feet of twisted steel track, Banshee -- a $24 million project -- will be the world's longest inverted roller coaster.

    VIDEO | Take a front-seat ride on Banshee

    An inverted coaster (like Raptor at Cedar Point) is one where the riders are suspended below the track with their feet dangling freely.

    VIDEO | Animated night ride on Banshee

    Banshee, which is the first female-inspired thrill ride at any Cedar Fair amusement park, features seven inversions and reaches speeds up to 68 mph.

    VIEW | Banshee construction camera

    The ride will last 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

    In addition, Banshee -- which is the largest investment in Kings Island's 41-year history -- will feature several unique elements that distinguish the ride from others. 

    The roller coaster begins with a lift taking riders up to the maximum height of 167 feet. After plunging down 150 feet, riders will go through a dive loop, followed by a vertical loop, zero gravity roller, two batwing inversions, a second vertical loop and a 170-foot long heartline finale.

    Since Banshee's lift hill is on a higher elevation of terrain than the other side of the ride that goes down into a valley, the total elevation change is 208 feet from the highest point at the top of the lift hill to the lowest point, which is the bottom of the batwing between loops four and five.

    Passengers will be seated in cars four across. A total of three trains, each containing eight cars, will enable Banshee to accommodate approximately 1,650 riders per hour.

    The construction of Banshee is currently underway in the Action Zone area of Kings Island. Park visitors can see the ride being built from the ground up.

    Banshee will be the 15th roller coaster at Kings Island, which is home to some of the top-ranked roller coasters in annual industry and enthusiast polls including the Beast and Diamondback.

    Banshee marks the first new roller coaster to be introduced at Kings Island since the park unleashed Diamondback in 2009.

    In 1995, Cedar Point announced a stand-up roller coaster named Banshee, but quickly changed its moniker to Mantis after complaints that "Banshee" carried negative connotations.

    Bolliger and Mabillard of Switzerland is the company behind Banshee's design. It's the same company that also created GateKeeper, which debuted earlier this year at Cedar Point in Sandusky.

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