Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008 2:35 PM | Contributed by Jeff
The biggest and most exciting new attraction in Kings Island's 36-year history, a 5,282-foot long steel hyper roller coaster named Diamondback, will change the landscape for thrill seekers when the ride makes its debut in April 2009.
Diamondback will be the tallest, fastest and meanest roller coaster at Kings Island. The ride will stand 230 feet at its highest point with a first drop of 215 feet at a 74 degree angle and reach speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. The ride features 10 vertical drops overall including drops of 193, 131, 129, 110 and 106 feet, two helixes - one at 323 degrees and the other at 287 degrees - and a spectacular splashdown ending. The ride experience on Diamondback will last more than three heart-pounding minutes.
I see Cedar Fair is going to continue to use the curious seating arrangement that debuted on Behemoth. I hope the front of the train ends up looking like it does in the rendering- pretty cool. As AJ said, looks a lot like Nitro... but with Nitro being my favorite steel coaster, I see that as a very good thing.
I'm never going to KI again. This is the worst ride they could add. I thought it was going to be 500ft tall? I thought it was going to have loops? I thought the colors were going to be cool! The name is totally lame! It doesn't even go fast enough.