Kings Island announces Mystic Timbers, a GCI wooden roller coaster

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From the press release:

Themed to an area surrounding a lumber company becoming overrun by a mysterious medusa-like overgrowth of vines as nature reclaims its land, Mystic Timbers will be 3,265 feet in length, reach 109 feet in height and weave along steep cliffs, down ravines, cross over water and go through an extreme S-turn, among a forest of trees, at speeds up to 53 mph.

The ride will feature a total of 16 airtime hills, a mid-course tunnel and interact with parts of the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad and White Water Canyon attractions.

“Mystic Timbers is naturally exciting because of its setting in a densely wooded area,” Kings Island’s vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid said. “The natural rugged terrain and tunnel ensures a unique and memorable ride experience.”

Mystic Timbers is custom designed and built for the topography of Kings Island by Great Coasters International, Inc. (GCI) of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Three trains will accommodate 24 passengers each (four riders per car and six cars per train) with a capacity of 1,200 riders per hour. Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. The ride experience will last more than two minutes.

Visit the official Mystic Timbers site.

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I think this is a huge win for Kings Island. Lightning Racer is one of my favorite rides and I really enjoyed Gwazi back in 2003 before it went to pot. High quality ride and a bit of mystery (#WhatsInTheShed) will make this THE most anticipated coaster of 2017 (so far).

Guesses on the second announcement? Mine: re-do of the Action Theater into Plants vs. Zombies -type ride.

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If you live in Orlando, you probably can't help but think of this...

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Or if you remember a certain 80s flick...

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Has anyone posted an overhead map with the layout superimposed? It's been a long time since I've been to King's Island, and I'm a bit disoriented as to exactly where this ride's heading off to.

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This turned out to be pretty close as far as placement:

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Thanks, Gonch!

Isn't this just a wood version of Verbolten? Not that it matters to the vast majority of people. It still looks like a lot of fun.

1. Possessed forest/vines

2. Shed/show building

3. Trains that look like real cars.

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The whole #WhatsInTheShed idea is intriguing, but I think I've figured out what is in there: an extra block.

All of the other GCI's installed by Cedar Fair run only 2 trains. This one will run 3, but there is still no MCBR, so presumably there is an extra block behind the station. Instead of being a boring extra block, they are adding "something" to make it part of the ride. It's a creative idea, and I hope it really pays off.

Kings Island already has a coaster that does something similar in Adventure Express.

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I'm curious as to why they are going with four-person cars, instead of the two-person cars like on Prowler, Renegade and Goldstriker. I prefer two-person cars that I've experienced on Roar (Discovery Kingdom), Kentucky Rumbler as well as Prowler and Renegade.

I think that's just a limitation in the No Limits 2 software they used. They are probably still going with the millennium fliers.

Hey, let's ride (random Intamin coaster). What? It's broken down? I totally didn't expect that.

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The press release says four riders per car. I hope it's wrong.

The offride/flyover video shows normal MFlyers.

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I'm super excited about Mystic Timbers! I had a gut feeling that a new wooden roller-coaster was coming to Kings Island, it was just a matter of time before they announced it. I was hoping maybe GCI would try out a loop on this one, but that's alright. I love the layout the way it is. As far as what's in the shed, I think Pagoda Gift Shop is right on. I mentioned this on KIC, that I think they're will be an animation thrown in the shed and riders will slowly come back to the station from that. Great job Kings Island!

Although it was unanimously the best part of Son of Beast, I don't think Kings Island has any interest in a looping woodie for a very, very long time.

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I rode Son of Beast. Once. Once was enough. The only best part of that ride was the brake run into the station.

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I'm looking forward to this ride. When the plans surfaced I thought it was a surprising choice, (I would've wagered real money on it being a B&M monster,) but then I thought "why not?" A new wooden ride is always welcome and Ohio has been left rather bereft. Oddly, there has never been a GCI ride in the state, Ohioans have to visit parks in Hershey, St. Louis, or closest, I guess, would be Louisville.

I like GCI designed rides, but Prowler is not on my list yet. The big, swoopy rides I have taken were lots of fun, even if eventually a little predictable. Some haven't held up very well, but that is likely not the designer's fault. The Thunderheads, Rumblers, Lightning Racers, and Roars of the world carry a design aesthetic and deliver a ride that have a place. People seem to enjoy them, and for sure, the view from the street just screams "roller coaster". Of their short/sweet out n backs I've only tried Fun Spot's offering and I liked it a lot.

I think it's weird that so many rides these days carry some far-fetched story line. So often it has very little to do with the riders' experience. There does seem to be some confusement about the train. I understand if they didn't or couldn't throw the themed look into the rendering, but if the park's press release states 4 person cars and they wind up using regular Millenium Flyer trains with a fancy nose (which would be fine with me) then shame on them for not knowing their facts.

They have an opportunity to use this theme to their advantage. If they make a rollicking ride through a wooded area then that would be great, but they might go the extra mile and decorate the surroundings and structures with the choking vine. As for the shed, who knows? It obviously will serve as the block brake for three train operation (and we should be grateful for that) and hopefully it will include a show scene that's something better than that on Adventure Express. If nothing else, maybe it will serve to quiet the stack-haters.

Are you saying that you like stacks? :-)

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What's in the shed? A trim brake.

Oops! Wrong wooden coaster.

I suspect there will be a second, slightly smaller shed, inside the first shed.

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