Kings Island announces Mystic Timbers, a GCI wooden roller coaster

Posted Friday, July 29, 2016 10:12 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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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Monday, August 1, 2016 11:50 AM
LostKause's avatar

Kings Island seems to usually go with dark themes for their rides, especially lately. Banshee, The Bat, and now Mystic Timbers. The darker themes represent more mystery, in my opinion. I hope they keep that up.

Monday, August 1, 2016 12:26 PM
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Monday, August 1, 2016 5:52 PM
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This looks like a frickin knockout. 109 foot drop with nothing after it but tiny little bumps and helixes? This is gonna be a high speed ride through the forest and it's gonna pack a wallop, even if it looks small. I'm not much interested in what happens in the shed. Kings Island ditched their indoor Top Spin after only a couple of seasons so I don't trust them on any kind of indoor theming stuff they try, they can't handle it. But the coaster itself looks awesome, a great addition to the park.

It's not about bigger and better for parks the size of Kings Island, it's about quality. I think this looks like a quality 15th coaster for Kings Island.

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Monday, August 1, 2016 9:05 PM
LostKause's avatar

The park doesn't need bigger right now. This is the perfect size for people who are too scared to ride Beast, but want a bigger thrill than Stunt Track. Many parks only have a few rides for the younger kids. Kudos for Kings Island for doing something that appeals to more people.

It just occurred to me, this is somewhat similar to Racer.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 1:39 PM

Reminds me of Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce, just not on a mountain...

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 4:45 PM

LostKause said:
It just occurred to me, this is somewhat similar to Racer.

I'd have to agree, but only somewhat similar in the fact they're both a relatively "out and back" design.

This ride definitely seems to stay much lower to the terrain throughout the run, and the wooded setting will provide an entirely different ride experience than along a midway. I'm sure that's an observation only enthusiasts realize.

I'd still bet the GP correlates it more to a mix of The Beast and Adventure Express depending upon what ends up being in the shed -- just for the thematic element.

But yes, a big kudos to KI for the addition. Great all-around choice for the park.

Last edited by cmwein, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 4:47 PM
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 6:41 PM
August Mueller's avatar

I love GCI and Millennium Flyers. Layout looks good and fast. I suspect a drop event in the shed, effectively creating another block. What then? A slow lift up to the station?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 7:22 PM
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What's in the shed? Chainsaws (and a serial killer)!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 7:34 PM

Actually, that's where they keep the wood chipper. With your accomplice stickin' out of it.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 7:38 PM
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Yer darn tootin'!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016 11:23 PM

No Whyte Lightning? :)

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