Long lines for Banshee and on the freeway for King Island's opening day

Posted Saturday, April 19, 2014 10:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Interstate 71 experienced some traffic jams in Mason Friday as Kings Island opened their gates to start the 2014 season. Wait times for the new Banshee roller coaster were running just over two hours according to Kings Island score keepers.

Read more and see video from WLWT/Cincinnati.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:32 PM
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SVLFever said:

I remember SDL at HP....

OK. I must have lost all of my coaster nerd cred. What and where??


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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:42 PM
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SooperDooperLooper, HersheyPark.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 12:43 PM
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Monday, April 21, 2014 1:07 PM
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SooperDooperLooper, Hersheypark.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 1:16 PM
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Monday, April 21, 2014 1:17 PM

What? Where?

Edit to add:
Whoops, never mind. I figured it out. Duh.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 1:31 PM
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Monday, April 21, 2014 1:37 PM

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Monday, April 21, 2014 2:08 PM
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Or Maverick.


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Monday, April 21, 2014 2:28 PM

Or sooperdooperLooper at Hersheypark.

To be correct,...

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Monday, April 21, 2014 3:03 PM

but some of the riders have been getting sick, which has made the ride operators have to shut the ride down long enough to sanitize it again.

That's why I don't care for B&M Inverts much anymore. As I've hit my 40's, I get dizzy every time on an Invert now. At least with any other, the ride time is short enough that I can endure without getting sick. But I guess since Banshee keeps "screaming" on, it goes over that limit for more people.

Think KI will make any changes to the ride?

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Monday, April 21, 2014 3:08 PM

I normally don't like inverts because they are inversion after inversion, and its more force than I personally like. I thought i would not like Banshee for that reason plus its size. I was surpised. The two loops have normal inversion forces, but i found the ride slows down at the top of the rest of the inversions where you actually feel like your are floating.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 5:04 PM

^ Actually, watching the POV, it does look a lot different than most Inverts. Big sweeping rolls (like the Wingriders), are great for us "older" folks. And none of the whiplash that most Inverts produce! As long as the restraints don't permanently shorten your height like the Wingrider's, I may actually really enjoy it.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 5:07 PM

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Or sooperdooperLooper at Hersheypark.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 5:14 PM

That's it. The inversions on Banshee are big and sweeping. IMO Dive loops are the best inversions on an inverted and Banshee has 3 of them. Normally the flat-spin type inversions on the inverteds are quick and give a "whiplash"-like effect. On this coaster they do not. Normally i will ride an inverted once and thats enough for me. Banshee is rerideable in my book.

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Monday, April 21, 2014 5:46 PM
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Clark Griswold said:

Big sweeping rolls (like the Wingriders), are great for us "older" folks. And none of the whiplash that most Inverts produce!

See, I like the 'snap' that the Inverteds give and Banshee definitely doesn't have it.

However, don't be fooled by the large inversions - they pack serious forces. This isn't big and floaty and 'forceless' inversions. This is repeated heavy G's. You will get off of the ride with the tingly feet sensation.


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Monday, April 21, 2014 6:08 PM

I have grown to like the snap of the inverts more as I have gotten older. Looking forward to riding Banshee later this summer even without the snap. From descriptions and POVs I have seen, ride looks to have nice intensity. Gatekeeper doesn't but is more of what I would call an "enjoyable ride."

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:51 AM
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Clark Griswold said:
That's why I don't care for B&M Inverts much anymore. As I've hit my 40's, I get dizzy every time on an Invert now. At least with any other, the ride time is short enough that I can endure without getting sick. But I guess since Banshee keeps "screaming" on, it goes over that limit for more people.

Hey there. I have a vertigo problem as well. My doctor gives me something called Antivert to use anytime I feel like I might get "the dizzies." I found on this trip that if I take while I am at the park, I can tolerate anything the rides do to me. My doctor also told me that if I don't have any Antivert, I can take Dramimine and it will have the same effect. It actually made me feel like I was a little kid again as far as being able to ride rides.

As for the side effect of drowsiness, I find that if I am active, like walking around a big amusement park, I don't get drowsy. Perhaps that information will help you and anyone else with that problem to enjoy parks more now. :)

Last edited by LostKause, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:52 AM
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:55 AM
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Sorry for the double. Different thought...

As far as the big long sweeping inversions on banshee go, it makes the ride unique and very enjoyable, in my opinion. There is something very different about this ride. It's just so fast. You feel the speed and the forces, and the new restraints are great. It's a really amazing ride unlike anything I have ever been on. It's a fresh take on inverted coasters.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:45 AM

Is it possible to run 3 trains on this coaster without stacking, since there is no mid course brake? The 3rd train doesn't seem to add any capacity over 2 trains. It seems they should have put in separate load and unload areas in this case as the 3rd train just sits there until the station is clear.

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