We might be CA Coaster Kings, and we generally only cover CA, we cannot leave Kings Island’s 2014 plans unnoticed. Kings Island will introduce the world’s tallest and longest inverted coaster in 2014! Additionally they will transform their Flight Deck Arrow Suspended Swinging Coaster into BAT!
Banshee will stand a 167 ft tall and feature a first drop of 150 ft. With a length of 4,124.1 ft. the ride will become the world’s longest inverted roller coaster when it opens in 2014. The ride will include seven inversions including two vertical Loops, a Dive Loop, a Zero-G-Roll, a Batwing and a Heartline roll. Riders of Banshee will experience speeds of up to 68 miles per hour on the 2-minute, 40-second ride.
After departing from the station, the train will make a left turn towards the 167-ft. lift-hill. Once at the top, the train will drop 150 ft. on a heavily banked right turn. After reaching the bottom of the drop, riders will enter a Dive Loop immediately followed by a vertical Loop around the lift-hill. Continuing down the valley, the train will enter the third inversion, a Zero-G-Roll, where riders experience the feeling of weightlessness. Next, the train will make an upward left hand turn into a Batwing. Upon exiting the Batwing, the train will enter a second vertical Loop before making a right turn into a Heartline roll. Following a downward left helix, the train will make a banked right turn into the final brake run.
The BAT has a long background story, but in a few words;. Kings Island opened the first ever Suspended Swinging coaster from Arrow, with the name BAT, in 1981. Due to technical problems this ride closed pretty quick after it opened, in 1983. Kings Island then opened a 2nd generation Suspended Swinging Coaster from Arrow 10 years later in 1993. This ride opened as Top Gun, and was changed to Flight Deck due to license rights in 2007. To honor the old BAT that closed 30 years ago, Kings Island is re-theming Flight Deck to become BAT. This also has to do with the fact that Flight Deck/BAT’s entrance is ;located next to Banshee.