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We have come to the conclusion that we don’t necessarily hate the big wave turn, as it is still a sprawling element on the Giga coaster. However we wish it felt as if it did more. The first turns on Leviathan and Fury 325 do a bit more.
I wrote a detailed review in our past Kings Island report a few weeks back, but will reiterate that if you came for just airtime, you came for the wrong thing. Orion really does a good job combining a bunch of different elements.
Orion sure manages to get long lines. Unfortunately only 2-seats are filled per train on Orion for the time being, due to social distancing. I get the sentiment, however Banshee does not do this. Riders are still quite far removed from one another if sitting directly behind each other. I hope the park moves to a 1-party-per-row system for this coaster too.
The presence of Orion at Kings Island is impressive. It is a graceful looking coaster that doesn’t at any point cross paths with any other attraction or guest-accessible infrastructure. Again quite unique.
We did rank Orion among the rest of the Traditional Giga Coasters in the world, as we are privileged enough to have ridden them all. So check out the rankings here.
Before we wrap up the report, I do want to shout out the park some more for the immense maintenance and upkeep that keeps every inch of the park looking maintained. The entrance plaza for example is gorgeous. Other regional theme park chains in the US (yep, you know the one) just can’t seem to do things this way.