UPDATE 8/8/13 – Kings Island has announced Banshee for 2014. It will debut as the longest inverted roller coaster in the World with seven loops & 4,100+ feet of track. Read and watch a video here: Banshee Roller Coaster Coming to Kings Island in 2014 [divider_line]This is always a fun time of the year as parks begin dropping hints for what they’ll be building for next year. The speculation and excitement was ratcheted way up this week with a few new facets to the Kings Island’s 2014 roller coaster project.
A Comb and White Hair
Kings Island sent out a media kit with a comb and synthetic white or gray hair. This gives credence to the rumored Banshee name and theme for the new roller coaster. It’d be great if Kings Island continues this theming thread and really gives the coaster some unique aspects tied to a banshee like some on-board audio or a heavily-themed, story-based station.
Kings Island to Make Official Announcement on Thursday, August 8th
All of the speculation will be ending soon as Kings Island is set to make an official announcement on Thursday, August 8th at 10 PM. Announcements are usually made at 10 AM. The fact that the park opted for the late hour is likely tied to the dark, sinister nature of the ride’s theme. Maybe the Banshee herself will make an appearance.
Supposed Roller Coaster Blueprints Leaked
Theme parks have been known to “leak” false information and clues in the past, but a video posted by someone who does not appear to be working for the park supposedly show the plans for Kings Island’s 2014 roller coaster. They certainly look legit, but we won’t know for sure until next week. Check out this video of Kings Island’s 2014 Coaster Blueprints:
Will Banshee be a World Record-Breaking Inverted Roller Coaster?
I wasn’t on the inverted coaster bandwagon, but I may be hopping on now. Based on Lance (Screamscape) connecting the “IC2-J” on the blueprints matching the blue coaster supports found at the B&M manufacturing plant, we may in fact see an inverted coaster instead of a wing or giga coaster. There have also been others that have analyzed the footers and determined that this could be an inverted coaster.
There hasn’t been a new inverted coaster in the U.S. in years. It seems like amusement parks like to follow the latest trends, but if Kings Island aims to make this new ride a truly “world record-breaking” coaster as invites given to guests have stated, then maybe that’ll be enough for them. If it’s a massive inverted terrain coaster like my Top 10-worthy Alpengeist, then I’m all for it. I just didn’t think it was likely.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think of these recent developments? Are you convinced the ride will be an inverted coaster? What do you think of the blueprint video? Leave a comment below.
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