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Banshee at Kings Island

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Park:

Land:
Action Zone

Type:
Roller coaster

Opening Date:
Apr 18, 2014
(Confirmed)

Banshee will be the longest inverted roller coaster in the world at 4,124 feet. It will include seven inversions and, interestingly, will reach its top speed of 68 miles per hour in the middle of the ride’s course, not at the bottom of the 150 foot first drop.

The striking blue supports hold magenta track – fitting for the ride’s supernatural theme, and for its second calling card: being “the first female-inspired thrill ride at a Cedar Fair park.” You can take that to the bank! Which is good, because Banshee will also be the park’s largest ever investment at $24 million, beating out 2009’s B&M hyper coaster Diamondback ($22 million), and previous owner Paramount’s additions, Son of Beast and TOMB RAIDER: The Ride (now both defunct, neither lasting a full decade – and tragically so at $20 million a piece).

The ride’s station will take the form of an Irish cathedral with the loading track passing through the church’s shattered stained glass windows. Out of sync with early expectations, the ride will be placed in Kings Island’s Action Zone film-backlot themed area, which, it appears, will not be rethemed to accommodate the new attraction. Some had speculated that the entire area would be refreshed with a new "haunted" theme to match the coaster based on the fact that Cedar Fair has meticulously re-built each area of the park one year at a time, always pairing a new attraction with a refresh of the land it's located in.

Find out more about Banshee by reading our extensive preview of the new coaster.

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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures

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Reviews of Banshee:

2nd best at the park!
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Monday, March 21, 2016 17:57

Banshee is an excellent coaster! No doubt one of the best inverted coaster in the world! The restraints are very conferrable, no complains there! I recommend the back seat because you come out of your seat very rapidly on the first drop! One of the best experiences I have ever felt! Just a heads up for those people who like to complain about roughness, Banshee is a little rattly in the back seat but is still an amazing ride!

5
A great addition to Kings Island
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Thursday, February 11, 2016 17:44

Banshee is a great ride and the newest addition to Kings Island. Located in the Action Zone area of KI, Banshee sits on the site formerly occupied by the Son of Beast coaster. There is even a stone monument to the coaster in the Banshee queue line, complete with "eternal" flame on top. The Banshee station is really interesting, modeled on a Celtic church with high cathedral ceilings. Once you're strapped in, you're off on a looping, twisting, inverting ride that doesn't slow down. That's the one memorable thing about Banshee. Other coasters have sections where the coaster is slowed by brakes, but there are no brakes on Banshee until your ride has ended!

5

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