The Vortex rollercoaster at Kings Island has reopened, several weeks after a broken chain link in the ride's lift hill forced its closure.
Vortex had been closed since an incident on July 1, 2011 which saw the coaster's lift hill chain fail as it pulled a train towards the ride's first drop. A replacement chain link was subsequently ordered, and has now been successfully fitted. Vortex has now returned to action in time for the rest of the peak summer season at Kings Island.
Opened in 1987, Vortex is a steel rollercoaster manufactured by Arrow Dynamics. At the time of its debut, it featured more inversions (six) than any other coaster in the world, and was also briefly the tallest coaster in the world.
Kings Island opened two new attractions in 2011, as well as making a host of upgrades to existing rides. Theme Park Tourist recently posted in-depth reviews of the WindSeeker spinning tower ride and Dinosaurs Alive! interactive exhibit.