The secret's out: Kings Island's newest ride is called 'Diamondback'

Courtesy Kings Island
Courtesy Kings Island

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

MASON, OH (FOX19) - Kings Island has announced plans for a brand new roller coaster that will open in Spring of 2009.

'Diamondback' will be a 5,282-foot long steel hyper coaster. It will be the tallest and fastest coaster at Kings Island, standing at 230 feet and reaching a speed of 80 miles per hour. The first drop is 215 feet at a 74 degree angle. Overall, the ride is three minutes long and features 10 vertical drops and two helixes, and a splashdown ending.

The biggest and most exciting new attraction in Kings Island's 36-year history, a 5,282-foot long steel hyper roller coaster named Diamondback, will change the landscape for thrill seekers when the ride makes its debut in April 2009.

"This ride is big - real big - intense and aggressive," said Greg Scheid, Kings Island's vice president and general manager. "Not only are the statistics of the ride awesome, but its use of the rugged natural terrain and spectacular splashdown ending ensures that no other roller coaster tops these thrills."

The trains on Diamondback will feature unique, open-air stadium-style seating that will allow riders to experience an unobstructed view of all the thrills and excitement on one of the world's best roller coasters.

Kings Island will be the first park in the United States with trains of this style on a roller coaster.

Diamondback will be located in the Rivertown area of the park. It will be the biggest investment in Kings Island's 36-year history at $22 million dollars and will be the park's 15th world-class roller coaster.

Diamondback was designed by Bolliger and Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland, a recognized industry leader in roller coaster development.