King’s Island amusement park in Ohio has just revealed the newest roller coaster awaiting thrill seekers this spring and it features a massive three hundred foot drop.

The new Orion coaster will be the park’s tallest, fastest and longest steel roller coaster in addition to being just one of seven “giga” coasters in the entire world. A ride qualifies as a “giga” coaster when it features a drop between 300 and 399 feet.

The ride will last three minutes and feature seven hills after the mega drop, reaching speeds of up to 91 miles per hour. Fans will have to wait until Spring 2020 to get their first thrill ride, as the coaster is still under construction. Just hours after the park’s announcement the first pieces of the ride arrived for installation.

King’s Island is already home to a record-breaking coaster, the Beast, which is the longest wooden roller coaster in the world.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

All photos: King’s Island



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