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VORTEX

Looking for great thrills? Looking for twisting, turning, looping excitement? Well, hold on tight because once you're in the grip of Vortex, you’ll never be the same again!

The 1,000 tons of steel used to erect Vortex is configured (others may say twisted) into some of the most intense thrills at Paramount's Kings Island. Taking passengers upside down an awesome six times before the ride ends, Vortex set a record for the number of twists on a steel coaster when it was first built in 1987.

After ascending to the top of the first hill, the coaster dives 138-feet into a double vertical loop-to-loop at over 50 miles per hour! Next, riders are propelled into a dizzying corkscrew that immediately precedes a boomerang turn. Then, as if the corkscrew weren’t enough, riders are hurled into an invigorating 360-degree helix for the climax of the ride. Vortex was designed exclusively for Paramount's Kings Island by Arrow Dynamics in Clearfield, Utah.

This is your exclusive invitation to get caught in the grip that makes Vortex one of America’s premier steel coasters!

 

Type of Coaster: Steel, single track with two vertical loops, one corkscrew, one boomerang turn, and a 360-degree helix turn at the end
Length of Track: 3,800'
Height of Lift Hill: 148' high, with drop of 138', at a 55-degree angle
Vertical Loops: Two, the first, 72' and the second, 62' high
Corkscrew: 30' high and 200' long
Boomerang Turn: Takes riders 60' from lowest to highest point
360-Degree Helix Turn: At the end of the ride
Speed: Exceeding 50 miles per hour
Ride Time: 2 1/2 minutes
Capacity and Number of Trains: 1,600 riders per hour, in 3 trains of 7 cars each
Location: At the end of Coney Mall
Designer: Arrow Dynamics, Inc., Clearfield, Utah
Length of Construction: Approximately eight months
Opening Date: April, 1987
Cost: $4 million
Interesting Facts: A one of a kind steel roller coaster, designed exclusively for Kings Island. Approximately 1,000 tons of steel to be used in construction. The trains and track were manufactured by Arrow, the support columns by southern Ohio Fabricators, Woodlawn, Ohio.