Kings Island has announced that it is installing its 16th roller coasters, Mystic Timbers. Manufactured by Great Coasters International (GCI), the wooden roller coaster is scheduled to open to the public in April of 2017. Mystic Timbers will rise 109 feet into the sky and drop riders 97 feet down at 53mph. Over the course of 3,265 feet of track, the ride will feature 16 air time hills and an extreme “S” turn. From all appearances, this roller coaster will be perfect for enthusiasts of all ages. In fact, it should be the perfect roller coaster for children looking to transition from Planet Snoopy to the bigger coasters throughout the park.
What’s In The Shed, Kings Island?
Unlike many roller coaster announcements, coaster enthusiasts are left wondering, “What’s In The Shed?” Kings Island’s VP and General Manager, Greg Scheid, exclaims, “What happens in the shed, stays in the shed!” Near the end of the ride, riders will enter the shed, but little is known about what will happen next. Maybe, just maybe, the coaster train will have a free fall drop similar to Wonder Mountain’s Guardian coaster attraction at Canada’s Wonderland! Maybe, it will launch riders out backwards back through the course. The park notes that it will not announce exactly what will happen in the shed. To find out, enthusiasts will have to ride in spring of 2017.
While this coaster will not be the tallest or fastest in the world, it is slated to add two world records for the park. Upon its completion, Kings Island will have the most number of wooden roller coasters (5) and most feet of wooden roller coaster track (approximately 18,800 ft). The park looks to have a winner, especially if what’s in the shed is half as crazy and fun as some people are anticipating!
Height of First Hill: 109ft
Height of First Drop: 97ft
Track Length: 3265ft
Track type: Wooden
Manufacturer: Great Coasters International (GCI)
Elements: Extreme “S” turn, 16 airtime hills
New World Records: Most wooden roller coasters in a park (5) and most wooden coaster track (18,800 feet of track)
[Images courtesy of Kings Island.]