It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. After months of speculation, we finally know what Kings Island has been cooking up behind the scenes: A GCI wooden coaster.
Standing 109 feet tall, Mystic Timbers will offer a fast-paced layout through the woods, which are “becoming overrun by a mysterious medusa-like overgrowth of vines as nature reclaims its land.” Ride elements include 16 airtime hills, an extreme S-turn, and a midcourse tunnel in its 3,265-foot layout.
Designed by Great Coasters International, Mystic Timbers will be the park’s fourth wooden coaster, making Kings Island the park with the most wooden track of any amusement park (8,804 feet). Though much shorter of a ride than the Beast, its older sibling, Mystic Timbers features multiple low-to-the-ground hills that will provide some pretty extreme airtime.
The ride was custom designed for Kings Island’s unique topography.
“Mystic Timbers is naturally exciting because of its setting in a densely wooded area,” according to Kings Island’s general manager, Greg Scheid. “The natural rugged terrain and tunnel ensures a unique and memorable ride experience.”
But wait, there’s more! Mystic Timbers is holding back some sort of surprise in the mysterious shed at the end of its layout. While Kings Island isn’t willing to give out the secret just yet, they offered a sneak peak video of the shed’s outside:
So what’s in the shed? Perhaps it holds a drop track like Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, or even an interactive 4D experience. We’ll find out when the coaster opens next spring.
Watch an on-ride POV of Mystic Timbers:
I think Kings Island has a solid ride on their hands and I certainly can’t wait to ride it next year, but to be honest, I’m a bit disappointed. The park already has three wooden coasters, all relatively family friendly rides. I wish that for 2017 they would instead build a wild RMC or record-breaker worthy of Son of Beast’s title. Not to say that Mystic Timbers looks tame, per se, but terribly boring and cliché when compared with what it could have been. But I suppose I shouldn’t judge until I know what’s in the shed.
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Update: Mystic Timbers Begins Testing