Kings Island may have one of the world’s biggest coaster collections, but they’re always looking to improve their lineup. New rumors suggest that the park may be planning a B&M Giga Coaster for 2017, which would stand nearly a hundred feet taller than their current biggest coaster, Diamondback.
Sister park Carowinds built a Giga last year (Fury 325), and I named it one of the best coasters I’ve ever ridden. Its sheer height, speed, and intensity provided unprecedented thrills, and I loved the way it flew by the new park entrance. I think such a coaster would be a great addition to Kings Island.
Where would the new coaster go? If Kings Island follows in Carowinds and Cedar Point’s footsteps, it seems likely that the ride’s layout will closely interact with the park entrance. I’m expecting the coaster to have an out-and-back layout along the front of the park:
What about a name? Cedar Fair filed a trademark for the name Centurion, and while we don’t know for sure, there’s a good chance it’s the name for King’s Island’s new coaster.
As for the ride’s height, I’d expect it to be even taller than Fury 325 and become the world’s tallest and fastest Giga Coaster. A first drop of 330-350 feet sounds reasonable.
Do you think Kings Island is getting a Giga? Leave a comment below and stay tuned for more updates.