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Kings Island Announces Mystic Timbers for 2017

But “what’s in the shed?”

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.ki_mt-layout_micrositerendering

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.

What do you think of Mystic Timbers? Leave a comment below.

Update: Mystic Timbers Begins Testing

By Jonathan

A trip to Dollywood at age eight changed me forever. Since then, I have been on a wild quest to fulfill my cravings for thrill. Here at Theme Park Press, I desire to share my adventures and give my thoughts on the latest industry news.

1 reply on “Kings Island Announces Mystic Timbers for 2017”

I think there are a bunch of questions still to be asked that just might “un-disappoint” many that were hoping for more.

On board audio enhancements? Since there isn’t much in the way of “ride elements” (other than the s-curve), perhaps audio will somehow work into the concept by having the sound of something chasing you like in the promotional video.

Optional VR or AT enhancements? Could there be an story “overlay” that uses the woods, tunnel, and shed, to tell a story – while still allowing others a more traditional ride experience while on the same train?

Will the shed “experience” take much time? We have been given the train count and seating capacity, length, speed, and capacity throughput. Someone should be able to now determine how long that component of the ride will take.

Lastly, the shed itself looks to be one elevation, open construction under itself, and yet contains a bend too tight for a train to articulate around. Given the restraints, and envelope – I doubt there will be drop or trick elements in the track.

Whatever is inside the shed isn’t going to be (physically) very big, and the proximity to the loading station will make it hard to isolate boarding riders from the final surprise.

I might be still hoping for too much, but these observations might change what looks like a “baby Beast”, into something very unique.

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