Vortex (Kings Island)

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Vortex Kings Island.jpg
Kings Island
LocationKings Island
Park sectionConey Mall
Coordinates39°20′27″N 84°15′51″W / 39.340724°N 84.264219°W / 39.340724; -84.264219Coordinates: 39°20′27″N 84°15′51″W / 39.340724°N 84.264219°W / 39.340724; -84.264219
Opening dateApril 11, 1987 (1987-04-11)
Closing dateOctober 27, 2019 (2019-10-27)
Cost$4,000,000 USD
ReplacedThe Bat
General statistics
ManufacturerArrow Dynamics
ModelCustom Looping Coaster
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height148 ft (45 m)
Drop138 ft (42 m)
Length3,800 ft (1,200 m)
Speed55 mph (89 km/h)
Max vertical angle55°
Capacity1,600 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains3 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Vortex at RCDB
Pictures of Vortex at RCDB

Vortex is a steel roller coaster at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. It was designed and built by Arrow Dynamics. It cost $4 million. The ride officially opened to the public on April 11, 1987. When it opened, Vortex was the tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world. It was also the first one where riders are upside down six times. Vortex is where The Bat used to be. The Bat was the world's first suspended roller coaster. There have been more than 38 million rides on Vortex. It is one of the most popular attractions at Kings Island.

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