Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Kings Island- The 2020 Project

 Kings Island Building in 2020.. and it's BIG. 

While no real details are known yet, we do suspect that Kings Island has something big in the works for the 2020 season.

While we all know and love Banshee, this coaster doesn't take up nearly half of the footprint that was left when Son of Beast was demolished in 2009. Nor has the park filled up the space which was once the 'Dinosaurs Alive!' walk-thru attraction or the location where Firehawk once stood. Which has left a massive question, what are they going to do with the rest of that land?

Image from Wild Gravity Travels
The short and simple answer is 'We don't know, but we've got some guesses' and I suspect, your going to like them.

If you look at Cedar Fair and how they round-robin coaster building, 2020 is the year when Kings Island is cleared in the budget to build something expensive. Carowind's and Canada's Wonderland got the 2019 slots. So now, it's time for Kings Island to have a run at the budget and keep in the coaster war.

 Expensive, in amusement park terms, generally means 'Roller Coaster' and this is good! The park hasn't built a new coaster since Banshee opened in 2014.

More awesome Paint skills!
See all that space lined in orange? That's ALL open space now. Between three now-gone attractions the park has more expansion room than they've seen in years.  Large, open space to put something truly massive into.  The area on the bottom was once 'Dinosaurs Alive!' which is the clearing you see in the picture above.

Cleared land? That's suspicious!

While permits haven't been filed (that anyone has dug up, anyway) we've got the rumor floating in the wind, It's going to be a Giga coaster. Likely something big enough to surpass current rivals like Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Fury 365 at Carowinds and Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland.

Something truly massive is in the works.
Kings Island, we're watching you.
(Stalking, let's be honest. We're stalking them.)

We'll keep you posted as more information becomes available!

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