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Kings Island to debut B&M's Diamondback Mega Coaster for 2009

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Published: August 7, 2008 at 10:51 AM

It is said to be Kings Island's tallest and fastest roller coaster, and their "meanest". Diamondback is going to be 230 ft. tall, with a 215 ft. first drop, with the heights of 5 other hills ranging from 106 to 193 ft. It's top speed will be a raging 80 mph, and the length will be 2 feet above a mile, including a splash-down finish, like Griffon at BGE and Sheikra at BGA.

Train on Diamondback. Image courtesy Kings Island.

Diamondback is by B&M, and will have the first of it's kind style of seating in the U.S., like Behemoth at Canada's Wonderland. There will be 8 cars of 4 in a car, with 3 trains, with a total of 96 people combined. It's seating is very unique, because each car has 4 across, except the far ends on both the left and right are put about a foot behind the middle two seats.

Train on Diamondback. Image courtesy Kings Island.

The investment was $22 million, and will be the most money spent on a thrill ride in the park's 36-year history.

Readers' Opinions

From Beth Bickar on August 7, 2008 at 12:30 PM
Sounds exciting! Can't wait to see how the plans turn out! Thanks for the news! =)
From Anthony Murphy on August 7, 2008 at 12:37 PM
It looks like Raging Bull at SFGA a bit

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