Kings Island tops out Diamondback coaster
Yesterday at 2:42 p.m. workers at Kings Island amusement park, outside Cincinnati, installed the final section of track for Diamondback
, the park's new Bolliger & Mabillard Mega Coaster.
That means that construction is on schedule for an April debut for the $22 million coaster, with its "stadium seating" design. You can take a virtual ride on Diamondback on our listing page, and follow the construction on Kings Island's live Diamondback webcam.
Image courtesy Kings Island
Brrr. Snow. Frankly, I'm impressed with any coaster builder working in that. I'd say "hats off," but in that snow, y'all really need to keep 'em on.
Update: I'm feeling a bit sick today, so I'm not going to be able to get out to a park for a Tuesday visit. Will try later in the week, though.
Also, I'd love to take requests from folks on which SoCal attractions they'd like me to visit and post photos/recaps/comments/interviews on the site. Post requests in the comments or e-mail 'em to me. (Link at bottom of page.)
I saw the footage on local news last night. It look great in full color! It still looks strange to me that they plopped a coaster in where they did. They filled in an old water feature that helped set the mood for the "Rivertown" area of the park where The Beast resides. The area was previously just open green space and water.
I've been following the blog and webcam ever since they announced it. I just love to be updated! Here in D.C., we also got a few inches of snow... although it has nothing to do with ANYTHING, I'm sick, too.
you say brrrr, but you beach bums have no idea. Sorry for the name calling, I'm just hating because I'm living in the middle of Ohio. It got down to the single digits yesterday. Imagine the weather 250 feet in the air, and the guys who had to bolt the track together. At least it didn't rain ice like it has been today.
I love to see u go 2 universal studios hollywood it has'nt been looked at in a long time.
USH, actually, was my intended destination today. So it's definitely top on my to-do list.
I am excited to try it out this year. And it looks like they have been making good progress along the way. Which means someone had a plan and hopefully a good design to go with it. I have been following the pics and webcam too. Was really neat to see it move along. I think they are working on finishing up the station now. WOOT!
Oh and we got about 8" or so of snow here in Indy late yesterday and overnight. We don't normally get that much here so hopefully this will be it. It's pretty and I like snow just not digging out my drive way for an hour and then driving to work in it. :P
I'm looking forward to visiting my new "home" park, Kings Island. The addition of this new Mega-coaster will make my introduction just that much sweeter!
I am thinking about getting a Platinum Pass for Cedar Fair (instead of the Gold Pass just for World's of Fun), and making KI a destination for this summer. I do so want to ride this new B&M hyper coaster.
James, I haven't been to KI, but I have been on the KD version of Fof, and It's awesome. SO much better than Joker's Jinx at SFA, and probably all the other copies outside. I'd say inside, It's 95% dark, with some flickering, moving, colorful lights moving all around you while you're there. Since you never stop moving, you never have a good chance to glance around and try to look at the track. Just put your hands up, and just let the ride do the walking! The other lights are on the launch; Blinking blue lights as you blast off in the tunnel... they also throw a pic in the boost, it's kinda hard to tell when it comes. (Remember, everything I'm referring to is from KD, NOT KI...)
Thanks for the info, Eli. I remember seeing pictures of Poltergeist at SF Fiesta Texas and thinking, "That coaster would be awesome indoors and in the dark. Little did I know at the time that someone else had the same thought!
Robert - I'd love to see something on the Pony Express at Knott's. They have this ride on parts of their website - but missing from others and I've never seen a picture of it! I'll be visiting Knott's on February 6th so I'll try to take some snaps myself.
Thanks Scottland. I am almost convinced the visit will be a good one now. I am a little chagrined about FoF at KI as I have read in several places that it is a little painful and a little dated. I may have to make a quick jaunt to KD when I visit my friends in Virginia in late summer (no kids and no driving on that trip - just me and a few buds) and ride their version of FoF.
I'd say FoF and Poltergeist are spaghetti - RnR is a nice elbow macaroni!!
Gotcha...different, but similar.
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