This ride had my attention before I was even to the queue line. As I approached Mystic Timbers, everything had a rather “spooky” feeling to it. This suited the ride well already. There were sounds coming from the entrance: “No trespassing,” “Do not enter,”and more things warning people to stay away. Coming from the crashed truck at the entrance you could hear on the radio “Ride the Bat at Kings Island” showing a little history of the park's past. Upon entering the queue foreshadowing already begins for the mystery of the shed. Instead of FunTV, there were security cameras showing people walking around the woods saying “we see people headed for the shed!”
As you approach the station you hear more about the shed and to stay away from it.
At this point you board the train, a Millennium Flyer train made for GCI, themed to a rusty old truck for the Miami River Lumber Co. This train seats two people per row totaling 24 riders per train. As the train dispatches, the sound of a truck starting up and driving off can be heard. When the train first reaches the lift hill it starts a slow but steady climb. A voice yells, “go home to your video games! It’s not safe!" The train then speeds up until it reaches the top of the hill where it slows down again. Before you plunge down the 109-foot drop you hear “Don’t go in the shed!”
This is where the adventure begins, you ride into the unknown in the lumber truck.
You go through a total of 16 airtime hills, twists and turns, and extreme S-curves — all guaranteed to keep you out of your seat (literally). The train then reaches the brakes where you are eye-to-eye with the mysterious shed that has had you asking one question since the day Mystic Timbers was announced — “What’s in the shed?”
A voice says “don’t go in the shed.” It cuts in and out, warps and then repeats “go in the shed.” The truck enters the shed, the transfer track is to your right, a painted symbol from Son of Beast is slightly hidden to the left as a tribute to the coaster. The truck proceeds forward, it suddenly comes to a stop. A nearby radio starts playing music, and we will not talk about what happens after that.
Mystic Timbers is truly a spectacular roller coaster. It is a whole new generation of wooden roller coaster, bringing them into this new era of the coaster industry. As Jarred said “This is one of the best wooden coasters out there, and it’s right here in Ohio”.
Throughout the event I heard many people ask a specific question: “Kings Island has so many wooden coasters why would they build another?” The answer is simple, this is a new era of wooden coasters. Kings Island currently has classic wooden coasters, but Mystic Timbers is a modern-day wooden coaster. It has elements that were never thought to be possible on wooden coasters. GCI has challenged this thought and made it a reality. Along with this, Kings Island has reclaimed the world record for the most wooden track in one park, totaling 18,804 feet of total wooden track at the park.
I would strongly recommend riding this coaster as it is something new that not many have seen. The “spooky” theming really sets the mood of the ride with a ton of foreshadowing for the mystery that awaits in the shed. Mystic Timbers takes a roller coaster and a dark ride and slightly combines them for something unique that you can not easily find. This is a great addition to Kings Island and we look forward to seeing how everyone else enjoys this ride when it opens to the general public. Thank you for coming along on our journey as we rode into the unknown on Mystic Timbers!
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