The Racer reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for The Racer, a roller coaster at Kings Island. (The minimum height to ride is 48 inches.)
Written by Ty Mullins
An out-and-back, twin-tracked wooden roller coaster that allows riders to race another train over multiple small hills. It was created by the famous John Allen and is often accredited for starting the second roller coaster golden age.
The trains on the South track ran in reverse from 1982 to 2007.
FastLane is available for this attraction.
Brutally rough, but a classic. Unfortunate they stopped the backwards trains as a great thrill (on a slow day) was always to ride it FORWARD at least twice in a row FIRST, then hop on the backwards train and when it broke to the right (instead of the left) you literally thought you flew off the tracks. More of a mental thrill, but still a good one. It's a nice 7/10 for a woodie. - Randy Miller
A wonderful classic woodie! - Mike Bianucci
7/10. I've never found it rough and the airtime is great. I'm certainly not a heavyset guy or anything but the seats still seem uncomfortable and just small. Otherwise it's pretty good and I still ride it each visit. - Bradley Keith
Fun little ride that had good airtime and felt smooth to me. The only time you are jerked is going over the top of the second hill but it doesn't take away from the ride too much. I wish the two sides had been racing but I understand how difficult that loading process would be. (8/10) - Lexi R
I thought this was an enjoyable ride, but it has little airtime. The fun element is of course racing head to head. This makes a pretty bland and short layout fun. Just like the Beast, you have to sit in the second row of a car for a smooth ride. 6/10 - Edward Morgan
Its like the parent of the bluestreak! - ed shaheen
A bit rough, which seemed odd for a racer. - M. Ryan Traylor
The Racer is a fun ride but be carefull if the ride was repaired earlier that day wait a few hours before riding again. One good thing is you can just walk on to this ride blue or red car. The best seat on the ride is front seat you feel like you are winning and better than the other car. - Darrell Weaver
A very enjoyable and classic ride with a competitive piece added to it by the racing cars. I found that it doesnt always matter which train starts first, I have ridden and come from behind on both sides. It depends on how much the trains weigh. Classic ride that the family and coaster enthusiasts will enjoy. - Michael Hurley
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