Mystic Timbers brings Kings Island visitors on a mysterious adventure

April 13, 2017, 10:17 PM · This morning I ventured down south to Kings Island, in Mason, Ohio. I brought along Jarred Bour-Jones to assist me in this media event. So many questions went through my mind on my way. This was the first coaster I had ridden from Great Coasters International [GCI] so I did not know what exactly to expect from Mystic Timbers. Along with many others I was also wondering what was in the shed. I arrived with astounding excitement as again, this was going to be my first GCI coaster.

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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April 13, 2017 at 11:32 PM · Anne and Jarred, I am so jealous that I couldn't be there for media day, but you both did a great job in covering Mystic Timbers for Theme Park Insider! I'm looking forward to my first ride on it. Welcome to Theme Park Insider!
April 14, 2017 at 12:07 AM · Thank you! You're going to love Mystic Timbers. I guarantee you'll look forward to your second, third, fourth and 100th ride.
April 14, 2017 at 12:36 AM · So you don't talk about what happens in the shed but you do include it in your video link!
Mind you, it really doesn't seem as if that much happens in the shed... Bizarre!
April 14, 2017 at 6:10 AM · The course looks really good. I love how GCI has gone away from the huge drops and hills in favor of a low-slung, ground-hugging course with subtle pops of air. The return to terrain coasters is a welcome change in the industry, and a perfect compliment to the KI collection. If GCI keeps this up, they're going to give RMC a run for their money.
April 14, 2017 at 2:56 PM · Let's set the record straight. GCI has never built wooden coasters with huge drops and hills. Terrain coasters work at parks that have terrain to build on. You can't put a terrain coaster on a flat plot of land.
April 14, 2017 at 3:05 PM · lol at giving rmc a run for their money. gci is for kids, rmc is for true enthusiasts. thank god kings dominion and cp are getting rmc's
April 14, 2017 at 5:53 PM · From what I've read across the internet, Mystic Timbers is one of the best GCI coasters, though the shed is extremely underwhelming. This is certainly a very different coaster than most of what GCI has done, and while I doubt it will make the top ten list of most enthusiasts it does look like an excellent ride. I won't be able to make it back to Ohio until next year (hopefully), but this guarantees that a return visit to Kings Island will be included on that trip.
April 14, 2017 at 7:26 PM · This ride is going to suck sooooo very bad. The Shed is lame. Just exactly as I predicted last summer when they revealed it.
April 17, 2017 at 3:40 AM · One of the best coasters I have ridden! Tons of air time!
April 17, 2017 at 6:36 AM · The spooky theme of Mystic Timbers gave me a great excuse to write a review for my own website at Louisville Halloween. If you're interested in the perspective of someone who works in the Halloween/ haunted attraction industry, check out The Phantom of the Ville's exclusive review!

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