R.I.P. Firehawk. Final rides will begin this weekend, with its last days of operation occurring during the final weekend of Halloween Haunt and The Great Pumpkin Fest, October 26-28. #FirehawkFinalFlights #KIFirehawk pic.twitter.com/XmQO7ajsiF— Kings Island (@KingsIslandPR) September 27, 2018
The Vekoma Flying Dutchman, one of three now operating worldwide, opened in 2007. Kings Island owner Cedar Fair has moved this model of coaster before, shifting Stealth from California's Great America to Carowinds as Borg Assimilator and now Nighthawk. So might this coaster not be headed for the graveyard but the moving trucks, instead? We will see.
The coaster will welcome its final riders, at Kings Island at least, on October 28. But we don't need to wait until then to start speculating on Firehawk's replacement. Using AJ Hummel's reasoning from the comments on our previous article about Kings Island's plans, might the decision to eliminate Firehawk suggest a Giga is in Kings Island's plans for 2019 or beyond?
Vortex seemed a much more popular choice for elimination, at least among Theme Park Insider commentators. But location within the park and the usability of a coaster's site for future development always is a consideration with these decisions. So let the speculation about new coasters at Kings Island begin!Tweet
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