Kings Island announced today that it will close its Arrow Dynamics custom looping coaster, Vortex, at the end of the season.
That means that Vortex's last day will be October 27. The coaster opened on April 11, 1987, offering a then-record six inversions, with two loops, a double corkscrew and a batwing.
"While it remains popular, the ride has simply reached the end of its service life," Kings Island said in its press release announcing the closure.
More than perhaps any other company Arrow Dynamics founded the modern roller coaster industry, and its custom looping coaster was its most iconic design. With Vortex's departure, 11 other Arrow loopers will remain in the United States, including Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Viper at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Tennessee Tornado at Dollywood, Corkscrew at Cedar Point, and Canyon Blaster at the Circus Circus Adventuredome.
No word from Kings Island on a specific replacement, though the Cincinnati-area park has announced the debut of a new 300-foot, 91-mph Bolliger & Mabillard giga coaster, Orion, for next season.Tweet
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