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Sadly this legendary Arrow multielement steel coaster reached the end of its serviceable life after thrilling more than 46 million riders. Vortex was a classic Arrow multielement looper that debuted in 1987, It was notable at the time for being the tallest roller coaster in the world and the first to feature six inversions. In its later years, it unfortunately had a gained reputation for delivering a rough ride. On September 27, 2019 Kings Island announced that the iconic roller coaster would be retired at the end of the 2019 season. Vortex gave its final rides to park guests on October 27, 2019.

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
1987 Steel Multielement Arrow Dynamics
  • Height
  • Drop
  • Angle Of Descent
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Inversions
    upside down elements
  • Ride Time
    2 minutes, 55 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Ride Capacity
    riders per hour
  • Number Of Trains
    3 - 28 passenger
  • Train Designer

Vortex Facts & History

October 27, 2019 – Final day of operation. Kings Island demolished and scrapped this coaster in winter 2020.

Inversions: 72-foot Vertical Loop, 62-foot Vertical Loop, Double Corkscrew, Batwing

Opening date: April 11, 1987

Estimated cost: $4 million

Train has seven cars with two rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall

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