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New roller coaster debuts at Kings Island

Inverted roller coaster over 4,000 feet long

MASON, Ohio  — Kings Island theme park in southwest Ohio is unveiling a new inverted roller coaster more than 4,000 feet long with speeds up to 68 miles per hour.

The “Banshee” is making its debut today at the park north of Cincinnati.

Kings Island says the steel roller coaster named for a wailing mythological messenger from the underworld includes a 167-foot lift hill and a 150-foot curved first drop. Riders also will experience a zero-gravity roll.

Three trains containing eight cars each will be able to carry 1,650 riders per hour.

Kings Island is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. The Sandusky-based company owns and runs 10 other amusement parks, three outdoor water parks, an indoor water park, and five hotels.

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