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New coaster to rise in Kings Island woods

By Craig Webb Published: July 28, 2016

Kings Island put to rest one mystery Thursday night.

The park is indeed getting a new wooden roller coaster to be built by Sunbury, Pennsylvania-based Great Coasters International.

But the announcement brought a new mystery: Just what is lurking in the so-called “Mystery Shed” as the coaster makes its way back to the station?

The new coaster, dubbed “Mystic Timbers,” will be in the park’s Rivertown area, where the Diamondback steel coaster and the legendary Beast wooden coaster are located. 

Mystic Timbers will be set in a lumberyard that has become “overrun by a mysterious Medusa-like overgrowth of vines as nature moves in and reclaims its land,” the park announced.

The coaster will feature 24-passenger trains that will top out at 109 feet and careen down 3,265 feet of track, reaching a top speed of 53 mph.

The ride will last just over two minutes and have a capacity of 1,200 riders an hour. Riders must be at least 48 inches tall.

Park officials promise plenty of “airtime” with riders floating out of their seats as the coaster whisks along “steep cliffs, down ravines, over water and through an extreme S-turn, in a densely wooded area.”

The coaster will have 16 airtime hills, a mid-course tunnel and weave its way through the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad and White Water Canyon attractions.

“Mystic Timbers is naturally exciting because of its setting in a densely wooded area,” Kings Island’s vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid said in a statement. “The natural rugged terrain and tunnel ensures a unique and memorable ride experience.”

But they said they won’t reveal any details about what’s inside the shed – located near the end of the ride, just before the train returns to the station – until the coaster debuts at the start of the 2017 season.

Mystic Timbers will be the park’s 16th coaster – that’s two shy of its sister park Cedar Point in Sandusky.

Great Coasters International’s last two coasters were constructed abroad, in Belgium and China.

Its last U.S. project also was for Cedar Fair, owner of Kings Island and Cedar Point, at the chain’s California’s Great America park in Santa Clara, California.

When it opened in 2013, the Gold Striker was that park’s first coaster in 10 years, and it was 103.3 feet tall and 3,197 feet long with a top speed of 53.7 mph.

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