The Diamondback will be the tallest, fastest and meanest roller coaster at Kings Island. The ride will stand 230 feet at its highest point with a first drop of 215 feet at a 74-degree angle and reach speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. The ride features 10 vertical drops overall, including drops of 193, 131, 129, 110 and 106 feet, two helixes -- one at 323 degrees and the other at 287 degrees -- and a spectacular splashdown ending. The ride experience on the Diamondback will last more than three heart-pounding minutes.
Sign me up! Huge fan of roller coasters. It will be completed for the park's opening day in April. Totally stoked.
One thing I'm not stoked about? Looking at the photo gallery of the coaster's construction. Seriously, all I can think about is one of these dudes not putting a screw or bolt in the right place and bodies flying all over the park as the ride hurtles into one of the helixes. And yet, I still cannot wait to check out this ride. What's up with that?