When we were invited to join the press for King's Island's newest roller coaster, Banshee, it was easy to say our excitement level went into orbit. We've been following this newest addition closely from it's announcement, through construction and initial testing. Our expectations were high and our hopes were higher yet for this new ride.
What we found lurking upon the grave of "The Son of Beast" was an amazing piece of steel and engineering. Imagine the perfect coaster storm, everything you could wish for on a ride and then have those dreams manifest in front of you. That is what we found...
Trip Date: April 17th, 2014
Ride Rating: 10 of 10
Opinion: Everything you could wish for and more!
Recommend Wait Time: Just wait, trust me on this one.
Crew: Carrie, Kitsune, Alex and Special Guest: Abra
POV Footage and Youtube Videos
Length: 4,124.1 feet
Height: 167 feet
Drop: 150 feet
Ride Length: 2:30
Speed: 68 MPH
Number of Trains: 3
Cost: $24 Million
However, we LOVE them. To see a new steel monster which promised to be a world record holder going up? This is pretty much our version of a highly addictive drug! Eyes get wide, the grinning and giggling begins and happy dancing is involved. However, we were also cautious. Sometimes hyping something up in your mind lets you in for a let down.
Holy Cow! We hadn't even made it to the door yet and the red carpet was out. While in the very early hours some confusion of where to go and who to talk to happened, things quickly got sorted out. The fog was just rolling through the area, clinging low to the ground and giving this screaming beast of darkness a magical feel. The fog combined with the amazing lighting package made us all stop and stare- it was eerie and beautiful.
Jumping in line, we where directed into the coasters 'fast lane' line. Happily surprised we had to stop and gawk, it was themed! Not just a little bit either- Fire, Fog, Tombstones, Gravel, Black 'wrought iron' fencing, Lighting, Ride Building- They went all out with this and covered the details often forgotten with coasters these days.
After that we forced ourselves forward, we wanted it badly. Climbing the stairs we headed towards the station, grinning like the bunch of lunatics we are and bundled up to our eyeballs. Freezing or not, the Banshee called to us.
Bloody Siren and her Screams!
Into the darkness of night we rode forth, half frozen and cheering with joy. The quiet non-chain lift hauled us upwards with notes of music drifting to us - Suddenly, the wicked lady of the night screams and your plunged into darkness before you can even fully comprehend you've reached the end of the lift hill! There is no "slight dip then a drop" on this ride, your thrown over the cliff without mercy.
Thank You. Just, Thank You.
One unique feature of this inverted coaster is right in the station, no moving floor. You take a leap of faith into your seat and buckle down. Not having to wait for a moving floor or slow gate, the process time is cut in half. The crew working the Media Day Preview already knew what they where doing, they had it down to a fast oiled science.
We. Loved. It.
If possible we'd all probably have it's evil coaster babies. We'd build one in our backyards and glow with pride just to look at it.
This ride does everything right. Within moments of exiting, we were addicted. We needed this coaster to survive, it shot up into all our "Top 3 Roller Coaster" lists the moment we put our feet back on the ground. This is the coaster dream we'd always wished for, the thrill ride of our dreams and it was REAL! Sweet Sugar, Mother of Cookies! The Coaster Overlords blessed us when this ride was built.
Within a few hours we'd ridden it ten times. It wasn't enough, we doubt it will ever be enough. King's Island has struck gold with this ride and we can do nothing but offer them our most heart-felt thanks for it. Anyone who considers themselves a coaster fan or simply a fan of thrills, or speed, needs to ride this, if it can jump into our "Top 3" spot after the first ride...
Burning amongst the Irish themed tombstones you'll find a monument to the legacy of "Son of Beast". Flame alight, it sits there for fans to know and recognize. To show that King's Island understands the anger which happened at it's removal. On a plaque sits the dates of it's opening and demise, that alone shows some care and consideration. They know our anger and they understand it.
That excellent. It's worth the time, effort, and money involved to ride it. Perhaps it's not everyone's 'cup of tea' but it surely is our's. Ride it and judge it for yourselves, I highly doubt you'll find disapointment here.
Stay tuned for our POV ride video, once it's uploaded we'll be linking to it here and other places as well!