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Kings Island, an amusement park in Mason, Ohio recently announced their new upcoming attraction Orion, a steel B&M roller coaster opening in spring of 2020, will enhance the park’s already amazing line up of roller coasters. While it won't be the biggest or the fastest roller coaster in the world, we at CP Rundown are super excited for what Orion will bring to the table! So, here is our brief list of reasons that bigger and faster doesn't always mean better.





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Located at Holiday World, in the tiny town of Santa Claus, Indiana, Thunderbird showcases why bigger isn't always better. This coaster gives a rare launched take-off from a fog filled building, sending you 140 ft in the air before plunging you back down again. Near misses through wooden barns and tight turns through the woods make this wing coaster unforgettable.





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At Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, you can find Twisted Colossus. What this ride lacks in height, at only 121 ft tall, it makes up for in uniqueness. It's not every day you can attempt to "high-five" another coaster train, not only once, but twice! While most roller coasters boast only one lift hill, Twisted Colossus has two, letting the riders feel as if they are riding the coaster twice.





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This gem of a ride is located in Magic Kingdom at Disney World, Florida. This coaster utilizes unique swaying cars designed to create the illusion that you are helping the seven dwarfs mine for jewels. The theming and animatronics complete the whole package, taking you on one fantastic, family friendly ride.





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Coming in at only 51 ft tall, Steel Dragon at Waldameer Park in Erie, Pennsylvania, will spin you out of control! Riders experience the ups and downs of a regular roller coaster but all the while they are in a rotating car. One minute you are facing forward and the next you are backwards on this wacky ride.





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Verbolten at Busch Garden's Williamsburg in Virginia packs a big punch with only a tiny drop. A majority of the ride takes place inside a building, requiring Verbolten to squeeze a lot of thrill into a tiny area. This ride launches you, drops you 18 ft vertically and launches you again! This unique vertical drop only happens on a handful of coasters in the world, making Verbolten a rock star in its own special way.





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Located at several Six Flags parks across the United States, The Joker incorporates a rare "free-spin" quality that allows its coaster cars to rotate in a flipping motion along the track. Standing at only 120 ft tall, The Joker never turns to the left or right, but allows riders to experience multiple front and back flips before making its way back down to the ground.





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At a height of only 106 ft, RailBlazer, at California's Great America in Santa Clara, California is a big ride in a small package! Riding on a single railed track, this coaster dips riders 90 degrees right off the bat, and continues the ride with steep turns and even a zero-g roll. Make sure you're ready to take this plunge alone! RailBlazer only seats one rider per row, making holding hands a thing of the past.





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Ever wonder what it's like to fly on a motorcycle at 40 mph through the air? Motocoaster at Six Flags Darien Lake in Buffalo, New York will let you experience just that! After you straddle your seat and let the back rest move you into your racing position, the ride launches you over a 44 ft hill. The rest involves high speed twists and turns, resulting in loads of fun!





Photo Credit: Britt Hageman


Bueno Park, California is home to Knott's Berry Farm, a park jam packed with rides for all ages. Among them sits Hangtime, a unique dive coaster that takes you up a 150 ft vertical lift hill. After reaching the top, riders experience a brief pause before plunging to the ground at a 96-degree angle and moving through multiple upside-down twists and turns.





Photo Credit: Samantha Hewston


Orion will have some tough competitors next year when it comes to being the "Best Roller Coaster at Kings Island.” Along with many other intense coasters at the park, Mystic Timbers falls into a category all its own. The ride takes guests 109 ft above the ground before taking a thrilling left turn downhill and catapulting you deep into the woods. Sixteen airtime hills later, riders are taken into "The Shed" for a dramatic finale that is sure to spook you.





Photo Credit: Shelley Magyar



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