Vortex is a steel roller coaster at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. Designed and built by Arrow Dynamics, the ride officially opened on April 11, 1987 as the tallest full-circuit roller coaster in the United States featuring the highest drop in the World. It was also the first to feature six inversions.Vortex is located on the former site once occupied by The Bat, a suspended roller coaster removed after the 1984 operating season.
Out of the station, the ride drops slightly and takes a hard right to the beginning of the lift hill. The slow ride to the top gives the guest a chance to look at the park and at the rest of the Vortex's structure on the right, and on the left the riders can catch a glimpse of the The Beast. Once the train reaches the peek, the train drops slightly to another sharp right hand turn into a 55 degree nosedive 138 ft down.
The train then ascends into a left hand high banking turn, the track then flattens out as the rider prepares for the double vertical loop. The train then ascends into a high right turn fattening out and hitting the brakes just before descending into a double flying Corkscrew. After the flying corkscrew the train makes a slight right hand turn and continues into a dive loop then passing by the on-ride camera then exiting in a immelmann loop (this maneuver can also be called the batwing). The final maneuver would be the a positive g-filled 450 degree upwards helix, then hitting the breaks to halt. Then another right hand turn into the station.
- 2 Loops
- Boomerang turn
- Double Corkscrew
- Boomerang (2 Inversions)
- Helix Finale
- Photo section
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Model Custom Looping Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 148 ft (45 m)
Drop 138 ft (42 m)
Length 3,800 ft (1,200 m)
Speed 55 mph (89 km/h)
Inversions 6 (Loop, Loop, Double Corkscrew, Boomerang)
Max vertical angle 55°
Capacity 1,600 riders per hour
Height restriction 4 ft 0 in (122 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.