Kings Island to close 1987 roller coaster ‘Vortex’

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The last day of operation for the 'Vortex' is Oct. 27, the final day of the fall season. Source: Kings Island

MASON, Ohio (WTVQ) – Kings Island officials announced plans to close the ‘Vortex’. The roller coaster opened in 1987 as the tallest, full-circuit coaster with the highest drop in the world.

While most coasters of this type last 25-30 years, Kings Island officials say ‘Vortex’ is currently in its 33rd season and has ‘simply reached the end of its service life’.

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Final rides will begin Friday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. when ‘Halloween Haunt’ opens. For the remainder of the season, both 2019 and 2020 Gold and Platnium season passholders will have the opportunity for exclusive ‘Vortex’ early ride times on Saturday’s and Sunday’s before the park opens up to the public.

The last day of operation for the ‘Vortex’ is Oct. 27, the final day of the fall season.

The last day of operation for the ‘Vortex’ is Oct. 27, the final day of the fall season.
Source: Kings Island
The last day of operation for the ‘Vortex’ is Oct. 27, the final day of the fall season.
Source: Kings Island
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