Kings Island unveils wooden coaster Mystic Timbers

Posted at 9:57 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 05:32:38-04

MASON, Ohio — What are they building in there? You may have been asking yourself this question over the last month as Kings Island teased the upcoming reveal of a new attraction.

And the amusement park answered it Monday night: beginning in April 2017, visitors can look forward to riding Mystic Timbers, a brand-new wooden roller coaster that will sport over 3,000 feet of track and reach speeds of over 50 mph.

“Mystic Timbers is naturally exciting because of its setting in a densely wooded area,” Kings Island’s vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid said in a news release. “The natural rugged terrain and tunnel ensures a unique and memorable ride experience.”

The attraction will be located in the Rivertown area of Kings Island near White Water Canyon and the K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad. 

The announcement was the culmination of social media teases that Kings Island began posting May 30 on its Twitter account. During the month-and-a-half leading up to the announcement, Kings Island shared pictures of a hatchet, felled trees, water and a toy pickup truck with a stack of logs sticking out of its bed.

In preparation for the new attraction, the park, which is owned by Cedar Fair, shortened the wooded path to White Water Canyon. KI also erected a large wooden privacy fence near the new attraction’s entrance before the 2016 park season began.

The Banshee, an inverted steel roller coaster, was Kings Island’s last major new ride attraction; it debuted in the park in 2014. This year Cedar Fair opened the seven-story, six-slide Tropical Plunge in Kings Island’s Soak City waterpark.

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Kings Island’s 2016 season continues seven days a week through Aug. 21 and on weekends until Oct. 30. Soak City’s last day of operation is Sept. 5.