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Kings Island announces tallest, fastest, longest coaster opening in 2020

The theme park is adding a new ride that will be the tallest, fastest and longest steel roller coaster in the park.

MASON, Ohio (WTHR) — Kings Island has big news for thrill seekers.

The theme park is adding a new ride that will be the tallest, fastest and longest steel roller coaster in the park.

The 300-foot drop riders will experience on Orion, a Kings Island ride expected to open in 2020. (Photo: Kings Island)

The ride is called Orion, and it will be one of only seven giga coasters — roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet — in the world.

The ride takes riders on a 300-foot drop before a race through hills, twists and turns along the 5,321-foot track. The ride reaches a top speed of 91 mph.

The announcement comes as the park celebrates National Roller Coaster Day, Aug. 16. Kings Island is offering a special deal through Sunday where thrill seekers can buy a 2020 Gold Pass and get unlimited visits to the park in 2019 and 2020, and a free Fast Lane Plus pass.

After Sunday, Aug. 18, Gold Pass prices will return to normal.

Roller coaster design company Bolliger and Mabillard designed the coaster. The Switzerland-based company is also responsible for popular Kings Island rides Diamondback and Banshee.

Watch the video player above for a virtual view of the ride from the front seat.

For more information about Kings Island, click here.