Farewell, Firehawk: Kings Island announces roller coaster will come down

Could a giant giga coaster be replacing it?
Posted at 9:47 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 14:06:06-04

MASON, Ohio -- It was a nice ride, Firehawk. 

Kings Island officials made a highly-anticipated announcement Thursday morning that the park would bid farewell to its "flying coaster." Final rides will begin this weekend; Firehawk's last flight will be Oct. 28.

"While still popular with many guests, park officials state the ride has simply reached the end of its service life," officials said in a statement.

Enthusiasts had been speculating for days that the park would get rid of either Firehawk or Vortex.

Thecoaster community thoughtFirehawk would come down for a number of reasons: 

  • Firehawk is a complicated, high maintenance ride that is often down for maintenance. It is also very slow loading.
  • Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville just announced a new ride coming next year called "Kentucky Flyer". Firehawk is considered a flying coaster. Kentucky Kingdom could pay for teardown costs, and have Firehawk reassembled with a new name, by next April. Kentucky Kingdom also has a height limit of just 200 feet, due to Louisville airport proximity, and Firehawk conveniently fits under that limit.
  • Removing Firehawk, and combining its footprint with the neighboring Dinosaurs Alive exhibit (now closed), would open up 20 acres or more for construction of a new giga coaster at Kings Island.
  • Kings Island never loved Firehawk anyway, as it was a hand-me-down from the now defunct Geauga Lake in central Ohio.

So, what's next? Will the park get its first giant, 300-feet tall giga coaster? Sister park Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, has one, but Kings Island does not. 

Theme park forums like KI speculate the park will tease hints of a new giga coaster all next season, with an announcement coming toward the end of next year. That will keep us guessing for another full year!


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