Cincinnati's Kings Island to Close Vortex Roller Coaster After Fall Season

The coaster will reach the end of its service life after the ride's 33rd season

click to enlarge Vortex - PHOTO: PROVIDED BY KINGS ISLAND
Photo: Provided by Kings Island

Greater Cincinnati amusement park Kings Island announced in a press release this morning that its beloved Vortex roller coaster will be closed down at the end of the fall season.

According to the release, Vortex opened in 1987 "as the tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world and the first roller coaster in the world with six inversions."

Most coasters of this kind usually last between 25-30 years, and after the ride's 33rd season, the Vortex will have reached the end of its service life. 

Visitors who want to enjoy the ride for the last time before it closes this fall can head to Kings Island this weekend for Halloween Haunt, which opens at 6 p.m. tonight. 

Your last chance to ride Vortex will be at Halloween Haunt's closing night on Oct. 27.

A TV commercial for Vortex from 1987:

For more info, visit

Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. 

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