Kings Island’s Vortex roller coaster was put to rest after its 33rd year in operation last year. According to the park, the 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." And after 46 million rides, it reached the end of its service life and gave its final ride on Oct. 27, 2019.
But all is not lost.
Kings Island is now selling portions of the Vortex to coaster fans.
For $198.70, you can own a piece of amusement park history — on a display stand. Each Vortex commemorative kit comes with a 1.5-inch slice of track mounted on a stand, as well as a certificate of authenticity and a limited-edition postcard set.
The Vortex kits will go on sale this weekend at the Emporium on International Street at the park. Guests can purchase up to two per person, while supplies last. Any leftover kits will be sold online starting the week of Oct. 5.
Kings Island is currently open for its Tricks and Treats Fall Fest. Weekends through Nov. 1, this new family-friendly event — taking the place of the traditional Halloween Haunt — celebrates the season with festive food and drink, activities and entertainment.
For more info, visit visitkingsisland.com.