First of all, I would like to apologize for a lack of updates on the blog and the site. I have a lot going on personally lately, and these unfortunate events have prevented me from working on the site. This has come at the worst time possible too, as Kings Island made their BIG announcement.
Anyways, 2017 seems to be the year of wood for Cedar Fair. Hurler, Mean Streak, and Kings Island have all been rumored to be receiving upgrades to their wooden coaster departments. But Kings Island is getting something exciting and new.
Introducing Mystic Timbers:
Length: 3,265 ft
Height: 109 ft
Speed: 53 mph
Airtime Hills: 16
Of course the name Mystic Timbers is a play on words of another wooden coaster in the chain, Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure. At first, many speculated that the coaster would be named Splintercat, and it received a lot of backlash from the coaster community. Then as the name grew on people, Mystic Timbers was revealed to be the real name. I personally like the name, and the "homage" it sort of pays to another spectacular coaster in the chain.
I myself was never a HUGE fan of GCI's work, as I only enjoyed a few of their layouts in the past, but this seems to be part of the minority here. 16 airtime hills is probably the most airtime we have seen on any GCI coaster. Although the curved first drop is a minus, this coaster offers something different than the other wooden coasters at the park. GCI has really picked up the pace with their layouts over the last few years. Take a look at this, Gold Striker, Wodan, and White Lightning.
With the void of wooden coaster manufacturers, and Gravity Group sliding from the charts, GCI has really taken control along with RMC.
As many have stated, this layout looks a lot like Prowler at World's of Fun. The difference here being that it is much larger, and offers more hills and intensity. Unlike my previous guess, this will not be a hybrid coaster with a steel structure. The whole coaster is wooden, which will work well considering Ohio's climate, and the longest wooden coaster in the world is at the same park.
This coaster has a similar look to Mean Streak, with the crossover around the first hill. But after that, it drops into insanity. Mystic Timbers retains most of its speed through the whole layout, and much like Beast it goes through the backwoods and terrain of the park. The coaster in my opinion is also different enough from the other two big wooden rides at the park. Racer has the dueling element and some more cumbersome hills, perfect for families. Beast has the speed and laterals, but is rougher and all about length. This ride will combine both experiences in a sort of way to make an awesome ride, that may become one of the best at the park.
With the truck themed Millennium Flyer trains, general theming, and interaction of the park, this ride will remain a classic that many people will enjoy over the years. It should remain fairly smooth, and offer some great night rides like the Beast. The 48" height requirement markets it as a thrill ride, but allows more younger visitors to ride unlike the two big B&Ms at the park.
The biggest question that remains is of course, What is in the Shed???
With the ride being able to run three trains, this section of the ride will likely serve as not only a block, but also a unique element so that the trains will not double stack. My gut is telling me that this may be the world's first ever "drop section" on a wood coaster. This would be similar to those offered on Verbolten or Wonder Mountain's Guardian. The train would roll in, go through some kind of cut scene, then drop vertically like a drop tower. This would be an element to prevent two trains from boringly sitting on a brake run if loading takes too long.
But inside the shed could be multiple things. Maybe it's a dark ride segment, or rotating platform, or an inverting element. Without an MCBR or variable speed lift, the shed will provide some kind of unique experience. We probably will not learn more until construction begins, or the ride officially opens.
Reason: Of course fans were hoping for an RMC, or crazy insane layout, but this is a solid addition to the park. For a GCI, it really breaks their standards, and may become the best woodie at the park. It's unique, has loads of airtime, and aesthetically will look great. If you visit Kings Island a lot, you should be excited for this. It's going to fill the void that Son of Beast left, but will last longer and provide a much better ride than it did.
As for Cedar Point; They will be making some sort of announcement tomorrow, and Valleyfair may as well, so stay tuned for possibly another exciting post!