Kings Island Announces Firehawk Roller Coaster Will Close
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Kings Island Announces Firehawk Roller Coaster Will Close

The Firehawk is no more. Kings Island announced Thursday that it’s giving its steel roller coaster the ax.

Located in the Coney Mall area of the park, the ride is still popular with many guests. But park officials state the ride has simply reached the end of its service life.

Final rides will begin this weekend, with its last days of operation occurring the final weekend of Halloween Haunt and The Great Pumpkin Fest, Oct. 26-28.

The Firehawk initially was brought to Kings Island in 2007 from Worlds of Adventure.

Firehawk has a total of five inversions — one vertical loop, two incline twists and four 180-degree inline twists that are each counted as a half inversion.

Once riders are seated, the train is tilted backward into a reclining position for riders.

It is unclear what — if anything — will replace the ride.

Friday’s announcement puts speculation to rest after the Cedar Fair amusement park announced Monday that it was getting rid of one of its 16 roller coasters.

The amusement park made a show of it, displaying a gravesite announcing the impending death of one of their own.

The sign at the gravesite reads, “The air is eerily calm as we make final preparations for the ill-fated demise of one of our own.” The sign shows a death date of Oct. 28, following by #RestInPiecesKI #ItsBigItsGone #RIP2018Ki.

September 27, 2018

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