According to this article, Kings Island(KI)’s upcoming coaster may be a Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) Dive Machine. “It’s going to involve floorless seats. We think there will be some water involved with it,” said Dennis Spiegel, a theme park designer and roller coaster expert. Many sources, including Screamscape, had already speculated that the new coaster would be from B&M, would be a hypercoaster, and would feature a splashdown effect (this was obvious from the construction photos). This article is unique, however, in that it suggests that the new ride will be a Dive Machine model, similar to Griffon at Busch Gardens Europe (Williamsburg).
Dive Machines are quite unique coasters from B&M. They feature oblong, floorless trains and 90 degree drops. At the top of these drops, a special second chain “lift” holds you in place, so that you may observe and comprehend your fate for a few seconds before release. There are five currently in the world. The first is Oblivion, at Alton Towers (UK); followed by Diving Machine G5 at Janfusun Fancyworld (Taiwan), SheiKra at Busch Gardens Africa (Tampa), Griffon at BGE, and Vertical Coaster at Chimelong Paradise (China). Griffon, the coaster which KI’s is being compared to is 205′ tall, has 2 inversions, and reaches speeds of 71 m.p.h. All pictures in this article are of Griffon.
Whatever the new coaster is, it will be lots of fun and very exciting. KI Spokesman Don Helbig says, “…It’s going to be the most exciting attraction in the 36-year history of the park,”
Update! Click here for the latest on this coaster.