Kings Island, located in Mason, Ohio, is an action-packed park filled with many great rides and attractions. This past weekend, I visited the park, as an annual "Roller Coaster Road Trip" that we do with our cousin. The trip was filled with many great rides, even rides in the woods after dark, and I had a great time.
Banshee is running even better that it was back on Media Day in April. The ride operators have also come to know the coaster, and can dispatch a train in twenty five seconds or less! They tell you to just have a seat and they will do everything else (pull down the harness, fasten the belt). When the train pulled into the station, it reminded me of a pit-stop crew on a race track. They were very dedicated to getting the guests on the coaster as fast as possible. Kudos to the Banshee crew!
Right at about six-o-clock, all of the rides shut down. One of the park supervisors told us that the cause was a power surge, and all of the coasters, and rides shut themselves down. He stressed that they were working hard to fix that issue, and the rides should be open soon. About an hour later, they did, and Firehawk was the ride next up.
Once the sun went down, Banshee was wailing for us. I will say that the night rides for this coaster are phenomenal. The first half is dark, but once the train pulls riders down to the second half, it gets very interesting. The darkness surrounds, and you can't see two inches from your face. The thrill of a nighttime ride is breathtaking. Not being able to see where the track heads makes for a thrilling experience, not to mention the many surprises. Also, the park decided to stay open for an extra hour due to the power surge (that is good customer service, if you ask me), so I got two more rides in on Banshee, and I think it could have been one of my most memorable coaster riding sessions.
The Banshee night rides could very well be one of the most fun experiences I have ever had on a roller coaster. Banshee will be moved into my top ten, at spot seven. Thanks, Kings Island for a fantastic day and the spectacular night rides!
Coasters are my passion. It's what I do, it's who I am.