After much anticipation prompted by the Kings Island, Diamondback has been announced as the park's 15th roller coaster. The ride will break many in-park records as well as being one of the largest coasters built to date.
The announcement comes after the park began to set up signs on the Forth of July, placing teasers around the construction site reading "ride sally ride," and "steep incline ahead." Bolliger and Mabillard's signature red track with white supports have also been spotted around various areas of the park as well as the clearing that the Swan Lake used to inhabit.
The statistics released are massive. The ride will be the tallest and fastest coaster in the park, lifting riders 230 ft, heading between the Crypt and train ride. After reaching that staggering height, the plummet to earth shall accelerate trains to 80 miles per hour. The ride will be 3rd in length in the park after Beast and Son of Beast with just around a mile of track. Ten drops including a hammerhead turnaround and a splashdown are included in the lenghty ride.
The trains are also something to note. They are the same as Canada Wonderland's Behemoth attraction, with four-across staggered seating, where the two middle seats are just in front of the two outside seats. The trains paint job will resemble the skin of a real diamondback rattlesnake. The ride will run three trains, making it the highest capacity ride in the park.
The investment shall come around $22 million. With the early construction, the opening date is set to be opening day for 2009. This will also be the park's first coaster produced by Bolliger and Mabillard.
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