About a month ago, the Kings Island amusement park just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio unveiled plans to build Mystic Timbers, a brand new wooden coaster from Great Coasters International, Inc. for the 2017 season. In a year where few attractions have been announced thus far, Mystic Timers has garnered most of the attention from fans looking ahead to the 2017 new attractions.
Monday, the park took the next step towards making the ride a reality, as vertical construction began with the first few track bents being placed. Construction will continue through the fall season and the winter, with a planned opening in late April, possibly even for opening weekend of the 2017 season.
Mystic Timbers will become the fifth wooden coaster at the park, following the likes of Woodstock Express, a smaller family-style coaster, The Racer, a twin-track racing coaster, and The Beast, which was built in 1979 and is one of the most well-known coasters in the United States. The park added Son Of Beast in 2000, which became the first modern-day wood coaster to go upside down, but multiple issues forced the ride's permanent closure in 2009. Park representative Don Helbig says that while Mystic Timbers is fundamentally different from the other wood coasters in the park, it does share some similarities with The Beast. "Mystic Timbers will weave along steep cliffs, down ravines, cross over water and go through an extreme S-turn among a forest of trees at speed up to 53 mph," said Helbig. The ride will end with an unknown event inside of a shed that the park is keeping a secret until opening.