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Banshee at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, is a notable roller coaster that has made a significant impact since its debut in April 2014. Designed and built by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M), a company renowned for their smooth and innovative roller coaster designs, Banshee holds the distinction of being the longest inverted roller coaster in the world.

Standing at a height of 167 feet, Banshee features a first drop of 150 feet, propelling riders into a thrilling sequence of twists and inversions at speeds of up to 68 miles per hour. The coaster spans an impressive 4,124 feet in length, providing a ride duration of about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Banshee’s layout includes a total of seven inversions, more than any other inverted coaster. These inversions comprise a unique combination of elements, including a Dive Loop, a Loop interacting with the lift hill (a B&M signature element), a Zero-G Roll, a Batwing (two inversions counted as one), an Outside Loop, and a final In-Line Twist. The sequence and variety of these inversions offer a dynamic and varied ride experience, with smooth transitions that are characteristic of B&M’s designs.

The coaster’s theme is centered around the mythical wail of the banshee, an element that is reflected in both the coaster’s name and its ghostly, eerie theming. The ride’s station and surrounding area have been designed to fit this theme, with elements that create an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, enhancing the overall ride experience.

Banshee’s trains are also noteworthy for their design and comfort. The open-air, suspended seating arrangement adds to the intensity of the ride, giving riders the sensation of flying as they navigate the coaster’s intricate layout.

Since its opening, Banshee has been acclaimed for its smooth ride, intense inversions, and innovative design. It quickly became a fan favorite and has received numerous awards, cementing its status as a premier attraction at Kings Island.

Banshee at Kings Island stands out as a world-class inverted roller coaster, offering an unparalleled combination of length, inversions, and thematic immersion. Its innovative design and thrilling ride experience make it a must-ride for coaster enthusiasts and a highlight of the Kings Island experience.

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