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Kings Island | Orion | B&M Giga Coaster

TLARides

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Whatever happened to that huge satellite dish that was supposed to be the ride's sign?

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Hyde

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I really dig the effort Cedar Fair is putting in recreating the typical 60's Soviet neighborhood as theming for their parks. Always great to see entities keeping historical legacy alive.
Khrushchev would be proud.

The best Cedar Fair themed rides are those they bought from Paramount (and even then, a good few of those are suffering from neglect and lost theming effect). Theming has never been a strong suit of Cedar Fair; they've found a better avenue of theming-lite, such as the Mystic Timbers Shed, Copperhead Strike's ambience, or Wave Rider's surfer queue. With all of this, it's low-budget, low-maintenance theming reference; the likes of which many other park chains laugh.

And to be honest - that's ok? Or at least, as long as Cedar Fair keeps cranking out good coasters.

TL;DR Ride Orion for the ride, not for the theming.
 

Llama Drama

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One thing to mention about the Paramount additions, is that while it is true some of them were very well themed individually speaking, a common critique is that the themes of their rides often ran incongruent to the respective areas they resided in.

Examples being Tomb Raider in Ohio-Frontier themed Rivertown, Italian Job in turn-of-the-century-esque Coney Mall, and Top Gun opening in what was then "Adventure Village" (African-themed). Another example would be Adventure Express (Aztec-themed) in Oktoberfest, however that was put in a couple years before Paramount's reign.

Meanwhile, while Cedar Fair does not do much in terms of thematic elements on rides, it is at least true that the themes of all their additions to the park have been mostly consistent/coherent with the areas they go into, particularly in the past 3-4 years. "Immersion" is one thing to consider, but making sure the themes of your rides are not contradictory to their surroundings is another...

Therefore, while Orion may not have any insanely intricate thematic elements or anything like you would see at Phantasialand, I appreciate that it least matches its neighboring ride in Flight of Fear, just like how Mystic Timbers fits in with its surrounding attractions as well... That having said, I'll still be looking forward to whatever nice touches that will be in the que area (and in that Quonset hut), along with the IMAscore etc.

Overall, I'm happy with the current level of CF's theming. I prefer they mainly stick to what they do best, rather than try to be something they're not.
 
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Llama Drama

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A couple shots of the lighting package; *not my photos* : Source - Waltny on KICentral

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Hyde

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Yes, the "looks slow" tradition must continue with any POV release. :p

Hey, there's promise here. The coaster doesn't seem to die hard in the overbanked turn norturnaround, and carries momentum into the second half pretty well. The speed hill also seems to have some solid float, which I hope is comparable to Fury 325. Will be very curious to ride this in the back of the train and see how forces transfer - but more encouraged upon watching!

And I still can't get over the massiveness of that brake run, getting to finally watch it the entire way through; riding magnetic brakes the entire way down. ?
 

Matt N

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Looking phenomenal! As much as this project has been slated throughout, I think that you American enthusiasts are in for a shock when Orion opens on 12th July, because that looks pretty nice to me!

While I’m admittedly quite a bit more excited by Candymonium than this coaster, as that looks to have lots more of that wonderful sustained airtime that B&M does so well, Orion still looks like a pretty incredible coaster in its own right, in my opinion; if elements like the first drop, the wave turn and the various camelbacks provide that feeling of raw euphoria like Mako does, then I think Orion could be a huge hit!
 

Hyde

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Remember when everyone was saying this was crap?

Now everyone's saying it's gonna kick , wonder why that is.

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To be clear, I maintain what I said last August: aggressively mediocre. Maybe just more aggressive. :p

The night of the announcement, @Antinos and I sat on a voice chat for nearly 2 hours afterwards trying to break down the coaster and put it in perspective. And, despite however many POVs we watched, ways we sliced what was on the table for Kings Island, and considered each and every layout photo to deduce actual ride experience/airtime, we continued to circle back to the same conclusion: Orion is as aggressively mediocre a roller coaster as they come. No frills, no tricks, nothing that makes this uniquely qualified on paper. It is a Giga coaster no more, no less.

My personal rub, as @Antinos alluded to, was the way this was announced. We got the blue prints from city hall, we got wind of possible names, we spotted the track already being fabricated. And I hoped there would be something, anything, we hadn't sniffed out already on this ride. Yet there wasn't, not in the slightest. Candymonium, a roller coaster half announced last year during Hersheypark's entry revamp announcement, somehow managed to have more mystery around it than this did. It's just disappointing, going into an announcement and having 98% of information already in hand. I'm a coaster enthusiast - I love these kinds of unveils and announcements!
 
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