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Dorney's owner planning 'giga coaster' at theme park in Ohio

Kings Island's Orion to feature 300-foot drop

MASON, Ohio - Adrenaline junkies, get ready.

Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati, Ohio, will unveil next spring its latest ride, Orion, a roller coaster that will feature a 300-foot drop.

That qualifies it as a "giga" coaster, one of just seven in the world with a drop between 300 and 399 feet, according to the park, whose parent company, Cedar Fair, also owns Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Lehigh County,

After the initial drop, the ride features seven more hills, speeds as high as 91 mph, and more than a mile of track.

Orion will be the park's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, lasting three minutes.

Orion was designed by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, which also designed Hersheypark's 15th roller coaster, called Candymonium, a hypercoaster that will also make its debut in 2020.

The company is also responsible for the design of Dorney's Talon and Hydra roller coasters.

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