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Ohio theme park unveils Orion, a 'giga coaster' with a 300-foot drop

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Is it the speed, the angle, the height or the view? These roller coaster drops around the world have a high fear factor but are definitely worth the fright.

Posted: Aug 18, 2019 4:40 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2019 4:40 PM

Adrenaline junkies, get ready.

King's Island amusement park in Ohio will unveil its latest ride, Orion, next spring -- featuring a 300-foot drop.

That qualifies it as a "giga" roller coaster, one of just seven in the world with a drop between 300 and 399 feet, according to King's Island.

After that 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.

King's Island, which says it's the largest amusement and water park in the Midwest, is also home to the longest wooden roller coaster in the world, The Beast. And until Orion opens, visitors can still ride the Diamondback, which stands at 230 feet tall with a 215-foot first drop.

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