Diamondback Roller Coaster POV Video
Diamondback is a steel roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, United States. The ride is located in Rivertown just behind International Street and the Eiffel Tower. When built in 2009, it was the first hypercoaster to feature a splashdown and the first B&M roller coaster at Kings Island. Diamondback was previously the biggest investment in Kings Island’s history at $22 million (ahead of The Crypt and Son of Beast, each of which cost $20 million) until surpassed in 2014 by Banshee, an investment of $24 million. The coaster has a 230 ft (70 m) lift hill with a 215 ft-drop, featuring 10 total drops and a top speed of about 80 mph (130 km/h). It is similar to Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland in statistics, layout, and seating.
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Construction of Diamondback began on October 11, 2007, with the removal of a tree. Swan Lake was drained and filled with concrete before opening day in 2008; this turned out to be the location for the splashdown element. Kings Island started teasing visitors during the Fourth of July weekend in 2008 with signs saying, “Ride sally ride” and “Steep incline ahead.” Diamondback was announced on August 6, 2008 as the largest investment in Kings Island history. The ride was topped off with the 230 foot (70 m) lift hill on October 30. The last piece of track was installed on January 26, 2009. Diamondback started testing about a month later on February 26. Diamondback officially opened on April 18, 2009. The 1,000,000th rider was on July 20, 2009. On July 21, 2014, Diamondback gave its 10,000,000th ride. The rider, Mike Brogan, was given a Diamondback gift package including T-shirts, hats, keychains, coffee mugs, shotglasses, and a large sign proclaiming his ride.
First rider auction
On February 3, 2009, Kings Island announced they would hold an auction for the first riders on Diamondback. The winners of the auction would be given a commemorative first rider ticket, a special gift from the park, and an admission ticket. All proceeds from the auction would go to A Kid Again non-profit organization, formerly known as Adventures for Wish Kids. The first rider auction raised $102,000. The first eight trains, or the first 256 seats were auctioned off. The average bid was $398 per seat.
After the train leaves the station, it begins its ascent up the 230 foot (70 m) chain lift hill. Once reaching the top of the hill, the coaster drops 215 feet (66 m) at 74° over the Rivertown midway reaching speeds up to 80 miles per hour (130 km/h). It then curves to the right up a 193 foot (59 m) hill, past Mystic Timbers’ first drop, and then dives into the ravine, curving again to the left. The ride then ascends a 131 foot (40 m) camelback hill and drops, curving left into the hammerhead turn. After dropping out of the hammerhead, the train travels up a 129 foot (39 m) hill (which has a trim brake). After the fourth hill, the train turns down into a 287° counter-clockwise helix, containing the on-ride photo camera, and into the mid-course brake run. After the short brake run the train drops down into the ravine, raising into pair of bunny hop hills before entering the final clockwise helix of 323°. After the final helix, the train passes over the Rivertown midway a second time and drops into the splashdown finale, slowing the train down before going up another hill into the final brake run. After braking, the train takes a left U-turn and heads back into the station. One cycle of the ride lasts about 3 minutes.
Diamondback is the first hyper coaster to feature a splashdown. Scoops positioned at the back sides of the last car on each train send water soaring at heights of 50 ft (15 m) as the train passes. Splashdowns generally do not cause riders to get wet; they are used for a visual effect as well to slow the train down. The splashdown is located in the former Swan Boat pond.
Diamondback operates with three open-air stadium style steel and fiberglass trains. The trains are the same prototype trains seen on Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland, Intimidator at Carowinds and Shambhala: Expedición al Himalaya at PortAventura. Diamondback was the first roller coaster in the United States to feature the new trains. Each car seats four passengers, with two front seats set near the middle of the car and two rear seats set closer to the sides of the car. The front car of each train features a yellow/orange snake head with long fangs, while the inside of the trains are black, red, and orange. Riders are restrained by a single T-shaped lap bar and a seatbelt. There are three trains total, each train featuring a different fin color: green, red, or brown. Under the sides of the last car on each train are the scoops for the splashdown at the end.
The steel track is 5,282 feet (1,610 m) in length and the height of the lift is approximately 230 feet (70 m). The supports on the first lift hill and part of the second hill are yellow while the rest of the supports are tan. All of the track pieces are red. The track was fabricated at the Ohio-based Clermont Steel Fabricators.
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