Banshee At Kings Island Vs. Batman At Six Flags Magic Mountain
Late last night, Kings Island theme park introduced us to Banshee, their upcoming 2014 addition to the park and their 14th roller coaster. Banshee will be the longest inverted roller coaster in the world. Since it’s exactly the same type of roller coaster as Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain, I thought it would be fun to compare the two.
Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) is the Swiss roller coaster design firm that created the very first inverted steel roller coaster way back in 1992 with the introduction of Batman: The Ride at Six Flags Great America. It was so popular that they quickly cloned it and installed copies of it at several other Six Flags parks. Six Flags Magic Mountain got their Batman in 1994. Even at 19 years old, it’s still a very fun and popular ride today.
Since B&M’s introduction of the inverted roller coaster in 1992, there have been over 30 B&M inverted coasters installed all over the world. Banshee at Kings Island will be B&M’s latest inverted, and it definitely ups the ante. With over 20 years of experience perfecting the ride, the differences are pretty obvious. Here’s how Banshee compares to Batman:
At 4,124 feet long, Banshee will be the world’s longest inverted roller coaster, 1,430 feet longer than Batman. To make it all the way through the course, and through two more inversions than Batman, it needs to have a higher start. The 167 foot lift hill is 62 feet taller than Batman. Banshee also reaches a much higher speed than Batman, although unlike Batman it does so halfway through the course thanks to the unique terrain that it was custom built to sit on. Lastly, Banshee can run three train simultaneously, compared to Batman’s two trains. However, since you can still only load and unload trains so fast, there isn’t a huge gain in capacity. It also heavily depends on ride ops efficiency.
Here is a teaser video that Kings Island created to show off Banshee:
Banshee is scheduled to open in April 2014, and I can’t wait to ride it. I’ll always have a place in my heart for a Batman clone, but you can never go wrong with taller, faster, and longer roller coasters, right? Is this a coaster that you’re looking forward to riding?