Top 5 Old-School Kings Island Coasters

And yes, the ’80s is old-school now.
Top 5 Old-School Kings Island Coasters


Believe it or not, the Vortex opened in 1987. If that doesn’t make you feel old, then you’re probably 22. We rounded up a few other retro favorites that will always have a special place in our hearts.

1. The Beast
The Beast is synonymous with Kings Island. Famous for holding the record as the world’s longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast is still one of the most popular rides in the park—despite being one of the oldest (it opened in 1979). Read our oral history of The Beast here.

2. The Racer
While not the most thrilling ride in the park, this twin-train racing coaster was there when Kings Island originally opened in 1972. It’s a must-ride for every park visit.

3. Adventure Express
Faithful to its name, the Adventure Express takes you on a very bumpy trip through the woods, finishing with a slow, suspenseful climb up a tunnel of angry animatronic God-creatures. What’s not to love? (Also, YOU WILL PAY.)

4. Congo Falls
If you come off this ride and aren’t thrilled (and soaked), then you’re doing something wrong. A classic from 1988—originally named “Amazon Falls”—the 34-foot drop down a water chute is just plain fun.

5. Vortex
This 1987 gem held the world record for most inversions when it originally opened. While it’s been outdone by now, it’s still a heck of a thrill, if you like the sound of six rapid loops and twists, plus a few stomach-wrenching drops.

Daily operations begin May 8; Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason, (513) 754-5700,

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