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February 6, 2011

Hills, hills, and more hills, that is what Diamondback is all about. Kings Island opened up this coaster in 2009. It has an out and back style track, that means it has hills taking you out to the far end of the layout and then bunny hops back to the station. Situated in the Rivertown section of the park it’s red track and yellow supports rise up 230 feet into the sky.

These trains are not ordinary, the seats on the outside are staggered so each row looks like ^.  Rising up the lift we get a nice view of the surrounding park. Soon however you are not moving up anymore because we are heading down. The next hill is just as awesome and so is the one after it, they both provide loads of airtime. By now we are at the far end of the coarse and are ready to turn around, so we navigate through an over-banked turn which is very nice, and down towards another hill. We take this one with less speed but it is still fun. We navigate an upward helix toward the mid-coarse trim brakes, although these don’t cut our speed that much. We dive down into bunny hop area where we take two small hills before another helix. This one is above a pathway so you can make faces at the people beneath you. 😛 Then for Diamondback’s final drop we splash into a lake which creates a V of water behind us. Up a short incline to the brakes.

Diamondback was good but not quite good enough to be a 10 out of 10, so I gave it a 9 out of 10.

Have you been on Diamondback? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading. 🙂


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  1. Matt P permalink

    I so want to ride this! This is at the top of my most wanted coasters list. I love B&M hypers, and in my opinion this looks like the best. Nitro is currently my favorite hyper, and my 2nd favorite coaster overall. This looks a tad bit better with that splashdown and the cool seating. I will have to ride and see.

    • Excellent airtime and speed, if you can pick out your seat I would recommend the front car on the very right side. You still get a front row view and feel like you are on the edge.

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