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Vortex at King’s Island

February 7, 2011

Vortex’s claim to fame is that it was the first coaster in the world to flip riders head over heels 6 times. This was during the “Great Inversion Race” of the 80’s.

The ride is made by Arrow, and that means it has a loud and slow lift hill. Once at the top we make a quick turn to the right before dropping. The drop seems slow and unexciting, at the bottom we make a sharp curve up into the sky again. This leads to a sharp turn that banks quite quickly and is very painful. A short, downward incline leads into the double loops, the second of which is very forceful. We fly up to the trim- brakes (the transition to these is the most painful on the ride), these slow us down a considerable bit, and boy am I glad because the next part is also rough. There is a pair of corkscrews that are the smoothest part of the ride and then to the batwing. This is fun for the first part and terrible for the second. Making the transition from heading down to up is the second worst part of the ride. With all six of the inversions behind us me navigate an upward helix and then ride to the brake run.

The layout of Vortex is an interesting one and some parts are fun, but it has not aged well at all and was too bumpy to enjoy. So I am giving it a 3 out of 10.

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

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