We conquer Orion

Kings Island Photos Taken: 07/08/2020 Posted: 07/25/2020

In 2020, Kings Island has introduced its tallest and fastest rollercoaster that also happens to be the 7th giga coaster in the world. We visited the park to ride Orion and to check out how the park experience had been altered to meet COVID-19 requirements.

The park was very prepared and provided a safe and fun environment. Of all the parks we have visited in 2020, the Kings Island experience feels the most normal. Yes, masks are mandatory (thanks!) and ride capacity is cut in half, but the park is well staffed and generally park employees and guests are looking out for each others safety.

Orion is an incredible roller coaster. While I'd put it behind Fury 325 and Leviathan as far as B&M giga coasters go, the ride is a great fit for the park and slightly edges Candymonium in our mind as the best new coaster for 2020. Yes, it would have been great if it was a bit taller, the course longer, and potentially contain more high speed elements, but the whole package is satisfying and makes the ride stand apart from Diamondback.

Make sure to make it to the end of this update and also check out our Orion gallery.


Orion at Kings Island
Orion - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
In this update, we take you around Kings Island to show you what is new for 2020. I think you may already know what that something is.
Entrance at Kings Island
Entrance - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
In front of the main entrance are temperature screening tents.
Entrance at Kings Island
Entrance - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
Past security we can see the new signage on the park entrance. Yes, we're here to check out Orion!
International Street at Kings Island
International Street - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
There is an access pass system running for Orion this year to keep lines for the new ride short and safe.
International Street at Kings Island
International Street - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
We're here on a weekday. The crowds certainly are lower due to the pandemic and reduced capacity restrictions.
International Street at Kings Island
International Street - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
It's also a passholder preview day so ticketed guests are not allowed in yet.
Misc at Kings Island
Misc - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
A peek at some of the new signage you can find practically everywhere around the park.
Grand Carousel at Kings Island
Grand Carousel - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
Somehow we had yet to post a photo of this ride on our site. Here is one!
Coney BarbQue at Kings Island
Coney BarbQue - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
My favorite eatery at Kings Island. Possibly in any Cedar Fair park.
Coney Mall at Kings Island
Coney Mall - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
Orion is located in the former X Base area, so we are heading over there.
Dodgem at Kings Island
Dodgem - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
Dodgem also got some TLC in the form of a new sign. Looks similar to the one at Cedar Point and Dorney Park.
Area 72 at Kings Island
Area 72 - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
In the distance, you can see the entrance to the new Area 72.
Area 72 at Kings Island
Area 72 - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
There was an audio loop that played here containing a radio host describing paranormal activity in the area.
Area 72 at Kings Island
Area 72 - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
To the right was the Orion access pass distribution.
Area 72 at Kings Island
Area 72 - Kings Island
Date Taken: 07/08/2020
Date Posted: 07/25/2020
There wasn't a problem getting a ticket a few hours after opening.