Kings Island - 1987 TV Commercial For The Vortex
Vortex is a steel roller coaster at Kings Island located in Mason, Ohio. Designed and built by Arrow Dynamics at a cost of $4 million, the ride officially opened to the public on April 11, 1987. Vortex debuted as the tallest, full-circuit roller coaster with the highest drop in the world. It was also the first to feature six inversions.
Vortex occupies the same location in the park once held by The Bat, the world's first suspended roller coaster. Attendance at the park exceeded 3 million in 1987 for the first time in the park's history. With more than 38 million rides given, the roller coaster is one of the most popular attractions at Kings Island to date.
As the train leaves the station, it dips slightly taking a hard right into the beginning of the lift hill. The train ascends slowly giving riders a view of the park including The Beast to the left, Diamondback straight ahead, and the Eiffel Tower to the right. Once reaching the top, the train dips slightly, immediately making a right hand turn into a 138 ft, 55-degree nosedive down the first drop. The train then ascends into a left-banking turn as the track flattens out. After turning roughly 180 degrees, the track straightens briefly before descending into a sharp left turn that takes riders through two consecutive loops. Upon exiting the second loop, the train ascends to a level portion of the track that makes a sudden right turn as brakes slow riders to nearly a complete stop. Next, the train slowly descends into a left-turning corkscrew that repeats a second time as the train picks up speed.
After completing the fourth inversion, riders enter a batwing inversion, a heart-shaped element containing both a dive loop and an immelmann loop, that inverts riders two additional times. An on-ride camera is featured in between both inversions. The train then enters its final maneuver – a 450-degree ascending helix – that generates positive g forces before slamming into the final brake run stopping the train abruptly. A final right-hand turn is made as riders re-enter the train station.