Diamondback, Kings Island's $22 million steel roller coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard Consulting Engineers, opened to the public on Saturday, April 18 to enthusiastic crowds and long lines. The tallest and most expensive coaster in Kings Island’s history has created a lot of excitement in the enthusiast community. Riders are thrilled with the fast, smooth, airtime-filled ride that dashes into the woods and finishes with a splashdown finale.
Walter Bolliger called the ride “perfection.”
Although the line snaked all over the park and security was estimating it could take four to five hours to board, the wait rarely exceeded two and half hours thanks to Diamondback’s three train operation, and a fairly efficient ride crew. Diamondback is the nineteenth coaster to call Kings Island home; the park currently operates 14 coasters. Often considered the flagship park, Kings Island was the first park built by the Taft Corporation, but ironically the last of the former Taft/KECO/Paramount Parks to receive a B&M coaster.