New attraction sees brief delays, riders get sick

MASON, Ohio (WDTN)– The newest ride at Kings Island got rave reviews over the weekend, despite delays after some riders got sick.

The Banshee’s track is more than 4,000 feet long,  with seven loops and speeds of up to 68 mph.

It’s design includes elements with names like ‘Dive loop’ and ‘In-line-roll.’ So it’s no wonder the Banshee’s debut took ‘stomach churning’ to a new level.

Don Helbig, The Public Relations Director at Kings Island, said “There’s going to be the occasional protein spill on the ride.”

He said it’s not the ride itself, but the fact that it’s the first time people have been on it.

“Maybe they can, you know eat a lot of food and then maybe get on some of the rides here. Then they find that new attraction, maybe not.”

Dr. Brooke McCarthy, an emergency medical physician at Kettering Medical Center said, “Sometimes the roller coasters can throw off your inner ears, and throw off your equilibrium, and that could certainly cause you to have nausea and vomiting.”

Dr. McCarthy said roller coasters give you a ‘fight or flight’ response. She said it speeds your heart rate up.

The type of ‘rush’ that has many coming back for more, according to Helbig. “A lot of times you see them back in line again, you know an hour or so later they want to ride it again.”

Friday, there were additional delays of 5 to 10 minutes to disinfect, and re-test the ride, any time someone got sick.

“I would certainly make sure that you’re well hydrated to avoid the symptoms of nausea, vomiting.. definitely if you have underlying medical problems I would definitely avoid the roller coasters as well,” said Dr. McCarthy.

Helbig said the park was on track to have 15,000 people ride the Banshee on it’s first day open to the public.

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