VIDEO: Take a virtual ride on Kings Island’s upcoming wooden coaster

MASON, OH (AP) – A southwest Ohio theme park is adding another wooden roller coaster next year.

Officials at Kings Island announced its latest attraction Thursday and say Mystic Timbers will be the park’s 16th roller coaster. The coaster will be more than 3,000 feet in length, reach 109 feet into the air and will top out at 53 mph.

The new ride is the park’s fourth wooden roller coaster, giving Kings Island more than 18,000 feet of wooden tracks.

The coaster will be designed and built by Great Coasters International, Inc. out of Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

This is the first major new roller coaster announcement since 2013, when it announced the addition of the Banshee, an inverted steel roller coaster.

Mystic Timbers is expected to open in April 2017. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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