With their Halloween Haunt season in full swing, one area of theming has drawn a little bit more attention at Kings Island.
The Kings Island Haunt graveyard has a freshly dug grave, with a sign indicating that a major ride will be departing at the end of the season. The date on the sign matches what will be the park's final day of main operation in 2018 - 28th October.
Image from KI Food Blog on Twitter
Adding to the speculation, Kings Island's Twitter account
has confirmed that the departing ride will be one of their 16 rollercoasters, with precisely which on being confirmed later this week.
This has fuelled the rumours that Kings Island will be getting at least a hyper coaster (if not a giga coaster) for the 2020 season. As to which ride will be departing, there seems to be a fair few people hoping it will be either Vortex or Firehawk (both are painful to ride so wouldn't be terribly missed), although if it was to be either of these which went I'm not sure if a hyper or giga would fit in the vacated space (however I could be wrong). The other thought that did cross my mind was that if Invertigo was to be the coaster to go, that would potentially open up the possibility to do something similar to what Carowinds did with Fury with a hyper/giga coaster being built as part of a larger project to re-model the park entrance (but I could easily be very wide of the mark there).
It will be interesting to see later this week when the park confirm which coaster is going.