Fall Issue: 2016
What’s In The Shed?

The big secret that’s been bubbling around this question since last July will finally get some answers this April with the debut of King’s Island addition of it’s fourth wooden coaster, Mystic Timbers.

The announcement of the new coaster came on July 28 with all the details for the coaster even including a POV video of the ride. The only thing that was withheld from the public was the ending of the ride when the rider pulls up to a dark shed. Creators say this secret will remain one until the opening day of the ride.  

The thick and overgrown woods of Rivertown is home to the 3,265 feet of track that is Mystic Timbers. Riders will enjoy 16 hills with the highest drop being a thrill inducing 109 feet, and if that isn’t enough for some adrenaline seeking guests, the ride reaches speeds of 53 mph.

That’s not all this roaring coaster is doing though. The course of the track takes riders through the woods, across water, down ravines, and they’ll experience an intense s-turn. “Mystic Timbers is naturally exciting because of its setting in a densely wooded area,” “ Greg Scheid, the general manager and Vice-President of King’s Island, stated. “The natural rugged terrain and tunnel ensures a unique and memorable ride experience.”

Great Coasters International out of Sunbury, Pennsylvania designed this coaster for King’s Island. Not only is the layout of this coaster exhilarating, the story that has been built with this coaster is also something of interest for riders. Miami River Lumber once used the woods and the King’s Island and Miami Valley Railroad to transport it’s lumber, but now it’s all overgrown and mother nature is taking back what was once hers.

The coaster interacts with the railroad in the park and it interacts with the White Water Canyon Ride in the Rivertown woods as well. How the ride interacts with the two other attractions hasn’t been released yet. Future riders who are highly anticipating this ride can stay update on the project and follow along with the construction photos posted to the Mystic Timbers page on King’s Island’s website.

“Everyone who enjoys the fun and thrills of riding a roller coaster will want to experience this attraction,” Scheid said. So get ready riders for the spring opening Mystic Timbers, and get ready to uncover the secret in the shed.

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By Katie Ernst

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