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I hoped it was Vortex and not Firehawk that would be leaving last year, so I won't miss it. But then I'll also be saying something completely different when the day eventually comes that SFMM removes Viper, so I get the sentiment.

 

I think many of us who started becoming enthusiasts in the 90s have the big Arrow loopers like this to thank for it, so losing them can be bittersweet.

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Not at all bummed to see this go. I really didn't enjoy the ride at all. My buddy pointed out they had a funeral set up again within their Haunt decorations. Same one they set up for Firehawk. We debated if it was this or Invertigo. Glad to see it was Vortex.

 

Also, won't be surprised if Invertigo is removed within 5 years.

 

I'll throw my hat in the ring now for a Mack multi-looper in 2023. I do hope they reuse the station though. That would be nice. 3 coasters that have all used the same station! But CF has a love for wide open stations and Vortex's station may just be a little too cramped for a future addition.

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It is also interesting to note the timing of this removal. Assuming the ride doesn’t sit and rot, they will be removing this coaster while simultaneously constructing their largest coaster yet.

 

I know it’s crazy to talk about what may replace Vortex while an awesome B&M Giga is currently being built, but I would love to see it replaced with a new-generation looper a few years down the road. It would be great to see Cedar Fair work with Vekoma on a crazy new looping coaster like Lech Coaster.

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I'll throw my hat in the ring now for a Mack multi-looper in 2023.

 

A Copperhead Strike-like coaster with airtime and a few inversions would look good there down the road.

 

Well that's one less iconic "clackety-clack" Arrow in existence, but I admit that my rides on Vortex were brutal. Once in a while I can find a seat that's not so bad on those old Arrows, but I had no such luck with Vortex. Some of these bigger parks have been doing a purge and/or retool of their lineups in recent years, and I don't altogether mind it. It's sad to see classic-ish coasters go, but if the goal is for riders to have fun while these coasters cost money and cause pain, I'm not against replacing them.

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I love Arrow mega loopers and I hate to see another one go. Vortex is my favorite of the mega loopers and my second favorite Arrow coaster. The Beast and Vortex were the main reasons why I wanted to go to KI years ago. The news caught me by surprise. I figured Vortex would be around for a few more years since Firehawk got the axe last year. It sucks that two big coasters are being removed two years in a row. I think the ride maintenance is the reason. Maybe they've had enough of buying expensive parts and welding the track. I'm happy I'm able to get my final rides in a few weeks. I'll miss Vortex a lot and it will be strange not seeing it there. It really is a pretty and photogenic coaster. Hopefully whatever replaces it will be awesome. Fingers crossed for an RMC.

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I do have really mixed feelings about this. We only had one Fast Lane day at the park and only rode it once in the front seat because of the jolty roughness and the awesomeness of Mystic TImbers, The Beast, Banshee and Diamondback.

From day one leaving KI I had the feeling I should have given it another chance, back row, holding tight to the restraint. Perhaps it could have been mediocre or even better (which is fully OK for me with classic coasters).

Back in 2017 I thought the location would be great for a real intriguing and intimidating Dive Coaster, towering towards the midway.

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Goodbye Vortex, may you roast in hell. I know many loved it for nostalgia or whatever, but it was a POS that needed replacing years ago. The only thing I can say good about it was it was quite picturesque. Something that looks so pretty shouldn't give you a headache before you get to the first inversion. I look forward to seeing what becomes of that area.

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Yes, Vortex was iconic and the first drop was among Arrow's best, but the drop into the corkscrews was one of the worst moments of jank I have ever experienced, and the location is prime terrain.

 

So long as the replacement is inversion-heavy and reuses the station, I'll be happy for KI.

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My first visit to Kings Island was during the fall of 2007. It's almost painful to think of the state of the park's coaster collection back then. I was doing re-rides on Vortex, SOB, and Firehawk -- maybe I was too young to know any better. Actually, I probably rode Vortex more than any other coaster that day, excepting perhaps The Beast.

 

SOB is gone. Firehawk is gone. Vortex is on the way out. In their place, we have Diamondback, Banshee, Mystic Timbers, and more coming soon. This park has come a long way since then.

 

Nowadays, I'm way past the point of giving courtesy rides to junky coasters. I haven't been on Vortex in a long time, and I really won't miss it at all.

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I told Emily that Vortex was going to be removed. She rolled her eyes and said she knows. I asked Hell the hell she knew, since she usually isn't into this hobby like I am. And she told me, "You made me join all of your lame roller coaster groups on Facebook."

 

Hopefully whatever replaces it will be awesome. Fingers crossed for an RMC.

I have no clue how this hasn't been mentioned prior to this post. Now, it's only a matter of time before someone says they should build a ground up RMC and call it Son of Beast, while they share some of their thoughts on exactly what elements it should have and how it should interact with the surrounding area.

 

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A shame. When I rode in in 2017, it was plenty smooth and didn't have any of the traditional arrow headbanging like I'd get on something like GASM at SFGAdv. Has it really gotten that bad in two years?

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