Take a virtual ride of Kings Island's new wooden coaster Mystic Timbers

Posted at 9:57 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 08:26:04-04

MASON, Ohio — After months of anxiously waiting, Kings Island fanatics finally know what new attraction they can look forward to in 2017.

Starting in April, visitors can ride Mystic Timbers, a brand-new wooden roller coaster that will sport over 3,000 feet of track and reach speeds of over 50 mph.

WATCH BELOW: Take a virtual ride of the new rollercoaster

"Timbers is naturally exciting because of its setting in a densely wooded area,” Kings Island’s vice-president and general manager Greg Scheid said in a news release. “The natural rugged terrain and tunnel ensures a unique and memorable ride experience.”

The attraction will be located in the Rivertown area of Kings Island near White Water Canyon and the K.I. & Miami Valley Railroad. 

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The announcement was the culmination of social media teases that Kings Island began posting May 30 on its Twitter account. During the month-and-a-half leading up to the announcement, Kings Island shared pictures of a hatchet, felled trees, water and a toy pickup truck with a stack of logs sticking out of its bed.

In preparation for the new attraction, the park, which is owned by Cedar Fair, shortened the wooded path to White Water Canyon. KI also erected a large wooden privacy fence near the new attraction’s entrance before the 2016 park season began.

The Banshee, an inverted steel roller coaster, was Kings Island’s last major new ride attraction; it debuted in the park in 2014. This year Cedar Fair opened the seven-story, six-slide Tropical Plunge in Kings Island’s Soak City water park.

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Kings Island’s 2016 season continues seven days a week through Aug. 21 and on weekends until Oct. 30. Soak City’s last day of operation is Sept. 5.