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Kings Island will unveil new project at 10 tonight

Plans approved by Mason planning division
Posted: 3:00 PM, Jul 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-28 13:08:25-04

MASON, Ohio -- After months of teasing clues on Twitter, Kings Island will reveal plans for its 2017 Rivertown project.

In park officials' most recent clue sent to media outlets -- a small, blue pickup truck with a stack of logs sticking out of the truck bed -- a note said reporters could "take a ride to Kings Island for a major announcement" at 10 p.m. Thursday.

A blueprint obtained by WCPO last month shows plans for a new roller coaster.

Park spokesman Don Helbig would not confirm whether the new feature would be a rollercoaster, but foundation permits filed with the Mason planning division show what looks like a roller coaster drawn in one corner of the Rivertown section of the park. The permits were approved June 6.

"There's a lot of speculation," Helbig told WCPO. "I think sometimes it depends on what day of the week it is and who you're talking to. But you know, it's fun for us to look on social media and the different fan sites...to see what people are speculating." 

Additionally, in a note -- sent to WCPO and tied to a toy axe last month -- Kings Island wrote the project "is going down in the woods of Rivertown" -- the same section of the park that houses the Diamondback, the Beast, the Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad and White Water Canyon.

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From an aerial view of the park (courtesy of Chopper 9), it's clear that trees are being cleared in Rivertown near the White Water Canyon ride. Fencing has been put in the same area.

On Twitter, Kings Island has used the hashtag #KIProject2017 to share photos of trees, sticks, water and the train.

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