Vortex coaster passes milestone of 40 million rides

The 40 millionth person to ride the Vortex roller coaster at Kings Island did so on Saturday.

Kings Island officials said the milestone means riders have been flipped upside down more than 240 million times since opening in 1987.

“Only the Racer (98 million), Kings Island and Miami Valley Railroad (50 million), Beast (47 million), Woodstock Express (43 million) and Race for Your Life Charlie Brown (43 million) have given more rides than the Vortex since Kings Island opened its gates in 1972,” according to a release from officials.

The park opened in April of 1972 and is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive in Mason. It is open daily through the summer.

For information go online to www.visitkingsisland.com.