Kings Island Announces Mystic Timbers- New for 2017 Wooden Coaster


Photo: Kings Island

Late last night, in the dark woods of Kings Island, the park announced its new ride for 2017, Mystic Timbers! A GCI wooden roller coaster complete with high speeds, low-to-the-ground elements, and plenty of air time, Mystic Timbers is going to add something completely new to Kings Island’s coaster collection!

We’ll talk about Mystic Forest after this IMPORTANT Public Service Announcement…

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Mystic Timbers Kings Island wooden coaster layout

Photo: Kings Island

Mystic Timbers will be Kings Islands’s 4th wooden coaster and 16th coaster overall. It will join the park’s already stellar line up wooden coasters- consisting of The Beast (the world’s longest wooden coaster,) The Racer and Woodstock Express. Mystic Timbers will give Kings Island will have 18,804 feet of wooden coaster track, more than any other park in the world.

Mystic Timbers will be built by Great Coasters International out of Sudbury, PA.  Mystic Timbers will be fourth ride installed at a Cedar Fair park. Previous Cedar Fair rides include Gold Striker (2013) at California’s Great America; Prowler (2009) at World’s of Fun and Renegade (2007) at Valleyfair. GCI also completely refurbished GhostRider at Knott’s Berry Farm this year.

Mystic Timbers will feature a 3,265 feet course, have a 109 feet lift hill, a 97 feet drop. It will weave along steep cliffs, down ravines, cross over water and go through an extreme S-turn, among a forest of trees, at speeds up to 53 mph.

Here’s an animated on-ride POV of Mystic Timbers:

The coaster will be themed to an “area surrounding a lumber company becoming overrun by a mysterious medusa-like overgrowth of vines as nature reclaims its land.”

Photo: Kings Island

The coaster’s three trains will each seat 24 riders — four per car with six cars per train. This is unusual for a GCI as their Millennium Flyer trains usually seat two riders per car. Perhaps this could be a new version of the popular Millennium Flyer trains? The front of the trains will look like a front of a classic car.

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

Photo: Kings Island

GCI worked with Kings Island to ensure Mystic Timbers could take full advantage of the park’s rugged terrain. Due to the park’s unique terrain, there will be 2 bridges during the ride- a unique experience for all. The ride will feature a mid-course tunnel and interact with parts of the Kings Island & Miami Valley Railroad and White Water Canyon attractions.

Here’s off-ride video of Mystic Timbers, showing how it’ll integrate with the park’s terrain:

Photo: Kings Island

Normally, most parks will announce every single detail of a coaster. However, Kings Island chose to keep one thing hidden….. what’s in the shed? The ending of the ride will feature a shed, yet the details of what occurs in the shed have yet to be announced.  For now, stay tuned to what’s in the shed by using hashtag #WhatsInTheShed on twitter.

Mystic Timbers Kings Island wooden coaster layout

Photo: Kings Island

The “shed” section is located at the very end of the ride and leads back into the station (look again at the ride layout above).

Here’s a look at the shed:

We can’t wait to find out next spring what is the shed!

Here is our video of the announcement:

Listen to the Kings Island’s GM / Vice President Greg Scheild and Great Coasters International, Inc.‘s Design Engineer Adam House unveil the new attraction!

Greg Scheild (1:15)
Adam House (8:05)
Ride Stats / Layout / Pictures (19:25)


Mystic Timbers is a great addition to Kings Islands’s already stellar line up of coasters. It’ll give the park a wooden coaster that all members of the family can enjoy.


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