Recently, I was able to take a visit to Kings Island, one of the most popular Cedar Fair parks. The main reason I visited is for their 2nd generation B&M inverted roller coaster, Banshee. It is the longest, fastest and most recent invert in the world, and is also one of the tallest. Coming in I had Katun at Mirabilandia as my favorite invert that I have ridden. This year alone I have ridden some of the best, such as Silver Bullet, Alpengiest, Talon and Afterburn. None came close to beating Katun, but in came Banshee, and now I have a new favorite B&M invert!
Being a total height of 167 ft tall, it is the 2nd tallest inverted roller coaster, only behind Alpengeist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The coaster is tall enough to provide the perfect intimidation for oncoming riders, but also kicking off the ride with a great twisted drop.
Banshee is currently the fastest inverted coaster in the world, reaching a top speed of 68 mph. What is really special, is that this speed is not reached until halfway throughout the ride. And the pacing provides for a graceful ride throughout all the elements.
It may be the longest Inverted coaster in the world, but with the length being a total 4,124 ft long. It really isn’t a long coaster overall when looking at all coasters in the world.
The Banshee crew was on top of operations, getting people out just in time for the train currently running the block to hit the final brake run. They have 4 people on check for the ride, B&M trains help keep the fast 3 train operations.
Having the 2nd generation B&M restraints, you get a more comfortable ride experience without being restricted to the same position throughout the ride.
Banshee can get intense for a B&M Invert, although not as intense as rides such Batman: The Ride or Afterburn. It is, surprisingly, very forceful and going between elements gives you a faster sensation that puts some nice forces on riders, especially between the infamous pretzel knot and the second vertical loop.
B&M coasters being built are normally very smooth, and Banshee is no exception. There is a slight rattle, but that in no way took away from the ride, it was almost not even there and didn’t alter my ride experience at all.
Here is one of Banshee’s weaknesses. Although there is a surprisingly good amount of graveyard theming in the Banshee ride area and plaza. There is no theming on ride. The station has some lights and chandeliers that are themed towards the paranormal theme of the ride.
Although Banshee has no airtime, it has some of the best and most unique inversions I could imagine! The pretzel knot and ending inline twist are 2 key highlights of the ride.
Some people can enjoy Banshee, but others may not. I personally enjoyed the smoothness but what really helps is the 2nd generation B&M restraints that you usually see on their wing coasters. They provide a more loose experience.
Overall Score: 77/100
Banshee is in my opinion the best invert in the world, and it is a one of a kind experience for the area that Kings Island is in. For now, Banshee is truly the king of inverts, and with it being the only 2nd generation B&M invert in the world, people can scream like a Banshee for many years to come!