The top 32 fundraisers overall will kick off the event with a ride on the first train.

The thrill of being among the first riders on the new Orion roller coaster at Kings Island will have a whole new meaning April 9, when Kings Island hosts a First Riders Auction event to raise money for A Kid Again, a nonprofit organization which exists to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising kids with life-threatening illnesses through fun-filled group activities and events. A Kid Again families are invited to participate in these adventures from the age of diagnosis until the child reaches age 20 through funds raised from events such as this.

A Kid AgainFor the past 24 years, Kings Island has hosted an annual outing for A Kid Again children and their families, providing an opportunity for sick kids to get out of the hospital, grab their brothers and sisters, their moms and dads, and come to Kings Island for the greatest day of the year – the day they can be a kid again.

During the Orion First Riders Auction event, Kings Island fans and roller coaster enthusiasts alike will enjoy an evening filled with riding one of the most anticipated new rides in the amusement and theme park industry over and over again from 6-9 p.m.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
All participants must raise a minimum of $150 for A Kid Again to participate and will receive a certificate of participation, an Orion First Riders t-shirt, food and unlimited rides on this amazing new attraction.

Upon creating your fundraising page, be sure to share the link with your friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter to let them know you are participating in this event and how they can help you reach your fundraising goal by making a donation.

Plaques will be awarded to the top five fundraisers. The top 32 fundraisers overall will kick off the event with a ride on the first train. In the event of a fundraising tie for available seats, a random drawing will be held to determine the rider(s) on the first train.

Fundraising ends April 3 at midnight.

Orion will be one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet. Riders will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot first drop at a 85-degree angle before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills and 5,321 feet of track at speeds up to 91 mph on the tallest and fastest steel roller coaster at Kings Island.


Thrill-seekers will experience a new level of excitement when they visit Kings Island in 2020. Joining the world-class line-up of roller coasters at the park is Orion®, one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of roller coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 feet.

Themed to the park’s new Area 72, the ride features the latest prototype vehicle developed by the Project X initiative. Scientists are in a race against time to develop technology capable of weaving transport vehicles through a coming meteor storm and traveling to a new planet within the Orion constellation. For the program to be successful, it needs volunteers to help with testing.

Riders on Orion will plummet down an exhilarating 300-foot first drop, sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills and 5,321 feet of track at speeds up to 91 mph on Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest steel roller coaster.

Orion was exclusively designed for Kings Island by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, which also designed the park’s popular Banshee and Diamondback roller coasters.

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