Diamondback Kings Island

December

Diamondback slithers its way up steel coaster charts

November

Diamondback fast fact

Diamondback gives more than 1.85 million rides in debut season

September

Diamondback makes a splash in debut season

August

Rides on Diamondback

Diamondback included in rides open for Halloween Haunt

Coaster Kid takes 1,000th ride on Diamondback

Platinum season pass holder first to 1,000 on Diamondback

Blue Jackets broadcaster takes ride on Diamondback

Reds on Diamondback

Rockin' out on Diamondback

August 6 a date thrill seekers will always remember

July

Buffalo resident 1,000,000th rider on Diamondback

Diamondback looking for 1,000,000th rider

Diamondback makes MSN list of country's hottest thrill rides

Diamondback approaching one millionth rider

Roller coaster expert calls Diamondback "Butter Smooth"

"Roller Coaster Mama" takes 500th ride on Diamondback

Diamondback closing in on one million rides given

Diamondback surpasses 700,000 mark in rides given

June

Diamondback surpasses 500,000 mark in rides given

Cover story on Diamondback in ACE News

Ride Diamondback at midnight!

Wait time for Diamondback less than 10 minutes today

Are you a Ride Warrior?

May

Diamondback making a splash!

Have your photo on Diamondback e-mailed to you

Ride Diamondback this Friday

ERT on Diamondback part of Ride Warriors Coaster Weekend festitivites

April

THIS FRIDAY A GREAT DAY TO RIDE DIAMONDBACK

Fangtastic Day at Kings Island

Great day to ride Diamondback!!!

Diamondback sheds its skin!!!

Gold and Platinum passholders receive early access to Diamondback every public operating day!

Diamondback most popular ride on opening day

Diamondback first rides auction tops $100,000!

Entrance sign installed

Snake of a ride

March

Free first rider t-shirt to first 10,000 to ride Diamondback on Opening Day

Bids for first rides on Diamondback surpass $75,000!

water in splashdown drained to complete site work

Snake bite

A Diamondback on the prowl

We have a developing situation!

Captain math just rushed in and gave us these numbers

It's that time of year!

Test runs demonstration of speed and power

Bids for first rides on Diamondback slither in

Three train operation begins

Splashtacular!

Site work continues in Rivertown

Michigan native can't wait to ride Diamondback

Interest in Diamondback runs coast-to-coast

Sunday test runs underway

February

If you go

Today's Forecast

Diamondback roars through initial test runs

Diamondback trains are fangtastic!

Diamondback ready for test runs

I read it in the Enquirer

DB Trading Post

Testing 1-2-3

Diamondback construction tour highlights ACE Winter SOAR event

Trains on Diamondback feature unobstructed view

response to first rider auction overwhelming

First train on the track

First ride auction update

Lots of activity at Diamondback site

Station area update

Let the bidding begin!

Ride Warriors Coaster Weekend May 9-10 at Kings Island

First ride on Diamondback up for auction

January

Connect with Diamondback on Facebook and MySpace

Track work completed!!!

Track work expected to be completed today

Diamondback construction tour highlights KICentral's Winter Blues Event

138 up, 3 to go!

Diamondback alters Kings Island skyline

Save the date: April 18, 2009

Track work nears completion

Construction of Diamondback heading down the stretch

December

Hammerhead turn one of Diamondback's thrill elements

Third hill complete

Let it snow!

Workmen remain busy

November

Station floor slated to go in Wednesday

$22 million Diamondback coaster highlight of Cedar Fair's 2009 capital program

Diamondback first drop done

First drop almost done!

Workers begin clearing queue line and station area

October

Diamondback topped off

Topping off of Diamondback lift hill delayed until Thursday

Diamondback lift hill to be topped off today

World's largest ride enthusiast organization given Diamondback construction tour

OSU Engineering students take Diamondback construction tour

Construction continues on Diamondback

Ask About Diamondback

Steep Incline Ahead

Did you know?

Work begins on 230-foot lift hill

Work continues on Diamondback

September

Diamondback Rising From Its Den

August

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Diamondback first rides auction tops $100,000!

April 15, 2009

Kings Island officials announced Wednesday the Mason, Ohio amusement park has raised $102,000 through an auction to be among the first official riders on the park’s new Diamondback roller coaster.

Kings Island auctioned off seats on the first eight trains (256 seats) on the $22 million steel coaster to raise money for the Ohio non-profit group A Kid Again, which is dedicated to providing fun-filled outings and ongoing support to children with life threatening illnesses and their families.

Blackhawk Network had the top bid – $5,000 for one seat. The California based company plans to donate its winning bid to A Kid Again so a family member can ride.

Allan Hague from Yantis, Texas placed the top individual bid – $3,100 for one seat. Hague also had successful bids on two other seats at $800 each.

The park received bids from individuals from 11 different states during the online auction with an average bid of $398 per seat.

The first official rides will take place Saturday, April 18 beginning at 8:00am. Kings Island opens to the public at 10:00am on Saturday.

- Don Helbig
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