Firehawk Review

For today's review, we're gonna have to travel back in time to 2018 when Firehawk was at Kings Island. This was the parks Vekoma Flyer, and despite people bitching about it, this ride was really fun and I'm very sad that it's gone. Once you strapped yourself in, the ride went into flying position, and away we went! You roll around a turn and then begin to climb the lifthill. Now during that turn, I would warn you. The sun would've shined directly in your face and it freaking blinded you. But luckily, once you reached the lifthill, everything was all good from there. Since you were climbing up the lifthill backwards, you couldn't see when you reach the top, which increased the levels of excitement you experienced on the ride. Then suddenly, you started to level out and just saw the sky, this means you were going backwards again. But you shouldn't have worried about that. Then you simply just flipped over, and were going forewards again. Now, we reached the B&M Flyer position. Then you moved onto the first drop. The first drop was really good. It really made it look like we were diving straight towards the ground. It also provided us with plenty of speed. Then we headed straight into an overbanked turn. This was a really fun part of the ride and did make it seem like you were flying. Too bad your view sucked, but oh well. Still flying low to the ground, we then headed straight into a big turn. So far, it was just a normal turn, but suddenly, we noticed something weird. We were on our backs going backwards again. Yep. There was a half inline twist in this turn. So that provided us with some fun. Anyways, you then headed down into one of the best parts of the ride. The loop. Now while I will admit that I prefer Pretzal Loops to regular vertical loops on flying coasters, that real loops still kick ass and provide a different feel on a flying coaster than on a normal coaster. It sort of just has a weird feel to it that rocks. Anyways, we then headed into another turnaround that flipped us back on our stomachs facing foreward. We then headed back towards the ground with plenty of speed. This just lead us to another turnaround that while didn't flip us, was still very fun. But don't worry about the lack of flipping, for before you knew it, it was off into a double inline twist for you! This as always, was lots of fun because inline twists are fun that way. After that bit of excitement, we just headed straight into a downward helix. Now this certainly wasn't an intense fake helix of death, but it was still fun, and actually kind of relaxing. Nothing special, just a fun helix. But unfortunetly, after that, we then had to flip back on our backs and head into the brakes. So just how was Firehawk? Well despite many people bitching and complaining about the Vekoma Flyers, I really liked them. In fact, this used to be my favorite coaster at Kings Island prior to their B&Ms being built. Unfortunetly, it no longer exists as the park decided to demolish it. Probably for maintenence reasons. least Orion is now sitting on that plot of land, and it does look like a really fun ride. But if you still want a Vekoma Flyer, Firehawk does have a clone still standing today. Batwing @ Six Flags America. So I STRONGLY recommend you ride it over there.


Location: Kings Island

Opened at Geauga Lake in 2001.

Moved to Kings Island in 2007.

Died in October 2018

Built by: Vekoma

Last Ridden: June 28, 2018

Here's my raw footage video of Firehawk.

I have ridden this exact same ride at the following parks.

Six Flags America

Firehawk Photos