WATCH: Kings Island’s Orion completes first test run

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Kings Island tests new giga coaster

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Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster is on track to open this spring after completing its first test run Saturday.

Video shared by park officials shows one of Orion's three trains climbing the lift hill at 5:29 p.m. and plummeting down a 300-foot-tall drop. Diamondback, the park's next-tallest roller coaster, has a 215-foot drop and a top speed of 80 mph..

Orion will make its public debut when Kings Island opens for the 2020 season April 11.

MORE: How to ride the new Kings Island roller coaster Orion before its debut

The new giga coaster is one of just seven in the world, according to park officials.

Riders sit four across on a 32-passenger train traveling a high-speed journey of eight hills and 5,321 feet of track. With a top of speed of 91 mph, it is the 10th-fastest roller coaster in the world.

The ride at the former site of Firehawk cost Kings Island about the same as what it cost to build the park in 1972, according to Mike Koontz, Kings Island vice president and general manager.

MORE: Construction of giga coaster Orion a ‘huge jump’ for Kings Island

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