Visitors felt the grip of Vortex, a $4 million roller coaster constructed with 750 tons of steel. The coaster turns riders upside down six times — more than any other ride in the world when it opened. Vortex again put Kings Island in the national and international spotlight with crews from Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, and a Chinese television station visiting the park. Kings Island also presented its first ice skating show, “Hot Ice,” in the Festhaus. The spectacular, co-produced by Ice Capades producer Bietak Productions in Los Angeles, CA, featured 10 national and world figure skaters. Park attendance went over 3 million for the first time.