Beast (Kings Island)

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The Beast
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Kings Island
Location Kings Mills, Ohio, USA
Status Operating since April 14, 1979
Cost $4,000,000 USD (estimated)
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Statistics
Builder Charlie Dinn
Designer / calculations Al Collins, Jeff Gramke, John C. Allen
Type Wooden - Terrain
Riders per train 36
Hourly capacity 1200
Propulsion 2 chain lift hills
Height110 feet
Drop141 feet
Top speed65 mph
Length7359 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop45°
Duration4:10
G-force3.6 g
HELP

The Beast is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, USA. It is currently the longest operating roller coaster in the United States, and the longest wooden roller coaster in the world. The ride takes up 35 acres (14.2 km/h) of land. The trains were built by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters.

The Beast was designed over the course of two years without the assistance of scientific calculators and computers. Lead engineers Al Collins and Jeff Gramke, with some consulting assistance from legendary designer John C. Allen, headed the project. Charles Dinn, director of maintenance and construction, led construction efforts and enlisted help from Curtis D. Summers for the footings and helix finale. Late design modifications were made to resolve issues discovered during testing, delaying plans to build an enclosure over the helix until the following off-season. Ruth Voss, the park's public relations manager at the time, is credited with naming the new coaster in early 1979.

Elements
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Design[edit | edit source]

Ride experience[edit | edit source]

As the train rolls out of the station, riders make a right turn towards a mineshaft. The train makes a left turn and climbs a 110 foot tall chain lift hill. While ascending the first lift hill, dramatic music plays on the speakers. An announcer says "Remain seated throughout the entire ride. Please keep hands and legs inside the car at all times. Thank you." The dramatic music continues to play until the train reaches the top. After holding for a few seconds, riders plunge 135 feet into the first tunnel, reaching a max speed of 65 mph. The tunnel is followed by a left turn as the train zooms through the forest. A right turn is followed by a long straight section of track. Riders turn right and head into the second tunnel. Prior to 1980, the second tunnel was separate, with the outdoor section being enclosed. After exiting the tunnel, the train hits a right turn. As riders hit a second right turn, they bank right up a hill and descend down a straight section, which leads into an another chain lift hill. The train climbs the lift hill as the announcer on speakers repeat the same thing as the first one. At the top, riders get a view of the park and the train hits an 18 degree bank, as it drops 141 feet into a double helix with two tunnels. The tunnels were added during the 1980 season. After this, riders make a left turn and return to the station.

Trains[edit | edit source]

3 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 36 riders per train. The trains were built by Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters.

Rankings and Awards[edit | edit source]

In October 2004, The Beast was given a Coaster Landmark Award by the American Coaster Enthusiasts club. There is a plaque outside the ride commemorating this.

Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

Tallest roller coaster drop
April 1979 - May 1981
Preceded by
Colossus
Tallest roller coaster drop
April 1979 - May 1981
Succeeded by
American Eagle
Fastest roller coaster
April 1979 – May 1981
Preceded by
Screamin' Eagle
Fastest roller coaster
April 1979 – May 1981
Succeeded by
American Eagle
Longest roller coaster
April 1979 – 1991
Preceded by
Giant Coaster
Longest roller coaster
April 1979 – 1991
Succeeded by
The Ultimate
Longest wooden roller coaster
April 1979 – Present
Preceded by
Racer
Longest wooden roller coaster
April 1979 – Present
Succeeded by
None

External links[edit | edit source]

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    Beast on the Roller Coaster DataBase.