Now this is one roller coaster I really would like to try. It’s called The Beast!
The Beast is a wooden roller coaster at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. The reason why I would love to ride this coaster is because it is the longest roller coaster in the world, sprawling over 35 acres of land and it’s one of the fastest and tallest coasters ever built when it made its debut in the spring of 1979.
There is no wonder why this ride is called The Beast. Roller coaster enthusiasts, have voted the ride as the top coaster in the world for many years and will keep doing so until something spectacular could knock it off its leaderboard. Even after more than 30 years, it is still one of the main attractions at kings island, located at the rear of the park in the River Town section. Well, I have never been, so you guys will probably know where that is.
It is said that the Philidelphia Toboggan Company was involved in the construction of this coaster but actually, it was designed by Jon Allen and manufactured by Charles Dinn and Al Collins. It’s thought to be true because the trains are the same as the Racer which the Philadelphia Toboggan Company constructed, but for The Beast they were responsible only for the trains. Construction was handled internally by Kings Island’s Maintenance & Construction department.
Charlie Dinn, who spearheaded the park’s maintenance and construction team, oversaw the vertical construction of The Beast. Dinn later left Kings Island and formed his own construction firm, which later went bankrupt and re-organized as Custom Coasters International which also went bankrupt in 2002. Maybe he was a “One Hit Wonder” in the coaster industry. To be fair to him, this coaster looks Awesome!!
The ride begins with a 180-degree turn out of the station, leading though the switch track (used for storing trains on the storage track) and onto the first lift hill. The train gradually climbs the 110-foot hill and once it crests, drops 135 feet into an underground tunnel, passing the on ride camera on the way.
The train comes out of the first descent still underground. Out of the tunnel, the train makes a hard left-hand turn, maneuvers the climb and drop of a second hill giving riders momentary weightlessness. The train then rises upwards, makes a right turn, and speeds into a enclosed brake shed. Once through the trim brakes, the track turns to the right, continuing through a deeply wooded area. Veering left, the coaster enters the second tunnel. A quarter of this tunnel is underground, while the exit is above. This is due to the topography of the land. As the train exits the tunnel, the coaster gains speed veering right then taking another hard turn to the right. It is at this point on the coaster that riders may feel remote from the rest of the park. At the end of this run, the train begins to climb the second lift hill. At the top of this lift, the train turns left and begins a gradual, 18-degree drop. The drop itself measures 141 feet from the crest of the lift hill to the lowest point of the helix. As the train descends, the track starts to bank left in preparation for entrance into the final helix. The highly banked, high speed, counter clockwise helix is the signature trademark of the ride and is one of the most memorable and intense finales of any roller coaster in the world. Half of this massive double helix is enclosed, which adds to the intensity and excitement. Once through this element, the train crests another small hill, then rises into the final smooth magnetic brake run back to the station.
Like you all know, I not a huge fan of wooden coasters but because of its intense speed and its huge first drop. This could defiantly change my mind about wooden coasters.
Current Coaster Name: The Beast Current Park Name: Kings Island Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Mason, Ohio, USA Status: Operating Links: http://www.visitkingsisland.com/ Cost: $4,000,000 USD
Type: Wooden Opened: April 13, 1979 Designer: John Allen Features: 2 Lifts, 3 Tunnels, Terrain Height: 110 feet Max Drop: 141 feet Max Speed: 65 mph Length: 7359 feet Acceleration: N/A Inversions: 0 Duration: 3.40 Trains: 3 Capacity: 1200 per hour