Behind The Scenes of Kings Island’s Beast

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  1. Tod says:

    I waited in line 4 in a half hrs once in 1998 to ride it.

  2. Bob Craig says:

    I’m a retired engineer for WKRC-TV. I & another engineer were at the park a few weeks before it opened in the spring of 1979. We were installing some microwave equipment in the machinery room at the top of the Eiffel tower that was used for live TV broadcasts during the season. While we were working, we noticed they were testing the new coaster on the far side of the park.
    Our work completed, we walked to the coaster to have a look and were quickly invited to have a ride. They took the sand bags out of the front row and latched us in. After we were seated and locked, one of them told us to pay attention to the ride quality in certain areas and report our impressions.
    When we were hanging down over top the first lift hill waiting for the last car to clear the lift chain, quick mental calculations of the size and angle of the 1st hole in the ground at the bottom introduced some serious questions. We both instinctively ducked even though the hole did prove to be big enough.
    Overall, it was a fantastic experience that we repeated several times before we got out. We had noticed an area where the the car was banging quite hard on the transitions and became quite harsh. That area, between the the lift hills, had a braking system installed before the park opened to slow the train down a few miles per hour at that point to improve the ride quality.
    So, in addition to being among the first riders of The Beast we also rode it faster than the millions who have ridden it since.

    • Jeff Sonnefield says:

      I am so jealous. The Beast is my all time favorite roller coaster. I bet that first ride was closer to 70 mph!

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