Thirty years ago today, a legend was born. In the lush green forest behind Kings Island (north of Cincinnati, OH) a monster of a roller coaster began its record-breaking existence. The Beast opened as the longest and fastest roller coaster in the World on April 13, 1979. It has also been cited as the first roller coaster to generate a big media buzz.
The $4 million terrain roller coaster sends riders on a 4 minute journey so long it requires two lift hills. The ride is packed with hills, turns, pitch black tunnels and helices. It was quite revolutionary at the time and to this day, still ranks highly in enthusiast polls and top tens. In fact, this 30 year old ride is sitting at 4th on my top ten coasters, narrowly edging out younger wooden standouts like The Voyage and Boulder Dash.
Take the journey! Read my full review of the Beast at Kings Island.
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