The Beast of Kings Island reopens and breaks its own world record | Cincinnati News | Cincinnati
The Beast broke its own record of the longest wooden roller coaster in the world.
The popular Kings Island ride, built in 1979, recently added a few inches and debuted two feet taller, according to a park press release.
After six months of renovations, which included replacing 2,000 feet of track, the coaster reopened to park guests.
“When you look at roller coaster records, they’re broken all the time,” Kings Island vice president and general manager Mike Koontz said in the statement. “But there is a record that no park in the world has been able to break for more than 40 years, until now, and that is the record for the longest wooden roller coaster.”
Kings Island officials say renovations underway since last November are considered regular maintenance. They transformed the roller coaster’s first drop on its 137-foot hill from a 45-degree angle to a 53-degree angle.
The extra length, smoother descent, and speeds of up to 64.77 miles per hour further cement the roller coaster’s place in amusement park history.
The 50th season of the Kings Islands began in April and to celebrate this milestone anniversary, park officials have planned a list of special events and asked the public to bring their own memorabilia and photographs from throughout Kings Island’s history.
Kings Island is located at 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. Find more information about visitkingisland.com.
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