Kings Island - 1980 TV Commercial For The Beast



The Beast is a wooden roller coaster located at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. When it opened in the spring of 1979 in the Rivertown section of the park, it was the longest, tallest, and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. It is still the longest wooden roller coaster lasting more than four minutes and sprawling over 35 acres.

The Beast has been consistently rated as one of the top roller coasters in the world since its debut, having earned a solid reputation among coaster enthusiasts. Even after more than 30 years, it remains one of the main attractions at Kings Island that has accommodated over 45 million riders, third-most at the park.

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 slowly climbs the 110-foot (34 m) hill and once it crests, drops 135 feet (41 m) into an underground tunnel, passing the on-ride camera on the way.

The train comes out of the first drop 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 climbs upward, makes a right turn, and speeds into a covered brake shed. Once through the trim brakes, the track turns to the right, continuing through a heavily 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 (43 m) 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. 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.


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