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Kings Island Photo of the Day« Go Back Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Pictured here is a concept drawing of the layout for the Beast that was distributed to the news media July 10, 1978, when Kings Island announced construction had begun on a record-breaking roller coaster. The ride had yet to be named and was referred to as "America's Champion Roller Coaster."
The drawing called out the main points on the ride: (1) The station (2) A 135-foot drop and first tunnel (3) A 72-foot drop among the trees into a ravine (4) a 300-degree banked turn through two tunnels (5) A 141-foot drop into a 540-degree banked helix tunnel at 65 m.p.h.
The ride opened in 1979 as described in point 4 with a 300-degree banked turn through two tunnels but was turned into the current mid-course tunnel in 1982. The tunnel for the 540-degree banked helix described in point 5 wasn't in place until the ride's second season in 1980.