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Offseason maintenance a Beast of a project for Kings Island's behind-the-scenes crews

Don Helbig

Area Manager, Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig

For Kings Island’s maintenance crews and ride technicians, their busiest time of year is now underway.

The process of getting ready for the 2019 season began as soon as the last rides were given on the final operating day of the regular season October for all of the non-WinterFest rides and attractions with the removal of cars and transporting them to the maintenance shops where they’ll be stripped down to every last nut and bolt. Everything will be disassembled, looked at and rebuilt over the winter.

Once the cars have been stripped down, the parts from each ride will undergo testing methods specified by its manufacturer, including magnetic particle testing, X-rays, ultrasonic and accelerometer testing and a liquid dye penetrant to detect every crack and scratch. The park’s 15 roller coasters alone combine for more than 7,000 parts.

The work is very detailed and can take up to five months to complete for some rides.

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