The Beast, which officially opened to the public on this date 40 years ago on April 14, 1979, was recognized by The State of Ohio with a resolution by Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor John Husted which read, in part, “Whereas, The Beast since its opening in 1979 has had more than 53 million riders take its twists and turns, and still holds the record for world’s longest wooden roller coaster in both length and time. The Beast has 7,359 feet of track and takes a total of four minutes and 10 seconds to ride, and whereas, gut-churning roller coasters like The Beast make Ohio the premier destination in the world for amusement parks."
Kings Island will celebrate The Beast’s 40th anniversary season in a special way. To kick off the celebration, riders on the first 40 Beast trains after the park officially opens for the 2019 season at 10 a.m. on April 20 will receive a 40th anniversary Beast t-shirt. Limit one (1) t-shirt per guest.