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The Beast has been named the best roller coaster in Ohio, according to Popular Mechanics. And who’s to argue? There are seven natural wonders of the world and if there were a list of the top man-made wonders of the world, The Beast would be on it.
Designed and built in-house by Kings Island personnel, The Beast, celebrating its 40th anniversary season, unleashes its awesome power on the unsuspecting as it sprawls across 35 acres of wooded terrain.
When The Beast first opened to the public April 14, 1979, it was acclaimed America’s ultimate roller coaster. It broke all existing records as the longest and fastest ride in the world. It is still listed in the prestigious “Guinness Book of World Records” as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,359 feet.
Features of The Beast include a ride time of more than four minutes; vertical drops of 135 feet (at a 45-degree angle) and 141 feet (at an 18-degree angle); a 125-foot long underground tunnel at the bottom of the 135-foot drop; eight banked turns – some to 45 degrees; 540-degree helix tunnel and speeds up to 65 mph.
Popular Mechanics is a magazine of popular science and technology, featuring automotive, home, outdoor, electronics, science, do-it-yourself, and technology topics.
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