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Readers’ Mailbag: How much does a Beast train weigh?

Don Helbig

Area Manager, Digital Marketing - Kings Island

Twitter: @DonHelbig

We spend a lot of time on the Kings Island Blog coming up with stories you might like and things you might find interesting about the park, but sometimes you have your own ideas and questions. So we answer them here on the fastest growing page on the world wide web (well, the Kings Island world wide web that is). All you have to do is click here to submit your questions for possible inclusion in a future Readers’ Mailbag blog. When we get enough of them, we put them together here and answer them for you. 

Here are the questions and answers selected for this week’s mailbag:

How does the ridership on the Kings Mills Antique Autos compare to the original Les Taxis? – Devin M., Goshen, OH

The hourly and daily ridership for the Kings Mills Antique Autos has been on par most days with the rides Les Taxis gave during its years of operation from 1972 to 2004, which is remarkable considering the high number of rainy days we’ve had so far this year.

At Kings Island there are plenty of remnants from past attractions. Out of all of these pieces of history which is your favorite to look at and think about what was once there? – Jacob B., Waxahachie, TX

The building where the Enchanted Voyage used to be is something I walk by every day, which always rekindles memories. The Enchanted Voyage was one of the first rides that I experienced at Kings Island and one of my all-time favorite attractions. It doesn’t matter where I am in the park. I can look at something and think about what was once there, how it looked or was configured, such as the Racer exit, and remember people that worked in that location.

How much does a Beast train weigh? – Byron B., Dalton, GA

Great question, Byron. Each car on The Beast weighs 2,300 pounds with the weight of a full train (without riders) 13,800 pounds. The cars have become heavier over the past 20 years with the cars originally weighing in at 1,500 pounds. 

I’m hearing rumors that KillMart and Field of Screams aren’t returning for Halloween Haunt this year. Are the rumors true? – Susan J., Loveland, OH

KillMart and Field of Screams are both expected to be among the returning attractions at Halloween Haunt this fall. It won’t be long before we’re holding auditions for Haunt monsters and all of the details for this year’s event are released on our website.

Last year you did a series of blog meetups. Any plans to do them again this year? It was neat to see behind-the-scenes of rides like The Beast and Racer. – Lori S., West Chester, OH

A couple of blog meetups are planned for later this summer. Stay tuned to the Kings Island Blog for details!

That's it for this week's Readers' Mailbag. See you on the midways! 

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