The Beast – name says it all.
This is one you dudes just have to ride. Perhaps not the scariest coaster I’ve ridden, but it ranks up there as one of the greats.
Think I was about 21 when we went to Kings Island to find The Beast. It’s a gigantic wooden coaster with lots of banked turns and tunnels and it just goes on and on.
The ride lasts over 4 minutes and reaches 65mph, which was pretty long and fast when it was built in 1979. The thing I love is that it covers a huge area of the park – 35 acres I think, so you’re rockin’ and rollin’ over everyone else. It’s frickin awesome.
And it’s still the longest wooden roller coaster in the world. Amazing to think something that big is made of wood and still standing after nearly 40 years, but then I guess many of our houses are too! It may look dated, but it’s still super cool and up there with the best in the world.
I just read that 45 million people have ridden the beast – that’s about 15% of the population of the US, though I guess there have been a few overseas visitors too.
Still one of my favourites and I’m planning to go there again with the kids one day. Better not leave it too long though dudes, these things don’t last forever and it must be reaching its sell-by-date.