The world’s longest wooden roller coaster is once again roaming the woods around Mason, Ohio.
The Beast at Kings Island reopened on Sunday, May 8, following an offseason of extensive upgrades. 2,000 of its 7,361 feet of track were replaced (in fact, the coaster got slightly longer), including the first drop, the turn towards its second drop and its 540-degree helix tunnel.
The first drop also got steeper, going from 45 degrees to 53 degrees. The work has done by the Gravity Group, the Ohio-based coaster firm behind woodies such as The Voyage at Holiday World and had replaced portions of another Kings Island coaster, Racer, during the 2020-21 offseason.
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Work has initially set to be complete before the park opened for the season in April but was delayed by bad spring weather.
Kings Island is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. The park didn’t add any entirely new rides for the occasion — its last coaster, Orion, is only two years old — but it will be adding new musical acts around the park and bringing back its summer concert series.