The longest wooden roller coaster
in the world, The Beast is one of the top attractions at Paramount's King's Island
, an Ohio theme park. Designed by Dinn Corp.
and built by the in-house King's Island Engineering and Construction crew, The Beast opened on April 14, 1979 after costing four million dollars to create. Made of southern pine lumber
stained with a redwood
finish, its track is 7,400 feet long - not only the longest wooden track, but the longest of any type in the United States and fourth longest in the world. The Beast has two major drops: the first, after a 110-foot lift hill
, is 135 feet, and the second drop is 141 feet at a forty-five degree angle
- the seventh longest drop in the world for a woodie
. There are three trains, each carrying thirty-six riders through the ride in three minutes and forty seconds. The Beast's top speed is 64.77mph - the sixth fastest woodie in the world - and it can process 1,200 riders per hour, with nearly 33 million people having taken the trip. After winding through thirty-five densely wood
ed acres, the ride ends with a 540-degree helix
before returning to the station.
The Beast is part of a family of wooden coasters at PKI - the park is also home to The Beastie, a coaster for children, and Son of Beast, which holds several records.