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 Review of The Beast @ Kings Island
0 Rating Posted by: khmaverick on 4/6/2009 2:15:00 PM
Seeing videos of this on YouTube, I actually had pretty low expectations for this ride. It's layout looked really boring and it didn't seem to fast.

But I was more than pleasantly surprised, as this ride ROCKS! Right from the start, The Beast delivered. The lift hill had sounds of some forest creature roaring and it was cool how it seemed to stall at the top. The first drop, although not very steep, was great since there was a tunnel at the base. The airtime hill was pretty weak because of trims, but the as soon as I got off the brake run, I learned why this ride had such an awesome reputation. Twisting and turning through the forest was intense. It actually felt like the ride was getting faster and faster with each second. After the second lift, the train turned and gradually sped into what has become my favorite coaster element of all time. The Beast's helix finale was intense throughout and the lateral g's were amazing. This is a ride that everyone should ride at least once before they die.

Overall, I found this to be a very intense roller coaster. Contrary to what I've heard, I found The Beast to be pretty smooth for a woodie. I also must have rode it on a good day. Other than on the airtime hill, all the trims were either off or barely on. Unfortunately I only got to ride it once.

EDIT (6/14/09): Forget what I said about how smooth the Beast is. It's actually a pretty rought ride. After my return visit to King's Island, I was kind of disappointed by the Beast. It's not the roughness that got to me; it was how tame the ride is. At a couple different spots in the ride, I suddenly jerked foreward as the trim breaks destroyed the joy of this ride. The trim breaks are what made me mad, but if you're not young and able to take a hit, you may want to think twice before riding. The Beast isn't friendly.
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