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The Beast
Website: Kings Island Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.4579
TPC Overall Rank: #52 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 121
Last Review: 6/12/2012 12:05:00 AM
In User Top 10: 224 times.
User Tracker Count: 308 times.

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5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up sowinski on 10/9/2006 12:00:00 AM
This coaster is among the best wooden coasters that I have ridden. It is fast, rough, out of control, has tunnels, and works beautifully with the surrounding forest. Pumps me up every time I ride it.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ginzo on 8/9/2006 11:02:00 PM
I grew up on the Beast. Many carefree teenage summers were spent riding this an easy 10-15 times in a single day. This ride was an absolute marvel of excitement and intensity. I remember holding on for dear life in the back seat before they crippled the Beast with ratcheting lapbars and seatbelts. The night rides were absolutely unbeatable, as you were pulled out into some strange other world built on out of control speed. Going down the second lift hill used to be pure adrenaline as you dove towards the terror of the infamous helix. This is all gone now. Killed by the trim brakes and roughness. How the heck can they justify braking going down both lift hills? Sadly, I agree with all the haters. The Beast is an oversized mine train now, a shadow of its former grand self.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up CPRox719 on 8/3/2006 11:56:00 AM
Great woodie...hands down. Possibly an equal with the Texas Giant and Texas Cyclone. I love how it has the long straight-a-ways to let the speed thrive...not to mention, its awesome as it goes into the forest...you cant see anything. Although; the 2nd lift hill is quite a gimmick, and a bit of a drawback, as it erases any speed or adrenaline you had going. Great ride though! The Beast should stay away from women, though...hes got a bad son...

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up cjeagle35 on 7/31/2006 7:50:00 PM - User's Top Ride #3
This is definatly unlike must rides you have ridden. You cannot see any part of it while you wait or when walking around the park. The tucked away in the middle of the woods. The ride can get a little rough, and doesnt seem as fast in the day, so I would rate this in the day a 7 or 8. But at night, this ride is unbelievable. Its so dark and the ride seems to run so fast. The layout is long and intense. It can be a little rough, but if you prepare for it, this ride truely is a Beast! The 1st drop into a tunnel is great. The 2nd tunnel is amazing at night, it feels as if the train will rip from the track. The double helix, "the Beasts Lair," is so intense, and unlike any coaster element youve felt before. Overall, at night this is one of the worlds best wooden coasters

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up vasilicus on 7/23/2006 5:21:00 PM
I went on it expecting some really old coaster that they were keeping up because of tradition, but it actually felt like new! There are signs all around it that say stuff like The best willl eat sunglasses" and "THe beast wille at your arms if you put them outside of the kart" that makes it feel like they make a big deal out of it. When you go up the second lift hill it is right next to the huge drop at the beginning of the coaster and about 5 feet away from you are the people screaming as they fly down it. Ill give it a 9 because it is so ejrky and bumps your head around if you are too small and dont lean back. Also if you are like 7 feet tall and waev your hands in the air they will get rippped off by the low cieling of the tunnel entrance. Be careful, have fun.

3 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SLFAKE on 7/8/2006 11:17:00 PM
Were it not for this rides reputation, I think more 6 and 7 ratings would appear. It has some great elements... but too much mundane parts between them. And it does have a second lift... that completely kills any momentium that the ride has built up. Its a case of quantity over quality. In its day The Beast may have been top rated... but its day is long past.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up bliggle on 7/1/2006 1:42:00 AM - User's Top Ride #3
I love the length of this coaster and the first hill especially. It was the first real coaster I ever rode and still one of my favorites. I would give it a 10 but its a little bumpy, especially for shorter kids whose heads bang against the sides (mine did, anyway).

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up MFJZ on 5/26/2006 8:37:00 AM - User's Top Ride #5
My all time fav. wooden coaster. This is the best coaster at PKI. This long coaster combines great airtime and intense helixes. The ultimate coaster....better than Thunderhead

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Timberman on 5/22/2006 1:08:00 AM
Look, I dont say this lightly, but this is a overrated ride in an mediocre park that treats its customers with the same contempt and condescension it heaps upon coasters that may once have been ground-breaking but have long since been surpassed in every respect but meaningless statistics. So what if The Beast is the longest wooden roller coaster in the world? No freaking wonder. It has two lift hills and a 1/4 mile staging area leading into the station. Maybe about 62% of its course does anything to entertain or amuse its riders. The rest is all transport and filler. Wow, a heavily-braked straightaway into a clumsily-executed right turn! And did you see how they put a shed over the helix? Geez, Louise. It sure was loud in there!

I didnt grow up riding this roller coaster, nor did I meet my sweetheart in its queue during Coaster Con II. I also freely admit that I missed its best days. I can only comment on what I experienced since October 2004 during a handful of rides, the last of which was on the 20th of May 2006. What I endured at that time was a badly-maintained relic whose greatest strengths are its marketing campaign, the residual loyalty of those who knew it when, and the ignorance and under exposure of the general park-going public, many of whom have simply never ridden a well-maintained and constructed wooden roller coaster.

During one of its interminable straightaways, the washboard quality of The Beasts ride was so exaggerated that it reminded me of footage Ive seen from a bicyle race called Paris-Roubaix. During this competition, masochistic Europeans ride over unevenly-spaced, breadloaf-sized cobblestones, typically in miserable weather. Its sort of the Continental equivalent of NASCAR. The fun comes when a gap or slick spot in this ancient paving seizes the spindly wheel of a racing bike and catapaults it equally spindly rider onto his face, setting off a chain reaction pile-up of bad teeth, shaved-legs, and garishly-colored racing machines and tight clothing. Since the Norman Conquest is over, these are the lengths that men must now go to in order to expend their useless, pent-up testosterone. Likewise, generations of Buckeyes now suffer from shaken coaster-buff syndrome from trying to convince themselves they still have a national treasure at PKI.

Im giving this ride a 7, because one of its overwhelmed ride ops somehow forgot to staple me into my seat with its indivdually-ratcheting lap bar. Consequently, I experienced a dramatic and scary moment of ejector air over the first hill while sitting in the back seat, until the retractable seatbelt finally caught and pulled me safely back down against the dunking-stool-like seatback. It was a rare glimpse into what could have once made this ride famous.

I know many of you have fond memories of The Beast. Thats fine. Far be it from me to gainsay your loyalty. Nevertheless, its not my job to justify it for you. I dont know what this ride was capable of in the late 70s or early 80s. I only know that its now coasting on a reputation it no longer deserves.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 4/25/2006 8:31:00 AM - User's Top Ride #8
This is my favorite wooden coaster of all the coasters I have rode. I love the tunnels on this coaster, the double helix, the speed, the length, the Gs, and I love the trees around it. This is a true classic coaster and I have to go to ride it every year to get my fix. I especially enjoy riding it at night but I will ride it at any time. I usually sit in the front or second seat on wooden coasters because I prefer a more smooth ride but Ive also rode in the back 2 seats and you get alot more air time but its rougher.

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