Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio is home to the longest wooden roller coaster in the world: The Beast. At 7,359 feet in length, the ride time is over four minutes, taking you through three tunnels and eight banked turns.
This spring, the ride is set to get even longer. Kings Island is refurbishing The Beast’s 2,000 feet of track, with the intention of steepening the ride’s first drop from a 45-degree angle to a 53-degree angle. This will make for a smoother transition into the ride’s second hill, and will also extend the length of the ride to 7,361 feet: A new world record.
The Beast opened in 1979, claiming the titles of tallest, fastest, and longest wooden roller coaster in the world. Standing 110 feet and reaching a max speed of 64.8 miles per hour, The Beast has since lost its tallest and fastest records, but has managed to remain the longest wooden roller coaster in the world for the last 43 years.
“You will always find The Beast in the top 10 in just about every annual industry and enthusiast poll for wooden roller coasters,” said Don Helbig, Kings Island’s digital marketing area manager, in a statement. “In fact, it’s one of only two roller coasters that have been on every top 10 list Amusement Today has published since the inception of the Golden Ticket Awards in 1998. This winter’s track refurbishment ensures The Beast will maintain its spot as one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world for years to come.”
Kings Island opens for its 2022 season on April 16, and construction on The Beast is expected to be completed in May.