It may just be me being paranoid, but it seems like The Beast isn't as popular as it used to be. Every time I go, it is always one of the shortest lines in the park (which is a good thing on a differnet level). It is one of my favorite rides and it is the one that really ignited my love for coasters. I always see it ranked out of the top 10 in coaster polls and I hear more bashing than praising. I haven't ridden many other wooden coasters so I won't compare, but this ride is just simply amazing. Someone reassure me please!!!! *** This post was edited by Bakeman 6/11/2003 11:45:22 PM ***
Well on Saturdays the line is pretty long..and as far as im concerned its the best coaster at the park....considering how none of the coasters are new except SOB..(which runs like crap)......Everytime i visit Beast its the only coaster i hear peeps talking about while they stand in line for other coasters.....I still think is Popular...and i Luv it....I just think its Time for PKI to get a new up 2 date Coaster! *** This post was edited by ryan C 6/11/2003 11:48:28 PM ***
Yeah, I actually would prefer a Beast night ride than a ride on Millennium Force. I wish they would get rid of the lights in the valley of the second drop and the second tunnel. It would be a lot cooler if they did. (Dazed and Confused reference sorry)
Lets face it, the LIM trims murderred the ride. I know PKI needed them for safely and maintnance reasons, but they trueley did take ALOT away from the ride. The little air you did get on the 2nd hill is now gone, now you just SLAM into your lap bar. It was my favorite wooded coaster BY FAR a few seasons back, but now it's sliding further and further down my list... its sad really.
ThePhantomLives, I dont know what you are talking about with the little airtime on the 2nd hill when the skid brakes were up, there was no such thing on that coaster when skids were on. You get a better blast of airtime from the front seat because of the LIM trims. I kinda like it more with the LIM trims anyway because you arent slowed down the whole way down the second lift hill drop into the tunnel you start slow then you can just feel the trims lettin you go and you are gone. Beast is still ranked #1 on my list just because of its night rides. Nothing else has even come close to this coaster at night.
That's exactly my point, it is very sad. I know people will complain about the trims, and yes I do hate the one before the seconds drop because it's pointless, but that's really the only bad one. The rest of the ride still delivers, and I will always love it. I honestly think the new trims are better than the old ones. They are more noticeable, but they aren't as drawn out as the old ones were, especially before the double helix. I'm going to study engineering and hopefully become a coaster designer. I've been thinking that a good first project would be to restore The Beast to it's former glory by redesigning the trains for more comfort and getting rid of all the trims. Probably won't happen, but hey, you never know...
I haven't ridden it since about 1990, but based on my memories, it's still #1
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I love the Beast. Its ferocity still stays strong year after year. I agree that the 1st drop brake and the second hill brake suck, but hey, now that Papa is aged, he needs his walking stick to rage on.
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From all of my memories of the Beast(the first coaster I rode all the way through with my eyes open) It is and unless someone does something really drastic always will be my favorite Wooden Rollercoaster. I love Mean Streak but it's a lot rougher on the body than The Beast.
The Beast is and will always be one of my faves, ever since I was 10 years old. IMHO I think it is running better than ever this year. My last ride was kind of overly rough though. There is still nothing like riding that baby in the dark.
As far as the lines, I don't care. The shorter the better. If you notice most of the crowd tends to head towards the Action Zone area for the first few hours before making their way back to the Beast and Vortex, and when they do they usually head for Tomb Raider first, which ALWAYS seems to have a line.
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Do people still like the Beast? Well maybe you should ask if people like sugar first. Of course they do, it's just a people gobbler and that's why the lines aren't too long. Also remember how many people gobblers there are at PKI - with that many lines tend to be short.
Well, after my first and only ride a few weeks ago, I can say that I don't hate it. I don't particularly love the ride, but I had fun on it. It doesn't live up to it's hype, but then again I'm sure it was a much better coaster in it's day. In my opinion, it's the best coaster at the park. Which doesn't say much for PKI does it? ;)
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Up until two weeks ago when I rode Legend, The Beast was my #1 wooden coaster. Right now, I can't decide which is #1...my top 3 woodies are Legend, The Beast, and Raven, and I swear I'm still not sure what rank I'd give them all.
I've never been a big fan of The Beast, but I had some of *the best* rides I've had on any coaster ever on it last Monday, so I'm sure it would break my top 10 if I ever made another list. I don't think a lot of the trims are needed with respect to rider safety, but it probably helps PKI a lot in maintaining the longest woodie in the world (which the team has to include two other nearly 7000 foot woodies too plus Beastie).
I never pictured The Beast becoming a coaster with walk-ons, but so far this season I've never had to wait for than a train for it. The crew was hauling butt though, so maybe they had a little something to do with non-existant lines. I haven't had to wait very long for any coaster at PKI this year anyways. I think a 20 minute wait for SOB and Face/Off were the longest. It seems that a lot of people still like The Beast and it just gained another fan.
I like it the way you like an old movie that you haven't seen for years. You remember it being great, but when you actually pop it in the VCR, you don't like it as much as you thought you did.
I admire so much about the Beast. It is, and will always be, the most daring and incredible design for a wooden coaster. The architecture is beautiful. The setting is absolutely perfect. The ride, well, it can be good. But I always leave disappointed, because I remember when the station used to be a party, and people knew they were about to ride the scariest, meanest coaster on earth.
Personally, I didn't mind the skid brakes and I think the new trims are horrible. But I'd still rank the Beast in my top 10.... even if it's more based on memories than my last ride.
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