Sadly, I too find it kind of on the boring side, because of its lack of speed and airtime. They say that it gets up to 64mph but I just don't find that true. Plus, haven't they added trims all around the course? Why would they do this?
The coaster used to be such a big hit, so I don't understand why I don't care for it that much. Is there a certain seat I should ride in that will inhance the experience (front/midle/back)?
I would like to know what some of you think about the Beast. Thanks for sharing your opinions! *** Edited 6/16/2007 3:22:15 AM UTC by DantheCoasterman***
Also for the record I have no problem with the Beast becoming the "Magnum of King's Island" it just means I get to ride it more :).
Of course, it helps that we rode in total darkness and at times it was impossible to figure out where you were unless you knew the course by heart.
It is trimmed rather heavily. The only aspect of the coaster I don't really like is the long tunnel mid-ride; it gets rather loud by the time you exit. I'm not a fan of loud noises. But other than that, and if you can grab a middle seat, it's still a rather fun ride.
I don't have much of a "track record," and really the only park I've ever been to is KI, but one of my complaints regarding KI is that there really is no coaster where you can get a smooth ride, besides Top Gun. I thought I was going to break my jaw on the restraints when riding Vortex in the second seat of the front car. I even had a rather rough ride on Adventure Express. I was sure I was going to die riding the Racer backwards, although riding forward was a good ride. Firehawk is a rather uncomfortable ride as well, but I didn't find it to be "rough." Italian Job is still mostly smooth, but it can be uncomfortable sometimes as well.
*** Edited 6/16/2007 3:25:55 AM UTC by Infamy***
I even ran into Dick Kinzel, a day after that at geuaga lake and we chatted cause i was wearing my beast shirt. I told him it was far removed as a good ride to the year previous where i fell in love with it. I even mentioned working on it. But it certainly wasnt nearly as good as the year i previously rode. I doubt he took me seriously with all this other stuff he was doing, but nonetheless it was a bad ride last year, i have yet to ride this year.
Almost salvaged by the last helix, but only almost.
But I didn't get it. It's a long ride of mostly nothing and those few spots where there is something beats the crap out you.
Pretty amazing when the best woody in a park with four wooden coasters is the family woody (whatever they call it this week). And even that has a trim brake on it!
I rode once in the front, and once around the middle and I found the middle much rougher, maybe because I sat over the back wheels.
Personally, my favorite coaster at KI has always been Vortex for some reason. Rough, but fun.
This is refreshing. I thought it was blasphemy to speak poorly about The Beast so I usually keep my mouth shut about it.
I think the Beast has been routinely bashed since around here since the beginning. Matter of perception I guess.
It's not really a big deal..
Now to ask, more specifically, about hitting speeds and whatnot is fine imo, but not ridiculing others for not being interested.
Beast is a mess. During the Paramount years it went from a great ride to a severely overbraked, rough mess. My rides on it so far this season, even after some retracking it got this offseason, are rougher than ever.
It needs a SERIOUS refurbishment. Maybe Cedar Fair can get the M&V guys or GCI down here next offseason to do some serious work on it.
On a side note, when did KI stop Beast operations during fireworks? Last night they stopped at 9:50 and then finally resumed at about 10:20 or so due to the fireworks. I take it is normal operation procedures now?
According to a ride op, after the fireworks they have maintenance on the track checking to make sure no damage was done to the track during the fireworks show.
When I worked there, I never remember stopping operations due to the nightly 10 O'clock fireworks. Although for the fourth of july nights of fire , the ride was closed down at a certain time and I think not open till maintenance walked tracks again, or perhaps it didn't reopen those nights, can't remember.
I am a bit confused since I think before Paramount aquired the park, that there were skid brakes on the first drop, ramp to helix, mid course brake shed, and second drop. Really the only thing that took place under Paramount ownership was the conversion from skid brakes, to magnetic trims in the same locations and fin brakes on the bridge. The Beast with the skid brakes did have great variability in how fast it ran, especially in rain, etc. The magnetic brakes to me give sort of an average skid brake run. Typically the easiest way to tell how fast the ride is running is to see how far it gets up lift 2. For the most part it gets to the same location that it always did on lift 2. *** Edited 6/16/2007 7:37:17 PM UTC by Beast Fan***
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